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Archive for June 26th, 2007

Pau Staying Put?

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 26, 2007

From ESPN Rumors:

Trade Bait?
Jun 26 – You have to take Chris Wallace and head coach Marc Iavaroni at their word. They both agree that the team should continue to build around Pau Gasol. Wallace called Gasol a top 20-30 NBA player, one that is “hard to obtain.”

So far, it looks like the Griz are committed to keeping Gasol. They have not talked to Atlanta about Gasol in any trade scenarios, and that discounts any notion that the Spaniard would be moved for the third pick.

Memphis and Atlanta have yet to discuss swapping picks even though the Griz fear that Al Horford will go at No. 3. — Memphis Commercial-Appeal

Looks like Chris Wallace is keeping Pau Gasol away from us, so maybe it’s Rashard Lewis or bust for this team.

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Pierce Pressuring Ainge

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 26, 2007

It seems that Paul Pierce has not backed off his statement of wanting an all-star caliber running mate next season. According to Yahoo.com, his thoughts haven’t changed.

Here’s the problem for Ainge: According to a league executive, Paul Pierce has finally told team management that unless the Celtics come out of this week with a talented veteran co-star for him, they should expect him to make a public declaration soon after Thursday’s draft that he wants a trade.

“Danny is under tremendous pressure, from inside and outside, to get a deal for someone done this week,” one league executive said.

I will not be too happy with Ainge if he blinks and deals #5 and Al Jefferson for KG or, even worse, Jermaine O’Neal. Make the pick at #5 then pursue Gasol or Rashard Lewis hard. If nothing transpires, then I say cut ties with Pierce and really rebuild.

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