The July 4 edition could also be titled the Ramon Sessions edition.
- The way things play out with Hedo Turkoglu and Allen Iverson may have direct impact on whether or not the Bucks will be able to resign Sessions. Portland was active in trying to snag Sessions last year at the trade deadline but looked to have tied up all their free agent money in Hedo Turkoglu. Not anymore. Turkoglu pulled a Carlos Boozer and signed with Toronto after suffering a change of heart at the last minute. The Blazers may opt to now refocus their efforts on Sessions or possibly David Lee.
- Memphis, if you recall, was another potential suitor for Sessions. Stories had them prying Sessions along with Joe Alexander before the trade deadline last year. As always, they have money to spend but look to have some interest in Allen Iverson. If he was willing to come off the bench behind youngsters Mike Conley and OJ Mayo, he may have a new home soon. He appears to have some interest according to Yahoo.
- Charles F. Gardner reports on the Bucks meeting with Josh Childress. I’m fairly certain if this J-Chill thing is going to go down it needs to go down as a sign and trade. I don’t think the Bucks are going to make him a priority over Ramon Sessions and they cannot simply sign both of them. They have their mid-level exception available and would not be able to match an offer for Sessions if they use that on Childress. As Frank pointed out at Brew Hoop, the Bucks would not be able to deal recently acquired players like Bruce Bowen and Kurt Thomas as part of any deal. Per the CBA those players can only be traded individually.
For two months after receiving the player in trade or claiming him off waivers, if the player is being traded in combination with other players. However, the team is free to trade the player by himself (not packaged with other players) immediately. This restriction applies only to teams over the salary cap. (Also see question number 72 for a special case where players can be traded together in less than two months.)
- So it’s more realistic that the Bucks swap either Luke Ridnour or as Frank suggests, Joe Alexander. If the Bucks are getting a talented swing-man like Childress, they may be more willing to give up on Alexander. Considering the Hawks lack of depth up front, they may even be willing to take on Dan Gadzuric, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What is fairly certain though, is that Childress has little interest in ever returning to Atlanta. He was not happy with the way they handled themselves last year with regard to his free agency and seems to have taken it as a slap in the face. When he entered restricted free agency they took the position of waiting until he got an offer to judge his value. I don’t think they were into the whole, call him at midnight thing. Not making a gesture like that will probably result in him never suiting up for them again. That makes me feel a little better about the way the Bucks are handling Ramon Sessions. If the Bucks are able to part with a Ridnour or Gadzuric and end up with both Sessions and Childress, this off-season will have turned out better than I could ever imagine. But if they’re unable to pull off a trade, they’ll have to settle for one or the other.
Finally, I want to wish everyone a very joyous 4th of July weekend. Take time to be with family and friends and make sure you stay safe.