Over four years ago the then New Jersey Nets traded Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, a 2011 first round pick (Enes Kanter) and a 2013 first round pick (Gorgui Deng) to the Utah Jazz for point guard Deron Williams.
Now he’s being bought out of the last two seasons of his contract.
Before signing a four-year, $80 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs, all-star big man LaMarcus Aldridge was the last man standing from the trio that was supposed to bring the Portland Trail Blazers back to glory.
Every July a team in the NBA hopes to shift the balance of power by bringing in a big name free agent and this off-season will be no different. There may not be a long list of superstar players in this year’s class but this is the deepest free agent pool we’ve have in quite some time and with all the cap space available this July coupled with the jump expected in 2016, it’s going to make for a very intriguing off-season.
This free agency special targets a specific crop of players and list what would be the best fit for their talents and the team’s needs but also indicate who they will likely ultimately sign with.
When free agency kicks off Wednesday a lot of movement is expected to come. With a huge salary cap increase on the horizon, many players want to get paid. Some free agents have made their moves clear some haven’t but here are five free agents bound to have a huge impact when pen goes to paper with their perspective teams:
Phil Jackson received all kinds of unnecessary criticism throughout his first full season in New York and it was mind boggling to me. Every single little move was critiqued as if Jackson was giving away Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in their prime for scraps.
For years George Karl has been about himself. He wants to be the star. No matter who the true face of the franchise is, whether it’s Carmelo Anthony or now DeMarcus Cousins, in Karl’s mind, the only true face of the franchise is his own.
The NBA Draft is one of my favorite nights of the year. Ahead of the NFL Draft by a large margin for me personally, and I love the NFL Draft. So many team’s fortunes can change with just one pick on this night and unlike the NFL Draft, most teams only get two shots at finding a player that can impact their franchise.
There might just be one franchise-changing talent in this year’s draft, but as you’ll see from this mock, I believe this class is very deep with a lot of nice young players getting set to make their marks in the NBA.
Once LeBron James signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the off-season I think most of us, if not all, expected a trip to the NBA Finals. Even before they traded Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love.
And even when Kevin Love suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first round against the Boston Celtics and Kyrie Irving only looked as if he was maybe 60-percent of himself, most of us still expected the Cavaliers to represent the east in late June.
From an injury standpoint, luck was on Cleveland’s side during the regular season with the exception of Anderson Varejao who only played 26 games due to a torn Achilles. But that luck clearly ran out in the playoffs Continue reading →