Monday, June 30, 2008

Tons of Free Agent News

Wow. I had a different post planned for today, but then all this free agent madness happened. So far:
  • Corey Maggette (opting out of $7 million next year) and Elton Brand ($16.4 million) opt out of their contracts. The Clippers, who've already renounced the rights to Shaun Livingston, are suddenly about $30 million under the salary cap. If you throw in the contract for Eric Gordon (about $2.2 million) and a roster charge because they only have 5 players under contract (another $5.6 million), they're still left with almost $22 million under the cap.
  • Gilbert Arenas opts out (leaving $12.8 million on the table) while Antawn Jamison signs a new contract with the Wizards - 4 years for $50 million. Presumably, Washington's main goal right now is to re-sign Arenas, and Arenas is looking for a max contract.
  • Baron Davis opts out of his contract (leaving $17.8 million). To me, this was the most unexpected of the events. The Warriors are probably trying to sign Andris Biedrins and Monta Ellis this summer -- now they need to figure out what to do re Baron Davis also.
  • The Kings offer Beno Udrih the full Mid-Level Exception (5 years starting at around $6 million). This is important for them but also important for the rest of the league as several teams (Miami, Clippers, etc.) are looking for point guards.
Lingering questions:
  • Ron Artest, you didn't want to join the party? He's got $7.4 million coming his way next year, but it's generally accepted that he could command more than that on the open market. Why didn't he opt out?
  • Who gets Baron?
  • Emeka Okafor, Andre Igoudala, Ben Gordon, and Luol Deng all will be Restricted Free Agents as of Tuesday. How do they play into all of this?
  • What do the Clippers do? Brand has said that he wants to play on a great team with a couple of other stars. He's got Kaman in L.A. but beyond that? Should the Clips go after Baron Davis or Gilbert Arenas? Another possibility is that Brand bolts in a sign-and-trade to Miami -- could the Clippers squeeze Beasley out of that scenario? Even if they don't, if Miami signs Brand doesn't that make Beasley available for trade? Brand almost signed with Miami a few years ago, and if he's looking to play on a good team with other stars I'm sure the prospect of playing alongside Dwyane Wade and Shawn Marion is enticing.
  • Here are teams who currently have big-time cap space (the kind needed for Brand, Arenas, Davis, or Maggette): Clippers, Grizzlies, Sixers. That's it. The Grizzlies have 200 point guards, so chances are they'll stay out of the Davis/Arenas talks. They could be interested in Brand, though, he'd surely be an upgrade over Warrick/Milicic. But they also just traded away Mike Miller and have a very young team -- it doesn't seem like a good fit either way, with Brand probably not wanting to play for a team that won't contend and the Grizz not wanting to pay a guy who'll turn 30 before the end of next season. The Sixers could use a point guard or a skilled front court player. Hmmn . . ..
Yeah. I guess I won't guess, and we'll just wait and see what happens. It should be exciting. In the meantime, I'll finish writing a post about gravity.

1 comment:

  1. Well! Things change quickly. Gilbert Arenas is now signed with the Wizards - 6 years, $125 million. Good for him. But really Washington? Couldn't do much the last couple years, so try the same thing all over?