Tweet of the Night: DeShawn Stevenson wants to play for the Heat

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Ever since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined forces alongside Dwayne Wade down in South Beach, many veteran free agents have been clamoring to join them for a title run.

Now, with Greg Oden signing for the veteran’s minimum on Friday with Miami, another veteran free agent wants to join him.

DeShawn Stevenson, who was recently waived by the Atlanta Hawks, expressed his interest in joining the Miami Heat on Twitter Saturday night.

SH Blog: Knicks stop Amar’e from going to Hakeem’s camp; Hawks sign DeMarre Carroll

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Well, we’re officially into the down period of the offseason, with the last two dominoes falling this week with Brandon Jennings’ trade to Detroit and Greg Oden signing with the Heat. The upside to that is we can definitely start looking towards next season, and all the dominance that a healthy Greg Oden will wreak on the Eastern Conference (if a healthy Greg Oden exists). If you’re ready for that, be sure to check out Chris Sheridan’s first 2013-14 power rankings.

There’s some Oden talk later in the blog, so let’s get right to that.

  • amare_stoudemireAmar’e Stoudemire won’t be heading to Hakeem Olajuwon’s big man camp, writes Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com: “The Knicks have decided that it’s best for Amar’e Stoudemire to rest his oft-injured knees rather than participate in Hakeem Olajuwon’s camp for big men, a source with knowledge of the decision confirmed. Stoudemire worked on his post moves at Olajuwon’s camp for two weeks last August. He was scheduled to do so again this month but plans have changed due to concerns over the health of his knees. The source with knowledge of the decision says there is nothing currently wrong with Stoudemire’s knees. The source described the decision as precautionary. Due to previous knee troubles, Stoudemire will play with a minutes limit this season. He is expected to be capped at 20 minutes per game.”
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  • 220px-Greg_OdenMarc Stein and Jeff Goodman of SPN.com explain Greg Oden’s decision to sign with the Heat: “In a Friday night phone interview after Grantland reported that he had chosen the Heat, Oden described the mental toll from his time out of the league as a lot of “ups and downs.” “With more downs,” Oden said. He’s not sure yet how soon he’ll be ready to play in actual games, saying that he hopes to lose even more weight after slimming down to his current 275 pounds. “I could be ready to go but it’s still a work in progress,” Oden said. “My minutes and amount of playing time and all that is going to have to be monitored.” Oden said it was a “big deciding factor” that Heat officials made it clear to him that he “wouldn’t be needed as much early in the season” as he works his way back from more than three years out of the NBA. “When I had a conversation with Coach [Erik] Spoelstra and hearing how much he knew about the training stuff that I was already doing, it kind of made me feel like they know what’s best for me,” Oden said. Oden added: “I’m not going to sit here and say I’m 100 percent. I am moving [well] and I am feeling good, but I have a lot of work to do.” “
  • Also on the Heat, here’s some Lamar Odom speculation from Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “Word is Lamar’s preference is to remain in Los Angeles. But if he is amenable to the minimum, I would have to think Pat Riley would find a place for him in Miami. While he has not been the same player the past two seasons, he still would have value as a utility player, if he is willing to accept such a role.”
  • The Hawks have signed DeMarre Carroll, according to a post on their official website: “The Atlanta Hawks have signed forward DeMarre Carroll (de-MAR-ay), President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry announced today.  Per club policy, terms were not disclosed. “DeMarre is a great fit for our program,” Ferry said. “He is an unselfish, highly competitive player. His versatility in defending multiple positions will make him a valuable contributor to our basketball team.” Carroll, 27, posted career highs last season with the Utah Jazz in nearly every statistical category including points (6.0), rebounds (2.8), assists (0.9), steals (0.9), minutes (16.8) and starts (12). He played in 66 games, scoring 10 or more points 15 times (the Jazz were 11-4 in those games) and playing at least 20 minutes on 27 occasions. The Jazz were 16-11 in those games and his averages jumped to 9.3 points on .514 shooting, including .429 from three-point range, and 4.1 rebounds in 24.0 minutes per game. His +/- average of +1.8 led the Jazz. Prior to signing Carroll, the Hawks requested waivers on DeShawn Stevenson.”
  • Some interesting talk about D-League expansion from Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Magic want to have a “one-to-one” affiliation with an NBA Development League franchise that’s based within the Sunshine State. The Magic would like a “hybrid” agreement in which the Magic would run and pay for the D-League team’s basketball operations, while a separate ownership group would run the rest of the franchise. But there are a few problems. There isn’t a D-League team in Florida at the moment. And there are at least several other NBA teams that are looking for a one-to-one affiliation with a D-League team. Dan Reed, the D-League’s president, said D-League expansion is being discussed and will occur eventually. “It will be carefully managed and hopefully an intelligent expansion process,” Reed told the Orlando Sentinel. “The long-run goal is 30 teams, where every NBA team has its own NBA D-League team. I can’t tell you exactly when that will happen, but I think we’ll get closer to that in the near future.” “

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Dan Malone is about to begin his fourth year as a journalism student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and spent this summer as a features intern at the Cape Cod Times. He blogs, edits and learns things on the fly for Sheridan Hoops. Follow him on Twitter.

Bernucca: At $100 million, Deron Williams may be damaged goods

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Let’s, for a moment, put aside some of the perceptions about Deron Williams. 

Let’s forget that he eats coaches like they are M&M’s.

Let’s dismiss that he complains about everything from set offenses to background lighting in arenas.

Let’s overlook that he took a little too much enjoyment in swinging the sledgehammer of free agency.

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Bernucca: Are red-hot Clippers too flawed for NBA Finals?

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After the Los Angeles Clippers demolished the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night for their franchise-record 13th straight win, there were two telling quotes coming out of the losing locker room.

The first came from Suns coach Alvin Gentry, who was very impressed.

“That is the best team we’ve played,” said Gentry, whose club has faced Miami, Memphis, New York and Golden State but has yet to play Oklahoma City or San Antonio.

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Jazz win in 3OT and a New Year for Andrew Bynum

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After weeks of silence, the 76ers finally revealed that Andrew Bynum got another MRI and will be sidelined until December 10 and will likely take up to 4 weeks to get him into game shape. I’ll bet that he is striving to return for the New Years Day game against the Lakers.

MIL 105 @ PHI 96: The 76ers big men struggled without Bynum with Lavoy Allen disappearing again and Spencer Hawes only shooting 3 for 11 with 5 boards. The 76ers did get Jason Richardson back and he scored 20 and Jrue Holiday continued his great early season form with 25 but this time with 8 TO. Evan Turner returned to being well Evan Turner, and only scored 8.

The Bucks backcourt dominated this contest with Brandon Jennings breaking out of his slump big time with 33 on 12 for 21 FG he also chipped in 4 stl and 2 blk and 8:1 AST/TO for his fantasy owners. Monta EllisMike Dunleavy  and Tobias Harris each reached double digits scoring 18, 13 and 10 respectively. Larry Sanders had an off night with ‘only’ 9 rebounds and 1 block but 4 TO hurt and Ersan Ilyasova continued his vanishing act with a measly 2 pts and played just 18 min.

Other November 12 Games

UTA 140 @ TOR 133: What a great game for the NBA fan. This contest was filled with big shots, big fantasy scores and some surprising storylines. Oh and 3 overtimes. Mo Williams played whereas Kyle Lowry didn’t and Jazz fans were thankful as Mo impacted the game throughout. His shooting was a little off except when his team needed him and no one will complain with 14ast-3 3PM-4stl-2blk from their PG. Paul Millsap was lethal as well with 34 on 11 for 16 with 9reb-2stl-2blk. He also hit 3 3PM for 8 on the season (on only 12 attempts) passing last years total and one shy from his career best. Every year he seems to add a new trick to his arsenal. The Jazz are managing their bigs by playing Millsap at the 3 more often. Derrick Favors benefited last night with 45 min and 4 blk.

For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan played a full 60 minutes scoring a career high 37. As a DeRozan skeptic, I particularly enjoyed the 6 dimes – the second time he eclipsed 5 in a game this year – he did it all of once last year. Jose Calderon filled in admirably for Lowry with 20 pts and 17 ast. Andrea Bargnani returned to missing the mark going 5 for 17 but chipped in 8 reb and 2 blk. Hopefully, the one takeaway for the Raptors was a potential solution at the 3 as Linas Kleiza exploded for 17 in the second quarter. Of course, he only scored 3 and fouled out in the second half.

OKC 94 @ DET 92: The Thunder rallied from more than 10 down in the 4th to win a squeaker. Their 4th win in five nights. Russell Westbrook lead the way with 33pts-10reb-4ast and only 2 TO. Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka also did their things combining for 37pts-16reb-10 blocks. The rest of the OKC lineup struggled though scoring just 22, 8 of which were on Kevin Martin free throws.

For the Pistons, Rodney Stuckey broke out of his slump going 7 for 13 and scoring 19 points with 5 assists. Brandon Knight overmatched defensively also couldn’t keep up with Westbrook at the other end shooting just 2 for 13 for 8 points. Kyle Singler continues to play well off the bench scoring an efficient 9 including 2 for 3 from deep. Andre Drummond only played 13 min but still managed 6reb-2stl-1blk showing off his potential for the second half of the season.

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