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We'll get back to the actual draft selections in a bit, but frankly, aside from new Timberwolves general manager David Kahn putting Matt Millen and Jon Gruden to shame by stockpiling people who play the same position in a matter of mere minutes, the week's real drama involved players who long since had their moment on the podium with David Stern.

We're talking trades -- and not just mentally talking, as Shaq seems to prefer.

Vince Carter is in Orlando, Richard Jefferson is in San Antonio, Shaquille O'Neal is in Cleveland and Thabo Sefolosha is in Oklahoma City. And if you don't think that last one matters, you've obviously never listened to anyone with an Oklahoma accent.


I have a feeling [the Magic] aint bringing back turkoglu now.with the money that howard,carter,and lewis are making,I cant imagine them giving him the kind of money he thought he was going to get last week.

-- nspe33

Get ready, Cleveland. [Shaq] willl be fat and out of shape when camp starts, he'll have to play himself into shape, and he'll be injured the first 1 - 1 1/2 months of the season. Just like every other team he has ever played for! Bank it!


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Chad Ford didn't get to as many questions as normal in Tuesday's chat, but give the guy a break; it's two days before the draft and he's working the phones like a crazed American Idol fan. Plus, he gave chatters something just as valuable as answers -- a scoop! Ford opened with the report that the Spurs and Bucks had agreed in principle on a trade sending Richard Jefferson to San Antonio for essentially salary cap relief.

SportsNation's verdict came swiftly on the still unfinalized deal; the Lakers are still the overwhelming favorites in the West (all right, so that part wasn't that exciting).

Mike (LA)

Why in the world would the Bucks do that?

Chad Ford
Jerry Crasnick

Bowen, Oberto and Thomas are all in the last year of their contracts. It saves them roughly $3 million this year and $15 million next year. And it gives them some flexibility to sign at least one of their restricted free agents -- either Charlie Villanueva or Ramon Sessions. Full transcript.

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