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Michael Finley wants another shot in the NBA


Michael Finley was last seen as a bit player on Boston in the 2010 playoffs. He was unable to get floor time due to age and injuries and quietly faded into the sunset, right? Not so fast. HoopsHype spoke to the former Spurs champion who says that he wants to give it another go… now that he’s healthy.

Following up on the tweet, Finley told HoopsHype Friday that’s he’s feeling healthy now and ready to return to pro basketball – in the NBA or elsewhere. The 6-foot-7 last saw action during the Celtics’ Finals run one year and a half ago. Limited by ankle problems, he was little more than a bit player for the eventual NBA runner-up.

“When I went to Boston, my ankle wasn’t 100 percent,” Finley said. “So afer that season, I got my ankle worked on. I’ve been working hard to get that at 100 percent. I feel a lot better than during my time in Boston.

“With the lockout and the shortened season, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more injuries than usual since there’s been not much of a training camp. I’m just working hard to be in shape and prepared in case an NBA team calls me.”

via HoopsHype.com NBA Blogs – Jorge Sierra » Finley not done.

Finely is 38, will be turning 39 next spring. That’s a whole lot of miles on the former dunk champion and three-point shooter. That said, he’s always kept himself in good condition, and if Grant Hill can still be effective in this league, Finley can. It’s hard to see a team taking a shot on Finley, but considering the state of some of the contenders who have older players, it’s a slippery slope that could lead to Finley.

Setting aside his future prospects, can we talk about how good his 2004 season was? 17.4 points per game, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 44 percent from the field, 40 percent from three, 17.8 PER, all at the age of 30. Finley’s one of those players who gets forgotten but who was a tremendous player in Dallas during the Nash-Nowitzki-Finley era and a crucial player in San Antonio for their championship runs. Guy’s a legend without the hype.

Celtics to offer Pietrus minimum, add swingman who isn’t 35


The Celtics have a horrible bench. Mickael Pietrus has an injury issue. It’s a match made in heaven.

The former Magic wing was waived by the Suns earlier this week, after surgery on his knees helped result in a trade to the Raptors falling through. Now the Boston Globe reports that the Celtics are prepared to claim him once he comes off of waivers for the veteran minimum.

“He would be great,’’ Rivers said. “He would be a good addition for any team. He would be athletic. He would bring us some toughness. He can guard the 2s and the 3s. He can stretch the floor. Whoever gets him will be getting a heck of a player, if he’s healthy.’’

Barring a waiver claim, Pietrus it seems will accept the minimum contract offer from the Celtics and back up Paul Pierce, helping the Celtics recover from the loss of Jeff Green for the season.

“I think Mike likes the Celtics very much and likes that option very much,’’ said Pietrus’s agent, Bill McCandless. “I guess we’ll open up the present tomorrow at 6:30. There’s one team that was interested in trading for him and it did come down to the wire. I think there’s a 15 percent chance of a waiver claim.’’

via Mickael Pietrus offered contract by Celtics – The Boston Globe.

Pietrus is a natural fit for the Celtics, even though his defense isn’t top-notch. Defenders improve in Rivers’ system, and his ledngth is good enough to help the Celtics. He’ll be back from knee surgery within a few weeks. The Celtics needed to improve their depth with the Big 3 working on a shortened, brutal schedule, and Paul Pierce already battling a bruised heel which is expected to keep him out of Sunday’s opener vs. the Knicks.

The Celtics should land Pietrus assuming no one else comes in with a superior offer in the next 24 hours. It won’t solve their problems, but it will at least help the bench which has had everything that can go wrong go wrong in the offseason.

Christmas Eve Super-Shopper Sale! Every Nate Robinson must go!

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Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports:

Source says OKC Thunder expected to complete a buyout of guard Nate Robinson’s contract by tomorrow morning and he will become a free agent.Sat Dec 24 07:16:14 via TweetDeck

Robinson is only 27, so age isn’t an issue. He’s a veteran, so inexperience isn’t an issue. And he can produce; in New York he was a major scoring option. But it’s difficult to see which team is so in need of a diminutive combo guard (well, outside of Minnesota). Robinson will no doubt land somewhere, but he may not be a central contributor on-court.

Off-court, though, there may not be a better pick-up. What team does’t need the ultimate cheerleader and dance squad leader? Robinson was prolific in last year’s playoffs, celebrating every Thunder 3-pointer like it was a game winning shot in the Finals. Get that guy some pom-poms and you’re set.

Also, how many elves jokes do you think are going to get made if he gets picked up between now and Sunday afternoon?

Report: Lakers to find salvation in Troy Murphy

Troy Murphy

The Lakers have had a downright disastrous offseason, and it only lasted a week. Jerry Buss was in the hospital. A trade for Chris Paul was blocked by the league. The fallout resulted in Lamar Odom being traded to Dallas for essentially nothing. They spent money on Jason Kapono. Kobe Bryant’s wife is divorcing him. It has been about as disastrous as you can imagine.

But that’s all going to change, now!

Yahoo! Sports reports:

Troy Murphy has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Lakers, league source tells Y! Sports.Sat Dec 17 20:25:13 via UberSocial for BlackBerry

So Murphy’s a pro.

He was one of the more hyped players in the buyout market last year before signing with Boston. He had been struggling with injury, and continued to struggle with it. He finished averaging 3 points and 3 rebounds for the season. If healthy, he could help, theoretically. If nothing else, he’s another big to throw out for a very weak Lakers frontcourt bench. Maybe he can return to form and be a contributor for the team with all the attention on the other stars.

But it’s more likely this isn’t go to have much impact in slowing the negativity surrounding the Lakers this season so far.

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey. Is continuity worth it?

Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

(Update:  It’s official, Pistons have re-signed Stuckey.)


Yahoo! Sports reports:


Rodney Stuckey has agreed to a 3 year, $25M deal to stay with Pistons, league source confirms to Y!Sat Dec 17 16:21:18 via UberSocial for BlackBerry


It’s a… well, it’s a move for the Pistons. It’s a matter of two extremes. Let’s do “One Hand, Other Hand.”

On One Hand…

He’s a 25-year-old combo guard who had an 18 PER last season, a career year (total coincidence that it was a contract year!) and upped his assists to six per game. He’s reliable with good handle and a low turnover rate. He’s been with Detroit his entire career and the contract serves to reward a good player who has stuck with the team. He’s still got upside and has started to establish himself as more of a leader. He’s got the ability to defend two-guards and can operate as a combo guard next to Brandon Knight. Young player with above average PER for less than $10 million per year = good.

On The Other Hand…

He had his career year in the most disastrous season in recent memory for the Detroit Pistons. He was part of the veteran revolt in the locker room last season and despite my feeling that John Kuester had as much to do with that as the veterans, it’s not a good example to set. He can’t shoot, topping out at 44 percent last season with a 28 percent mark behind the arc and a .455 effective field goal percentage. He’s a point guard who doesn’t have the speed or vision of a point guard, a two-guard who doesn’t have the scoring ability of a shooting guard. He clogs up the rotation for Brandon Knight and Will Bynum and for that money, is clearly an established part of their future. The Pistons need to move forward, to move on from the mid-00’s run that netted them a championship and umpteen bajillion Eastern Conference Championship appearances in a row. This keeps them planted in that era, along with the 3-year deal for Tayshaun Prince.

Stuckey might continue to improve and this could look genius. Or he could serve to only hold back Knight and complicate the rebuilding process.

It’s a mixed move.