Summer Recap: Trades and Free Agency
Seeing as training camp is just around the corner I have decided to do a series of posts that talk about the recap this summers events. This post will focus on the player movement during the offseason.
This summer was crazy in terms of pieces moving around the league, and it completely changed the make up of conferences. The big headline of the summer though, was of course Dwight Howard‘s version of “the decision”. It had been going on all season long and finally ended in a four team deal that sent players every which way. The trade saw Andre Iguodala go to the Denver Nuggets, Andrew Bynum move to the Philadelphia 76ers and Dwight Howard ended up in L.A. playing for the Lakers. And what did Orlando get, well they didn’t get any big name guys, just a bunch of chess pieces and a drama free city. For more on this check out my full recap of the story here.
In free agent news, Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin, Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Joe Johnson, Jason Terry, Eric Gordon, Andrew Bogut, Brandon Roy and Andre Kirilenko (Just to name a few) all found new homes. Nash went to the Los Angeles Lakers, Lin signed with the Houston Rockets, Allen found his way to the Miami Heat, Kidd flew to the New York Knicks, Johnson found a new home in Brooklyn, Terry joined the Boston Celtics, Gordon signed a max deal with the Phoenix Suns, Bogut signed with the Golden State Warriors and Roy and Kirilenko signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. With all of those players moving around, I started asking if re-signing with the same team has become too mainstream. The answer, is no, not yet anyways. Many players ended up staying with their original teams, players like Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Jeff Green, Chauncey Billups, Brook Lopez and Serge Ibaka. All these signings were great for both the players and their teams. The Clippers can go back to where they were last year when Billups and Chris Paul were both healthy. And with Roy and Kirilenko now on the squad to join Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, the Timberwolves will prove to be a tough opponent. Boston once again stays in the top 4 of the east with their off-season moves and Brooklyn has just begun something special.
A lot of teams just made a heck of a lot more money selling all of those new jerseys. With the exception of Ray Allen signing in Miami, I’m really excited about all of those off-season moves and I can’t wait to see how they turn out in the during the season.