Bernucca: Grading the Trades That Have Already Been Made

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Andrew_Bynum_CavsSince training camp opened, there have been five significant trades involving 10 teams, 19 players and seven draft picks.

The big winners have been a team that got rid of the highest scorer among the traded players and a team that acquired a player who has yet to play. The big loser has been a team that swears by analytics.

Another way to look at it is like this: The biggest trades thus far have been the ones that haven’t been made – Omer Asik for Thaddeus Young, Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol for just about anybody.

And with six weeks until the trading deadline, there will be plenty more trades that are and aren’t made.

But we can’t grade those. So we graded the ones that have been made.

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Bernucca: Is LeBron Better than Jordan? Read This Before Answering

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Remember that streak of games hot-shooting LeBron James put together last February?LeBron James

Well, he’s doing it again. Much earlier in the season. And for a longer stretch.

And if he keeps it up, it will become historic. Because since the ABA-NBA merger, no wing player or point guard has scored this much while shooting this well. Not Dr. J. Not even Michael Jordan.

Yes, really.

Through the first month of the season, James is third in the league in scoring at 26.2 points per game and second in field-goal percentage at .598.

“I’m in a very, very comfortable position right now with my game,” James said.

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SH Blog: Redick out six to eight weeks; Cavs to move Bennett to SF?

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Greivis VasquezEarlier tonight, I managed to catch a good deal of the Warriors-Kings game. It was a tough one to pick a rooting interest in: the Warriors have been “my team” since my family left Toronto in 1999 (for Baltimore, and I’m not going to root for a team from DC), but Greivis Vasquez is my favorite basketball player by a pretty wide distance, and I’ve grown accustomed to always rooting for Greivis’ team. Also, their new coach has a great last name.

I settled on “Greivis has a great game, but the Warriors win,” which turned out to be half right. Greivis got just 14 minutes and scored six points with three assists on 2-8 shooting, but the Warriors picked up a win behind 36 from Steph Curry.

Tweet of the Day: Derrick Williams Thanks Timberwolves, Fans On Way Out

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Derrick WilliamsNot even a quarter of the way into the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making moves.

In an effort to find a better fit for Rick Adelman’s rotation, the Wolves have shipped forward Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for defensive specialist Luc Mbah a Moute.

It could be said that Williams was being underutilized in Minnesota. Over the last 10 games, Williams made seven appearances, averaging 3.6 points and two rebounds in just over 10 minutes per game.

On his way out of the door, he took time to show gratitude to the team that drafted him second overall in the 2011 NBA draft and its fans.

SH Blog: Kobe says his two-year contract wasn’t a negotiation, Stoudemire rips Knicks for lack of ball movement

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Monday was a happy day for some, ominous for many others.

Some big news broke early in the day about the status of Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant. The news on Rose was worse than expected, while some may consider the good news for Bryant not so good. See what all the ruckus was about below.

DERRICK ROSE OUT FOR THE SEASON:

Derrick Rose Bulls sleevesAfter undergoing successful knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, the Chicago Bulls declared that Rose would miss the remainder of the season. The point guard chose the option to let his meniscus heal rather than cutting it out, which would shorten the recovery time to a few weeks but cause more long-term issues. Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today has details:

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season after having surgery Monday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.

The timetable on Rose’s absence indicates he had the meniscus repaired and reattached and not removed or partially removed. Reparation is the preferred surgical option, but rehabilitation and recovery takes longer. The meniscus acts as a cushion for knee bones, and without, the chance of early arthritis and other problems increase.

“You want to save what’s there. My guess is that you want to prolong the longevity of the career,” orthopedic surgeon Alexis Colvin told USA TODAY Sports. 

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