Now that we have LeBron James out of the way, we can finally talk about the other off season acquisitions. Here are my best and worst moves made so far.
1. The Toronto Raptors trade Hedo Turkoglu to the Phoenix Suns for Leandro Barbosa
- Toronto was desperately trying to get rid of Turkoglu and his massive contract and did. That alone warrants top of the list. In return they get a strong bench player in Barbosa with a shorter 2 year contract.
2. The Utah Jazz trade future 1st round picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Al Jefferson
- Utah gets their replacement for Boozer in Jefferson who when healthy is one of the best low post players in the game. His defense should get better too in that he does not have to guard centers anymore.
3. The Chicago Bulls sign Ronnie Brewer for a 3 year/$12.5 million contract
- I really like the idea of a Rose/Brewer backcourt. Brewer would add great perimeter defense and can be relied on to hit the open jumper.
1. The Minnesota Timberwolves sign Darko Milicic to a 4 year/$20 million dollar contract
- This is just too much money for a guy that "could" be good in your system. Milicic has not proved anything in his time in the NBA and still Minnesota is paying like he has.
2. The Milwaukee Bucks sign Drew Gooden to a 5 year/$32 million contract
- The 2 things Gooden has shown over the years is that he can rebound and he cannot stick to just one team. The latter indicates that this is probably not a player you try to sign long term.
3. The Memphis Grizzlies sign Rudy Gay to a max contract
- First, Rudy is not a max contract player. He is a below average defender and a very flawed offensive player. Second, Memphis didn't even attempt to see how the market was going to shake out before they signed him. They could have possibly got him for less money they didn't have such a quick trigger.
Agree? Disagree? Lemme know!