Let's catch up here. So much going on and I can't do it all in separate entries. Let's go!
*Lavoy Allen stays with Philadelphia for 2 years, $6 million*
Lavoy Allen is a solid back-up power forward. He averaged 4.1 points and 4.2 boards per game during the regular season and stepped it up in the postseason with 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds. He was cheap and was very good off the bench. I like it.
*Roy Hibbert agrees to max offer sheet with Portland*
We know that Portland is looking for a center and they may have him in Hibbert. Hibbert averaged 12.8 points and 8.8 boards per game in the regular season and averaged 11.7 points and 11.2 rebounds in the playoffs, where he was, sometimes, unstoppable on both ends of the floor. He was selected as an All-Star last season.
We'll know soon if Indiana matches the max offer.
*Philadelphia extends Spencer Hawes for 2 years, $13 million*
Hawes got off to a great start last season and was, sometimes, the go-to scorer in the postseason last year. I'm kinda mixed about this move (9.3 points and 7.2 boards in the regular season). I always felt like Philly needed to let some of its core go and go on a different direction but they were also one game away from the Conference Finals last season. I guess they will keep going with this current squad, which I'm not the biggest fan of.
*Oklahoma City signs Hasheem Thabeet to a two-year minimum deal*
Thabeet has bust written all over him at the moment but maybe the Thunder's team-first, winning environment can teach him a thing or two. He's not being brought over to back up Kendrick Perkins. Heck, he's not even going to be the third center there. They'll be hopeful that he learns by playing against these guys in practice and that he'll be ready when called upon.
But let's not get too excited over this deal, okay?
*George Hill extends with Indiana for 5 years, $40 million*
Hill became the starter late after Darren Collison got injured and stepped up nicely in the postseason. That's a pretty hefty contract to someone who had been playing mostly back-up for them. But the Pacers were winning with Hill on the starting line-up.
Now all the Pacers have to worry about is matching that max deal for Hibbert.
*Phoenix signs Goran Dragic for 4 years, $34 million*
In a bizarre sequence, the Suns sign Nash's old back-up after trading him to the Rockets, who decided that this was too much for them. Dragic's camp was looking for $10 million per season, which seemed pretty insane but this was pretty close to what they wanted.
Dragic became the starter late for the Rockets and ended up averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 assists per game. He finally takes over Steve Nash's starting spot in, again, bizarre circumstances. But let's not make any mistake about it; the Suns are in full rebuild mode. Speaking of which...
*Phoenix signs Michael Beasley for 3 years, $18 million*
He went to Phoenix because he was possibly really high on their medical/training staff.
*Jameer Nelson extends with the Magic for 3 years*
What? So much for going on a different direction for either party. I guess because there are no more point guards on the horizon for the Magic?
*Chauncey Billups extends with the Clippers for 1 year, $4.3 million*
The Clippers really missed out on Billups' leadership after he was lost for the season. One of Chris Paul's requests was to bring him back. Good re-signing. He'll once again be the calming force on these young, wild Clipper beasts and he'll help Paul out on handling the ball and taking the big shot.
*Jamal Crawford signs with the Clippers for 4 years, $24 million*
The Clippers needed someone that could create their own shot. Here's former 6th Man award-winner Crawford. He didn't have the best year in Portland last year but he is the definition of instant offense. We all know Crawford is a chucker but I'm sure he'll listen to orders around Paul and Billups. He's another player that can help out Paul in terms of playmaking and shot-creating. Overall, a good pick-up by the Clips.
However, the Lakers countered with...
*Darius Morris stays with the Lakers for the minimum*
*Toronto gets Kyle Lowry... Houston gets Gary Forbes and future first-round pick*
Houston has been making trades left and right... and here's another one. Toronto gets their point guard (and a friendly contract on that) in Lowry. I don't know what that does for Jose Calderon. Since the Rockets lost both Dragic AND Lowry, what's next for them? I suspect they're not done yet.
So that's it so far. I think we're all caught up, right? That's what I get for taking the 4th of July off.
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