Tuesday proved very eventful in NBA land, highlighted by a pair of All-Star power forwards opting to re-up with the teams that drafted them. Make no mistake. Dwight Howard will dominate SportsCenter highlights until he swaps unis. Still, that doesn’t mean every other team’s sitting back, twiddling their thumbs.
Tim Duncan re-signs with Spurs for three years
Easily the least exciting news of the offseason. Timmy wasn’t going anywhere. Let’s just move on.
Blake Griffin re-signs with Clippers for five years, $95 million
Again, this wasn’t a shocking turn. Blake is one of the league’s brightest up-and-comers and a city like LA seems like a natural fit. When you consider his drive to be a multimedia star, it’s hard to envision him leaving La La Land by choice.
Lou Williams headed to the Hawks
Atlanta’s facelift continues. Credit new GM Danny Ferry for bringing in the young, efficient Lou Williams, who should pick up a large chunk of the scoring burden left by Joe Johnson’s departure. Fiscal details haven’t been unveiled but Williams may be a steal.
Rashard Lewis sells his soul for a ring
Give Miami credit for picking up a long-range threat. Hate them for picking up another long-range threat. Signed at the veteran’s minimum (approximately worth about $1.3 million), Lewis will reunite with former Seattle buddy Ray Allen to give Miami one of the league’s deepest benches. Only one question remains: does Pat Riley really want to put LeBron and Rashard in the same room?
Pacers will match Roy Hibbert’s offer sheet from the Portland Trailblazers
Indiana had to do this even with their financial woes. Roy’s no Artis Gilmore but he’s one of the very few old school centers left who can protect the rim. He’s young and blossomed late so we haven’t seen the best he has to offer. Then again the slim chance of Hibbert sharing a front court with LaMarcus Aldridge sounded appealing.