7/10 Signed Mike Dunleavy and waived Richard Hamilton
Signing Dunleavy is essentially a swap for Marco Belinelli. Dunleavy can shoot and fit in well to pretty much any offense. His downside is that he is already 33 and has had some injury issues (though none have been significant since 2010-11). Given Dunleavy’s cheap price (two year and $6 million) and his savvy play, the risk is minimal and he should be a solid cog off the bench and as a sport starter.
7/12 Signed Jarret Jack and Earl Clark
7/19 Signed Andrew Bynum and waived Chris Quinn and Kevin James
The big question here is Bynum. This is a cheap gamble, with potentially huge payoff if he can stay healthy. Despite the fact that the cost is low and upside is significant, I am a bit pessimistic about the likely outcome. Bynum is only 26 but he has had knee injuries for years and, without reviewing the medicals, this isn’t a good indicator in the future. It is certainly possible that Bynum will put it together on a one-year deal but, even if he plays all 82 games this season, I would not feel really comfortable giving him the long-term deal he is seeking.
Turning to the bench signings, Jack at four years and $25 million is respectable for a slightly above average point guard. At age 30, however, this is not the type of player the Cavs needed to lock in to backup Kyrie Irving or to be a quasi-two guard. Jack on two or three years as bit more logical. Still, he’ll be an asset in 2013-14 when they make clearly want to make a playoff run.
Earl Clark showed signs of ability last year but you do have to be careful of the D’Antoni Factor. Mike D’Antoni, for some odd reason, has done a great job of getting solid play from fungible small forwards. Check some of his other projects:
-Boris Diaw: pre-D’Antoni in 2004-05 he put up a 10.0 PER but jumped up to 17.3 his first year with the Suns. His PER has settled into the 12-14 range since.
-James Jones: Had put 10.5 PER in Indiana and jumped to 13.2 in 2005-06 in Phoenix. He did put up as high a PER once later (Portland, 2007-08) but he is mostly had PER at or below 10 ever since.
-Bill Walker: A deep bench warmer on Boston, Walker came to New York in mid-2009-10 and his PER jumped from 7.6 to 14.9. He followed that up with an 11.3 but tanked to 8.2 in 2011-12 and was out of the NBA last season.
-Shawne Williams: Walker had a miserable 7.5 PER in 2008-09 before falling out of the NBA with legal issues. He came back to D’Antoni in 2010-11 and had a 12.2 PER. The Nets signed him after the season, where he was awful (4.9 PER). He did not play in the NBA last season.
All of this is not to say that Clark can’t continue to play well but there is a ton of evidence that 2012-13 was a fluke based upon being an athletic player in a system the generated Clark more shots than he might get in a conventional offense.
7/10 Signed Paul Millsap
7/15 Signed Elton Brand
7/29 Signed Gustavo Ayon
8/3 Waived DeShawn Stevenson and DeMarre Carroll
In all, the Hawks have stocked up quite well after losing Josh Smith. Millsap can’t do quite as much as Smith but at the price difference (2 years and $19 million for Millsap versus four years and $56 million for Smith) the choice makes sense. Millsap and Smith are the same age and Millsap actually had a higher PER last year. The one area of concern is that Millsap and Al Horford may not blend well offensively since they are both more low post players. At this cheap contract, though, Atlanta should be able to figure it out.
Brand, on a one-year deal, should also be an improvement over Zaza Pachulia. Brand isn’t thought of as a center but he blocks shots and boards much better than Zaza. At 34, there is some risk that Brand might fall off the cliff at some point but he hasn’t had injury issues in a few years and should be pretty good for at least one more season.
7/12 Traded Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Kevin Garnett, and DJ White to Brooklyn for MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, Kris Humphries, and first-round picks in 2014, 2016, 2018 and the right to swap first-rounders in 2017
8/15 Traded Fab Melo and cash to Memphis for Donte Greene
It may hurt the Celtic fans but keeping KG and Pierce for their golden years makes little sense. Boston would be, at best, mediocre with them. For those who remember fondly that prior legends were 100% Celtic, the reality was that Boston probably should have traded some of the legends while they still had value. I’m not suggesting that Boston should have just given up in the early 1990s but once the title contention run was over there were options. In the case of the Pierce-KG Celts, there is no guarantee that the extra picks will get even one star but you have to like the chance that they will get at least two good young players arise from this deal.
In fact, let’s play the hypothetical game…what if the Celts traded Kevin McHale, Larry Bird, and Robert Parish for assets in the early 1990s? When would such a trade have happened? Well, let’s look at the first moment when a reasonable person could’ve concluded the Bird Celtics were done. In 1987-88, the Celtics lost a tough Conference Finals to the Pistons and appeared still pretty viable. Bird missed almost all of 1988-89 with foot injuries and the tea, fell to 42-40 and a first round exit. Given that the team was still good before the injury, it would have made sense to at least give it one more shot. Bird returned for 1989-90. He was pretty good (21.9 PER) and the Celts won 52 games but lost to a younger Knick team in the first round, blowing a 2-0 lead and losing the decisive Game 5 in the Boston Garden. Dennis Johnson retired after that game, Danny Ainge had already been traded, and the front line was old: Bird was 33, McHale was 32 and Parish was 36. The only young player of note was 24-year old Reggie Lewis.
Boston was still a good team but it was clear that they were not a serious contender. In real life, the Celts chose to stay the course with the old core. They were pretty good, winning over 50 games the next two seasons but losing in the second round of the playoffs both times. Bird and McHale retired as a result of age and injuries in 1992 and 1993 respectively (Parish lasted until 1997). After that, the Celts suffered eight seasons where they did not exceed 36 wins. Granted, the rebuild would not have been so bad if they hadn’t chosen to rebuild with GMs like M.L. Carr and then Rick Pitino, who both made some terrible decisions but, still, Boston probably would’ve done better if they had, like the current Celts, dumped their stars for draft picks when the title run was over.
In the case of the old Celts, it is clear the run was probably over after 1989-90. Suppose Boston had decided to make a trade like the KG/Pierce trade and sent all its older stars to a rival that was good but not great and had desire contend to a team with some talent and willing to dump draft picks. The most similar team to the 2012-13 Nets in that respect was the 1989-90 76ers. Both are/were pretty good teams with a young talent (they had Charles Barkley and Hersey Hawkins) and a desperate need to become a title contender (though they did not have a free spending owner like the Nets do now). Bird, McHale, and Parish would’ve have been huge upgrades over incumbents Ron Anderson (13.7 PER), Rick Mahorn (13.9 PER) and Mike Gminski (15.7 PER). A trade would have given the 1990-91 76ers with the following lineup:
PG: Rickey Green (13.6 PER)(incumbent Johnny Dakwins blew out his knee and Green was replacement level fodder)
SG: Hersey Hawkins (19.4 PER)
SF: Larry Bird (19.7 PER)
PF: Charles Barkley (28.9 PER)
C: Kevin McHale (21.2 PER)/Robert Parish (20.6 PER)
That is quite a good team, probably good enough to win close to 60 games. Like the current Nets with the Miami, this hypothetical 76ers team is likely not a team that could’ve beaten the actual titlist Bulls of Jordan/Pippen vintage. Moreover, the 1991-92 hypothetical 76ers would’ve taken a tumble because Bird was barely ambulatory (he played 45 games) and McHale wasn’t much better (56 games). Philly would’ve have been a playoff team but in the 45-50 win range. By 1992-93, these hypothetical 76ers would’ve been Barkley, Hawkins, Parish, and the last gasp of McHale’s career and filler (sort of like the actual Sixers of the early 1990s). That would’ve been enough to win 45-50 games again probably. By 1993-94, this Sixers team would’ve fallen to a low seeded playoff team or maybe even out of the playoffs (unless they were able to find some way to replace Bird/McHale) and the franchise would probably bottomed out for the next few years.
What about Boston? Suppose they would’ve gotten reams of picks from Philly like they did from Brooklyn (corresponding picks to what the Nets have given would have been in picks in 1991, 1993, and 1995, as well as the right to switch picks in 1994). How would those have turned out? Let’s take our best guesses:
- The 1991 pick would be after Philly won a number of games and would’ve been pretty much worthless (in 1991, the best late first round pick was Rick Fox and most options were busts).
-The 1993 pick would likely have been a mid-first rounder. The mid-1993 draft is not inspiring (Terry Dehere, Rex Walters, Acie Earl, Scottie Burrell).
-In 1994, Boston could’ve switched picks with Philly. Assuming Boston had improved in this time, Philly’s pick would probably be, at best, mid-lottery. This would’ve given Boston a shot at Brian Grant or Eddie Jones (though there were plenty of busts in that area too like Sharone Wright, Eric Montross, and Carlos Rogers).
-The 1995 pick could have been quite high. It’s not clear if Philly would’ve been bad or really bad but a high pick was likely. If Philly was terrible, Boston would have had a shot at Antonio McDyess, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, or KG (Joe Smith was actually the top pick that year).
So for the honor of losing the franchise cornerstones, Boston’s probable return was a couple of mediocre players, a shot at an above-average starter in 1994, and a shot at a serious star in 1995. Not a knockout return but certainly better than what Boston actually did in the 1990s and Philly would have had two fun years or relevance. This hypothetical scenario rests on so many assumptions that we freely acknowledge that we could be wrong at any point in analysis. Nevertheless, this does appear to have been a possible scenario.
None of this means, the Boston will get similar possible return on its picks. For one, we have no idea what the talent pools for the NBA Draft will be in those four year coming up or that Boston will pick the right player when given the chance. In addition, Brooklyn has the capital and the desire to avoid bottoming out and could always spend copiously to avoid crashing like most teams do when their stars age.
7/11 Signed Shaun Livingston
7/12 Traded MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, Kris Humphries, and first-round picks in 2014, 2016, 2018 and the right to swap first-rounders in 2017 with Boston for Jason Terry, Kevin Garnett, and DJ White
7/12 Signed Andrei Kirilenko
7/30 Signed Alan Anderson
Well this should be fun. Losing the picks hurts but this is the cost of getting Pierce and Garnett and dumping Wallace. Now, the Nets have huge amounts of depth and no real weaknesses if everyone stays healthy. The concern will be how much Pierce and KG have in the tank. Garnett is already 37 but has lost little to age and has been essentially the same player the last four years. In addition, as a tall athletic player, Garnett is the ideal candidate to age gracefully. On the other hand, Garnett is so unique that he doesn’t have many similar players to compare with.
For fun, here is a list (via Basketball-Reference.com) of the best 37-year old forwards and how much longer they lasted (ranked by PER):
1. Karl Malone, 2000-01, 24.7 (lasted as a very good player through 2003-04 and probably could’ve kept going a few more years if he really wanted to)
2. Dominique Wilkins, 1996-97, 19.6 (Nique filled it up for a bad Spur team. He went back to Europe for 1997-98 before returning as bench fodder at age-39 in Orlando)
3. Marcus Camby, 2011-12, 16.2 (Camby came back the next season for the Knicks, where he was effective in short spurts when he wasn’t injured. He just signed with the Rockets)
4. Terry Cummings, 1998-99, 16.2 (A solid 20 mpg bench player, he played one more season and was about as effective off the bench)
5. Elvin Hayes, 1982-83, 14.7 (Hayes played a lot the following season but his PER tanked to 10.3 and he retired)
If you consider centers, you can add Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of 1984-85 (22.9 PER) and Robert Parish of 1990-91 (20.6) to the list (they both lasted several more seasons).
Based upon this list, there is reason to believe Garnett will be able to keep it going in Brooklyn for at least two more years. Garnett is a unique forward. He was the second best 36-year old forward by PER ever (behind Malone who put up a ridiculous 27.1). Both KG and Malone were/are freak specimens and have so much talent that the normal aging patterns appear to get pushed back a little bit.
Pierce gets similar treatment kind treatment as a unique star player. He was the sixth best 35-year old forward ever (behind Malone, Barkley, Bird, Elgin Baylor, and KG). You have to think that two more years of productivity is probable. So, the Brooklyn bet on these two seems quite reasonable.
7/10 Signed Al Jefferson and waived Tyrus Thomas
8/20 Signed Anthony Tolliver
The Bobcats can’t follow through with any plan. Forget the vacillating on coaches, as a matter of strategy, the team either wants to be a middling playoff seed or they need to crash and look for high draft picks. When the Bobcats were okay a few years ago, they decided to dump Tyson Chandler to save cash and tank for high picks. They suffered through some shallow drafts had little to show for the tanking so far (D.J. Augustin, Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker, Cody Zeller, and Bismack Biyombo). Now, when Andrew Wiggins and many other highly touted prospects are popping up for 2014, the Cats decide to try to contend? Jefferson’s price was reasonable but the best he can do is get the Bobcats back to the 30-40 win treadmill. This abrupt shift makes you think Charlotte doesn’t know what is doing. On the bright side, even with Jefferson, there is a chance Charlotte could suck enough to get a high lottery pick anyway. If that were to happen, however, it would be in spite of the Bobcats’ poor planning and not because of it.
5/28 Named Mike Budenholzer
Larry Drew didn’t actually do anything wrong that merited him losing this job. The Hawks had a little talent and not much depth and played accordingly. The Hawks apparently decided that the decent team of the past six years was over and it is time to rebuild. It’s not clear if the Hawks will be terrible without Josh Smith. A core of Al Horford and a free agent or two to be named later is not an awful team (or at least not bad enough to be in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes). The post mortem of the 2007-2013 Hawks though will not be kind. Despite six consecutive playoff appearances, the Hawks won exactly two second round playoff games (by comparison, the Lenny Wilkens Hawks of the 1990s won four second round playoff games in a six year span).
As for Budenholzer, it is pretty much impossible to know what his tendencies will be as a head coach. We can say for certain that his pedigree and training were excellent, as he has been an assistant with the Spurs since 1996. Between those nice qualifications and his link to another further Spur in GM Danny Ferry, this was enough to get him this shot. For 2013-14, Budenholzer will have to improve the Hawks mediocre offense (18th) without Smith. Assuming the presence of a healthy Louis Williams, Horford, and another free agent (Paul Millsap has been mentioned), the Hawks could be around .500 again with an outside hope that Budenholzer and Ferry come up with a plan to get this team to a higher level of competitiveness at some point.
6/26 Allowed Doc Rivers to leave as head coach in exchange for draft picks
6/30 Waived Terrence Williams
7/3 Named Brad Stevens head coach
One of the more inane talking points coming out of the Doc Rivers coaching drama is whether Rivers was quitting on the team. Boston writers and fans put a lot into the emotional side of the game, ie whether someone is a true Celtic and truly “feels” the ethos of the green. Rivers, on his end, insisted that he was not quitting on Boston. Despite the arguments back and forth it was pretty clear that Rivers was bailing on the Celts. But who really cares? Rivers had a really nice run in Boston. Not only did he help the talented team gel much more quickly than expected but he squeezed several nice playoff runs out of a team that looked finished several years ago. Even if you put aside the title in 2007-08, Rivers was masterful in knocking off LeBron in 2009-10 and coming one quarter from beating a healthier Lakers team in the Finals. Let’s also not forget Boston going to the Conference Finals last year and taking James and the Heat to the brink again. The Pierce-Garnett-Allen core was over and Boston will be bad in 2013-14 no matter who the coach is. Why not give Rivers away and get a first rounder as compensation? A veteran coach like Rivers would be superfluous on the Celts heavy rebuilding job anyway. Thank him for the good years and for the draft pick when he ran out. Similarly, Rivers’ protestations that he didn’t quit are a bit hollow. Yes, he would’ve stayed and collected checks for a bad team but he understandably took the raise and the move to a contender.
As for Stevens, we have another unknown commodity. College coaches usually don’t succeed in the NBA but most coaches don’t succeed anyway either. The challenge for Stevens will be to get a system in place and develop the younger players while losing copiously next year.
4/26 Signed general manager Billy King to a contract extension
6/12 Named Jason Kidd head coach
Will Kidd work as a head coach? Not to belabor this point but we have no idea what tendencies any new coach will have whether he be a college coach, a longtime assistant, or a star turned coach like Kidd. Kidd’s assets appear to be his place in Nets history and his reputation as a brilliant player. None of this means that Kidd will have any head coaching proclivities (check Bob Cousy’s coaching record for an example). What is more distressing here is that the Nets are presenting the hire as a public relations coup (that the tabloids quickly swallowed). Let’s be honest, the Nets are a cash rich team with some good players and some aging vets. They are probably not quite a title contender but could be a top team in the East. Under those circumstances, the best move would have been for the Nets to go for a George Karl, who has always excelled at cobbling together relevant teams quickly. This is not to say that Kidd will be a bad coach (and the return of Lawrence Frank as assistant will help) but this seemed more like a move aimed towards making a splash than based on any sort of logical process.
4/23 Fired head coach Mike Dunlap
5/28 Named Steve Clifford head coach
The hope was that Rich Cho’s presence would instill a coherent plan in Charlotte but alas this doesn’t seem to be. Take the case of Dunlap. Sure he probably wasn’t a great coach but what were his major sins to be axed so quickly? Generally speaking, management indicated that it didn’t think he could deal with vets and that didn’t play Tyrus Thomas band his big contract. Dunlap might have been a hard ass but is getting in tiffs with a fungible vet like Ben Gordon really evidence that a coach is tough to deal with? Dunlap may have buried Thomas and his big contract but TT was no better last year in 2011-12 under Paul Silas. In addition, young players like Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist developed solidly under Dunlap, which was pretty much the only goal for the team anyway.
Michael Jordan has hired three obscure coaches now (Leonard Hamilton in Washington, Dunlap and Sam Vincent in Charlotte) and has dumped them all within one season. The utter lack of organizational strategy is troubling. The Bobcats are supposed to develop the youngsters and stink enough to get a high draft pick or two more. MJ seemed to come to terms with this when he fired Larry Brown and let the vets go but it appears his attention is now wavering again. There is nothing worse than floundering between strategies.
Like the Thunder trading James Harden, Memphis found that the new CBA luxury tax penalties cost prohibitive and they therefore decide to unload Rudy Gay. The calculus is more complex than just luxury tax considerations. I imagine the Grizz had to ask themselves several questions before reaching this conclusion. Let’s run though the analysis and see if we agree with logic train:
(a) What would the outcome be of just leaving the Grizz roster intact?
Memphis had a tougher call than most teams. Usually, the team making such a decision is clearly a contender or an also-ran. Memphis is exactly on the cusp between good team and potential title contender, which makes the call even more difficult (in the case of OKC, the Thunder felt that Harden was a cherry on the contention sundae and not absolutely necessary to go back to the Finals). Memphis probably had an outside shot at making the Conference Finals if everything broke right with Gay on the roster. Of course, it is also quite possible (but not likely) that the Grizz would lose in the first round. Depending on how much financial flexibility the franchise had, it wouldn’t have been crazy to let the season ride and see how far the team could go with the same core as the last few years. The fact that Memphis already was pretty set on giving away Mareese Speights and still traded Gay tells us that the Grizz have little to no wiggle room on finances and someone had to be traded.
(b) If you are going to trade someone, is Gay the guy?
This depends on how good you think Gay is and what the market is for the players who might be traded. Well, let’s look at the Grizz expensive players and look at the options:
-Rudy Gay, age 26, 17.2 ppg, .438 eFG%, 5.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 14.3 PER (contract: two more years at $37.1 million)
-Zach Randolph, age 31, 15.8 ppg, .483 eFG%, 11.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 18.7 PER (contract: two more years at $34.3 million)
-Marc Gasol, age 28, 13.7 ppg, ,489 eFG%, 7.5 rpg, 3.6 apg, 19.6 PER (contract: two more years at $30.6 million)
All are talented but have weaknesses. Gay’s are most evident: he is mostly a scorer, his efficiency is way down this year, and is the most expensive of the three. His shooting this year, however, may be an anomaly as he his career eFG% is right in line with Randolph and Gasol of 2012-13. Randolph is the oldest of the three and, while still good, he is down from his pre-2011-12 numbers and it is possible he might never be the dominant force he was before. As for Gasol, he continues to be a mini-Arvydas Sabonis (minus the rebounding) and is going nowhere. As between Gay and Randolph, trading Gay makes sense given his down numbers, bigger money, and the fact that his core skill (scoring in volumes) isn’t that hard to replace.
(c) What about the return for Gay?
Ed Davis is a very nice young prospect at age-23 and a nice potential eventual replacemet for Randolph (per-36 min: 14.5 pts, .549 eFG%, 9.9 rebs, 18.1 PER). For now, Davis will make a nice third big man for the Grizz and is better than the recently departed Speights. Losing Gay’s ability to create shots, though, is a gaping hole that isn’t filled by role players like Tayshaun Prince or Tony Allen. The Grizz already have the second rated defense in the NBA already, so Prince will at least keep the team at the same level but there isn’t much room for improvement in that area. Conversely, offensively, the Grizz are slightly below average with Gay (17th) and swapping Gay out for Prince could really hurt. The Grizz will have to find some sort of scorer cheaply somewhere and/or Mike Conley’s shots are going to have to go way up because there are no other perimeter players on the roster who can create shot. On the plus side, losing Gay won’t hurt the Grizz from three. The Grizz have made (and taken) the fewest threes in the NBA and are not that good percentage wise either (.344%, which ranks 24th). Gay was a big part of the problem (.310% from three so far). The more efficient Prince (.434% this year) will help but he’ll have to step up his frequency (only 53 attempts from three this year versus 129 for Gay). In all, it is fair to say that the Grizz didn’t gut their team but the Davis/Prince probably makes them a bit worse than they were before. This isn’t a bad deal considering it was forced by circumstance. The Grizz are still a playoff team and could still be a four seed after this deal if Prince can step up his scoring.
(d) What is Toronto doing?
I know Bryan Colangelo is under pressure to show improvement but this deal won’t quite get it done. Currently the Raptors are 16-30 and 12th in offense and 26th in defense. So, they traded their best young big man prospect to pair Gay, another a low efficiency scorer, with DeMar Derozan? The problem here is defensive sieves like Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon and not getting a high volume scorer. Gay won’t hurt the defense and he’s much better than Landry Fields/Mickael Pietrus types but it doesn’t fix the core problem and I’m not sure I’d blow cap room for a minor upgrade to a non-playoff team when there are much bigger fish to fry. I probably would have stood pat with Davis and tried to move Bargnani. Not a terrible move but it seems more like trying to make a splash without much thought put into whether it will fix the core issues.
7/11 Traded Joe Johnson to Brooklyn for Jordan Farmar, DeShawn Stevenson, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, a first-round pick in 2013, and a second-round pick in 2017; waived Jordan Farmar
7/11 Traded Marvin Williams to Utah for Devin Harris
7/12 Signed Louis Williams
In all, a very nice start for Danny Ferry. The Johnson contract was sure to hamper the team long-term and it had to be dumped, even if it would downgrade the team for the next season. Similarly, Harris is a perfectly useful point guard and had a shorter contract than Marvin Williams to boot. I’m not sure that Harris will still start since Jeff Teague looks pretty good and is younger but the two of them will make a very nice defensive point guard platoon.
As for the signing of Louis Williams, he won’t totally replace JJ but he is quite cheap and will be a reasonable facsimile of a young Jamal Crawford as a player. Williams will get tons of shots in this offense, even if it won’t be with the discipline that Johnson usually showed. In all, the Hawks should remain in the same place they were the last few years (a decent playoff team without much upside) but saved millions of dollars and are on the position to land that elusive star needed to push them into the next level. Whether they can catch that fish remains to be seen.
7/14 Re-signed Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass and signed Chris Wilcox
7/19 Signed Jason Terry
7/20 Houston re-signed Courtney Lee and traded him to Boston for E-Twuan Moore, JaJuan Johnson, Sean Williams, a 2013 second-round pick, and the draft rights to Jon Diebler from Portland for Sasha Pavlovic from Boston
From afar, it seems so clear that pushing for another title run with an older squad can make a rebuild harder but what are you supposed to do? KG and Paul Pierce are still quite good and Rajon Rondo is young and good. It’s not like the Celts didn’t look into trading Pierce and Ray Allen during the season but they stood pat were rewarded with a nice playoff run (though it was helped by Derrick Rose’s knee injury). Tall athletes like Garnett tend to age well and squeezing another few years out of him is a perfectly rational decision, as he is the prototype of the player that lasts forever.
Boston also seemed high on keeping Ray Allen but couldn’t keep him and nabbed Terry for three years and $15.6 million. Allen was a classy local product but this loss is not a tragedy. Terry is two years younger than Allen and brings similar skills to the table (shooting). While Allen was much better as a younger player, there isn’t too much difference between them at this point. Allen on a one or two year deal might be a better contract because of the shorter commitment but I don’t think they will see much drop off here. Continue reading Transactions: 7/1-7/21 (Part I)…