NBA Free Agency Review: Biggest Signings

NBA Free Agency

NBA Free Agency is well underway and there have already been some big signings across the league. Today we are going to be looking at some of the biggest deals so far, and how it affects teams, players, and the entire league. There will be more posts in the upcoming days with some of the smaller deals that have been completed. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here and like my facebook page here.

Brooklyn Nets: Kevin Durant

The team that made the biggest splash in the 2019 NBA Free Agency season was the Brooklyn Nets. First, the Nets signed Kevin Durant to a 4 year, $164 million contract. KD will miss the entire 2019-2020 season unless he makes a shockingly fast recovery, but when he returns, he will play with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan. The Nets will be a strong team net year just with Irving signing, but when Durant returns they will likely be favorites to win the championship. The one thing about this deal is that Irving and Durant are known to often have issues with team chemistry. Durant has also previously said that he wants to be the star player on a championship team, but with Irving being the Nets player next year, will Nets fans care about him more than KD by the time Durant returns from injury?

Brooklyn Nets: Kyrie Irving

Irving also agreed to a 4 year deal with the Nets, his contract being worth $141 million. He will be the teams leader next season with KD out. The Nets will be a superteam for as long as Durant and Irving get along. If anything from their past stays the same, they will have trouble playing together. But they may be able to work together better now.

Golden State Warriors: D’Angelo Russell (Sign and Trade from Brooklyn Nets)

Russell was content on signing a ma contract with the Nets, previously stating that he wanted to be “a Net for life”. But the Nets never offered him the contract, perhaps waiting to see if they signed Kyrie Irving. The Nets did give Russell the contract in the form of a sign and trade, however. They signed Russell to 4 year, $117 million max deal, and traded him to the Warriors for a future protected first rounder.

The Warriors will need a guard next year with Klay Thompson being out for the season next year with an ACL injury. Russell is a point guard, but he will likely start at one of the guard positions and also get minutes at point when Steph Curry is on the bench. There have also been rumors about Russell getting traded again for more players for the Warriors, but I think it would make more sense if they held onto him at least until Klay Thompson is healthy again.

Boston Celtics: Kemba Walker

The Celtics needed a replacement for Kyrie Irving, and they got a pretty good one. Walker is probably the best point guard on the market besides Kyrie. He received a 4 year, $141 million contract from Boston. Walker has played on an average at best Hornets team his whole career. Also playing in a small market, Walker has rarely been on the national TV spotlight. Now, he has the chance to lead a contending team with Jayson Tatum, Jalen Brown, and Gordon Hayward. Kemba scored 25 points a game and had 6 assists per game last year, and if he plays as well as he has to start his career, he could lead the Celtics deep in the playoffs.

Philadelphia 76ers: Al Horford

The former Celtics big man opted out of $30 million in the final year of his contract to become a free agent. He then received a 4 year, $109 million deal from Philly. His role on this team will be interesting. Will he play when Joel Embid sits? Embid is injury prone and has never played big minutes despite being a star player. Or will the 76ers start a giant lineup with Horford and Embid both on the floor at once? Either way, Horford will be a great contributor to the 76ers.

Philadelphia 76ers: Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris used to be a Detroit Piston, and I always thought he was a good player, but I would have never imagined that he would get a max contract. He got a 5 year, $180 million deal. Harris is a great perimeter player who has averaged around 20 points a game in the last couple of seasons. I don’t see why he got this deal unless the 76ers really wanted to keep him.

Miami Heat: Jimmy Butler

Butler now seems content on getting the 8 seed in the playoffs and getting bounced in the 1st round every year so that he can live in a warm city and party hard. This team has no one but Butler. The Heat traded Hassan Whiteside and seem ready to rebuild around solely Butler. Goran Dragic and Dian Waiters are the Heats next best players, and I believe Butler will become one of the leagues best individual players on a mediocre team.

Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton

The Bucks are already starting to secure their star players and preparing for 2 summers from now when Giannis Antetokunmpo will potentially be able to sign the largest contract in NBA history in the 2021 NBA Free Agency season. Middleton is the Bucks 2nd best player, and the Bucks have now secured all the key pieces from last season and will be able to contend for a spot in the NBA Finals. The Bucks locked Middleton up for 5 years for $178 million.

Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis

The Mavericks acquired Porzingis this winter, but an injury kept him out the rest of the year. He has not played a game for the team yet but the Mavericks still offered him a 5 year, $158 million max deal. He will pair with Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. This team may not be a powerhouse favorite, but they could be an interesting team to watch in upcoming years.

Golden State Warriors: Klay Thompson

Thompson was reportedly ready to meet with other teams like the Lakers and Clippers if the Warriors did not offer him a max contract, but the Warriors did not hesitate. Thompson signed a 5 year, $190 million deal. He will still be with Steph Curry when he returns from a terrible ACL injury, but the Warriors will not be a powerhouse team that they were with Kevin Durant. This team will still be good with Draymond Green, Curry, and Thompson, but they are no longer going to be the favorite to win a title every year.

Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard

The Clippers were able to land Leonard on a 4 year, $140 million contract, one of the crown jewels of the 2019 NBA Free Agency season. Kawhi also was able to recruit another big star to the Clippers (even though he wasn’t a free agent). The Clippers and Leonard also convinced Paul George to request a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Kawhi possibly was only willing to join the Clippers because he knew they were going to trade for another star. Kawhi and PG will join Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley on the Clippers.

Thank you for reading my article about all of the big free agency signings so far. Once again, make sure to look for my posts in the upcoming days with some of the smaller signings.

Pelicans-Lakers NBA Trade Review and Grades!

NBA Trade Lakers-Pelicans

The offseason/NBA trade season has started off with a bang. The Los Angeles Lakers traded for star Power Forward Anthony Davis. The Lakers gave the Pelicans a lot of young talent in return. Today we will be reviewing the trade and I will grade both teams on their acquisitions. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here and like my Facebook page here.

Trade Details

The Lakers have been interested in acquiring Anthony Davis since it became public that he wanted to leave the Pelicans in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. No deal was worked out during the season, and Davis finished the season with New Orleans.

The trade was made public on the afternoon of June 15th and first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The trade is not actually expected to be completed until July 6th. The Lakers acquired Davis, and in return game up Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and 3 future first round draft pick, including the 4th pick in Thursdays NBA Draft. The trade is a win for both teams. The Lakers get a star player to pair with LeBron that can help attract free agent talent towards them, and the Pelicans now have tons of young talent and are stocked on draft picks for years to come.

Lakers NBA Trade Grade: C

The Lakers are investing all of their resources into winning as soon as possible. They now have LeBron, AD, and Kyle Kuzma as their top 3 players. But they now have almost no one else on their roster. They only have 5 players! Another problem I have with this trade is the timing of it. I get that the Lakers wanted to complete this deal to make sure that another team could not make a better offer and get Davis, but I think this deal was still rushed too much.

If the Lakers had waited to complete this deal on July 30, they would have had $32.5 million in cap space, which is enough to sign someone to a max free agent deal. Instead, they will not be able to offer anyone a max free agent contract. I think the Lakers accomplished what they wanted to do with this trade and didn’t give up anything they didn’t want to, but they could have a better situation if this was rushed so much. One player I think the Lakers should aggressively pursue is Kemba Walker. Signing him in free agency would give this team 3-star players, but he would have to take a pay cut and not a max deal.

Pelicans NBA Trade Grade: B+

David Griffin has acquired his franchise a boatload of young players and stocked his team up for the future with draft picks. Remember, this team took Zion Williamson with the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. The Pelicans then traded the 4th pick in the draft to the Hawks for the 8th pick, 17th pick, and 35th pick. The Pelicans took Jaxson Hayes at 8, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker at 17. I love this trade because the Pelicans have young players that will be good for years to come and that they can also trade for older star talent.

This was my review of the first big NBA trade of the offseason. If you enjoyed this post, stay tuned for more posts about NBA trades in the future. Comment below who you think won this trade.

Why the Detroit Pistons Will Finish Top 5 in the East Next Year

Detroit Pistons Coach Dwayne Casey

The Detroit Pistons season was disappointing last year, with the team having hopes of making a playoff run and instead of missing out on them all together. But the Pistons have a new look this year, and so does the Eastern Conference. Today we are going to be looking at why the Pistons could be towards the top of the East next year. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here and like my facebook page here. You can join my Discord here.

The Detroit Pistons New Coach

The Pistons fired their head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy in the offseason. They replaced him with Dwayne Casey. Casey won the coach of the year award this year and led the Raptors to the 1 seed in the East. The one thing that people are a little bit worried about is that Casey has never made it to the NBA Finals despite lots of high seeds in the playoffs. But Casey is definitely a great hire for the team.

The Detroit Pistons Roster

The Pistons have all of their key pieces from last year returning, and they signed Glenn Robinson III in free agency. The Pistons definitely have the talent to make it to the playoffs, they just need to perform.

The Eastern Conference 

With LeBron James leaving the Cavaliers, they do not seem like a team that will do very well next year. The only other teams that I see as being better than the Pistons in the East are the Celtics, 76ers, and depending on how they actually perform, the Raptors. This gives the Pistons a very good chance to get home court advantage in the first round next year.

I hope you enjoyed my post about the Pistons next season, and look for more posts about the team previewing the next year to come soon.

Why DeMarcus Cousins Free Agency Choice Will Ruin the NBA

On July 2nd, it was announced that the Golden State Warriors had signed star center Demarcus Cousins. Lots of people have been angry with this signing, so today I am going to be breaking down why this signing is bad for the NBA’s image. To stay updated, follow my Twitter here and like my facebook page here. You can join my discord here. Thank you.

The Contract

Demarcus Cousins made 18 million dollars last year. So why is a player of his caliber signing a 5 million dollar contract? The answer is because he is chasing championships. If he had signed a contract for the money that he was worth, the Warriors wouldn’t have been able to pay it. But he took a significant pay cut just so he can play for the Warriors. The NBA should make a rule where players cannot sign a contract that is a certain amount lower than their estimated value or the contract they made last year. This would prevent situations like Cousins’ contract.

The Team

Cousins will join a team with Curry, Thompson, Durant, and Green. This will mean their entire starting lineup will be all-stars from last year, and they will have 2 MVPs. A team should not be able to have a lineup this good. Even teams like the 2010-2014 Heat had non-all-star players in their lineup. This will be a new era of superteams in the NBA, and I do not agree with it. There need to be rules about just how good a team can be.

In conclusion, DeMarcus Cousins could have played for a different team and gotten more money, and he would have been the star. Instead, he will be shadowing Curry and Durant, and he will be earning less money than normal players like JJ Reddick, just so he can have a great chance at rings.

 

NBA Free Agency Preview 2018

Welcome back to another post, today we are going to be talking about LeBron James Free Agency, and the 3 best teams that I think he should consider playing for. Today is July 1st, and LeBron can now see which teams will offer him contracts and choose the one he wants to play for. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here, like my Facebook page here, and join my Discord here. Thank you.

LeBron James

Probably the biggest star ever, LeBron will once again go into free agency with a decision that will change the entire NBA for years to come. In 2010, he left to win a championship, and in 2014 came back to Cleveland to win one for his hometown. Now, he has nothing to prove, so there are 2 sides to his decision this summer. One, he could stay in Cleveland and play the rest of his career for his hometown team, or two, he could go to a different team and try and defeat the superteam Warriors and get a couple more championships before his time is up. Personally, I don’t think he will be coming back to Cleveland next year, but some people think otherwise. Here are the 3 teams that I believe he could be playing for next season.

3. Los Angeles Lakers

What better place for LeBron to play then Hollywood, where all the stars are. The Lakers have a variety of young talent and the potential to sign established stars to the roster. By signing LeBron, they could convince other free agents to sign for them and trade for more stars. This could give LeBron a better chance to beat the Warriors. And by beating the Warriors, LeBron would have a great chance to make it to the NBA Finals again and win more championships.

2. Philidelphia 76ers

Another team with lots of young talent including reigning ROY Ben Simmons and big man Joel Embiid, the 76ers have a chance to complete the process by signing the best player in the world. To do so, they will need to hire a new GM that will earn the trust of LeBron, and their players will need to prove that they are mature enough to become a superteam. There were many times last year that Joel Embiid let his emotions get out of check, and he will need to clean his act up a little bit to ensure happiness throughout the team. Other than that, the 76ers are a huge contender to sign LeBron.

1. Houston Rockets

Finally, the team that Lebron will be best at and the team I hope he signs for, the Houston Rockets. With the other 2 teams on this list, you need to have growth from young players or signings of other stars. With the Rockets, LeBron will be put into a lineup that features Chris Paul, James Harden, and Clint Capela. Here, there is a reigning MVP, a rising star, and a veteran leader. The Rockets went 7 games with the Warriors in the conference finals last season, and by adding LeBron, I think they could beat them next year.

I hope you enjoyed my post on where I think LeBron will be playing next season and if you did, make sure you stay tuned for more posts on NBA free agency and other sports topics.

Detroit Pistons Review: Embrace The Tank!

Welcome back to another Detroit Pistons Review, where we look at the past week of action from the team and highlight how they can become better. Today, we will talk about why the Pistons season is already over and why the playoffs do not matter to this team. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here and like my Facebook page here. You can view all of my Detroit Pistons Reviews here.

Better 2 Games

Since the last post came out on Tuesday, there are only 2 games to talk about in this post. They lost in the closing seconds to the Raptors, and then yesterday they won by 16 against the Bulls. But despite better showings in these two games, I don’t think that the Pistons are going to make the playoffs this year or really even compete for a spot. The reason why is because I think the Pistons are going to tank for the rest of the season.

Why the Pistons Should Tank

The Pistons should tank because they can potentially get a good draft pick in June, and there is no way they are going to win a series against the Celtic, Raptors, or Cavaliers. And those 3 teams would be one of the teams the Pistons played if they did make the playoffs. The one problem could be that I believe that Stan Van Gundy is the right coach for the Pistons, but Tom Gores might not:

Detroit Pistons Review“This business is about winning games and we haven’t been doing enough of that. At the end of the season, we’ll sit down and talk and he’s got to make a decision about the best way to go for the organization.”

 

I think firing SVG would be a big mistake for this organization and that there wouldn’t be anyone that could replace him and make the team better.

Detroit Pistons Review: 2018 Free Agency

Another reason the Pistons should tank is that I think there would be some free agents that see what the Pistons are trying to accomplish and see Blake, Andre, and Reggie. A small forward or shooting guard star could make this team so much better, and I think the Pistons might have to throw some extra money at someone this summer to try and make their starting lineup better.

Thank you for reading this post about the Detroit Pistons. I will be live-blogging the Selection Show tomorrow and the NCAA Tournament polls will also start tomorrow after the show.

Detroit Pistons Review: Second Half Starting

Detroit Pistons Review

Welcome to the first post of the weekly Detroit Pistons Review this year. Sorry, this post came out late, but remember that this series will be posted every Saturday. Also, the History of the Tigers series will be starting back up this Friday. To stay updated on future posts, please follow my Twitter here and like my Facebook page here.

Embarrassing Performances

Since the All-star break ended, the Pistons are 1-6. This should not be how a team with two star players and a balanced lineup at the rest of the positions should be playing. Even without Reggie Jackson, the Pistons should not be losing so many games. Also, they do not seem to compete at all anymore. They lost to the Cavs by 22, Raptors by 29, Hornets by 16, and Celtics by 12. The Pistons are now 5 games out of the playoffs when they should be moving closer to getting in them. I think that the players are getting tired so I have a few ideas to make them a healthier team.

Ways to Get Better

I am still going to say what I said in my Pistons Mid-Season review where I said that they should sign a center to back up Drummond. But I also think that the Pistons should move Reggie Bullock over to small forward, and move James Ennis to the bench, and find a new shooting guard instead of Langston Galloway. Galloway only averages 6 points a game, and the Pistons need a good player to model Luke Kennard. I don’t think that Galloway is that guy.

Unfortunately, if the Pistons do want to get rid of Galloway they can’t cut him. He has a contract of $6 million, and they would have to pay him that money if they cut him. Instead, they can try and trade him next year when the season starts and see if they can get a better shooting guard. This isn’t an immediate plan, but it is something that I think will help the Pistons a lot.

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Pistons Trade for Avery Bradley

The Detroit Pistons have a new shooting guard after they traded with the Boston Celtics for Avery Bradley and a 2019 second round pick. The Pistons gave the Celtics Marcus Morris in return for Bradley. This created enough salary-cap space for the Celtics to sign Gordon Hayward. With the Pistons trading away Morris, it looks like their starting small forward will now be Stanley Johnson. The Pistons also announced that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is now an unrestricted free agent, as the Pistons don’t need him now that they have Bradley.  Bradley averaged 16.3 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game last season for the Celtics.

Here is the Pistons projected starting lineup:

Reggie Jackson, PG

Avery Bradley, SG

Stanley Johnson, SF

Jon Leuer, PF

Andre Drummond, C

Gordon Hayward Expected to Sign With the Celtics

Gordon Hayward plans to sign with the Boston Celtics, choosing them over the Utah Jazz and Miami Heat. The 27-year-old shooting guard will be reunited with his college coach, Brad Stevens. Although there has been no official announcement yet, his agent said he planned to announce his decision today. If Hayward does indeed sign with the Celtics, the Celtics will have a roster of Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and Hayward. This could make them competitive in the Eastern Conference with the Cavaliers and Raptors.

Breaking News: KD to Re-sign With Warriors

Kevin Durant has re-signed with the Warriors for a 2-year deal worth $53 million, which is about $9 million less than the max deal he could have signed with the Warriors. The Warriors have now re-signed Steph Curry, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and Durant. They are also interested in signing Nick Young.