Big names making moves in the NBA’s first week of free agency

It hasn’t been easy for me to watch and keep track of all these offseason moves in the NBA because it seems that my Mavericks are imploding. The crazy part about it is that there’s still a lot to be figured out; still a lot players that are going to ink a deal. Players all around the league are signing deals with new teams to achieve different goals. The two biggest free agents this offseason (Deron Williams and Dwight Howard) are in completely situations after a hectic first week. Williams decided to stay with Nets and sign a max-deal worth a little over $100 million. Yes, as a Mavs fan I’m disappointed that he didn’t come home but at the same time I try to be objective and look at the situation from his point of view. Would you turn down $25 million? Dwight Howard on the other hand just keeps hurting his reputation and the Orlando Magic franchise. Will someone work out a deal for Howard so all this can just end?

Big splash yesterday, veteran point guard Steve Nash has decided to join the Los Angeles Lakers. I was a bit surprised by this decision but now it’s time to figure out how this team will work out. What does our resident Laker fan Bryan think about this move? Other key moves around the league: Joe Johnson to the Nets; Kevin Garnett re-signs with the Celtics; Jason Terry verbal agreement with Celtics (this one stung); players currently being recruited around the league include Jeremy Lin, Ray Allen, Eric Gordon, Brandon Roy, Roy Hibbert, and Michael Beasley. There’s still a lot to decide in the NBA so stay tuned.


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KobeBryan
KobeBryan

Nash isnt THAT bad at defense. Well at least not Melo bad.

If you want to look at it statistically only 6-7 PG's have better Overall PPP, Isolation PPP ,Opp FG Percentage and Percent Scored then Steve Nash.

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The Devil
The Devil

Eh, Nash is old man and a defensive liability and Kobe's only 34, but an OLD 34. He's got what, 16 years on those legs?

I think they'll be good, but do I think they're gonna take outlast The Clippers, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio, who's stars are old, but are extremely deep? I don't know, but I'm skeptical. And Bynum and Gasol both have bitch like tendencies, so you never know with them and Bynum does hate Mike Brown, so there's that as well.

KobeBryan
KobeBryan

Do they play like old men? lol I know this team only has a couple years left but they still play extremely well considering their age.

skilligan
skilligan

slight guard advantage and we have NO idea how they are gonna age

KobeBryan
KobeBryan

Its common knowledge that stats don;t tell the whole story but its ridiculously obvious that Kobe > Harden. Westbrook has the advantage on Nash BUT Nash is the better passer & shooter.

Guard advantage: Lakers

skilligan
skilligan

none of your stats compile how average guards blow by Nash, Westbrook and Harden much better defenders, you are a real Lakers fan BUT a blind one

KobeBryan
KobeBryan

And now that I think about it I honestly thing we have the guard advantake over OKC.

Nash: 12.5 PPG 10.7 APG 3.0 RPG

Kobe: 27.9 PPG, 4.6 APG, 5.4 RPG

Westbrook: 23.6 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.6 RPG

Harden: 16.8 PPG, 3.7 APG, 4.1 RPG

Also our 4 & 5 are far superior to OKC's the only thing that they have over us is Durant.

KobeBryan
KobeBryan

Joe Johnson is overrated, the Nets will not be making it passed the 2nd round. Nash is a young 38.

The Devil
The Devil

Meh, Nash is 38 years old, and has always been a defensive liability.

Kobe's a year older as well.

I mean, they won't go out in the 2nd round this year, but they're not a real contender.

I'm still going with Oklahoma City, San Antonio, The Heat, New Jersey if they get Dwight Howard, with my Bulls and the Lakers in the next tier of teams after those 4

KobeBryan
KobeBryan

Nobody can in the league can stay in front of Westbrook. I think we're now built to beat Spurs/Heat but OKC is another story.

skilligan
skilligan

i agree the Lakers got better but it's 100% about championships with them, I am not sure they are better than the Spurs, Thunder and Heat, somebody has to guard Westbrook especially in a 7 game series

KobeBryan
KobeBryan

Nash was never a stellar defender, his main role is passing. At 38 he was still 2nd in the league just behind future MVP rondo. The main problem is going to be Kobe getting less touches and letting Nash do his thing. Yes Kobe must adapt! He'll have to get used to having the ball passed perfectly into his hands. How terrible for him!

Theres no downside to this trade. We gave up nothing besides a couple 1st round picks which will always be late picks. Bynum just needs to stay healthy, his talent should do the rest.

skilligan
skilligan

but will Bynum become a great shot blocker to erase the mistakes that Nash makes on defense at 38

KobeBryan
KobeBryan

Love the trade, Lakers seem to want to win now instead of rebuilding which is risky but exciting at the same time. Gotta milk the rest of Kobe Beans career.

All in baby, the Nash Effect will help everybody in LA play a lot better. Expect it to add a couple points on everybodys average.

dinodan
dinodan

As a life long Suns fan all I have to say is.....traitor!

skilligan
skilligan

Nash to the Lakers is a giant move, interested in how they defend though