NBA Free Agency
With most of the big names off the board, the free agent news has slowed down. LeBron James‘ return to Cleveland stole all of the headlines while Carmelo Anthony re-signed with New York and Chris Bosh stayed loyal to the Heat. There have been other minor moves that went down over the past few days since the news feed simmered.
The Washington Wizards made a few moves to bolster their front line. Along with signing Paul Pierce, they brought in former Boston Celtic, Kris Humphries and former Dallas Maverick, DeJuan Blair. They were both acquired via sign-and-trade. For Humpries, they signed him to a three-year, $13 million deal and traded a future second-round pick in the deal for his services. For Blair, they signed him to a three-year, $6 million deal with a team option for the final year. They sent the rights to Emir Preldzic, a 2009 second-round pick who will likely never play in the NBA.
The Clippers re-signed forward Glen Davis, to a one-year, minimum salary deal. Davis will provide production off the bench at an extremely cheap price for Doc Rivers and company. As you read this, enjoy a video of “Big Baby” Davis crying.
The Lakers and Ed Davis agreed on a two year, $2 million deal. This is an interesting one, as it is a low risk move for Mitch Kupchak to find production at the power forward spot in case Julius Randle cannot handle the load yet. He can also play center in smaller lineups as well.
The Pacers and guard Rodney Stuckey, agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum. Stuckey was once seen as the heir apparent to former Pistons’ great, Chauncey Billups. However, after a few strong seasons and a sizable contract, his production began to fall off. He only started five games this season because of last year’s acquisition of guard Brandon Jennings. He’ll look to replace the scoring production and ball-handling skills of the recently departed Lance Stephenson.
There are still some decent free agent targets left out there, but no one who will be franchise altering. The trade market seems to be where most of the rumors will be coming from with the recent news from the Cleveland Cavaliers today. Stay tuned.