As the Dwight Howard trade drama rages on causing many GM’s sleepless nights, other NBA teams continue to fill out their roster with free agent pick ups and trades.
Here is a look of the more attention grabbing moves over the last few days with short analysis.
The Dallas Mavericks were on the verge of extinction over the last few weeks as all of their big free agent targets decided to play in other cities. Then came July 11 where the Mavericks got to work with respectable options for their roster. Dallas signed Center, Chris Kaman, to a one-year $8 million deal and will reportedly amnesty Brendan Hawywood to make room for Kaman.
If healthy, Kaman will be a nice scoring option in the post and is great passer for a big man. He and Dirk are good friends despite wildly different personalities which was a factor in Kaman’s decision to sign with Dallas.
The Mavericks also acquired Darren Collison and the defensive minded Dahntay Jones in a trade with the Indiana Pacers for backup center Ian Mahinmi. Collison should be the starting point guard heading into next season but it is a little eye opening that the Pacers gave up on him for Mahinmi.
Meanwhile the Pacers stock up on bigs with the acquisition of Mahinmi and they retained all-star center, Roy Hibbert, by signing him to a max deal.
The Golden State Warriors acquired Jarret Jack in a 3-team deal with New Orleans and Philadelphia. GSW will send Dorell Wright to the 76′ers while the Hornets will get the rights to Edin Bavcic of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Darryl Watkins.
While the move adds salary to the Warriors payroll the addition of Jack should be applauded. Jack is a leader and efficient combo guard. He can truly be another voice in the young the Warriors locker room helping out head coach Mark Jackson. Jack is also valuable insurance if Stephen Curry’s rickety ankles start acting up again.
In sending Wright away the Warriors open up playing time for the number 7 pick in this year’s draft, Harrison Barnes. Nice job by GSW!
The Portland Trailblazers re-signed J.J. Hickson to a very economical one-year $4 million agreement. After missing out on Hibbert, Portland needed to sure up their front court. At that price in this crazy free agent market Hickson is a steal. He played very well for them down the stretch last year. He should be able to crack the starting lineup if the Blazers are willing to play either him or LaMarcus Aldridge out of position at center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have amnestied Darko Milicic to make room for Nicolas Batum (at least on paper). Milicic might find the market frugal should he want to continue his NBA career but he does hold value as a shot blocker. He probably has the option of signing a bigger deal somewhere in Europe if it is about the money for him.
Marcus Camby officially rejoined the New York Knicks in a sign and trade deal with the Houston Rockets. Houston will get the Knicks castoffs Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan and two unspecified second-round draft picks. Yippee!
Camby’s defense and rebounding off the bench will allow the Knicks to stay competitive in those areas when Tyson Chandler needs to rest. Camby is also an exceptional passer who will not be interested in getting in the middle of Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony’s tug-of-war for the ball.
The Brooklyn Nets have eliminated themselves from the Dwight Howard sweepstakes by inking Brook Lopez to a max deal. Lopez can’t be dealt until December now per CBA rules of newly signed contracts. The Nets were wise to move on from the Howard mess and while Lopez doesn’t deserve max money somebody would have given it to him. Brooklyn couldn’t afford to lose out on both Howard and Lopez.
The news can’t stop and won’t stop. Plenty of valuable free agents remain available. I will post a story on the top free agents remaining later this week.
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Written by Warren Shaw
I am an avid Basketball fan who has worked for the New York Knicks, Alonzo Mourning Charities and various other sports organizations. Having covered many NBA and various professional sporting events has given me the opportunity to provide insight with an unbiased but flavor driven view. I look forward to providing NBA content and interacting with knowledgeable fans and readers. Follow me on Twitter @shawsports or Email your questions to me at Warrenshaw@prosportsblogging.com