Tag:2011 Free Agency
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:29 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Whether it be their magical trainers or just because he wants to return, Grant Hill will stay with the Phoenix Suns with a one-year, $6.5 million deal, according to the Arizona Republic.
The Knicks struck out on Hill as they were rumored to have Hill "leaning" their way. But maybe it was those trainers that have extended Hill's career or the fact he loves playing with Steve Nash, he decided to stay put.
This is obviously important for Phoenix who desperately needs Hill's leadership and toughness. He's quietly had a couple really solid seasons, while staying healthy which has always been his issue.
But it's one more year for Hill and then another go-around next season. I must say, $6.5 million is quite a bit for a 39-year-old, but Hill's proven to be able to handle things at his advanced age. No reason to think he won't be ready again.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 8:36 pm
Posted by EOB Staff
Friday, December 9, 2011On 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.
8:35 p.m. ET
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:18 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The Milwaukee Bucks will sign Mike Dunleavy to a two-year, $7.5 million deal Friday, according to Yahoo! Sports. Dunleavy will take up a portion of the Bucks mid-level exception with the deal.
Here's the thing: It's easy to look at this deal and say, "What, $7.5 million for Dunleavy?" because a) that's the figure for the deal and b) because right now we're all assuming that every player is grossly being overpaid.
But the Bucks got themselves a nice outside shooter for a little more than $3 million a year. Sometimes, it comes down to what your need is and what the fit is. The Bucks need more scoring. They have needed that for a couple years now. Not that Dunleavy is a scoring machine, but he is someone that gives a bit of punch.
He averaged 11.2 points per game off the Pacer bench last season and is a guy that in 2007-08 averaged nearly 20 points a game. He's a few injuries past that time now, but the point is, he's not a bad player.
And look at what Milwaukee has at the 2 and 3 spots: Stephen Jackson is the starter at small forward with Carlos Delfino behind him and Keyon Dooling is starting at the 2. You're going to tell me they didn't need a little help?
There were better options on the market, sure. Caron Butler? Yeah, but he just signed for $8 million a year. Milwaukee wasn't going there. Richard Jefferson? He's going to want at least the full mid-level. Probably likewise for Vince Carter. So in terms of value, the Bucks tried to land a good player for a good dollar amount. And they see that as Mike Dunleavy. Not bad, not great. Kind of like the Milwaukee Bucks in general.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:10 pm
By Matt Moore
Two days ago the Clippers were considered a potential front-runner in the race for Chris Paul. Thursday, they completed the most Clipper-esque move they could make. David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Clippers have signed the 31-year-old, coming-off-knee-surgery Caron Butler to a three-year, $24 million deal.
Yup, still the Clippers.
Butler has toned down some of his worst temperments in recent years. He's a little easier on the trigger finger, works hard in a defensive scheme, has veteran experience and was a difference maker on the Mavs last season before he went down with knee surgery. Unfortunately, he's 31, and he went down with knee surgery.
The offers on the table for Butler as of Wednesday included the $5 million Mid-Level Exception from either the Spurs or Bulls, to be a competent role player on a championship contender, or $7 million to go to either the Nets or Clippers.
The Clippers went one million dollars above that to make sure they got Butler. Alongside Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin, Butler will be one of the veteran linchpins for a team that needed to improve on both ends of the floor.
In unrelated news, the NBA Board of Governors was expected to vote to approve the new CBA deal which they agreed to with the NBPA (also voting Thursday) after a five-month lockout in an effort by owners to control wasteful spending.
Wocka wocka wocka.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:51 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The ball is in Tyson Chandler's court. Or at least the contract is. Well not in his court, but more like his hand. You get what I mean. I think.
Here's the point: The Warriors have officially offered Chandler a contract, according to CSN Bay Area.
It's a complicated move to get Chandler though. First, the Warriors need to amnesty Andris Biedrins who is still owed $27 million over three years. That is a whole lot of money to be paying for nothing, along with the new deal you're giving Chandler. I guess new owner Joe Lacob is serious about doing what it takes.
Chandler is 29 and has had a number of injuries bite him. He averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game last season and was of course a major part of helping the Mavericks win a title.
And with the Chris Paul trade talk swirling around and the Warriors involved, there's some thinking that Paul would love to play with Chandler again. If that's the case, then the Warriors offering Chandler a deal could be a trump card in what Paul decides to to after this season.
The Warriors have been wanting to make a change in style and structure under the new ownership and new coaching staff led by Mark Jackson. Chandler would be a major step in that direction.
The question is -- is the offer good enough? Four years and $60 million is a major offer and it's hard to see Chandler getting that from anyone else. There are other interested parties like the Nets and Mavs, but it's hard to see either going higher than that. The Mavericks have some shuffling to do if they want to keep Chandler and while the Nets are ready to spend, Nene seems to be a better fit for them.
So really, it comes down to what the Mavericks are willing to do. And whether or not Chandler is willing to give them a hometown defending champions discount.
Chandler has already said he thinks he'll be on a new team by training camp and while that could be posturing, that also could be reality if he decides to put his name on the Warriors' offer.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 12:00 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Greg Oden will be staying with the Portland Trail Blazers for at least one more season, his agent told the Oregonian.
Oden will be signing a one-year, $8.9 million qualifying offer with the Blazers that would then make him an unrestricted free agent in 2012. The Blazers made that offer already before the lockout was installed.
There was some thinking that Oden might prefer a fresh start as he's had so many problems in Portland. Some buzz popped up recently about him looking at the Pacers, which are near his hometown.
But he probably wouldn't get anything near the $8.9 million he's getting with the qualifying offer. And he also has the opportunity to play for a bigger deal next season.
Oden has appeared in just 82 games since being taken No. 1 overall by Portland in the 2007 draft. He missed last season after having microfracture surgery in November. And that was after he had a kneecap injury in Dec. of 2009 that forced him to miss the rest of that season. So it's been a while since Oden has been on the basketball court.
Before that injury, Oden was playing pretty well in what was his second season averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Right now, the expectation is that Oden will return to the floor in January.
Waiting until 2012 is probably the wise thing for Oden to do. The $8.9 million is more than he'd likely get in free agency -- especially from the Heat -- and he could use 55 or so games to prove his health this season. If Oden can finally get back to full strength and play as the enforcer he did for that small part of 2009, he could be a player that would require a decent payday.
But as it's been since he was drafted with the top pick in 2007, Oden has to be healthy. Unless that happens, the $8.9 million this season might be the biggest check he'll see for the rest of his career.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 10:39 am
By Matt Moore
No "sources say." No "person close to the situation." Just a simple, direct message. Shane Battier announced where he'll be playing in 2011-2012 as a free agent on Twitter, in just one tweet.
"Let's Go Heat!!!!!" , Battier tweeted Thursday morning, a good 28 hours before the official time teams can announce signings. Battier also said that it came down to a "winning role" for his decision. He then quoted Jimmy Buffet, officially making him the most non-NBA-player NBA player ever.
SI.com reports Battier will make the full-taxpayer-MLE for Miami, a 3-year deal wtarting at $3 million which is a pretty nice price for Battier in this market, even at age 33.
Battier fills a need for the Heat perfectly. A capable outside shooter with excellente defensive abilities, Battier can catch and shoot off the drive-and-kicks LeBron James and Dwyane Wade love so much, and can take the tougher defensive assignments, allowing James and Wade to focus on the offensive end and to roam for blocks and steals. He frees them up to improvise defensively instead of having to stick their assignments. Battier's a crafty veteran who has been apart of long winning stretches, helping the Rockets to a 22-game winning streak four years ago and the Grizzlies to a playoff run to the second round last season, including hitting the game-winner for their first ever franchise win.
Now he's taking his no-stats All-Star talent to South Beach. This is probably not what the owners had in mind when they set out to ensure competitive balance.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:52 pm
Posted by EOB Staff
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.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 205:44 p.m.