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John Wall discusses summer league debut

By Michael Lee  |  July 12, 2010; 4:32 PM ET
Categories:  John Wall  
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You have to be impressed with this kid. It's way early, but he does seem like the real thing -- the same way Strasburg does. Level-headed.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 12, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Kind of interesting, from SI.com:

"With the league's collective bargaining agreement set to expire after next season, the owners are poised to go the way of the NHL and insist on a hard salary cap in the next deal that could be in the neighborhood of $45 million. If they are successful in that attempt -- likely after a lockout like the one endured by the NHL in 2004-05 -- the Heat and a number of other teams could be forced to release key players if their salaries surpassed the cap."

"James, Wade and Bosh are reportedly scheduled to make a combined $43 million on their own next season with 10 percent annual raises thereafter, potentially meaning a nightmare scenario on South Beach. The Heat would hardly be alone in their despair, as the defending champion Lakers have approximately $80 million in committed salaries for the 2011-12 season and are slated to pay a combined $45 million for Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol alone."

"The NBA currently has a soft salary cap, which includes numerous exceptions that allow teams to exceed the cap and a luxury tax threshold to deter teams from spending well beyond the cap. It is a system, however, that the owners are convinced no longer works in the current economic climate."

"Commissioner David Stern claimed at the All-Star game in February that the owners are projected to lose approximately $400 million this season, with player's association director Billy Hunter later being quoted calling those projections "baloney." Considering the events that have transpired since, it's safe to say Hunter isn't done disputing Stern's position."

"The announcement of the 2010-11 salary cap certainly didn't help Stern's argument, as the final figure of $58.044 million (with a $70.307 million luxury tax threshold) was not only higher than the $57.7 million cap figure from last season but approximately $2 million higher than was recently projected and far higher than low-end prediction of $50.3 million given by the league last year. What's more, the flurry of bloated free agent deals being given this month has players and agents alike rolling their eyes at the perceived disconnect between the words and deeds of the owners."

Posted by: Samson151 | July 12, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I did find it odd that after pleading poverty for the past couple of years to justify an almost certain lockout, teams started doling out mad cash to B and C list players like it was going out of style. At the end of the day, it won't matter what kind of cap and salary restrictions they mandate, until owners learn some self-control they're gonna continue to piss money down a hole.

Speaking of teams and spending:

08:14 AM ET 07.11 | The Heat has talked to James Jones, who was bought out June 30, about re-signing for the minimum salary and there's interest on both sides. An NBA official mentioned Juwan Howard and Joe Smith among other veterans who would love to join the Heat at the minimum. Agents for Mike James, Von Wafer, Matt Barnes and others also have been in touch with the Heat, but Miami is being very selective.

Miami Herald

http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/203970-veterans-lining-up-to-join-heat?eref=fromSI

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/10/1724665/magic-gm-lakers-are-still-best.html

Maybe it's me, but the names on that list don't scream "championship."

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 12, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Haslem is staying in Miami, despite offers from Denver and Dallas, and Derek Fisher is staying in LA, despite an offer from the Heat.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 12, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The "I don't have a name for it" dunk from JaTravel was the best dunk I've seen from a Les BouleS player for at least 5 seasons....

Look away reverse windmill that I think MJ and Dr. J have done in the past.

Speaking of which, I have never seen a memorable dunk from NY, who was a highly hyped dunker when he first started playing here.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 12, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

08:14 AM ET 07.11 | The Heat has talked to James Jones, who was bought out June 30, about re-signing for the minimum salary and there's interest on both sides. An NBA official mentioned Juwan Howard and Joe Smith among other veterans who would love to join the Heat at the minimum. Agents for Mike James, Von Wafer, Matt Barnes and others also have been in touch with the Heat, but Miami is being very selective.
Miami Herald

http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/203970-veterans-lining-up-to-join-heat?eref=fromSI

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/10/1724665/magic-gm-lakers-are-still-best.html

Maybe it's me, but the names on that list don't scream "championship."

Posted by: kalo_rama

Add Jerry Stackhouse to the list of players waiting for a call from Miami -and willing to work for cheap.

Posted by: Lisa_R | July 12, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

That's Jerry "shuttin' it down" Stackhouse, to you!

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 12, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's me, but the names on that list don't scream "championship."

Posted by: kalo_rama

Barnes at least was a contributor for a contender last year. Plus, at this point, they're looking for the #'s 7-9 players. A guy like Juwan isn't going to excite anyone, but as a #8 or #9 guy he's a solid backup. Maybe they're able to attract back a guy like Earl Barron for a little size, he has experience with the team, and put up solid numbers in a very short stint with the Knicks last year.

Unless they are sold on Pittman, though, they definitely need a little beef for the bench. Big Z appears to be a possibility. Not sure if LBJ wants him on the team, but at least he's used to playing with LeBron. Maybe they are able to get someone like Kurt Thomas, who is old, but still viable and has a ton of experience.

Posted by: ts35 | July 12, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of which, I have never seen a memorable dunk from NY, who was a highly hyped dunker when he first started playing here.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 12, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse
youtube Nick Young dunks on Lebron, but then again you still wouldn't have remembered it

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 12, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

"youtube Nick Young dunks on Lebron, but then again you still wouldn't have remembered it

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 12, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse "

Not that memorable.

I've never seen a 7-1 dude like Javale do that dunk though, so if you think NY's is better, I doubt it.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

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