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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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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
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2012 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Can Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor Be a True NBA Point Guard? - 6/14
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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
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BigBlueFan 08-15-2012 08:49 am xxx.xxx.xxx7.59 (total posts: 2)
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Never Mind somehow I missed him.
BigBlueFan 08-15-2012 08:48 am xxx.xxx.xxx7.59 (total posts: 2)
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Hey Walt are you forgeting Anthony Davis???
Logan 08-09-2012 11:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.205 (total posts: 1)
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Gonna do one for dwight?
Jay 07-28-2012 04:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.114 (total posts: 1)
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I know that Ginobili is going back to the spurs but to have him 7th behind Iguodala, Smith and Jefferson is the dumbest thing I've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!! This the same guy who tore threw the Team USA defense of James, Durant, and Bryant....
Jim Z. 07-23-2012 08:15 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.221 (total posts: 1)
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Mid first round pick? The Sixers are going to be a playoff team next year.
Miguel 07-23-2012 12:08 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.236 (total posts: 1)
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How are the lakers not a winner? Steve Nash brings them to at least championship contender which they weren't a year ago. They also picked up Antwan Jamison for the league minimum which will give their front court a legitament reserve. One more good move could make them the favorites over OKC.
CJ 07-23-2012 07:44 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.88 (total posts: 1)
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I believe you are the only on one the planet that thinks Dallas didn't completely fail in this offseason. They basically rolled the dice and crapped out.

Try mixing in a little reality with your opinions once in a while, but it's your site so we get what we pay for I guess.
Geiger 07-21-2012 09:59 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.110 (total posts: 1)
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While Houston did have bad signings and a suspect draft, the team did what it could to set its self up for the free agency period next year..Asik has shown signs of being a solid big Guy(as you fail to mention his MPG) and Lin, while being highly overrated, is a big name that will attract a player like JSmith, Harden, Bynum etc. I don't like their moves as of right now, but with two lottery picks and possibly two Max contracts signing on this might be one of the better offseasons of all time.

Love the site, keep it up.
Random bypasser 07-19-2012 12:55 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.60 (total posts: 2)
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Also the nuggets need a star and Howard would be a perfect fit for them and they have shooters around him and they could still use their amnesty on Richardson
Random bypasser 07-19-2012 12:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.60 (total posts: 2)
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Wouldnt it make sense 4 the nuggets to trade for dwight howard

Nuggets trade
Wilson Chandler
Andre Miller
JaVale McGee
2014 1st round pick
2015 1st round pick
2015 2nd round pick
2017 1st round pick

Magic trade
Dwight Howard
J.J. Redick
Jason Richardson

This makes sense because the nuggets drafted Evan Fournier(SG/SF) and Quincy Miller(SF) and have Jordan Hamilton(SF/SG) and Julian Stone(PG)(who the team is really high on) waiting in the wings. It also allows the magic to dump bad salary(Richardson,Redick) and still get some great players. Win win situation.
eli 07-12-2012 11:03 am xxx.xxx.xxx.133 (total posts: 1)
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dont the wolves own one more 1st rounder from the jazz from the Al Jefferson trade?
Mike 07-10-2012 09:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.150 (total posts: 1)
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No mention of Ray Ray to the Heat???
SunsFan 07-06-2012 02:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.183 (total posts: 1)
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Why the MOTHERF U C KING LAKERS!!!!!NASH WHY!!!!
CJ 07-05-2012 07:11 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.44 (total posts: 4)
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Again Banks is clueless, claiming Eric Gordon has already re-signed with New Orleans.

Also the 'Clippers' weren't involved in the Marvin Williams/Devin Harris trade. Does this guy even proof read anything he writes?

Atrocious.
abe 07-05-2012 08:39 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.87 (total posts: 1)
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walt eric gordon is signing with the suns not the hornets






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