Not even 24 hours in, the Philadelphia 76ers have already welcomed newly acquired center Andrew Bynum with a huge billboard. A sign of good things to come? We shall see….
The Magic have finally traded Dwight Howard.
Orlando has acquired Aaron Afflalo and Al Harrington from Denver, Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic from Philadelphia, as well as Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga from the Los Angeles Lakers.
In addition, the Magic have also acquired five additional draft picks over the next five years. Orlando receives: a second round pick from Denver in 2013, a first round pick from either Denver or New York in 2014, a conditional first round pick from Philadelphia and a conditional second round pick from the L.A. Lakers in 2015, and a conditional first round pick from the L.A. Lakers in 2017.
The Magic traded Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark to the Lakers, while sending Jason Richardson to Philadelphia. As part of the deal, Philadelphia has acquired Andrew Bynum, while Denver has acquired Andre Iguodala.
“A primary goal for our basketball team is to achieve sustainability while maintaining a long-term vision. We feel this deal puts us in a position to begin building in that direction,” said Rob Hennigan. “In addition to the six players joining our team, we will be in a position to maximize our salary cap flexibility in the near future, as well as utilize the multiple draft picks we have acquired going forward.”
“Dwight Howard accomplished tremendous success on and off the court during his eight years in Orlando,” said Hennigan. “We wish him, Chris (Duhon), Earl (Clark) and Jason (Richardson) all the best in the future.”
“We’d like to thank Andrew for all he’s done for the team and the organization,” said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. “Andrew has been with us since we drafted him at seventeen years old and over the last seven years we have watched him develop into an All-Star player who has helped the team win two NBA Championships. He’s a special talent with a bright future. We appreciate all of his contributions and wish him well for the remainder of his career.”
A Look at each teams roster after this blockbuster deal: *(trade pieces) R(rookie)
The Lakers have agreed to terms with Jordan Hill on a two-year deal for just under $8 million.
“Jordan was excited about the fact that Steve Nash decided to join the Lakers and the prospect of winning a championship in L.A.,” said Kevin Bradbury, Hill’s agent.
Hill averaged 4.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 12 playoff games for the Lakers.
The Nuggets have signed free-agent forward Anthony Randolph to a multiyear contract, Nuggets Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today.
Randolph, 6-11, 225, averaged 7.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 34 games (five starts) with the Timberwolves last season.
The Celtics have agreed to acquire Courtney Lee in a sign-and-trade three team deal with the Rockets and the Trailblazers.
Houston will receive back JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Sean Williams, and a 2013 second-round pick in return from Boston and rights to guard Jon Diebler from Portland.
Portland will receive Sasha Pavlovic from Boston.
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Shannon Brown has agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Suns. The second season of the contract is half guaranteed.
Brown also spent the 11-12 season with Phoenix.
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Notable Free Agent Signing and Trades
The Atlanta Hawks signed themselves a new general manager in Danny Ferry, former GM of the “Lebron James Era” Cavaliers. The now “Brooklyn” Nets and Atlanta Hawks agreed to a trade that sent All-star guard Joe Johnson to Brookyln for guard Anthony Morrow, guard Jordan Farmar, forward Jordan Williams, forward DeShawn Stevenson and forward Johan Petro and a 2017 second-round pick. The Hawks also traded guard Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz for guard Devin Harris. Great trade for Brooklyn as they keep their main piece and and add an top 5 shooting guard to the team. Nets also signed guard CJ Watson from Chicago, Jerry Stackhouse from Atlanta, agreed to a contract extension with center Brook Lopez, signed forward Mirza Teletovic and traded for rebounding forward Reggie Evans. Expect them to reach the playoffs and make SERIOUS noise. The Hawks were not done yet, as the acquired forward Kyle Korver from the Chicago Bulls, and signed Lou Williams from the 76ers.
The Boston Celtics made a few key pickups this offseason. Losing the starting guard Ray Allen, the Celtics went and nabbed sixth man Jason Terry from the Dallas Mavericks. The C’s also went and locked up some big men for another playoff run, resigning forwards Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green and Brandon Bass, signing Chris Wilcox and drafting Ohio St. Buckeyes big man Jared Sullinger and Syracuse Orangemen center Fab Melo.
The NBA’s worst team last season, the Charlotte Bobcats, made steps to becoming a much better ball club. By drafting Kentucky’s starting forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Cats locked up the starting 3 man for the future. The team would then draft his backup in forward Jeffery Taylor from Vanderbilt. Also, the Cats signed reserve guard Ramon Sessions from the LA Lakers,which would result in guard DJ Augustin walking. Jordan’s Cats would then pick up center Brendan Haywood off of waivers from the Dallas Mavericks.
After losing out on the top free agents like Steve Nash, Deron Williams, and their own free agents in Jason Kidd and Jason Terry, the Dallas Mavericks struck back by getting some valuable pieces in the free agent market. The Mavs started by picking up Elton Brand, who was amnestied by the Philadelphia 76ers, trading back up center Ian Mahinmi to the Indiana Pacers for up and coming guard Darren Collision and swingman Dahntay Jones. To follow up, the Mavs would sign center Chris Kaman. This is a much younger team going forward but the future still looks good for this ball club.
The Indiana Pacers would lock up the bench for a return trip to the playoffs. The team would sign guard DJ Augustin from the Bobcats and swingman Gerald Green from the Nets. Not to mention, the Pacers would resign their starting all-star center in Roy Hibbert.
In one shocker of a trade, the Phoenix Suns sent all-star guard Steve Nash to there division rival, the Los Angeles Lakers for 2013 and 2015 first-round draft picks and 2013 and 2014 second-round draft picks. This give the Lakers a much need 3 point shooter and a guard to run the offense. Phoenix Suns signed forward Luis Scola, who was cut from the Houston Rockets and cut swingman Josh Childress.
The LA Clippers would lose out on guard Nick Young to the 76ers, but would soon replace him with former sixth man of the year Jamal Crawford. To follow up, they would resign guard Chauncey Billups and signed former all-star forward Grant Hill to the team. This would come after waiving forward Ryan Gomes.
The Houston Rockets traded guard Kyle Lowery to the Toronto Raptors for forward Gary Forbes and an unspecified first-round draft pick. Signed center Marcus Camby and traded him to New York for guard Toney Douglas, center Josh Harrellson, center Jerome Jordan and two unspecified second-round draft picks. Then, in what has become one of the more surprising moves this off season, The Rockets would sign guard Jeremy Lin to a HUGE backloaded contract that the Knicks could not match. Linsanity has hit Houston!
The Current NBA Champions, the Miami Heat have signed former all-stars guard Ray Allen and forward Rashard Lewis. This will add to the 3 point shooters the Heat already have in Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, and James Jones. Yikes!
Jason Kidd signed with the New York Knicks. Looks like the last stop for this former 10x all-star. He’ll be reduced to a backup roll on this Knicks team. The Knicks also traded Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric to Portland for guard Raymond Felton and center Kurt Thomas. Felton will step into the starting point guard role with Jeremy Lin now gone.
The Sacramento Kings signed guard Aaron Brooks and waived center Hassan Whiteside. Kings also traded a future draft pick to Toronto for defensive forward James Johnson.