NBA Free Agency and Offseason Open Thread

12/21/11 in NBA   |   Murphy24   |   278 respect

With the lockout finally over, the new collective bargain agreement signed, and the shortened season less than three weeks away, NBA Free Agency has begun!

In a flurry of announcements, veteran Shane Battier has expressed his plans to sign with the Miami Heat, joining the LeBron-Wade-Bosh circus in South Beach. Battier provides excellent leadership, as well as solid defense and 3-point shooting, and should be a solid addition to a Heat team that showed a real lack of depth behind their big three last season.

In an even bigger move (at least in regards to his often ballooning body weight), center Eddy Curry has also agreed to sign with the Heat. Curry, who has only played in 10 games over the past three years due to his struggles to get in game shape, could miraculously be competing for playing time on a Heat team lacking much of a front line presence.

As a last little bit of news, Greg Oden has agreed to accept the $8.9 million qualifying offer extended to him by the Portland Trail Blazers. Both Oden and Portland hope that this is the season where Oden manages to stay on the court, as injuries have derailed each season of his career up to this point.

In a rare center-laden free agency, Marc Gasol, Nene, and Tyson Chandler,  the top players available, have yet to give any hint towards where they may end up. Other key players who will likely be on the move include include David West, Jamal Crawford, Thaddeus Young, Caron Butler, and Jason Richardson.

Over the next three weeks, expect exciting signings, surprising amnesty cuts, and hopefully some dramatic headline trades. Keep track of them all here in the Free Agency Open Thread!

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12/22/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Mehmet Okur is traded from Utah to New Jersey in exchange for a 2nd round pick and a trade exception.

12/21/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

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Samuel Dalembert signs with the Rockets. three-year deal, two guaranteed, $7 million per I believe

12/20/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Bulls locked up star Derrick Rose with a 5-year, $94 million extension. Great move to keep control of a young star.  

12/19/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Arron Afflalo-- 5 yrs, $43 million with the Nuggets.

Denver needs some guards after losing Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith overseas during the lockout.  

12/19/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Peja Stojakovic is retiring. Good career for Peja.  

12/19/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Baron Davis to the Knicks. Once healthy, which is an if at best, Davis and the Knicks should be pretty darn good.

12/15/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Josh Howard to Utah, Bonzi Wells to Minnesota. 

12/15/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Oh, and the Cavaliers amnestied Baron Davis, who is injured and out 8-10 weeks.

12/15/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Shawne Williams to the Nets--not the Knicks.  

12/14/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Reggie Williams signs a two-year deal with Charlotte. Worth $5 million.

12/14/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Marc Gasol, one of the bigger free agents on the market, re-upped with Memphis. 

12/14/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Melvin Ely to the Bobcats. Where will Jamal Crawford land?

12/13/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Kwame Brown to the Warriors, Shelden Williams to the Nets. 

12/12/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Busy day for the Clippers: claiming Chauncey Billups (who is pissed about it), matching the Warriors' offer sheet to DeAndre Jordan and making their three-year, $24 million deal with Caron Butler official.  

12/12/11   |   Murphy24   |   278 respect

J.J. Barea to Minnesota with 4 year, $19 million deal. That's a lot of money for a change-of-pace, third PG...

12/11/11   |   Scott   |   51950 respect

David West signs a 2 year deal with the Pacers worth $20 million

Jason Richardson stays with Orlando, signing a 4 year, $52 million deal

Knicks get rid of Chauncey Billups

12/9/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

And it looks like Richard Hamilton will get the same from the Pistons.

12/9/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Gilbert Arenas, formerly of the Magic, becomes the first official casualty of the amnesty clause. 

12/9/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Glen "Big Baby" Davis headed to Orlando in a sign-and-trade for Brandon Bass... Or so it seems. 

12/9/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

RaiderSteeler15 wrote:
I would like to see Dwight Howard come to the Spurs... He can help out on the frontcourt being a though Tim Duncan is getting old...

 Looks like Howard will request a trade to the Nets.. 

12/9/11   |   Murphy24   |   278 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I'm hearing the Knicks are making a hard run at Tyson Chandler. If they got him it would be quite a squad, but financially the team's hands would be tied.  

The Knicks making a defensive acquisition? What is this world coming to!?!?

12/8/11   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21010 respect

I would like to see Dwight Howard come to the Spurs... He can help out on the frontcourt being a though Tim Duncan is getting old...

12/8/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Caron Butler to the Clippers--3 years, $24 million.
Shannon Brown to the Suns.
Shane Battier to the Heat.

Oh, and the Lakers are trying to get Chris Paul in a three-team deal with the Rockets and Hornets. 

12/8/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

 Tayshaun Prince is resigning with the Pistons. In other news this Knicks-Chandler business is getting a little crazy. Some people are speculating the Knicks will execute a sign-and-trade with Dallas and send the Mavs Chauncey Billups. Others are saying the Knicks will amnesty Billups to make room for Chandler. And then there is the speculation that the Knicks will try and trade the beloved Amar'e Stoudemire after signing Chandler in exchange for Chris Paul, who used to play with Chandler and is his friend. This would likely be met with mixed reaction in NY, where Stoudemire is quite popular. CHAOS.

12/8/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I'm hearing the Knicks are making a hard run at Tyson Chandler. If they got him it would be quite a squad, but financially the team's hands would be tied.