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2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - July 6



The Phoenix Suns trade PG Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers for 2013-, 2015 first-round picks and 2013-, 2014 second-round picks


When Ramon Sessions opted out of the final year of his contract, it became clear that the Lakers were sorely needing an upgrade at the point guard position. Besides Deron Williams, Steve Nash was the hottest name out there, and he ultimately chose to stay out West rather than sign with the Knicks, Raptors, or Mavericks, which were all reportedly expressing interest in the crafty distributor.

The 38-year-old Nash agreed to a 3-year, $27 million sign-and-trade deal that benefits both sides. Kobe Bryant finally gets a playmaking point guard who is a proven distributor, but can also score when needed. The Lakers bigs, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, should be thrilled to have a passer like Nash join the fray. It will be interesting how to see how Bryant handles playing off the ball a lot more, but he will certainly still get his touches.

As for the Suns, they add four future picks to assist in their post-Nash makeover. Even though both first-rounders will likely be in the mid-late twenties, it provides Phoenix with some valuable assets and is better than losing Nash via free agency and getting nothing in return.

The Phoenix Suns sign PG Goran Dragic to 4-year, $34 million deal and SF Michael Beasley to 3-year, $18 million deal

With Nash leaving the desert, Phoenix ponied up a lot of cash to re-acquire one-time Sun Goran Dragic. Call it "interesting" or "poor general managerial skills," but this is the same Dragic who the Suns dealt to the Rockets along with a first-round pick for Aaron Brooks. Now, Phoenix is paying $8.5 million per year to bring Dragic back while Brooks temporarily remains on the roster as a restricted free agent. Whoops. Dragic had a breakout season last year and will take over for Nash at the point while first-round pick Kendall Marshall likely serves as the backup.



Adding Beasley provides the team with a needed wing scorer to bring off the bench. If Eric Gordon ends up on the Suns, they will have tremendously increased their ability to score the basketball when you add in Jared Dudley to the equation as well.






The Toronto Raptors acquire PG Kyle Lowry from the Houston Rockets for F Gary Forbes and 2013 protected first-round pick


Lowry was reportedly an unhappy camper in Houston and didn't see eye-to-eye with head coach Kevin McHale. Therefore, GM Daryl Morey dealt Lowry even though the team had just lost Dragic to free agency. The first-round pick gives the Suns another asset for the future; something Morey loves to collect. However, the trade leaves the Rockets incredibly thin at the point guard position ...



The Houston Rockets sign PG Jeremy Lin to 4-year offer sheet worth $28.8 million

... that is until they signed Linsanity to a four-year offer sheet in an attempt to pluck him away from the Knicks. The deal is reportedly worth $10.2 million over first two years then spikes to $9.3 million in each of final two seasons, which is rather amazing considering the former Harvard standout was a nobody just seven months ago. New York does have three days to match this offer and has repeatedly said that it would do just that with any deal Lin signed since he is a restricted free agent. If Houston loses out on Lin, the team goes back to step No. 1 in its search for a point guard.



The New York Knicks agree to sign PG Jason Kidd; terms undisclosed

Kidd decided to spurn an offer to stay with the Mavericks and will instead join the Knicks. Despite the tank creeping closer and closer to empty, he will bring a veteran presence to New York, which the team failed to get from Baron Davis and Mike Bibby last season. The ideal situation is Kidd mentoring Lin for a season or two while also helping jell the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. Kidd is not the same player he was of a few years ago, but if he can play his role, he will certainly be an asset in the Big Apple.

The Los Angeles Clippers re-sign G Chauncey Billups to 1-year, $4.3 million deal and sign SG Jamal Crawford to 4-year, $21-25 million

With Nick Young, Randy Foye, and Billups free agents, the Clippers were searching for depth and talent on the wing. Re-signing Billups, who only played twenty games in L.A. last season before suffering a season-ending injury, is a smart move. After all, he is a proven winner and capable of playing off the ball or running the point, which the Clippers don't really need him to do since Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe are more than capable of shouldering that load.

Crawford signed for the full mid-level exception, but there is some confusion as to the released terms. The Los Angeles Times is reporting the contract is a three-year deal worth $15.7 million, but ESPN has it as a four-year deal. Crawford has been one of the top scoring sixth men in the league the past several seasons and will likely be asked to play that role again assuming Billups starts at the two. L.A. didn't really have a big-time bench scorer before signing Crawford, so he will anchor the second unit.



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2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/13
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2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/2
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Connie 01-08-2014 11:45 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.85 (total posts: 1)
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Fell out of bed feeling down. This has bretghenid my day!
Livia 01-08-2014 05:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.84 (total posts: 1)
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Taking the oveirvew, this post hits the spot
Francisco 01-07-2014 03:55 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.225 (total posts: 3)
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Wow, looks amazing. I wish we had some awseome designers markets like that in Amsterdam more often.Have fun in Stockholm! I wish I would be able to come too, but I will be laying on the beach of Bali (not bad either).
Kaelen 01-07-2014 03:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx04.2 (total posts: 1)
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This looks like such a great place- I love seeing new deengisrs work and visiting degree end of year shows! Look forward to seeing the pieces you purchased and also the outfits up your sleeve for fashion week in Stockholm!call by sometime! Katie.xx
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I love those accessories a lot.Nice blog A new fasohin blogger based in Australia and Hong Kong.My blog is about fasohin, art, home decor, personal etc .www.therawpower.blogspot.comcomments are welcome. Follow me on bloglovin and blogspot.comxoEsther
Amit 01-07-2014 11:49 am xxx.xxx.xxx.225 (total posts: 3)
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I see how you can think it may seem like a tribute, but it's withuot context. Are you doing anthropological work in Native American cultures? If not than using a culture purely for aesthetics can be very very invasive. It's taking a piece of someone's culture and their history and making it into nothing more than a fancy headpiece.
Olga 01-07-2014 09:40 am xxx.xxx.xxx.251 (total posts: 1)
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I think these photos are great! About the cutaurll awareness subject of the native american headdress- fashion is art, and with art comes controversy. Fashion always likes to push the boundaries for example, killing animals for their fur (which i am personally not into) but its something that can't be helped. People tend to be considerably sensitive these days and read into things looking for a subliminal message that may not have been intended for example; "The Cookie Monster" is now "the Vegie Monster", Noddy was banned because he slept in the same bed as Big Ears which promotes homosexuality, Ba Ba Black Sheep is now Ba Ba Rainbow Sheep. People need to be more accepting and understand that with time comes change.
Luciana 01-05-2014 11:13 am xxx.xxx.xxx.253 (total posts: 1)
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wearing this ring withhhh, some kilelr black skinnys, an over sized white tee, and black lace up wedges. very casual. I will forsure trot around with this baby on no worries :)Gorgeous piece !xx Lana
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Sandra, these images are total tesreas! Can't wait to see what you've been up to!!! From the looks of it, I'm sure it's some sort of creative genius as only you can attest to!xo-JuliePeace. Love. LOL!
Justin 01-05-2014 07:06 am xxx.xxx.xxx32.4 (total posts: 1)
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What a beautiful way to start out the new year. Thank you for siahrng these awesome photos!Happy New Year! Much luck to you and yours.
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bonjour frane7oisencore superbe ces poohts come d\'habitude c\'est un vrai plaisir , par contre ton FB est inaccessible ainsi que twitter il me semble que tu as bloquer mon profil
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before. Check out Wahl 1902 pg 672. Goes on about hop pressing and hows its done. Also says that its not great and deecbirss a 'hop sparging apparatus' to use instead.
Riley 01-05-2014 05:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx.118 (total posts: 1)
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so gorgeous kaitna.i love the sweet bella and fab pretty paper :Dso sorry to hear about the anonymous nasty comment.i have had a few and now i`ve disabled anonymous commenting on my blog so they`ll have to show themselves if they want to do it again.xx coops xx
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Don't over worry the followers Katina, I have just lost anhoter and felt really upset, until a little bird told me that sometimes people just have a de-clutter and come back....I want to believe that....lol....I love your gorgeous card, so pretty....I'm a sticker by the way...lol...xx
Linda 01-05-2014 04:52 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.73 (total posts: 1)
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Wow! Katina these are gorgeous!! They look so csalsy and very yummy!!! I am positively drooling just looking at them!! LOL I Love all the little details - the flowers and butterflies look wonderful!!Hope you have a good week!Big Hugs Sue xx






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