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Harrison Barnes To Cleveland Won't Work, Neither Will Phil Jackson To Orlando

1:49 PM, Jun 6, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- It's very possible that I like writing about the NBA offseason more than the actual season. Free agency, trades, coaches moving etc. is the reason why I will always love professional sports over the college game.

Here's my take on a few of the hottest topics off the basketball court. 


Cleveland Cavaliers, picking fourth in the NBA draft, are apparently falling in love with Harrison Barnes. [RealGM]

My spin: Yikes. Barnes is a player who can't play without extreme confidence. His sagging body language and lack of creativity with the basketball during March Madness was atrocious. He play's much smaller than what he's listed at too -- 6-foot-8. Some will argue that he can be better in the NBA, where he doesn't have to be "The Guy." I've seen enough of him to know he isn't worthy of a top-five pick.

Cleveland can probably trade down two or three spots and still pluck Barnes. One of these three -- MKG, Bradley Beal or Thomas Robinson -- will still be on the board when the Cavs pick. Cleveland should start putting out feelers about trading back a few spots, if this report is true.

Golden State Warriors interested in Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Josh Smith etc. [RealGM]

My spin: David Lee's contract (five-years, $67 million) and declining production make him very, very difficult to trade. And Steph Curry isn't going anywhere...yet. Same for Andrew Bogut.

So who exactly do the Warriors think they are going to trade? Klay Thompson had a very solid rookie year. Brandon Rush is a restricted free agent who will certainly get a few looks. Dorrell Wright is a nice fifth or sixth piece on a great franchise. Teams just aren't dying to add what Golden State has to offer.

Out of the three listed above, I think Rudy Gay is the best fit for the Warriors. He's a natural scorer, who will ease pressure off of everyone else. Golden State will have to get creative though, and may have to part ways with future draft picks.

Miami Heat may pursue point guard Andre Miller. [NBC Sports] 

My spin: Love this. Miller was outstanding against the Lakers. The issue is, can he be a starting point guard for 82 games? Miller, 36, has been Ty Lawson's backup for two seasons now. Plus, we all saw the drop off in Shane Battier's play this season. If Steve Nash is out of the question, Miller could be a decent option.

Phil Jackson is still talking with the Orlando Magic to possibly join the team in a front office role. [CBS Sports]

My spin: There is no chance this happens. The real reason Jackson is in talks with Orlando is because he wants one of his longtime assistants, Brian Shaw, to finally get a head coaching gig. I wouldn't be surprised if Jackson is hired as a franchise consultant, but Orlando is nowhere close to winning championships, with or without Dwight Howard. Jackson only wants to get involved with serious contenders. So don't expect much here.

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