The Latest Around the NBA

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

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Williams joins the 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.

Who Remains and Where Could They Head?

NBA free agency has been exciting and fast paced. Many players have already found new homes while others have re-upped with their current team. In a shocking move, former Pacers forward David West who opted out of a $12 million year has signed with the Pacers for $1.2 million. Lets take a look at who else is still out there that can help a team today.

JR Smith – Guard

Smith had a JR Smith like year for the Cavs last year. Unfortunately, he didn’t finish as hot as he would have liked to this year thus diminishing his value in free agency. Smith will likely look for a multi year deal with a contender. There is still a chance he returns to the Cavs.

Enes Kanter – Center

Blake Rubin - Jeremy LinKanter was traded at the deadline from Utah to Oklahoma City. He played well offensively but struggled defensively. He still put up good enough numbers to get a good deal. Problem is he’s a restricted free agent and these deals take time. It’s unclear if he fits new head coach Billy Donovan’s system in OKC.

Jeremy Lin – Point Guard

Remember this guy? It’s Linsanity. After the Rockets made him an offer the Knicks could not match 3 years ago, Lin is now back on the market. He has not had as much success since leaving the Knicks and has played backup point guard for much of his deal. Still Lin can provide minutes for a team. The Mavs have been linked to talks with Lin, but I think we all want to see Lin back in New York.

There are many other great free agents out there. Teams have been spending at record pace and may not have much more money to offer players left out there.

NBA Free Agency Rumors

Well, NBA Free Agency is now underway! Many teams wasted no time meeting with prized players at 12:01 AM of Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in order to have a face to face interact and express their interest in these players. There should be a lot of movement and while players can agree to new deals, they ultimately can’t sign anything until July 9th to make it official. With that said, let’s take a look at what has already happened in the first 12 hours or so of free agency.

Brooklyn Nears Deals with Lopez and Young

A big priority for the Brooklyn Nets was holding onto center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young and it looks as though they have. The Nets have a near agreement with both, Lopez is said to receive a 3 year $60 million with a player option for year 3 while Young is said to have a deal in place for 4 years $50 million. Both Young and Lopez at age 27 represent somewhat of a youth movement and the future of the Brooklyn Nets as the Nets try to rid themselves of aging once upon a time players in Joe Johnson and Deron Williams.

New Orleans Pelicans Extend Anthony Davis

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Anthony Davis is now has the NBA’s richest deal.

Anthony Davis is a star in the NBA, no questions asked. Now, Davis will be paid like one. The Pelicans wanted to show their appreciation for what Davis has done for their franchise. While they could have been outside some free agents house as the clock stroked midnight, the Pelicans extended their franchise player to the tune of 5 years $145 million, the richest deal in NBA history.

Aminu Agrees to Deal with Portland

The Portland Trailblazers seem destined to lose All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Meanwhile the Blazers met with former Maverick forward Al-Farouq Aminu and have agreed to terms. Aminu will sign a 4 year $30 million, a deal that may insert him into the starting small forward position that has been vacated by the trade departure of Nicholas Batum. Aminu is an interesting player, he’s still just 24 years old despite spending 5 years in the NBA. He stands at 6’9 and can knock down the occasional three pointer.

Players like LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, and Dwyane Wade are still out there. It’ll be interesting to see where the remaining free agents land.

NBA Finals and Postseason By the Numbers

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Stephen Curry and LeBron James

The NBA season is over and the Golden State Warriors are the champions. Guard/forward Andre Iguodala received the NBA Finals MVP award for his stellar defense on LeBron James and his offensive prowess. Let’s go inside the numbers and see what crazy statistics really stood out throughout the series.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry became the first player to face the other four players who made the All-NBA First Team (LeBron James, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and Marc Gasol) in the same postseason. This is a true testament to Curry’s status as the league MVP and beating the other best players teams and bringing home the title.

Andre Iguodala played stellar defense on LeBron James. When Iguodala was on the floor, LeBron James shot 38% and the Cleveland Cavaliers were -55 in point differential. However, when Iguodala was out, James shot 44% and the Cavaliers were +30.

Stephen Curry joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in NBA history to win both the league MVP award and an NBA Title in the same season. Pretty elite company.

Iguodala was a not always a starter for the Golden State Warriors. In fact, he started zero games during the regular season. He becomes the first NBA Finals MVP to win the MVP award and not start every game of the Finals.

Stephen Curry is a three point machine. During this postseason, Curry shattered the old three pointers made in a postseason record with 98 made three pointers. The record was previously held by Reggie Miller who made 58.

The NBA’s postseason was definitely something to watch. We now have the NBA Draft tonight and free agency to follow, does it ever end? For more information on these numbers, check out this article on SportingNews.com.

The Golden State Warriors Are NBA Champions

Last night in Cleveland, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals 4-2. This brings an end to a great NBA season that started with the best player in the world, LeBron James returning home to Cleveland last offseason. Going into Game 6 knowing the Cavaliers could be eliminated, many still believe LeBron James could be crowned Finals MVP despite a losing effort. There has not been a player from the losing team awarded the NBA Finals MVP award since Jerry West in 1969. Ultimately, Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala won the award on a night that saw him contribute 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

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The Warriors are champions.

The Cavaliers were hampered by injuries all playoffs long. The lost both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving forcing them to use a shortened rotation that included LeBron James, Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson, JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova, and James Jones. At times, Cleveland found it hard to score. If it wasn’t LeBron scoring the Cavs had to rely on the streaky outside shooting of Smith, Shumpert, and Jones who more times than not were off than on.

The Warriors deserved this championship as they had a deep roster and great top end talent. Not only did they have the leagues MVP in Stephen Curry, they also had a member on the All NBA 3rd team in sharp shooter Klay Thompson. Forward Draymond Green was also a member of the All NBA Defensive 1st team. The Warriors bench had great punch all season long from now Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, forward/center Marreese Speights, point guard Shaun Livingston, guard Leandro Barbosa, and often times forward/center David Lee who at times had trouble cracking the rotation because he didn’t quite fit head coach Steve Kerr’s system.

The only two players that saw meaningful minutes for the Warriors in the playoffs that are not currently under contract for next season are Draymond Green and Leandro Barbosa. The Warriors will ultimately match any offer for Draymond Green who looks to be a budding star in this league. Barbosa will likely get his walking papers. Golden State can still bring in some good talent to this roster if and when they decide to move David Lee who is slated to make $15.5 million next season. The team holds an option for Speights for next year at $3.8 million. It’ll be interesting to see if the Warriors let him go with the recent development of Festus Ezeli and other young bigs on the roster.

Cleveland Takes Game 3

The Cleveland Cavaliers are defying all odds of putting up a contest to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. After losing all star forward Kevin Love in round 1 of the playoffs and now all star Kyrie Irving in game 1 of the finals, one would think the Cavaliers were done. Time and time again, the Cavaliers have come back stronger.

Irving was lost for the playoffs in game 1 of the finals, a game the Cavaliers would lose. Since then, the Cavs have won two in a row including 1 on the road in Golden State. The Cavaliers now head into game 4 at home with a 2-1 series lead, essentially in the drivers seat of the series.

Matthew Dellavedova has been key for the Cavaliers.

Matthew Dellavedova has been key for the Cavaliers.

LeBron James has been spectacular, as expected. He has consistently put up triple-doubles throughout the series showing he’s willing to do whatever it takes in order to get a win. Another player that has stepped up for the Cavaliers is Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova. The second year player out of Saint Mary’s is filling in for the injured Kyrie Irving and has been all over the floor and playing stellar defense on Golden State point guard Stephen Curry, the league MVP. Dellavedova, undrafted, has carved a role out with Cleveland having played 21 minutes a night in the regular season. However, he’s now asked to play 32+ minutes a night and guard the NBA’s most lethal shooter. In Cleveland’s game 3 win, Dellavedova had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and the game winning free throws.

Tonight is game 4 of the finals. The game will again be in Cleveland and although Dellavedova spent some time in the hospital after game 3 due to cramps, he is expected to play. If Golden State can get both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson going from beyond the arc, this game should look a bit different from games 2 and 3. It’ll be interesting to see if Golden State decides to switch things up and perhaps play more David Lee.