Thus far, free agency has largely been loads of “news” surrounding superstars visiting various cities and organizations, supplemented with a slight trickle of actual agreements being reached by free agents and their new teams. Heading into the weekend, however, there’s been a bit of a rush in noteworthy news: LeBron James‘ agent has set up meetings with a variety of teams, including the Lakers, Cavaliers, Rockets, Suns, and Mavericks, and it appears as though European superstar Nikola Mirotic is likely to join the Bulls.
There have been a variety of other signings, too. Here’s a rundown without links, since pretty much every major sports news outlet is reporting that these moves are inevitable.
– Chris Kaman has signed a two-year pact with the Portland Trail Blazers, with $9.8 million due over the next two years, although the word is that the second year only has a relatively small amount guaranteed. Seems to be a bit of an overpay for a rapidly declining, non-rim-protecting big man.
– The Sacramento Kings ponied up a three-year, $16 million contract for point guard Darren Collison. Again, an overpay for a largely overrated player. Granted, his best season was last year with the Clippers as Chris Paul‘s backup, and this contract will run for Collison’s age-27 through 29 seasons, so they should get his best seasons in the league.
– Thabo Sefolosha signed with the Atlanta Hawks for three-years, $12 million after a disappointing year in Oklahoma City. After two very good years in 2011-12 and 2012-13, Sefolosha shot just 31.6% from three-point range for the Thunder and saw his role shrink drastically in the playoffs. This is likely an overpay in terms of length of contract, as Sefolosha is already 30 years old and struggled defensively last year in OKC. The money ($4 million per season) isn’t bad, but when he’s 33 years old and stumbling around on defense, the Hawks will likely have some buyers’ remorse.
– Pau Gasol has already met with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and will now be visiting the Miami Heat. Clearly, Gasol will have to make a large concession in terms of salary if he were to sign with either contender, but at this stage in his career it certainly sounds like he’s prepared to do just that.
We’ll be back later in the day with some Wolves-specific notes. What should they be doing with their non-existent cap space? What bargains could be had with the mid-level exception that would instantly improve the roster? There are some out there, and we’ll sift through the options.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!