As awesome as discussing the Andrea Bargnani trade is, I figured we would do well with an open thread to discuss the various free agent doings in the NBA at the moment, as the free agency period has now officially begun (don’t worry, we can still discuss Andrea Bargnani).
(By the way, a quick refresher course on spelling his name. It is Barg. Then it is nani. Barg-nani. Hey, it is easier to spell than Gallo’s last name! I still just call him Gallo so I don’t have to double-check if I put enough L’s in his name!)
Some interesting points from the opening bell of NBA’s free agency…
1. Kyle Korver apparently is signing with the Nets for their mini-MLE. That is a great get for the Nets. Korver is the perfect player for most good teams. What I found hilarious, though, was an article that suggested that Korver might first try to get another big payday before settling into mini-MLE on his next contract. Some folks just don’t understand the current NBA economy, do they? Korver is a mini-MLE guy all the way nowadays. But still, he’s an awesome pick-up. Especially if Paul Pierce shows any signs of not being revitalized.
2. The Trailblazers are literally interested in every single free agent center that there is not named Dwight Howard. It is kind of adorable, really. “Are you a center?” “Yes.” “Would you like to play for us?”
3. Detroit is making a push for Josh Smith. The Bobcats are making a push for Al Jefferson. Interesting ideas, each.
4. The first teams to contact Chris Copeland were the Lakers and the Jazz. No one has made him an offer yet.
5. A report from Ken Berger at CBS suggested that the Knicks have interest in Monta Ellis, which means nothing, of course, since Ellis turned down $11 million a year from MIlwaukee. He is not taking the mini-MLE from the Knicks.
Anyhow, here in an open thread for you all until tomorrow morning!