This week hasn’t been nearly as busy as the last few weeks have been. It really isn’t all that surprising given that the Summer League is coming to an end and most of the big boys in the head office are more concerned with how their draft picks are shaping up.
There have been some moves here and there though and they break down like this:
After losing out on Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin, Jason Kidd, and every other big name out in the free agency pool, the Mavericks somehow pulled it all together and came out with a decent haul. They wrestled O.J Mayo away from the Grizzlies in a move that filled the shooting guard position with a young, explosive guard who can score in bunches. Traded away Ian Mahinmi for rookie star Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones. This was a great move because they gave up virtually nothing for a great passing/scoring guard who is in just his third year in the league.
Whatever size they lost with Mahinmi was gained in the signings of Elton Brand and Chris Kaman. Two veteran all-stars who are still capable of putting up impressive numbers. Although these Mavericks will look very different on court from their roster last season, expect them to still make a good playoff push next season.
The Celtics have brought in Courtney Lee, to further help fill in for the absence of Ray Allen. Having some young blood in Lee and old blood in Jason Terry ought to keep the Celtics relevant for at least another season…
Los Angeles Clippers
Grant Hill is going to Los Angeles! Only it’s the wrong side of town and he will not be joining long-time team mate, Steve Nash.
The Rockets have signed Jeremy Lin to a massively back-loaded contract that succeeded in keeping Lin from going back to the Knicks. They also brought in Omer Asik to a 3 year, 20 million contract and boy that’s really going to help…
The Suns picked Luis Scola off the waiver wire and they actually are looking like a decent squad after the departure of Steve Nash. With Goran Dragic and Michael Beasley in the mix, the Suns are still going to be a really fun team to watch next season.