It’s an extensive list but here’s the free agent signings thus far, with my two cents worth.
Eric Gordon agrees to a four-year, $58 million deal with New Orleans (Phoenix offer sheet)
A max contract for an injury-prone, undersized shooting guard is pretty outrageous, but that’s the NBA for ya. Good thing they had that lockout last year to control spending…..
As I’ve said before, the Eric Gordon/Austin Rivers pairing will not work.
Brook Lopez agrees to a four-year, $61 million deal with Brooklyn
No matter how you slice it, it’s nuts. Max money for a one-sided center who can’t rebound and who has broken his foot twice in the last year (which can often be the death knell for big men)? Bonkers.
Deron Williams agrees to a five-year, $98 million deal with Brooklyn
Understandable for both sides, considering the lack of alternatives. Now, whether or not the Nets have any chance of beating an elite team in the playoffs, or, in respect to their future and how they’ll look in two years time (it could be grim), well, that’s another story altogether.
Steve Nash agrees to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Lakers
I hate to burst the bubble here but there are some concerns: 1) it should improve their offense but it does nothing to solve their biggest weakness – defense (or more specifically, guarding the likes of Durant/Westbrook/Harden in the playoffs); 2) giving a 38 year old a guaranteed three year contract at $9 million per year, is not without risk; and 3) as much as people don’t want to admit it, the ‘system’ does play a role in Nash’s success.
When Terry Porter took over the Phoenix head coaching gig from Mike D’Antoni in 2008 and installed a slower offense to accommodate Shaquille O’Neal, Nash was out of sorts and struggled big time. In short, he didn’t play like the Steve Nash we know. Now, working under Mike Brown’s deliberate offense and with two 7-footers clogging the lane and wanting the ball (not to mention Kobe), the same issues may arise.
Sure, the Lakers will be better next season and they’ll be fascinating to watch, but don’t expect smooth sailing.
Chris Kaman agrees to one-year, $8 million deal with Dallas
Irrelevant; Kaman’s a hack who can’t stay healthy. Unfortunately for Dirk the Mavs are just treading water now with a patchwork roster that’s good, but not nearly good enough.
Kevin Garnett agrees to a three-year, $34 million deal with Boston
They had to do it and with his stellar play in the playoffs he’s clearly worth it. He will also play an important role in mentoring their young bigs; Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green and Fab Melo (huge bust potential on this guy).
Jason Terry agrees to a three-year, $15.6 million deal with Boston
As a Boston fan I was fine with Ray Allen leaving – the Celtics needed to get younger and Ray Allen, after being on the chopping block the last few years, needed to move on – but I thought this was a dud signing because Jason Terry is on the downward slide. But then they signed Courtney Lee, and it all made sense.
Courtney Lee agrees to a four-year, $21.5 million deal with Boston
A perfect fit. Courtney Lee is an underrated player who has tremendous value as a wing defender and three-point shooter on the right team. The problem was he was toiling away in obscurity for the last few years in Houston and New Jersey.
He brings a lot to the table; he’s great in transition, he’s actually better offensively (creating shots) than most give him credit for and he has a high basketball IQ. But perhaps more important, he’s a terrific defender and he’ll now form a brutal defensive backcourt trio with Rondo and Bradley.
This deal also allows Jason Terry to be the sixth-man scorer off the bench, where he thrives, and that’s something Boston has sorely lacked in recent years.
With a good mix of veterans (Garnett, Pierce, Terry), guys in their prime (Rondo, Bass, Lee) and promising youngsters (Bradley, Sullinger, Green) the C’s are back in business now, and if Jared Sullinger can emerge as a prime time player (possible) then this version of the team could be contending for a while.
Ray Allen agrees to a two-year, $6 million deal with Miami
I’m a little concerned about them taking on another aging veteran (with injury issues), but that’s being picky. No doubt, he’ll make them even more dangerous.
Rashard Lewis agrees to two-year, $2.75 million deal with Miami
Another shooter to spread the floor for LeBron and Co. I like it.
Roy Hibbert agrees to a four-year, $58 million deal with Indiana (Portland offer sheet)
I’m not usually a proponent of giving max money to merely good players, but they sort of had to here if they wanted to maintain their forward momentum. This can only be justified because Hibbert is a pretty good two-way center in a league that’s devoid of them.
Brandon Roy agrees to a two-year, $10 million deal with Minnesota
As long as they utilise him properly – i.e. play him in a limited scoring role off the bench to preserve his knees – and don’t expect him to be the Brandon Roy of old (which he never will be), then it could make sense. But knowing the Wolves, something will go wrong.
Jeremy Lin agrees to a three-year, $25.1 million deal with Houston
The hype (and marketing potential) surrounding Lin has clearly pumped up his price. In terms of on-court production the sample size is small so paying him an average of $8 million per year is a pretty big gamble, which even had the filthy rich Knicks baulking at the cost. That being said, it wouldn’t surprise me if he does become a better than average NBA point guard because the tools are there.
Gerald Wallace agrees to a four-year, $40 million deal with Brooklyn
An absolute shocker. Nets GM Billy King outbid himself (who else was going to pay Wallace that?) for a deal that will be a guaranteed albatross in two years (if not sooner). The 30 year old Wallace noticeably slowed down last season and having a game that’s heavily predicated on speed and athleticism, it’s only downhill from here. But clearly Nets owner Mikhail Prokorov doesn’t give a crap about money/salary cap/luxury tax (he’s known to earn about $20-30 million PER DAY!!).
Kris Humphries agrees to a two-year, $24 million deal with Brooklyn
I understand that it was done with a possible (future) Dwight Howard trade in mind (so that they could take back more of Orlando’s garbage), but $12 million per year for this guy? That’s ludicrous.
Jamal Crawford agrees to a four-year, $25 million deal with the Clippers
A horrible, horrible deal. I just don’t get it; why do teams (no good ones mind you) keep throwing money at this guy? Honestly, I wouldn’t touch him with a ten-foot pole; his negatives (inefficient chucker, can’t defend, known to whine about his contract and role, doesn’t help a team win, 32 years old) far outweigh his positives (can hit a shot and create his own offense). Being desperate for anything that resembles a wing defender they should have targeted Courtney Lee, or even O.J. Mayo would have made more sense. The aging Grant Hill won’t cut the mustard in that regard.
By committing valuable cap space to two guys who are essentially washed up (Crawford and Butler) the Clippers have capped their potential and are now in real danger of losing Chris Paul in free agency next year, if he too comes to that realisation. Oh yeah, and that Blake Griffin injury sure doesn’t help. Bloody Clippers!
Landry Fields agrees to a three-year, $18.7 million deal with Toronto
Excessive (to say the least), but that’s normally the case with any Bryan Colangelo signing.
Goran Dragic agrees to a four-year, $34 million deal with Phoenix
I can live with that, but where exactly is Phoenix heading? The answer: to the arse-end of the NBA – mediocrity – and for a very long time.
Michael Beasley agrees to a three-year, $18 million deal with Phoenix
Did the Suns not learn anything from two years ago when they outbid themselves and grossly overpaid a pair of tweeners (Warwick and Childress)? Who else was going to pay a headcase like Beasley $6m per (in fact, here’s a recent quote from Beasley, “Phoenix is the first and only team I met with this summer”)? These guys are clueless.
Ryan Anderson agrees to a four-year, $36 million deal with New Orleans
He’s only 24 years old and a proven quality stretch four, so this could be a steal for the Hornets and a great fit alongside their exciting young core.
Aaron Brooks agrees to a two-year, $6.6 million deal with Sacramento
The Kings need another shoot-first/no defense player like they need a hole in the head. These guys have no idea how to build a coherent basketball team.
Kirk Hinrich agrees to two-year, $6 million deal with Chicago
Decent, I suppose, but to me the Bulls are heading in the wrong direction. They’re not contending again until Derrick Rose is back 100% healthy, and due to the severity of his injury that won’t be until the 2013/14 season. So basically, and I am sorry Bulls fans, but next season is a wash. So they have a year to address their problems before they’re back in the game. And they absolutely do have problems – they’re capped out, they’re relying on the fraudulent Carlos Boozer to be a second option (when he’s clearly not) and they need more creators to help Rose. Here was the perfect chance to reset and correct these problems, but instead they’re adding more limited veterans and thus falling behind in the arms race.
Nicolas Batum agrees to four-year, $46.4 million deal with Portland (Minnesota offer sheet)
He’s overpaid (as most people are these days) but he could be a difference maker in the right situation. I’m not certain Portland is that place.
Jason Kidd agrees to a three-year, $9 million deal with New York
He will help some as a back-up (if he can stay sober) but do they realise he’ll be 42 by the end of this deal?
J.R. Smith agrees to two-year, $5.6 million deal with New York
Palatable, but if you’re asking J.R. to play anything but a very defined support role (i.e. scorer off the bench), then you’re in trouble.
Steve Novak agrees to four-year, $15 million deal with New York
As a lights-out three-point specialist he deserves his near $4 million per year salary, but I don’t like the length of this contract.
Marcus Camby agrees to three-year, $13.2 million deal with New York
He’ll be a great back-up for Tyson Chandler but with Fields departure don’t they need another wing (especially for defense)?
Raymond Felton agrees to a three-year, $10 million deal with New York
Sure, he’s cheaper than Lin, but this dude ain’t helping anybody. The New York brass just doesn’t seem to get it (in terms of how to build a championship-calibre team, top to bottom).
Jeff Green agrees to a four-year, $36 million deal with Boston
$9 million per year for an inconsistent tweener, who is coming off heart surgery no less, makes no sense to me.
Brandon Bass agrees to a three-year, $20 million deal with Boston
He earned it.
Ian Mahinmi agrees to a four-year, $16 million deal with Indiana
This may shock some but that’s the going rate for a back-up big who can walk and chew gum at the same time.
Reggie Evans agrees to a three-year, $5 million deal with Brooklyn
That’s terrific value for a rebounding menace and world class shit stirrer like Evans.
Blake Griffin agrees to five-year, $95 million deal with the Clippers
They better hope his knees hold up or this will be a Brandon Roy/Portland-type situation.
Tim Duncan agrees to three-year, $30 million deal with San Antonio
Boris Diaw agrees to two-year, $9 million deal with San Antonio
The amount and length appears to be right, as long as he doesn’t get fat and happy.
Patty Mills agrees to two-year, $2.2 million deal with San Antonio
Perfect. And let’s hope he can lock down the back-up point guard job behind Tony Parker and really establish himself as a legit NBA player going forward.
O.J. Mayo agrees to a two-year, $8.5 million deal with Dallas
I like it; O.J Mayo could be a solid starter on a quality team. He may have found his niche here.
Jameer Nelson agrees to a three-year, $19.7 million deal with Orlando
They’re clearly rebuilding (or should be), so how does this make sense? It’s Illogical.
Grant Hill agrees to a two-year, $4 million deal with the Clippers
A nice acquisition but it won’t move the needle in any way.
George Hill agrees to a five-year, $40 million deal with Indiana
He’s a good player but $8 million per year is pretty steep for ideally a back-up combo guard.
Antawn Jamison agrees to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Lakers
The 36 year old Jamison has his limitations (he’s next to useless defensively) but he will help the Lakers in a scoring role off the bench. Just don’t ask him to guard anyone who can put the ball in the hole.
JaVale McGee agrees to a four-year, $44 million deal with Denver
He’s a dead set goofball but he showed some flashes of brilliance against the lakers in the playoffs and even single-handedly turned a few games. When you consider the type of money being thrown around to 7-foot stiffs in recent times this price for McGee appears to be ‘reasonable’ (I can’t believe I just said that), assuming George Karl can keep a lid on him.
Ersan Ilyasova agrees to five-year, $45 million deal with Milwaukee
I have no idea what the Bucks are doing with this mish-mash roster, but the 25 year old Ilyasova made a massive jump last season asserting himself as a quality stretch four and superior rebounder, so the specifics on this deal appear about right (considering the market place).
Chauncey Billups agrees to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Clippers
Good value, minimal risk.
Marreese Speights agrees to two-year, $9 million deal with Memphis
If he can pull his head in on the shot-selection he’ll be a valuable player. So a pretty good deal.
D.J. Augustin agrees to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Indiana
He’s best suited to be a back-up point guard so he should thrive in this role for Indiana.
Lou Williams agrees to a multi-year deal with Atlanta (specifics are not yet known but it is believed to be for the mid-level exception)
With the Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams trades, I thought the goal was to clean the slate?
Andre Miller agrees to a three-year, $14.6 million deal with Denver
So much for his end of season rant that he wants to play for a contender and be a starter. Money talks.
Ramon Sessions agrees to a two-year, $10 million deal with Charlotte
This move reeks of mediocrity and doesn’t jibe with the direction they’re heading (i.e. nowhere, yet). In their position (a complete rebuild) I’d rather hand it over to Kemba Walker or an untried youngster. Building through the draft should be the only way forward for them.
Anthony Randolph agrees to a three-year, $6 million deal with Denver
He has a load of potential but five years in it’s pretty evident that he’s clueless. This should be his last chance; if George Karl can’t tap it, nobody will.
Jordan Hill agrees to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Lakers
A good deal for both sides, he showed a lot of promise last season.
Shannon Brown agrees to a two-year, $7 million deal with Phoenix
Another mediocre signing for Phoenix.
Nick Young agrees to a one-year, $6 million deal with Philadelphia
It’s low risk but it won’t impact the win/loss column. And I can’t see him working well under the militant Doug Collins.
Kwame Brown agrees to a two-year, $6 million deal with Philadelphia
Fair value I suppose, assuming he can stay on the floor. Not sure why they’re giving him a second year though.
Vladimir Radmanovic agrees to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with Chicago
Coach Thibodeau will hate this guy.
Ryan Hollins agrees to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Clippers
He’s a live body (I love that term) but essentially useless.