Matt Barnes and Kobe Bryant are Familiar With Each Other | Magic Basketball

«

»

Jul 23

Matt Barnes and Kobe Bryant are Familiar With Each Other

8 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Samo

Paul has no leverage, though. It's going to be nearly impossible to trade for Paul, given that he's under contract with the Hornets for two more years.

@Colin

- Paul wants to win. That's why it's been reported that he'd like to get traded to teams that are in a better position to compete for championships than the Hornets. I don't think there's anything wrong with Paul's attitude, nor should you be concerned that Howard would bolt with him in 2012. You're crossing too many bridges that haven't been established yet.

- Theoretically speaking, if the Magic traded for Paul and Okafor, considering who they'd be giving up in return, there wouldn't be much issue with the payroll. Orlando would be committed to Okafor's long-term contract, assuming they attend to keep him, but that's the lone hassle that they would have to deal with in acquiring Paul. You take that "inconvenience" and run with it.

The only bad contracts the Hornets have left are Okafor and Posey. I don't think the Magic will get Paul, for the simple fact that he probably won't be traded right now. But don't underestimate Otis Smith's ability to sell the farm for Paul, either.

Colin
Colin

Hey I'd love to see Chris Paul in a Magic uniform but two things bother me. #1 What if after 2 years he screws us too and bolts to somewhere else and take D12 with him? Although we have a decent shot at going all the way we also may not. I'm not sure I want his new attitude anywhere near D12.

#2 NO will almost certinly force some bad contracts on us and want several good players in return. Is it worth it to put ourselves in an even worse position cap-wise? We already have RL's awful contract.

Bottom line I don't think we get CP3, I think NO will want too much and force us to take too many bad contracts along with him.

Samo
Samo

@eddy

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure we will be fine without him, Richardson fits better in our system. Now I hope if Paul does get traded we don't hesitate to pull the trigger. I don't think we will, Otis enquiered about his services at the beginning of free agency, it would be foolish not to get him if his available. We are really stacked and have plenty to offer. We will probably have the best package to offer them. Go magic let's get this done. Bring that trophy home this season.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Samo

The Magic won't miss him, trust me. Players like Barnes are a dime a dozen, and Richardson is going to be a better fit in the long run.

Samo
Samo

Very good pick up for the lakers. A solid defender, defenetly brings something good to their team. To bad we didn't hang on to him. He always said Orlando was his first option. He took a gambel by opting out. Otis didn't bite on the bait. now we need to focus our attention on bringing chris Paul in, that is if their willing to trade him.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Colin

Van Gundy tends to ramble, yeah.

@just passing

I think Barnes overestimated his value a little bit.

just passing
just passing

Kobe wants, Kobe gets. When you got psysical on Kobe, you might end up in the Lakers. Good thing Bell didn't fall. Happy for Barnes though since apparently he wanted to end up in LA. Curious how he didn't had a heart attack when Toronto gave him their deal. I was hoping for him to get more than a two year deal...

Colin
Colin

That game was fun to watch. The only thing that was annoying was the comments made. Is that Jeff Van Gundy running his mouth the whole time? I'd call this, I'd do that... who the hell cares what JVG would do? I can't stand listening to that guy call games.

Too bad Barnes couldn't play with that much intensity in the playoffs!