A bunch of things has gone down in the past week and a half so allow me to break it all down and give out grades
Key Addition: Jermaine O’Neal
Key Departure: Rasheed Wallace
If the Celtics scored just five more points, Boston would be the champions, and
Phil Jackson possibly wouldve retired. Rasheed Wallace is expected to retire and
there’s a possibility Shaquille O’Neal will be a Celtic next year. This may be a
long shot. We all know Shaq is hungry for that fifth ring after Kobe’s remark
after winning the championship in June. So will he come to Boston and help them
over the hump or will he go south? Hmmm.
Expectations: Celtics finish their last run for a ring by getting knocked out in
the second round of the playoffs.
Key Additions: Amar’e Stoudamire, Raymond Felton
Key Departure: David Lee
The Knicks were the first team to sign a big named free agent in Amar’e
Stoudemire. David Lee was dealt to the Golden State Warriors in a sign-and-trade
deal so Amar’e will have someone new to help him down low. In exchange for Lee,
the Knicks will receive C/F Anthony Randolph, C Ronny Turiaf, and SF Kelunna
Azubuke. Not terrific, but not horrible. They also have yet to decide if they
will bring back their Al Harrington, their best scorer from last year. All eyes
will be on the big apple next year around this time when the Knicks can build
their own big three by possibly signing Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker.
Expectations: The Knicks will end their 7 year playoff drought, but won’t last
long in the postseason. Expect better in 2011.
Key Additions: Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, JJ Redick
Key Departure: Kirk Hinrich
Although they failed to land LeBron or D-Wade, the Bulls still did their team
justice by adding Carlos Boozer to a team that already had great potential.
Boozer who is a 20-10 guy, will now team up with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol
Deng, and the newly acquired JJ Redick.
Expectations: Battling the Heat, Magic, Hawks, and Celtics for a spot in the
Key Addition: None
Key Departures: LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal
Not only did the Cavs fail to resign their star LeBron, they failed to pick up
any other free agents. They received some first round picks from the Heat, and
still have about $30 million to spend, and its never too late to improve your
team. But owner Dan Gilbert would rather chew out LeBron and call him a whole
bunch of names rather then worry about his own business.
Expectations: Finish third in division behind Bulls and Bucks respectively. Let
the rebuilding process begin.
Key Addition: Travis Outlaw
Key Departure: None
New Jersey had about $ 28 million to spend. They failed to get any big names,
and they drafted Derrick Favors (don’t worry you won’t have to remember his
name). The only player who was sold on their rebuilding process was scrub Travis
Outlaw. New coach, new owner…old results.
Expectations: Competing with the Raptors for last place in the Atlantic
Key Additions: LeBron James, Chris Bosh
Key Departures: Jermaine O’neal, Michael Beasley
Miami was able to sign all three of the top three free agents of this summer.
Although some may say this is cheating, if any other team was in this situation
they wouldve done the same and their fans for sure wouldn’t of booed the GM. The
Heat still have to get the rest of their team because at the moment, its only
the big three, and Mario Chalmers. Don’t worry, the Heat won’t have a problem
getting veterans to sign for chump change. Derek Fisher is in Miami as I write
this, meeting with the Heat in order to work a deal out that will have him
teaming up with Wade and company. Also, there is a possible reunion brewing in
South Beach. Shaquille O’Neal is a unrestricted free agent, and there’s a
possibility of O’Neal signing with the Heat, who he helped bring their first and
only championship back in 2006.
Expectations: 2011 NBA champions.