Chicago Bulls sign SG Ronnie Brewer to 3-year, $12.5 million deal
Just hours after the Magic announced they would match Chicago's offer sheet to J.J. Redick, the Bulls found some needed depth on the wing by signing Brewer, making him the third former Jazz player to join the team this offseason. Brewer provides Chicago with an athletic, defensive minded wing player. He has started all but six games he has played in during the past three years and could earn a spot in the starting lineup if the Bulls decide Kyle Korver is better suited coming off the bench. That type of player is a pretty decent bargain at slightly more than $4 million a year.
Miami Heat re-sign C Joel Anthony to 5-year, $18 million deal
Eighteen million dollars over five years seems like an awful lot to invest for a defensive-minded career backup who has career averages of 2.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. However, Pat Riley raved about his growth since arriving in Miami and he does bring an inside presence to help protect the basket and provides the Heat with another role player to complement the Big 3. Still, $18 million???
Boston Celtics re-sign PG Nate Robinson to 2-year, $9 million deal
Part of me needs to remember that a season ago Robinson averaged more than 17 points per game. The other part recalls how sparingly he was used during the Celtics run to the NBA Finals this past season. Boston was running low on options to add some depth to their backcourt and decided to keep Robinson. I would imagine Doc Rivers will find a more regular role for him than what we saw in the postseason because at times, he did provide a needed spark off the Celtics bench. If not, this signing will not make a whole lot of sense.
Walter your inability to bet the Patriots all year with Brady on the team is inexplicable. Yes, since Brady came back from suspension, you bet the Patriots 0 times, even though they covered as decent and often huge favorites. Why? Why are you more afraid than Goodell is to show up at Foxborough to bet on a great team to beat inferior oponents by a large margin? You lost out on a lot of money. As for the Patriots defense who will be "overwhelmed" by Pittsburgh hahaha, the Patriots defense has stepped up when it needed to. Logan Ryan who is not even the best DB let alone CB on the team just had a dominant game covering one of the best wide receivers in the league. And you're going to say that Brady can't go stride for stride against Big Ben who, with his 0 TD performance last Sunday, once again proved that he has turned into an awful road playoff QB? You know what 0 TDs will win you in the AFC Championship game? I don't believe that betting on Pitt getting 6 points is a bad decision - seeing as I may do the same. But to predict the Patriots to straight up lose is laughable. The advantage they have on defense and coaching is pretty big and they may even be even offensively solely because Brady has been using Edelman more and more and Dion Lewis's return has shown to be very important.