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2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - July 13


The Brooklyn Nets sign C Brook Lopez to a 4-year, $61 million extension

HAHAHAHAHAHA .... I think it's a joke that several teams were actually willing to offer Lopez max money. By agreeing to a long-term deal with Brooklyn, Lopez provides the Nets with a scoring presence inside to complement their Semi-Big Three on the wing: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace.

However, re-signing Lopez means Brooklyn now has four players under contract for the next four years who will take up the team's entire cap space; giving the Nets little to no flexibility in free agency moving forward. That's not exactly good management for a core that will be lucky to be in the top five of the Eastern Conference.

This deal also ends Brooklyn's pursuit of Dwight Howard for now, since Lopez can't be dealt until January 15th under new CBA rules.

The Houston Rockets amnesty PF Luis Scola

OK, I know Scola was set to make around $30 million over the next three years, but Houston couldn't find a way to trade him and net some assets in return? I find that impossible to believe.

The Rockets are obviously heading towards a rebuilding effort by trading Kyle Lowry and cutting loose Scola. That, or GM Daryl Morey thinks he actually has a chance to land Dwight Howard - somehow - and wanted to clear up cap space. Even if Houston wanted to save money for next offseason, why not keep Scola on the roster and then trade him for picks or just cut him next summer? I really don't get this move. At all.



The Dallas Mavericks sign C Chris Kaman to a 1-year, $8 million deal; amnesty Brendan Haywood

By amnestying Haywood, the Mavericks save nearly $38 million over the next four years and wash their hands of the terrible contract they signed him to just two summers ago. Signing Kaman to a 1-year deal allowed Dallas to make such a move and should also provide an upgrade in the middle from an offensive standpoint.

Only inking Kaman for one season also keeps the Mavericks well under the cap for next offseason, when they expect to be serious players in free agency and possibly makes runs at Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Josh Smith, or Andrew Bynum.

The Milwaukee Bucks re-sign PF Ersan Ilyasova to a 5-year, $45 million deal

Ilyasova parlayed a career year into an insane 5-year, $45 million contract to stay in Milwaukee. Congrats, Bucks ... you now have five power forwards on your roster: Ilyasova, Drew Gooden, Ekpe Udoh, Larry Sanders and first-round pick John Henson. Throw Samuel Dalembert into the mix and it will be interesting how Scott Skiles decides to divvy up minutes in the frontcourt.

The one thing that Ilyasova can do that the other power forwards can't is stretch defenses due to his outside shooting. While he is only 25 years old, $45 million is a ridiculous amount to spend on him.


The Dallas Mavericks acquire PG Darren Collison and SG Dahntay Jones from the Indiana Pacers for C Ian Mahinmi

I thought drafting Miles Plumlee in the first round was going to be the dumbest thing the Pacers did this offseason, but giving away Collison for Mahinmi ranks right up there. For this to happen, Mahinmi had to agree to a sign-and-trade deal that earned him a 4-year, $16 million contract.

This is especially baffling because Indiana had enough room under its cap to sign Mahinmi without having to give up Collison. If the team really wanted to deal him, it should have been able to get better assets in return.

To summarize, the Pacers have given max money to Roy Hibbert, drafted Plumlee in the first round and gave up Collison for Mahinmi. That's a lot to spend on three centers. (In a somewhat related move, Indiana has reportedly signed D.J. Augustin to replace Collison as the backup point guard since New Orleans rescinded its qualifying offer to Augustin.)

As for Dallas, this is like stealing candy from a baby. Since the team lost Jason Kidd in free agency and was unable to sign Deron Williams or Steve Nash, the Mavericks needed a starting point guard, which they find in Collison. The cherry on top is that both Collison and Jones are in the final years of their contract, so this trade makes Dallas better for next season but doesn't hurt its future cap space. That will leave the Mavericks able to make a run at some marquee free agents next summer.



The Charlotte Bobcats sign PG Ramon Sessions to a 2-year contract

By rescinding their qualifying offer for Augustin and instead choosing to sign Ramon Sessions, the Bobcats swapped a decent NBA point guard for ... well, another decent NBA point guard. The terms of this deal have not been released yet, but Sessions doesn't really do much more for me than Augustin did. I'd rather see Kemba Walker get the bulk of playing time at the point.

The Miami Heat sign F Rashard Lewis to a 2-year, $2.8 million deal

The rich have gotten richer this offseason as the NBA Champs add another proven shooter on the perimeter. Lewis and Ray Allen will allow the Heat to stretch the floor even more next season, which will allow better driving lanes for Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, or drive and kick opportunities to open, dangerous shooters.

Being signed for the league minimum is a far cry from the $23 million Lewis was scheduled to make this season before being waived by the Hornets. This is a quality pick up for Miami, especially if Mike Miller is forced to retire early.


The Philadelphia 76ers acquire SF Dorrell Wright and C Daryl Watkins; the Golden State Warriors acquire PG Jarrett Jack; and the New Orleans Hornets acquire PF Edin Bavcic as part of three-team trade


By getting rid of Jack, the Hornets clear more cap space to allow them to re-sign Eric Gordon and keep more cap flexibility. I'm not sure I like giving up Jack though, unless New Orleans really believes Austin Rivers can run the point this season. It's either Rivers or Greivis Vasquez.

Jack gives the Warriors another point guard, which they need to allow Stephen Curry spend more time playing off the ball. Wright was expendable since Golden State used its first-round pick on Harrison Barnes. The 76ers needed to find outside shooting help this offseason. which is Wright's strength.

By the way, Google image search Bavcic; he is one scary looking dude.



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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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Gabby 01-04-2014 11:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.74 (total posts: 1)
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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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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
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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 :)
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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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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! ;)
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