Archive for the '2013 Free Agency' Category

2013 Free Agency, Smack / Oct 28, 2014 / 5:15 pm

Dwight Howard Says “I Didn’t Leave LA Because I Was Afraid Of Kobe”

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

Ever since Henry Abbott’s extensive piece for ESPN about the unintentional role Kobe Bryant played in limiting the LA’s ability to sign free agents who aren’t keen on playing with the Mamba, everyone assumed Dwight Howard fit in such a category; a position furthered by Abbott’s reporting and reading between the lines in public comments by Lakers brass. Dwight spurned an extra $30 million and signed with Houston in the summer of 2013, but he’s clear it wasn’t because he’s “afraid” of Kobe. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, NBA / Sep 12, 2013 / 5:00 pm

10 Veterans Who Can Restart Their Careers In Miami

Richard Hamilton

On Tuesday, the Miami Heat brought Michael Beasley back into the fold by offering him a spot on their training camp roster with a non-guaranteed contract that would net B-Easy over $1 million if he makes the team. Like Beasley, there are other NBA veterans who might play well if they latched on with the title-winning Heat. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, NBA, Smack / Aug 15, 2013 / 11:30 pm

Monta Ellis Says He Did “60 Percent Of Everything” Before Joining Mavs

Monta Ellis

The Mavericks lost out on free agent Dwight Howard to their in-state rivals, Houston, this summer. But they did refurbish a backcourt that was trotting out journeyman Mike James as a starter towards the end of last season. The three guards the Mavs signed this summer as a result, Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon and Devin Harris, were formally introduced in Dallas today. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, NBA / Aug 15, 2013 / 5:00 pm

How The Trail Blazers’ Offseason Turned Them Into Real Contenders For The Playoffs

Dorrell Wright, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, Earl Watson (photo. Instagram/trailblazers)

Aside from the 2012-13 ROY Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers fans did not have a lot to get excited about last season. They badly whiffed on the playoffs after losing their final 13 games to finish a dismal 33-49. But during the off-season, GM Neil Olshey didn’t sit idly, content with a starter-heavy roster that collapsed down the stretch. The Blazers totally refurbished their bench, and now they’re one of many teams hoping for a place in next season’s Western Conference playoffs. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, Latest News, NBA / Aug 14, 2013 / 4:16 pm

Report: Nikola Pekovic Agrees To Five-Year, $60 Million Contract To Remain With The Timberwolves

Nikola Pekovic

Earlier this afternoon, Timberwolves Team President Flip Saunders announced via Twitter that the ‘Wolves had reached an agreement on a new contract with their Montenegrin center, Nikola Pekovic. Marc Stein of ESPN tweets that the contract looks to be in the vicinity of $60 Million spread out over five years. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, NBA / Aug 4, 2013 / 2:56 pm

Mark Cuban Shares Superman Pitch Video For Dwight Howard

D12Superman

During Dwightmare 2.0 this summer, Dallas, Los Angeles, Golden State and Atlanta all vied for the services of Dwight Howard before Daryl Morey and Co. lured him to Houston. Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban shared the pitch video the Mavericks created to lure Howard to Dallas on his blog yesterday, and it’s got a distinctive Superman slant. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, Latest News, NBA / Aug 3, 2013 / 11:02 am

Pat Riley Is The Real King: Greg Oden Signs With Miami Heat For League Minimum Two-Year Deal

Greg Oden

Pat Riley is the Dark Lord of NBA executives. Last night we found out Greg Oden would be taking his wobbly knees to South Beach to join the back-to-back champion Miami Heat for a two-year deal, with a player option for the second year, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman first reported via Twitter. Perhaps what’s more incredible is he signed for the league minimum despite better offers from multiple clubs. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, NBA / Aug 1, 2013 / 3:38 pm

The 5 Teams Who Regressed the Most During The Summer of 2013

Tyreke Evans (photo. Instagram/tyrekeevans)

Yesterday, we highlighted 5 teams who improved this summer through free agency and the draft. So today we’re going to bring you 5 teams that saw their talent drop this off-season, whether to tank for a loaded 2014 draft, or through misinformed moves team’s believe will help their franchise win now, but that could have more disastrous long-term affects. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 31, 2013 / 4:15 pm

The 5 Most Improved NBA Teams After The Summer Of 2013

Dwight Howard

Tomorrow is the first day of August, and that means a lot of NBA players—both old and new—will be going on a much-deserved vacation as they get some final rest before training camps open in the fall. This comes after a number of headline-grabbing moves during the July free agency period, with some teams getting better, and others worse. Today, we’ll just focus on those teams who got better. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, Latest News, NBA / Jul 30, 2013 / 6:36 pm

Report: Pistons Acquiring Brandon Jennings From The Bucks In Sign-And-Trade

Brandon Jennings

According to league sources, Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports reports the Milwaukee Bucks will send restricted free agent Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons in return for guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Slava Kravtsov as part of a sign-and-trade with Jennings for a three-year, $24 million deal. Read More »