Welcome to my first Daily Links post.
I went searching for some reports on the Suns' GM search and found nothing. This is surprising to me, but Childress and Turkoglu dropped out of thin air so I guess the Suns' GM announcement will do the same. The only reason Demps hit the rumor mill was a source close to him, not the Suns. Sarver does not seem to suffer leakers in his new front office.
But I did find some good nuggets of info, anyway.
Will the Suns really miss the playoffs? Update on Suns PF options, and is there one more really good PF option out there for the Suns? What's left the FA market?
Here's an early look at the top of the Western Conference, focusing on teams that can win 50 games or more next season. This list does not include the Phoenix Suns, who won 54 games last season and reached the Western Conference finals. My view is that adding Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress will not be enough to make up for the loss of Amar'e Stoudemire. (my view is that Ian Thomsen is playing par for the course. He's always discounted the Suns)
Hedo Turkoglu may not be a prototypical power forward but what he brings to the Phoenix Suns outweighs his lack of power forward skills.
Interview with Josh Smith, who is excited about the upcoming Hawks season. He also mentions the potential of bringing in Shaq to add a low post presence. And we all know what that means to the Suns' potential options, right?
Here's one interpretation of Cleveland's chances next year, and it's pretty bad. They have not signed a single player this offseason. Next year's projected top pick is Harrison Barnes, reported to be a LeBron type player. Might Cleveland want to dump players to start over next summer? Anderson Varejao would be very, very good in a Suns uni.
Man, there are SLIM PICKINS left on the free agent market. I mean really, it's bad when Jarron Collins is rated (here) as the second-best Center left available. And remember, Cleveland has not yet signed anybody this offseason... Oh, and check out the Lou sighting.
Our own Gani Lawal ranked as the 13th best rookie in summer league, but Thorpe is not as high on Gani's immediate transition to the NBA.
Barnes to LA. I smiled when I saw this. I love what Matt Barnes brings, but I'm also thinking that the Lakers will win at least 2 fewer games next season with him in the rotation. Suns and Magic fans know what I mean.