Quick Thoughts on NBA Free Agency Moves:
The “Heat” is on: Not only did Miami land the top three free agents, but they landed them at a reduced rate…. How bad does the Amare Stoudemire contract look now? Now the Heat have money to play with and they have done well with it. Landing Mike Miller an ultimate sniper from the wing. He won’t get many shots given his teammates, but the ones he does have will be WIDE OPEN. Miller is a good fit because he can shoot cold and doesn’t need a high volume of shots. The Heat have more money and are looking at point guards and or bringing back Haslem. Personally I think they should invest in a pair of centers. Bosh has already stated he doesn’t want to play too much center, and point guard isn’t as much of a need as its made out to be. For one thing Mario Chalmers can play, he might never be an All-Star but he should be able to handle the point. Another thing is that Wade and James are such good ball handlers, that they can run the offense. Signing a Derek Fisher looks good on paper, but he isn’t going to be able to guard Rose or Rondo, so whats the point. You might not find a great center, but at least a big body can give you some fouls when you face an elite big man.
Knicks Continue to Move On: I credit New York for making the most of a bad situation. First they do a great sign and trade with the Warriors now they land Raymond Felton for 2 years. Felton isn’t a top notch point guard, but he isn’t too bad either. At over $7 million a year the Knicks didn’t really overpay and the short contract allows them to have cap flexiblity for the future (Chris Paul in two years??). The Knicks are also taking a flyer on a Russian big man, Timofey Mozgov, which could end up being a steal if he reaches his potential. Regardless the Knicks have done well not to over pay players or get stuck with any long term deals (with the exception of Amare).
Undrafted to Big Bucks: Jazz restricted free agent guard Wesley Mathews signed a 5 year $34 million offer sheet with the Portland Trail Blazers. Mathews was a rookie last season, but given the crack scouting of NBA scouting directors he went undrafted. He only ended up being a starter on a playoff team, and now is a restricted free agent that will be cashing in. A $7 million average is very good money for only one year of production, but I think he could be worth it. The Jazz have one week to decide whether or not to match the offer for their young G/F, either way Mathews is in a great spot.