Toronto Raptors sign F Linas Kleiza to 4-year, $18.8 million deal and reportedly agree to acquire SF Matt Barnes in sign and trade with Orlando
Kleiza and Barnes figure to fill the void left behind by former disgruntled Raptor Hedo Turkoglu who was dealt to Phoenix earlier this offseason. Kleiza played in Greece last season after spending four seasons with the Nuggets. Barnes is a physical small forward who plays hard on the defensive end. Of all the options available, the Raptors probably presented him with the best opportunity to see starting minutes and there is a reported player option for next summer so he can leave if he becomes unhappy.
The two figure to battle for minutes at small forward with second-year swingman DeMar DeRozan also able to play the three. Add Leandro Barbosa into the picture and Toronto will have a new look on the wing as they continue to makeover their roster post-Chris Bosh.
Milwaukee Bucks sign PG Keyon Dooling to 2-year deal
With Luke Ridnour leaving Milwaukee for Minnesota, the Bucks needed to find a backup for Brandon Jennings. Dooling was one of the best available free agents and while the terms of the deal have yet to be announced, it should not cost Milwaukee too much. He will likely see 10-15 minutes a night and could also play the two guard alongside Jennings like Ridnour did last year.
Milwaukee Bucks acquire PF Jon Brockman from Kings for PF Darnell Jackson and future 2nd-round pick
If you are the Kings, why not? Brockman was likely not going to be a part of the regular rotation since they drafted DeMarcus Cousins and Hassan Whiteside. Jackson becomes the 15th man, and the second-round pick is a future asset.
For the Bucks, Brockman comes over via sign and trade with the terms undisclosed. Brockman will fit in perfectly with head coach Scott Skiles due to his ability to crash the boards. However, I am not sure where the minutes will come from in a crowded frontcourt that features recent offseason additions Drew Gooden, Larry Sanders and Tiny Gallon.
Chicago Bulls acquire PG C.J. Watson from Warriors for 2011 2nd round pick
This deal comes via a sign-and-trade in which Watson agreed to a 3-year, $10.2 million deal before being dealt to Chicago. Watson was a restricted free agent so going the sign-and-trade route eliminates the possibility of Golden State matching a potential offer sheet for his services. Watson gives the Bulls the backup for Derrick Rose that they have been seeking the past week while also being able to play some at the off-guard. With slim options remaining at the point guard position, this deal is a good get for the Bulls.
Miami Heat re-sign Jamaal Magloire to 1-year deal, league minimum
Supposedly he is a good locker room guy which has to be the only reason he was brought back. He will wear a suit more times than a Heat jersey, and will only be used for his ability to commit six fouls. He probably shouldn't be in the league anymore.
Los Angeles Clippers re-sign PF Craig Smith to 1-year deal
Apparently the Brian Cook signing did not solidify the Clippers' need for a backup to Blake Griffin. (Sarcasm.) Smith is not terrible by any means. He averaged almost eight points and four boards a game last season and brings some physicality and toughness up front. By the way, the Clips now have three recent Timberwolves on their roster in Smith, Ryan Gomes and Randy Foye. That cannot be a good thing, right?
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