As the Opening Ceremonies will welcome the 2012 summer Olympics, the U.S. Olympic team is only days away from competing for a gold medal. Lets take a look at the players, coaches, competition and the path the U.S. will have to navigate to bring home another gold.
Lamar Odom – Traded to LA Clippers for cash considerations.
Mo Williams – Traded to Utah Jazz for Furkan Aldemir.
Chase Budinger – Traded to Minnesota Timberwolves for Terrence Jones.
Gerald Wallace – Resigns with Brooklyn Nets for 4 yrs, 40 million.
Omer Asik – Signs with Houston Rockets for 3 yrs, 25.1 million.
Andre Miller – Resigns with Denver Nuggets.
George Hill – Resigns with Indiana Pacers for 5 years.
Darius Morris – Resigned with LA Lakers.
Joe Johnson – Traded to Brooklyn Nets for Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow and a protected 1st round pick.
Devin Harris – Traded to Atlanta Hawks for Marvin Williams.
Landry Fields – Signed a 3 yr deal with Toronto Raptors.
Jason Terry – Signed a 3 yr deal with Boston Celtics.
Reggie Evans – Signed with Brooklyn Nets for 3 yrs, 5 million, Clippers receive a 2nd rd pick.
Deron Williams – Resigned with Brooklyn Nets for 5 yrs, 100 million.
James White – Signed veteran minimum deal with New York Knicks.
Spencer Hawes – Signed a 2yr, 13 million deal with Philadelphia 76ers.
Steve Nash – Signs with LA Lakers for 3 yr, 25 million, Suns receive 2013 1st and 2nd round picks, 2014 2nd round pick and 2015 1st round pick.
Michael Beasley – Signs with Phoenix Suns for 3 yrs, 18 million.
Hasheem Thabeet – Signs with Oklahoma City Thunder for 2 yrs.
Goran Dragic – Signs with Phoenix Suns for 4 yrs, 30 million.
Kyle Lowery – Traded to Toronto Raptors for Gary Forbes and a lottery protected first round pick.
Chauncey Billups – Resigns with LA Clippers.
Jamal Crawford – Signs with LA Clippers.
Jameer Nelson – Resigns with Orlando Magic for 3 yrs, 20 million.
Brandon Bass – Resigns with Boston Celtics for 3 yrs.
Jeremy Evans – Resigns with Utah Jazz for 3 yrs, 5.5 million.
Brandon Roy – Signs with Minnesota Timberwolves for 2 yrs, 10 million.
Nick Young – Signs with Philadelphia Sixers for 1 yr, 6 million.
Jason Kidd – Signs with New York Knicks for 3 yrs, 9 million.
Ray Allen – Signs with Miami Heat for 3 yrs, 9 million.
Jeff Green – Signs with Boston Celtics.
Ersan Ilyasova – Resigns with Milwaukee Bucks for 5 yrs, 45 million.
Kirk Hinrich – Signs with Chicago Bulls for 2 yrs.
Ryan Anderson – Traded to New Orleans Hornets in sign and trade for Gustavo Ayon. Anderson will sign for 4 yrs, 35 million.
Darrell Arthur – Resigns with Memphis Grizzlies for 2 yrs, 10 million.
Roy Hibbert – Resigns with Indiana Pacers for 4 yrs, 58 million.
Steve Novak – Resigns with New York Knicks for 4 yrs, 15 million.
Marcus Camby – Traded to New York Knicks for Toney Douglas, Josh Harrelson and Jerome Jordan.
Danny Green – Resigns with San Antonio Spurs for 3 yrs, 12 million.
J.R. Smith – Resigns with New York Knicks for 2 yrs, 4.8 million.
Boris Diaw – Resigns with San Antonio Spurs for 2 yrs, 9 million.
Tim Duncan – Resigns with San Antonio Spurs for 3 yrs.
Devin Ebanks – Resigns with LA Lakers for 1 yr deal.
Rashard Lewis – Signs with Miami Heat for 2 yrs.
Louis Williams – Signs with Atlanta Hawks.
D.J. Augustin – Signs with Indiana Pacers.
Alonzo Gee – Resigns with Cleveland Cavaliers.
Gerald Green – Signs with Indiana Pacers.
Luke Harangody – Resigns with Cleveland Cavaliers.
J.J. Hickson – Resigns with Portland Trail Blazers.
Brendan Haywood – Amnestied by Dallas Mavericks.
Darren Collison – Traded to Dallas Mavericks with Dahtay Jones for Ian Mahimi.
Chris Kaman – Signs with Dallas Mavericks.
Brook Lopez – Resigns with Brooklyn Nets for 4 yrs, 60 million.
Cartier Martin – Resigned with Washington Wizards.
Darko Milicic – Amnestied by Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ramon Sessions – Signs with Charlotte Bobcats
Kyle Singler – Signs with Detroit Pistons.
Mirza Teletovic – Signs with Brooklyn Nets.
Jason Thompson – Resigns with Sacramento Kings.
Kwame Brown – Signs with Philadelphia 76ers.
Patty Mills – Signs with San Antonio Spurs.
Kyle Korver – Traded to Atlanta Hawks for cash considerations.
Elton Brand – Claimed by Dallas Mavericks in amnesty bid.
Kevin Garnett – Resigns with Boston Celtics for 3 yrs.
Eric Gordon – Resigns with New Orleans Hornets for 4 yrs, 58 million.
Slava Kravtsov – Signs with Detroit Pistons.
Brendan Haywood – Claimed by Charlotte Bobcats in amnesty bid.
C.J. Watson – Signed by Brooklyn Nets for 2 yrs.
Raymond Felton – Traded to New York Knicks for Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric.
Luis Scola – Claimed by Phoenix Suns in amnesty bid.
James Johnson – Traded to Sacramento Kings for second round pick.
Aaron Brooks – Signed by Sacramento Kings.
In a move that will hopefully help have Deron Williams return, the Nets added Joe Johnson. Johnson was acquired from Atlanta for Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson and a future 1st round pick. He averaged 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists this past season for the Hawks. New Jersey is coming off another tough season going 22-44, but could return a very impressive starting five with Brook Lopez, Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson and potentially Deron Williams. Atlanta was 40-26 but lost in the first round to the Celtics in 6 games. Johnson is a 6-time all-star, making it every year in Atlanta.
1. Chicago Bulls 38-10- Who needs Derrick Rose? The Bulls are 9-4 in his absence.
2. Miami Heat 33-11- Not a great road trip, Lost two in a row and almost blew a 27 point lead against Philadelphia.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder 34-11- Simply average since the All-Star break with a 6-4 record.
SF – Carmelo Anthony, NY Knicks (22 ppg, 6 rpg, 4 apg)
PF – LeBron James, Miami Heat (28 ppg, 8 rpg, 6 apg)
C – Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic (21 ppg, 15 rpg)
SG – Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (22 ppg, 5 apg, 4 rpg)
PG – Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls (22 ppg, 8 apg)
PF – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat (19 ppg, 8 rpg)
SF – Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls (16 ppg, 7 rpg)
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers (13 ppg, 10 rpg)
SF – Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers (13 ppg, 7 rpg, 5 apg)
SG – Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks (19 ppg, 4 rpg, 4 apg)
SG – Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics (18 ppg, 6 rpg, 6 apg)
PG – Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets (21 ppg, 9 apg)
SF – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (27 ppg, 8 rpg)
PF – Blake Griffin, LA Clippers (21 ppg, 11 rpg)
C – Andrew Bynum, LA Lakers (17 ppg, 13 rpg)
SG – Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers (29 ppg, 6 rpg, 5 apg)
PG – Chris Paul, LA Clippers (18 ppg, 9 apg)
PF – LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers (23 ppg, 8 rpg)
C – Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (15 ppg, 10 rpg)
PF – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (25 ppg, 14 rpg)
PG – Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns (15 ppg, 10 apg)
PF – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (18 ppg, 6 rpg)
PG – Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (19 ppg, 8 apg)
PG – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (23 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg)