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NBA Free Agency

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by wrbanwal, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    First installment


    LMAO

    Donald Sterling ==== Al Davis

    :icon_rofl::icon_rofl::icon_rofl:

    Davis verbally agrees to go to Clippers, leave Warriors


    Baron Davis shocked the Warriors by opting out of his contract on Monday. Imagine their surprise now.

    Baron Davis

    Davis

    NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the guard reached a verbal agreement with the Clippers on Tuesday night and will sign a new multiyear contract with Los Angeles after the leaguewide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 9.

    Davis was in line to make $17.8 million in the last year of his deal with the Warriors, but after telling the team that he wanted to stay, opted out at the last minute.

    Sources told ESPN.com that Davis, 29, will receive a five-year deal worth an estimated $65 million.

    Forward Elton Brand also opted out of his contract with the Clippers on Monday, and speculation quickly began that the team would try to keep Brand and sign Davis. This scenario is only possible if the Clippers renounce the rights of Corey Maggette and Brand takes a slight pay cut.

    Sources say the Clippers are expected to do just that and quickly reach a verbal agreement to bring back Brand.

    Maggette opted out of his deal on Monday as well.

    Davis averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds last season for a Warriors team that won 48 games but did not make the playoffs.

    CLIPPERS SUCK!!!!


    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  2. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay Producer/Host of BoltTalk Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Go Clippers!!!!! :icon_banana::icon_party:
     
  3. reef shark

    reef shark BoltTalker

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    the best team in the league is Miami. watch mourning play another year for them, with haslem, beasley, and wade this team will be favored over boston next year.
     
  4. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    BAHHH!!!

    GO LAKERS!!!!



    :abq2::abq1::abq2::abq1:
     
  5. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    I think this guy should go to Detroit.

    Get rid of Prince

    Utah Jazz: Team among 4 showing interest in Clippers swingman

    Corey Maggette

    http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700239822,00.html


    The Jazz are one of four teams identified as having expressed interest in Corey Maggette, the longtime Los Angeles Clippers swingman who put himself on the NBA's summer free-agency shopping market Monday.

    Citing "a source close to him who requested anonymity because negotiations are still in the early stages," the Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site Tuesday that "Maggette has been contacted by several NBA teams regarding his availability," including Orlando, Miami, Boston and Utah.

    The Jazz actually signed Maggette to a six-year, $42 million offer sheet in 2003, when he was a restricted free agent. But the Clippers matched that offer, retaining his rights.

    Trade rumors involving Maggette and the Jazz have cropped up at times since, though nothing developed.

    And now the Jazz are hardly his only suitor.

    The Magic "are expected" to offer Maggette a long-term deal starting at mid-level exception pay, the Orlando Sentinel reported earlier this week.

    A mid-level deal would start at around $5.5 million to $5.8 million per season, though the exact figure has not yet been set by the NBA.

    But, the Sentinel also reported, Maggette "is likely to receive a more lucrative offer and go elsewhere."

    The capped-out Jazz also are armed with nothing more than mid-level exception money, though general manager Kevin O'Connor suggested last week that the team plans to be aggressive in the market and may be interested in any one among a number of various unidentified restricted free agents.

    Maggette, 28, opted out of the final year of his Jazz-initiated contract, which would have paid $7 million, on Monday.

    That and the decision by big man Elton Brand to opt out of the final $16.4 million year of his contract with the Clippers gave the Clippers enough room under the NBA's team-payroll salary cap to make a lucrative offer to yet another opt-out free agent, Golden State point guard Baron Davis.

    Davis on Tuesday night reached a verbal agreement on a five-year, $65 million deal with the Clippers, according to an ESPN.com report citing unidentified NBA sources.

    The Clippers struck that deal after first trying, but failing, to land Sacramento point guard Beno Udrih, who instead decided to re-sign with the Kings for what ESPN.com reported to be a full five-year, mid-level money deal worth approximately $33.3 million.

    Brand also reportedly plans to re-sign with the Clippers.

    Free agents can't actually sign new deals until July 9, when the NBA's annual moratorium on such transactions expires.

    If the Clippers do indeed actually sign Davis and retain Brand as well, they wouldn't have the financial wherewithal to also keep Maggette — and they would have to renounce their rights to him.

    If that's indeed the case, it means Maggette would be an unrestricted free agent — and the Clippers would not be able to involve him in a sign-and-trade to facilitate sending him elsewhere.

    And that may make it tougher for the Jazz to actually land Maggette, as the only way they or any other capped-out club could sign him to a deal worth more than mid-level money would be if they involved him in a sign-and-trade as a restricted free agent.

    Maggette, who averaged 22.1 points per game last season, played the first of his nine NBA seasons in Orlando before moving to the Clippers.

    The Orlando Sentinel also reported that Maggette "has told friends that he hoped the Magic would make him a competitive offer, welcoming a return to Orlando."

    Maggette is represented by Rob Pelinka, who also works as the agent for Jazz All-Star power forward and fellow Duke University product Carlos Boozer.
     
  6. P88F

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    Your Al Davis you old fart!:tdown:
     
  7. wrbanwal

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    :icon_rofl::icon_rofl::icon_rofl:


    DON'T TELL ME YOU'RE A CLIP FAN TOO!!!!


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  8. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay Producer/Host of BoltTalk Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Lakers interested in James Posey, Brent Barry

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lakers2-2008jul02,0,6422368.story

     
  9. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    I'll take Tayshawn Prince in a heartbeat. Dude has some serious defensive skills.

    I'm surprise the Celts are thinking of possibly letting Posey walk. He was a big piece of that title.
     
  10. wrbanwal

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    he's been known for that but the word from the locals is that dude doesn't show up in the playoffs
     
  11. reef shark

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    arenas got a 6 yr deal for $111 mil? thats crazy. what has this guy ever done besides get injured or talk big. hes made 2 or 3 game winning shots and suddenly hes a top 5 paid player?

    another crazy thing is baron davis taking a pay CUT to play for the clippers... GS was a borderline playoff team. why take a pay cut to play for a worse team? and rumor has it that brand is talking to the warriors..

    none of this makes sense
     
  12. MtlBoltsFan

    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    Arenas took 16 million $ pay cut. Was offered 127 mil. He's a good man.
     
  13. wrbanwal

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    In Clippers Country, Brand's departure is business as usual

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=adande_ja&page=Brand-Clippers-080709


    As it turns out, Elton Brand is an NBA player, the Clippers are the Clippers and the joke's on all of us who ever thought otherwise.

    When Brand agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to sources, Brand did what 99.9 percent of all players would do: Choose more money and a better chance to win.

    When he opted out of his contract with the Clippers last week, he said, "My intention is to stay." His agent, David Falk, painted it as a generous opportunity to give the Clippers a chance to bring in a star free agent, which they promptly did by nabbing Baron Davis. For a brief moment, there was euphoria in Clippers Country.

    Then the Warriors threw more money at Brand to give him pause, the Sixers cleared room to make a handsome offer to Brand and suddenly Brand is off to Philly.

    As a longtime member of the NBA circle said, "Right when you thought they had just pulled it off, right when you thought the Clippers were not going to be the Clippers, they're going to end up being the Clippers."

    The thing is you can't blame this on Donald Sterling's miserly ways. That hasn't been the issue for a while now, even if old labels don't fade easily. He tried to spend what he could to get Kobe Bryant in 2004 and Ray Allen in 2005, but Bryant stayed with the Lakers and Allen stayed with Seattle. It wasn't money that kept the Clippers from building on their run to the second round of the 2006 playoffs; Sterling kept that team intact, even committing $52 million to lock up Chris Kaman long term. Injuries and then player apathy did them in.

    But this is also about the lengthy history of failure that surrounds this team and how the past can dictate the future. Brand has had his doubts about this franchise, whether it would ever commit the full resources to being a winner, or maybe if it was simply jinxed. Because in addition to the legacy of comically erroneous draft choices and past-their-prime player acquisitions there is also a tradition of devastating injuries, the latest to Shaun Livingston. Something always goes wrong.

    Just when the Clippers appeared ready to change their fortune, after they uncharacteristically struck with the first bold move of free agency in landing Davis, Brand bolted on them and took the heart of the team with him. Yes, the Clippers could have shipped people out to clear more cap room to re-sign Brand. But that would have weakened the team's depth. And besides, they shouldn't have had to jump into an escalating salary race once they satisfied what he told them was his primary objective, to bring in more talent.

    So this one's on Brand. Not that I blame him entirely. Even with Davis, the Clippers weren't guaranteed a spot in the Western Conference playoffs with the Lakers, Spurs, Hornets, Jazz, Suns, Mavericks, Rockets, Nuggets and Trail Blazers around. In the Eastern Conference, simply fielding a 12-man roster gives you a chance to make the playoffs, and even an inexperienced Sixers squad managed to take a couple of games off the veteran Detroit Pistons in the first round. Brand's the exact piece they needed: a low-post presence who can help their half-court offense, because Philadelphia's formula of turnovers and transition baskets doesn't work so well in the postseason. In that sense Falk stayed true to his word when he said Brand's top priority was winning a championship.

    But he and Brand gave signals that they wanted to do that with the Clippers, where he also could have stayed close to Hollywood for his nascent movie producing career.

    When it came down to it, Brand did what all NBA players do come contract time. He got selfish. And Clipper fans feel betrayed.

    That's a new emotion. They've been upset before. Ashamed, even. But never before had they had their hearts ripped out by someone they wanted to believe and felt safe in trusting. Brand was someone who actually brought honor to the Clipper uniform, someone who was hard-working, classy and real, a peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich guy in a tofu town. Now he's just like so many other promising players who pass through Clippers Country: gone.

    "I wish ill will upon him," a Clipper fan friend of mine said.

    That's pretty much the sentiment among the non-purple-and-gold set in L.A.

    Many of those wondering how Brand could leave forget that he left once before: in 2003, when he signed an offer sheet with the Miami Heat. But that time he was a restricted free agent, so the Clippers retained his services by matching the terms of Miami's six-year, $82 million offer.

    That year the Clippers also kept Corey Maggette around for a $42 million commitment as part of an unprecedented spending spree. That ended this summer too, when Maggette opted out and wound up with the Golden State Warriors.

    Good luck trying to replace Brand's 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, or the two blocks a night he made as the long-armed last line of defense. His career year in 2005-06, coupled with the arrival of Sam Cassell, resulted in the best season in Clippers history.

    They'll also be hard-pressed to find another 22-point-per-game scorer like Maggette. But he wasn't as essential to the team as Brand. For a while Brand gave the team an identity -- a brand name, you could say.

    It was our mistake to look at the back of the jersey. The real story, all along, could be found on the front.

    They're the Clippers.
     
  14. ChargerRay

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    That sucks for the Clippers and the fans. Brand is a liar and coward. he went to the east because of the easier route to the playoffs. He should have came straight out with his intentions to leave rather than making all these statements about staying now that Baron Davis was signed.

    Another example of how there is no more loyalty in basketball.
     
  15. MtlBoltsFan

    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    Don't tell that to Chris Bosh or Jose Calderon.
     
  16. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay Producer/Host of BoltTalk Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    The Clips just bounced back!

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3491156

    Nuggets trade Camby to Clippers for second-round pick
     
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    nice pick up!:tup:
     

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