NBA Free Agency has both gained steamed, and slowed to a crawl over the last two days as teams are still waiting for the biggest chips to fall.
Let’s take a look at what happened at the start of this Independence Day weekend:
- The Los Angeles Clippers signed Spencer Hawes to a four-year $23 million deal, giving them a third big man behind DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Hawes will takes minutes away from Glen Davis, which means the Clippers now have a white guy who plays below the rim, something the Clippers haven’t had….wait…it’s something they have always had.
- The Utah Jazz acquired Steve Novak and a future second-round pick from the Toronto Raptors for Diante Garrett. The Raptors will save a few million bucks in this deal, and ensure that Utah is the whitest team in the league, assuming Gordon Hayward returns.
- Toronto was also busy signing Patrick Patterson to a an $18 million deal for three years. Amazing that you can find an athletic, third big man for one year and five million dollars less than a slow guy who loves reverse layups at 6 ft 11.
- Give two years and $10 million to Old Man Chris Kaman from the Portland Trailblazers. Watch for lefty and righty hook shots galore in the Pacific Northwest between Kaman and Robin Lopez.
- Thabo Sefalosha signed with the Atlanta Hawks, proving that no important free agent wants to go play in Atlanta (except for maybe Millsap).
I’m Tired of Rumors Starting
- It was said that after his meeting with the New York Knicks that Carmelo Anthony left aligned with the vision of Phil Jackson. This could be a telltale sign that Melo is returning to the Knicks and will try and get Pau Gasol to take less money. Or, it could be a great PR spin before Melo ends up signing with the Lakers and gets Gasol to go there.
- LeBron James has had his agent running around the country meeting with several interested teams with max-cap space. And it is reported that if Miami doesn’t starting bringing in or making progress with other free agents, LeBron will take his visage to those different suitors to decide where he may take his talents next.
- And finally, it appears Lance Stephenson is closer to an agreement with the Indiana Pacers. Now everyone can stop making the jokes about him and LeBron playing on the same squad and Stephenson doing blowing both on and off the court.