Say what you want about NBA free agency, but just don't call it boring.
Day 1 proved to be a wild ride from the start and ended with $1.3 billion in contracts doled out headlined by monster extensions for Anthony Davis and Kevin Love. Yes, that includes the relatively low cost, though longer than expected deal now ex-Wizards forward Paul Pierce signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. The volume of deals likely won't be matched, but there are plenty of massive contracts still waiting for completion. Probably some crazy trades as well, though it will be hard topping the Sacramento Kings' bizarre maneuver for cap space.
What stood out:
- The two teams that faced the Wizards in the playoffs were active on Day 1 and impacted with one signing. The Raptors added a 3-and-d force by signing Hawks free agent DeMarre Carroll. Meanwhile, Atlanta kept all-star Paul Millsap in the fold with a three-year, $58 million contract and bulked up by acquiring center Tiago Splitter from the San Antonio Spurs. Factor in Toronto previously dealing away Greivis Vasquez while adding guards Luke Ridnour and Delon Wright, and the Raptors are switching up their look. Intentional or not, so are the defending Eastern Conference champion Hawks.
- Forget the Sacramento side of the trade with Philadelphia or why the Kings believe the smart move was trading away 2014 first rounder Nik Stauskas plus a future No. 1 while giving the 76ers rights to swap picks in two upcoming drafts for the sake of clearing cap space. Just note that Philadelphia's continuing plan of wait and see paid off in this case. The 76ers gave up nothing of interest, but certainly improved the present and future just by adding Stauskas, a sharpshooting lottery pick. Now let's see what they do with newly added vets Carl Landry and Jason Thompson. As for the Kings, let's hope they add reported targets Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis. Combined with DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, rookie Willie Cauley-Stein and coach George Karl, we're talking reality show scene and not the good kind.
- David West remains a free agent, but his comments about a possible suitor and his former team stood out. The 34-year-old power forward dismissed the idea that he would join the non-contending Knicks and he railed against the way the Pacers dissed Roy Hibbert after the season. As for where West winds up next season, what about the (non stretch-4) forward with a stellar mid-range game for a certain team that just lost a leader-type forward with oodles of postseason experience?
In case you're wondering: Wizards would love David West but know MLE won't be enough unless market dries up--as it did on Pierce last yr.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 2, 2015
LeBron James - Just a matter of time before he re-signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who kept Love, Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert with new deals Wednesday.
LaMarcus Aldridge - It appears three teams remain in play for the Trail Blazers scoring forward with the San Antonio Spurs the perceived frontrunner. The Phoenix Suns moved into contention in part because they added defensive center Tyson Chandler in free agency. Portland's chances might not be the best, but a chance remains that Aldridge stays put for another run with Damian Lillard.
DeAndre Jordan - Does the Pierce signing indicate Los Angeles is keeping their shot blocker? Jordan spent lots of time with the Dallas Mavericks on Day 1. If he indeed wants to play a larger role, the Mavs have plenty of room
Of the 10 names on this list of potential fits for the Wizards, seven remain available.
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