I always thought it was interesting the NHL and NBA contract expirations happen on the same day (1 July). We get the usual frenzy of signings.
Except for today. There have not been a lot of commitments so far, especially from “name” players. While Kevin Garnett is going back to the Celtics, there is no word on Ray Allen, who evidently is getting interest from Miami, Memphis and Phoenix. Of course, NBA signings are actually delayed, but commitments are possible today. Deron Williams, the biggest free agent out there, appears to be headed to Dallas, or back with New Jersey. Says here he prefers to go to Dallas. He is from that city, and Mark Cuban…despite being one of the grand douches of all time, is willing to spend the bucks to build a great team. While there’s little doubt of that commitment from Brooklyn, they don’t have the reputation Dallas has for making things happen. We just happen to feel if the Nets were to sign Williams, they would have already have done so. That would have made that team an attractive destination for free agents.
Dwight Howard popped off again. The Nets are going to have to build a plan to bring in Howard, because he wants to go there. The trouble is, the Nets don’t have the assets to bring in Howard. They’ll have to make a multi-team trade to make that happen.
Orlando appears to be a farm team for NBA powerhouses. Spoiled NBA players move around because they don’t think they can win there. Howard’s created more problems than he’s solved due to his “strong loyalty.” Who does he think he’s talking to, BSPN suckups? Howard got his coach…one of the NBA’s best strategists…fired; all the time while denying it:
He also got his general manager fired. He had the team make some terrible moves, like bringing in Gilbert “Zero” Arenas, in their pursuit of a title.
Meanwhile, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the two biggest names in the NHL, have not moved yet. There’s been no real “big” movement yet. We’ve heard Pittsburgh has offered Parise an 8 year, $80M deal. We have also heard Detroit is interested in Ryan Suter. We are actually surprised Martin Brodeur is testing the market, as we thought he’d be a NJD for life. The Devils have serious financial difficulty so it remains to be seen. Interesting, although the Devils have won three Stanley Cups and have played in the Finals as recently as last year, that team seems to be “bedeviled” by financial problems. Alexander Semin, recently a 40-goal scorer, is also available. Even though Semin’s very talented, he’s not exactly very popular:
W0w, not very nice, are they? Well that’s how some coaches end up out of work despite having great credentials.
Both leagues have pretty thin free agent markets to be honest, and it’s not surprising to see not much movement.