In Search Of Gold

Team USA poses for a team picture.

As the Opening Ceremonies will welcome the 2012 summer Olympics, the U.S. Olympic team is only days away from competing for a gold medal. Lets take a look at the players, coaches, competition and the path the U.S. will have to navigate to bring home another gold.

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NBA Free Agency Tracker

Lamar Odom – Traded to LA Clippers for cash considerations.

Odom is headed back to the Clippers in a four team trade.

Mo Williams – Traded to Utah Jazz for Furkan Aldemir.

Chase Budinger – Traded to Minnesota Timberwolves for Terrence Jones.

Gerald Wallace – Resigns with Brooklyn Nets for 4 yrs, 40 million.

Omer Asik – Signs with Houston Rockets for 3 yrs, 25.1 million.

Andre Miller – Resigns with Denver Nuggets.

George Hill – Resigns with Indiana Pacers for 5 years.

Darius Morris – Resigned with LA Lakers.

Joe Johnson – Traded to Brooklyn Nets for Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow and a protected 1st round pick.

Johnson was traded to Brooklyn for 5 players and a future 1st round pick.

Devin Harris – Traded to Atlanta Hawks for Marvin Williams.

Landry Fields – Signed a 3 yr deal with Toronto Raptors.

Jason Terry – Signed a 3 yr deal with Boston Celtics.

Terry will replace the sharp shooting Ray Allen in Boston.

Reggie Evans – Signed with Brooklyn Nets for 3 yrs, 5 million, Clippers receive a 2nd rd pick.

Deron Williams – Resigned with Brooklyn Nets for 5 yrs, 100 million.

After resigning for 5 yrs, Williams is the point guard in Brooklyn for the future.

James White – Signed veteran minimum deal with New York Knicks.

Spencer Hawes – Signed a 2yr, 13 million deal with Philadelphia 76ers.

Steve Nash – Signs with LA Lakers for 3 yr, 25 million, Suns receive 2013 1st and 2nd round picks, 2014 2nd round pick and 2015 1st round pick.

These two all stars with now share a back court in Tinseltown.

Michael Beasley – Signs with Phoenix Suns for 3 yrs, 18 million.

Hasheem Thabeet – Signs with Oklahoma City Thunder for 2 yrs.

Goran Dragic – Signs with Phoenix Suns for 4 yrs, 30 million.

Kyle Lowery – Traded to Toronto Raptors for Gary Forbes and a lottery protected first round pick.

Lowery will be the new point guard in Toronto next season.

Chauncey Billups – Resigns with LA Clippers.

Jamal Crawford – Signs with LA Clippers.

Jameer Nelson – Resigns with Orlando Magic for 3 yrs, 20 million.

Brandon Bass – Resigns with Boston Celtics for 3 yrs.

Jeremy Evans – Resigns with Utah Jazz for 3 yrs, 5.5 million.

Brandon Roy – Signs with Minnesota Timberwolves for 2 yrs, 10 million.

Roy will make a comeback with the T-Wolves.

Nick Young – Signs with Philadelphia  Sixers for 1 yr, 6 million.

Jason Kidd – Signs with New York Knicks for 3 yrs, 9 million.

Kidd is heading to the big apple to back up Jeremy Lin.

Ray Allen – Signs with Miami Heat for 3 yrs, 9 million.

Allen will join the Big 3 in Miami.

Jeff Green – Signs with Boston Celtics.

Ersan Ilyasova – Resigns with Milwaukee Bucks for 5 yrs, 45 million.

Kirk Hinrich – Signs with Chicago Bulls for 2 yrs.

Ryan Anderson – Traded to New Orleans Hornets in sign and trade for Gustavo Ayon. Anderson will sign for 4 yrs, 35 million.

After winning the Most Improved Player award, Anderson is now headed to New Orleans.

Darrell Arthur – Resigns with Memphis Grizzlies for 2 yrs, 10 million.

Roy Hibbert – Resigns with Indiana Pacers for 4 yrs, 58 million.

After it was thought Hibbert was going to Portland, Indiana matched and he will continue to be a Pacer.

Steve Novak – Resigns with New York Knicks for 4 yrs, 15 million.

Marcus Camby – Traded to New York Knicks for Toney Douglas, Josh Harrelson and Jerome Jordan.

Danny Green – Resigns with San Antonio Spurs for 3 yrs, 12 million.

J.R. Smith – Resigns with New York Knicks for 2 yrs, 4.8 million.

Boris Diaw – Resigns with San Antonio Spurs for 2 yrs, 9 million.

Tim Duncan – Resigns with San Antonio Spurs for 3 yrs.

Duncan is living up to his promise of being a life long Spur.

Devin Ebanks – Resigns with LA Lakers for 1 yr deal.

Rashard Lewis – Signs with Miami Heat for 2 yrs.

Louis Williams – Signs with Atlanta Hawks.

Williams will spend 2013 playing for his hometown Hawks.

D.J. Augustin – Signs with Indiana Pacers.

Alonzo Gee – Resigns with Cleveland Cavaliers.

Gerald Green – Signs with Indiana Pacers.

Luke Harangody – Resigns with Cleveland Cavaliers.

J.J. Hickson – Resigns with Portland Trail Blazers.

Brendan Haywood – Amnestied by Dallas Mavericks.

Darren Collison – Traded to Dallas Mavericks with Dahtay Jones for Ian Mahimi.

Collison could be the Mavericks starting point guard this season.

Chris Kaman – Signs with Dallas Mavericks.

Brook Lopez – Resigns with Brooklyn Nets for 4 yrs, 60 million.

Unable to land Dwight Howard, Brooklyn locked up Brook Lopez.

Cartier Martin – Resigned with Washington Wizards.

Darko Milicic – Amnestied by Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ramon Sessions – Signs with Charlotte Bobcats

With Nash now in LA, Sessions will run the point in Charlotte.

Kyle Singler – Signs with Detroit Pistons.

Mirza Teletovic – Signs with Brooklyn Nets.

Jason Thompson – Resigns with Sacramento Kings.

Kwame Brown – Signs with Philadelphia 76ers.

Patty Mills – Signs with San Antonio Spurs.

Kyle Korver – Traded to Atlanta Hawks for cash considerations.

Elton Brand – Claimed by Dallas Mavericks in amnesty bid.

Kevin Garnett – Resigns with Boston Celtics for 3 yrs.

Garnett will be finishing his career in Boston.

Eric Gordon – Resigns with New Orleans Hornets for 4 yrs, 58 million.

Slava Kravtsov – Signs with Detroit Pistons.

Brendan Haywood – Claimed by Charlotte Bobcats in amnesty bid.

C.J. Watson – Signed by Brooklyn Nets for 2 yrs.

Raymond Felton – Traded to New York Knicks for Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric.

Felton will be running the point in MSG this season.

Luis Scola – Claimed by Phoenix Suns in amnesty bid.

James Johnson – Traded to Sacramento Kings for second round pick.

Aaron Brooks – Signed by Sacramento Kings.

Brooks will be a King next season.










Top Ten NBA Draft Finds (Since 2002)

10. Landry Fields (2010, 39th Overall by New York Knicks)

Known more for his defense, Fields has done a solid job at the shooting guard position for the Knicks. He has shot 48 percent from the field and averaged 9 points through two seasons. Fields was a member of the 2010 All Rookie Team.

Fields was on the 2010 All Rookie team.

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New Orleans will never trade Chris Paul….ever.

Another Chris Paul trade has fallen through according to ESPN as the Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers couldn’t reach a deal. The  Hornets wanted Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farqou Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, and an unprotected 1st round pick. The Clippers, rightfully, said no.  This is the second time in a week a Chris Paul trade has either been vetoed or taken off the table.  The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets agreed on a deal that would have sent Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and first round pick to the Hornets, Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Paul to the Lakers.  That trade got vetoed by the NBA because several owners complained about competitive balance.  (They didn’t take in to account that the deal was actually bad for the Lakers, but that’s just my opinion.)  As of now, Chris Paul is a Hornet, but who knows how this going to play out….

Chris Paul just wants to go somewhere….not New Orleans though.

Updated: Lakers acquire Chris Paul, Maybe not.

Updated: According to ESPN and Yahoo, the NBA has vetoed this trade. Stay tuned….

In a three team deal, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets. In return, the Hornets recieved Lamar Odom from the Lakers and Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Goran Dragic from the Houston Rockets.  The Hornets will also get a 1st round draft pick from the Rockets. The Rockets got Pau Gasol in the deal.  Yahoo and ESPN reported that trade is almost complete.  In Paul, the Lakers receive an multiple All-Star, an Olympican, and one of the best point guards in the league.  Paul is in the last year of his contract, but will likely sign an extension with the Lakers, something he wouldn’t have done in New Orleans.  The Lakers gave up size as Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol were two big  bodies that helped the Lakers win NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.  However, after getting bounced by the Dallas Mavericks in last year playoffs, the Lakers felt the need to reshape the team.  The Hornets get Kevin Martin, who averaged 23.4 points last season and Luis Scola who averaged 18.3 points and 8.2 rebounds last year.  Goran Dragic has spent the majority of his career as a backup to Steve Nash in Phoenix.

Chris Paul