Detroit wants to lock up one of my favorite players: Tayshaun Prince. If they don't succeed, he'll be a restricted free agent next summer.
Michael Finley says he has limited his options to the Suns, Heat, and Spurs. Phoenix makes a lot of sense to me, as they just lost Joe Johnson at that position, and can legitamitely offer a big role on a top team. And the Suns just put on the full-court press, with a six person delegation, including three players, flying to meet Finley in Chicago. (Contrary to earlier reports, it now appears there's little chance Finley or Latrell Sprewell will go to Detroit.)
Darius Songaila is one of more capable free agents left on the market, and here's a serious statistical analysis of Songaila's game.
"Proportional scoring margins" show that San Antonio was by far the best team in the western conference last year even though Phoenix had more wins. Portland was third-worst.
The Rockets have about 100 minutes of playing time per game to split between Derek Anderson, Bob Sura, David Wesley, Mike James, Moochie Norris, Ryan Bowen, Vin Baker, Charlie Ward, Jon Barry and Luther Head. Time for a trade.
I have a feeling the era of the Lakers being considered a great team may be ending for some time. The new Buss is not inspiring.