Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Weekend Free Agent Signings Round-Up

By Payton Wales

I got you weekend free agent signings here so let's get right to it.

The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent forward Brandan Wright with undisclosed terms.

The 6-foot-10 forward will try to help fill some of the void left by Tyson Chandler, but Wright is in no way a full-time replacement, though he should complement Lamar Odom well.

The Detroit Pistons have signed Damien Wilkins, terms undisclosed

I'm not expecting much out of the 31-year-old guard/forward and neither should Detroit. He will fill a void, give some fouls and put a body on some mid-level guys but don't expect anything big here.

David West signs with the Indiana Pacers for two years, $20 million.

West is coming off reconstructive knee surgery last April but claims he is 100 percent. If this is the case, he should help the Pacers out immensely. West will be teaming up with former Hornets teammate Darren Collison and should complement Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert really well.

The Pacers gave the Chicago Bulls fits in the playoffs last year. This move puts them in position to try and finish the deal. Look for the Pacers to make a move on O.J. Mayo as well and dump players like Josh McRoberts.

The Utah Jazz re-signed Earl Watson, terms undisclosed.

Uh yeah, nothing new to see here folks. Expect more of the same out of Watson.

The Portland Trail Blazers signed NBA veteran center Kurt Thomas. Terms were undisclosed. Kurt Thomas is 39, that's right 39. No one in the NBA is older but a lot of guys play like they are. Thomas managed to start 37 games last year and post averages of 4.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

Thomas should bring some leadership to the Trail Blazers, and he is capable of putting a body on people. He should be an an asset during LaMarcus Aldridge's early-season absence.

The Atlanta Hawks signed Vladimir Radmanovic, details undisclosed.

Does anyone remember when Radmanovic was good? OK, now are you under the age of 25? I'm guessing it's highly unlikely. Just another big body for the Hawks to draw fouls on.

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Greg Oden to a restructured one-year contract.
Could the collective basketball world feel any worse for one player? We are all rooting for the big-fella to get back on the court and stay there. With that said, when is it time to cut him loose? More than likely this year if things don't pan out and if that is the case we will feel even worse.

Maybe he can find his was down to Phoenix where their training staff seems to work miracles on the injured knees of NBA stars.

Free agent guard Drew Neitzel signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

The former Michigan State standout played in Germany last season, averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 16 games for BBC Bayreuth.

That's about the gist of that deal.

Washington Wizards sign Roger Mason to a one-year contract.

This will be Mason's second stint with the Washington Wizards; he was originally on the team in 2006-08.
Mason was on the verge of something big a few years back with the Spurs ... no, that's it. I suppose he can be a veteran guy, but don't expect to much here Washington.

The Toronto Raptors signed Jamaal Magloire, terms undisclosed.

At 33, Magloire isn't nearly the player he used to be, but he is still more than serviceable. On the other hand, the Raptors are not. Magloire should still give them some size on the block and grab his share of rebounds.

The Memphis Grizzlies extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Marc Gasol, giving them the chance to match any offer he might get this offseason.

Gasol was an instrumental part of helping the Grizzlies upset the Spurs in last year's playoffs. Gasol should help to anchor that front court again this year and keep the Grizzlies ultra competitive.

The San Antonio Spurs signed guard T.J. Ford, detail were undisclosed.

Ford will be a more than serviceable backup point guard. He should give Parker some much-needed rest during this year's grueling 66-game schedule. It's a great place for a player like Ford who has endured plenty of hardship during his NBA career.

The Oklahoma City Thunder signed Daequan Cook in an two-year, $6.5 million deal.
This brings back the Thunder's main 10-man rotation from last year, which means the Thunder are ready to assault the league.

The Toronto Raptors signed Rasual Butler. Terms were undisclosed.
And who cares about this signing. Oh, you do? OK, well Butler should bring about 10 ppg to the limbo-dwelling Toronto Raptors. There, are you happy?

The Bobcats have re-signed restricted free agent Derrick Brown to a one-year deal. Terms were undisclosed.

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a multi-year contract with restricted free agent forward Thaddeus Young.

The Sixers' top reserve has a way of igniting the team off the bench and was a big part of the Sixers playoff success. Well, their successful flustering of the Heat. They still need to make it out of the first round. Better yet they need to make it back to the playoff's which could be a tall-order this year.


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