NBA Free Agency Roundup: Sessions a Bobcat, Dwightmare Update
Another day is in the books of the NBA Free Agency period, and more transactions are in the books. Also in the books: Dwight Howard’s likability has completely evaporated after the latest in the Dwightmare. But before we get to that, let’s run down the day’s moves.
Ramon Sessions, who was with the Lakers last year, will be a Bobcat after signing a two year deal. The Bobcats are hoping that he can fill the void left by DJ Augustin, who is an unrestricted free agent. I’m sure Sessions is excited to go from one of the league’s best teams to a team who won seven games last season.
Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan called Dwight Howard, asking him to reconsider his intentions to leave Orlando after this season if he does not get his wish of a trade to another team. Howard, stating that he’s already heard these pleas from the Magic front office, reportedly told him that he was not going to change his stance and that he still wants out of Orlando.
Remember when Dwight Howard was one of the league’s most likable players? He might as well grab a microphone before each road game and tell the fans how terrible their city is, because he is now considered one of the worst people in all of basketball.
Los Angeles is working to ensure that they have depth on the interior should a deal for Dwight Howard not materialize. The Lakers are hoping that Antawn Jamison, Elton Brand, or Jermaine O’Neal will accept an offer with them for the veteran’s minimum, which is worth roughly $1.3 million a year. This is the same amount Rashard Lewis signed for with Miami just a few days ago.
Considering that Dallas is looking to make an aggressive push for Brand, I doubt that he would end up a Laker when all is said and done, but O’Neal may end up taking a deal such as that given that he doesn’t have much left in the tank and that not many teams will want to pay more for a guy as injury prone as he is..
Dallas, looking for a backup plan in case they can’t land Brand, is gearing up to make a push for Luis Scola as well. Scola, who was waived by the Rockets using the league’s amnesty clause, averaged over 15 points per game for the Rockets last season and could make the Mavericks front court incredibly tough to guard.
After the Toronto Raptors brought in Kyle Lowry to be their starting point guard, they have been working with the management of Jose Calderon to explore the possibility of shipping him to another team. Calderon has spent all of his 6 year career as a Raptor, but that looks like it will be coming to an end, assuming there is a team out there willing to eat the $10.6 million he is due this year on their salary cap.