Thursday, July 9, 2009


Thursday, July 9, 2009

It's the best part of the year for professional basketball (YES better than the draft). It's free agency season, which should be noted has been going on behind the scenes for the past few weeks, but yesterday marked the first day in which players could sign on the dotted line for many team offers.

Trevor Ariza signed a 5-year 33.95 million dollar contract with the Houston Rockets yesterday. The trade for Ariza came with the Rockets deal when they dealt Ron Artest to the Laker's.

The Houston Rockets will likely be involved in many trade and free agent dealings with the news that their star Yao Ming may very well miss all of next season with an injured foot. Not to mention Tracy McGrady's recovery from microfracture knee surgery and with one year left in his contract with the Rockets their top two guys will likely not be much of a factor in 2009-2010. Not shaping up to be the greatest year for Houston...but Ariza will help.

As reported, Rasheed Wallace is officially a Boston Celtics. Wallace joins Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce and this team is officially disgustingly loaded with talent. It should be against the law it really should. Championship or bust for them this season imo.

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued adding to their power roster by signing Anderson Varejao on Wednesday to a 6 year 50 million dollar contract.

The Lakers are still in negotiations with unrestricted free agent Lamar Odom (and if they know like I know they'll pay him the 10 million he's seeking) Andrew Bynum WILL be a beast ONE day but that day won't begin next season.

Dwayne Wade has made public statements aimed at the Miami Heat organization that he will remain in Miami...provided he can win another championship. And D. Wade believes that A.I. (Allen Iverson) is his best option to making that happen. However A.I. may have his eye on the Memphis Grizzlies as his agent and the team are reportedly in contract talks.

The Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms in a very complicated 4 way team trade that includes Shawn Marion signing with the Mavericks. In the end the teams include: Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, the Mavericks & Raptors. Trade and signing details can be read here.

Mixed up in the Mavericks/Raptors 4 team trade, was Hedo Turkoglu who signed with the Raptors yesterday. Turkoglu opted out of his contract with the Orlando Magic after the team acquired Vince Carter. Carter is a plus for the Magic who now has to deal with a conference with Shaq in it.

"Free agent" and highly successful coach Phil Jackson will be back with the Laker's in 2009-2010.

The Detroit Pistons are very close to naming, Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach John Kuester as their new head coach according to sources in the NBA. According to them, "Kuester is familiar to the Pistons, and president of basketball operations Joe Dumars, having served on Larry Brown's staff in Detroit in 2004 when the Pistons won the NBA championship." Seems like a nice fit to me.

Speaking of Detroit...the Detroit Free Press has weighed in on the free agency team winners and losers so far. Story here. They no likey the Shaq/Lebron duo :(


XIKhai said...

I miss Ariza already!

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