Archive for July 3rd, 2010

Richard Hendrix signs in Israel

Euroleague.net reports:

Richard Hendrix signs in Israel

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv announced another addition to its roster with the signing of Richard Hendrix for the power forward spot. Hendrix (203, 23) signed a two-year deal with the Israeli powerhouse. He joins Tal Burstein, Elishay Kadir and Jeff Foote, who were signed earlier in the offseason.

Hendrix arrives after a great season with Spanish side CB Granada, where he posted 13.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 26 minutes per game.

InsideHoops.com says:

Hendrix seems like he could still eventually claw his way into the NBA someday. Maybe a 10-day contract, someplace, in a season or two. But for now, his career will obviously be overseas and he gets to enjoy Israel for a while.

Cavs meet with free agent LeBron

Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:

LeBron James’ free agent meetings are in the homestretch, the Cavaliers hoping the focus is on the “home” part.

Cavs meet with free agent LeBron

The Cavs met with James for around 90 minutes Saturday, making perhaps their final pitch to re-sign him in a meeting that focused on the team’s familiarity with the star and his comfort level with the franchise.

New coach Byron Scott, general manager Chris Grant, assistant general manager Lance Blanks and owner Dan Gilbert were the principals in the meeting. In addition to presentations from Scott and Grant about their plans, sources said the Cavs also planned to show James a cartoon featuring him and his friends as characters.

It was made in a Family Guy style, which is one of James’ favorite shows, and featured some inside jokes related to the team. Those who know James personally know that he loves cartoons, inside jokes and cheap laughs. The central part of the Cavs’ pitch is that they know him the best.

Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times reports (via blog):

amare stoudemire to knicks analysis

Stoudemire is the more dynamic and explosive of the two by a wide margin. He averaged 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds last season. Stoudemire, though, played on Phoenix teams that had Steve Nash at point guard. Nash generated a large dose of Stoudemire’s offense through pick-and-rolls, and defenses had to respect Nash’s jump shot and ability to penetrate.

Lee, meanwhile, scored his points while playing with Chris Duhon at the point. Duhon struggled with his jump shot through much of his tenure with the Knicks, which allowed defenses to key on his drives and Lee’s rolls. In response, Lee developed a reliable jump shot.

In economic terms, Stoudemire will make $20 million a season if he joins the Knicks. Lee found a timid market last off-season, when he was a restricted free agent, and ended up staying with the Knicks for about $7 million. He is due for a raise with another organization, but will not approach Stoudemire’s figure.

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