What The Chuck? Dan Gilbert, Isiah Thomas & The Toronto Raptors

The team to beat?

One things is for sure…this NBA off-season certainly hasn’t been dull.

The Summer Of 2010 has been so eventful that even Jesse Jackson has decided to jump into the fray.  While it’s very likely that The Reverend only inserted himself into the story to get a little publicity and/or deflect the firestorm of criticism away from LeBron James, the damage has been done.  Now Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert will reportedly be issuing a formal apology to James later this week.  Yeesh.

As preposterous as Jackson’s comments were, something even more preposterous happened over the weekend:  Donnie Walsh acknowledged that Isiah Thomas might be returning as the GM of the New York Knicks.  I’m not even kidding.  Here is a link if you don’t believe me.

In other news, ridiculous contracts continue to be bestowed upon marginal, average and slightly above average NBA players.  Although I like all four of these guys, here are the worst of the worst:

Joe Johnson:  6-years and $123.7 million

Travis Outlaw:  5-years and $35 million

Amir Johnson:  5-years and $34 million

Wesley Matthews: 5-years and $34 million (offer sheet that can be matched by Utah)

The New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers also appear to be engaged in a cat-and-mouse game of seeing which moribund franchise can sign the most 2nd-tier players in one free agency period.  Although it’s very close, right now I’m giving a slight edge to the Clippers because of the Brian Cook acquisition.  Somehow, the soft 6’9″ three-point shooting Cook convinced the Clippers to give him a two-year deal even though his only other serious offer came from a team in the WCPBL.

Although the Miami Heat appear to be the obvious winners this off-season, a number of teams might not be too far behind.  In fact, one of those teams is currently in the midst of a complete overhaul of their roster.

If Tyson Chandler, Boris Diaw and Leandro Barbosa (along with Linas Kleiza) arrive north of the border the hard-luck Toronto Raptors could emerge as the the most improved team in the league.  If not, at the very least, they will be a much more entertaining team to watch this season.

A couple days ago a new poll was posted on the right sidebar asking which NBA team has had the best off-season.  Please take a few seconds to cast your vote and  leave a comment if a team was inadvertently omitted.

Sorry Clippers fans…no matter how much you beg I’m not going to add the Clips as a possible choice.  Although Ryan Gomes, Randy Foye and the aforementioned Brian Cook may never read Sir Charles In Charge again, I’m just going to have to put my foot down.

In addition to being a featured blogger for SCIC, Drew’s opinions and musings can also be found at Shawn Kemp’s Kids


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