Swinger's Daily Odds Update: NBA Stars on the Move

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, July 13, 2014 1:58 PM GMT

Though all the focus has been on LeBron James and his destination of choice it should be noted that there are other stars making noise.  How will all these moves affect the NBA odds for next season?

Melo Stays a Knickerbocker
Though the ink isn't yet dry on a big money pact for Carmelo Anthony to remain in Gotham, reliable sources report it's all but a done deal.  The New York Knicks have kept their prized possession but that doesn't mean there's going to be a championship parade in Midtown Manhattan anytime soon. 

Right now bookmakers like Paddy Power are dealing the Knicks as high as 50-1 in for future NBA picks to win the 2014-2015 championship but Pinnacle has a far more cautious line of 28-1. Whatever you think of Carmelo's signing it won't mean much more than window dressing if New York doesn't add some very important pieces to this missing puzzle.

 

Bulls Add Some Pow
That's Pow as in Pao Gasol who decided on Chicago as the next stop in his 13-year career. But Gasol is clearly the consolation prize as Carmelo Anthony spurned the Midway for the East Coast. Chicago's fortunes do not depend on anyone or anything but the health of Derrick Rose and the signing of Gasol won't mean a damn thing to their title aspirations if Rose wilts this season. As of this writing and with this deal all but a formality, the NBA odds on the Bulls are anywhere from 7-1 to a generous 12-1 at Ladbrokes.com. 

Call me crazy but I'm never agog at the signing of an athlete in any sport who is north of 30-years-old. Gasol is a 34-year-old seven-footer with plenty of mileage on his tires. He's a nice fit for a few years on a team that can afford to rest him throughout the year so he is fresh for the arduous second season but to believe he will carry your team to the Promised Land without a healthy Derrick Rose is poppycock (to make sure I am clear, don't support them with your sports picks). And even if Rose does return healthy, will he be the same player before his repeated injuries? I'm a glass half-empty guy when it comes to Chicago this season.

 

Paul Pierce to Washington
The former Boston Celtic turned Brooklyn Net is now a Wizard. The cost Brooklyn paid for a one-year rental of Pierce's services along with Kevin Garnett is pricey to say the least. Not only did his $15 million salary last season contribute to the Nets highest payroll in the league history but also cost them $90 million in luxury tax. In addition, they owe the Celtics first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 as well as allowing Boston to exchange first round picks in 2017. 

Brooklyn decided to trim the fat and Pierce was deemed part of that process. Therefore, Pierce will now earn close to $11 million over two years, with the second year being a player option, in Washington. The Nets also lost their head coach Jason Kidd to Milwaukee and the NBA odds reflect this state of disarray as most offshores are dealing at between +4000 and +5000. 

However, Washington has now dipped as low as 33-1 at WilliamHill.com with the news that Pierce is coming to DC. I'm not sure how the Wizards will parlay this fading superstar into championship greatness but at the very least Pierce should put a few fannies in the seats at the Verizon Center. As far as adding a banner, I highly doubt it.

 

Maybe You Missed these Moves:

*  Dirk Nowitzki agrees to a three-year $30 million deal to remain a Maverick.

*  Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger sign multi-year pacts with the Heat.

*  Avery Bradley signs a four-year $42 million dollar deal to remain in Boston.

*  Marvin Williams gets a two-year deal for $14 million to play in Charlotte.