With John Wall entering the Capital City as arguably the most well known new resident not elected by the general populace, the Wizards one-time most celebrated player may soon be on his way out. In order for Washington to ship out Gilbert Arenas, they’d have to find a suitor both willing to deal with his questionable decision making, high priced contract and recent injury history. In other words, options are limited, but if Wizards’ brass believes there’s not enough space in their backcourt for a power struggle, or are worried about Agent Zero’s influence on the prized rookie, look for Arenas to be suiting up elsewhere or sitting at home come October. Looking around the league, two teams seem desperate enough to take a chance on the troubled superstar.
NBA basketball in Las Vegas has historically been restricted to summer leagues, an All-Star Game and the under-the-rug antics of players during the off-season, but this could all be mere side notes in the future if rumors that an NBA team may move to Sin City actually come to fruition. Speculation that a team may relocate to the desert has sprung up on numerous occasions over the course of the past several decades, but considering the current state of the economy and claims owners lost as much as 370 million collectively last year make seemingly far-fetched proposals a lot more palatable. Franchises around the country are fare from financially comfortable, some surrounding by struggling local economies and strapped for cash fan bases. Any prospective owner with deep pockets warrants serious consideration, and where better a place to set up shop than a city built on greenbacks changing hands. Continue Reading »
In what would’ve been a blockbuster deal in weeks before the 2005 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers are in negotiations to swap swingman Marvin Williams in a sign and trade for longtime center Shaquille O’Neal. With LeBron James‘ public spurning barely in the rear view mirror, executives around the league expect the Cavs to enter into rebuilding mode, a tough sell to fans just a year after pacing the league with 61 regular seasons wins. With the big name free agent market drying up in the days just before and after James’ big announcement, Cleveland now faces limited options, even if they were willing to spend big bucks and/or flirt with the luxury tax. Continue Reading »