A look at the training camp rosters of all five Southeast Division teams, with an eye on open spots on each roster, and the potential favorites we might see emerge.Atlanta HawksGuaranteed Contracts:Esteban Batista Josh Childress Speedy Claxton Royal Ivey Joe Johnson Solomon Jones Tyronn Lue Zaza Pachulia Josh Smith Salim Stoudamire Marvin Williams Shelden Williams Lorenzen Wright Non-Guaranteed:Cedric Bozeman Andre Brown Lionel Chalmers Kaniel Dickens Matt Freije
Andreas Glyniadakis Analysis:
With only 13 guaranteed contracts, the Hawks have could very well keep one or two players from their extended training camp roster. Considering the injury history of Speedy Claxton
and the fact that the point guard position was by far Atlantas biggest weakness last year, Lionel Chalmers
might have a decent chance to make the squad. The problem is that hes a point guard in size only, certainly not in mentality. Its surprising (or perhaps not
) to see why General Billy Knight
continues to ignore opportunities to improve his teams makeup by whiffing on inviting a player like Aaron Miles
for example who most certainly could have not only made this team, but also played an important role for them. Knight prefers versatile players who can play multiple positions and offer plenty of athleticism, and Chalmers, Andre Brown
and Kaniel Dickens
certainly fit that mold. Matt Freije
has a chance to stick if he can really impress the coaching staff with his outside shooting. Considering the type of players that Knight covets the most, Andre Brown
might be the best bet to stick of the six players invited. On a sidenote, power forward Solomon Jones
became the highest paid 2nd round pick in this draft when the Hawks decided to give him a 3 year contract for 2.2 million dollars.
Charlotte BobcatsGuaranteed Contracts:Alan Anderson Primoz Brezec Matt Carroll Melvin Ely Raymond Felton Othella Harrington
Walter Herrmann Ryan Hollins Brevin Knight Sean May Adam Morrison Emeka Okafor
Bernard Robinson Jake Voskuhl Gerald Wallace Partially Guaranteed:
Kevin Burleson ($70,000 guaranteed) Analysis:
The Bobcats have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster so there was really no need to invite any other players to camp. Considering the tight budget the Bobcats operate under, saving every penny possible certainly helps as far as ownership is concerned. Kevin Burleson is owed $70,000 and is currently only the 3rd point guard on Charlottes roster. Ignoring the fact that he was roommates with Bernie Bickerstaffs son (and assistant coach--JB) in college, it was very difficult to see what the Bobcats see in him after watching him play extensively at the Orlando Summer league. Maybe the 25% he shot from the field last year is the reason they are keeping him around. Edit:
The Bobcats added Joe Shipp, Donta Smith
and Will Conroy
to the mix here as well.
Miami HeatGuaranteed Contracts:Earl Barron Michael Doleac Udonis Haslem Jason Kapono Alonzo Mourning Shaquille O'Neal Gary Payton James Posey Wayne Simien Dwyane Wade Antoine Walker Jason Williams Dorell Wright Partially Guaranteed:Vincent Grier
If youre looking for the one team that spent more than anyone on bringing undrafted rookies into camp, its the Miami Heat. No less than $305,000 was spent on Vincent Grier
($70,000, contract becomes fully guaranteed on November 4th), Robert Hite
($75,000), Daniel Horton
($75,000) and Chris Quinn
($75,000, compensation increases to $150,000 on November 3rd), and thats not even including the $150,000 they gave Mike Gansey
before cutting him the day before camp started. Whats ironic is that a player who wasnt guaranteed a dime in Antonio Burks
might beat out all four of them for the fourteenth spot on the roster. Early reports say Chris Quinn
seems to be impressing the most amongst the rookies, but Miami is actively anticipating Jeff McInnis
being waived by New Jersey. Point Guard or combo guard seems to be the biggest need on Miamis roster.
Orlando MagicGuaranteed Contracts:Trevor Ariza Carlos Arroyo James Augustine Tony Battie Keith Bogans Keyon Dooling Pat Garrity Grant Hill Dwight Howard Darko Milicic Jameer Nelson Bo Outlaw J.J. Redick Hedo Turkoglu Partially Guaranteed:Travis Diener
($125,000) Non-Guaranteed:Jackie Manuel Kasib Powell Analysis:
The Magic are all set with 15 guaranteed contracts under roster, but decided to bring in two extra bodies into camp regardless. Travis Diener
has been guaranteed $125,000 (compensation increases to $275,000 on October 31st. Compensation increases to $664,209 on December 15th), but thats just a formality considering the player he is and the way he looked in summer league. Jackie Manuel
will reportedly take the D-League route once hes waived, and Kasib Powell
may decide to return to play overseas if the offer is right.
Washington WizardsGuaranteed Contracts:Gilbert Arenas Andray Blatche Calvin Booth Caron Butler Antonio Daniels Jarvis Hayes Brendan Haywood Antawn Jamison Michael Ruffin Darius Songaila DeShawn Stevenson Partially Guaranteed:
Peter John Ramos ($360,000)
Roger Mason Non-Guaranteed:Mike Hall
James Lang Kevinn Pinkney Donell Taylor Analysis:
Another fascinating training camp battle will go down here in Washington DC, as the Wizards only have 11 fully guaranteed players under roster and could certainly use some help off the bench if last season was any indication. Both of their draft picks this year were told to stay overseas, which means that the five players invited to camp have an even better chance of sticking if they manage to impress the staff enough. Considering the fact that he already played for the Wizards for a full year last season, Donell Taylor
looks like a pretty safe bet to make the team as long as he plays better than what he showed us at the Las Vegas Summer League. He still has upside and has no restrictions on his contract whatsoever on when he can be cut. Besides him, Mike Hall
seems to have established himself as a legit possibility to make the team based on what hes shown the Wizards early on. Everyone that is around him raves about his fundamentals, shooting touch and basketball IQ. Kevinn Pinkney
strung together some impressive moments when we saw him in Las Vegas; the Wizards have a more active and experienced version of him in Michael Ruffin
, but hes got some size and bulk to him for sure. Roger Mason has also reportedly been faring very well in camp so far, and the fact that hes been guaranteed some money means that he already has an edge over his counterparts.
Despite being partially guaranteed, the $360,000 Washington owes him should mean that Peter John Ramos job is safe, even though hes barely developed over the past two years from what weve seen in summer league and international play.