December 13, 2011 1 Comment
David S. Grant
Still waiting on Chris Paul (though it’s increasingly looking like the Clippers), in the meantime let’s look at some of the other deals that have went down.
Initially this was to be a power move to lure Chris Paul. Now it just looks like a sneaky good move that will anchor a suspect defense and give Amar’e a rest. That being said, we are probably days away from the Knicks blowing up their team to make one final push at Paul or Dwight Howard. It just wouldn’t be the Knicks if this didn’t happen.
DAVID WEST (2 years, 20 million) Pacers
The key to this deal is two years. Well done Pacers, this is a move teams make when they are no longer satisfied with just making the playoffs.
JEFF GREEN (1 year, 9 million) Celtics
Despite the Lakers and Rockets chaos there may not be a team more unsettled than the Boston Celtics. It may take a full season to win back the trust of their players. That being said, I like the one-year deal for both the Celtics and Green.
MIKE BIBBY (1 year, 1.4 million) Knicks
With Billups a victim of amnesty there was a need to find a veteran to play this role. I would suspect they will load up on a couple more, but this is a good start for the money spent. Plus, he wears a headband like an all-star, so there’s that!
CHUCK HAYES (4 years, 21.3 million) Kings
Hayes is a defensive big that looks 1-2 years away from being a double-double guy. Maybe the next Charles Oakley? One of my favorite signings up to this point, this of course means there is no way this works out. Sorry Sacramento!
EARL WATSON (2 years, 4.6 million) Jazz
Two years? Not when there are so many veterans signing one year minimum deals. Sorry Utah!
KURT THOMAS (2 years, amount not disclosed) Trail Blazers
Thomas is 39 years old. See Earl Watson.
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