Basketball Articles

Grading The Deal: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Signs One-Year, $18M Deal With Lakers

by Christopher Reina

Jul 12, 2017 12:37 PM

The best part of this deal for the Lakers is they get to preserve their 2018 cap space while acquiring their starting shooting guard of the present, and potentially the future if they're unable to sign two max players. Read more »

Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Wizards Match Otto Porter's $106.5M Offer Sheet With Brooklyn

by Christopher Reina

Jul 9, 2017 4:06 PM

Otto Porter's value comes from an uncomplex combination of playing the NBA's thinnest position, off the ball efficiency, defensive versatility, and the lack of options for the Wizards to replace him and remain a top-4 team in the East. Read more »

Tags: Otto Porter, Washington Wizards, NBA

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Grading The Deal: James Harden, Rockets Commit To $228M Extension

by Christopher Reina

Jul 8, 2017 6:02 PM

The Rockets have provided James Harden the infrastructure of an imaginative GM and a committed owner where the dead ends that have plagued team and superstar combinations have been avoided. Read more »

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Grading The Deals: Thunder Get Andre Roberson, Patrick Patterson On Value Contracts

by Christopher Reina

The Thunder were going to get better no matter what by virtue of the Paul George trade, but they're continuing their excellent offseason run by signing Andre Roberson and Patrick Patterson to affordable deals. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Warriors Sign Nick Young, Omri Casspi

by Christopher Reina

Nick Young and Omri Casspi give the Warriors a pair of rotation wings who can shoot three-pointers and be versatile on defense. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Kings Sign Pair Of Veterans In George Hill, Zach Randolph

by Christopher Reina

The Kings did well identifying and actually signing their veteran targets, but there is a clear opportunity cost in using resources on two players that won't be on their next playoff team. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Gordon Hayward Finally Joins Celtics On Four-Year, $128M Deal

by Christopher Reina

With an easier path in the East and a number of ways they can shape their roster, Gordon Hayward made the difficult decision to leave the Jazz for Boston. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Kevin Durant Takes Major Discount Re-Signing With Warriors

by Christopher Reina

Kevin Durant showed his commitment to winning and loyalty to the Warriors in an extraordinary and seemingly unprecedented level of sacrifice and discount from a player of his caliber. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Nuggets Sign Paul Millsap To Three-Year, $90M Contract

by Christopher Reina

Paul Millsap fits perfectly with Denver's young core with his combination of defense, complementary offensive game and veteran know-how. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Raptors Re-Sign Kyle Lowry, Give Core Three More Years

by Christopher Reina

The Raptors were able to avoid giving Kyle Lowry more than a three-year deal, which not coincidentally lines up with the end of Serge Ibaka's deal and when DeMar DeRozan can become a free agent. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Serge Ibaka Stays With Raptors For $65M Over Three Years

by Christopher Reina

Serge Ibaka has all the tools to be the perfect complementary big man for the modern NBA with his floor spacing on offense and shotblocking on defense, but his game has fallen off even if he remains a productive starter. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Warriors Re-Sign Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston

by Christopher Reina

With an assist from Kevin Durant, the Warriors were able to keep their veteran depth by re-signing Andre Iguodala to a three-year, $48M contract and Shaun Livingston to a three-year, $24M deal. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Joe Ingles Becomes A Very Rich, Late Career 3&D Star

by Christopher Reina

With a dearth of capable defenders against small forwards who can spread the floor as well as he can, Joe Ingles was always going to receive significant interest in free agency, even restricted free agent. Read more »
Grading The Deal: J.J. Redick Joins The Process On One-Year, $23M Contract

by Christopher Reina

J.J. Redick will help the 76ers spread the floor for Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz while providing a veteran presence in the locker room. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Tony Snell, Bucks Quickly Agree Upon Four-Year $46M Deal

by Christopher Reina

Tony Snell is a perfect example of how a wing with switchability and the ability to hit open three-pointers has never been more valuable and now he's signed a deal that's below average for a starter. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Pelicans Re-Sign Jrue Holiday On Five-Year, $126M Contract

by Christopher Reina

Entering a critical season figuring out the Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins partnership, the Pelicans couldn't afford not to pay Jrue Holiday. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Wolves Sign Jeff Teague To Three-Year, $57M Deal

by Christopher Reina

Jeff Teague is basically your league average point guard in 2017 but he conceptually fits what the Wolves need at point guard. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Stephen Curry Re-Signs With Warriors For $201M

by Christopher Reina

Stephen Curry now comes off the greatest contract of the salary cap era, which also served as ballast for Warriors as we now know them, and immediately signs the richest contract in NBA history. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Paul George Traded To Thunder On Low Cost Gamble

by Christopher Reina

Even if Paul George becomes a one-year rental for the Thunder, the cost of acquisition is way too low to pass up. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Clippers Hand Over Franchise To Blake Griffin With $173M Contract

by Christopher Reina

The Clippers always felt like they were one player away during the Lob City era, but now they are in for a minor reset going all-in with Blake Griffin and a restructured supporting cast. Read more »