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!