Cricket= Life in India.
Also, no one knows if he is athletic enough to play the game. There could be a Shawn Bradley underneath there, a Yinka Dare, or a Manute Bol. But who can tell? In a capped league, teams shouldn't be wasting valuable camp spots on gambles for minimal PR. Seriously, who wants the 1st South Asian player, when in 6 years some kid from Brampton is going to come up and make this kid look like a joke? What makes Lin important is his talent. Want PR? Find a kid with talent and cultivate that. Not height.
That's like having a point guard who can't split a screen trying to get a job in the NBA. THAT would never happen, unless a team had a poor scouting team. So why is it that people think Bhullar has any potential to be an NBA player? He's done nothing to prove that he deserves a camp spot. And why would a team, in a cap system invest any money into a player like that?
In comparison, anyone could have picked up Lin. Heck, I watched a couple of his Harvard games, and his summer league stint (he and Wall were the 2 best PGs that year). He could have been had. So will the next one.
This is the same as people wanting Canadians on the Raps for the sake of having Canadians without consideration to talent.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will sign Brady Heslip to a camp deal, according to a source.
The Wolves were impressed with Heslip's play in the Summer League
Tristan Thompson will seek a contract that begins at $11 million per season
Really 11 million per season ? Is he even in the starting 5
Some key points:
Tristan is exactly 2 years younger than Patterson.
Patterson is the better shooter with range to 3
Tristan is the better rebounder (very good offensive rebounder)
Patterson is more mobile hedging the pick and role.
Thomson plays like a real big.
Patterson is better at pick and pop game
Tristan is better at pick and role finishing.
Both measure about same size and length.
I think if you need a power forward to play like and old school big, Thompson in the pick, if you need a stretch 4 Patterson is the guy. I would like to see what, if anything Thompson has added to his game this summer before making a final choice.....but I am leaning towards having TT over PP due to what I perceive as being a tougher player....but not sure how he fits offensively with JV.
While 12 mil may be a little too much for Thompson, 7 mil is undervaluing him. He is the 6th best offensive rebounder in the entire league, all 5 guys ahead of him played more minutes per game as well. He is also the 19th best rebounder in the league, playing the 4th least minutes of the guys in the top 20....pretty good for a 23 year old.
He will more than likely take a dip in production with James and Love now in Cleveland, but what he learns from those guys would be super valuable to any team that could sign him away.
Yeah it's interesting. He'll get a lot of playing time with Love on the floor, since Varejao is injured all the time. He'll be the 5th option in that lineup and will get the garbage buckets.