Before we hit-up my MLB ATS pick of the day, let's quickly look at some recent moves made on the professional hardwood.
GREGGY G’S NBA TRANSACTION REPORT
Marcus Camby to the Clippers for a 2nd Round Pick
As NBA trades go, rarely do see one that helps neither team. While Camby’s defensive numbers are somewhat bloated (13.1 rpg, 3.61 bpg) as his running mates give a ratz-azz about rebounding and allowed non-stop penetration for potential swats from the UMASS star, for that reason alone he was a perfect in Denver. Unfortunately, since former GM Kooko Vandeweghe pulled an Isiah Thomas and signed Nene for 6 years and 60 Million in 2006 & traded for Kenyon Martin’s 16 M/year salary till 2010/11, the only frontcourt player they could move was the most reasonable and productive of the three (8 M/year till 2009-10). Rumors have circulated the move was made to allow the Nuggets to re-sign J.R. Smith, which makes perfect sense since the offensive-minded, no-defense playing malcontent can develop under perfect role-models in A.I & Carmelo. Nuggets Grade: F
As for how Clipperland faired in the deal, while I think Camby is an excellent fit alongside an athletic four, pairing him with Kaveman Kaman makes absolutely no sense. Neither player is a high-flying athlete to utilize Baron Davis’s open-court magic and immediately gives LA the slowest frontcourt in the league. Unless GM Elgin Baylor plans to trade Camby and his extremely reasonable contract in the near future, the move seems like a desperate attempt to save face with fans by using some of the money they had set aside for Brand. While everyone says ATL would have matched any contract for Josh Smith, with the Hawks front-office in disarray and the probability LA could have pulled-off the Camby trade later this month, there’s no reason the Clippers didn’t at least tried to pry Smith away from Hot-Lanta before making the deal.
BTW, Can you image Bouncin' Baron Davis running the break with the high-flying Smith and freakish athleticism of Al Thornton…it would have been Greggy G sandwiched between the Olly Girls-perfect.
Overall Grade: D
James Posey signs 4-year, 25 M with the Hornets
While I agree the Posey market was overvalued because of a few remarkable playoff games, I was amazed at the overwhelming ridicule by so-called NBA gurus on the move. Sure he was overpaid, but considering he's a prefect fit in New Orleans...it seems like a no-brainer to me. The Hardwood Gurus also overanalyzed what position Posey will play and how he stunts Julian Wright’s development. In my both cases, they’re wrong.
With a ridiculous playmaker at the point and a dominant 1 to 2 punch in the frontcourt with West & Chandler, the Hornets desperately needed to pair a wing defender with the sharp-shooting Stojakovic. At 6-8, the 31-year old Posey combines his crafty veteran knowledge with nice length and underrated athleticism to play solid D both on and off the ball, which also will be invaluable in the growth of the young Wright. In addition, with Peja’s body starting to breakdown, the Hornets were desperate for another veteran wing. Throw-in his solid range from deep (38 3pt% last year) and unmatched playoff experience, and Byron Scott has a more consistent player than last year’s starter Morris Peterson.
And finally, and probably most importantly, Posey provides an accountability and toughness to protect CP3 that surely will rub-off on the young Hornets. While most dwell on the final years of the contract, with the Hornets considered one of the top teams in the West, I’m sure ownership won’t mind paying the final years of the deal if he helps bring a title to the Big Easy. Overall Grade: B+
With that, time 2 check-out the ATS diamond & more bikinis!
DETROIT TIGERS (-110) @ BALTIMORE ORIOLES
After a decent start for the Orioles, possibly the most depressing team of the 21st century (combination of salaries, high expectations, and failure) has quickly made their way to the AL East basement…meaning their season is ova. Loaded with veterans (Millar, Huff, Roberts, Payton, etc.), you have to expect a yard sale is on the horizon, and that’s usually not a receipt for success coming off the All-Star break. As for the Tigers, after a horrendous start, Jim “smokey-treats” Leyland and crew have won 23 of their last 34 to climb back in the race and just activated Magglio Ordonez (.307 12 HR 50 RBI).
Looking at the pitching match-up, Baltimore sends young southpaw Garrett Olsen (6-4 5.65) to the bump, while DET opens the 2nd half with veteran left-hander Kenny Rodgers (6-6. 4.55). Olsen has been shelled in his last 2 starts (9 innings, 15 hits, 12 ERs), and as a result, probably didn’t have the most relaxing vacation, while Rodgers has found a nice rhythm of late (last 9 starts: 62 innings with a 2.76 ERA). As for tonight’s line-up, the Tigers rank 3rd in MLB batting versus lefties (.287), while Baltimore is in the middle of the pack at .264. Throw-in a very reasonable ATS number for the Tigers, and I’m thinking of doubling-up on my first 2nd half play…
Tigers by 3-4 runs