After signing a 5 year max deal with Brooklyn (and spurning the Mavs), Williams dealt with injury and motivation issues. He played a step slow and steadily declined from his production as one of the top 2 point guards in the league. Popular opinion shifted to “How lucky is Dallas to have avoided Deron Williams?” now, 3 years later, Deron sought a buyout of his large contract and joined Dallas on a discount deal. Dallas hopes that Williams can thrive in their high tempo and IQ offense, and bring some stability to the backcourt on defense.
Free Agents: Carlos Boozer (Unrestricted), Ronnie Price (U), Wayne Ellington (U), Ed Davis (U), Wesley Johnson (U), Jeremy Lin (U), Vander Blue (Restricted), Jordan Hill (Team Option)
“We’re a young, eager group ready to restore this franchise back to where it once was. I think that kind of sums it up. These guys are ready. I’m excited to play a piece in that project. It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be a long road, it’s going to take a lot of work. I know the three of us are and I know the guys in the locker room are more than ready and willing to. ”
-Larry Nance Jr.
Free Agents: Dahntay Jones (Unrestricted), Hedo Turkoglu (U), Glen Davis (U), Ekpe Udoh (U), Austin Rivers (U), DeAndre Jordan (U)
“I love this challenge. As strange as it sounds, I thought a couple of those bad years in Boston where we were trying to add players and we finally did it [helped me]. I love those years because you’re building and then when you’ve finally got it, you’re built toward a championship and try to win another one, so this is a great stretch.”
At their peak last season, the Clippers looked like less of a dark horse and more of a real contender. Doc Rivers the coach did an admirable job for 93 games, until everything came crashing down in that incredible series loss at the hands of James Harden and the Rockets. Continue reading “2015 Offseason Preview: Los Angeles Clippers”
Free Agents: Khris Middleton (Restricted), Jared Dudley (Early Termination Option)
Milwaukee recently released another rebranding effort, one that looks fantastic. With a new logo, uniform, and court, this young team has a renewed look that separates it from the middling years of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. They continue to draft well, and with the addition of Rashad Vaughn, the Bucks potentially add a reliable scorer in 3rd year head coach Jason Kidd’s rotation. With just a few moves, this surprise playoff team in the East could be trending even higher after the conclusion of free agency. Continue reading “2015 Offseason Preview: Milwaukee Bucks”