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Old 07-11-2006, 12:06 PM   #16
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There's no way Cleveland gives up Gooden for Alston.
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Old 07-11-2006, 12:43 PM   #17
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Houston's water is obviously poisoned because no sane person would trade Rudy Gay after getting him when you should have never had a chance. Stupidity.

That said, they should be looking to get Cato through FA, he fits nicely and covers Yao's weaknesses well, can play both C and PF also. Melvin Ely is another guy they should be looking at. Mike James isnt needed. Alston, Wesley, Sura and Head is a good enough PG/SG combo when you consider that Battier and Tmac also can both handle the ball for extensive periods.
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:05 PM   #18
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It looks as though Mike James might sign with Mavs now, so time for plan B.

The only PF out there in free agency that could be had is Reggie Evans. But as others have mentioned, he has almost zero ability on offense. He can rebound the hell out of the ball though and gets under the oppositions skin. However, I remember JVG saying he couldn't stand his style of play last season.

Don't look for him in Houston. Other options: Darius Songaila, Melvin Ely (restricted, though), Othella Harrington, and Lorenzen Wright (can play PF).

And to touch on a point that SAKF made, Battier can guard 4s. Do you really think Juwan Howard could guard them better? That's how I look at it.
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:07 PM   #19
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Speaking on the Houston guards, David Wesley is a FA and likely won't be returning. Sura's health is an issue and there hasn't even been any word on if he's going to play, except that he's been working out hard and trying to get ready to play if he can. So that leaves, Alston and Head as the two guards that will be playing for us FOR SURE. An Alston/Head backcourt is not going to cut it and that is where Mike James will come in. Eve if we do sign JL3, that still leaves us with a Alston/Head/Lucas backcourt which is still not enough. Mike James is just as small as those guards but he has more ability to create and make his own shots. With all the high-powered offensive teams in the West, you're going to need all the offense you can get.

If anybody remembers game 7 of the Rockets/Mavs series a couple years ago, Yao and Tmac showed up and did their part to win. Yao had 33/10, Tmac had 27/7/7 (MJ had 4pts plus an ejection ) and they still lost by 40 points. Lack of scoring besides of Yao/Tmac is what killed us. Put Mike James on the injury squad last season and his extra points would have gave us enough wins for atleast the 8th spot. So yes, signing Mike James is our Priority. We still have a TE to trade for a decent PF.
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