As players from the 2011 NBA Draft negotiate extensions on their rookie deals, none will have a more interesting decision to make than Reggie Jackson. Jackson’s current situation is fairly comparable to Eric Bledsoe, who spent most of his first three seasons playing behind Chris Paul. Read More. Written by Jonathan Tjarks on Sep 17, 2014
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) focuses on the Atlantic Division with Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game (@uuords) and Jared Weiss of CLSN Radio and CelticsBlog (@CLNS_JaredWeiss).
The three work through an eventful off-season in terms of players and coaches alike from the Jason Kidd fiasco to the major New York / Dallas trade that brought Jose Calderon to the Knicks.
In addition, they also preview the upcoming season including ranking the teams in the division 1-5 and predicting how many of them will make the playoffs.
Glen Grunwald denied comments from John Shannon, a former MLSE TV executive who claimed that the Dallas Mavericks offered Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash to the Toronto Raptors for Vince Carter and Antonio Davis over a decade ago.
"I don’t think that’s true, if my memory serves me correctly," said Grunwald. "One of my last obligations before I got the axe was to explore a Nash-for-Carter trade, but no, we were never, as far as I know, offered those guys. It was a difficult time for Vince Carter, obviously receiving criticism from the media in particular — because he did suffer from some real injuries, but he had some bad judgment in terms of attending concerts and such when he was on the injured list. It was time to look at exploring a trade, but the nearest I can recall, the Mavericks never offered Nowitzki and we never had any real conversations with them about Steve Nash. I don’t think (Shannon’s statement) is accurate, but maybe John has a better memory than I do."
Grunwald was soon fired by the Raptors and replaced by Rob Babcock, who traded Carter to the New Jersey Nets.
Tim Leiweke will step down as CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment on June 30, 2015 or earlier if a successor is found.
“Under Tim’s leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to championship success,” Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of MLSE, said in a statement Thursday morning.
“We look forward to working closely with Tim to build on this foundation and further accelerate our momentum as we seek a new leader for MLSE.”
Leiweke said in his statement that “it’s an honour to lead MLSE, a world-class organization in a city and a country so passionate about sports.”
“But with new opportunities on the horizon, it’s time for me to begin the transition from sports and entertainment executive to entrepreneur,” Leiweke said.
“Right now, my total focus is here at MLSE and I look forward to working with the board and MLSE team to continue strengthening our franchises while ensuring a smooth transition to a new leader.”
Leiweke told the board it’s his goal to pursue his personal goal of owning his own business.
The Toronto Raptors were fined $25,000 for tampering charges due to comments made by Drake about Kevin Durant.
“You know, my brother [Oklahoma City Thunder star] Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us,” Drake said. “I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.”
The NBA offered to rescind the fine if the Raptors cut ties with Drake, who draws no salary from the club.
Free agent Jordan Hamilton has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Toronto Raptors, a league source told RealGM.
A skilled, 6-foot-7 forward, Hamiton has averaged 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in three NBA seasons. He played over two seasons with the Denver Nuggets – under Masai Ujiri – before being dealt to the Houston Rockets in February.
Hamilton scored nearly seven points per game in 21 games for the Rockets.
Out of the University of Texas, Hamilton was the No. 26 overall pick in the 2011 draft.
DeAndre Daniels will start his professional basketball career in Australia, where he will reportedly play for the Perth Wildcats.
Daniels was the Toronto Raptors' second round pick in this year's NBA draft. At the request of Masai Ujiri, Daniels will leave at the end of the month to spend four months playing overseas.
“I’m going to Australia for four months, a long vacation, and I’m going back and will be with the Raptors,” Daniels said. I’m just going to go out there and not look at it as negative, but look at it as a positive. I’m just going to go out there and get better.”
Daniels, who averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds last season for the Connecticut Huskies, spent the summer with the Raptors. He played five games for Toronto's summer league team.
Daniels does not regret leaving school early.
“I don’t second guess it at all,” he said. “I’m going to Australia for four months and I look at it as a long vacation before I come back. I’ll get better, just keep improving, but I don’t look at it as a negative. I’m just going to keep moving forward and God has a plan.
“It works out differently for everybody, not everybody has the same plan, so all I can control is what I control. That’s how hard I work and keep improving.”