Yesterday, lots of NBA teams resigned or signed free agents to big deals on the first day, which seem like bad ones, but don’t worry the new tv deal will raise the salary cap and make these contracts look like nothing. As for that, The contracts don’t become official till July 9th and the deals in place can be voided until its time to sign the paper. So here are the signings or roster moves that happened today. According to NBA.com’s David Aldridge that Paul Pierce has signed a 3 year deal with the Clippers for $10.5 mil. That is real cheap for a really good veteran, who is willing to take less to make the team better and potentially resign center DeAndre Jordan to the max deal he wants. Also Pierce reunites with his former head coach Doc Rivers.
Lebron James seemed like he really wanted a 3 point specialist. Did he get him? No, Mike Dunleavy decided to not go to Cleveland and stay with the Chicago Bulls and try and win a championship with Rose and Butler. According to Yahoo Sports Dunleavy resigned with the Bulls for $14.4 mil over 3 years with a partial guarantee on the final season, like money wise. Good move by the Bulls who want to keep their core together. Also today they locked up their 2nd star in Jimmy Butler. They locked up the hungry 2015 all star to a max deal for 5 years worth $95 mil. Jimmy deserves it due to his excellent play and his hard work with also his great potential to be even more than a all star. A superstar!
Brandan Wright has agreed to a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. Perfect fit for a defensive player. Goes to a defensive team! According to Yahoo Sports, Wright took a 3 year deal worth $18 mil. Thats a steal for a defensive presence. In the league now for big man help.
Danny Green has been a loyal player to the Spurs organization. So as for that the Spurs rewarded him, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard to a 4 year $45 mil deal. Green deserves it for all the solid minutes he has given the Spurs. He can start or come off the bench and provide a spark. He can be a inconsistent shooter at times, but thats ok for a guy who dishes the ball off to Duncan or now hopefully Aldridge. Good defender too.
The Toronto Raptors have won the DeMarre Carroll sweepstakes. Carroll will now leave the Hawks to go to Toronto to help put a even bigger smile on Drake’s face. According to Yahoo Sports Carroll will get a 4 year deal for $60 mil. Carroll can hit 3’s and drive in, but what I personally like about the signing is it brings defense over which we all know Carroll is an excellent defender. His defensive presence will help DeRozan and Lowry on the perimeter. Also DeRozan is on the trading block. So Terrence Ross might start. If DeRozan is not traded then Ross as a 6th man helps the bench out a lot.
It’s getting hot in Phoenix, oh wait its already hot there in the desert. Well the Suns have resigned Brandon Knight to a 5 year deal worth $70 mil, according to Yahoo Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski. They also signed free agent center Tyson Chandler and pried him away from the Clippers and Mavericks. They gave Chandler a 4 year deal worth $52 mil. Also reported by Yahoo Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski. Both moves are solid because the Suns get some veteran and defensive presence in the paint and keep young point guard Brandon Knight in Phoenix. Good to lock up Knight with all the rumors of Eric Bledsoe being potentially shopped by the Suns. Also allows rookie Devin Booker to potentially start off the gate, if Bledsoe is traded.
Celtics are set to add a veteran presence to the squad. That man is division foe Amir Johnson who has been a Raptor for mostly his entire career. Johnson will give you solid minutes and some offense (when he wants to play), but gives a nice solid presence on the defensive side of the ball. Amir is set to make $24 mil over 2 years, but the deal comes with a twist, the second year is non-guaranteed. So Boston can cut or trade him without it costing them a penny. This was reported once again by Yahoo Sports.
The Hawks have made some moves and they are good moves. First they traded to get Tiago Splitter from the Spurs (dump cap). He was insurance in case Paul Millsap signed elsewhere, but Millsap stayed put in Atlanta. Splitter will add solid depth behind Millsap and Horford. Millsap is a solid player who isn’t flashy, but just does his job right. Stretch 4 player who can play inside the paint as well and give you some solid defensive play. The trade was reported by Yahoo Sports and their famous reporter Adrian Wojnarowski and Millsap signed for 3 years for $58 mil, reported by Shams Charania. Millsap had a bigger deal on the table from Orlando for 4 years worth $80 mil, but I guess Millsap loves Atlanta.
Bucks are keeping one of their prize pieces to their puzzle of achieving gold. Khris Middleton signs a 5 year deal for $70 mil. After Parker went down with the ACL injury Middleton stepped up big time and pretty much took them to the playoffs. The Bucks roster looks really good and will get better when Parker comes back and healthy. Middleton is a versatile player and one of the top versatile players in the league today, who can shoot 3’s with a guarantee make every time he shoots one. He also set career highs in points per game, rebounds, assists, and steals. The deal was reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Heat keep a big piece to their future and for this upcoming season and many more to come by resigning point guard Goran Dragic to a 5 yesr deal worth $90 mil, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The 5th year is a player option. Dragic has found a home that wants him. If Wade signs back with the Heat this team will be a favorite to win the Eastern Conference again. Dragic gives you great minutes and provides solid offense and defense ability. He is a poor man’s Chris Paul. Heat did great here.