The Good, The Bad and the Not So Ugly in this Summers NBA Free Agency
The most anticipate summer in NBA free agency history is just about wrapped up. Josh Howard and Shaquille OíNeal are still out there, they should make a impact with whatever team offers them a deal but for the most part all the drama, rumors and anticipation is finally over. The only thing left to do is grade the teams that made the biggest and/or no improvements since July 1st.
This grade seems to be pretty obvious. I think we can all agree that the Heat are favorites to win next yearís NBA Championship. With the addition of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and keeping Dwayne Wade this team will be the favorite to win the next four-to-six years.
One of the most interesting and odd contracts to be offered this summer were by the Heat. GM Pat Riley offered Joe Anthony a contract worth $18 million. This is odd because the 6-foot-9 Center out of UNLV averaged 2.7 points and 3.1 rebounds last year. He is a undersized Center at 6-9, 245 pounds. The added 14-year vet Zydrunas Ilgauskas to back Anthony up who followed LBJ from
Key Additions: LBJ, Chris Bosh, Mike Miller, Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Key Losses: Michael Beasley
Fans and critics seem to think since the Bulls didnít land LBJ that it was a failure, I disagree. The Bulls got 2-time All-Star Carlos Boozer. Boozer has spent the last six seasons in
He will fit well within their system and team. The Bulls already had a lot of young talent (Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng) and ended up with a much better team than the one they had at the end of April. The Bulls front office also added sharp shooter, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer (who also came with Boozer via
Before the trade deadline last year the Bulls traded John Salmons to
Key Additions: Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, CJ Watson, Ronnie Brewer
Key Losses: None
New Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Rap Mogul Jay-Z couldnít get LeBron to make the leap to
Given the addition to a big time scorer in a trade or perhaps next summerís free agency could put the Nets back on the map.
Key Additions: Jordan Farmer, Anthony Morrow, Travis Outlaw
Key Losses: Chris Douglas-Roberts
The Warriors got new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and made an instant splash by acquiring in a sign-n-trade with the New York Knicks. This isnít to say I like the Lee deal (I love the Knicks), but he'll be a heck of a pick-and-roll partner with Stephen Curry. If the Warriors can find some defensive players to put around those two, especially a tough center, and convince a dumb franchise that Monta Ellis is really good (look at his scoring averages the last three years), the rebuilding period may be brief.
Key Additions: David Lee
Key Losses: Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Morrow
The Not so Ugly
The Knicks made the front page first by getting Amaríe Stoudemire to reunite with his x-coach from their
Key Additions: Amaríe Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, Kelenna Azubuike
Key Losses: David Lee
Human free throw machine Corey Maggette gives them the kind of shot-creating scorer that they desperately needed a year ago, and he cost them nothing. He has his faults, but fans overlook how effective a scorer he is because so many of his points come via the relatively uninteresting free throw.
Drew Gooden was another solid get, providing a massive upgrade from age-less vet, Kurt Thomas and Dan Gadzuric a year ago. Ideally his deal would be a year or two shorter, but given what other teams paid for front-court talent, the Bucks still got a good price. Meanwhile, keeping John Salmons was crucial, unfortunately expensive in this market. Remember, teams over the cap have an incentive to overpay their own free agents since it's impossible to replace them, so from that perspective Salmons' price makes sense.
Key Additions: Corey Maggette, Drew Gooden, CDR, Jon Brockman
Key Losses: Luke Ridnour
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