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)…
6/25 Named Danny Ferry general manager
Ferry’s first go around in Cleveland was a mixed bag. He was perfectly competent in bringing in pieces to fill holes around LeBron James but struggled in making the big deal to push the Cavs over the top. Ferry’s biggest free agent signing was Larry Hughes, who looked pretty good in D.C. but couldn’t shoot well enough to mesh with LBJ. The other big move was getting Antawn Jamison for LeBron’s last run. Jamison was perfectly good scorer but some wondered if Ferry could’ve nabbed Amare Stoudemire and gone all in for a title shot. Ferry rarely had a shot to draft in Cleveland but found a few decent late picks in J.J. Hickson, Daniel Gibson, and Shannon Brown. But Atlanta will be a very different situation for Ferry. He has to turn over a good but stagnant core. If he is able to trade Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams as has been report, he’s off to a very good start.
6/20 Named Mike Dunlap head coach
6/26 Traded a Corey Maggette to Detroit for Ben Gordon and a future first-round pick
6/30 Waived Jamario Moon
Despite the losses and dysfunction of the 2011-12 season, I am less down on the Bobcats then some. The Bobcats’ situation is not great but Rich Cho appears competent so far and the cap room is there if Charlotte ever decides to spend. Still, the process by which Dunlap was hired was weird. The Bobcats interviewed everyone and decided that the assistant coach at a mid-major college was the best guy for the job. This sounds much more like the Bobcats didn’t want to pay a big name coach and/or couldn’t convince one to take their job. In addition, Michael Jordan has a history of hiring rookie coaches and bailing on them very quickly (see Leonard Hamilton and Sam Vincent). This doesn’t mean Dunlap can’t coach but the questions remain.
Has there ever been a more unlikely coaching hire in the NBA than Dunalp? I can’t thnk of one. There have been some random college coaches hired before (Leonard Hamilton, Lon Kruger, P.J. Carlesimo, Mike Montgomery, Jerry Tarkanian, and Tim Floyd) and a random broadcaster (Quinn Buckner) but never someone so low on the radar as Dunlap.
The Maggette trade is only interesting in the sense that the Bobcats have switched tactics and actually made a trade where they take on money. The yearly money is pretty even but Maggette’s contract ends after 2012-13, while Gordon has a player option for $13.2 million for 2013-14 that will certainly be exercised. On talent, Gordon is younger but both players were not great last year. Gordon, at age-28, would seem to have more of a chance to bounce back but he’s been ineffective for three years now and the Cats are likely looking at a shooting specialist and not a pure scorer he used to be. Swallowing $13.2 million won’t actually hurt the Cats either, as they are so far under the cap that they can live with one more year of Gordon. The real value is the first-rounder that is lottery protected next year but becomes more valuable if rolled over (top 8 protected if used in 2014, top 1 protected if used in 2015, and no protection at all 2016). The hope is that Detroit doesn’t rebuild and, in a few years, Charlotte has a great pick. It’s not clear if Detroit will be good in a year or two (they could go either way), so you have to applaud Cho for getting a potentially valuable piece for absorbing the back end of Gordon’s deal. Continue reading Transactions: 6/4-6/30…