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.
Wally Szczerbiak is right in the Knicks backyard working on the MSG Network broadcast. Perhaps Carmelo Anthony could use Wally to stretch the floor …
We all braced for what the market would be like this July when the reports began surfacing of players asking for higher salaries this year to make up the difference for next summer and beyond.
When the clock struck midnight and the day turned to July 2, there were 25 players who agreed to brand new contracts totaling approximately 1.4 BILLION dollars. Pure insanity.
Let’s evaluate a few of these free agent signings.
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.
The Atlanta Hawks surprised everyone when they cruised to the number-one seed in the eastern conference with a 60-win season, but even though they just had the best season in franchise history, my gut tells me this is as good as it gets for this group.
Marc Gasol and Mike Conley in New York Knick uniforms alongside Carmelo Anthony next season is the absolute best-case scenario. And while I know this may very well be a pipe dream, the possibility does exist.