It seems like something big is happening everyday in the NBA. In the middle of the summer is generally when the NBA’s free agency period slows down but we continue to see moves made. Let’s take a look at some of the latest moves to happen in the NBA.
Deron Williams Bought Out by Nets; Signs with Mavs
Deron Williams has not been the franchise player the Brooklyn Nets had hoped for. Since signing his max contract, he has not given the Nets much of what they paid for. The Nets decided to cut their losses short, agreeing to buy Williams out of the final 2 years and $43.5 million owed to him. Williams has cleared waivers and signed with the Dallas Mavericks for 2 years $10 million.
Enes Kanter Resigns with OKC
Kanter was one of the top prizes in free agency but unfortunately he was a restricted free agent which limited his options. The Trail Blazers however after losing LaMarcus Aldridge put in an offer of 4 years $70 million that the Thunder had the opportunity to match. So Kanter, who averaged a double-double with the Thunder after arriving via trade from the Utah Jazz, remains with the Thunder. Kanter has offensive upside but has been a huge let down on the defensive end.
Cole Aldrich Signs with Clippers
The Clippers nearly lost their prized center DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks. Jordan has second thoughts and decided to return home to the Clippers signing a max contract. With the Clippers solidifying their center position and starting 5, they now moved to fill the backup center role previously held by Spencer Hawes. The Clippers signed former 2010 lottery pick Cole Aldrich to fill that role. Although he was drafted in 2010, the Clippers will be the 5th stop for Aldrich in his career. After being drafted by the Thunder, Cole made stops in Houston, Sacramento, and with the New York Knicks.