Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Trade season has commenced

LA Clippers acquire Lance Stephenson
Get to packing!
It's a public secret that I looove the business side of the NBA.

The contract negotiations, the trades, the courting of free agents, the posturing ... Figuring out the math is a jolly good time. Predicting where players will land and assessing what it means for the team is a fun excercise. Scouring the internet for clues and tidbits of information gets my blood pumping

You get the gist: my NBA entertainment doesn't stop after the Finals.

Congratulations to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, by the way!

I didn't even have to wait for July to come around to get my geek on.

We have already been treated to two mildly spectacular trades, which is more than you can ask for mid-June.


Let's investigate.


The Pistons trade Caron Butler and Shawne Williams for Ersan Ilyasova



The Pistons dismissed Josh Smith in December by waiving him.

Could unrestricted free agent Greg Monroe be the next big man they let go?

With Monroe seeking a max deal this summer, it appears that Stan Van Gundy already has a replacement at the ready, shipping Caron Butler and Shawne Williams to the Milwaukee Bucks for the 6-10 Ilyasova, a seven-year NBA veteran who averaged 11.5 PPG last season.


The Clippers trade Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes for Lance Stephenson



It's evident that former Pacers standout Lance Stephenson was never a good fit in Charlotte. 

After giving him a 3-year, $27 million contract last year to be a go-to guy for the them, the Jordan's Hornets tried to unload the enigmatic shooting guard as early as December. He clashed with team mates, didn't gel, and considerably slowed the team's ball movement. Miami and Brooklyn were rumored to be interested, but nothing materialized at the trade deadline, whicn meant Charlotte had to keep him. 

Apparently the LA Clippers, who lost, 3-4, to the Houston Rockets in the Conference Semis, like him for his wing defense and playmaking. 

With their strong interest in re-signing playoff standout Austin Rivers, could that leave Jamal Crawford the odd man out in their backcourt rotation? 

Big man Spencer Hawes, who signed a 4-year, $23 million deal last year, gives the Hornets a versatile big man who can spread the floor. The team is still evaluating their options with veteran forward Matt Barnes.

Keep the trades coming, NBA execs!

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