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  1. how many of you losers are going to be salty because Nas and Kellis may have reconciled. what a sad statement about you.
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  4. http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sp...nes_texas.html Andruw’s comeback Texas-sized By Evan Grant For the AJC Thursday, June 18, 2009 ARLINGTON, Texas — It took Andruw Jones all of four months to announce that Texas is where he’d like to finish his career. It took him much less time, however, to make that decision in his head. All it took was a couple of sessions of work with Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo back in January when Jones was an unsigned, unwanted free agent coming off perhaps the worst offensive season in the past 30 years. Enlarge this image Richard W. Rodriguez / Fort Worth Star-Telegram Andruw Jones, seen here slugging a home run against his former team, the Dodgers, has resurrected his career with the Texas Rangers. “I don’t want to say Rudy changed me,” Jones said last week before hitting homers in consecutive games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he spent the nightmarish 2008 season. “But he gave me a lot of knowledge very quickly. He made it very easy to understand. I had been doing things wrong for a lot of years and had some great years that way. I’d like to see what I can do for a full year now that I’m doing things right.” Jones is simply the latest disciple of Jaramillo, the Rangers hitting instructor for the past 15 seasons. In nearly cult-like fashion almost every one of them, from former Braves player Mark DeRosa to Marietta’s Marlon Byrd, has spouted similar endorsements of Jaramillo, the highest-paid hitting instructor in the game. Based on first glance, Jones, 32, who was very nearly out of the game this winter, is having a moderate amount of success with the Rangers. In a part-time role, primarily as the DH, Jones was hitting .246 with a .358 on-base percentage through Wednesday. His two homers against the Dodgers gave him seven for the year and pushed his RBI total to 17. That would be modest by most standards, but it represents a huge leap forward for Jones. He has already more than doubled his 2008 home run total (three) and surpassed his RBI total (14), which, along with a .158 batting average, was the detritus of the first year of a two-year, $36 million deal with the Dodgers. His batting average was the lowest in the past 30 years for a player with at least 200 at-bats and the eighth lowest in the past 100 seasons. He managed to play only 75 games because of a knee problem, potentially exacerbated by extra weight. He played more than 150 games in each of the previous 11 seasons with the Braves. The poor performance led to lots of boos and an uncomfortable relationship with Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who Jones said didn’t treat him with respect when he was struggling. It all led to Jones and the Dodgers negotiating to sever ties after the season. He was unsigned in January when he took agent Scott Boras’ advice and asked to work out with Jaramillo. “All I saw was the bat speed,” Jaramillo said. “I knew we had a lot of work to do, but I knew the guy had ability and there was no doubt in my mind he could get it back.” After a couple of workouts with Jaramillo, Jones worked out for the Rangers, who were seemingly set at outfield positions and the DH spot. But the club was willing to take a flier on a no-risk minor league deal that included the ability for the sides to part amicably midway through spring training. Jaramillo immediately set about tutoring Jones on his five-step program that focuses on timing and pitch recognition. In short, Jaramillo thought Jones had been jumping at pitches for a couple of seasons. While the steps in Jaramillo’s plan aren’t ground-breaking, his pupils often talk about how easy he makes it to grasp. “He makes you believe,” said Byrd, a .238 hitter in the three seasons before joining the Rangers and a .300 hitter in two-plus seasons in Texas. “He makes you understand your swing. He helps you get to a point where you can make adjustments quickly. When I came here, I was shot mentally. I think the same thing applied to Andruw. Rudy got us right mentally.” Said Jones: “He explained stuff in a way that is really easy to understand. When I left working with him, I felt good about my swing.” Nevertheless, it took him time to change his swing habits. He struck out nine of the first 14 at-bats in spring training. And when it came time to make a decision in the spring, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels had no choice but to tell Jones he wouldn’t make the team as a full-time player and probably wouldn’t make it at all. Jones could have walked away at that point. Instead, Jones went to both Daniels and manager Ron Washington and said he’d have no problem accepting a part-time role, if it got him more time to work with Jaramillo. “He made us know this is where he wanted to be,” Daniels said. “That meant a lot to us.” “I was coming off a bad year, a terrible year, really,” Jones said. “Nobody was going to give me a full-time job. This was the best situation for me. I wanted to do whatever I needed to just make the team.” What the first-place Rangers have found since is a guy with an excellent work ethic who still carries a presence in the middle of a lineup. Jones has ended up hitting fourth this season in more games than any Ranger and has a 1.013 on-base-plus-slugging percentage there, fourth among AL cleanup hitters with at least 20 games. It has Jones once again thinking about a future in baseball, instead of trying to recapture the past. “This is where I want to be,” Jones said. “It’s a great group of guys with a great future. It’s a good situation for me. It would be a great spot to take your career to the end.”
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  8. Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BlkSportsOnline I use to ride the city bus to High School many years ago. My mom use to drop me off at the bus stop early in the morning and I would have to wait for a few minutes before the bus came. There was a homeless drunk who use to hang out at the bus stop. He was a harmless old man, but he had a lot of philosophies about life that I remember to this day. One day he was telling me about the decisions you make in life and he said this: "The direction of your life is dependent on the decisions you make or the decisions people make for you. In your lifetime you will have many fork in the road decisions some big, some small but whichever way you go you will always wonder what would have happened if you went the other way." Joe Frazier October 1st 1975 Manila, Philippines end of the 14th round. Frazier already half blind in the left eye, right eye closed completely begs his trainer Eddie Futch to let him continue the fight. Watch the video and you see a battered and bruised Frazier saying "No" and "I want him Boss" as Futch is telling him he is stopping the fight. Unbeknown to Frazier or Futch, his opponent Muhammad Ali wanted to quit. Unlike Frazier who wanted to continue Ali was begging his trainer Angelo Dundee to cut his gloves off and was refusing to come out for the 15th round. There is only one minute between rounds. Funny how just a minute can change a life. Dundee wouldn't let Ali quit, Futch made the decision for Frazier to quit and that decision still resonates throughout the world today. HBO put on an outstanding Documentary recently about Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier title: Thrilla in Manila: Time Tells a Different Story For once it tells a story about Muhammad Ali from another person's perspective and that perspective isn't a pretty one. Jay Z "Ignorant Sh*t" They're all actors Looking at themselves in the mirror backwards Can't even face themselves, don't fear no rappers They're all weirdos, DeNiro's in Practice So don't believe everything your earlobe captures Its mostly backwards Unless it happens to be as accurate as me And everything said in song you happen to see Then actually, believe half of what you see None of what you hear even if its spat by me And with that said, I will kill n*ggas dead No one is as great as their biggest fan thinks and isn't as bad as their worse enemy believes. No truer words could be told about the legend that is Muhammad Ali. In some parts of the world Ali is considered a deity. In the United States he is an iconic figure. If there was a Mount Rushmore of American athletes over the last 100 years he would be right near the head of the list. He ranked #3 on ESPN list of the greatest athletes of all time. Many consider him the greatest boxer of all time. His cultural significance is still being felt today. His stand on the Vietnam War has been considered one of the turning points in getting public opinion turned against the war. Hell some people even think he created "rap music". Jay Z: Don't believe everything your earlobe captures / it's mostly backwards There was another side to Ali a darker side to him that was mostly felt by one Joe Frazier. Even though Ali is portrayed as a militant black power disciple he did not have to deal with half the racism and poverty that Joe Frazier had to deal with. Joe Frazier was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and lived in Philadelphia the majority of his life. Definitely not the life of a privilege. Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali were friends. It can be argued that Frazier was one of his biggest supporters when Ali was stripped of his title for not enlisting in the Military. How big of a supporter you ask? Frazier petitioned President Nixon to have Ali's license reinstated. Frazier boycotted the 1967 WBA heavyweight elimination tournament to find a successor of Ali. Frazier when Ali was dead broke gave him money out of his pocket to help support him. Jay Z: "They're all actors looking at themselves in the mirror backwards" When you are an actor you do what you are told, you do as you are directed. As soon as Ali was reinstated he was directed by the Nation of Islam to turn his back on his friend. By all accounts Joe Frazier has always been and to this day is a "good guy". The type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. But in life sometimes it is the person who talks the loudest who gets heard the most. So when Ali spoke people listened. They listen to the names: Joe Frazier is an uncle tom. They listened to the accusations: Joe Frazier is the white man's champion. They listened to the hyperbole: The heavyweight champion should be pretty not ugly like Joe Frazier. Before the first Ali/Frazier fight Ali boasted if he lost he would crawl across the ring, bow to Frazier and call him "The Greatest". After getting his butt kicked by Frazier he left the arena and claimed he should have won. Jay Z: Unless it happens to be as accurate as me And everything said in song you happen to see Then actually, believe half of what you see None of what you hear even if its spat by me And with that said, I will kill n*ggas dead This brings us to the Thrilla in Manila and let me show you how backwards our society can be at times. Ali at the time was revered while: A- Calling another black man a Gorilla. B- Having an affair in plain view of the entire world while his wife sat at home. You don't call a black man a "Gorilla" ever especially a man who went to the President on your behalf. Not the city council, not the senator, not to ESPN (there wasn't an ESPN back then, but you get what I am saying), but the President of the United States and you are calling that man a "Gorilla" and an "Uncle Tom". When Joe Frazier was fighting Ali that night. He wasn't fighting for the Heavyweight Championship he was fighting for his legacy, his good name and literally for his life. This brings us back to the end of the 14th round: "The direction of your life is dependent on the decisions you make or the decisions people make for you. In your lifetime you will have many fork in the road decisions some big, some small but whichever way you go you will always wonder what would have happened if you went the other way." Ali wanted to quit. Frazier didn't. Someone made that decision for him. Ironic isn't it? The iconic figure the one who did his friend wrong, the one that people idolize for his courage and conviction was the one who wanted to quit. The fighter who was blind in both eyes, who had been disrespected and ridiculed by a man he once befriended was willing to risk his life to save his life. History remembers this moment as Ali lasting just a little bit longer than Frazier. It has added to his legend. As far a Frazier while still considered one of the greatest of all time his name will always be second to Ali not because of him, but because of someone else's decision. Since watching the bitterness of Joe Frazier in the HBO Documentary including a very heartless voicemail where he proudly proclaims to be the cause of Ali's Parkinson disease a lot of people believe he should simply just get over it. It is easy to say that, but just look at Frazier. He is living on top of a rundown gym in one of the worst parts of Philadelphia while Ali sold off 80% stake of his likeness and name for 50 million dollars. If Ali quits on his stool and Frazier wins does that change anything? I don't know, but I know if I was Frazier it will kill me inside not knowing and more importantly knowing that I wasn't the one who made the decision to throw in the towel. Did Ali in the end reap what he sowed? Can't answer that either, but I find it ironic that he is most known for his gift of speaking and that is what has been taken from him. It does bother me that he has never apologized to Frazier in person face to face man to man. He was wrong and he has to know that. Two great rivals and at one time two great friends it is sad if you think about it. In the HBO Documentary they showed Joe Frazier watching the Thrilla in Manila. You could almost see his mind traveling back in time. When it got to the end of the 14th round and he was watching himself beg and plead to go on you could see it clearly in his eyes. You could see into his soul and his soul probably like it has every day for the last 24 years was burning. This leads me back to the old drunken man at the bus stop. Eventually I got a car and started driving to school, but one of the last things he told me was: "Son some fires you can never put out"
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  12. While they don't receive a fraction of the hype or national attention that is lavished upon 2010's 'Summer of LeBron' crowd, the free-agent class of 2009 boasts its own fair share of significant talent. However, it appears that this summer's free agents will be facing a confluence of factors that will greatly impinge upon their ability to cash in. Namely, an economic downturn the likes of which we haven't witnessed since the Great Depression. Now, don't get me wrong - we aren't going to take up any collections, but this year's FA crop won't be receiving the type of paydays they (and their agents) were anticipating just 12 months ago. The main impediment standing between them and the typical, big-money contracts we have become accustomed to, is the decrepit state of the domestic economy. As we all know, the economy is battered and bruised, as if it had taken a charge from Shaq. And the DOW is plummeting to depths that would make even Ben Wallace's free-throw percentage blush. Even before the economy tanked, most GM's were saving every penny they had in order to splurge during the '2010 LeBron James & Friends Bonanza.' Now, many of them will be forced to be even more frugal this off-season. We got a preview of this phenomenon at February's trade deadline. This winter, as opposed to years' past, organizations weren't looking to get out there and trade for that one 'final piece' to help push their team over the top during a playoff run. Instead, GM's were under marching orders to shed salary and get under the tax threshold. Actually improving your team became an afterthought. The surest indication that things something was rotten in the state of Denmark: Raef LaFrentz's expiring contract was a far more valuable trade chip than a healthy Vince Carter. 'Nuff said. As the summer approaches, GM's from coast-to-coast will have a very difficult time convincing owners to cut a check for anything other top-notch talent. This will likely disproportionately affect the mid-tier players. We can use Major League's Baseball's recent wheeling and dealing as a comparable barometer. The cream of the crop (C.C. Sabathia, K-Rod, Mark Texiera, etc.) all landed massive money. However, the mid-tier talent got significantly squeezed. For instance, Bobby Abreu had to take a $10 million pay cut and 'settle' for a one-year, $5 million pact. And Orlando Hudson was initially seeking a multi-year deal worth upwards of $30 million, but ended up signing with the Dodgers for approximately $3.4 million. The list goes on… In the NBA universe, Kobe can name his price and a stud like Boozer will probably have his asking price met. However, teams that in previous season have handed out full five-year, mid-level exceptions, will almost certainly curtail their lavish spending. For instance, do you think the cash-strapped Sacramento Kings would give Beno Udrih $31 million this summer if they had a 'do-over?' (The Maloof brothers gambled and lost with that roll of the dice.) And obviously DeSagana Diop wouldn't sniff the $32 million he received last July. Unfortunately for the NBA players union, the halcyon days of yore, when a marginal player could show some semblance of motivation and perform well for a few weeks towards the end of an expiring contract; and parlay that in an exorbitant, unjustifiable five-year contract from Isiah Thomas or some other clueless GM is a thing of the past. "Where have you gone Jerome James? Our nation turns it lonely eyes to you Woo, woo, woo… What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson? Big Snacks has left and gone away." Moreover, in addition to a disastrous economic climate, there aren't many teams with the requisite salary cap to make a splash – even if they wanted to. And red flags were raised in each team's corporate office when David Stern sent out a letter during All-Star Weekend stating the salary cap number is expected to decrease this season, and then continue declining over the next few years. Currently, the Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Memphis Grizzlies are the only teams with significant cap space. On the other side of the coin, due to a lack of competitive bidding, there could be some solid values out there if these teams are willing to pony up even a decent offer. All things considered, this summer looks like it will provide plenty of excitement and drama. With that as the backdrop, let's take a look at exactly who will be fighting for the crumbs and a piece of a continually shrinking economic pie… ****** The Elite: Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers (Early Termination Option: owed $47.8 million thru 2011) -- It is obviously unlikely that KB24 would leave La-La Land, but stranger things have happened. (Like Kobe suddenly demanding a trade approximately 18 months ago…) And we know Kobe loves being the center of attention and the object of desire. Would it really shock anybody if he started batting his eyes at the Bulls or the Knicks? Especially if the Lakers get tripped up in the playoffs to finish off a disappointing postseason… The most likely scenario has him staying put after some harmless flirting. Either way, it would be interesting to see some drama unfold. As we saw with Baron Davis and Elton Brand last summer, shocking decisions can be made in the 11th hour. Carlos Boozer - Utah Jazz (Player Option: owed $12.6 million for 2009-2010 season) – After Kobe, Boozer is the best player available. Despite some durability concerns, every team in the league would love to add Boozer to their roster. He is still relatively young (27) and is a legit 20/10 threat every time he steps on the floor. And with the amount of coin he could collect by signing a long-term pact, it is all but certain that Boozer will opt out of the final year of his current contract. The only question is where Boozer will choose to spend the prime of his career. With Paul Millsap as a fall-back option, will the Jazz let him walk? The early rumors had Boozer landing South Beach (he owns a home in Miami), but with the HEAT trading for Jermaine O'Neal (owed $20 million in '09-'10), that seems far less likely. Detroit, on the other hand, seems like a very possible destination right now. Pistons GM Joe Dumars has be vigorously clearing cap space (i.e. the sole reason for the Billups/Iverson trade), and the Pistons have been struggling mightily; the franchise needs a fresh-faced resurgence. 5 years for $70 million (an Elton Brand-type deal), should get the job done… Top-Tier Talent: Mehmet Okur – Utah Jazz (Early Termination Option – owed $9 million for the 2009-2010 season) - It was considered somewhat of a gamble when the Jazz offered Okur a big contract after he served as a role player in Detroit during the early stages of his career, but that gamble has paid off handsomely for Utah as Okur has developed into a versatile and productive big man. With Boozer, Okur, Millsap, and Kyle Korver all possibly opting out of their contracts this summer, Utah will have some very tough financial decisions to make. Shawn Marion – Toronto Raptors (Unrestricted): A couple of seasons ago, Marion was considered one of the NBA's best all-around athletes. But, after the Matrix got his wish and was traded away from Steve Nash and Phoenix, his star has dimmed significantly. Marion will be 31 years of age at the start of the 2009-2010 season, and has averaged approximately 13 points and 8.5 rebounds in the 76 games he has played since he was traded. Those are hardly numbers to break the bank for. It will be very interesting to see what kind of offers he receives. Ron Artest – Houston Rockets (Unrestricted): Artest has had a relatively disappointing 2008-2009 campaign, but he remains one of the league's most ferocious defenders and is also an underrated offensive force. In addition, Ron-Ron has behaved himself in Houston and seems to have put the antics of his past behind him. He'll have plenty of suitors… Lamar Odom – L.A. Lakers (Unrestricted): Odom seemed to really find his niche towards the end of last season as the third option behind Kobe and Pau Gasol. But this year he has been bounced back and fourth between the bench and the starting lineup and Phil Jackson seems to have settled on Trevor Ariza as his current flavor of the month at small forward. Odom's future will likely depend on how the Lakers fare in the upcoming playoffs. If LA wins the title, they'll be more inclined to try and bring everybody back. If not, they won't be afraid to shake things up. And we know the Lakers don't want to exceed the tax-threshold and thus won't be willing to overpay for Odom Hedo Turkoglu – Orlando Magic (Early Termination Option: owed $7.4 million for the 2008-2009 season) - Hedo's only months away from becoming a free man. The writing was on the wall after Turkoglu's career season in '07-'08 netted him the league's Most Improved Player award. Just how good was Hedo last season? Let's put it this way – he was one of only five players in the NBA to average at least 19.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. The other four players were Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. Not bad company to keep… Hedo will opt out in hopes of cashing in. Will the Magic pay to keep this nucleus intact? We shall see. (This is an instance where Orlando overpaying for Rashard Lewis could really come back to bite them.) Ben Gordon – Chicago Bulls (Unrestricted): Gordon and the Bulls have been playing chicken for the last few years. It will all come to a head this summer. While he isn't a great defender and the Bulls haven't been very successful during his tenure in Chicago, Gordon is an incredibly gifted scorer that is essentially unstoppable when he gets it going. Paul Millsap – Utah Jazz (Restricted): After Carlos Boozer was sidelined by a knee injury earlier this season, Millsap exploded onto the scene. After being inserted into the starting lineup, Millsap improbably produced 19 consecutive double-doubles. For the month of December, he averaged 18.6 points (on 59% shooting from the floor) and 11.5 rebounds. At just 24 years of age, he will be a hot commodity. The Aging Superstars It will be fascinating to see what kind of offers these former greats, on the downslopes of their legendary careers, receive. One thing is for certain – these guys are in for huge pay cuts… Allen Iverson – Detroit Pistons (Unrestricted): His health is a major concern, and it appears the years of battle in the trenches may have finally caught up to AI. The last few months in Detroit have been a blemish on his incredible résumé. Since the Billups/Iverson trade was completed, the Pistons have plummeted in the East, while the Nuggets have played brilliantly under Chauncey's stewardship. If Iverson ever accepted the role of a 6th man on a very good team, that might suit him perfectly. He could come off the bench and provide energy and instant scoring. Also, playing limited minutes might help preserve his health. Just thinking out loud here - what if he signed with the Orlando Magic for a portion of the mid-level exception. He would see major minutes backing up both guard spots… However, Iverson may still view himself as a luminary and will be looking to start and star wherever he lands. Steve Nash – Phoenix Suns: (Team Option: owed $13.1 million for the 2009-2010 season) Under normal circumstances, a team wouldn't ever consider choosing to cut ties with a great PG just two seasons removed from a back-to-back MVP awards. But times they are a' changing … Suns owner Robert Sarver's various business ventures have been hemorrhaging money and the Suns are going to miss the playoffs this season, which means no added postseason ticket revenue. However, Nash is a huge fan favorite in the Valley of the Sun, and Sarver needs to sell season tickets for next season, so expect PHX to hold onto Nash and possibly trade him next February. Rasheed Wallace – Detroit Pistons (Unrestricted): Yes, he racks up technicals, but even at his advanced age, he also piles up points, rebounds, assists, etc. For years, 'Sheed was one of the most underrated players in the NBA. Jason Kidd – Dallas Mavericks (Unrestricted): For much of his prime, he was the best point guard on planet Earth. Now, after being humbled by the NBA's new elite playmakers, he is hoping to prove he still has enough gas left in the tank Second-Tier FA's: Andre Miller – Philadelphia 76ers (Unrestricted): Steady, if unspectacular, Miller is a reliable point guard in a league that values a dependable leader. Anderson Varejao – Cleveland Cavs (Player Option): The guys who do the dirty work rarely get appropriate credit or recognition; but those close to Cleveland know how important Andy is to the Cavs' success. However, the last time he attempted to negotiate a contract with Danny Ferry, things got ugly. Will LeBron lobby to make sure one of his best rebounders and defenders is kept in Cleveland? Drew Gooden – San Antonio Spurs (Unrestricted): A power forward who can bang, board, and score on the box. He'll go fishing for a mid-level deal. Mike Bibby – Atlanta Hawks (Unrestricted) – Once considered an elite PG, Bibby has been up and down the last few seasons. But with Acie Law not developing as hoped, losing Bibby would be a tough blow for Atlanta. The Hawks also have to make a decision on Marvin Williams this summer, as well as making sure they save enough money to re-sign Joe Johnson in 2010… Trevor Ariza – Los Angeles Lakers (Unrestricted): Ariza has blossomed in LA this season, as he has seen his playing time and production spike. If the Lakers let Odom walk, they'll likely make a strong play to keep Ariza in town for a chunk of their mid-level exception. Best of the Rest: Anthony Parker; Ramon Sessions (restricted); Jamario Moon (restricted); Marcin Gortat (restricted) Chris Wilcox; Glen Davis (restricted); Leon Powe (restricted) ; Eddie House (PO); Sean May (restricted); Mikki Moore; Wally Szczerbiak; Brandon Bass; Gerald Green; Jeff Foster; Chris Anderson; Dahntay Jones; Flip Murray; Ricky Davis (PO); Walter Hermann; Marcus Williams; Sheldon Williams; Luther Head (restricted); Stephon Marbury; Kwame Brown (PO); Von Wafer; Chris Mihm; Matt Barnes; Channing Frye (restricted); Grant Hill; Desmond Mason; Robert Swift; Zaza Pachulia; Tyron Lue; Brevin Knight; Ronnie Price; Juan Dixon; Kyle Korver (ETO); Marquis Daniels (Team Option) Here are a few players who can opt out but will likely choose not to exercise their player options: Eddy Curry – New York Knicks (ETO): It's been a hellish season for Curry, both on the floor and off. He is finally getting some game action this week after missing nearly the entire season. Although the Knicks would love him to opt-out, there is no way he'd leave all that money on the table. Jamal Crawford – Golden State (ETO): We know what course of action Don Nelson would prefer, but it would be very difficult for Crawford to make up the money he would forfeit by opting out. Expect a tense two months, and then a drama-filled 2009-2010 in the Bay Area. Al Harrington – New York Knicks (ETO): Due to earn $10 million next season; which is more than double what he'd get if tested the free-agent waters. Zydrunas Ilgauskas – Cleveland Cavs (ETO): Happy to be playing alongside The King in Cleveland, and just as happy to pocket a cool $11.5 million next year. Last but not least, we have a bunch of restricted FA's from the 2005 Draft class. These guys have one year remaining (at the team's option) on their rookie contracts and not yet been signed to longer-term deals. But, as restricted FA's, their current teams have the right to match any offer: David Lee - Smart money says the Knicks ink him to a long-term contract this summer Marvin Williams - Back issues complicate his situation Raymond Felton - Bobcats have had him in the trade market for sometime, but he has since helped key a second-half playoff run in Charlotte Charlie Villanueva - Talented, but inconsistent Hakim Warrick - Role player Nate Robinson - New York should have traded Nate back in February. Maybe someday Nate matures and grows up, but the Knicks can't gamble and burn 2010 cap-room hoping that it happens… Jarrett Jack - Enjoying a breakout season in Indy – averaging over 18 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds over the last two months. Linas Kleiza - The Nuggets were expecting improvement, but he's taken a slight step back this year.
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