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NBA Free Agency Recap (Thus Far) – by Matt White

Posted by Mr. Put On on July 9, 2009

Althought I like to put you, the people, on to a number of things this is not an original article from me. This is the first of many posts from Matt White a man you will get to know well in the sporting news realm, and who will be a frequent contributor to Grade A Exclusives and our movement. Here’s his article:
So much for the free agency bonanza of 2010!  The so called NBA experts said that this offseason would be slow due to the state of the economy as well as GM’s holding on to cap space in order to make a run at the pending free agent class of 2010. Well as the old saying goes, “the rich just got richer,” and the free agency season just started.  Some teams made big splashes before the NBA draft even started. So just to get everybody up to date, and I’m sure within minutes of posting this maybe dated.  So check out ESPN’s free agent tracker, don’t be surprised if some people have moved and you weren’t even aware, this summer has been that crazy: Free Agent Tracker

One thing you have to remember when it comes to free agency is not who signs where, but for how long and how much. While it cant be argued that in the scope of his career Jason Kidd is a certifiable future hall of famer, but the question at this juncture is he at 36 years old worth a fully guaranteed 3 year 25 million dollar contract? Is Anderson Varejao, who is a utility player, worth a 6 year 50 million dollar deal? This is a guy who averages less that 9 points and 8 boards a game in the regular season, started in 41 games,  in the playoffs didn’t average 7 points a game and was a defensive liability against the quicker Magic players? Where on the flip side the Spurs, Magic, Hawks Lakers & Celtics all made moves that help both on the floor and in the wallet. Its not always who you sign, but its how much and for how long.

So far the biggest offseason move hasn’t been the Diesel moving to the Buckeye state to play with the King, but the Tru Warrior joining the Black Mamba in LALA land.

The possible story lines for next season are already writing themselves. In the words of WWE Hall of Famer “To be the Man, you gotta beat the Man,” and the Lakers are making it hard for everyone. With the addition of Artest, the Lakers have solidified their place at the top of the Western Conference. In a potential rematch of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Celtics, who have also made roster moves with the addition of Rasheed Wallace, gone are starting forwards Vladimir Radmonovic and Trevor Ariza. In their place Lakers will have Artest with Kobe matching up against Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. A healthy, smarter and another year older Andrew Bynum maning the paint , Pau Gasol playing his true position power forward and Lamar Odom, if he decides to resign, playing at the same level from the playoffs as their sixth man, and the Lakers are easily the clear favorite. The Cavaliers (with center Shaquille O’Neal) and Spurs (with small forward Richard Jefferson and rookie power forward DeJuan Blair) have improved, but no move thus far can match the impact of Artest’s arrival.
If the Cavs were to make it well get the series everyone expected this past season, Kobe vs LeBron, maybe even a Shaq puppet would join the fray, since his shoe company was recently purchased by Nike.  Also Kobe and Shaq would meet head to head in the finals too see who can get that 5th ring first! It also sets up for either LeBron’s exit from Cleveland or the exit of arguably the greatest center ever. Shaq would have a ring with 4 of the best guards in the current era of the NBA. (Don’t sleep on Penny, knee injuries cut a otherwise promising career short)

Another major multi-team trade might be looming in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls having discussed a deal that would be headlined by Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich, according to NBA front-office sources.
The NBA where roster shake ups happen!
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2 Responses to “NBA Free Agency Recap (Thus Far) – by Matt White”

  1. D Dotta said

    Damn Good Write Up Matt….And you’re right that Artest pickup was crucial for the Lake show. Its funny being from Massachusetts hearing all the sports talk radio guys up in Boston STILL claiming that if KG didn’t get hurt Boston would be going for a 3-Peat right now. I’m just like damn give the Lakers their just due, they don’t pick their opponents. And now with both teams reloaded if you will, I’m ready for another coastal showdown.

    Oh, and Penny DEFINITELY was one of the greatest guards ever to have NEVER reached his full potential. That Ewing dunk WOW, but Patrick made a habit of being in posters. And that dunk for #7…YIKES that boy had some rise.

  2. D Dotta said

    Damn Good Write Up Matt….And you’re right that Artest pickup was crucial for the Lake show. Its funny being from Massachusetts hearing all the sports talk radio guys up in Boston STILL claiming that if KG didn’t get hurt Boston would be going for a 3-Peat right now. I’m just like damn give the Lakers their just due, they don’t pick their opponents. And now with both teams reloaded if you will, I’m ready for another coastal showdown.

    Oh, and Penny DEFINITELY was one of the greatest guards ever to have NEVER reached his full potential. That Ewing dunk WOW, but Patrick made a habit of being in posters. And that dunk for #7…YIKES that boy had some rise.

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