Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
Upon learning of the 4-team trade which shippped James Posey to Indiana, SI's Chris Mannix started speculating about Po-Z's future on Twitter:
Celtics will likely inquire about Posey for their final roster spot, too. Good fit there as well.
Glut of small forwards in Indy though, including No. 1 pick. Don't think JP will want to spend last two years rebuilding either
James Posey's agent, Mark Bartelstein, tells SI.com that Posey will not seek a buyout from the Pacers.
Pacers could still look to trade Posey, who has two-years and $13 million remaining on contract.
However several contenders (Miami, Boston, Orlando) would love to add Posey's presence off the bench.
Because I'm doubtful that Posey will walk away from any of the $13 million on his contract, a trade is the most likely avenue to Boston. If the Celtics only had an expiring contract worth $6+ million annually they could send to Indy.
Blazers swingman Rudy Fernandez is still looking for a way out of Portland (Hoops Hype via Marca):
“It’s more like we’re trying to talk with (the Blazers) and make them
understand my position. And let’s make clear I understand theirs too.
We have to come to an agreement and find a way out as soon as possible. I
made a great effort going to the States, making less money that I would
in Europe. This season, I decided with my agents that the best thing
was to try to get traded so I could be on another team with more playing
“Not to the point of being depressed, but I’ve been pretty fucked up
psychologically . I didn’t feel comfortable on the court and sometimes I
preferred to stay on the bench. I didn’t feel capable of helping the
team and that’s very tough to handle for any player.”
On Page 2, Doc talks about Rajon Rondo playing for Team USA.
“I like that he’s playing with them,” Rivers said on Tuesday. “I think
the whole team part of that is good for Rondo. I think every day he’s in
that team atmosphere is another day for him to learn.”
“He’s young,” Rivers said. “You play basketball all summer when you’re
young. That’s what you do anyways. They’re only going to play him 15-20
minutes a night.”
Doc says that Rondo's focus needs to be on improving his elbow jumper and free throw shooting. Rondo will work with Mark Price again this off-season.
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