Sports Bloggers Live from draft night.
Boston is only one of the options for Allen Iverson. David Aldridge floats Memphis, Golden State, and Denver as possibilities. But something will happen before February's trading deadline. "Iverson," he writes, "won't be in Philadelphia much longer.
Nate McMillan's theory: trading away Theo Ratliff may help Portland re-sign Joel Przybilla, who would have a lock on the starting center job. As reported by Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune: "McMillan said the team’s No. 1 priority is re-signing Przybilla, and that Ratliff’s departure should prove to Przybilla that he is the Blazers’ guy."
Jason Quick talked to Przybilla. Blazer fans, if you want to be decent, rise up now and hold your rallies for this guy. 'Cause he's on the fence, and Quick thinks he might be leaning towards Chicago. "Just seems more and more that Chicago has the inside track here. And combine that with Joel's softening on his devotion to Portland and I just don't get a good feel. " He becomes a free agent tomorrow. He's the only real NBA center on the roster. He's a good guy and a hard worker. This matters.
The Wizards think they're going to be pretty good, and I can't argue with them. Jarvis Hayes has been hurt, but he's coming back. There's promise there, and I believe in Gilbert Arenas, Eddie Jordan, and Ernie Grunfeld
People in Detroit are waiting to see what kind of moves Arn Tellem is going to pull to try to get Ben Wallace's market value up. As a Portland fan, I'm hoping he can get Chicago very interested, so that Portland might look better to Przybilla. There are indications that Chicago doesn't want to give Wallace a big contract, however.
List of free agents. Toni Kukoc, anyone?
A good solid look at what the Raptors are up to. Luke Ridnour is one name being mentioned. They need a point guard, and Colangelo is promising trades.
Getting to know Andrea Bargnani. Did you notice Leon Rose is his agent now?
Maurice Ager is fresh from Jim Boylen's "welcome to the NBA" boot camp.
Steve Kerr's draft grades. How many sets of draft grades are out there. 30,000? 40,000? I'm having a hard time caring.
SLAM was at the draft too. They also review the Milwaukee Bucks new logo: "I asked our creative director, Melissa Brennan, for her critique on the Bucks' new look. After initially approving of the logo, I showed her the old logo, and she changed her mind: 'It looks like Christmas. I thought the...the moose was different. No, I don't like it, and I'm into taxidermy'."
Isiah not set to make a lot of trades. I mean, not make a lot of trades.