Two teams made significant moves yesterday.
The Spurs have decided to bring back two of their key players from last year.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Boris Diaw has agreed to sign a two-year deal worth $9.2 million. The second year is a player option.
Diaw was picked up by the Spurs after he asked for his release from Charlotte. He moved into the starting line-up for San Antonio in the playoffs. His versatility has always made Diaw so valuable to a squad, even with his, uh, weight gain in recent years (not that "I" should be talking).
Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has reported that Danny Green has agreed to re-sign with the squad for three years and $12 million. Good for Green. For most of the season, he was the starting backcourt mate of Tony Parker. Green averaged career highs in his third season in the league: 9.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. He also shot an excellent 43.6 percent from behind the arc. His numbers did somewhat tail off in the postseason (7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 34.5% 3 PT) but, regardless, this is a good keep for the Spurs.
The Knicks did a bit of shuffling on their squad again. Wojnarowski reported that New York got Marcus Camby in a sign-and-trade. Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, second-round picks from 2014 and 2015, and money are all going to the Houston Rockets. Camby gets a three-year deal worth just a little over $13 million. For a guy that sure hates being traded, Camby has gotten traded three times in the last three seasons.
Houston has continued to stockpile assets in order to get Dwight Howard. I suppose as long as they get Howard, everything will be fine, right? It's gotten to the point that they'll probably make Howard play all five positions. Meanwhile, New York doesn't seem to care about spending the dough. Camby would make a very good back-up for Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler. Marcus also last played for the Knicks in the 2001-02 season.
The New York Post has reported that the Knicks are bringing back volatile shooter J.R. Smith. Smith averaged 12.5 points per game for New York in 35 games after spending half the season in China. You know he will keep shooting. In fact, he just shot a three-pointer right now. Nevertheless, he brings firepower off the bench for New York. And at two years, $5.6 million, it's a bit of a bargain.
Someone who did cash in from last year's Linsanity was Steve Novak (multiple sources have reported on this). Novak led the league in three-point field goal percentage at 47.2 percent. He started getting more playing time (along with Jeremy Lin) when the Knicks were beset with injuries and immediately made an impact for the Knicks with his shooting from behind the arc. Novak is getting a four-year, $15 million deal and as someone who saw him play for the Clippers, I couldn't be happier for the dude.
It's great that the Spurs and Knicks have made moves. In the meantime, we are all waiting for that ONE trade to be done. I'll let you take a guess on that one.
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