This isn’t a rumor based on sources so much as it is one based on common sense. As well as Joel Anthony played as a starting center against both Boston and Chicago, the Heat desperately need a true center who can protect the rim, finish plays, and provide both size and athleticism on both ends of the court.
The problem is that they don’t have much money to spend, and will probably have even less after the new CBA is completed. So they need an effective 15-20 MPG “show starter” at center (it seems likely that the team’s crunch-time lineup will still be a “small” one next season, with either Anthony or Haslem manning the 5 spot), who can do center-like things and would come at a low price. (Heat fans may have pipe dreams about either Tyson Chandler or Nene, but Riley enticing either of those players to join his team at a severe discount would make his free-agency haul last season look like child’s play.)
The natural option seems to be Samuel Dalembert, who just completed the final season of a contract with the Kings that paid him $13.5 million. Dalembert would probably have to take a pay cut to join the Heat as well, but he wouldn’t make anything near what Chandler and Nene will make this off-season on the open market, and the allure of playing with James, Wade, and Bosh, as well as Miami’s large Haitian community, could be enough to entice Dalembert to sacrifice some cash and join the Heat.
Of course, Dalembert will get other offers, particularly from the Knicks, who also need a center, have some star power, and play in a huge market. If Dalembert decides to take the money, there’s not a whole lot the Heat can do to upgrade their roster without making a major move. The Heat will have a hard time improving their roster significantly this summer, which makes the fact they choked away two sizeable fourth-quarter leads in the NBA Finals that much harder of a pill to swallow for them.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Martin Schiller has been named coach of the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz’s NBA G League affiliate.
Schiller previously served as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany and replaces Dean Cooper. He was an assistant coach for the Artland Dragons from 2010-15.
Schiller has also been an assistant coach on the German National Team since 2015, where he worked with Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen.
Schiller hails from Vienna, Austria, and Stars vice president of basketball operations Bart Taylor lauded him for his international experience and player development background.
The Jazz organization is known to have close relationships with the international basketball community. The Jazz currently have eight international players.
BOSTON (AP) — Newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 in Boston because the Celtics already have retired the numbers he wore in college and with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving wore No. 11 at two New Jersey high schools before switching to No. 1 at Duke. He wore No. 2 with the Cavaliers for the first six years of his NBA career.
The Celtics retired No. 1 for founder and original owner Walter Brown. They retired No. 2 for former coach and general manager Red Auerbach.
In all, the Celtics have retired 21 numbers, with Paul Pierce’s No. 34 next in line for the TD Garden rafters.
Everyone in the NBA — heck, nearly everyone living in the Western hemisphere — knew Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. That should kill the Cavaliers’ leverage and make it hard to get enough quality back.
New GM Koby Altman — the guy thrust into the job when David Griffin was shown the door — pulled it off brilliantly.
That’s what I talk about in this new PBT Extra. With Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, the Cavaliers remain the team to beat in the East this season. The Brooklyn Nets pick gives them flexibility going forward, whatever LeBron James decides to do next season.
First time at the plate in the big leagues and Altman crushed it to straight away center field.
The Cavaliers and Celtics played in last year’s Eastern Conference finals. The teams were widely expected to meet there again.
Yet, Cleveland and Boston just completed a blockbuster trade – Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.
That seemed odd.
In fact, it’s unprecedented.
That is an incredible fact, one which speaks to LeBron James‘ cachet. The Cavs are emphasizing this season, LeBron’s last before a player option, by loading up with veterans Thomas and Crowder. With LeBron still reigning in Cleveland, the Celtics are delaying their peak by acquiring the younger Irving.
Adding to the intrigue: the Cavs and Celtics are still favored to meet in this year’s conference finals. At minimum, they’ll face off in a(n even more) highly anticipated opening-night matchup.