— You ask, we (try to) answer.
A. There have been trades, just not many of them.
Actually, there has been just one since the Dec. 25 start of the regular season, when the 76ers sent Marreese Speights to the Grizzlies, the Grizzlies sent Xavier Henry to the Hornets and the Hornets sent a 2013 second-round pick to the 76ers to complete that trade.
There also was a Dec. 24 deal that sent Greivis Vasquez from the Grizzlies to the Hornets for Quincy Pondexter.
Essentially, the timing of this lockout-delayed season has thrown everything off. We're at the seven-week mark of the season, a relatively early stage on the trade market in a traditional season.
As a matter of perspective, the first significant trade of last season did not come until the seventh week, when Orlando sent Rashard Lewis to Washington for Gilbert Arenas, and then Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat to Phoenix for Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark.
Before that, the only deals in the 2010-11 season were the Rockets trading Jermaine Taylor to the Kings for a conditional 2011 second-round pick, and the Nets acquiring Sasha Vujacic and a 2011 first-round pick from the Lakers and a 2012 first-round pick from Houston in a three-team trade that sent Joe Smith and two second-round draft picks to Los Angeles and Terrence Williams to Houston.
In other words, it's still early, even thought it seems late.
Just as the preseason personnel market ground to a halt until the Chris Paul issue was sorted out, there is a sense that the market in advance of the March 15 trading deadline will not be fully set into motion until Dwight Howard's status is resolved in Orlando. Only then will contenders in the East (and possibly the West) have a greater sense for how the playoff race might shake out and what might be needed to compete.
Similarly, with so many early season injuries, teams also figure to take greater stock of their depth closer to the trading deadline. For example, if Derrick Rose's back issue proves chronic, the Bulls might be more proactive in seeking a veteran point guard, rather than pushing through with John Lucas III and perhaps a re-signed Mike James.
Beyond that, almost every free agent who signed in the offseason cannot be dealt until March 1, so the available pool currently is rather thin.
The short answer is the flurry tends to come on the eve of the deadline. This season, it could be more of a frenzy, with teams still settling into their rotations.
A. He'll be dealt, but first the value must be rebuilt, particularly with what the NBA (i.e. David Stern) is seeking in terms of either young prospects or draft picks. Monday's 27 points and 13 rebounds against the Jazz was a step in the right direction.
Ultimately, the Hornets will get something, if perhaps not exactly what they want, for Kaman's expiring contract.
As mentioned above, contenders will get a greater sense of where they stand in the playoff race closer to the trading deadline. I would expected a team at the top of the East (Indiana has been mentioned) to make a run at Kaman, who certainly will drum up interest during next summer's free-agency period.
A. By now it should be obvious that if there was any interest in A.I., he would have at least received a tryout, a courtesy Gilbert Arenas has just been offered.
The lasting memory of Iverson is the ugly ending in Detroit, the Memphis failure to launch, and the largely unsuccessful reunion bid with the 76ers.
It's over. There simply is not a need for an aging point guard who is a high-volume shooter.
The next time we see A.I. in an NBA context likely will be Springfield. And, yes, he most assuredly deserves a spot in the Hall, as arguably one of the greatest pound-for-pound players in the history of the league.
A. That if the schedule is soft enough and if there is no one else to handle the scoring, that someone will get the numbers.
There's a difference between being a Player of the Week and an enduring presence.
For now, enjoy the ride, because it certainly has been a wild one. But it is way too early to rush to any type of judgment.
A. Because the Lakers' priority when it comes to post play foremost is getting Pau Gasol closer to the rim and then opening enough room for Andrew Bynum to work there.
Instead of getting Kobe into the post, it might be a case of having him accept a reality of fewer shots, especially the ones he has been forcing at the ends of games. Then again, the Lakers' depth of offense hardly is overwhelming.
A. I'm not sure this is the best season to be judging the quality of NBA play. With the hurry-up post-lockout restart and the compacted schedule, continuity certainly is in short supply. The fact that Phil Jackson has taken the triangle into retirement hasn't helped, either.
No, it currently is not a beautiful game.
But I would expect, after another month or so, teams, particularly contenders, should appear far more cohesive than they stand today.