Friday, July 6, 2012

Free Agency: Day 6

Minnesota Making Moves

Early reports out of Minnesota have the Timberwolves signing former all-star and recently retired shooting guard Brandon Roy to a 2 year $10 million dollar contract.  If Roy stays healthy, he should be a perfect fit in the Wolves back court.  They also wasted no time making a lucrative offer to restricted free agent Nicolas Batum for 4 years and $45 million.  Sources say Batum really wants to be in Minnesota but the Blazers can match the offer.

After dealing for Chase Budinger in the draft, Minnesota has made it clear they are making a push for the playoffs this year.  They have the right amount of youth and felt this year they needed to add more veteran pieces.  Along with the emergence of Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, and a young Derrick Williams, this team should be competitive from opening tip off next season, especially if they can land Batum.

The Clippers were also busy yesterday shoring up their back court agreeing to terms with Chauncy Billups and Jamal Crawford.  Billups signs a 1 year deal for $4.3 million, while Crawford signs for $16 million over 3 years.  Looks like no Jesus Shuttlesworth in La La Land this year.

It does look like Jesus will most likely resign with Boston, with the latest sources saying Boston is willing to add a no-trade clause.  Boston also locked up Brandon Bass to a 3 year deal worth $20 million, and sources say they are close to finishing a deal with Jeff Green for a reported 4 years and $40 million.  Boston has re-tooled, added size and depth to their bench, and should give Miami and Chicago plenty of trouble next season.

Should Jesus re-sign with the Gentiles in Boston?
Or betray his people and sign in Miami?

Up in Canada, the Raptors have dealt for their point guard of the future, acquiring disgruntled Kyle Lowry from Houston for Gary Forbes and a future lottery pick.  The Raptors can now dangle Jose Calderon as a nice trade deadline piece for a contender next year. 

Yesterday it was reported that Jason Kidd re-upped with Dallas, when in fact he signed with the New York Knicks for the same reports 3 years and $9 million.  Kidd should add stability to the Knicks back court, but it is yet to be seen if they will match Houston's offer for Jeremy Lin (4 years $29 million)

Old Jason Kidd
Does the old wizard have one more trick up his sleeve?

And finally, SACREBLEU !! Joakim Noah has dropped out of the French Olympic Team due to his bum ankle aaaand most likely his affinity for smoking weed on the beach with topless models in the off season.  Seriously.  Google it. 

More signings to come, Happy Spending!

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