Let's keep this going.
*Antawn Jamison agrees to sign with the Lakers for the veteran's minimum*
The former Tar Heel instantly improves the Lakers' bench scoring, which was last in the league last season. And with enough powerhouse scorers here, he won't be asked to be the #2 or #3 option in this team. Plus when he and some guy named Steve Nash share the court, he'll get plenty of looks.
My worry? The defense. Antawn Jamison would probably have trouble guarding a lamppost. You just hope the guy he's, uh, guarding scores less than he does.
A lot of people say this is an excellent signing for the minimum. I say the Lakers could've done worse. Excuse me for being skeptical.
*JaVale McGee stays with Denver with a 4-year, $44 million deal*
McGee is getting paid!
He averaged 11.3 points and 7.8 boards overall with both Washington and Denver but now he's under the tutelage of George Karl and he's no longer in that chaotic environment in the nation's capital. Maybe a change of scenery was all he needed. There were a couple of games in the playoffs against the Lakers when he looked he absolutely unstoppable. If he can do that throughout an entire season, McGee will be worth it.
Of course, he can get paid that much money to entertain us with all-new goofs and laughs on the basketball court.
Excuse the poor spelling and grammar in that video.
*Anthony Randolph signs with Denver for 3 years, $6 million*
I have NEVER been big on Anthony Randolph. His body language and facial expressions irk me. I won't deny that he has raw talent but it has never been polished and he only seems to rest on his laurels. He seems to be a poor man's Lamar Odom and he's doing a poor job approaching that poor man's status. While he was supposedly never allowed to develop, don't you think his attitude may have something to do with this?
So once again, George Karl has another fix-it job in his hands. I can't say this is Randolph's last chance to be an NBA player (he is tall, after all) but I say this is Randolph's last chance to mean something in the NBA.
*Denver uses the amnesty clause on Chris Andersen*
He's played 77 games in the last two seasons for Denver. The Nuggets have a glut of big men so he had to go. Andersen is being paid over $9 million in the next two seasons. If he's healthy, he can be a decent back-up big.
*L.A. Clippers use the amnesty clause on Ryan Gomes*
Gomes only had one season left with the Clippers but the Clips decide to use the clause on him because, well, he's had less-than-desirable performances on the court. That's about as nice as I can put it. Gomes is a great locker room presence, though, and I'm sure some other team will pick him up if only for that.
Also, Donald Sterling is willing to pay extra money? Maybe because Gomes has a beautiful black body...
*Portland matches Minnesota's 4-year, $45+ million offer sheet for Nicolas Batum*
It's a bit much but Portland had made up its mind a long time ago to keep the Frenchman in a Blazer uni. He's one of the three core players (LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews being the others) that the Blazers intend to go ahead while they try to rebuild quickly in Portland. His length and defensive prowess have always been coveted. We'll see if he can improve even more upon last season when he had averages of 13.9 points and 4.6 boards.
*Chicago signs Vladimir Radmanovic for 1 year*
The Bulls needed someone to replace Kyle Korver's shooting. The Bulls also needed a space cadet.