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.

The Huge Blake Griffin Trade Analyzed

Monday the Pistons and Clippers made a huge trade that put a lot of people in disbelief. Today we are going to be reviewing it for both teams and previewing the future lineup for both of these teams. To stay updated on future posts, you can like my facebook page here and follow my Twitter here.

Players the Pistons Received

The Pistons received 2 decent players and a superstar in Blake Griffin. One of the 2 other players were Brice Johnson, who averages just 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game, but only gets 4.2 minutes a game. The other was Willie Reed, who is more experienced. He averages 12 minutes a game in his career and 5 points a game. Blake Griffin’s stats are very good. Although his career has been filled with injury, in the games he plays, he averages 21.6 points a game, 9.3 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks a game.

Players the Clippers Received

The cost for the Pistons in getting such a huge player was harsh. The Pistons gave up small forward Tobias Harris, shooting guard Avery Bradley, and center Boban Marjanovic. The Clippers will also receive the Pistons first rounder and second rounder in the 2018 draft. Tobias Harris is a player that averages 14 points a game in his career and was having a breakout year averaging 18 this year. Avery Bradley is a defense-first shooting guard that averaged 15 points this year for the Pistons, and 1 steal a game. And Boban Marjanovic is a 7 foot 3 center who doesn’t get much playing time but could be like Yao Ming if he got enough experience.

Who Won the Trade?

I think the Clippers won this trade based on the past stats of the players involved but that the Pistons might win it if Blake Griffin stays healthy and has a good pairing with Andre Drummond. The Clippers got 2 good players and the Pistons only got 1, but the impact of taking 2 starters out of the Pistons lineup could be damaging, or not matter. I think Reggie Bullock will become the starting small forward and Luke Kennard will be the shooting guard. I also think the Pistons should get a veteran shooting guard to help Luke Kennard out because both him and Langston Galloway are fairly young.

Gerrit Cole to the Astros Could Make the AL A Crazy League In 2018

Gerrit Cole, formerly on the Pirates, was traded to the already stacked rotation of the Houston Astros. Cole will join Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers for next season. The Pirates got 4 players in return, but none of them are big names like Cole. This could make the American League interesting, as the loaded bats the Yankees have, with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo   Stanton, and Didi Gregorius could end up facing the Astros in the ALCS once again. I don’t know who I would pick yet, but I will have an MLB predictions article coming out before the season starts, and possibly another article about offseason changes such as coaching, free agents, and trades.  I will also be bringing back Tigers week in review, and I will try my best to stay updated every week. If you enjoyed this short article, like my facebook page here and follow my Twitter here.

The Stephen Piscotty Trade That Isn’t All About Baseball

On Thursday, the Cardinals shipped right fielder Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland A’s for 2 minor leaguers. The deal wasn’t only made because the Cardinals wanted prospects, but also so Piscotty could play closer to his mom, who was diagnosed with ALS in May. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Piscotty grew up in California and went to Stanford for college. He missed some time last season after his mom was diagnosed. In days leading up to the trade, there had been reports of him being shipped to either the A’s or Giants.

He said, “The thought of playing at home is a dream, and to be close to my mom and family is priceless.”

Piscotty has 38 home runs, 163 RBI’s, and a .262 average. But the trade is not just about how good he is, but about how he will now be able to spend more time with his family.

Why The Tigers Should Be Sellers At the Trade Deadline

The Tigers have certainly been disappointing this year. They are in 4th place right now in the AL Central, and they are 8 games under .500. GM Al Avila said before this season that they would try to compete this season and push for the Playoffs. The Playoffs seem very unlikely this season.  The Tigers are really going to need to rebuild because they have so many old players. So the Tigers need to make some moves for the future. Here’s what they should do.

Sell Ian Kinsler

The Tigers need to move on from this second baseman after 3 and a 1/2 years at Comerica. Kinsler is 35 years old and is having the worst year of his career. He is hitting  .237 compared to .288 last year, and he has only driven in 23 runs. Last year he drove in 83 runs. Fans have said that the Tigers need to move on from Kinsler, and I agree. What the Tigers need to get out of this trade is either a bullpen pitcher or a young SS/2B that will have years to develop for the Tigers.

Talk to J.D Martinez

Lots of rumors have come out that J.D Martinez will never in a million years come back to the Tigers after this year. He is a free agent and there are plenty of teams that need him. Yes, they could trade him right now, but you never know if the guy you get will work in the Tigers system. So here’s what the Tigers need to do. Either Al Avila or Brad Ausmus needs to sit down with Martinez and ask him if he wants to play for the Tigers next year. Ask him if he enjoys playing for the Tigers and playing in Detroit. If he says yes, you don’t need to trade him. Just give him a huge contract in the offseason. But if he says no, then trade him in a deal that makes sense. You might think they would need a right fielder now, but they can play Alex Presley in center-field and move Mikie Mahtook in right. And then you can sign a right fielder in the offseason.

Rebuild for the Next 5 Seasons, Not 2

Those are the two players that the Tigers need to consider the most at the deadline. But for the rest of the players, they just need to look at the offers they get and that will determine the trades they should make. The Tigers have to consider that they will probably not be competitive next season or the season after that. So they need to trade for players that are established but young and make this team competitive for years to come. That’s how the Tigers can get back to their winning ways.

Could Justin Verlander be Traded?

The Tigers could end up trading their number one pitcher by the trade deadline at the end of this month. The Cubs have shown interest in both Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Here are the pros and cons of trading them.

If the Tigers trade Verlander, the team will probably be committing to a rebuild. This would leave the Tigers with just two good starting pitchers in Michael Fulmer and Jordan Zimmerman. The Tigers could potentially trade for a center fielder, like Jon jay or Ian Happ. But I do not think the Tigers should trade Alex Avila because he is a very good catcher who has been hitting great this year. He has .308 with 11 homers, and he is the best hitter on the Tigers this season. So the Tigers can trade Verlander but not Avila.

NBA Trades and Free Agency Moves So Far Part 1

The NBA free agency period started today, and already some big deals have happened around the league. Last night there were two big deals just before free agency started. Here are some of the deals that have happened so far.

Paul George to OKC

Last night just before the free agency started, the Pacers traded the 27-year-old forward who was interested in playing for the Lakers and joining them next year in free agency. The Thunder gave up Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Last year Russell Westbrook was the best player in the league because he had to do everything for the Thunder, so it will be interesting to see how the Thunder performs this year with 2 superstars.

Steph Curry Gets a Huge Contract

The Warriors locked Steph Curry up for years to come with a 5 year, $201 million contract. Curry will stay on a Golden State team that will be hard to beat with four superstars. But will the team face some trouble next year with a Rockets team that has added Chris Paul and a Thunder team that added George?

Langston Galloway Signs With the Pistons

The 25-year-old Shooting Guard will sign with Detroit for a 3-year deal worth $21 million. He has averaged 8.7 points and 2.2 assists per game in his career. This could mean that the Pistons are willing to let Kentavious Caldwell-Pope go this offseason.

Blake Griffin to Stay With the Clippers 

The 28-year-old Power Forward has agreed to a 5 year, $173 million deal with the Clippers. The team could still potentially be a playoff contender next year if Patrick Beverley is a good replacement for Chris Paul. The Clippers still have DeAndre Jordan and Griffin, so they could be a sleeper team next year.

Who Wins In the CP3 Trade?

Yesterday, the Clippers moved on from one of the best passing point guards of all time. Chris Paul was traded to the Rockets for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hillard, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a top 3 protected 2018 first round pick and $661 thousand. Who gets the better end of this deal?

The Clippers get 7 players with an average age of 26, with a good chance for some of them to develop (like Sam Dekker) and some of them who are already established NBA players (like Lou Williams and Patrick Beverly). Meanwhile, the Rockets give up 7 players, a first-rounder and $660,000 to get a 32-year-old point guard who has been scoring fewer points and getting fewer assists than earlier in his Clippers career. The Clippers are the clear winners in this trade because they get players they can trade on later if they want to rebuild around one superstar, or they can try to trade for the best team next year depending on whether or not Blake Griffen leaves in free-agency.

The Clippers are the clear winners in this trade because they get players they can trade later if they want to rebuild around one superstar, or they can try to trade for the best team next year depending on whether or not their remaining star, Blake Griffin, leaves in free-agency.

Would Trading For Paul George Be Worth It?

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers have both shown interest in signing Paul George after the Pacers were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Cavs. George has indicated he wants to opt out next year. But would trading the 27-year-old be worth it for the Pacers and if so, who would they trade him too?

1.  Cleveland Cavaliers

Good: Paul George would get to play for a team that has made the NBA Finals 3 straight years, and LeBron James, who has made the Finals in 7 straight years. If the Cavs get George, the team could be considered a super team and might be able to better compete with the Warriors.

Bad: The Cavaliers may have to give up a lot to get Paul George. They might have to trade Kevin Love,  their starting power forward who they traded Andrew Wiggens for in 2014. The Cavaliers will have to decide who they want more: Kevin Love or Paul George.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Good: The Lakers are a team that players are never hesitant to play for because they always have money to spend and they play in LA, one of the most popular places in the country. The Lakers could decide if this was once again the time to try and build a super team around George.

Bad: The Lakers have tried to build super teams in the past and failed, like when they had Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Dwight Howard come together. When that happened, they got swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Spurs. If Lonzo Ball is a bust, it will be like George is still playing for the Pacers because he will have to carry the team every game.

I believe that Paul George will be traded to the Lakers because the Lakers have more to offer on their side of the trade. The Cavs will have to make a better offer because their draft picks will not be as high as the Lakers draft picks. I think George would do better on the Cavs, but he would rather play for the Lakers.