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Camp invites rolling in: Jarron Collins to Clippers, Steve Novak to Mavericks

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Teams are busy rounding out their rosters for training camps and a couple familiar names are popping up.

Jarron Collins, half of the offensively challenged Collins twins, will be headed to Clippers, his agent told Hoopshype. Not sure there is much to this, they have Chris Kaman and DeAndre Jordan at the five already, not sure they really want Collins as an end of the bench guy. If the Clippers are going to carry a third center, they should get a prospect out of the D-League that could develop.

Three-point specialist Steve Novak will be in the Mavericks camp, as he has gotten an invite. Every team could use a pure shooter who could come in off the bench and light it up from three, which is what Novak did for the Clippers two seasons ago. Last season he shot 31 percent from three. He shoots like that again and he will be done quickly.

Kirk Penney played well enough for New Zealand during the recent World Championships in Turkey that he got an invite to Spurs training camp. Penney had a couple cups of coffee in the NBA five years ago. He will not make the Spurs but maybe he can impress some scouts and get a chance somewhere out of this.

Atlanta Hawks are poised to win the Jason Collins sweepstakes


Jason and Jarron Collins are truly perplexing NBA players. They dig up roster spots, year after year, despite being essentially useless on a basketball court. They have no post game (they seem to have enough trouble just catching and finishing). They’re very poor rebounders. They don’t stand out defensively. They’re just two seven-footers and high-character teammates, which seems to be enough to earn a yearly NBA salary. They don’t catch your eye on the court, they don’t show up in the box score, and they aren’t favorites of advanced stats. What the Collinses do, strictly speaking,

Next year, the tradition continues, as the Atlanta Hawks are expected to re-sign Jason Collins for the veteran minimum, according to Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse. That means a Jarron signing can’t be far behind.

The problem isn’t that these deals are wreckless; if a team’s worst move is signing Jason Collins to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, they’re in pretty good shape. However, with other qualified bigs playing in the D-League and in Europe, it would be nice to see someone else get a chance. Someone with potential for growth, and while we’re pushing it, maybe even the ability to get a bucket every now and again. If a young player performed at a Collins level during their rookie deal, they’d be out of the league in no time. Yet since Jason and Jarron are veterans with wisdom to impart, they get a free pass on the basketball side of things.

Amar'e Stoudemire will only kind of leave the Suns empty-handed

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UPDATE 11:38 AM: Although the plan described below is currently in place, LeBron James could make things a bit more interesting if he were to sign with the Knicks. From Paul Coro:

However, if LeBron James picks New York today, the Suns could still have a chance at Lee. The Suns would have to do a sign-and-trade with New York before the Knicks signed James. Even then, they would have to outdo other suitors, who might be offering Lee more money or be offering New York a better package. Golden State was close to an agreement that would send Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike to New York but Lee would have to agree to going to the Warriors. Also, Phoenix is debating whether it would give Lee a contract averaging about $13 million annually like he wants. By comparison, Steve Nash will make $10.3 million this season.

11:00 AM: Amar’e Stoudemire has had one foot in the Phoenix Suns’ door, even as he wined and dined in NYC. It didn’t mean much at all, but with free agents unable to officially sign contracts until today, Phoenix was reportedly interested in pursuing a sign-and-trade for the Knicks’ David Lee to hedge their losses. It would have been a fine move for a Suns team locked out of of big-game free agency due to their other salary commitments, but apparently it wasn’t meant to be.

However, the Suns and Knicks will still do a sign-and-trade, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, and the Suns and Bulls will also complete a smaller trade on the side. In exchange for Stoudemire, the Suns will receive a $16.5 million trade exception, which could be awfully valuable as teams look to ditch long-term deals on the eve of a new CBA. The Bulls will sign-and-trade Hakim Warrick (who has already agreed to a deal with Phoenix) to the Suns by way of that trade exception, which should cut it to $13.5 million.

This could be pretty awesome for the Suns, supposing they plan their moves carefully. Once Stoudemire’s is re-signed, his cap hold is removed, which should actually clear some space for the Suns to sign another free agent. Phoenix can then officially acquire Warrick at a later date, preserving their cap space and using the trade exception to instead absorb his new contract.

The Knicks also gain about $800k in cap space. Cue the ticker tape parade.

This is a great setup for Phoenix. Stoudemire may not have landed Lee in return, but the Suns are set to make another off-season acquisition to bolster their roster (supposing they renounce the rights to Louis Amundson and Jarron Collins) while also putting them in position to make another pick-up down the road. The Suns could really get some value here, even if Amar’e wasn’t sent out in a more traditional sign-and-trade.

Suns nab Dwayne Jones for depth at center

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Robin Lopez has been quite good for the Phoenix Suns this year, and his health is, in many ways, key to their late-season success. Without Lopez in the lineup, the Suns are a sub-par defensive team forced to rely on Jarron Collins, as Alvin Gentry is now committed to playing Amar’e Stoudemire at his natural position (power forward) as much as possible. Collins is — and this is no exaggeration — far and away the worst starting center in the league, and the only alternative would be to give more minutes to Channing Frye.

Frye’s already playing pretty significant minutes on most nights, and the problem with giving him more playing time is that doing so is, by extension, giving the Suns opponents more layup attempts and rebounds. According to Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside, the latter (at least) is about to be remedied: the Suns have signed rebounding machine Dwayne Jones of the Austin Toros to help fill out their center rotation.

Jones isn’t likely to jump head-first into significant playing time, but I’m optimistic that if given a chance to play, he’ll produce. He’s the best rebounder the D-League has to offer, and his biggest weakness (a complete lack of offensive moves) happens to be well-remedied by Steve Nash’s passing and the Suns’ pace. Jones is an athlete perfectly suited for an up-and-down game, and if given the chance, he’ll rebound and finish well even against NBA competition.

It’s not entirely certain he’ll actually get that chance, though. Phoenix picked Jones out of all the fish in the sea, but it’s possible that the Suns’ sole motivation in signing him was to fill out the roster and provide a back-up plan should Lopez’s injury be worse than anticipated. Despite the fact that Jones could make a legitimate difference on a team that has a place (and minutes) for Jarron Collins, he could very well be filed away as Plan Z and practice fodder.

There’s no use in judging the Suns or Jones either way until we see the team’s plans unfold, but part of me can’t help but worry that Jones’ long-awaited call-up may not be as fruitful as it could have been.