Tag:2011 Free Agency
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 8:53 pm

Mavericks sign Vince Carter, Delonte West

Posted by Ben Gollivervince-carter

Vince Carter has found another new NBA home. Delonte West is once again an NBA employee! And both have arrived in the same destination: the Dallas Mavericks.

The defending champs announced the signing of Carter, a 34-year-old 8-time NBA All-Star, on Monday. Terms of the details were not disclosed by the team but ESPNDallas.com reports that Carter signed a mini Mid-Level Exception deal worth $9 million over three years. Carter was bought out by the Phoenix Suns last week. Carter averaged 13.5 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Suns last season.

West, a 28-year-old free agent guard who spent the offseason applying for a job at Home Depot, contemplating selling knivesworking for a furniture store and fretting about his lack of health insurance, has reportedly signed a 1-year contract with the Mavericks.

SlamOnline.com and Yahoo Sports report that West, 28, will join the defending champs. A 7-year NBA vet, West spent last season playing for the Boston Celtics, where he averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 assists per game.

Dallas is now loaded in the backcourt, bringing back Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Rodrigue Beaubois and Corey Brewer and having traded for Rudy Fernandez prior to the lockout. Second year guards Dominique Jones and Andy Rautins, recently acquired from the New York Knicks, are also currently on the roster too with Shawn Marion and Lamar Odom also fighting for playing time on the wing.

Together, West and Cater make the tenth and eleventh player who will fight for minutes at the one, two or three position for Dallas. Surely some additional roster balancing or trimming moves are coming.
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:28 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 1:32 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.12.11: Who wants Chauncey?

Posted by EOB Staff

Monday, December 12, 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.

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  • New Orlando Magic president Alex Martins told reporters Monday that he thinks the Magic can convince Dwight Howard to stay in Orlando. Someone should give the Cavaliers a call.
  • Chauncey Billups was amnesty'd by the Knicks and said he didn't want to go to a rebuilding team. According to ESPN.com though, the Bobcats, a rebuilding team, are interested in putting in a bid. Another team to watch for? The Hawks.
Category: NBA
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:03 am

Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

By Matt Moore 

The Dallas Mavericks will look nothing this season like the team that took the floor at the beginning of last season, nor the one that took the floor for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Tyson Chandler has signed with the Knicks. Caron Butler has signed with the Clippers. And now it appears J.J. Barea will be gone as well. 

NBA.com reports that Barea has received a four-year, $19 million offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves

This deal is right on the cusp between being great value and slightly overpaid. Barea lacks size (obviously) and athleticism. But he's 27, still in his prime, and has an incredible ability to not only manage the offense effectively, but score in bursts using savvy and quickness.

It's easy to pull out the old Timberwolves point guard jokes, but considering their actual situation, with Luke Ridnour being their only other primary viable point. Barea can work in small lineups at the two-guard spot (or extremely big ones if the frontcourt is loaded). He's versatile and plays within the system. He should work extremely well under Rick Adelman.

For the Mavericks, the fans don't even get to enjoy one night of seeing the team that knocked off the Heat to bring the Mavericks their first ring. And the team will be very different when it takes the floor on Christmas against the Heat. The Mavericks won the title and decided to go in a different direction. Immediately.

It should be noted that the deal for Barea is actually less than the Timberwolves paid for Darko Milicic. So they're learning.  
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 8:50 pm

Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: According to NBA.com, Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley follows through on his promise and the team intends to match Marc Gasol's offer sheet from the Rockets for four years, $55 million.

“We’re keeping Marc,” Heisley said. “We can’t afford to let him go … Marc and his agent have to decide what they want to do. But we would definitely match that if that came up to us.”

Gasol tweeted late Monday: "I'm proud to say that we have reached a tentative agreement with my team @memgrizz, can't wait to get on the court with all my teammates!"


It's been a whirlwind week for the Houston Rockets but come hell or high water, Daryl Morey is getting himself a new big man to replace Yao Ming.

First, it was going to be Pau Gasol, possibly combined with Nene. Now that neither of those things appear to be happening, Morey and the Rockets are going to try and get their Gasol anyway. But in this case, the younger, fuzzier version that's also known as Marc.

According to multiple reports, the Rockets are preparing a four-year, $55 million offer sheet for Marc Gasol. The thinking is, if the Grizzlies don't plan to match the offer sheet on Gasol who is a restricted free agent, Memphis would work a sign-and-trade with the Rockets.

But they're totally going to. No doubt.

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley has said the team plans to do everything to keep Gasol and recent reports indicated Memphis would match "any offer" for Gasol. But even if that offer is a max deal? Heisley said this in May:

"Marc will decide whether he wants to be here. We will aggressively go after him," Heisley said. "He's a restricted free agent, so we can match whatever's out there. But obviously if Marc wants to leave, I'm going to have a different attitude than if he wants to stay. I hope he wants to stay. And after what we've done in the playoffs, I think he will."

There's a chance Gasol just wants to leave Memphis and if he resists the Grizzlies matching, that's where the chance of a sign-and-trade comes in. I think you be sure the Grizzlies want to match, but it's just a matter of if Gasol wants to be there or not.

Of note: That was before Gasol had an outstanding postseason and upped his value by a couple of million. If the Grizzlies were planning on matching this offer, that means they'd have pretty much every penny they have to spare tied up in Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay and Gasol. Like I, and others have said, is that the type of long-term core you can win a title with? It's a fine team, no doubt, but with pretty much all your eggs in those four players' baskets, are you too committed to it?

What this could mean is Gay is expendable. Because it's hard to see how they can have three max deals, along with Conley's $9 million per season and keep it all together.

The Commercial-Appeal reports the Grizzlies have already offered Gasol a five-year deal for presumably somewhere in the $60 million range. And if he's already resisting that, that could be a bad sign for Memphis.

The Rockets are trying to pick up the pieces after their blockbuster three-way trade for Pau fell through over the weekend. Without a big man and the fact Chuck Hayes has already signed with Sacramento, Morey is scrambling to try and do something. Offering Gasol is a bit of a long shot, but it's a shot Morey is kind of forced to take at this point.

The Grizzlies will likely do everything they can to match. Heisley wasn't just blowing smoke -- the organization loves the younger Gasol, especially with the fact he's just 26 and likely could be trending into an elite big man group. His 2010-11 season was a bit underwhelming in terms of stats (11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds per game), but you pay for good seven-footers. And Gasol is certainly one.

It's just a matter of who is going to be doing the paying here -- Memphis or Houston?
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 7:39 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.10.11

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. 

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:31 pm

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

Posted by Royce Young

Friday was a pretty bad day in Portland and there have been a lot bad days when it comes to the Blazers. First, Brandon Roy will reportedly retire and now there's news that Greg Oden has suffered an undisclosed setback.

The team in announcing Oden's one-year deal with the team made mention that he will be receiving less than the $8.9 million originally reported. Instead, Oden will get a figure lower than that because he had what the team would only call a setback to last year's microfracture surgery. The Oregonian has a few more details:

Oden on Thursday was examined by Dr. Steadman in Vail, and said he was given the nod to expand his activity, indicating he had made progress

But the Blazers, who didn't comment Thursday after his appointment, determined that he is less likely to return to the court this season

Oden's setback is with a non-weight bearing ligament. He has no symptoms and doesn't feel restricted, but there is concern w/ the fragility

Oden was said to be running and was looking to return to the floor in January, but that's unclear as to if it's possible now.
"Following Greg's most recent physical examination and evaluation, we've determined that he has suffered a setback," said team president Larry Miller in the release. "We're hopeful, but less confident that he will return to the court this season. We've stood by Greg from the day he was drafted and we continue to do so now with this agreement."

Said Oden: "I'm obviously disappointed with the setback, but I'm as determined as ever to return to the court. I appreciate the support of the Trail Blazers and our fans and that they continue to stand behind me."

Greg Oden's NBA career has basically been one big setback and this is just another in the long line of them.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:23 pm

Sixers re-sign Thaddeus Young

By Matt Moore  

You can't blame the Sixers, they got their guy. The Sixers have been making noise about intending to match any offer for forward Thaddeus Young in restricted free agency, and instead of letting it get to that point, the Sixers signed Young on Friday to a five-year, $43 million deal, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

And it's a steal.

Young blossomed under coach Doug Collins. Last season he pulled in 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per 36 minutes, which is a terrific rate for a bench combo forward. His stellar 18.4 PER is a reflection of his increased efficiency on the floor, and his career high 54 percent field goal percentage was as much a reflection of his move away from perimeter play to attacking the rim as anything. In short, a player who once very strongly considered himself a small forward has evolved into a true combo forward. 

The only question is, what are the Sixers really planning on with this signing? They currently have Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Craig Brackins, Elton Brand, and Marreese Speights at forward. It's not that Young will have a hard time getting minutes. He won't. It's that the Sixers have made a significant committment to a number of players at forward and have yet to set out a plan for how to build a team around them. Maybe the answer is for Young to become a true (undersized) power forward alongside Iguodala and Turner. Perhaps they just love the production off the bench. But it's an $8 million per year investment for a team that still seems to be struggling with its identity.

Young needs improvement but at least has the years ahead of him to work into it. His rebounding isn't stellar but it's quality for his position. He's the quintessential combo forward, but that comes with a price, especially when you lack range as Young does. He shot 33 percent from 10-15 feet and 34 percent from mid-range last season. If Young's going to be a stretch four, he's going to have to improve. The Sixers giving him this deal with their current roster situation means he's going to have to develop them sooner rather than later. 

Again, there's no way to fault them for the deal. Young is 23 and on potential alone would warrant that kind of deal on the open market. The question is not whether it was a good signing. The question is what the signing means.  
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 3:00 pm

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

By Matt Moore  

The Knicks have their man, and it's not CP3. Even after talks broke down in a deal that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers, leaving open the possibility of the point guard joining the team he toasted in 2010, the Knicks have agreed to a deal with center Tyson Chandler. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported Thursday that the Knicks had moved to the front of the line for the 29-year-old veteran who was a key component in the Dallas Mavericks' championship run. 

Chandler joined a Dallas radio station Friday to announce he would sign with New York and thank fans and the Mavericks organization. Dallas is clearly pushing to clear cap space in advance of 2012's free agency class, which seems to be narrowing every second, with both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard heavily involved in trade rumors that would put them on teams they would then re-sign with in July. 

The New York Times reports his asking price was a four-year, $58 million deal, which puts him at an average of $14.5 million per year. Compared to the ridiculous amount the New Jersey Nets are reportedly offering Nene, that makes Chandler a steal. It's a big win for the Knicks, who need a better interior defender and legitimate center. There are injury concerns with Chandler along with his age, but in a league that's short on big men, and for a team so despereately in need of defense and rebounding, this was a spectacular fit. 

Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony now make up arguably the best three-man frontcourt in the league. With Melo's perimeter range, Stoudemire's post and elbow offense, and Chandler's ability to clean up the offensive glass, the Knicks will be in a prime position to contend for the Eastern Conference Finals at the very least. To get this deal done, however, Chauncey Billups will be amnestied, something Billups is dead set against, and the Knicks will have to find some way to bring in a competent starting point guard. Toney Douglas hasn shown flashes but not enough overall, and rookie Iman Shumpert is an unknown at this point, playing under Mike D'Antoni who's not the rookie-friendliest coach in the league.

But Chandler does address immediate concerns, and helps out Stoudemire immensely. Stoudemire is a poor help defender, and Chander is excellent at that. Stoudemire lacks the length and size to play center, Chandler is a pure five. Stoudemire struggles with double-teams in traffic, Chandler can finish off dum-offs. And Stoudemire is an attrocious rebounder and Chandler is of high caliber. 

The Knicks have a big man, a true 5. They may not get Chris Paul, but they're going to be a better team in 2011-2012. 

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