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2012 NBA Offseason Losers - July 21


Houston Rockets
Basically, everything general manager Daryl Morey has done this offseason revolved around the longshot of landing Dwight Howard via trade from Orlando, even though Houston is not one of Howard's desired destinations and there is no guarantee he would sign a long-term extension with the team. The Rockets even amnestied their best player, Luis Scola, rather than trying to trade him for some assets, simply so the team could clear about $30 million in cap space over the next three years.

On top of that, Houston gave a 3-year, $25 million contract to Omer Asik, who has career averages of 2.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Morey also bought into Linsanity - literally - by signing Jeremy Lin to a 3-year deal that will net him $14.8 million in 2014-15.

I didn't really love the Rockets' draft either. I'm not sold on Jeremy Lamb and picking Royce White and Terrence Jones now gives the team about five combo forwards on its roster. Houston has set itself up to have a ton of cap space for next summer and, potentially, three first-round draft picks, including the one landed from Toronto in exchange for Kyle Lowry.

Glass-half empty though; Morey doesn't exactly have a great track record recently with acquiring young assets. So now, the Rockets enter next season with a likely starting five of Asik, Patrick Patterson, Chandler Parsons, Kevin Martin and Lin, and is a massive loser in the offseason.



Indiana Pacers
Larry Bird's regime in Indiana was predicated around building the franchise through smart decisions, not overpaying free agents, and drafting wisely. Bird left, Kevin Pritchard took over as general manager, and that blueprint flew right out the window.

I understand the Pacers were backed into a corner and pretty much had to match the max offer sheet that the Blazers threw at Roy Hibbert. An amount of $58 million is a lot to give him for the next four seasons, but big men are constantly overpaid in the NBA - see: Omer Asik.

What didn't make any sense to me was trading a starting-caliber point guard, Darren Collison, to Dallas in a sign-and-trade deal for another center, Ian Mahinmi, just days after Indiania wasted its first-round pick on Miles Plumlee. That deal will net Mahinmi, who has averaged 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game during his four year career, $16 million over the next four years. The Pacers did also add some smaller pieces to improve their depth in the backcourt, but I can't look past the moves they made to "bolster" their frontcourt.

Milwaukee Bucks
Perhaps nobody reaped the benefits of having a career year during his free agent season than Ersan Ilyasova. He had a terrific performance in 2011-12 and parlayed that into a 5-year, $45 million deal this summer.

That's a lot to pay Ilyasova, especially when just days before the Bucks drafted another power forward, John Henson. Ilyasova does give Milwaukee an effective stretch four, but now the team has a logjam at power forward which includes its lottery pick, who likely won't crack the rotation.

The Bucks also didn't do anything to improve the small forward position even though Carlos Delfino is a free agent. Therefore, they enter next season with some sort of rotation between Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - another defensive minded, offensively challenged, long forward -, Mike Dunleavy and second-year player Tobias Harris, who didn't show much during his rookie season.

With Monta Ellis holding a player option on the final year of his deal next summer and Brandon Jennings becoming a restricted free agent, Milwaukee needed to add better pieces around its explosive guard duo; I can't say the Bucks succeeded in improving as a basketball team. They did get a great second-round value in Doron Lamb, though and actually added a true center in Samuel Dalembert.



Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves entered the offseason with one major need: finding a scorer to put on the wing. Minnesota struck out on landing some of the bigger names it was targeting, including Nicolas Batum since the Blazers matched the offer sheet he signed with the Timberwolves. Instead, David Kahn dealt Minnesota's first-round pick for a decent bench player, Chase Budinger, and rolled the dice on signing no-knees Brandon Roy to a 2-year deal just seven months after injury forced him to temporarily retire.

The Timberwolves also let Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph walk in free agency while amnestying Darko Milicic. That all hurts the team's frontcourt depth. A shallow frontcourt is not exactly the next step the franchise needed to take to build off an improved 2011-12 campaign.



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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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