It’s really about how you look at this; does a team build or do they trade to win a championship immediately? In Brooklyn’s case, they chose the latter as the addition of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry makes them an immediate candidate to win the 2013-2014NBA Finals.
Think of a starting lineup of Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez.
Although Miami has 2 consecutive championships and the best player on the planet in Lebron James, the ultimate task for the Heat will be to survive Brooklyn.
Pierce and Garnett still have a lot left in the tank and having Jason Terry coming off of the bench is a luxury. The Nets have also signed forward, Andrei Kirilenko, who can pass and shoot. “The rich get richer”
New Orleans Pelicans
Along with a name change, the Pelicans have been very busy in the offseason. They sent 6 foot 6 point guard Greivis Vasquez to the Sacramento Kings in a 3-team trade that returned Tyreke Evans and a 2nd round draft pick in 2016 and future 2nd round draft considerations. Portland received Center Robin Lopez and Terrel Harris in exchange for draft rights of former Kansas standout, Jeff Withey.
In my opinion, Sacramento greatly benefits from getting Vasquez. This is an enormous guard that can score, rebound, and distribute the basketball. Evans is a better scorer, but has been hampered by injuries and can be inconsistent at times.
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Jrue to the Rescue?
The Pelicans were also busy as they picked up Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson (42nd overall pick in the NBA draft) from the Philadelphia 76’ers for Nerlens Noel and a top 5 protected 2014 1st round draft pick. I also think that the Pelicans lose out in this deal as the Sixers future is looking brighter. In all, some really poor moves that were made by New Orleans. They really came up short here.
If Dwight Howard hasn’t damaged his stock enough in his awful tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, he’s moved on to greener pastures; the Houston Rockets.
Howard actually accepted a deal that would pay him $30 million dollars less to play with Houston than with L.A.
My impression of it is that Howard couldn’t take the pressure and would like to see the ball some more and that’s not possible with Kobe Bryant on the same team. In return, the Lakers sign Chris Kaman. Kaman does the dirty work and has played for an L.A. team before. This isn’t much of a downgrade considering the pricetag on D12.
The Jennings –Ellis show is over now that Monta signed a deal with Marc Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks and O.J. Mayo takes Ellis’ spot.
This is a downgrade as Ellis was a consistent scorer with the Warriors and Bucks and Mayo lacks that consistency and isn’t a pure scorer. The Bucks also sign backup center Zaza Pachulia for a 3 –year, $15 million dollar contract. Just an awful signing for a team going nowhere fast.
The Fro Must Go!
Until Andrew Bynum actually puts on a Cavaliers jersey, he’s not worth mentioning. That said, the Cavs also get Jarrett Jack, who unlike Bynum, is a gamer. When with the Lakers, Bynum had the season of a lifetime, but obviously Jerry West knew something was wrong with the 7 foot 290 pound big man.
Is It Too Late?
Joe Dumars and the Detroit Pistons finally opened the pocketbook as they signed high-flyer Josh Smith. The veteran forward signed a 4 year- $54 million dollar contract as he joins the likes of Greg Monroe. Although he still has a handful of years left in his career, he’s a 2nd-tier player and the Pistons need a superstar. Time will tell as Josh should go 20-10 on a depleted team.
AJ to NC
The Charlotte Bobcats pick up a productive veteran in Al Jefferson. Jefferson is the only player other than Dwight Howard to average 17 points and 9 rebounds in his last 2 season. Look for Kemba to feed AJ the ball often; this is a good move.
New York a Contender?
We all saw how ineffective that Tyson Chandler was on the offensive end in the playoffs for the Knicks. New York picks up Andrea Bargnani in a trade with Toronto that sees Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, Steve Novak, a 2016 1st round pick and 2nd round picks in 2014 and 2017. If New York improves, these draft picks would be late in each respective round, therefore this is a good trade for the Knicks
Millsap a Hawk
We round out the off-season movement with forward, Paul Millsap leaving Utah and going to Atlanta. Millsap is a great replacement for Josh Smith as he can put up double figure points and rebounds on any given day. This is a solid pickup as Millsap is under 30 years of age and fills a big void.
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