Friday, June 27, 2008

Rose smells nice for Bulls

So, no major suprises - draft position wise - last night. The top dozen or so picks went pretty much as expected.
PG Derrick Rose went first overall to Chicago and then Miami did end up taking F Michael Beasley second. Heat President, Pat Riley said all the right things about wanting Beasley all along afterwards, but you get the feeling that Miami's off season wheeling and dealing has only just begun.
  • New Jersey and Milwaukee completed a trade which sent F Richard Jefferson to the Bucks in exchange for F Yi Jianlian and F Bobby Simmons. A good deal for both teams.
  • It will be interesting to see if Nets GM Rod Thorn completely cleans house now and deals G/F Vince Carter. Vince will always fill stadiums with fans still hoping to see some highlight-reel dunks, but his biggest problem is that he hasn't developed into the leader that everyone hoped for. Vince plays like he's always got a little bit left in the tank.
  • There were a few trades throughout the night. The biggest came in the wee hours when Minnesota sent G OJ Mayo (3rd pick) to Memphis for F Kevin Love (5th pick) and G/F Mike Miller. There was a few other bits & pieces thrown in but those 3 guys were the main components. If this works out for Mayo like it did when T'Wolves GM Kevin McHale traded Brandon Roy for Randy Foye 2 years ago, then OJ will be very excited by this move ! Randy Foye has spent most of his first two seasons injured while Brandon Roy became an NBA All-Star in his sophmore season. OJ Mayo now joins F Rudy Gay and PG Mike Conley in Memphis which should improve the Grizzlies immediately.
  • The Indiana Pacers acquired another PG last night when they picked up PG Jarret Jack, SG Brandon Rush(13th pick) and F Josh McRoberts from Portland for F Ike Diogu and PG Jerryd Bayless(11th pick). Last years' PG Jamaal Tinsley is done in Indiana but GM Larry Bird hasn't yet found a home for Tinsley but expect something to happen soon.

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