Sheridan: Let’s Try to Trade Waiters, Shumpert, Turner and Deng

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shithappensTrades happen.

And when they happen, good things can follow. Need proof? How about Marcin Gortat’s 11-for-12 shooting performance Wednesday night?

Granted, it came against the woeful Milwaukee Bucks. But Gortat is 17-for-20 in his last two games, and the Washington Wizards – who dealt the injured Emeka Okafor for him prior to the season – appear to be headed to the playoffs as they float near .500 in the woeful Eastern Conference – which has two, count ‘em, two! – teams playing better than .500.

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PODCAST: Who is leading the MVP Race?

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We have had Paul George and Kevin Durant atop the first two editions of the SheridanHoops.com MVP rankings, and a new edition is coming out later today.

Who is No. 1?

You’ll have to wait and see, but a hint is given in this interview with Gordon Monson and Jake Scott on 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City, where the topics of discussion included the Jazz defeating the Bulls to tie Milwaukee in the win column in Tankapalooze, the sorry state of the No. 27 and 28 New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, and the newly secured future plans of the Los Angeles Lakers after they signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension. Does this mean they will trade Pau Gasol?

Give a listen:

Tweet of the Night: Kobe Bryant defends the size of his two-year contract

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KobeWhen it was announced that Kobe Bryant signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, Lakers fans around the world rejoiced. Despite not having seen him play since he tore his Achilles tendon in April, they couldn’t fathom the idea of losing the superstar they’ve known for two decades.

Then they heard about the size of the contract, and all hell seemed to break loose on twitter.

“He has no interest in winning if that’s what he’s asking for from the team.”

“Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan took significant pay cuts to help their respective teams. Why can’t Kobe do the same?”

“What were the Lakers thinking?”

“@#$@#$@#”

SH Blog: Bulls Don’t Plan to Trade Deng; Mike Woodson on the Hot Seat? Lakers Say They Will Compete Despite Kobe Contract

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LuolDengSH1For the second straight season the Chicago Bulls, from the players all the way up to the front office, will be tested by the loss of Derrick Rose for the remainder of the season.

Last season the Bulls could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but this season?

Lakers sign Bryant to two-year extension

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Kobe Bryant has signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers, which means he likely will kobeinjuryhave a 20-year career.

The Lakers did not announce financial terms. Bryant is the highest-paid player in the NBA this season, making $30.4 million. He and Michael Jordan are the only NBA players to make $30 million in one season.

Bryant was eligible to receive 105 percent of his current salary, which would put his 2014-15 earnings at almost $32 million. However, reports out of Los Angeles say the value of the extension is $48.5 million, allowing him to remain among the game’s highest-paid players.