Young point guard Shane Larkin set to move to the Nets. Larkin signed a 2 year deal worth $3 mil, according to Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski. Larkin adds good depth behind Williams who has a history of injuries and going on huge cold streaks in his tenure in Brooklyn.
Kings signed 3 point specialist Marco Belinelli to a 3 year deal worth $19 mil, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. This is a solid add. Key bench player who can hit 3’s when needed and plays good defense. He will bring leadership to the Kings.
According to sources, forward Jared Dudley was traded from the Bucks to the Wizards for a future 2nd round pick. Bucks did this after Dudley opted in to his final year of his contract and it frees up some cap and gives other players a chance to play. Bucks have lots of small forwards. Parker, Middleton, Antetokounmpo. So it was good for the Wizards to acquire him because they have a void in the starting lineup and will be battling most likely Otto Porter for the starting job, while Kelly Oubre Jr. learns off the bench.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported that the Pacers have resigned Lavoy Allen to a 3 year deal for $12 mil total. Good move because Allen looks like he is slated to compete for the starting power forward job. If he doesn’t get the job he will give the Pacers quality minutes.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has reported that the New York Knicks have signed big man Robin Lopez to a deal. The deal is worth $54 mil over the next 4 years. This move will give the Knicks a real defensive presence in the paint. Lopez will anchor the defense like he did in Portland and like Asik does for the Pelicans. Lopez will also be closer to his brother Brook who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets. They will play each other a lot and line up against each other.
Wesley Matthews is leaving Portland for Dallas. Matthews is rehabbing from a gruesome Achilles injury last season. According to NBA.com’s David Aldridge, the deal is worth $52 mil over 4 years. The Kings offered him $64 mil over 4 seasons. Playoffs had a factor most likely. Matthews brings excellent defense to the Mavericks with great range from the 3 point line.