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Old friend Delonte West is still waiting for the phone to ring. “As someone who’s always loved West’s tenacity on the court, his defensive smarts, his ability to play a variety of roles depending on what schemes and matchups dictate, and his evident sense of humor, I’d love to see him back in the league, playing important minutes on a team of consequence in games that matter. But when Delonte follows up his promises to straighten up and fly right with the leveler, “I won’t give the media any more excuses,” I get a little more skeptical that we’re going to see that any time soon.” [Devine/Ball Don’t Lie]

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Hey, someone thinks training camp will be exciting. “2. Cleveland Browns (27 points). Don’t laugh. Start with a new owner who is getting investigated by the FBI. Add a front office with about 75 different execs who already appear to be working themselves up to a Game of Thrones throwdown. Add new coach Rob Chudzinski and the goofus-and-gallant coordinator tandem of Ray Horton and Norv Turner. Separate Brandon Weeden into a Class of 2012 quarterback and a veteran journeyman on the precipice of a controversy, because he is both. Sprinkle in an odd collection of free agents like Paul Kruger and rookies like Barkevious Mingo. Deduct three points for historic futility. Shake well. Serve with reduced expectations, but a sense that nearly anything can happen.” [Tanier/Sports on Earth]

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“It’s wrong to suggest Cleveland’s flyer on Andrew Bynum3 is totally risk-free. The combined signings of Bynum and Jarrett Jack soak up the cap space Cleveland could have used to nab a big man who might actually play long-term — someone like Tiago Splitter or Pekovic. Cleveland could have splurged on such a player and maintained max-level cap room next summer by dealing Anderson Varejao to one of his many suitors.

But the Wolves likely would have matched any Cleveland offer for Pekovic, and signing any player to a big-money deal could rob Cleveland of max-level room in the summer of 2015 — when both Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson will represent massive salary hits in some form. So Cleveland found another way to shoot for the postseason in 2014 — a must after its lottery braggadocio — while maintaining future flexibility. Jack will be a shrewd stabilizing force in the backcourt, and Mike Brown (plus a healthy Varejao) should have this team defending at something closer to a league-average rate.” [Lowe/Grantland]

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Hafner or Reynolds? “Study in futility: Would you trade Travis Hafner for a used car? Wait — that comes far more harshly than I intended it. How about this: Would you trade Travis Hafner for Mark Reynolds?” [Goldman/SB Nation]

 

  • Harv 21

    Great stuff today, Rick.

    Re Delonte, feel the same way. One of my all-time fav players and would love him back here, but Mike Brown knows better than any of us the amount of energy and resources required to put Delonte in a position to succeed while trying to teach fundamentals and undo bad habits with the rest of the team. If Mike says “not with this team,” I get it.

    Agree with the concept that exciting NFL training camps are inversely related to team success. As goes the Chine curse, “May you live in interesting times.”

    Re Hafner’s annual fade, so you can shut up now, NY media. You not only talk to much, you talk too soon.

  • mgbode

    “Add a front office with about 75 different execs who already appear to be working themselves up to a Game of Thrones throwdown.”

    can someone please explain this line? what turmoil is there in our FO?

  • mgbode

    not sure what the writer is expecting out of these guys. Reynold’s is doing what he has ALWAYS done. hot stretch followed by longer cold stretch and then another hot stretch. Hafner is hitting worse than he ever has outside of 2008. The odds are that he’s playing hurt right now and he’s old.

  • BenRM

    Tiago Splitter….really. REALLY?

    Someone at Grantland has something personal against the Cavs.

  • Harv 21

    yeah, assumed the writer was confused between former HCs and good HC candidates working under a rook HC and the front office people. Because seems to me that, unless and until Haslam sells, Banner has carefully set himself up as the kingdom’s all-powerful and untouchable viceroy.

  • Hopwin

    Re: Browns Second Most Interesting.

    The first line of that story says it all: “Call it the Law of Inverse Interest: the better an NFL team is, the more boring their training camp will be.”
    I suppose that would mean we are considered the second worst team in the league by this site too.

  • woofersus

    Better be one heck of a hot stretch. I’m beginning to understand why Baltimore didn’t even offer him a contract. Not that I’d rather have Hafner’s current season, obviously, but it still sucks.

  • mgbode

    I like Lowe, but he was funny in his stretching to try to add something to the Bynum signing.

    He mentions that Minny was matching on Pek. He doesn’t mention that Splitter wasn’t leaving SA nor that he has nowhwere near the upside of Bynum and is 3 years older. ah well.

  • mgbode

    like he did to start the season. also, for Baltimore from Aug6 – Sept17 last year:
    .296/.417/.664 13HRs, 7-2B, 31RBI, 22runs

    and, that included hitting 7HRs in 7games against the NYY

  • mgbode

    JAX is listed 12th. Oakland is 21st.

    We may stink as much as they do recently, but at least we’re interesting?

  • humboldt

    I’m pretty sure Phil Savage and John Collins are still exchanging passive-aggressive emails about who the bigger man is.

  • “It’s wrong to suggest Cleveland’s flyer on Andrew Bynum is totally risk-free.”

    zack lowe everybody!

    i’ve got a $50 gvartwork gift cert for anyone with a link to anywhere that has suggested the bynum flyer is totally risk-free. hell, make it $500.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The writer had to mention GOT to make the Browns more relevant that’s all.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Heckert’s getting a beer.

  • humboldt

    Kokinis = hard liquor?

  • Garry_Owen

    See, Holmgren is raising dragons. Savage has a “red witch.” Art Modell has apparently come back from the dead. Lombardi may or may not be an illegitimate GM (incest may or may not be involved). Jim Brown is considering throwing off the shackles of his oath of neutrality and is considering claiming his birthright. Regardless, all are vying for the right to control the Cleveland Browns.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Would you trade Travis Hafner for a used car? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL I saw part of the Yankees game against Boston and kept hearing the announcers make excuses for Pronx. Isn’t it about time for another DL visit?

    Btw the legendary Lillibridge was called up by NY. Don’t call it a comeback!!!!

  • Garry_Owen
  • humboldt

    Pete Garcia has offered to keep the filing system straight on all this.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Is this a bounty? Boba Fett where r u when we need you?

  • mgbode

    I thought John Collins went to go root for Buffalo?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Al Lerner’s dig towards China has recommenced!

  • mgbode

    I’m okay with all of that as long as you keep Carmen Policy away from Berea.

  • Garry_Owen

    Well, it sounds strange (particularly if you haven’t read the books), but Policy is actually trying to marry Holmgren in order to create a dynasty/alliance.

  • mgbode

    $$ on the line and all of a sudden you are available to comment 🙂

    http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/2013/07/12/woios-tony-zarrella-says-cavs-signing-bynum-is-no-risk/

    Tony Zarrella says it’s no risk, so it’s gotta be no risk. (who is Tony Zarella?)

  • mgbode

    as if Policy & Holmgren don’t already form an alliance?

  • Garry_Owen

    I have this 6th sense for whenever someone mentions “money.” They teach it in the 2nd year of law school.

    The crazy thing is, I don’t even follow the NBA. At all. I’m not entirely certain who Andrew Bynum is. But, cash was mentioned (and there’s this t-shirt at GV Art that I REALLY like).

  • Garry_Owen

    But, it looks like you win the gift certificate . . .

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    No Zarrella doesn’t count!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Question: What do a baker and an attorney have in common?
    Answer: They both enjoy carving up the pie.

  • woofersus

    AND Splitter got 4 years, 36 million. It made sense for the Spurs to keep him since continuity is one of their greatest weapons, but I don’t think he’d be worth that to us. I like splitter, but he only averaged 10.3/6.4 while starting 58 games last year at the age of 28. He’s not getting much better at this point, and he’ll be 32 at the end of that contract. Frankly, I’m not sure he would even start over Varejao/Thompson..