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.
We’re about halfway through the off-season and trades have gone down left and right leaving my head spinning on who is where now. That coupled with the surprisingly exciting summer league games it’s pretty exciting thinking about what’s going to go down next season.
So here is a recap of what happened in the league recently.
New Orleans Hornets
The Hornets have matched the offer that the Phoenix Suns made to Eric Gordon. Ensuring that he will at least start the season in the blue and yellow. Considering the fact that Gordon really really wanted to play for the Suns and stated that he absolutely did not want to play in the Big Easy, it will be interesting to see if he pulls a disappearing act on the Hornets.
Oh and Anthony Davis is going to be going to the Olympics. Yeah, he’s a rookie who hasn’t played a single NBA game. Good times!
They are still trying to find a good deal for Dwight Howard. after multiple offers from several teams it doesn’t seem like the Magic are happy with any of the offers they are getting. From the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Houston Rockets it is incredibly frustrating watching the Magic tease so many teams without actually doing the deed. But who cares?
I don’t like Dwight Howard anymore.
With Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams in their starting line-ups they have now added Brook Lopez to their versatile line-up. Although they are still looking to re-sign Kris Humphries they have officially withdrawn from the Dwight Howard Race. This will be a great offensive team to watch. They should be able to put up 100 points on any given night and boy have the Nets become relevant again. However with all these large contracts it’s going to be tough for the Nets to sign any other significant role-players going into the future. As such I shall name this team the B-List Miami Heat.
Speaking of which.
The Miami Heat have wrestled Ray Allen away from the Celtics and picked up the newly amnestied Rashard Lewis from the Hornets. Last year’s defending champs have somehow managed to pick up two of the most prolific 3-point shooters in the league. How the hell did that happen? I’m sorry to say this folks but the Heat are locked in for the next few years as the only concrete title contenders.
New York Knicks
The Knicks signed Jason Kidd, that really ought to fix their problems. A 39 year old point guard who is really good at driving. SCORE. They also signed Marcus Camby who is expected to play at least a quarter of the season.
Jeremy Lin has also signed an offer-sheet put forth from the Houston Rockets and everyone expects the Knicks to match the offer sheet. Their have also been rumours that the Knicks won’t be matching the offer instead looking to bring back Raymond Felton. The Linsanity goes on and I could not care less!
Sources have said that the Wizards are looking to re-sign Wittman for another two years. This is the same coach that has been unable to do anything with JaVale Mcgee, who was useless in Washington but seems to be flourishing under George Karl in Denver.
Why the Wizards would sign a coach who has absolutely no control of his locker room is beyond me. Sure they have Nene for some veteran leadership but look forward to the WIzards being a bottom dweller for yet another year. Looks like some teams are fully committed to being lottery teams.