Also, Matt Barnes signs with the Clippers. So what do you guys think of their team?
C. Paul/E. Bledsoe
C. Billups/J. Crawford/W. Green/T. Leslie
C. Butler/G. Hill/M. Barnes
B. Griffin/L. Odom/T. Thompkins
D. Jordan/R. Turiaf/R. Hollins
I really don't see any improvement from last season and by that I mean I can't see this roster doing more than being a 4th-5th seed and being a 2nd round exit.
They improved ALOT.
1. Billups will be back and healthy. They were 18-8 with him.
2. Crawford/Odom can be huge for them if they play well and stay healthy.
3. They added better defensive pieces to throw out at Kobe and Durant.
4. They downgraded by getting rid of Evans and Martin but they have size now instead of a bench of two 6'9 guys. Turiaf is a 6'10 shot blocker, Hollins is a 7'0 shot blocker.
5. They added veteran leaders with Billups, Hill.
The Supersonics are on the verge of returning to the NBA.
Chris Hansen and the city of Seattle have an agreement to build a new arena, an important step in bringing an NBA team back to the area to play under the Sonics' name.
“It means a lot to the NBA,” Hansen said. “They’ve been watching very close to what we’re doing. I think going in they were very skeptical we would get to this point given our history in Seattle.
“It’s a great win for the city with the league.”
Hansen is cautioning the optimism that a team could be in Seattle by next season.
“I think it’s conceivable, that would be optimistic and that is not an expectation I would not want to set,” he said. “I worry that people are expecting us to get this deal done and it be like magic and a team would be here this year. It’s like, ‘Poof and we’ve got a deal done and where is our team?’ This is a far more difficult process. I think anybody who is intimately familiar with the NBA knows this is a tough next face we have to go through.”
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Re: NBA Offseason Thread 2012
This Sam Cassel situation is interesting because apparently the NCAA is cracking down on High Schools or Prep Schools when it comes to faking grades and all of that. They denied his son eligibility because he attends a school on the NCAA's watch list, so he's raging.