In today’s edition we recap the week of NBA Free Agency. Spurs and Bucks come away as big winners but everyone needs to relax about the summer for the Knicks and Lakers. In a mediocre class, they took the smart route.
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:
That number five Raptors coach Dwane Casey is holding up can now mean he’s back for a fifth season in Toronto.
And while some may be happy to keep a coach who’s helped lead this team to back-to-back playoff appearances they should also realize their ceiling has already been reached and next season probably won’t be any better.
In fact, it’ll probably be worse.
After ending the season with a 14-2 record over the final 16 games, the last thing I expected was a first-round exit for the San Antonio Spurs.
If the Portland Trail Blazers aren’t able to re-sign LaMarcus Aldridge, no fan will be looking forward to next year.
Coming off a 49-win season a year ago and adding Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons in the process without really losing much, I thought the Mavericks were primed for a Western Conference run.
No one expected the Boston Celtics to be good entering the season. Even with presumably a healthy Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green, they were still widely expected to finish with no more than 30 wins. And to some that may have even been a stretch.
Something has clicked for Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton.
That put-back slam over Taj Gibson was two of his 17 points, to go with nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two triples.
Payton struggled mightily the first half of the season. Specifically the first few months. He looked completely lost.
But something happened in mid-January. Something clicked. And since January 16, Payton’s numbers look like this: