Deandre Jordan’s decision to stay in Los Angeles after verbally agreeing with Dallas has been the focus of recent days. While the soap opera continues, there where some minor moves that can have a big impact on a couple of teams.
Amare Stoudemire signs with the Heat
The Miami Heat possibly might have actually gotten the steal of this years free agency. Amare Stoudemire agreed to terms with Miami on a one year veteran minimum deal worth $1.5 million. With the way the NBA was throwing money around these past couple of weeks, this was a low risk high reward signing.
Stoudemire is still a pretty good scorer and protects the paint pretty well. He can hit a open shot and every once in a while he will show some flashes of his old self and finish strong around the rim. This recent signing is a day after they signed Gerald Green to a similar deal. The Heat have made some great moves this off season and they seem primed to make a run at the Cavaliers this upcoming season. If they can stay healthy, I can see them being one of the favorites coming out of the East. With that being said, a certain King might beg to differ.
Deron Williams and the Nets agree to buyout
Deron Williams’ years in Brooklyn have been good and bad (with more bad than good). Once considered one of the best point guards in the league, injuries have caught up to D-Will and he isn’t quite the same explosive player he once was. With 2 years and $43 million still left in his contract, the Nets and Williams agreed to a mutual buyout. The Nets will pay him $27.5 million dollars spread over the next 5 seasons.
To go along with that, Williams has agreed to a 2 year $10 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, which will become official once he clears waivers in 48 hours. Ironically, the Mavs’ lost out on the chance to sign Williams in 2012 before he decided to sign with Brooklyn. With this deal, he’ll get to play in his hometown and could be a great addition to this Dallas squad who didn’t really have a answer at the point guard position.