Hey Athletes!! The NBA is unpredictable and there are some injuries to the USA National Team! Let’s hope the injuries are very minor.
G Ray Allen will sign with the champion Miami Heat. He most likely won’t start in South Beach. Allen will accept the Heat’s mid-level exception that starts at $3.09 million and could be worth a maximum of $9.5 million over three seasons. Boston, where Allen had played for the past five seasons and won a championship in 2008, had offered Allen a two-year deal at double the salary for $12 million plus a no-trade clause.
Brandon Roy will be a Minnesota Timeberwolves player now. The two sides agreed to a two-year, $10.4 million deal. The 27-year-old Roy has averaged 19 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 321 games. He was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Timberwolves but was traded to Portland for Randy Foye on draft night. Roy was also being courted by Chicago, Indiana, Cleveland, Dallas and Golden State, but he ultimately chose Minnesota.
The Philadelphia 76ers will release F Elton Brand. Brand will still collect the full $18 million that the Sixers owe him next season, but he will first be offered to teams under the salary cap through the waiver process, with under-the-cap teams able to lodge bids for him.Nick Young and the Sixers have reached terms on a one-year deal that, once finalized, is expected to fall in the $6 million range.
The Indiana Pacers and PG George Hill have agreed to a 5 year deal. The Pacers will also persue Chris Kaman and JaVale McGee if Roy Hibbert signs his 4 year, 58 million dollar deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Restricted free agent Nicolas Batum has agreed to terms on an offer sheet with theTimberwolves and is hoping the Portland Trail Blazers either do not match the offer or execute a sign-and-trade to get him to Minnesota. The deal is approximately worth 4 years, 45 million dollars. If this does happen, I say it’s avery bad move on Batum’s part. The Wolves already have so many forwards. Batum has averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game over four seasons with Portland.
Last and certainly least, G Jeremy Lin has agreed to the Houston Rockets offer. The four-year deal is worth $28.8 million, with $10.2 million coming in the first two seasons and over $9 million in each of the last two. The fourth season is a team option. The Knicks would have three days to match the offer after Lin, a restricted free agent, signs. The Knicks repeatedly have said they plan to keep Lin. The Knicks can offer Lin a four-year deal worth $24.5 million.