Never had we experience American independence this big and this long. It has been five days now and the fireworks are still popping. 2013 Free agency had continued to shed off sparks, as we look into the latest free agency news in the NBA.
We start with the biggest name in the block… Dwight Howard
The Dwightmare had just ended and Houston awarded Howard an $88 million maximum contract agreement which includes an early termination option. Others may criticize Howard for leaving the Lakers, love him or hate him; he is still a dominant center that could directly impact any team he wanted. Kobe Bryant wanted Dwight to stay but he won’t go the extra mile. He had been in that road before with Shaq, and with two alpha males pushing each other. It’s not really good for team chemistry. Bryant’s pitch came more as a challenge to Dwight.
“I know how to do it and I’ve learned from the best. Instead of trying to do things your way, just listen and learn and tweak it, so it fits you.”
I guess Howard feels the other way around.
Two words that summed up the Rockets – young and Hungry.
Kobe’s response on Dwight’s departure via instagram:
#vamos #juntos #lakercorazon #vino
Chris Kaman fills in…
After the Lakers lost Dwight, they pursued a defensive center that could help Paul Gasol in the post. Chris is a good passer, who had a decent midrange shot that can provide some offense if needed. In short, he is a dependable role player who doesn’t have a massive ego.
Here is Kaman’s official announcement in Twitter
The Lakers amnestied Metta World Peace formerly Ron Artest. This was reported days ago by the Orange Country register that the Lakers are likely to use their amnesty provision on Metta. It’s nothing to do with his performance; it’s just that the Lakers are over the luxury tax with Kobe, Gasol and Steve Nash’s huge contracts. Shedding off Worldpeace would save the franchise 14.3 million in tax payments. The problem with the Lakers is they lost a good perimeter defender and considering they could only afford mid level players then they will have a hard time filling up that void. Nick Young perhaps?
Welcome to the Bay Area
Let’s start with this video….
When everybody was busy trying to clear cap space for Dwight Howard, Golden state went to work and upgraded their roster from C to a B+. The Warriors lost Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack to free-agency. However they quickly filled it up with crucial acquisitions like Andre Iguadala, Jermaine O’neal, Maurice Speights, Toney Douglas and Serbian all-star point guard in Nemanja Nedovic. Iguadala doesn’t need many shots because he thrives more on defense and transitions, something that can be very useful in Mark Jackson’s system. Will Golden State be a title contender next season? Probably not… but will they reach the playoffs? for sure as long as they stay healthy.
Keeping mostly their core roster intact, it’s going to be fun in Bay Area. I mean we are talking about Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut and David Lee.
There would be happy days like Andre pulling a chair prank and there would be days where Mark Jackson will be like this…
Josh Smith to the Pistons
Have you experience knowing someone that you are really sure that would go a long way but came out not realizing his potential? Well this is how I feel about Josh Smith. Good low post player, long wingspan and good leaping ability. But somehow Josh never got to take a notch up from being good to a Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony type of player. He is unstoppable when he is close to the basket. However, he keeps on pushing himself in shooting beyond the arc rather than posting up. Can this be corrected in Maurice Cheeks system? Yes he could but with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe being effective in the 4 and 5 position, Smith could slide into small forward and will be more of a tweener. One thing that Cheeks will have to maximize is Smith’s shot blocking ability.
With the game on the line… who do you call?
The Brooklyn Nets
Boston had to start somewhere and so they let go of their coach, and send Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. Majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov wanted change and overhauled their roster to start a winning franchise, so they got Jason Kidd as their coach and signed Andre Kirilenko from the Timberwolves and the Nets became an instant contender in the East.
Pierce and KG still have a lot left in their tanks; they could be a serious contender to Miami’s reign.
Win now, worry later… the Celtics got one, maybe the Nets will get lucky this time.
JR Sports made a great point…