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Free Agency Buzz 12.10.11

Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 7:39 pm

Posted by EOB Staff

Saturday, December 10, 2011

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

7:37 p.m. ET
  • Magic general manager Otis Smith said the team is close with re-signing Jason Richardson and could have a deal finalized by Monday. Yahoo Sports reports the deal is done and it's four-year, $25 million deal.
7:16 p.m. ET
  • The Pacers told James Posey not to show up for training camp. "He's not going to be with us," head coach Frank Vogel said. "We're going to make a decision what to do with James at a later date, but he's not going to be in camp." Posey is on the books for $7.5 million next season. The Pacers won't be using the amnesty on him, but can buy him out or trade him.
  • The Bulls sent out a press release saying they are evaluating the situation with Keith Bogans and he won't be in camp until then. I think the better way to take that is, Chicago is looking for a new shooting guard and wants to see what happens first.
  • The Celtics have signed Jeff Green to a one-year deal for $9 million. What are the Celtics doing? Hedging their bets. They need wing depth and scoring for next season but will also leave open their options in free agency for 2012.
1:30 p.m. ET
  • CSN Bay Area reports that the Nuggets have offered a four-year, $19 million offer sheet to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, a restricted free agent for Milwaukee. Milwaukee might match, depending on their contract situation, but if Denver pulls it off, that's a great quality signing.
11:00 a.m. ET
  • The Mavericks are planning on using the trade exception they nabbed from the Tyson Chandler Knicks sign-and-trade to swing it to Sacramento, in exhange for a sign-and-trade for Samuel Dalembert. ESPN reports the idea is to make a huge one-year offer for Dalembert, which allows them to contend this year with a decent Chandler replacement for one year, then have room to make a splash in the big 2012 free agency... if there are any free agents left by that point. 
  • We've started to hit the lower end of the barrel. Gary Forbes has signed a multi-year deal with the Raptors. Forbes is 26 and has a ways to go on defense, but he also scored 15 points per 36 and shot 45 percent from the field last year. Depending on the money, it's not a bad pickup.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:06 am

Free Agency Buzz 12.10.11

LOL at anyone who thinks Dalembert is even close to Tyson Chandler. He isn't.

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:48 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.10.11

Sorry pal, Dalembert's problem is that he's a soccer player. Some how this BUM has milked out 2 outrageous contracts, and now he's looking for a 3rd. If anyone thinks he can fill Chandler's shoes, they are smoking crack.

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:16 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.10.11

Dalambert can fill Chandler's void !!  he needs tough coaching......i'm a die hard 76er fan and the problem was that he was lazy !!!  instead of workin on his thaws in practice he would be shootin three pointers !!  but he can own the glass and the paint on defense...just convince him to leave the offense up to someone else !!

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:05 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.10.11

Great move by dallas to save their own ass by trying to get Dalembert, last year Chandler Averaged 10.1 ppg, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 28 minutes a game, Dalembert averaged 8.1 ppg, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 24 minutes a game. Add 4 more minutes a game to Dalembert and he could easily average what chandler averaged plus hes a better shot blocker. Dalembert is only 29 a year older then Chandler, if dallas can get Dalembert they really saved their ass especially with the reported signing of vince carter who can still score high numbers now and then which they need since they lost Butler. You gotta give it to Cuban the guys super smart and is always a step ahead of everyone else.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:44 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.10.11

Dalembert: a poor man's Chandler. Quite a downgrade.

Dallas is losing a lot in this free agency but don't write them off yet- still some solid pieces in Dallas but if they stand pat they likely won't repeat.

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:24 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.10.11

The problem is cuban gave Brandon Haywood 55 million for nothing and now he's going after Dalembert,as a Knicks fan i like the fact they let Chandler go but if the Mavericks were smart they should of kept him.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:02 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.10.11

Redman, look at the larger scope of things. Chandler would've cost the team too much money. He obviously was a difference maker last year, but with the potential Free Agent class of 2012, Cuban needed to save the cap room necessary to make things happen. Dirk is not getting any younger, so they definitely need to make some big signings next offseason. Letting Chandler walk makes that possibility greater. I think Dalembert is an adequete replacement in terms of position, years and dollars. Chandler is not the cornerstone of the franchise, nor a player you can really build around. I wish him luck in New York, but Dallas will still be better this season and in future seasons. 

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:56 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.10.11


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