Odds & Ends: Kobe, Stiemsma, Batum, Allen

After Team USA's first practice Friday afternoon, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told reporters, including Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter), that he's not so sure that the team is done making trades.  "I don't think that they're done. The moves they make just seem to come out of nowhere," Bryant said.  Here's some more Saturday afternoon linkage..

  • The Timberwolves are still pursuing free agent Greg Stiemsma but talks are on hold while they try to manufacture a sign-and-trade for Nicolas Batum with the Blazers, who say that they're not interested, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.  The big man's agent recently said that his top two choices are the T'Wolves and Celtics.
  • Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe (via Twitter) wouldn't be surprised if Ray Allen is helping recruit Rashard Lewis to the Heat as the two were close during their time in Seattle.
  • The Heat put on an unprecedented recruiting effort on Allen, as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Pat Riley, and Erik Spoelstra worked to make him feel like he was key to a championship, tweets Chris Mannix of SI.
  • Adam Morrison is out to prove that he is worthy of a spot on an NBA team, writes Josh Newman of ZagsBlog.com.  The No. 3 overall pick of the Bobcats in 2006 is a part of the Nets' summer league roster.


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4 thoughts on “Odds & Ends: Kobe, Stiemsma, Batum, Allen

  1. dc21892

    If the Heat get Lewis too, as a Celtics fan the only thing I see stopping them from repeating is injuries. Lewis, Allen and Battier could all be on the floor with James playing the C if Lewis doesnt want too. LeBron drives and has 4 guys who can nail a three at any time. Of course, this unit would only be on the floor for short periods of time, but having a second unit that strong is what will separate the Heat from the rest of the league.

    • dapoktan

      Heat are going to be the favorites to repeat anyways.. but LeBron cant play C like everyone says.. If LeBron or Lewis are playing C for stretches.. they wont be winning.. hah… and what year is it? Rashard Lewis hasnt been a valid NBA player in years.. same with Battier, minus a couple games last yr..

      Its all gonna be about Wade, Bron, Bosh.. Id be more scared if they got a legit defensive big man.. a la Camby.

      • dc21892

        Did you watch the playoffs? Spolstra put him in at the C for their small lineup. And if you read what I said, I said it would be for short periods of time during the game. As for Lewis, he has always been a 3 point shooter, and that’s all the Heat are going to need out of him.


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