The last 24 hours were surprisingly active, and most of the big names have now been accounted for so this will probably be the penultimate entry in this series. Let’s get to it!
Hornets trade Chris Paul to Clippers for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and the Timberwolves’ unprotected 2012 first-round pick
You might have heard about this trade, already. I wrote a little about it last night. I like this trade for both sides. The Hornets get a probable future All-Star, a large expiring contract and a likely top-10 pick in a loaded draft. As for the Clippers, they only get the best pure point guard of this generation. No biggie.
Rip Hamilton signs three-year, $15 million deal with Bulls
No surprise here, but it still needs to be commended as an outstanding signing. I’d say Rip is a slight upgrade over Keith Bogans at two-guard. The Heat are still the favorites in the East, but this move puts the Bulls right up there with them.
Blazers waive Brandon Roy using amnesty rule
This had been discussed as a possibility since the amnesty rule was merely a whisper. Roy recently declared medical retirement, so it’s safe to say he won’t be claimed.
Jamal Crawford signs two-year, $10 million deal with Blazers
The second year is a player option, presumably so Crawford can try to land a bigger and longer contract next off-season. I’m not a Crawford fan, but he can score in bunches — just not always efficiently. I’m guessing he’ll be a sixth man behind Wes Matthews and Ray Felton.
Carl Landry signs one-year, $9 million deal with Hornets
I like Carl Landry, but that seems like a lot. He’ll replace David West at starting power forward, and provide high-efficiency scoring but not much rebounding or defense. Not-so-fun Landry fact, here are his rebounds per 36 minutes for each of his four NBA seasons: 10.5, 8.4, 6.8 and 6.2.
Reggie Williams signs two-year deal with Bobcats
The Warriors have a knack for turning D-Leaguers into NBA rotation players, and Williams was one of their recent success stories. This dude can flat-out score, so his outside shooting will be welcome on a team that lacked that quality last season.
Nets waive Travis Outlaw using amnesty rule, sign Shawne Williams to two-year, $6.1 deal
Travis Outlaw has four years and $28 million left on his current contract. Who knew that he wouldn’t live up to it? Besides everyone, I mean. Williams can shoot treys and defend multiple positions, so he’s a valuable rotation guy who will get lots of open looks when he’s eventually playing next to Dwight Howard. (Wait… what?)
Bonzi Wells gets camp invite from Timberwolves
Let me get this straight — Allen Iverson can’t get a camp invite but Bonzi freakin’ Wells can? Ouch.