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2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - Dec. 10

Orlando Magic cut G Gilbert Arenas
Orlando uses its one-time amnesty clause right granted in the new CBA to release Arenas and avoid paying the luxury tax on the ridiculous $62 million remaining on his contract for the next three years. I can't imagine there is going to be a huge market for Agent Zero's services. He will likely have to take the league minimum from somebody.

Detroit Pistons cut SG Richard Hamilton
Rip hasn't been a happy camper in Detroit for the past couple years as he has been relegated to bench duty so it is no surprise that the Pistons used the amnesty clause on the more than $25 million left on his contract. Expect a title contender to land Hamilton with part or all of their mid-level exception as he can still bring some scoring punch to a lineup.

New York Knicks sign C Tyson Chandler to 4-year, $58 million contract
The Knicks land one of the most coveted free agents and add a true big man to complement forwards Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Chandler will finally provide New York with a defensive-minded big man who can rebound, block shots and fill up space in the middle, and also allow Amare to stay at his natural power forward position. With this signing, the Knicks now boast one of the best frontcourts in the NBA. Chandler does have a recent injury history which makes this sort of financial commitment a bit risky. What is also interesting is that the Knicks do not have the cap space to simply sign Chandler meaning another transaction will have to be made first, most likely involving Chauncey Billups and Ronny Turiaf.

Philadelphia 76ers re-sign SF Thaddeus Young to 5-year, $43 million contract
A contract of $43 million seems like a lot for a reserve player, but Young is only 23 years old and has a lot of good basketball left in front of him. He was relegated to a reserve role last season which makes $8-plus million a year seem even more absurd. Young was being courted by several other teams so Philly must have been high on him to keep him around for this much.

Sacramento Kings re-sign SG Marcus Thornton to 4-year, $31 million contract
I keep reading different amounts that Thornton has signed for ranging from 4-year, $31 million to 5-year, $40 million, so the details are still sketchy. Thornton thrived in Sacramento after being traded from the Hornets, averaging 21.3 points per game with the Kings. I think he is a terrific complement to the slashing Tyreke Evans due to Thornton's ability to shoot the rock. Sacramento has a ton of free cap space so re-signing a piece of their young nucleus is a wise decision. Add Jimmer Fredette and John Salmons to the backcourt equation and the Kings have a ton of scoring power at guard.

Sacramento Kings sign F/C Chuck Hayes to 4-year, $21 million contract
The undersized Hayes will add some toughness and physicality to the Kings' bench and help replace some of the minutes of the departed Samuel Dalembert. More than $5 million a year does seem a bit pricey but Hayes will know and excel at his role as a rebounder. Sacramento now has solid depth in its frontcourt with DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson, Jason Thompson, and now Hayes.

Oklahoma City re-sign SG Daequan Cook to 2-year, $7.5 million contract
Cook was a minor role player for the Thunder last season seeing a decent amount of minutes as the second team's backup small forward. Nearly $4 million a year seems like a lot for Cook since Oklahoma City already has a talented, young backcourt. However, Sam Presti is once again showing his determination to keep his own young players, and Cook is only 24 years old.

Boston Celtics trade PF Glen Davis to Orlando Magic for PF Brandon Bass
The deal of former LSU Tigers will involve a sign-and-trade for Davis who is a free agent. Davis has been a solid player for the Celtics but open about his unhappiness in being a role player which made the Celtics hesitant to ink him to a long-term deal. He figures to get see more playing time in Orlando since they lost Tyson Chandler to free agency. Bass is a solid role player and will bring some physicality and energy off the bench in Boston and could possibly earn a starting spot alongside Kevin Garnett in the frontcourt.

Recent NBA Draft and Offseason Blog Entries:

2012 NBA Draft Outstanding Trades - 12/25
2011 NBA Offseason Winners - 12/23
2011 NBA Offseason Losers - 12/23
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/22
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/20
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/16
Chris Paul Trade Analysis - 12/15
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/14
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/10
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/9
Five Players Likely to Be Traded After NBA Lockout - 7/7
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Southwest Division - 7/6
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Northwest Division - 7/5
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Pacific Division - 7/3
Cavaliers-Kings Trade Recap - 7/1
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Atlantic Division - 6/30
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Central Division - 6/30
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Southeast Division - 6/29
2011 NBA Draft Trade Recaps - 6/25
2011 NBA Draft: Bobcats-Kings-Bucks Three-Way Trade - 6/24
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: How Kyrie Irving Compares to John Wall and Derrick Rose - 6/23
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Is Kyrie Irving Ready to be a Franchise Point Guard - 6/23
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Kemba Walker is the Most Undervalued Player in the Draft - 6/23
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Is Derrick Williams a Power Forward or Small Forward? - 6/22
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Wait, Kansas' Marcus and Markieff Morris are Twins??? - 6/21
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Jordan Hamilton Using Yoga to Help His NBA Draft Stock - 6/18
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Tristan Thompson Benefits from Weak Draft Class - 6/17
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Kawhi Leonard's Versatility is His Biggest Asset - 6/14
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Chris Singleton is a Lottery Sleeper - 6/13
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Where Does JaJuan Johnson Fit in the NBA? - 6/11
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Kentucky's DeAndre Liggins Made Right Decision in Entering NBA Draft - 6/10
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Should a Marijuana Arrest Affect NBA Draft Stock? - 6/9
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Nolan Smith Has Different Identity On and Off Court - 6/7
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: John Wall Mentoring Darius Morris - 6/5
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Brandon Knight Worth Third Overall Pick? - 6/2
Rumor: Cavs, T-Wolves, Pistons Discussing 3-Way Trade - 5/29
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Josh Selby Putting Kansas Behind Him - 5/28
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Marshon Brooks Rising Up Draft Boards - 5/26
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Alec Burks Connected to Bobcats - 5/24
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Combine Measurements - 5/21
Thunder Really Likes Kyle Singler? - 5/21
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Day 1 - 5/20
2011 NBA Draft Lottery Odds Breakdown - 5/16
2011 NBA Free Agents - 5/3
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Come on, get it done!I have not watched the NBA since they left Vancouver. If they would be back, I would be back too.Miss going to the games a lot. NBA games were a lot more fan frieldny then the Canucks games but I would support both(and the Lions in summer/fall).
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Above and Beyond! My only regret is not kninowg you at Jacksons birth. Its been an incredible journey for my son's first year and I cant thank you enough for all of our photo sessions, all of your mom to mom advice, our girlfriend to girlfriend chats, play dates with the babies and just the love and positive energy you give off. Thank you Stace for being YOU! <3And many thanks to my girl Dany had it not been for her we wouldnt be viewing or reading any of this
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I have watched a few Hoya games the last few years, and have seen Summers play a bit. When wahcnitg him, he looked like he was on an NBA level. He is a poised defender and has a great post up game. I have also seen him get a lot of praise from announcers about his NBA readiness. He should go now, so there is no chance he can ruin it, for example if he got injured next year if he stayed, he would get drafted a lot later.
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Why does this have to be the ONLY rleialbe source? Oh well, gj!
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I think that this is how it should be done. If you rellay believe you are a great player out of high school then go to the NBA, but if you go to college you have to stay for at least two years. Colleges spend tons of money on recruiting and then there players are one and done.

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