LeBron James. Chris Bosh. Dwyane Wade.

Three of the brightest stars in the NBA scheming to play together in South Beach, changing the landscape of the league and the free agency frenzy in one fell swoop. The craziest thing about this news? This wasn’t even that strange, considering the rest of what went down during the 2009-2010 NBA offseason.

Here’s a list of some of the more oddball moves that have happened … with more than two months still remaining until preseason tips off again.

  • The Wrath of Kahn. Yes, oh yes, I had to start this list off with Wolves GM David Kahn and the situation he’s creating in Minnesota. Giving Darko Milicic a $20 million contract. Picking up more point guards than I can count and then trading one of them away the night that it’s announced starting point guard Jonny Flynn will miss three months with hip surgery. In an offseason with what feels like a million questionable moves, no one has been behind more of them than Kahn.
  • Amar’e Stoudmire’s “enlightenment.” Not only is Amar’e moving on from Phoenix to play for the Knicks, he’s spent a chunk of his offseason studying the Jewish faith. In an interesting twist, Stoudemire’s mother claims to have Jewish roots and in an effort to learn about his heritage the new Knick went to Israel and is embracing all things associated with Judaism.
  • The firing of Kevin Pritchard. The NBA’s a business and we all know that anyone can lose their spot at any moment. But anyone that tells me they thought Kevin Pritchard would be unemployed in the summer of 2010 gets a skeptical glance. While in Portland, Pritchard earned the rep of being a drafting mastermind as well as one of the highest-profiled GMs in the league. Surely it won’t be long before he ends up working elsewhere.
  • Joe Johnson as max, max, max player. What’s more shocking here? That the Hawks throw all of their money at Johnson this offseason or that it takes him a few days before deciding he’d better jump at the opportunity?

  • The Green Giant. Shaquille O’Neal being spoken of in the same breath as Kwame Brown as teams debated on which veteran big they’d rather have. Not crazy enough? Anthony Tolliver will be making nearly twice as much as S. O’Neal this season, who signed on for two years with the Celtics. Yes, the Celtics. Purple and gold and green don’t ever go well together.
  • X (Ain’t) Gonna Give It To Ya. After selecting Xavier Henry with the 12th pick in the draft the Memphis Grizzlies still have not inked their rookie to a contract as the two sides are at odds to the specifics of the contract. Is money really that tight in Memphis? If so, yikes.
  • The disaster known as Dolan’s Knicks. You want crazy? How’s this for crazy: The Isiah Thomas-era in New York is one of the most embarrassing periods for the Knicks franchise. Besides his track record as a GM and coach, the Knicks lost $11.5 million in that sexual harassment suit filed by a former employee. So what does James Dolan do this offseason? Re-hire Thomas as a consultant with the team, naturally.
  • Dan Gilbert’s angry Comic Sans. In a move no one could have predicted, Cleveland’s owner vented with Cavs fans in the aftermath of LeBron James’ decision, posting a letter to supporters absolutely ripping LBJ to pieces. While the outburst may have felt cathartic in the moment, there may be a backlash to his madness as the bold move could scare off potential free agents.
  • The Decision. If Gilbert’s letter was crazy, James’ decision to announce his decision live on ESPN was certifiable. Choosing to be on live television to announce in front of millions that you are spurning your hometown team, breaking hearts all over Cleveland and embarrassing the franchise in the process … not a good way to leave town. Not a great way to say thanks for the support. Just not a classy thing to do.

I feel like that covers it, but fully expect you all to chime in with those that I may have missed. With all of the movement going on this offseason, I can barely keep up with who signed where, when and for what, let alone remember all of the other drama that has unfolded thus far.

Comments (15)

  1. Those are the only 12 Miami Heat fans.

  2. Tiago Splitter inexplicably taking a pittance of a contract when he could have gotten 10+ mil a year in europe (or even gotten 5 mil a year from the spurs) ranks up there, too.

  3. maaann holly all you do is hate on the hawks..

  4. Twitter makes the summer even crazier; especially with players on the cusp of a trade and telling everyone that they’ll be playing with a new team only to have the trade ultimately killed by overpowering majority owners or stupidly overlooked flaws which make the trades ineligible.

    Obviously I’m talking about Michael Jordan ripping Bryan Colangelo a new one, and then the Matt Barnes miscalculation where Orlando actually doesn’t have the flexibility to initiate a sign and trade of that magnitude. Worst part is obviously Barnes stating he’d be playing with Toronto on his Twitter account.

    I’m sure Holly remembers pulling the hardcore all-nighter attempting to follow up on the Bobcats deal!

  5. What about the Raptors? Besides losing Bosh and the subsequent comments by Colangelo about events leading up to his departure, there was the Turk situation, the signing of Amir to a ridiculous contract and they had the Jose trade kaiboshed by MJ. Pretty crazy summer right here in TO if you ask me.

  6. I think Memphis is even more perplexing considering they gave Rudy Gay the MAX a month ago, yet refuse to pay their rookie a measly rookie salary. Really, Chris Wallace? C’mon, son.

  7. Ooof! @Adrian and @Ian: I KNEW I had a list of ten things in mind, but could not remember the 10th. Of course, it was the Raptors having two trades announced on Twitter “Yahoo! confirming that Tyson Chandler told them he was going to Toronto/Matt Barnes tweeting that he’d be playing for the Toronto Raptors) that fell apart a day later.

    @Aaron: Yup. We discussed this one, too. Like I said, A million little pieces of crazy in this offseason!

    @Jeff: Not true. Signing Joe to a deal that big… How are they going to bring in someone else to help them bridge the gap and compete with their EC rivals who have all made moves to get better?

    @Bing: I’m with you. Esp considering how over the moon Xav was throughout the predraft process, I hope it gets sorted soon. He’s a rookie I really look forward to covering this season.

  8. Matt Barnes announcing he’s going to Toronto on Twitter (sike!) then announcing via tweet he’ll be playing for the Lakers (while misspelling Los Angeles…).

  9. Holly (and I guess the rest of the Score team) maybe another landmark this summer (kinda low key, but notable) has been the announcement that the Raps and Nets will play twice in London in March, first NBA regular season games in Europe. Perfect opportunity for TBJ European Vacation?! ;-)

  10. How bout Jordan telling the world that LBJ will never be him…. that has to be something news worthy too… or the CP3 drama… there are small little news items more all the time now…. globalization created this i tell you

  11. BTW, “Yes. We. Did.” — SERIOUSLY!? Are you trying to tell me that out of the 5.5 million people in Miami, there wasn’t a single person who knew this was terrible grammar?

  12. I would say hiring Isiah Thomas as a consultant.
    Does the Magic signing Chris Duhon count as crazy?

  13. i’d say the nyets and the craptors are playing in london. would people watch those 2 games?

  14. Holly-

    I agree that the money was too much.. but what was the other option? Let Joe walk and then what? Sign John Salmons? lol.. as much hate as he gets he is the offensive focal point of the Hawks.. yes Jamal hits clutch shots but he doesn’t get those looks without the ever-present double team on Joe..Also I’m high on the Hawks (and Magic) because they have the same starting lineup for 3 yrs now (not necessarily a bad thing).. the bulls, heat, and maybe the celtics now with shaq are going to have some “getting to know each other time” before they mesh..just my two cents..

  15. . Why is Lebron king when he hasn’t won yet. And since he is on the Heat, isn’t he prince now?

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