Tag:2011 free agency
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 1:46 pm

Reggie Evans signs with Clippers

Posted by Royce Young

The Clippers needed more depth inside and they got it. And not just that, they got some gritty, tough depth.

Via Yahoo! Sports, forward Reggie Evans signed a one-year, veteran minimum deal with the Clippers. This is a quality pickup for the Clips as Blake Griffin needs a good, reliable backup and the team as a whole needs some frontcourt depth.

They probably need another center, as they don't even have one on the roster to back up DeAndre Jordan right now. But Evans is a tough, nasty rebounder and someone that gives the Clips a lot of help inside. They had Craig Smith last season but lost him to Portland in the offseason. While Evans is coming off a major foot injury, he's a player that can tear up the boards. Before the injury, he was leading the league in rebounding last season.

Before the injury in late November last season, Evans was grabbing 26.4 percent of all rebounds and 35.3 percent of all available defensive rebounds. Those are like all-time numbers. Granted, small sample size, but the dude can board.

So add him to a frontcourt of Jordan and Griffin and you've got a guy behind them that will help bang and shove against the likes of the Lakers and Thunder and someone that can give the Clips a boost inside. He rebounds, he plays rough and he adds an attitude. Great pickup by the Clips.
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 2:00 pm

Kings in the lead for Dalembert?

Posted by Royce Young

Samuel Dalembert is maybe the top free agent prize left on the market, especially in terms of big men. And there are two teams in desperate need of a center -- the Rockets and the Kings.

The Rockets saw Yao retire, their trade for Pau Gasol fall apart at the feet of David Stern and their offer to Marc Gasol get matched. The Kings had to void the contract of their new center Chuck Hayes because of a heart issue. That leaves them both in need of a big man, but right now, Sacramento might have the leg up.

Kings general manager Geoff Petrie was asked about re-signing Dalembert and he told the Sac Bee, "We've stayed in touch with him periodically along the way. We'll see what develops here in the next few days and go from there."

The Kings have money to spare as they're about $13 million under the cap after the deal for Hayes fell through. Dalembert is going to require more than the Hayes deal did however. And it seemed like Sacramento was content on letting Dalembert walk before Hayes failed his physical.

What about the Rockets? Aren't they about to offer Dalembert? NBA.com reports that the Rockets are "taking a pass" on Dalembert for the moment, which leaves the door open for a return to Sacramento. The other teams in the running have been the Heat and maybe the Timberwolves, but it's looking unlikely that either of those would really be in the mix.

With the market being so thin but two teams in desperate need of Dalembert's rebounding and shot blocking, the prize is being driven up and down at the same time. Dalembert was one of the more overpaid players last season, but could certainly be a major impact player for whoever he signs for.

The Rockets saying they're moving on means that they haven't been able to get Dalembert to their number and are hoping that he'll see how thin the market is and come back to accept their offer. At least that's how I'd guess this is going down.

As for the Kings, they need a center as well, but like the Rockets, are looking for a value get. Going to be tough landing that in Dalembert but right now, they're options are limited.
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:17 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 8:29 pm

Report: Afflalo re-signs with Nuggets

Posted by Royce Young

One of the last big pieces of the free agency puzzle has finally found its home. And it's right where it was last season.

According to ESPN.com
, guard Arron Afflalo has re-signed with the Nuggets for five years, $43 million. That means between Afflalo and Nene, the Nuggets have spent some $110 million this offseason. But it also means they've inked a long-term core for the next number of seasons.

Afflalo, 26, was a restricted free agent and considered by many to be maybe the top guard on the market. Multiple teams coveted his services, but the Nuggets were planning on matching any offer and with no one signing Afflalo to an offer sheet, Denver went ahead and took the lead on its own.

The Nuggets had a great need for Afflalo with Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith stuck in China for the time being. Denver recently acquired Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer, but Afflalo will likely fit in as one of Denver's top three players this season. Between him, Nene, Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari, Denver has a group fo young players to build around.

Obviously it's a good signing for Denver, but the question is whether or not Afflalo is really worth that kind of money. Five years, $43 million is a pretty major number for a guy like Afflalo that averaged 12.6 points per game and a PER 13.61. And that's by far his best season to date. He's an elite perimeter defender and a long athletic guard, but more than $8 million a season for him is a high price tag.

Not to say he's not worth it to Denver, because he probably is, especially in their situation. Like I said, Afflalo might have been one of the top two or three free agent targets period in this whole class. But a lot of that was probably because he was seen as a value pickup.

Now the question becomes if Denver can pay out Nene, Afflalo and then add Ty Lawson and Gallinari who are up for new deals soon. And now how much do you have to pay those two? The Nuggets are really committing to this group, but it's decidedly without a bonafide star play. Maybe Gallinari is that guy, but maybe not. The team seemed to thrive on that team-ball aspect last season, but is it good for sustainable success?
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 6:48 pm

2011 NBA Free Agency Winners and Losers

By Matt Moore

All the big names have landed, and while there are still a handful of guys working out where they'll be playing in 2011-2012, we have a pretty clear image of how free agency worked out this year. So to give you a recap on how teams managed to do, here are your winners and losers for NBA free agency.


New York Knicks: It takes a lot for them to get a winning status when they picked up Mike Bibby and re-signed Jared Jeffries. Tyson Chandler is a lot. Chandler gives them exactly what they need at center, for a reasonable price considering he's coming off winning the Finals as a difference maker starter and compliments Amar'e Stoudemire well. This could wind up as a disaster, but for pursuing defense over offense and size over speed, they get into the winner's circle.

Los Angeles Clippers: Two days ago I would have planted the Clippers in the losers circle with a dunce cap. $24 million for Caron Butler over three years? DeAndre Jordan for a ridiculous price? Are they stoned in Clipperland? Chauncey Billups who may or may not hate the ground you walk on for denying him free agency? But then they landed Chris Paul. And you go "Oooooooh" like you just figured out that they got off the island and it's a flash-forward not a flash-back. Shooters to go with Paul, veteran defenders to go with Paul, and the big man to provide long-term support for Griffin. The Clippers avoided disaster by getting CP3. But funny how that makes everything seem better.

Miami Heat: Eddy Curry already looks like a waste (has had conditioning issues already). Mario Chambers is a divisive point guard, but he's good enough to start for a team with no cap space. Landing Shane Battier, though, genius. Battier is going to miss threes like all Heat spot-up shooters do. But he's going to make their defensive rotations even better, their team chemistry even better, their basketball IQ even higher. He's worth the money and a win for them.

Indiana Pacers: We were all convinced the Pacers were going to splash onto the scene and overpay for a big man in such a way as to cripple the franchise. Instead, they got David West on a low eight-figures, 2-year deal that guarantees if his knees or production go, they have options and are not stuck. They re-signed Jeff Foster to give them another center, and they were prudent with not re-signing Josh McRoberts for more than he was worth. Good upgrade for them.

Phoenix Suns: Shannnon Brown is a great fit for the system, and they managed to convince Grant Hill to return. Brown in the run-and-gun system under Gentry should excel with Aaron Brooks stuck in China. Hill still played brilliantly last season and staying in Phoenix means he stays with that training staff which has extended his career after one filled with injury issues. The Suns didn't make any significant step forward, but in terms of just making good value signings, they did as well as most. 

Mid-level centers: Kwame Brown got one-year, $7 million. DeAndre Jordan made out like a bandit. Marc Gasol walked away with more money than Kendrick Perkins and Nene (though Gasol is arguably the best free agent in this class, just without the name value). It's a league short on legitimate star centers, and while the biggest free agent center names (Chandler, Nene, Greg Oden) did not land monstrous deals, the mid-level centers available rose up to meet in the middle of the band. Good year to get paid. 


Boston Celtics: They had David West stolen out from under them in the midst of the Chris Paul debacle. They re-signed Marquis Daniels which isn't bad but isn't great. They traded Glenn Davis in a sign-and-trade for Brandon Bass which is pretty good but doesn't address most of their concerns. They gave Jeff Green a big one-year deal after which it was discovered he will miss the entire season after surgery when a heart condition was revealed after a stress test. Their bench is unbearably thin with starters that can't log big minutes. No, it was not a good few weeks for the Celtics.

Orlando Magic: Giving Jason Richardson and Glen Davis mid-size contracts is not the way to keep Dwight Howard, I don't care how good a friend he is with them. The Magic sacrificed their future, which is going to become very important to them in the next six months, in order to try and make another run with the same team that didn't succeed last year, plus Davis who is a big who doesn't help their issues in rebounding and has conditioning issues. Re-signing Earl Clark doesn't make a big enough impact to matter.

Detroit Pistons: Re-signing Tayshaun Price at that price makes no sense whatsover, especially not for four years. They need to be looking to the future. I understand the desire to reward Prince for his time and send him off in Detroit white, but this team has questions it has to answer quickly, and Prince gets in the way of development for Austin Daye and Jonas Jerebko. Rodney Stuckey's re-signing gets in the way of Brandon Knight's development and continues his very mixed-results stay in the Motor City. 

Dallas Mavericks: Maybe 2012 will make up for it. But if we're just judging the Mavericks on what they gave up and what they got back, this wasn't a good offseason. Even outside of the trades which brought in a quality player and sent two out, Dallas lost its starting center and part-time starting two-guard in agency, without really bringing in anyone. They're deep enough to survive it but this was a team that would have been considered favorites had they brought back the gang. As it is, there are questions about the Mavericks this season and beyond.

New Orleans Hornets: Setting aside losing Chris Paul in trade and impending free agency, the Hornets re-signed Carl Landry for a high one-year deal and brought back Jason Smith for three years. The deals are cheap. It's not a bad set of deals. But it's still a little perplexing considering the overwhelming need for this team to tank in order to ensure a top five pick to go with  

Arron Afflalo: Afflalo hasn't signed yet, which isn't a problem but the fact that no team was willing to bother with making him an offer knowing the Nuggets would match means he may not sign for as much as he could have. Bear in mind DeAndre Jordan is a less established player than Afflalo and was helped by the Warriors' attempt to free him from Los Angeles. Afflalo could have likely wound up with top dollar as an unrestricted free agent. Denver may wind up as the best thing for his career, though.
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:50 pm

Free Agent Buzz 12.15.11: Signing Day

Posted by EOB

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.

10:16 p.m.
  • The San Antonio Spurs have announced that they re-signed Steve Novak to a 1-year deal.
8:50 p.m. ET:
  • Sportando.net reports that Jeff Adrien, who had been playing in Italy, is bouncing out on Bennetton Basket so that he can sign a deal with the Houston Rockets
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:46 am
Edited on: December 14, 2011 6:52 am

The Nuggets, free of Melo, control their destiny

By Matt Moore

When trading a superstar, you look at two options. You can try and aim for a similar, albeit lesser star, or you can aim for financial flexibility and young players. When the Denver Nuggets traded Camelo Anthony last February, they received young players and financial flexibility, but they also recieved something better. Choice. 

The team was not so devastated by Anthony's deparure as to be forced into a pure rebuilding episode. They had young players like Arron Afflalo, Ty Lawson, and got back more in the form of Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov. But they also had cap room to bring in someone, or, if they wanted to bring back Nene. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that's just what they did, inking the 29-year-old to a 5-year, $67 million deal which puts him at less per year than Marc Gasol, and which is less than the reported four-year, $70 million offer from the Nets. In locking up Nene, the Nuggets are entering into exciting but dangerous territory.

The Nuggets can compete for the playoffs right now. If Lawson continues his progression and Gallinari becomes a full-fledged star and young players like Jordan Hamilton and Kenneth Faried contribute anything, along with Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer, who the Nuggets acquired Tuesday in a trade with Dallas, then Nene allows them to push for as high as a five-seed in the West. With the Lakers undergoing signs of a possible implosion and Dallas clearing space for 2012, along with San Antonio's age finally wreaking havoc on them, the Thunder really only stand as a major long-term challenge in the West, provided the Clippers don't get Chris Paul. A deep, talented, versatile team with depth, size, experience, youth, athleticism and range? The Nuggets have everything you'd want in an all-around collection of talent.

The Nuggets are expected to zero in on restricted free agent Arron Afflalo, according to Berger, and as a result, will have a killer lineup of Lawson-Afflalo-Gallinari with some combination of frontcourt players beside Nene filling out the roster. They'll still have long-term flexibility, with only Al Harrington standing as a major impediment and will still have the amnesty clause as a weapon to use to clear space. Most of that cap space will be absorbed by extensions for Lawson, Gallinari, and potentially Mozgov, but that doesn't alter the fact that they can use those contracts and players to upgrade or go in different directions.

Still, the re-signing of Nene has its drawbacks. They are a win-now team. They are not aiming for the next superstar, they're trying to grow one out of either Lawson, Gallinari, or, less likely, Nene. They're trying to catch lightning in a bottle and that's a difficult act in the NBA. It's said that the worst thing you can do is end up in NBA purgatory, a constant 5-8 seed playoff team who never winds up going anywwhere. But the Nuggets might get to have their cake and eat it, too. With the kind of young roster they have, and a viable anchor in Nene to bolster the interior, Denver can have it both ways.

Masai Ujiri caught flak from everyone for waiting on the Melo deal last fall, seemingly squandering opportunities to get better deals. Instead, not only did he take in a king's ransom for Anthony, he has converted that haul and the cap space it afforded into a team that isn't struggling to fill roster spots, one that can take risks and make savvy moves, a team on the rise that can also compete now. There's no telling where Ujiri will take the Nuggets over the next several years, but unlike so many franchises beholden to the fate of one player, the Nuggets have options, now.

Wherever they're going, it's their decision which path to take.
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 5:42 pm

Free Agent Buzz 12.13.11: Crawford spurns Pacers?

Posted by EOB

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.

5:38 p.m. ET:

1:47 p.m. ET:
  • The Utah Jazz are meeting with free agent Josh Howard, according to ESPN.com. Also interested in the services of the 31-year-old is Portland, New Jersey, Washington and Denver. But of the teams that have shown the most interest, it's Utah, San Antonio and the Wizards.
  • The Pacers have offered Jamal Crawford a two-year, $10 million deal, according to ESPN.com. That offer includes an out if Crawford wants to return to free agency next season. Also in the hunt for Crawford: The Wolves and Knicks, who are hoping to convince Crawford to take less to return to New York.
  • Josh McRoberts and O.J. Mayo won't be swapping teams, according to multiple reports as the Grizzlies and Pacers won't be making that trade. McRoberts though, could be heading West via the Commercial-Appeal: "Grizzlies looking at signing McRoberts as unrestricted free agent, but McRoberts likely to take more money, bigger role from Lakers."
Category: NBA
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: December 13, 2011 12:00 pm

Kwame Brown signs with Warriors

By Matt Moore

Kwame Brown (Getty)Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Kwame Brown has signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors for $7 million dollars.

The Warriors had signed DeAndre Jordan to an offer-sheet this weekend but the Clippers matched the offer on Monday and will keep the younger, more talented center for a hefty price. The Warriors have been shopping for a center this offseason to beef up their defensive front. It was widely speculated that they would amnesty Andris Biedrins, but instead used the clause on Charlie Bell

Brown is notorious as a bust for Michael Jordan's Wizards, and for being complicit in the playoff disasters of the mid-00's Lakers. But very quietly he had a quality season in Charlotte. He's not worth $7 million but for a one-year, desperate to get a center, it's not the worst move in the world. He is wildly overpaid but looking around the center-short league, it's hard to find many outside of Dwight Howard who aren't overpaid. 

Still, not exactly the start Golden State was hoping for under new ownership from Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, a new management committee and new coaching under Mark Jackson.
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