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NBA Free Agency Tracker

Lamar Odom – Traded to LA Clippers for cash considerations.

Odom is headed back to the Clippers in a four team trade.

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.

Johnson was traded to Brooklyn for 5 players and a future 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.

Terry will replace the sharp shooting Ray Allen in Boston.

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.

After resigning for 5 yrs, Williams is the point guard in Brooklyn for the future.

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.

These two all stars with now share a back court in Tinseltown.

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.

Lowery will be the new point guard in Toronto next season.

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.

Roy will make a comeback with the T-Wolves.

Nick Young – Signs with Philadelphia  Sixers for 1 yr, 6 million.

Jason Kidd – Signs with New York Knicks for 3 yrs, 9 million.

Kidd is heading to the big apple to back up Jeremy Lin.

Ray Allen – Signs with Miami Heat for 3 yrs, 9 million.

Allen will join the Big 3 in Miami.

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.

After winning the Most Improved Player award, Anderson is now headed to New Orleans.

Darrell Arthur – Resigns with Memphis Grizzlies for 2 yrs, 10 million.

Roy Hibbert – Resigns with Indiana Pacers for 4 yrs, 58 million.

After it was thought Hibbert was going to Portland, Indiana matched and he will continue to be a Pacer.

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.

Duncan is living up to his promise of being a life long Spur.

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.

Williams will spend 2013 playing for his hometown 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.

Collison could be the Mavericks starting point guard this season.

Chris Kaman – Signs with Dallas Mavericks.

Brook Lopez – Resigns with Brooklyn Nets for 4 yrs, 60 million.

Unable to land Dwight Howard, Brooklyn locked up Brook Lopez.

Cartier Martin – Resigned with Washington Wizards.

Darko Milicic – Amnestied by Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ramon Sessions – Signs with Charlotte Bobcats

With Nash now in LA, Sessions will run the point in Charlotte.

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.

Garnett will be finishing his career in Boston.

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.

Felton will be running the point in MSG this season.

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.

Brooks will be a King next season.










Redskins Trade Adds Cap Flexibility

The Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams concluded a trade sending the #2 overall pick to the Redskins for what amounts to a king’s ransom.  To move up 4 spots the Skins included 2 more future first round picks as well as a 2nd round pick.

Robert Griffin III appears to be the most likely option for Washington

While the cost was high the Redskins faced the prospect of missing out on either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.  The move has Dan Snyder’s fingerprints on it but also Mike Shanahan’s.  For Shanahan there are limits to what can be accomplished even if Washington had pursued Peyton Manning.  Even with Manning the long-term proposition for the Redskins would have been one of trying to catch up too quickly for their current roster.  While the draft picks dealt away could have been a method for restocking on the fly one only needs to look at a team like Detroit to see what the cap ramifications are of selecting consistently at the top of the draft.

Whichever of the two quarterbacks Washington ends up with their long-term cap situation without the 2 additional picks is markedly better than it would be with them on the roster.  Without the trade the Redskins would face the prospect of having to select a position of lesser value at the top end of the draft devoting significant resources to a position that doesn’t warrant it. The Redskins roster is full of holes but the biggest holes appear to be in the passing game with Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney past age 30.   Fred Davis has become a nice option at the tight end spot but unless you have a situation like New England’s this past season you’re going to need at least one top caliber wide receiver to succeed.  The potential to pick up a younger receiver to pair with a young QB over the next 2 years is much less difficult without having to devote a significant portion of the cap to draft picks.

Last season Redskins fans got to view the faceless and often talentless combination of Rex Grossman and John Beck.  No matter how bright your sky there was no way 2011 was going to be a successful season.  Drafting either Luck/Griffin, paring them with a FA receiver, and figuring out which of the team’s 4 sub-25 receivers is worth keeping should provide Washington fans with something to get excited about for the future.  The comparison to having the draft picks is that any FA acquisitions of a major nature would be off the table and as we’ve come to expect that just isn’t the Dan Snyder way.  Whether or not Snyder is finally able to put a consistent watchable product on the field probably means little for some of the NFL’s more die-hard fans but it would be nice to see the Skins’ be relevant again.  This team defeated the Super Bowl winning Giants twice in 2011 so it isn’t unfathomable that they can contend.  With a new look behind center they just might be a surprise in 2012.