Working the Wire
By Charlie Zegers
RotoWire Hoops Editor
The dust is still settling after last week's trade deadline; players with new addresses are trying their best to get acclimated to new systems and new teammates.
Larry Hughes, for example, hasn't exactly won over the crowds at Madison Square Garden with his play to date. But some rust was to be expected - he's been languishing in DNP-land for weeks. The Knicks have a homestand this week which should allow Hughes and Chris Wilcox some practice time - look for his play to improve significantly in the coming weeks.
Of course, if Larry Hughes is "rusty," Stephon Marbury must be petrified. Marbury hasn't played since the preseason - but he finally worked out a buyout arrangement from his Knicks contract yesterday and is now free to sign with any team and be included on a playoff roster. By the time this column is published, he may be a member of the Celtics.
(Just what I needed - another reason to hate Boston.)
That said, it's not often that a player of Marbury's caliber becomes available this late in the season. Would I want him on my team? Absolutely not. Is it possible that he could carve out a productive role in Boston's rotation down the stretch? Well… ask yourself this: if you're Doc Rivers, who would you rather play… Marbury or Gabe Pruitt?
Francisco Garcia (SAC) - For years, John Salmons was the guy who put up scintillating numbers in limited minutes. Salmons finally got a starting gig this year, and Garcia became the "do everything" guy off the bench. Now Salmons is in Chicago, and Garcia has the chance to take a significant step forward.
Johan Petro (DEN) - Nene's knee injury moved Petro into the starting lineup, and the Frenchman responded with nine points, ten boards and two blocks in a loss to the Celtics on Monday. He's likely to split time in the middle with Chris Andersen until Nene is healthy.
Mikki Moore (BOS) - From the outhouse to the penthouse - veteran forward Moore was released by Sacramento and has signed with the Celtics, where he'll provide frontcourt depth.
Rashad McCants (SAC) - McCants had fallen out of the rotation in Minnesota, so the move to Sacramento can only improve his value.
DeAndre Jordan (LAC) - The Clippers are so far out of contention, they've actually been mathematically eliminated from the 2010 playoffs already. Seems reasonable to expect that they'll take an extended look at their 2008 second-round pick down the stretch.
Shelden Williams (MIN) - Deep sleeper here… Williams hasn't gotten into a game for the T-Wolves yet… but with Al Jefferson done for the year, Minnesota is seriously lacking in size; it seems reasonable to expect Williams will get some run at some point.
Article first appeared on 2/25/08