With NBA free agency beginning, lets take a look at some of the juiciest rumors:
Rajon Rondo to Detroit Pistons
This move could be greatly beneficial to both sides. The Celtics would likely take back Brandon Knight and some draft picks, which would definitely help with their goal of landing the number one pick in next years draft and the Pistons would finally have a nice trio to build around with Rondo-Drummond-Monroe.
Boston Celtics: Brandon Knight, Avery Bradley, Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Kris Humphries, Kris Joseph
Detroit Pistons: Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jonas Jerebko, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Kyle Singler, Peyton Siva, Rodney Stuckey
Spurs, Heat, and Cavs interested in Greg Oden
Even after not playing in an NBA game for over two and a half years, Greg Oden is still drawing interest from several quality NBA teams. He’s a skilled seven footer, but the only entire season he’s ever been healthy for was his freshman season in college. In 2007. Oden’s only played a grand total of 82 games over his short career and the whole scouting report on him these days are the health of his knees. He has value, no doubt, but this may be one of the rare situations where there is a non-guaranteed contract, or one filled with incentives based upon games played. If he were to be healthy, and ended up with the Heat, a three-peat wouldn’t be out of the question.
Devin Harris to Bucks, Landry to Bucks or Clippers
The Bucks are another team likely gunning for the number one draft pick in 2014. First, there’s the whole Jennings situation, but we’ll get to that later. They are also attempting to acquire the career under achiever, Devin Harris. This could be a sign they are preparing for the departure of Jennings, or just another head scratching deal. One that actually does make sense is attempting to sign Carl Landry. Landry is from Milwaukee and went to Purdue. He is constantly talking about his home town and has expressed interest in playing for ‘his’ Bucks. Look for the Bucks to make that deal on the first day of free agency even though Landry is also drawing attention from the Clippers.
J.J. Redick+Jared Dudley to the Clippers, Eric Bledsoe+Caron Butler to the Suns, future picks to the Bucks
There were a dozen rumors flying around about what the Clippers would do with Eric Bledsoe, but recently agreed to send him to Milwaukee for the sharp shooting J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. The other names in play for Bledsoe were Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Free Agent O.J. Mayo (would have been a sign and trade with Mavs), and the Magic’s Aaron Afflalo. I believe that any of those players just named would have been a better fit, and would have been a better value for the high upside Bledsoe. Clippers definitely settled on decent role players, but expect Bledsoe to blossom and this deal to be revisited in the years to come.
Elton Brand to Mavs or Knicks
Although Elton Brand doesn’t really move the ticker these days, it is definitely interesting that the Knicks are interested in signing him. Brand is notorious with his injury history, and he is quite old for an NBA forward. After shipping off Marcus Camby and Steve Novak, the Knicks look to fill out their roster with more guys who are past their prime or likely to get injured getting dressed in the locker room. This is a match made in Isiah Thomas’ heaven. On a side note, the Knicks are also interested in Monta Ellis, who would be quite possibly the worst fit of any team in the entire NBA.
Brandon Jennings Situation
There has been much confusion around Brandon Jennings this offseason. At first was he was apparently made available on the market by the Bucks, but now the Bucks say they’ll match any offer as he is a restricted free agent. Essentially the team wants their cake, and to eat it too. They don’t want to lose him via free agency, but will match any offer made to him, not allowing them to trade him for a full season. They don’t want to lose the asset, but they are very willing to make a deal. Kind of defeats the purpose of the ‘restriction’, I could see the two parties (Jennings and Bucks) battling before settling on a one year tender offer, allowing Jennings to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. This one should get ugly before its settled.
Tyreke Evans/Andre Iguodala MONSTER Deals
So yesterday Andre Iguodala was offered a $56 million deal by the Kings, but apparently that offer has since been rescinded. Also, Tyreke Evans has been offered a $44 million deal by the New Orleans Pelicans. While the Iguodala deal is hefty, at least Dre is already a proven asset and we know he is a lock down defender and a winner. Evans is the antithesis of Iguodala, besides the fact that neither can shoot very well, Evans has really yet to prove anything at the NBA level. After narrowly edging Curry for the Rookie of the Year award in 2009, his production has gone down every year. He cannot pass well, refuses to defend, and is constantly misused. Maybe playing alongside Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis in New Orleans could changed his career trajectory, but this offer is downright offensive.
Andrew Bynum will NOT work out for teams
The biggest question mark of this free agency thus far has to be Andrew Bynum. Coming off a year in which he played zero games, he is reportedly refusing to work out for any team that is interested in signing for him, with the assumption being that he is already a proven asset and the GMs should know what they’re getting into with him. But the thing is, no one really knows how healthy he is, and he needs to prove it in the gym before getting a multi-year contract. There a rumors floating that he could sign a one year deal with the Mavericks or the Suns, which would allow the teams some flexibility moving forward, but Bynum is approaching free agency all wrong, just as he has done with many other aspects of his career.
Where does Josh Smith land?
The high-flying J-Smoove is finally an unrestricted free agent and has no intention of staying with his hometown Hawks. The current rumor is that the Rockets have told him if they don’t sign Dwight Howard, their next offer is to Smith. I believe even if they do sign Howard, their next phone call is to Smith and the Hawks to try to work out a sign and trade to acquire both players. The other teams in the mix are the Mavericks, Pistons, and the Warriors. After signing him to an offer sheet four years ago, the Warriors could finally get the coveted power forward, but would likely require a sign and trade.