NBA Free Agency Roundup: Dwightmare Continues, Griffin Inks Extension
Another day has gone by in a hectic summer of NBA free agent wheeling and dealing. A couple of big moves went down today, along with the continuation of America's favorite soap opera: the Dwight Howard Saga. Here is your NBA Free Agency Roundup.
The biggest completed move of the day was in Los Angeles, where the Mayor of Lob City ensured he would be there for a long time. Blake Griffin agreed to a five year deal worth up to $95 million. Of course, that kind of money can buy a lot of things, meaning that Blake might want to invest in a free throw shooting coach to try and improve his wretched 59% career free throw percentage. The deal includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year.
Dwight Howard continues to be shopped around the NBA by the Orlando Magic, who want to get something for him before he surely walks to the Brooklyn Nets after next season. Reports of the Cleveland Cavaliers being involved in a 3 team deal with the Nets and Magic for Howard have tapered off, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly entered the fold.
An outline of the infantile stages of the attempted deal between the three teams would include the Lakers acquiring Howard (assuming David Stern doesn't bar them from doing so), the Rockets getting Andrew Bynum, and the Magic getting the opportunity to blow things up and start over again.
If I'm the Nets, I am nervous about this scenario, but I'm sure they will be willing to continue to throw draft picks into their offer until the Magic accept.
Tim Duncan has agreed to a three year deal worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $36 million with the San Antonio Spurs, solidifying that he will remain a Spur for the remainder of his storied career. The deal is similar to the one Boston made with similarly aged forward Kevin Garnett.
The Sixers' rough offseason continued on Tuesday. After releasing Elton Brand with the league's amnesty clause, they saw Lou Williams opt out of the final year of his contract and sign with the Atlanta Hawks. After the move was made official, he tweeted "Philly, I appreciate you all. Unfortunately I will not be coming back, as an organization they decided to move in a different direction." This will surely make it difficult for them to build on the success they found last year, taking the Celtics to seven intense games in the Eastern Conference semifinals after upsetting the top seeded, Derek Rose-less Chicago Bulls.
Rashard Lewis, a 14 year veteran, is taking his talents to South Beach. He agreed to a 2 year, $2.8 million deal with the Miami Heat who continue to stockpile talent in preparation for their title defense. The rich continue to get richer in the NBA.