2010 NBA trades
The summer is not ready , but a lot of NBA trades happened so far. The question of the summer was Lebron where ? In the meantime we found out. We gonna highlight the most important NBA trades of the summer and the changes in most of the teams , starting from worst to the best.
The Clippers re-signed Craig Smith and Rasual Butler and nabbed Randy Foye from Washington and Ryan Gomes from Minnesota. All three contracts were very economical and won’t put the Clippers in a financial bind. Foye will provide insurance if Baron Davis or Eric Gordon suffer injuries, while Smith, Butler and Gomes offer depth along the frontline.
San Antonio re-signed 3-point specialist in a move that made sense. As long as Tim Duncan is on the roster, Bonner will be able to get away with playing power forward on the defensive end and make up for his defensive shortcomings with his jump shooting.
Jefferson opted out of his deal that would have paid him $15 million next season and re-upped with the Spurs for 4 years, $39 million. Still waiting to see if he will find a role in the offense next season.
The Bobcats decided to resign Tyrus Thomas to a five-year, $40 million deal. Also Shaun Livingston and Sherron Collins, but neither player can be counted on to contribute great things.
The Bucks spent a whooping $72 million on John Salmons and Drew Gooden, two NBA veterans. Smart move ? ..Mmmmmhhh …
After losing Chris Bosh, the Raptors resigned Amir Johnson (to a five-year – $34 million contract !!!) and brought Linas Kleiza. Probably, hard to see the Raps fighting for playoffs in the next 3-4 years …. But at least they got rid of the Hedo .
In Minesotta, David Kahn filled a need at point guard with the dependable Luke Ridnour. Considering Jonny Flynn’s tenuous relationship with Kurt Rambis, four-years, $16 million looks like a good deal. Also, Darko Milicic a for-year $20 million deal.
In Cleveland, not much can be said . Seems that Joey Graham will replace Lebron’s position … ??!!??
In Atlanta, Joe Johnson will make more money that Lebron in Miami. Could he keep up the pace 20 + points for the next 6 years ? Will see. Except that nothing much.
The big fuss in New Jersey wasn’t that big really … Mikhail Prokhorov’s first investments were in Travis Outlaw, Jordan Farmar and Anthony Morrow, who received a combined $59 to take their collective talents to Brooklyn. All the big names have been missed.
Houston re-signed Luis Scola and Kyle Lowery and added Brad Miller to provide depth behind Yao. the Rockets failed to address the need for a shooting guard, where the fragile Kevin Martin can’t be expected to make it through the season.
The Suns lost Amare, but recovered good by re-signing sharpshooter Channing Frye, Hakim Warrick and Josh Childress to provide depth and acquired Hedo Turkgolu. For the center position, Robin Lopez is supposed to be the man ( big doubts on this one …)
Golden State added David Lee in a sign-and-trade, adding a proven NBA star capable of putting up ridiculous numbers in Nellie’s go-go system. They also signed Dorell Wright, who has never managed to reach his potential but still could, and added Jannero Pargo and popular summer league star Jeremy Lin.
No big moves for Orlando. The Magic matched the Bulls’ offer to restricted free agent J.J. Redick and snagged a pair of former Knicks in Quentin Richardson and Chris Duhon. Will probaly see another good run on the playoffs.
The Lakers signed Matt Barnes and Steve Blake , a move that provides two solid pieces for Phil Jackson and should improve the Lakers’ bench. Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown re-signed and are joined by Theo Ratliff, who provides a slight upgrade over D.J. Mbenga.
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki re-signed for less money, enabling the Mavs to overpay slightly to keep Brendan Haywood.
Mark Cuban’s team is constructed perfectly to compete against the Lakers and has a nice mix of veterans and promising young players. The re-signing of Haywood and acquisition of Tyson Chandler could pay huge dividends, assuming both big men are able to stay healthy.
The Knicks are coming together … are they ? Stoudemire’s game fits perfectly into the fast-paced pick-and-roll heavy offense and also the signing of Raymond Felton is a big plus.
Celtics got Shaq. Now…. more serious problems . In addition to adding Jermaine O’Neal, don’t forget Boston re-signed free agents Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to keep the dynasty together and prepare for another run at the NBA Finals. Also, Nate Robinson and Marquis Daniels resigned for a very deep bench.
After missing all the big free agents, Chicago managed to recover in a different way. Carlos Boozer gives the Bulls a post-scorer for the first time since Elton Brand and is a perfect second option behind Derrick Rose.
With Ronnie Brewer expected to start and Kyle Korver slated to come off the bench, that’s a strong perimeter shooting squad.
The dream is reunited in Miami : Wade, LeBron, Bosh. But, the Heat needed shooting, so they signed Mike Miller and Eddie House. They needed depth up front, so they re-signed Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony and Jamaal Magloire and brought in Juwan Howard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Those moves make Miami and deep and undeniably dangerous team when combined with the remarkable free agent coup.
I’m sure we’ll see more moves shortly. We’ll keep you posted and we’re anxious for a new great NBA season.