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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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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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