Daily Five: Houston and Philadelphia Discuss a Tracy McGrady-Andre Iguodala Trade
Each day, we'll take a quick look at five of the most important stories going on in the NBA.
The Association: "That Andrew Byunum for Chris Bosh trade was just that, a leak by the Lakers front office with the sole message: Pick up your game or we're shipping your ass to Toronto!"
Holly MacKenzie: "After DeRozan boldly declared that “Air Canada was back,” on the night that he was drafted with the ninth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the buzz had begun. Add in a plethora of highlight reel slams and the movement was in motion, complete with a petition to allow him to be in the dunk contest courtesy of LetDeMarDunk.com. During the dunk-in, Gordon and DeRozan will each attempt two dunks and have a two-minute time limit to complete each dunk."
Dime: "Having followed a couple of lower-profile teams over the years (Sonics, Pacers), I know all about feeling like one of your guys is underrated and under the radar. I know not enough people are watching Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert; best summed up during last night’s Suns/Pacers game when Phoenix announcer (and ex-NBA player) Scott Williams said about the second-year pro Hibbert, “I like this young rookie.” Not saying Hibbert should be an All-Star or anything, but I think if he switched places with Andrew Bynum in L.A., Hibbert would be the one talked about as a future franchise player, while Bynum would be getting mistaken for a rookie."
Kelly Dwyer: "The Cavaliers did tank the 2002-03 season. Much in the same way the New Jersey Nets are tanking right now, and the Sacramento Kings tanked last year. Everyone's current darlings, the Oklahoma City Thunder, tanked last year, the year before, the year before that — and by not signing any money on free agents last summer, one could argue that they're tanking this year, despite the team's playoff potential."
Post Intelligencer: "The salaries of Iguodala ($12.2 million this season) and Dalembert ($11.5 million) match McGrady's within the allowable 25 percent trade differential. But Houston would have to be willing to pay Iguodala and Dalembert a combined $68.5 million beyond next summer. Such a swap would take the Sixers from a $65 million payroll in 2010-11, which exceeds the expected salary cap of roughly $55 million, to about $14 million under the cap."