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The Chris Webber Sweepstakes. [Jan. 12th, 2007|01:00 pm]
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NBA Waivers.

Chris Webber's going to clear them. Whichever team would claim him would have to be able to clear his current salary from Philly under their cap, and I don't see too many teams (Charlotte?) that would be able to fit that gargantuan 20-plus mil a year for this and next year. Wherever he goes after clearing waivers, I'm guessing the new team only pays the minimum salary for him. That would make every team attractive (Nets, Pistons, Miami, Mavs, you name it) for his acquisition, but let's be real here for a moment.

Chris Webber said he wants these clubs:

Heat, Pistons, Mavs, Spurs, Lakers.

Chris Webber wants these clubs because he feels they have a shot at giving him court time and using his ability to help win a championship this year.

Chris Webber, to me, is analogous to Tim Thomas, but he doesn't have the outside range like Tim does. Chris, essentially, is Antonio McDyess, with shittier defense and a more questionable character than Antonio.

What's funny is that New Jersey could really use him, but he didn't name that club. This is probably because unlike the above clubs, Webber would probably be inserted for more than the 20-25 minutes a night that he's capable to contribute. Krstic's season-ending injury and lack of any decent offensive production from 4-5 tells me they'd probably try to play him more in line with 30-35 mpg, and that's a very iffy scenario for Webber at this stage in his career.

I personally hope he doesn't agree with Detroit, but it's looking like this is a reality because of local radio chatter and a front page sports article by Jahnke with a Pistons Jersey back with Webber's name on it, complete with #4, as a photo illustration. It's a rather large photo. I'm really not happy with that, as that is the number of Joe Dumars. It's off limits. If he shows up in Detroit and gets #4, then hey, congratulations Detroit, but you guys are crazy.

If Detroit acquired Webber, I would hope that they make some kind of deal with Mohammed, Davis, and/or McDyess, and/or Rasheed Wallace, and/or 3-4 first round picks in every other year, uh, in exchange for uh, Kevin Garnett. Or, trade someone for someone useful, minus the picks. Since, if Detroit receives Webber, that leaves Jason Maxiell, Rasheed Wallace, Antonio McDyess, and Dale Davis in a clogged front court. One of these guys will receive no minutes, and one will receive less minutes. I don't want Maxiell to be that guy, but it would likely be him. They can't do that to Mohammed because he's in year one of a five year (DAMN THAT DEAL TO HELL) deal. That's the kind of thing, Mohammed's deal lurking for half a decade with 5-10 mpg, that really can put the death to Detroit because everyone, like what happened to Orlando with Hill, will see a guy who doesn't play who gets paid like he should be playing. It will de-inspire the team, so they can't do that to Nazr. Davis? He's probably the next best defender to Rasheed in the front court. Rasheed? Please. Cut him down further than 25 mpg, and that guy will turn into the Portland version overnight. Those bum feet, however, could spell season-ending if I'm reading that right. Maybe that's why Pistons brass is calling to bring in Webber.

In case you haven't had enough LJ NBA talk, more than just Detroit Pistons chatter ends up in nbafans. This lil' scribble of mine got cross-posted.


From: hulagalinthesky
2007-01-12 06:31 pm (UTC)
You can never have enough NBA talk!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-01-12 06:34 pm (UTC)
I know I can't, lol.
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[User Picture]From: mizcrank
2007-01-12 06:48 pm (UTC)


I want Chris to come home to Detroit.

I remember interviewing him in high school. I ran a student-ran radio show called the DPS Sports Show on 90.9.

Now i'm starting to think about the Fab Five a al U of M basketball.

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-01-12 06:51 pm (UTC)
I liked the Fab Five, but Webber's never had a profound effect on the game when it mattered the most. Odds, to me, are unlikely he's even that capable this year, with his knee all shaky.

If his knee isn't shaky, as it might turn out to be . . . then he just turned in garbage performance, kind of like how Vince Carter did to Toronto before they got rid of him. I don't really respect that, not when the salaries are that high.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-01-12 06:53 pm (UTC)

Media Issues?

Also, Albom's spot on when, if Webber does return, the only questions the rest of the year will be Ed Martin, taking money to play at Michigan, and perjury. He can't escape that here, of all places. I guess that's something he won't ever talk about, but he'll likely get a heavy dose of it if he returns.
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[User Picture]From: ellie
2007-01-12 07:18 pm (UTC)
I heard that the Nicks were seriously going after Webber. Personally, I don't know enough to know if it's going to happen.

Of course, I am not a real fan of the basketball unless we're talking about Nate Robinson. Love that guy.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-01-12 07:26 pm (UTC)

Nate Rob

Strike a pose!
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[User Picture]From: holzerhedrpca
2007-01-12 08:23 pm (UTC)
I don't care where he goes, I'm just glad he's outta here. Iverson leaving was bittersweet. Webber leaving makes me wanna run out and get a bottle of bubbly to celebrate.

I don't know how much of a cap hit we take for this, but hopefully, it means the money is freed up for next year. Personally, I still think we need to pacakge Iguodala and Dalembert to another pathetic team in hopes they'll send us a non-lottery protected pick for them and get two really good first round choices (one of which I'm praying is either Greg Oden or Kevin Durant).

I know were going to bottom out, but I can't help but feel a little excited for the future.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-01-12 08:28 pm (UTC)
The cap hit will be this year and next year, 20 million approx this year, 23 million next.

Webber wasn't doing Philly any favors, which was the awful part about it. He looked like he realized Philly was in trouble about 15 games into his stint, and then checked out from that point onward.
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