Friday, July 13, 2012

Free Agency Updates

Everything is bigger in Texas.

Down in Houston they have decided to amnesty Luis Scola and his 3 years and $21 million remaining on his deal.  It looks like the Rockets are putting in all their chips for the DUHwight Howard sweepstakes.  They appear to be front runners to land DUHwight, mostly because they are now able to absorb the contracts of Davis, Duhon, Richardson, Heedoo TurkeyGlue as well as Howard, and then send back their three first round draft picks from this year, as well as a combo of future picks and players.  Orlando would be in total rebuild mode with lots of young players and cap space.

Over in big D, Dallas appears to be on the rebound after losing out in the first round of free agency.  They were able to solidify their back court adding Darren Collison and solid wing defender Dhantay Jones in a sign and trade deal with Indiana for Center Ian Mahinmi.  Looks like a win win for both teams.  Dallas also signed Chris Kaman to a one year deal, pairing up the 2008 German National Team's front court.  Kaman should provide stability down low if he can stay healthy.  Dallas is also in the running for amnestied big men Scola and Elton Brand, adding even more depth and scoring to the low post.  This coming after they amnestied their own big man Brendan Haywood.  Dallas will be fielding a new look team next year, but they did get younger and stronger in the back court and that should pay immediate dividends.

Bobcats sign Ramon Sessions to a two year deal.  They also look to be in the running to bid for the services of Kris Humphries.

Jose Calderon wants out of Toronto with Lowry now replacing him as starting point guard, and is working with the team now on a deal to get the Spaniard out of Canada.

Indiana signed DJ Augustin to a 1 year deal to back up George Hill.

Nets gave Brook Lopez a 4 years $61 million dollar max deal after the DUHwight Howard talks broke down.  Meanwhile his brother Side Show Bob Robin is still looking for work down in Phoenix.

The Golden State Warriors are looking to add a big man to their front court, with Kenyon Martin, Antawn Jamison, and Carl Landry on their short list.

The Nuggets have offered 5 years and $50 million to JaVale McGee.  Yes, 50 million to this guy:

After all his blunders in Washington, he did play solid for Denver against LA in the playoffs.  Ahh playoffs, where terrible NBA contracts are born.

More signings to come, Happy Spending!

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