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2010 NBA Offseason Winners - July 28


Miami Heat
When Pat Riley drew up his offseason blueprint, the realistic and hopeful expectations were re-signing Dwyane Wade and having one of the marquee power forwards join him in South Beach. Instead, Riley pulled off the coup of the summer by turning all of the Heat's cap space into the fantasy lineup of LeBron, Wade, AND Bosh, and in the process sending shockwaves throughout the NBA.

On top of that, Miami answered the question of who would be the supporting cast by signing a sharpshooter in Mike Miller and convincing Udonis Haslem to return at a bargain of a deal. The Heat then rounded out the roster by adding experienced veterans who can step in and be role players to complement the Big 3. You cannot ask for more in an offseason.



Joe Johnson
It is hard to believe that in a free agency class featuring LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer that Joe Johnson was the only one to receive the max value contract. Johnson wisely used the leverage of his possible exit to New York, Chicago or New Jersey, and turned into a $123.7 million deal as the Hawks panicked to keep their superstar. For a guy who was a complete no-show in Atlanta's second-round series against Orlando, he absolutely cashed in this summer. Well played, Joe. Well played.

Kevin Durant
If you follow the guy on Twitter, you cannot help but become a fan. In a completely un-LeBron-like way, Durant announced his 5-year, $86 million extension with a simple tweet; re-affirming his commitment to the Oklahoma City franchise rather than waiting to bolt to a bigger market.

He showed up at the 2010 NBA Draft to support his team's picks and voluntarily sat on the bench during summer league in an almost assistant coaching position so that he could offer advice to his teammates. Plus, Durant has become the face of the U.S. team that will compete at next month's FIBA World Championships. There is no doubt that he will be the next superstar in the league and easily one of the most likable players of all time.




Milwaukee Bucks
With division rival Cleveland losing LeBron and the Bulls not being able to land two marquee free agents, the Bucks may have catapulted themselves as the team to beat in the Central Division by process of elimination. The Bucks re-signed John Salmons who was a key to their postseason run this past year. They dumped the expiring contract of the worthless Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell for Corey Maggette who will add some punch to their wing. Milwaukee also added quality pieces in Drew Gooden, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Larry Sanders.

Let's just say I am becoming a big fan of general manager John Hammond. I think Scott Skiles will have the Bucks on top of the Central Division if Andrew Bogut can stay healthy and Brandon Jennings continues to develop after a phenomenal rookie year.



Recent NBA Draft and Offseason Blog Entries:

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2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 8/5 (Shaq)
NBA Announced Nationally Televised Game Schedule - 8/4
Michigan State Dismisses Chris Allen - 8/4
2011 NBA Free Agents - 7/30
2010 NBA Offseason Losers - 7/29
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Larry Bird Ranked Worst NBA GM - 7/27
Chris Paul Possible Trades - 7/26
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2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/24 (Kurt Thomas)
2011 NBA Draft Trades - 7/24
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/23 (Jefferson)
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2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/20 (Kleiza)
Evan Turner vs. Purdue Fans in Heated Twitter Trash Talk - 7/19
Top 10 2010 NBA Free Agents Available - 7/18
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/18 (Brad Miller)
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2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/15
Jefferson-Chandler Trades Analysis - 7/14
Michael Redd Era Over in Milwaukee - 7/14
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/13
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis (Last Weekend's) - 7/13
Childress-Turkoglu-Morrow Trades Analysis - 7/13
Sixers' Evan Turner Struggled in Summer League - 7/13
Specific Details of NCAA Tournament Expansion Announced Today - 7/13
Bulls Sign Kyle Korver, Offer Sheet to J.J. Redick - 7/11
Brainwashed Timberwolves Fans Fail to See the Light - 7/10
Winner in LeBron Sweepstakes? Milwaukee Bucks - 7/10
Larry Sanders Brings a Unique Skill Set to Milwaukee - 7/10
LeBron James to Miami Heat Recap - 7/9
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/9
Knicks-Warriors David Lee Trade Analysis - 7/9
Timberwolves-Heat Michael Beasley Trade Analysis - 7/9
Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to Miami Heat - 7/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/8
The LeBron James Show - 7/8
Carlos Boozer Signs with Bulls - 7/8
Profiling Milwaukee's Potential Point Guards - 7/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/7
2010 NBA Summer League Recap - 7/7
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/6
2010 NBA Summer League Recap - 7/6
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/5
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/4
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/3
It's Not LeBron or Bust for the Bulls - 7/3
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/2
2010 NBA Free Agency: Day 1 - 7/2
Former NBA Player Kendall Gill on the Bulls Free Agent Prospects - 7/2
2010 NBA Draft Day Trades - 6/25
Foreign Flavor Losing Flair in NBA Draft - 6/24
Bucks-Warriors Corey Maggette Trade - 6/23
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 6/22
76ers-Kings Samuel Dalembert Trade - 6/18
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 6/3
2010 NBA Draft Lottery Odds Breakdown - 5/17
Evan Turner's Flaws - 5/13
Where Will Joe Johnson Go? - 5/12
Bulls Could Use Oklahoma State's James Anderson - 5/10
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 5/9
2010 NBA Draft Early Entries - 5/9
Debate's Over: Deron Williams is the Best Point Guard - 5/8
Someone to Be Drafted from DePaul? Yes, Really - 5/7
Gani Lawal: Testing the NBA Draft Waters - 5/6
Can De'Sean Butler Be Mr. Clutch in the NBA? - 5/5
Derrick Favors: No. 1 Big Man on 2010 NBA Draft Boards - 5/4
Jordan Crawford: More Than the Guy Who Dunked on LeBron - 5/3
Devin Ebanks is an NBA Draft Wildcard - 5/3
Where Will Dwayne Wade Go? - 5/1
Where Will Chris Bosh Go? - 5/1
2010 NBA Trade Deadline Grades - 2/19
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