Signing Day: Free-Agent Moves And Trades Around The NBA Become Official



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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Somebody has to go first.

Who is it going to be?

It’s only fitting that the first “official” transaction of the free agent summer of 2013 be Dwight Howard putting his John Hancock on that four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets. Or maybe it will be Chris Paul finally signing the five-year, $107 million deal he agreed to last week with the Los Angeles Clippers. Josh Smith putting pent to paper on that four-year, $56 million deal with the Detroit Pistons is a candidate as well, though, sometime Wednesday afternoon is more likely for that.

Those are the three biggest deals, to date, of the summer of 2013. And any one of them could be the first one to become official now that the league’s moratorium on free agent signings and trades has been lifted, as of 12:01 a.m ET.

But the guessing game is over for many of the players who have been waiting on this day. The salary cap figures for the 2013-14 season are set. And we’ll make sure you are updated on the latest, as these deals — which also includes that blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from Boston to Brooklyn — get the league’s official stamp of approval. (And, as our always-astute John Schuhmann points out, the KG/Pierce mega-deal likely won’t be consummated until Friday because little-used Nets forward Kris Joseph was signed on April 12 and can’t be traded for 3 months per CBA rules).

Keep checking back here all day Wednesday as deals start becoming official …

11:46 p.m. ET

REPORT: BUCKS READYING OFFER SHEET FOR HAWKS’ TEAGUE

Might there be an end in sight to the point guard drama involving the Milwaukee Bucks and Hawks restricted free agent Jeff Teague? There could be as the first 24 hours of signing day comes to an end. (You knew we were going to finish up the first day with a little drama, what with so much of the “official” business still being sorted out.)

While this is hardly a done deal, what with all of the confusing signals that have gone back and forth about potential swapping of restricted free agent point guards Teague and Brandon Jennings, as well as unrestricted free agent guard Monta Ellis, the Bucks are reportedly set to scramble all those other plans and present Teague with a four-year, $32 million-plus offer sheet.

If Teague does indeed sign an offer sheet from the Bucks, the Hawks would have three days to either match the offer or watch him head to Milwaukee and play for his former coach with the Hawks, Larry Drew.

8:49 p.m. ET

BYNUM TO THE CAVALIERS 

Andrew Bynum wasn’t about to be left out of the free agent big man parade, not with a two-year offer on the table from the Cleveland Cavaliers. With only $6 million of the incentive-filled deal guaranteed the Cavaliers, Bynum had to take advantage of the opportunity that isn’t nearly as risky as it appeared to be Tuesday, when ESPN.com first reported that he was considering the Cavaliers’ offer. TNT’s David Aldridge provides some details and perspective:

Bynum agreed Wednesday to sign with the Cavaliers on a two-year deal worth $24 million. But that $24 million, really, is just $6 million in guaranteed money for next season. The other half of Bynum’s salary next season would come if he reaches certain incentives. The Cavaliers have a club option for the second and final year of the deal.

The deal is a small gamble for the Cavs, who continue to rebuild their team in an orderly manner. They had already added first overall Draft pick Anthony Bennett, former Warriors combo guard Jarrett Jack and ex-Laker big man Earl Clark since June to a core that includes guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, forward Tristan Thompson and centers Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller.

Now they add Bynum, whose abilities when healthy are unquestioned. The 25-year-old center averaged 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in 2011-12 with the Lakers, his final season in L.A., and looked to be one of the game’s best young big men.

But knee injuries have plagued Bynum throughout his career, and kept him from logging a single game with the Philadelphia 76ers last season after being part of the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard from the Magic to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala from the Sixers to the Nuggets and several young players and Draft picks to the Orlando Magic.

Bynum, according to sources, is still not able to participate in full-court drills. But the Cavs don’t need Bynum next season. They have the veteran Varejao, recovering from a blood clot that ended his season last January, and Zeller, the second-year center from North Carolina.

So many of the Cavaliers’ main players are in the process of trying to recover from injuries that it’s difficult to identify exactly who or what they might be come training camp. But there is no denying they are a talented bunch with the potential to compete for a playoff spot, provided the key members of their core group get healthy in time for the start of the 2013-14 season and stay that way for as long as possible.

Toss in Bynum at anything close to his best, and the chances of them making some playoff noise go up dramatically.

6:37 p.m. ET

REVISED NUMBERS ON SMITH DEAL WITH PISTONS …

Josh Smith signed a four-year, $54 million deal with the Pistons and not the $56 million figure previously reported here and elsewhere, a source with knowledge of the deal has confirmed to NBA.com.

The dollar amount, however, was only part of what sold Smith on the Pistons, who have already put him front and center on the team’s website. The other was a convincing sales pitch from Hall of Famer and Pistons boss Joe Dumars.

“When I first met with Joe, he had me sold from the word ‘go,’ ” Smith said during his introductory presser Wednesday afternoon. “This is an organization that is a successful organization. I’ve always wanted to be part of a good organization that has a lot of die-hard fans.”

4:12 p.m. ET

CLIPPERS PRESENT FAMILIAR AND FRESH FACES

Everything the Clippers do these days seems to be big-time, and that includes introducing all of the players they signed and/or traded for this summer. And that includes Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, Jared DudleyRyan Hollins, CP3 and J.J. Redick flanking Doc Rivers and the rest of the Clippers’ brain trust:

3:33 p.m. ET

BOBCATS AMNESTY THOMAS

Tyrus Thomas will not be a part of whatever the Charlotte Bobcats do this season or beyond. They have requested waivers on the seven-year veteran and plan on using the one-time amnesty provision on him. That allows the Bobcats to wave him and not have his salary count against their salary cap or luxury tax figures.

2:46 p.m. ET

PACERS KEEP WEST IN THE FOLD
Perhaps no player over the last two seasons has done more to help a team’s on-court and locker room culture than the Pacers’ David West. Since he came aboard before the 2011-12 season, Indiana has returned to its glory days of the mid-1990s with long playoff runs, Central Division relevancy and legitimate contender status in the East.

West got a reported deal from the Pacers early in free agency as he was one of, if not their primary, target. Pacers.com has details on the move, which keeps West with Indiana as it tries to make a run to The Finals:

The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday they have re-signed veteran free agent and two-time NBA All-Star David West to a contract. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released.

West, 6-9, 240 lbs, is a 10-year veteran who has played the last two seasons with the Pacers, averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 139 games. Prior to his time with the Pacers, West had played his entire NBA career with the New Orleans Hornets. He has career averages of 16.1 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game.

“We said when the season ended, bringing David back was our No. 1 priority and we are very pleased to have him back,” said Larry Bird, Pacers President of Basketball Operations. “He is a leader, he is a professional, he is a great competitor and he is the type of player and person you want on your team if you hope to be successful.”

West played in two All-Star games in 2008 and ’09. Those two seasons, he averaged 20.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg and 21 ppg and 8.5 rpg, respectively.

“You can watch David play and appreciate him, but to coach him and see what he brings to our team on a daily basis really enhances that appreciation,” said Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel. “There aren’t many players like him in the NBA and to have him back on our team is very important for what we hope to accomplish.”

2:33 p.m. ET

LAKERS RE-SIGN FREE-AGENT CENTER (SORRY, IT’S NOT DWIGHT)
Sorry to get your hopes up there, Lakers fans, but Dwight Howard still is Houston-bound. But, at least Lakers fans will get to enjoy the sideline antics and celebrations of backup center Robert Sacre for another season! Lakers.com has more on the return of the towel-waving big man:

The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed Robert Sacre, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Sacre, a 7-foot center out of Gonzaga University, was selected by the Lakers in the second round (60th overall) of the 2012 NBA draft. In 32 games (three starts) with the Lakers last season, he averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.3 minutes. Sacre also spent time with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development league during his rookie campaign, appearing in eight games and posting averages of 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.33 blocks in 32.8 minutes.

At Gonzaga, Sacre finished his career with the Bulldogs ranked second in school history with 186 blocked shots while averaging 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.38 blocks in 135 games. As a senior, Sacre was named the 2012 WCC Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-WCC First-Team honoree while averaging 11.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.42 blocks in 26.3 minutes.

1:44 p.m. ET

JEFFERSON HEADS EAST, JOINS BOBCATS
Al Jefferson spent his first three seasons with the Celtics before being the lynchpin (for Minnesota, at least) in the deal that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston. After three seasons with the Wolves and the last four with the Jazz, Jefferson is going back to the Eastern Conference on the heels of him signing a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats.

It’s a move that surprised many in the early stages of the offseason given the reported amount Charlotte would pay Jefferson and how it might help reverse the fortunes of a franchise that has often been stuck in hard times. Jefferson joins a youthful frontcourt that features Bismack Biyombo and some veteran bigs (such as Brendan Haywood):

Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed free agent center Al Jefferson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are ecstatic to add Al to our roster,” Higgins said. “He gives us a low post presence that we have not had on our roster and brings a skill set that does not become available very often. He is a veteran leader who helps his teammates get better, but at the same time he is only 28 years old so he can be part of the core of this franchise for several years to come.”

The 15th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, the 6-10 Jefferson has played in 628 games for the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz during his nine-year career. He has career averages of 16.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks in 30.6 minutes, while shooting .500 from the field.

Jefferson is one of only two players in the NBA to have averaged at least 17.0 points and at least 9.0 rebounds in each of the last six seasons, joining Dwight Howard in doing so. No other player has posted those averages in more than four of the last six campaigns.

1:37 p.m. ET

WIZARDS ADD MAYNOR, RE-SIGN TEMPLEIn our breakdown of teams most likely to crack the playoff party next season, the Washington Wizards were our surprise pick to be postseason bound (with the No. 6 seed, no less!). Part of that comes with the assumption that John Wall plays a full season — a hope that will be helped immensely by Washington’s signing of capable backup Eric Maynor.

Maynor made his name as Russell Westbrook‘s backup for 2 1/2 seasons before getting injured and losing his job to Reggie Jackson. The Thunder moved Maynor at the trade deadline last season to Portland, where he again was a solid backup, this time to Rookie of the Year winner Damian Lillard. The Wizards have more on the addition of Maynor on a day where they also re-signed defensive stopper Garrett Temple:

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guard Eric Maynor. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

“Eric is a solid player who has thrived playing behind some of the league’s best point guards,” said Grunfeld. “He will bring stability and experience in that role and add leadership and character off the floor.”

Maynor averaged 4.5 points and 2.8 assists in 64 overall games with Oklahoma City and Portland last season, including 6.9 points and 4.0 assists in 27 game after being traded to the Trail Blazers.

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has re-signed guard Garrett Temple. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

“Garrett was a good addition to our backcourt rotation last season and we are happy to have him back to give us depth at both guard positions,” said Grunfeld. “His defensive ability, toughness and team-first attitude make him an excellent fit in our system and provide a great example of the culture we are building.”

1:14 p.m. ET

PISTONS SIGN VERSATILE SMITH
This isn’t a big surprise to anyone — particularly after the Atlanta Hawks announced the signing of Paul Millsap two hours earlier — but Josh Smith is officially a member of the Pistons. Smith leaves behind the only NBA team he’s ever known (as well as his hometown of Atlanta) to venture off to the Motor City to play along side young big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Josh Smith to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We’re pleased to welcome Josh Smith to the Pistons organization,” Dumars said. “Josh is a two-way player and we look forward to blending his talents with our young core.”

12:08 p.m. ET

KNICKS, RAPTORS COMPLETE SWAP
As our own John Schuhmann pointed out a few weeks ago, the Raptors’ proposed trade that would send Andrea Bargnani (and his large contract) to New York proved that no player is untradeable. That is apparently true as the Knicks and Raptors officially signed off on the deal that breaks down as follows:

New York receives Bargnani while the Raptors get Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, Steve Novak, a 2016 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2014 and 2017.

11:48 a.m. ET

TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN WRIGHT
Portland owner Paul Allen took to Twitter to announce the signing of Dorell Wright and rookie Allen Crabbe, not to mention the completion of the trade that will bring second-year power forward Thomas Robinson to the Pacific Northwest.

It’s been an interesting offseason, so far, for the Trail Blazers, as they attempt to escape from the Western Conference cellar and move back into the playoff mix. It remains to be seen if their offseason moves will produce the kind of results they desire.

11:23 a.m. ET

HAWKS PICK UP MILLSAP
According to Hawks GM Danny Ferry, ex-Jazz forward Paul Millsap “got the call at 12:01 (a.m. on July 1)” to gauge his interest in coming to the team. Millsap, who was born in Monroe, La., and went to Louisiana Tech, is back in the South again after signing his contract with the Hawks on Wednesday morning.

Millsap, 28, averaged 14.6 points on .490 shooting, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 30.4 minutes per game in 78 starts with the Jazz last season. He is expected to help fill the void in the lineup by Josh Smith, who is reportedly headed to the Detroit Pistons. The Hawks have more in a team release:

The Atlanta Hawks have signed forward Paul Millsap, President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry announced today. Per club policy, terms were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-8, 253-pound forward has career averages of 12.4 points on .516 shooting, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 27.4 minutes per game in 540 games (265 starts) and has recorded 107 double-doubles. A native of Louisiana, Millsap played collegiately at Louisiana Tech where he became the only player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounding in three consecutive seasons.

“Paul was one of our top priorities entering the free agency process and we believe he is a great fit with the team and culture that we are trying to build,” Ferry said. “He is a high-character individual and his toughness, high basketball IQ, and selflessness will add to our locker room and give us versatility on the court.”

10:30 a.m. ET

KNICKS RE-SIGN PRIGIONI
Pablo Prigioni made a lasting impression on New York as a 36-year-old rookie with his passing skills and playmaking. While he was mostly a reserve for New York in his first season, Prigioni moved into the starting lineup down the stretch and the Knicks took off, going 16-2 with Prigioni among the first five.

That productivity helped lead the Knicks to re-sign the point guard to a deal, the terms of which were undisclosed by the team. The team released the following statement Wednesday morning:

New York Knickerbockers Executive Vice President and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has re-signed guard Pablo Prigioni to a contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Prigioni, 6-3, 185-pounds, was the first Argentine-born player in Knicks history and made his NBA debut at age 35 after signing as a free agent on Jul. 24, 2012. He averaged 3.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds over 16.2 minutes in 78 games (18 starts) this past season and was inserted into the Knicks starting lineup on Mar. 18 to help lead the team to the franchise’s third-longest winning streak of 13. In 11 postseason games (10 starts), Prigioni averaged 4.5 points, 3.2 assists and 1.27 steals over 20.9 minutes.

“We are very excited to have Pablo back in a Knicks uniform. He is one of our catalysts on both the offensive and defensive end,” Grunwald said. “His tenacity, leadership and experience played an integral role in our team’s success down the stretch, and into the postseason.”

1:08 a.m. ET

BULLS CONFIRM DUNLEAVY DEAL
The Bulls add some depth to a bench crew that did a lot of heavy lifting last season by confirming the signing of veteran swingman Mike Dunleavy. The 11-year pro has become a vital reserve throughout his career, which has included stops with the Warriors, Pacers, Bucks and now, Bulls. As our own John Schuhmann pointed out yesterday, Chicago should be getting a lot of 3-point bang for the buck as Dunleavy is a significant upgrade in the shooting department.

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12:20 a.m. ET

PAUL WASTES NO TIME RE-SIGNING
And the first man to put pen to paper is … CP3 (with Lil’ Chris keeping a watchful eye over the proceedings)! According to the Clippers’ web site, Paul inked his deal almost immediately once 12:01 a.m. ET (9:01 L.A.-time) passed and will be sticking with the Clippers through the 2017-18 season.

104 Comments

  1. […] Bobcats land big man Jefferson | Jefferson explains his decision process […]

  2. thisamateurguy says:

    yeah i’m sorry and that’s only my opinion, not a troll, but i really don’t believe 1 second in the clippers ability to do something revelant in playoffs. doc rivers will bring a new benefic warrior state of mind but still, excepted chris paul, keys players are STRONGLY limited.
    i see them like an eternal first round/semis guardians, no way a title contender.

  3. harry says:

    Good day every one

    ” i just to ask what is the update rostar for the bulls” no upadate in ther site”

  4. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    How can the Lakers sign more players? Going after Chris Kaman which will add more millions to their team payroll. They’re already over 80 million payroll — well over the salary cap of last season or this season or next season, etc.

    They must be cooking the books. They’re not even good enough to be hosted on Fox Sports Network anymore. They’re hosted on some low-end TV station now. Ha!

    They had no chance to re-sign Howard anyway — it would ballon their payroll over 100 Million. Not worth it considering they’re not a playoff team anymore. But they still tried to retain Howard. Hah! Hah!

  5. Stefan says:

    The clippers are gonna be NASTY!

  6. Figures you have no news from Orlando Magic at all.

  7. caloyski says:

    GOOD LUCK CAVS– HOPE YOU RECOUP EVEN JUST 50% 0F YOUR INVESTMENT ON A VERY PICKY PLAYER– ATTITUDE OF BYNUM IS QUESTIONABLE

  8. sirsparhawk says:

    D

  9. NyK says:

    I guess the Cavs aren’t looking at Oden anymore? Anyone else hear he is looking good in his workouts? Hope the big man gets a second shot.

  10. Unkle Daddy says:

    I must say most of the signings and trades make sense, but Josh Smith to Detroit… He wanted to win, ok I get that totally, but you’re leaving a playoff team that looks to get Ellis and Jennings and has room and cap space for him and Milsap. Jennings, Ellis, Smith, Milsap and Horford, that’s as solid a starting five as you could ask for. Plus, Lou and Ivan off the bench. You will now be a forgettable player on a forgettable team, so long sir. O’ what could have been.

  11. Larrylaker says:

    Bye bye (cry) baby dwight

  12. nun ya binez says:

    heats for life…they are the best no matter wat u all say…they have proven dey will fight to win and do wat it takes…and lbj has proven to b the 2nd best player to enter nba behind mj

  13. @Erlo says:

    “Too bad none of this matters. Heat over Thunder 4-1 in the NBA finals in 2014. Heard.” You wish Thunder won’t make it to Western Conference finals that team would be lucky to make it to conference finals.

    They lost a lot of depth even prior to Westbrook’s recent injury which is a concern on it’s own when Harden is better then Westbrook he’s the “current” present tense best SG in the league and even season before last arguably was.

    As a long time Wade fan I concede that Harden seems to be the real deal in terms of pure skill. Hopefully Harden enters and wins skills challenge competition at all stars break this year to make the exclamation point to OKC that Westbrook couldn’t win it, but he could and that Harden is only the second SG player ever to win it.

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      That’s your opinion, and that’s fine.

      KD and Russ — still the best 1-2 combination in the NBA.

      You could argue Lebron and Wade … but they’re not anymore.

      If healthy, Thunder will make it back to the Finals. They may have the upper-hand this time against the Heat because the Heat are getting beat-up and ragged out — they will begin to depreciate.

  14. East Side says:

    Eastern Conference is weak a hell this up coming season compared to the Western Conference. It’s been weak the past several years, but this year it’s even more glaringly so.

    I wish NBA they’d handle the playoffs match ups like the draft lottery, but winning record giving better odds. Moving forward that would be a good change to make and one where teams can’t purpose tank or compete against opponents to gain a respective edge on playoffs placement matchups.

  15. Jay Bram says:

    The Rockets will be solid. SORT OF reminds me of a Shaq and Kobe team. BUCKS WILL WIN THE FINALS THOUGH!!!!!

  16. TTKIN says:

    Anyone thinking there’s still a chance HOward can change his mind? Like he hasnt done this before haha.

  17. Erlo says:

    Too bad none of this matters. Heat over Thunder 4-1 in the NBA finals in 2014. Heard.

  18. Lee says:

    SEEMS LIKE THE LAKERS ARE STILL IN GOOD SHAPE AT CENTER POSITION. GLAD DWIGHTMARE OVER. EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE YOU FIND A PLAYER THAT LOOK GREAT ON PAPER, BUT AT SAME TIME WEEK MINDED CAN NOT HANDLE PRESSURE WHENS EXPECTATIONS GO UP. (DWIGHT)

  19. James says:

    Clippers need to upgrade DeAndre Jordan before they can contend for a title.

  20. standard says:

    buy themselves? 16 champioships?
    really?
    i would spect you to be saying that about the heat.
    but the lakers? shaq Kobe and gasol?

  21. CODE NAME: AMSTERDAM says:

    Western Conference gets interesting this coming season…….

  22. CLIPS RUN LA says:

    I thank David Stern every day for putting the veto on the CP3 trade

  23. Dave says:

    Atlanta fans, you have a quality guy in Paul Millsap. He has been solid in Utah on the court, in the locker room and throughout the community. Jazz management decided to blow up the team and rebuild for a couple of years and you have someone now who may not be a star, but is not going to disappoint. I wish him the best of luck and a long career, which is more than I’ve been able to say for some of the other players who have left the team over the last several years.

  24. bo says:

    looks like cliff paul signed with clippers. is chris paul still a fa?

  25. the hidden truth says:

    Has anyone noticed that every superstar in the NBA makes more money than Kobe

    • Poetryselite says:

      It appears that you may have erred. If I’m not mistaken, Kobe is due over $30 million this season, which I believe places him at the top of the highest paid list. The only problem is that he’s gonna miss at least a month to a month and a half of the season rehabbing from the Achilles Tendon injury. We’ll see what’s in store for those Lakers because Kobe will be on a mission.

      • bo says:

        he might be talking about endorsement deals. not seen kobe on very many endorsement deal. I think they usually make more than a year salary on some endorsement deals.

    • No Truth says:

      Excuse me. Kobe made 27.8 million this year. He made more than the rest of the Lakers combined. That’s why the Lakers will be mediocre until his ridiculous contract is up. Nobody made more than Kobe on the court this year. Where are you getting this from? Kobe has multi-millions and sued his mother over high school trophies and then tweeted about her. That dude has an excellent game and some serious issues! But being underpaid isn’t one of them!

    • ludachrisgsx says:

      Kobe is the highest paid player in the NBA.

  26. rrtheo says:

    dwight howardfor me is great for putting to shame ht lakers organization who were able to buy themselves to 16 championships. Good work D12. this from a celtics fan.

  27. Kenny says:

    Dwight Coward will bow out in Houston too! He lacks consistency and a jumpshot. If Hakeem and Mchale can fix that. They have a chance. Sorry and Melo, With the squad you guys have, I don’t see you getting a ring no time soon if ever. May not even reach the finals.

  28. plaer2slyzk says:

    Good things come to those who wait san Diego clippers

  29. Rajiv Radia says:

    As a Laker fan it pains me to see Paul signing with the Clippers…who knows what could have been if Stern had not vetoed that trade. I don’t see how he allowed the trade to the Clippers (who have more young talent than the Lakers) and did not allow him to go to the Lakers. In any case I like what the Lakers are doing by signing Kaman and Farmar to one year deals. They are definitely not a Championship contender but still will be a formidable opponent and a threat in the West as long as they stay healthy. I wrote up an article about why teams like the Lakers will no longer be willing to exceed the salary cap with the new tax going into effect after this season: http://wp.me/p2wecE-a2

    • James says:

      Stern didn’t want to burden New Orleans with Gasol and Odom’s over inflated contracts. Taking Kaman and Gordon was way less money for the Hornets. At the time Gasol was higher paid than CP3, so the Hornets would actually have been taking on more salary instead of shedding it. This was not some conspiracy against the Lakers, it was simply economics and good business sense. Considering the NBA was seeking ownership for the Hornets, high paying bad contracts would not have been appealing to potential purchasers of the franchise. Gasol is a fine player, but most teams / owners would not feel like paying him 19 million.

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      I looked at your article, and it clarifies NOTHING.

      No one seemingly has the guts to call out the Lakers for being able to go over 100 Million payroll anytime they feel like it.

      HOW CAN THEY AFFORD TO DO THAT?

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      Plus, even without Howard, they still have luxury taxes. They’re well over the salary cap.

  30. flying rajin says:

    houston astros

  31. CP says:

    Teams need to sign Biedrins. Best center outh there!

  32. Mr Pierce says:

    Let’s Go J Smooth & Detroit let’s at lease make tha playoffs

  33. Heisenberg says:

    Anything can happen. There are no guarantees in the Nba. I’m sure there will be disappointments and there will be surprises. At the end of the season Houston will regret why they signed D12. That’s my prediction. I’m a laker fan btw. I’m really glad he left l.a. This is a blessing in disguise for the Lakers.

  34. KC1222 says:

    Is anyone else as confused as me as to why anyone would want Dwight Howard? He is a virus to any team whiny baby and overrated….

    • ludachrisgsx says:

      Tough to dismiss his production – when he’s playing inspired. When he’s not happy though, good luck. Him and Bynum are pretty similar in that regard. Lucky for Houston it seems like he’s going to be happy there for a while. For the sake of those fans, let’s hope Howard doesn’t start looking unhappy again for quite a while. It’s sure to turn into a circus again when he’s not the center of the universe on that team, or when his teammates don’t defend his honor in the media. When you start seeing him sulk on the court, hearing vague messages from him in interviews and then the “sources close to Howard” start chirping, you know the circus is about to start back up.

      I’d take Chris (or Cliff) Paul over Howard any day of the week. That guy is a clear leader and a great guy to hand the keys of the franchise to. The Clippers fans should be ecstatic with this signing. Hats off to you guys, it’s your time to shine. Been long enough, you deserve it.

      • nun ya binez says:

        hes always happy and excited till he’s not the one on th efront of the building ,then everyone is against him….he would never b a shaq…so he shud get rid of his superman routine

  35. Lenn K> says:

    Chris Paul is a good man and great father. God bless him and his family.

  36. KImmy says:

    Ellis, please sign with the Hawks!!! Our team is dwindling…. We need you badly! What is going to happen to Teague? Going to Bucks w/ Drew?? Oh my gosh!!!

  37. Punches says:

    Looks like Cliff Paul signed the deal LOL

  38. ryan says:

    Hahahahahaha. La is waiting to sign Kaman…. losers

    • ludachrisgsx says:

      3 years removed from their last back to back championship run – yeah, they’re losers alright. Plenty of uncertainty and drama, and no longer a contender for sure, but far from losers. They’ve shown they can turn it around quickly even when all their critics doubted them. They’re in a great position next summer with all the cap space they need. It’s not all bad for them

  39. Your Typical NY Knick Fan says:

    NY Knicks will become 2014 NBA Champions! Carmelo MVP!

  40. Henry says:

    Who will be the helping hand of Dirk Nowitzki in Mavericks??

    • artifex says:

      No one.
      Unfortunately..
      I am as satisfied with Calderon and Harris as I’ve been with Collison and Mayo a year ago. It looks above aberage, but not sure how it works out. With longer contracts they should be more satisfied at least. No big names out there that come with attitude issues (like Ellis, Bynum). So, with some good role players it can work, not contenders but making POs at least again.

  41. Earl Barbour says:

    Well i just hope Dwight gets a ring cuz if he never does next time he wants to be traded he’ll have no good reputation because no one would want to deal with him just my opinion

  42. APHX10 says:

    CP3 true to his word. Lob City is here to stay for the near future

    • ludachrisgsx says:

      Paul never promised the Clippers he’d resign did he? But yes, he did do right by the team that took a chance on him and committed to him by returning that commitment for the long haul. Pretty honorable. No drama, no sulking, no looking like he didn’t feel comfortable. Just hard work, dedication, and commitment. Looks like a guy you can believe in. His demeanor would make anyone want him on his team. Other big stars should take notes. Paul doesn’t play for my favorite team, but I can’t help but root for him.

  43. Me says:

    you know those mama’s that are too sensitive and overprotective to let their children loose? meet Christina Paul, can’t let go of the boy’s hand, uses him as a PR stunt, and is generally preparing the boy to be a male Kim Kardashian

    • Me2 says:

      Y’all got nothing better to do than to chirp about the guys son? Pretty basic. You’re hating on him, but youre probably the one dodgin your girl for child support payments.

      Paul is fire, and with Blake and Doc they will bring a title to the other LA franchise soon enough.

    • KnicksAllDay7 says:

      the male kim kardashian is kris humphries.

    • NOTme! says:

      Whoa!!! Chris Paul is an astute business man as well as basketball player. What better way to teach your son how to conduct yourself and handle your business that providing him with first hand experiences and observations. You referenced “Mamas” and Kim Kardashian talking about a grown man and his son. Obviously you have Mama issues and gender confusion. Hope you get help with that! If parents spent a more active role in their children’s life education we wouldn’t have as many people in the world spitting venom and reveling in ignorance like your post. Its a amazing you can find fault with a father spending time with his son and teaching him about real life. Be easy!!! And yeah Clippers need to check if they signed Cliff Paul or Chris Paul lol.

  44. joeshmofro says:

    That’s not Chris Paul. That’s Cliff Paul!!

  45. caloyski says:

    KARELENKO IS THE PLAYER THAT EVERY TEAM SHOULD ASPIRE FOR — VERY VERSATILE

  46. caloyski says:

    WHO IS THE UNLUCKY TEAM TO PICK BYNUM– TERRIBLE ATTITUDE ; VERY UNPROFESSIONAL IN MY IPINION BASED ON HIS PAST ACTIONS

  47. caloyski says:

    HOUSTON ; YOU HAVE A PROBLEM!

  48. caloyski says:

    how come my comment-6 of them were not captured? are you censoring every comment? This should be meduim for Basketball fans to air their views and opinion– hope you become more broad minded MR SEKOU SMITH

  49. J says:

    signing time not as exiting as the start of free agency but its something : I

  50. Brotha j says:

    Lets get josh smith

  51. Aquila says:

    yes!!!!!! I’m gonna keep my family stable for the next five years…… Hurra

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      Not much difference between 10 million, 15 million, or 20 million.

      I respect Chris Paul’s decision. But he sold out. He won’t win any Championships on this 5-year contract he signed. He may have more money, but he won’t build the legacy he should have for himself by joining a Championship team. If he waits till he’s past his prime, it may be too late.

      The Clippers look like the clippers of last season. Very deep. But can’t get over the hump. Memphis will likely crush the Clippers again, if they face off in the playoffs.

      I hope it was worth it, Chris. Selling out for a few extra million. Like being a mutil-millionaire wasn’t enough? Guess not.

  52. KOBE'S_A_BALLHOGGER says:

    COME ON JOSH SMITH GO TO HOUSTON SO 10, 20, 30 YEARS FROM NOW, YOU WON’T HAVE ANY REGRETS IN LIFE

    • nun ya binez says:

      he has to b who else wud he give the ball too…who else tries to win games…elo does it and even mj did it at times….wen u realise no1 else is determined to win u trust yourself to do it

      • Joshua Greenfarb says:

        @nun ya binez

        You do realize Bryant is a major reason Howard left, right?

        Do I need to state the obvious? He tries to pad his inflated stats too much … instead of playing team basketball.

        As long as he thinks he has to average 25 PPG, the Lakers will continue to suffer more and more.

  53. B Radd says:

    Let’s go Clippers! Man CP3, you one bad mamajamma. Livin’ up to what is right and what just isn’t. He stayed and that’s what them billboards should have been focused at. He said a few years ago that Superstars joking other superstars is like cheating and now rather than join another team. He stayed. In my opinion, you don’t need a ring to be a true winner! My fave player of all time is GP, but Chris Paul since is who I’m routing for this year. Go! Man, Go!

    • artifex says:

      Well, he did stay since there are several other good players, but making him the loyal1 and obviously opposing to James. He didn’t stay in New Orleans in the first place. Yes, it was a trade but it was something he saked for since otherwise he would have gone this summer without NO getting anything in return (now they got Aminu, Kaman and Ryan Anderson if I remember correctly).
      OK he couldn’t fully choose by himself, but With Griffin already there he had what he never got in NO: One other helping hand to the main load. That’s same situation as for James: Good enough for POs, but never got further (in that give James credit how far he carried the Cavs, up to the finals at a time where Jordan still exited 2nd round – no, I don’t want to compare them). So, don’t blame both, James nor CP3, but he isn’t that loyal through and through.

      You gotta look what is best for you and then you choose it.

  54. Not-Jim-Parsons says:

    CP3 rocks a blackberry, LOL

  55. dealon2009 says:

    Let’s go Dwight Howard#Houstontxstrong

    • LBJKIN6JAMES says:

      GSW are better overall now that they added Iguodala. & don’t forget about san Antonio, Memphis, clippers, and OKC ;)

      • James says:

        Harden was about to be the face of the franchise if Howard didn’t sign. The Rockets would add other pieces around Harden. He would be the main guy for years to come. All that disappear when Howard signs. You think Harden really care much about having Howard on the team???? It’ll be interesting to see if the chemistry will work out. Howard is known to be not very god at building chemistry, so now it’s up to Harden to do that with someone who takes away your chance of being the face of fr

      • SmoothMM says:

        Make no mistake: Harden will still be the franchise player. Howard is coming in as a 2nd option. Dwight’s situation now in Houston is better than being a 3rd option in LA behind Kobe and Pau… Maybe even 4th option if you counted the emergence of Earl Clark.

      • joe says:

        oh he will. hope he spends next season at the free throw line. I say Houston wins less games because of Howard.

      • DeBrosh says:

        of course he will. !!!!

    • ROCKET4LIFE says:

      sign howard now

    • Xeliosx says:

      Good luck with D12! He all talk but no bite.

    • Dwight COWARD, That´s his new name! He is a shame to the NBA!

      • Jim Muncy says:

        “All talk and no bite.” You have to be kidding. Last year, coming off back surgery, he still led the league in rebounding. The guy is amazing. I am totally impressed with what I see Howard doing. He plays great defense. He is a rebounding machine. And scoring around 20 points per game isn’t to shabby either. Houston doesn’t need more scoring power. They have all kinds of scorers. They need somebody who can do all the other stuff and who is better than D12. I can just imagine what Howard can become being coached by one of the best 4′s in the history of the game. If you think Howard can’t bite, hide and watch.

      • Me says:

        hey Ricardo, Anderson Varejao en leandro Barbosa are more shameful to the NBA

      • elosochino says:

        I’m pretty sure, Jim, that he’s referring to Howard being a coward towards honouring his contract. He whined his way out of Orlando, which he had signed a contract to play for (like all other professional athletes), and ended up costing the GM and the coach’s jobs. The fact that he was able to do that, while having total job security for himself, is shameful. I agree that he is a very tough player, and a player that can become one of the best in the game. But the way he has conducted himself is a testament to the state of the NBA, and that superstar players can call their own shots, despite their contractual obligations.

      • nun ya binez says:

        Dwight is a good player overall in stats…but he needs to learn…hes not always gonna b the face of a team…take a pg from Dwayne wade’s book…sometimes u gotta sacrifice for the team…and everywhere dh goes and doesn’t get his way…he starts to pms

    • Matthew says:

      The Heat should sign Greg Oden

      • TRAE BALL says:

        i AGREE WITH NUN YA BINEZ, IF “DWIGHT COWARD” KEEPS IT UP IT WILL BE BLACKBALLED JUST LIKE TERRELL OWENS. NOW TRUE INDEED THESE GUYS ARE VERY TALENTED BUT VERY MUCH ALIKE, MAYBE DWIGHT COWARD SHOULD SIT DOWN WITH T.O. SO HE CAN GET A LOOK AT HIS FUTURE UP CLOSE & PERSONAL “YOUR ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!!” WHEN U START TO TALK BADLY ABOUT TEAM MATES & ORGANIZATIONS AS A WHOLE YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF WITH A WHOLE LOT OF TALENT & NO TEAM WANTING YOU. CAN U SAY “HUMBLE YOURSELF!!!” I’M A “MIAMI HEAT FAN” ALL DAY LONG WIN OR LOSE, RIDER. i LOVE & RESPECT THE GAME!! GOTTA LOVE HOW THESE TEAMS ARE GETTING IT TOGETHER, TRUTH IS WE NEED SOME GOOD COMPETITION. L.O.L.