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phlp_bj
07-10-2008, 11:56 AM
Elton Brand
Signed with the Sixers: Five years, $82 million
A signing even Philly fans can't boo… If you listened closely, you could hear the groans emanating for cities like Boston, Cleveland, and Detroit once Brand made it official and joined the 76ers on Wednesday. Once EB signed is name on the dotted line, the Eastern Conference has another contender for its crown. Just a few weeks back, it appeared that all the cap space the Sixers had carved out for themselves (a tedious process dating back to the Iverson trade, up to and including the Kyle Korver trade), would all be for naught. Philly was in desperate need of a bruising power forward, and even though GM Ed Stefanski had money to burn, there wasn't one available on the open market. Or so it seemed. Then Elton Brand dropped his bombshell, and the city of Philadelphia collectively crossed their fingers. The flirting began. By Wednesday afternoon the dust has settled, and the Sixers had their man. This is simply the perfect fit. The Sixers already had an up-and-coming team. Over the second half of the '07-'08 campaign, Philadelphia played extremely well, qualifying for the playoffs despite starting the year off by losing 30 of their first 48 games. Grade: A-

Gilbert Arenas
Re-signed with the Wizards: Six Years, $111 million
Continuing on the sentiments expressed in the previous paragraph, this is a relatively risky move by Ernie Grunfeld and the Wiz. Yes, Gilbert is an elite offensive weapon and one of the most gifted players in the entire league. And yes he is incredibly dynamic, a fan-favorite, and a sure-fire box-office bonanza. But one of the reasons Gillie is so beloved is because of his free-wheeling, funky personality. NBA fans love him for his brutal, blogging honesty. But when an organization invests well over a $100 million in an individual, you don't necessarily want the public to associate that individual with adjectives like: quirky, odd, peculiar, and unpredictable (this is a guy who claimed he flipped a coin to decide whether or not to sign with the Wiz back in 2003.) Grade: B

Corey Maggette
Signed with Golden State: (reported at) Five years, $50 million
After Baron Davis dumped them at the altar, and their love for Elton Brand was similarly unrequited, Chris Mullin and the Warriors had to move on. Maggette is an extremely talented athlete and would have been a steal at the mid-level exception, which it appeared he would have had to settle for, but it remains to be seen whether or not he can live up to the $10 million a year the Warriors are going to pay him. In Don Nelson's run-and-gun system, Maggette will put up stunning offensive numbers (expect an improvement over last year's great stat line of 22 points and 5.6 boards), as long as he can stay healthy. Grade C+

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=9423

Iodine
07-10-2008, 12:01 PM
the 2008 "Jerome James Award" for the player that inexplicably receives a five-year, full mid-level exception goes to - drum roll please - DeSagana Diop.

:laugh:

Ragun
07-10-2008, 12:56 PM
Maggette and Arenas havent even signed yet....Arenas said he isnt worrying about Basketball till august.

Halladay
07-10-2008, 01:11 PM
^What? Arenas just signed a monster contract.

JordansBulls
07-10-2008, 01:12 PM
^What? Arenas just signed a monster contract.

He mentioned he won't rush to sign.

Ragun
07-10-2008, 01:25 PM
^What? Arenas just signed a monster contract.

It agreed verbally and said will not think about basketball till August.

_Sn1P3r_
07-10-2008, 05:50 PM
What Ragun said. GA said he's not in a rush to sign.

cmellofan15
07-10-2008, 07:11 PM
orlando + pietrus = a heck of a sign and a complete starting lineup no more tiny shooting guards who r busts

orlando= B

still need a backup big man

PostYourEyes
07-10-2008, 07:12 PM
What Ragun said. GA said he's not in a rush to sign.

exactly. he's just focused on visiting countries in asia and europe.

Goon.Weezy
07-10-2008, 07:14 PM
Josh Smith is still out there.......whatever team gets himmm are LUCKYY....he is a heck of a talent

Liney3506
07-11-2008, 01:56 PM
Josh Smith is still out there.......whatever team gets himmm are LUCKYY....he is a heck of a talent

Josh Smith is severely overrated. He shoots 29.1% from 2 point jumpers, and not much better from 3. And to think... he takes half his shots from out there :pity:

SHONIE
07-11-2008, 02:03 PM
Josh Smith is severely overrated. He shoots 29.1% from 2 point jumpers, and not much better from 3. And to think... he takes half his shots from out there :pity:

DAyummmmmmmmm really?

Liney3506
07-11-2008, 02:04 PM
DAyummmmmmmmm really?

82games.com

Fantastic stat site. Josh Smith is about... 5th from the bottom for everyone that's taken 100 2 point jumpers.