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Report: Miami to try to trade for point guard


A few games in and the Miami offense has sputtered. When they get out and run they are unstoppable, but in the half court they can be stopped.

Pat Riley thinks they need another shooter (especially with Mike Miller out until after the calendar turns to 2011), so he is going to try to trade for one after Dec. 15, when free agents signed this summer can first be traded. That according to ESPN’s Ric Bucher.

“Two different team executives said they expect the Heat to dangle $3 million and second-year PG Mario Chalmers to a lottery-bound team looking to shed the long-term contract of a mid-priced spot-up shooting PG. Riley’s objective is to find another shooter to space the floor, a la BJ Armstrong or John Paxson in their Chicago days playing alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen”

Interestingly enough, the names that come up are Jarrett Jack and Daniel Gibson. So one player from Toronto and one from Cleveland. Good luck getting those guys (even if the deal is a good one for the team, the GM would be crucified in that city for helping out the Miami team that “stole” their star).

But Riley’s right, they need a more pure shooting point guard.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.