Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Latest Slew...

It always amazes me how much can happen in a day. But take five days and you're really behind. So to catch everyone up...

Under-rated, under-utilized and under-appreciated forward Michael Beasley has verbally committed to a 3 year, $18 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns also agreed to a 4 year, $30 million contract with Goran Dragic.

The Los Angeles Clippers, who have already added Lamar Odom to their roster, are also bringing in Jamal Crawford, agreeing to a 3 year, $15.7 million contract. And personally, I love this move. The Clips have also decided to bring back Chauncey Billups, on something like a 1 year, $4.3 million agreement. Even with Steve Nash now on the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers may be the California team to watch out for.

It seems like the Brandon Roy "I'm retiring, oh wait, just kidding" saga is finally finished, after just having signed to the Minnesota Timberwolves on a 2 year, $10.8 million deal. No comment on how I think this season will go for him. Knee injuries are nothing to be reckoned with.

As I said before, the New York Knicks are definitely trying something new this year, and whether or not I agree with their changes, Carmelo Anthony certainly needs some help. Jason Kidd has signed a 3 year deal with the Knickerbockers, reportedly worth around $9 million, but thats not all. Marcus Camby is also joining the squad on a 3 year,  $13.2 million contract. Steve Novak has agreed to a 4 year, $15 million deal. And "bad boy" JR Smith has another year (and $2.8 million) left in him as well.

As suspected, the Indiana Pacers have matched the Portland Trailblazers' offer for Roy Hibbert.

And now, in my opinion, for the two most exciting news of all...KIRK HINRICH IS COMING BACK TO THE BULLS AND RAY ALLEN HAS SIGNED TO THE MIAMI HEAT. Now before I go any further, I should mention that so far this first "contract" is only a verbal agreement, however, sources say that by Wednesday, this "rumor" should become fact. Hinrich and the Bulls have supposedly come to an agreement of 2 years and $6 million, but the story doesn't end there. If he indeed comes back, it may quite possibly mean the end of CJ Watson's run with Chicago. While I hate to see him go, I don't think it needs to be said twice that Hinrich is the better all-around player. And with Derrick Rose still healing, we need the best substitute point-guard we can get. As for Ray Allen, all I can say is, he obviously knows whats good for him. The Celtics have been coming to their end for the past two seasons now, and with Ray Ray himself reaching the finish line, he may as well try for another championship. So after turning down the Boston Celtics' $6 million offer, he said yes to the Heat's $3, and next season will be among some of the greatest in the league. Excitement doesn't begin to describe my feelings on this.

So there you have it. Five days of the biggest NBA stories. Can't wait to see what pops up next.

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