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2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - July 4


Nets re-sign PG Deron Williams to 5-year, $98.8 million deal

As the gravelly-voiced manager in Major League once stated, "It's starting to come together, Pepper." The Nets' gambles of acquiring Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson, and Williams in the past 17 months have certainly paid off since Brooklyn now has it's own semi-Big Three.

It was pretty obvious that Williams was going to get the max deal from whichever team he signed with, and he ultimately chose to stay out East rather than head south to join the Mavericks. I don't think Williams is worth a max contract, but GM Billy King had to throw that type of money Williams' way to ensure he'd stay. Now, the Nets have two players earning max contracts in Williams and Johnson, which ultimately kills the cap flexibility for the next four years. It also puts Brooklyn in the mix of being one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, as long as everyone can coexist.

Celtics sign SG-Jason Terry to 3-year, $15.7 miilion deal

The Celtics' starting five played exceptionally well this season, but Boston lacked any real scoring pop off its bench. Enter Jason Terry. One of the top bench scorers in the NBA the past few seasons, he will provide that punch, especially if Ray Allen ends up signing elsewhere. The Celtics still want to bring Allen back, but if they are unable to, Terry serves as a solid replacement.



Pacers re-sign PG-George Hill to 5-year deal; terms undisclosed

Hill came off the bench most of last season for Indiana, but he ended up taking over the starting point guard spot and played really well. Hill was a restricted free agent, but the Pacers obviously thought enough of his inaugural season in Indiana to ink him to a long-term extension.

Finanical terms haven't been released, but you can bet Hill will be making around $7-8 million a year. He is also a valuable commodity for the Pacers because he can play off the ball while allowing Darren Collison to run the point. Another option for the Pacers would be trading Darren Collison for another asset.


The Nets acquire PF-Reggie Evans from the Clippers for a future second-round pick

In order for this deal to go down, Evans first had to agree to a three-year, $5 million contract before being shipped east in a sign and trade. Since Brooklyn is loading up on talented wing players (Williams, Johnson, and Wallace), the team needed to add some muscle and rebounding inside. Evans certainly provides toughness on the glass and will be a valuable role player off the bench unless Kris Humphries doesn't re-sign with the team; then Evans could see a spot in the starting lineup.



Nets sign PF-Mirza Teletovic to 3-year, $15.7 miilion deal

Brooklyn uses its midlevel exception to sign Teletovic, who adds even more depth inside. He is not the most skilled post player but should be able to contribute on the glass. Teletovic provides head coach Avery Johnson with another option in case Humphries is not back with the team.

Raptors sign G/F Landry Fields to 3-year, approximately $20 million offer sheet

One of the main reasons the Raptors reportedly extended this offer to Fields was to force the Knicks' hand. If New York matches the deal, then it lessens the chance of Steve Nash signing with the Knicks and increases the possibility of him coming north of the border.

I'm not sure Fields is worth this sort of money, especially since Toronto already has young, long, athletic wings in DeMar DeRozan and first-round pick Terrence Ross. Nevertheless, it is an interesting strategic move, and why I love the NBA offseason.

Hornets re-sign SG Eric Gordon to 4-year, $58 million deal

Damn... Max money for Eric Gorson is some serious coin. New Orleans is obviously in re-building mode, having just drafted Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. However, Gordon does at least give the team a "veteran" presence and proven scorer who can help be the face of the franchise along with the Hornets' first-round picks.

"Basketball Judas," as my Illinois colleague calls Gordon, was the key piece in the Chris Paul trade, so keeping him in town rationalizes the Paul deal. Again, I'm not sure Gordon is worth max money, but New Orleans needed to keep Gordon around, and with other teams expressing interest in the young shooting guard, the Hornets were forced to pay him the big bucks.



Recent NBA Draft and Offseason Blog Entries:

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What Will the USA Basketball Team Look Like at 2016 Summer Olympics? - 8/15
Dwight Howard Trade Analysis - 8/10
Restricted 2013 NBA Free Agents - 7/29
Unrestricted 2013 NBA Free Agents - 7/28
2012 NBA Offseason Winners - 7/23
2012 NBA Offseason Losers - 7/21
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/13
Outstanding 2013 NBA Draft Trades - 7/12
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/10
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/6
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/4
Atlanta Hawks' Trades Recap - 7/3
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/2
2012 NBA Draft Winners - 6/30
2012 NBA Draft Losers - 6/30
NBA Trade Analysis - 6/28
NBA Trade Analysis - 6/27
2012 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Perry Jones - More Risk or Reward? - 6/26
2012 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: John Henson One of NBA Draft's Most Overrated Players - 6/25
2012 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Vanderbilt to See Three Commodores Taken in NBA Draft - 6/22
Wizards-Hornets Trade Analysis - 6/21
2012 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Doron Lamb: Stepping out of Kentucky Shadows into NBA Draft - 6/20
2012 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Can Memphis' Will Barton Sneak into 1st round of 2012 NBA Draft? - 6/19
2012 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Baylor's Quincy Miller Made a Mistake by Entering NBA Draft - 6/16
2012 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Can Duke's Austin Rivers live up to the hype in the NBA? - 6/15
2012 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Can Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor Be a True NBA Point Guard? - 6/14
2012 NBA Draft Lottery Odds Breakdown - 5/30
2012 NBA Trade Deadline: Winners - 3/19
2012 NBA Trade Deadline: Losers - 3/18
2012 NBA Trade Deadline: Five Players Likely to Be Traded - 3/8
2012 NBA Draft Outstanding Trades - 12/25
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Oreana 01-05-2014 04:10 am xxx.xxx.xxx.103 (total posts: 1)
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ok maybe I should spifcey... It does not come with any one particular colour. When people talk about British/European/Caucasian people and don't acknowledge that they have strong cultural backgrounds, well I personally find that as offensive and as racist.
Raisudeen 01-05-2014 12:38 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.66 (total posts: 1)
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You have no idea how excited I would be to win this ring! I am the bigsget ring person, & love collecting them! I would def. wear my ysl arty ring or any other statement ring to compliment it*I've been following your blog for a while, since I saw it on bloglovin' & would be so happy if I had the chance to win something I love*Mariamy_yosh@sbcglobal.net
Gabby 01-04-2014 11:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.74 (total posts: 1)
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Aparepntly this is what the esteemed Willis was talkin' 'bout.
Geri 01-04-2014 06:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.145 (total posts: 1)
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I don't think people shulod see this post as discriminating against their culture. Fashion is CULTURE, art, music, etc...Some people need to look deeper about fashion and see that it's used to express feelings and that persons way of life, just like Native America. Yes I agree that people shulod not buy cultural things from chain stores as it is taking something which belongs to a community and they are getting nothing for it, whereas as if you buy from the community this would be helping them. However I do see why some people are getting offended, but these pictures are showing appreciation of this culture and in no way discriminating against it. Some people may want to enlighten themselves by reading about Native America and see why some may be upset by this..The work is beautiful and I think you show great appreciation to this culture :)
Buffee 01-04-2014 05:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.17 (total posts: 1)
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As Charlie Sheen says, this article is "WNN!INGI"
Margaret 01-04-2014 05:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.244 (total posts: 1)
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totally love the ring its amazing....I'd pbaobrly wear it with my john lennon ring and a whole bunch more,or looped through a chain and hung round ma neckor looped through an earring and worn in one earthe possibilities are endless...love your blogxxx
Alufred 01-04-2014 04:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.11 (total posts: 1)
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This dress is amazing, and I think you pearid in with the perfect shoes. I just discovered your blog, and I really admire how you make high street pieces look so high end - that's real style! Looking forward to keeping up with your looks!- Catherine at The Spring
Liridona 01-04-2014 04:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.86 (total posts: 1)
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ooooh this is the first time i saw this dress looking good on annoye... was really not sure about it as the bust line looked a bit funny but boy, you make it look really pretty..
Jordan 01-04-2014 03:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.158 (total posts: 1)
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These pictures are truly bufatieul, and I can easily see why they were meant as a tribute to the native american culture! I don't understand how anyone could find them offencive at all - they're so gorgeous and artistic!! Love your work, and I can't wait to see the rest :)
Nahide 01-04-2014 08:40 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.95 (total posts: 1)
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Both this card and your previous post, are absleutoly stunning...and please don't apologize for the paper. I could never tire of something that pretty.. lolGood luck in the challenge, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!Love Emma xxx
William 01-04-2014 01:07 am xxx.xxx.xxx.165 (total posts: 7)
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All-star weekend as in 3 point coetnst, skills challenge, dunk coetnst, and H.O.R.S.E.We also want to see real player DNA/Reactions by what the player act like in real life if the get mad at ref or stay quiet they should act the same on the game. players should look like they're about to fight show players starting players running out the locker room and giving the other players on the bench high 5 s. show players warming up in their team jump suit, team shirt and pants, or something like that. Show players talking to reporters at the end of game on create legend mode. Show players walking into the locker room. show players to watch out for during the before game warm up.
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Patti 01-03-2014 08:00 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.73 (total posts: 7)
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As an obsessive NCAA fan, I'm pleesad to see you note that the college game is superior to the NBA. I gotta say, though, I'd recommend not pinning your hopes on Illinois they've lost a key player to injury and they got destroyed in the big 10 tournament. Add that to the fact that Big 10 teams almost always underperform in the big dance, and you've got to wonder how they're going to even make it out of the first round. But you know do what you will! ;)
Chiyoko 01-03-2014 07:02 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.75 (total posts: 4)
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John Wall takım gibi takımda oynamıyor demişsin ama Blake Griffin'de Chicago forması gyoyiimr.O da hakkaten rezalet bir takımın oyuncusu.Bence Wall'un bir şanssızlığı varsa -takım falan tabi ki şanssızlık yanlış anlaşılmasın yılın e7aylağı f6dfclfc ie7in konuşuyorum- o da inanılmaz iyi giderken sakatlık yaşamasıdır.. +223Was this answer helpful?






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