The Dream Team of 3-on-3

So this was interesting, from USA Today:

Could three-on-three basketball be coming to the Olympics?

It will if FIBA, the international governing body, has its way. Secretary-general Patrick Baumann said Saturday that his group planned to propose it to be played as early as the 2016 Rio Games.

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The Kevin Martin Dilemma

Upon the signing of guard Carlos Delfino, many speculated that the move signaled a trade of incumbent starter Kevin Martin.  The thinking went that the team now had three good shooting guards so one was probably on the way out.  With rookie Jeremy Lamb a sure bet to stay, fingers pointed towards Martin.  However, I’m not sure an imminent departure should be taken as a foregone conclusion.

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Making sense of the Carlos Delfino signing

If you’re reading this, you already are aware that yesterday, the Houston Rockets agreed to terms with Carlos Delfino.  With a second year team option, the move holds little financial significance.  The real concern are the other ramifications.

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Describing the Rockets’ reaction to this deal as “mystified,” Jonathan Feigen:

The Rockets had tried to position themselves for this opportunity, offering the Toronto pick they got for Kyle Lowry along with a pick from Dallas and were open to adding a pick of their own. They would have sent two players from among Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris, Donatas Motiejunas, Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones. And they would have taken back two large Orlando contracts – Hedo Turkoglu and either Chris Duhon or Jason Richardson – without sending back corresponding burdensome contracts to offer the Magic roughly $12 million more in cap room than they have now.

The Magic had seemed to want cap room and picks most, but at some point shifted to seeking a potential star player and decided that Arron Afflalo would be that player, making him the key to the deal.

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Outlining a plan of attack

As Rahat splendidly wrote in his last two articles, the Rockets are officially moving on, sans Dwight Howard, with a younger than young nucleus of players who boast little to no playing experience. Now that Howard isn’t a distraction, we can officially begin to sketch a skeletal outline of the team’s immediate future.

There’s an almost certain chance the 2012-13 Rockets won’t looking anything like the 2013-14 version, so predicting things has inherent difficulties, and unless every one of these rookies pans out and Daryl Morey chooses to hold steady instead of selling high (the latter scenario being the more likely one,  being that we know he’s dangerously obsessed with acquiring a superstar), labeling anything a youth movement could be shortsighted.

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