Buyout Watch 2011: Brewer, Bibby, Butler And More

Knicks Buying Out Brewer, OKC, DAL, SA, And BOS Interested

The New York Knicks are reportedly making a surprise move: ESPN’s Marc Stein says the team is buying out forward Corey Brewer, who was a part of the three-team deal that landed them Carmelo Anthony. Brewer is an athletic forward – as you can [...]

Two New Rivalries Coming Into Form

On today’s very busy NBA slate, there are two nationally televised games. The first will be a battle of Western Conference powers as the Los Angeles Lakers travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder in a rematch of their epic first round playoff series from last year. The second game, which tips [...]

Video: DeMar DeRozan’s “Showstopper” In Slow-Mo

Thunder Storm Into Title Contention With Deadline Deals

I’ve already gone over the Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson trade for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic on the Boston side of things so now it’s time to take a look at what the Thunder got out of this deal.

The Thunder won themselves this deal, easily, and if we are taking into account [...]

Rockets, Suns Swap Young Point Guards

After a breakout campaign during the 2009-2010 regular season that earned him the most improved player award,  point guard Aaron Brooks was expected to do big things for the Houston Rockets this season. After a break run in the 2009-2010 post-season, point guard Goran Dragic was expected to do big things for the Phoenix [...]

Celtics Make Curious Deadline Decision, Trade Kendrick Perkins

Of all of the teams in the top half of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics were the club you’d least expect to make a move. The Miami Heat still need an extra piece or two on the bench at the point guard and center spots before their team can be considered complete, the [...]

Cavs, Clips Swap Mo Williams And Baron Davis

These are the kinds of deals that make the trade deadline a special time of the year. Much like the Deron Williams to New Jersey deal, there were no rumors about either the Clippers or the Cavs being involved in talks and no more than a word had been written about Mo Williams or [...]

Anthony Struggles In Knicks Debut But Comes Through Late

For people like myself that thought the Carmelo Anthony-Amare Stoudemire pairing would be an awkward one with many bumps in the road, the first half of last night’s game between the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks provided plenty of fodder. Anthony was isolating far too often, he was forcing things at the basket [...]

Nets Strike Deal With Jazz For Williams

The New Jersey Nets won themselves the crown for “best trade deadline performance of the year” earlier today. After a lengthy pursuit of Carmelo Anthony went by the wayside yesterday as the Denver forward was traded to the New York Knicks, the Nets got right back into the swing of things and banged out [...]

Bobcats Shopping Gerald Wallace And Other Trade Deadline Chatter

Believe it or not, Carmelo Anthony is not the only player on the market as the NBA trade deadline swiftly approaches. There are plenty of other role players that can be had at the right price and while they cannot match-up with Anthony in terms of star power, they can complete the puzzle for contenders by doing what they do best.

One of those role players is Charlotte Bobcats’ small forward Gerald Wallace. The Bobcats are reportedly shopping both Wallace and Stephen Jackson with Wallace being more likely to get dealt. Wallace is an interesting player and is one that almost any team would like to have. He gets after it on the defensive end and he can check just about anybody on that end of the floor thanks to his limitless athleticism and length, he is one of the game’s better slashers and can finish at the rim strong and he’s one of the league’s very best rebounders despite playing small forward for the majority of the year.

The other part of the year, Wallace plays power forward, which is a nod to his versatility. At the four, he’s an active demon on the boards and he can hold his own with almost all post players on the block. The problem with Wallace this season has been his inability to hit his outside shot. After hitting a career high 37% of his three-pointers last season, Wallace has regressed to 33% and while that number is still above his career shooting percentage from long-range, it’s still below average.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets have both been rumored to have interest in Jackson and Wallace. The Lakers have also reportedly talked to the Bobcats about a potential swap of Ron Artest and Wallace though those talks did not go very far before the Bobcats ended them. Wallace can be a defensive asset for any and all contenders in the NBA and it will be interesting to see if the Bobcats, who are in the playoff picture themselves, will end up trading him to cut costs. Stephen Jackson is less likely to get dealt because of his volatile personality and lengthier contract.

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