Friday, July 4, 2014

NBA free agency is like Christmas!

nba free agency 2014
Ho ho ho
Christmas in July.

That's what NBA free agency feels like for a basketball devotee like myself. Because let's face it: the wheeling and dealing of players is a jolly good time of fun-substantiated rumors, GMs jostling to improve their rosters, and of course, as a fan, figuring out how the math works.

As a lifelong Boston Celtics fan, I'm paying a bit closer attention to the moves of Danny Ainge, who appears to be treading water by re-signing Avery Bradley to a 4-year, $32 million contract and drafting guards Marcus Smart & James Young. Rumor has it that Ainge is also working the phones on Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Jordan Hill, Kent Bazemore and Isaiah Thomas.

Ainge has been known to surprise us, so I wouldn't bet against him.

Boston Celtics 2014 NBA free agency
TBLR: James Posey, Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee,
Shelden Williams, Jermaine O'Neal, Marquis Daniels,
Rasheed Wallace, Shaquille O'Neal, Eddie House,
Delonte West, Jason Terry, Chris Wilcox.
So far, mainly X-factor type guards have locked into new contracts, with Jodie Meeks (3 years, $19 million with the Pistons), CJ Miles (4 years, $18 million with the Pacers), Darren Collison (3 years, $16 million with the Kings), Patty Mills (3 years, $12 million with the Spurs), Ben Gordon (2 years, $9 million with the Magic), Shaun Livingston (3 years, $16 million with the Warriors) and Thabo Sefolosha (3 years, $12 million with the Hawks) leading the way.

Lakers center Chris Kaman, always the odd man out in any situation, signed a 2-year, $10 million deal with the Trailblazers. Spencer Hawes, on his part, has agreed to join the Clippers on a 4-year, $23 million deal.

But there have been some bigger contracts, too.

Do-it-all point guard Kyle Lowry, who was reportedly all but traded to the Heat, re-signed with the  Raptors on a 4-year, $48 million deal. Third year guard and Cavaliers cornerstone Kyrie Irving agreed to a maximum 5-year, $90 million contract extension to remain in Cleveland with fresh No. 1 overall selecton Andrew Wiggins.

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki took Tim Duncan Avery Bradley money to stay in Dallas, signing a 3-year, $30 25 million deal to give GM Donnie Nelson more operating room. Polish Hammer Marcin Gortat will stay with the Wizards on a brand-new 5-year, $60 million deal. The Memphis Grizzlies reached a 2-year, $20 million extension with Zach Randolph.

None of the above deals is franchise-altering, but there's a reason for that. Or two reasons, if you will.

Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James

Once Anthony and James have decided to uproot or stay pat, we will soon learn where other notable free agents like Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Pau Gasol, Lance StephensonGreg Monroe, and Dwyane Wade end up.

After that, all the other pieces will fall into place.

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Updates:
  • The Miami Heat have signed Josh McRoberts (4 years, $23 million) and Danny Granger (2 years, $4.2 million).
  • The Orlando Magic have signed Channing Frye (4 years, $32 million).
  • The Spurs have re-signed Boris Diaw (3 years, $22.5 million).
  • The Clippers have signed Jordan Farmar (2 years, $4.2 million).
  • The Bobcats have signed Gordon Hayward to 4-year, $63 million offer sheet. (Matched by the Jazz)
  • The Mavericks have signed Chandler Parsons to a 3-year, $45 million offer sheet. (Not matched by the Rockets)
  • The Raptors have re-signed Greivis Vazquez (2 years, $13 million).
  • The Trailblazers have signed Steve Blake (2 years, $4.2 million).
  • The Suns have re-signed P.J. Tucker (3 years, $16.5 million).
  • The Grizzlies have signed Vince Carter (3 years, $12 million).
  • The Lakers have re-signed Nick Young (4 years, $21.5 million) and Jordan Hill (2 years, $18 million).
  • The Suns completed a sign-and-trade for Isaiah Thomas (4 years, $27 million).
  • The Heat have signed Luol Deng (2 years, $20 million).
  • The Bulls have signed Pau Gasol (3 years, $22 million).
  • The Rockets have completed a sign-and-trade for Trevor Ariza (4 years, $32 million).
  • The Hornets have signed Brian Roberts (2 years, $5.5 million) and Marvin Williams (2 years, $14 million).
  • The Wizards have signed Paul Pierce (2 years, $11 million) and completed a sign-and-trade for Kris Humphries (3 years, $13 million).
  • The Cavaliers have signed LeBron James (2 years, $42 million) and Mike Miller (2 years, $5.5 million).
  • The Knicks have re-signed Carmelo Anthony (5 years, $124 million).
  • The Nets have re-signed Alan Anderson (2 years, $2.6 million).
  • The Heat have re-signed Chris Bosh (5 years, $118 million) and Dwyane Wade (2 years, $31.5 million).
  • The Bulls have re-signed Kirk Hinrich (2 years, $5.4 million).
  • The Warriors have signed Brandon Rush (terms not disclosed).
  • The Celtics have signed Evan Turner (terms not disclosed). 

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