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Old 07-18-05, 01:32 PM
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Could we (The Spurs that is) use these guys.

Why can't Jasikevicus or Wallace get a deal?

By Chad Ford
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With just five days before the league lifts its moratorium on player movement, this summer's free agent frenzy appears to have hit a lull.

With most of the top unrestricted free agents off the board, and the top young restricted free agents waiting for the moratorium to end before announcing their intentions, free agent news slowed to a trickle this weekend.

Most surprising is that several of the most promising free agents haven't gotten deals yet. With guys like Raja Bell, Dan Gadzuric, Brian Scalabrine, Luke Walton, Bostjan Nachbar and Jerome James all having come to terms with teams, it makes you wonder why these five sleepers haven't been locked up.

Sarunas Jasikevicius, PG, Maccabi Tel Aviv
Two international free agents, Fabricio Oberto and Arvydas Macijauskas, have already found homes. But how is it that the best veteran player in Europe, Jasikevicius, hasn't? Oberto is older and Macijauskas is less athletic. Neither player has led his team to three straight Euroleague Championships. Jasikevicius, a former Maryland star, is an incredible passer, has deep range on his jumper, and plays with emotion and grit.

Given his asking price (three years, around $10 million), he'd be a great pickup for a team trying to compete for a championship. The Cavs have shown the most interest, but have waffled between him, Antonio Daniels, Marko Jaric and Damon Stoudamire. The Pacers, Blazers and Sonics have also shown interest, but it's becoming clear that the market isn't quite as hot for him as we thought going into the summer.

If teams don't act quickly, he may just decide to sign a long-term deal in Europe. That would be a shame. While Jasikevicius may not ever be a superstar in the NBA the way he is in Europe, he has the intangibles to be the type of player who helps a team win a title.

Gerald Wallace, G/F, Charlotte Bobcats
With most of the top swingmen off the board, it's pretty surprising that Wallace hasn't garnered more interest this summer.

He had an excellent year for the Bobcats last season, and has great size and athleticism for his position. Defensively, he ranked in the top 10 in steals last year. His jump shot will never be a thing of beauty, but Wallace is versatile and would be a great fit on a team still trying to fill a void at the two or three.

However, most teams assume that the Bobcats would match any offer for Wallace. They are way under the cap and have to sign somebody.

But the truth is that Bernie Bickerstaff isn't inclined to overpay. They want lots of cap room going into next summer and might be willing to let Wallace leave if the alternative is eating up an inordinate amount of their cap flexibility next year.


Gerald would not be bad here, I think.


Kyle Korver, SF, Philadelphia 76ers
Now that it appears that Joe Johnson, Michael Redd, Ray Allen and Macijauskas are locked up, Korver stands as the best shooter left on the board. Seven of the top eight 3-point shooting teams in the league made the playoffs last season. It's clear that shooting now comes at a premium.

Korver tied for the league lead in 3-pointers made (226) and posted better than average numbers in rebounds and steals. The Sixers used him primarily as a spot-up shooter in their system, but it's clear that Korver has potential to be more. Add in his durability and better-than-expected defense and it's surprising the Heat and Cavs haven't made a stronger run at him.

The fear is that under the new rules for "early bird" free agents (players with just two years experience), the Sixers will just match any offer. However, with Jim O'Brien gone (as well as the heavy emphasis on 3-point shooting) and Samuel Dalembert looking pretty expensive for the Sixers, Korver might be worth the risk.


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• The Nets are running out of patience with the Blazers and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. The two teams have been in talks for the past week about a sign-and-trade that would put Abdur-Rahim in New Jersey. The Nets are trying to use their $4.9 million trade exception to acquire him. While that amount is no more than the mid-level exception that every team over the cap owns, a sign-and-trade would allow Abdur-Rahim to get an extra year and larger bonuses each year. The difference could amount (depending on where the cap comes in) to an extra $9 to $11 million over the course of the deal. The Blazers were holding out for a No. 1 and lately have been trying to get the draft rights to the Nets' second round pick this year, Serbian center Mile Ilic. So far the Nets have refused to budge, offering only a future second-round pick.

The team's trade exception expires July 29, so there is a growing sense of urgency. If the Nets can't land Abdur-Rahim with their trade exception, they would be willing to pay him their mid-level. However, his agent, Aaron Goodwin, is holding out hope that if the Blazers can't work out a deal with the Nets, they might be able to get one done with the Kings, Rockets or Clippers.

Expect things to work themselves out soon. The Nets also have strong interest in Stromile Swift and will try to work out a sign-and-trade with the Grizzlies for Swift if they don't get things with Abdur-Rahim resolved in the next few days.

If the Nets can land either Swift or Abdur-Rahim with their trade exception, look for new owner Bruce Ratner to keep spending money. Their next signing would likely be free agent guard Keyon Dooling with part of their mid-level exception. The Nets are looking for a combo guard who can help Jason Kidd keep his minutes down to about 30 a night and they seem to have narrowed in on Dooling as their guy.


• The Hawks have targeted Eddy Curry this summer, sources say, because GM Billy Knight believes that Curry is the one attainable free agent center out there right now. Knight is convinced that the Sixers and Bulls would match any offer he might make for Samuel Dalembert or Tyson Chandler, but Curry is a different story. Given his health problems and rocky relationship with the Bulls, the Hawks feel like the Bulls would be unwilling to match or, at the very least, would be amenable to a sign-and-trade that could send Al Harrington to Chicago.

• It looks like free agent point guard Antonio Daniels has narrowed his choices down to the Lakers and Blazers. It would appear that the Lakers would be a no-brainer. Phil Jackson loves big guards and the Lakers, now that they've agreed to trade Chucky Atkins, could offer him a starting position. However, two things are holding him back. One, the Lakers want Daniels to sign a two-year deal. This has been the Lakers mantra all summer as they try to protect potential max cap space during the summer of 2007 so that they can make a run at Yao Ming in free agency.

Daniels, who turned 30 in March, wants more job security, and feels he can get it from his other suitors.

Two, new Blazers head coach Nate McMillan loved Daniels in Seattle and has been pushing to get him to come aboard as a tutor for Sebastian Telfair. The Jazz, Heat, Magic and Cavs have also shown interest in Daniels.

• It looks like Vladimir Radmanovic and the Sonics are in contract gridlock at the moment. The Sonics want to re-sign Radmanovic, but he's asking for starters money (a starting salary between $8-9 million) and a position in the starting lineup. "Vladimir's a starter," his agent David Bauman told Insider. "He needs to be paid like one and he needs to be played like one."

The problem for the Sonics is that they have Rashard Lewis playing his primary position, small forward, and a combo of Reggie Evans, Nick Collison and Danny Fortson holding down the power forward spot. Evans is also a free agent, so there might be an opportunity there, but it seems unlikely. If Radmanovic is a sixth man, the price would be way too rich for the Sonics' blood.

The Sonics, however, hold Radmanovic's restricted rights making it difficult for him to just bolt the team. Teams like the Hornets are interested and have the cash to do a deal, but are fearful that the Sonics will match. A sign-and-trade might be the only way out of the jam for both teams. The Sonics need a big man and there are plenty of suitors for Radmanovic if teams over the cap can get into the bidding. One trading partner that might make some sense is the Celtics, who are willing to part with Antoine Walker and/or Gary Payton in a sign-and-trade. The Sonics have interest in both.

• The Timberwolves are making a strong push for Clippers free-agent point-guard Marko Jaric. That could be the best signal yet that the team plans to jettison Sam Cassell this summer. Jaric is a restricted free agent, but the Clippers have shown some interest in being willing to facilitate a sign-and-trade. Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy would love to have Jaric return as a back-up to Shaun Livingston and Cuttino Mobley, but he isn't going to break the bank. Jaric likes the Clippers, but would prefer to get a starting gig in the league. The Nuggets and Cavs have also shown strong interest in Jaric this summer.

• The Bucks have been very busy this summer, drafting Andrew Bogut, trading for Jiri Welsch, and coming to terms with free agents Michael Redd, Bobby Simmons and Dan Gadzuric. The team has also been trying to re-sign center Zaza Pachulia. However, sources say that it looks like the Hawks are prepared to throw more cash his way should they be unable to land a big-time center like Dalembert, Chandler or Curry via free agency.

• The Cavs have been showing a lot of interest in free agents Reggie Evans and Damon Stoudamire. The team is looking for a rugged rebounder to put next to Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The team missed Carlos Boozer and feel that Evans, who was the best rebounder per minute in the NBA, would be a great fit. If the Cavs offer the full mid-level, the Sonics might not be match. The team has also shown strong interest in Abdur-Rahim. That could also signal the end of the Drew Gooden era. The Cavs are also after another point guard to platoon with Eric Snow. Snow is a bigger, defense-minded guard so the Cavs are trying to go the opposite direction with his backup. Stoudamire might be a good choice. He's a good perimeter shooter, can push the ball up the floor and is coming off one his better seasons in recent memory. Then again, he's 31 years old and has had more than his fair share of legal problems the past few years. The team has also looked at Jasikevicus as well as two bigger guards in Daniels and Jaric.

• The Miami Heat wanted to make a big splash this summer in the free agent market, but it looks like they'll end up standing pat by keeping a couple of their own free agents. The team came to terms with restricted free agent Udonis Haslem early last week and is getting closer to getting a deal done with free-agent point-guard Damon Jones. The Heat will, however, have to use most of their mid-level exception to lock up Jones.

• Poor Nikoloz Tskitishvili. After three years of being labeled one of the all-time great draft busts, he finally caught a break this summer by landing on the Timberwolves' summer league squad. With former Suns scout Rex Chapman now playing a big role in Minnesota, Skita finally got a chance to show his stuff in front of some sympathetic eyes. In his first game, he had 25 points, 10 rebounds, shot 4-for-5 from three and looked much better than the No. 1 pick in the draft, Andrew Bogut.

Alas, Skita broke his hand just nine minutes into the Wolves' second summer league game and will be out the next 4 to 6 weeks. Unfortunately for Skita, who wants to keep playing in the NBA, not Europe, no one is willing to break open the bank after one great summer league performance. Every one remembers that he was the MVP of the Reebok Vegas Summer League last year and then went on to do very little for the Nuggets and Warriors last season.



Chad Ford covers the NBA for ESPN Insider.
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Old 07-18-05, 01:39 PM
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Sarunas Jasikevicius is a cocky son of a b!tch thats full of himself and apparantly hates Americans or really dislikes them. He's about as bad as Alonzo Mourning with the Heat in terms of acting like an *******. But hey he's a really good international PG, it'd be interesting how he would play in the NBA.

Gerald Wallace would be a decent back-up but the guy has no range whats so ever. He hasn't shown much durability either.

Kyle Korver? No.
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Old 07-18-05, 01:42 PM
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Sarunas Jasikevicius signed with the cavs, i beleive..wallace is a trackstar in a hoop uniform, he can dunk and that's about it. korver is a shooter, but can he play d, and is he a turkaglu type player-okay in the season, terrible in the post season?
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Old 07-18-05, 01:47 PM
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If either could be had on the cheap, I would like to see G Wallace & or Skita..both players just need some good coaching & I think that either one would have a real possibility of flourishing in a system like the Spurs..btw thanks for posting this lounorthside..it is pretty slow right now so any & all information, speculation, rumors etc. are much appreciated
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Old 07-18-05, 02:14 PM
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I think Korver would be a good Bowen backup, at least decent defender and a great spot up shooter that is a threat from the out side. He's been durable, and a great ft shooter and averaged over 1 steal a game. If he came at a decent price why not.
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Old 07-18-05, 02:21 PM
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No. The Spurs clearly need Mark Madsen.
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Old 07-18-05, 02:26 PM
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Radmanovic for Rasho!
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Old 07-18-05, 02:40 PM
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Kyle Korver would be a nice shooter. Spurs need another shooter on the team with great accuracy. Kyle Korver would be a great addition to the Spurs. His defense is solid but with pop, he can improve. Kyle is spurs material in terms of fundamentals, team player, and great work ethic. Krover would be good fit for backing up bowen. Spurs can sign both Korver and DerMarr.
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Old 07-18-05, 03:01 PM
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G Wallace or KK want more than 3 million. KK did not shoot very good under pressure. With ony 2.5 m left, SPURS can only pursue 3rd tier agent like Maddog or nearly retired players like C Robinson, .... Of course I hope they can steal some good player like J Jones, ..

If no one is interested in Sam Cassell, maybe SPURS can take a chance.
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i would not mind korver at all...
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Old 07-18-05, 03:18 PM
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Korver doesn't do good under pressure. Neither does Beno and Spurs are working with him. Korver needs to right team with great coaching. It's hard to showcase talent in philly with Iverson taking 100 shots a night. Korver is the ideal player for the Spurs. Even Barkley said on TNT if Korver was a Spur, Spurs would be dangerous because double teams that come on Duncan. People like Korver will knock down the 3 ball. Duncan makes players better and with Korver getting the looks. I expect great things.
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Sarunas Jasikevicius is a cocky son of a b!tch thats full of himself and apparantly hates Americans or really dislikes them. He's about as bad as Alonzo Mourning with the Heat in terms of acting like an *******. But hey he's a really good international PG, it'd be interesting how he would play in the NBA.

Gerald Wallace would be a decent back-up but the guy has no range whats so ever. He hasn't shown much durability either.

Kyle Korver? No.
Why do think that being like Mourning on the court is equal to hating Americans? The guy played for years at Maryland, always wanted to play in the NBA and has always been giving Team USA props, even after Lithania won. Believe me, he may do well or not in the NBA, but he doesn't hate Americans.
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Sarunas Jasikevicius signed with the cavs, i beleive.
Monroe said that in that article but I think he was wrong. Orlando is interested in him, I believe.

Sarunas is the BEST point guard in Europe, winning back to back Euroleague titles on DIFFERENT teams- quite an accomplishment. I think he hasn't signed yet because he has MORE offers than the others and he is more particular. He wants to come to the NBA but only in the right situation.
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Korver - Trigger happy shooter. Can't guard the three point line.

The actual painted three point line, I mean.
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wallace would be perfect here, so what if he can't shoot the 3 we have like 4 other guys who can. important numbers, 5.5 RPG, 1.67 SPG, 1.3 BPG all that from a 3? i'll take that.
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Jasikevicius is asking for a 3 year 10 million dollar contract. Can the spurs afford that. any thoughts.
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•This has been the Lakers mantra all summer as they try to protect potential max cap space during the summer of 2007 so that they can make a run at Yao Ming in free agency.
I've believed for years that Yao Ming would go to L.A. The league will make sure of it.
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I don't know if Jasikevicus hates Americans but I get annoyed with his antics on the court. People call him fiery, but it is a little irritating to me. That goes for anyone who does an absurd amount of trash talking, fist pumping or shows arrogance
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wallace would be perfect here, so what if he can't shoot the 3 we have like 4 other guys who can. important numbers, 5.5 RPG, 1.67 SPG, 1.3 BPG all that from a 3? i'll take that.
Gerald Wallace AKA The next Bruce Bowen. Those are roughly the same averages bruce has in those categories.

Do we really have a decent chance of getting Kyle Korver? If we do I'll be over the moon
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Monroe said that in that article but I think he was wrong. Orlando is interested in him, I believe.

Sarunas is the BEST point guard in Europe, winning back to back Euroleague titles on DIFFERENT teams- quite an accomplishment. I think he hasn't signed yet because he has MORE offers than the others and he is more particular. He wants to come to the NBA but only in the right situation.
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Gerald Wallace AKA The next Bruce Bowen
not a chance in the world. Gerald wallace could defend a department store manaquin. the guy is also one of the biggest prima donna's I've ever met...would rather somehow had gotten marquis daniels when he wasn't drafted-the spurs dropped the ball on that one...
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