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Free-agency day 1 winners and losers

Posted on: July 2, 2010 10:23 am
Edited on: July 2, 2010 10:25 am
So we're a day in. Who were the winners and losers from the first day of free agency?


New Jersey Nets:
The Nets made an impression with the first meeting of LeBron James' free agency tour and came away feeling good about things. They also may have inadvertently benefited from the Knicks' proposal , which too obviously ignored them.

Toronto Raptors:
The Raptors made a signing that was defense-focused , signing  young Amir Johnson to a 5-year, $34 million dollar deal. Some will question whether his production warrants such a deal, but look at his per-minute numbers (outside of fouls), and his age, consider the deal Andrew Bynum was rewarded with, and realize that Johnson is only 23. Good move for the Raps who are in for a rocky year.

Los Angeles Lakers: Any time you can bring back a guy who has 13 rings and is the only one to make your team's offensive system work, and the only person Kobe Bryant has won titles with, that's a good day, even if you didn't sign a soul.


Memphis Grizzlies: There were a lot of complications that led to Rudy Gay being inked to a near-max contract at 5 years, $82 million despite having never been an All-Star. The Grizzlies couldn't lose Gay. They would have been stranded without a small-forward. The fanbase already considers ownership cheap. And Gay is the best player under 26 on the team. They also couldn't really wait to see what offer sheets Gay came upon or signed. If a team offered a max contract, front-loaded, it would have hurt them financially, and may have forced them into a less flexible position, particularly if teams had waited till later in the summer to formally extend the offer sheet in an effort to squeeze the Grizz. But that doesn't change the facts of the deal, nor does it change that they could have avoided this mess by getting an agreement done a year ago, and likely at a lower price when demand wasn't so high as it is now. The Grizzlies gave a near-max to a player who has been inconsistent, is young, but not super-young, and has never been an All-Star. By hook or by crook, the Grizzlies wound up losers today.

Atlanta Hawks: First they made everyone think they were insane by offering Joe Johnson the absolute max, right off the bat. Then things got worse as Johnson still hasn't agreed to the deal, and has taken a secondary meeting with his agent from which no resolution has been made.

New York Knicks:
They have the money. They have the brand. They have the PowerPoint . And yet they still seem to be on the outside looking in at the top free agents while Chicago, Miami, and even the Nets gain traction. Now, they're getting the ear and are still firmly in on this thing, but the prevailing wisdom doesn't speak to them having had a rousingly successful day. And when the stakes are this high, not winning is losing. There are no draws.

-Matt Moore


Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2010 12:07 am

Free-agency day 1 winners and losers

No matter what the Grizzlies would have done, we would have been considered losers, but it's OK.  We fans are used to this type of treatment from the media.  If we had "gotten a cheaper deal" done a year ago, we would have been considered foolish losers at that time for agreeing to the $65 million contract Rudy wanted which was more than what Rondo signed for.  Our team was garbage, the Zach Randolph deal was a loser deal, we had taken steps backward, ect. at that time.  Amazing how short/selective memories tend to get.  So thi deal cost $3 million more per year for Heisley, but it was worth it IMO as a Grizzlies fan because this particular team just came off the second biggest turnaround in the league and has the most potential of any team in recent history with a limited time frame in which to work, and Rudy is a key piece of that.    Plus, Rudy has not peaked.  Not an ideal move, but not exactly a loser move; but, we have to win before being considered winners by the media.  If things go as planned, the media will catch another case of amnesia by December as they talk about how great a starting five the Grizzlies have.

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2010 10:51 pm

Free-agency day 1 winners and losers

Nice JO Yank fan - Knicks have been one of the worst 3 teams in the last 10 years - they call it the Mecca of Basketball - I call it the Last Mess. Knicks have no shot a-hole.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2010 8:21 pm

Free-agency day 1 winners and losers

This article sucks. The Nets: "Came away feeling good about things?" Did they sign anyone? no. pffft. Lebron is a nice guy and is going to say his interview went well with every team he meets with. All this crap about who is in the lead is just made up so you guys can write a story, nobody knows what Lebron is thinking or where he is leaning.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2010 7:39 pm

Free-agency day 1 winners and losers

This article makes no sense to me what so ever. There clearly are no winners or losers from day one. Nothing has transpired and no "no action" doesn't translate to anything in this case.  Especially the Nets being listed as a winner. Yeah Lebron really wants to play in the swamp for two years because he's friends with JayZ. He can have his time with the powerful and talented rapper in the garden as JayZ is there often....especially if Lebron plays there 41 games a year even if he is minority owner of the swamp team. Nets can never and will never surpass the Knicks as the team of NY even in Brooklyn. Remember Manhattan is considered the "city" ...not other borough can claim that. Please get your sh@# together and write something worthy and stop wasting our time. 

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2010 11:25 am

Free-agency day 1 winners and losers

we now return the world turns, already in progress

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