With the exception of one particularly noteworthy signing, the last 24 hours have been fairly uneventful. Chris Paul is still a Hornet and Dwight Howard is still … a Magic? Can you even be “a Magic?” Never liked that team name.
Nuggets re-sign Nenê to five-year, $67 million deal
This type of contract is pretty much standard issue for a top 10 center, but I see two problems with this deal: 1. Nenê will be 33 years old in the last season of his deal, and probably won’t be a top 10 center at that point. 2. The Nuggets are probably not much better than a .500 team even with Nenê in the fold. At the moment, however, he’s a very good, high-efficiency offensive player and most Nuggets fans have to be pleased he’s remaining in Denver.
Dwight Howard is off the trading block… for now
The Woj has sources on sources, and they’re telling him that Howard will open the year playing for the Orlando Magic. Anticlimactic, much? It’s going to be fun to see if Dwight’s happy-go-lucky personality will take on a sulky tone early this season.
Conflicting reports: Pistons may or may not have offered Rodney Stuckey a five-year, $45 million deal
Up until Detroit radio host Matt Dery shot down the rumor, it had been widely reported that Stuckey turned down a five-year offer from the Pistons for around $45 million. I hope this rumor isn’t true because if it is, both sides are crazy. Stuckey is essentially a sixth man because he’s not a true point guard and he’s too small to cover opposing two guards — and that’s a lot of cash for a sixth man. If Stuckey actually turned down this offer…
It’s worth noting that Ben Gordon signed with the Pistons for five years and $55 million in July 2009. That was a terrible mistake. Pistons fans should pray that Joe Dumars doesn’t repeat it.
Bucks re-sign Luc Mbah a Moute to four-year, $19 million deal
Pretty good value for a defensive stud in his mid-20s. Now he just needs to develop his jumpshot while the Bucks hopefully find some playing time for him among their multitude of power forwards.
Nuggets decline to match Raptors’ offer sheet to Gary Forbes
With this signing, the Raptors have filled out the most underwhelming 15-man roster in the NBA. As a Raptors fan, I’m very thankful for this shortened season.