NBA 2013 Free Agency Tracker, Week Two

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

A week has gone by since the July moratorium ended. Let's look at how teams are preparing for the new season.

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs brought back Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter, and added Italian marksman Marco Belinelli as well as forward Jeff Pendergraph who had played for the Pacers for his first four years in the league. They could still re-sign Gary Neal and DeJuan Blair, if they decide to. Not an extremely exciting free agency period for the Spurs so far but when you get to the finals, you don't do much more than tinker.

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks got a great deal when they signed Paul Millsap to a two-year, $19 million dollar deal and have also added DeMarre Carroll. They drafted two high upside foreigners in Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira and German point guard Dennis Shröeder. Some tough decisions are ahead, as Jeff Teague is still a free agent and Zaza Pachulia leaving creates a hole, but the Hawks are having a solid off-season so far despite Josh Smith bolting to the Pistons.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics have a new coach, Brad Stevens formerly of Butler University. So the question is, how does Rajon Rondo react to having a young, inexperienced coach? Who knows.

The Cs added Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson through the draft and with the additions of Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Marshon Brooks could battle for one of the lower seeds in the West. Or they could trade away their remaining valuable assets (Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee) for picks or younger players. I honestly have no idea what the Celtics are doing.

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets received Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from the Celtics and are about to sign former draftee Bojan Bogdanovic to back up The Truth after their talks with Kyle Korver fell through.They have also filled out the whole at back-up PG with Shaun Livingston.

In the draft the Nets selected Mason Plumlee, who should give them some good defense off the bench next to Andray Blatche, who re-signed with the team.

Charlotte Bobcats

The Bobcats will sign Al Jefferson to a three-year, $44 million contract and will re-sign Josh McRoberts to a two-year, $6 million dollar contract. The best you can say about those moves is that they are designed to be short term moves. Al Jefferson won't be able to carry a pretty weak and extremely young Bobcats supporting cast to the playoffs on his back, and being mediocre is the worst thing that can happen to them, unless their first round pick, Cody Zeller is really a star in the making. So far, I'd say the best decision the Cats made seems to be amnestying the disappointing Tyrus Thomas.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls added two wings, one through free agency and one in the draft. Mike Dunleavy Jr agreed to sign a two-year, $6 million contract and will join Tony Snell as the only two new faces so far. The Bulls re-signed veteran center and former Spurs Nazr Mohammed and will waive Rip Hamilton after a disappointing stint as a Bull. So far there are not a lot of rumors floating around about the Bulls but as long as they get Derrick Rose back, healthy and ready to go, they should be a threat in the East.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs are looking for big men that can shoot, from the look of things. After selecting Anthony Bennett with the first pick in the draft, they will sign Earl Clark to a two-year, $9 million contract. They could also add 19th pick Sergey Karasev to provide some wing shooting and will have combo guard Jarret Jack running their second unit. If Varejao and Irving are healthy, the Cavs could challenge for a playoff spot.

Update: The Cavs have secured the services of Andrew Bynum. If they can get at least some prodction from their wings, they will make the playoffs.

Detroit Pistons

After drafting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and striking out on Iguodala, it was almost certain Joe Dumars was going to do something stupid. Once Calderon signed with the Mavs, it was inevitable. So obviously he signed Josh Smith, who is a great player but makes absolutely no sense on that roster right now, to a huge contract. Let's hope that he doesn't trade Greg Monroe next, for the sanity of our DBB brethren.

Update: The Pistons have signed Italian sharp-shooter Luigi Datome.

Indiana Pacers

These guys are having a great off-season. They drafted forward Solomon Hill, locked up David West and will replace the below average Tyler Hansbrough with Chris Copeland. The 29-year old forward had a very good season with the Knicks and will sign a two-year, $6 million dollar contract. The signings basically make Granger trade fodder, probably for the shooting guard the Pacers need.

They also added Donald Sloan as a third point guard behind George Hill and free agent C.J. Watson. The Pacers finally have a bench and could be scary next season.

Miami Heat

Birdman, probably. Whatever.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks drafted Greek swing man Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters, which is a risky but promising haul. But then they started striking out on every free agent. So they went and signed O.J. Mayo to a three-year, $24 million contract and Zaza Pachulia to a three-year, $15 milllion contract. Look, I don't dislike Mayo but what's the plan here? Sure, Ellis is probably gone and Jennings' future is hanging in the air, but why not take that as a sign you should rebuild? And with Gooden, Sanders, Udoh, Ilyasova and Henson why target Zaza?

Update: Now the Bucks are closing in on a deal with Carlos Delfino because it seems they are actually aiming for that 7th seed.

New York Knicks

I like Bargnani more than the average person but the trade is still a little weird. Sure, Novak and Camby were not contributing, but a couple of picks on top? It seems like too much. And now Mike Woodson will have to find another way to hide a bad defensive forward in his schemes.

On less baffling news, the Knicks re-signed Pablo Prigioni and J.R. Smith and drafted Tim Hardaway Jr. They will be good next season but likely not a real threat.

Orlando Magic

The Magic, who totally won the Howard trade, are tanking rebuilding and have no problem being terrible for one more year. It paid off last season, as they drafted Victor Oladipo with the second pick in the draft. And next season they can rid themselves of Hedo's contract. So don't expect them to make moves now.

Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers are also rebuilding, after trading All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams are good pieces to start with and there could be more moves coming in Philly to clear the decks and get ready for a full on youth movement. The first one came already, when the Sixers acquired Royce White and Furkan Aldemir from the Rockets.

Toronto Raptors

After refusing Joe Dumars' proposal of Villanueva and Stuckey for Rudy Gay, the Raptors have been quiet. They signed former Nugget Julyan Stone, a 6-6 defensive specialist that hasn't had success so far and seem pretty content. They have a mediocre, but not terrible roster, and will likely add a big man to make a push for the playoffs. Masai Ujiri knows it's all about the long game, and it will take some time to clean Bryan Colangelo's mess.

Update: The Raptors are bringing in some big man depth. They signed Tyler Hansbrough to a two-yer deal.

Washington Wizards

The Wizards had a good off-season. They drafted their small forward of the future in Otto Porter, got a good back-up point guard in Eric Maynor and re-signed Garrett Temple (remember him?) and Martell Webster. They are probably done now but all those moves made sense. This is a team that wants to get to the playoffs and I'd be surprised if they didn't.

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks

Apparently, having Mike James start at point guard is not ideal. To make sure that doesn't happen again, the Mavs signed Jose Calderon to a four-year, $29 million contract. Then they signed Devin Harris after already drafting Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo and signing Israeli guard Gal Mekel. They will have Dirk, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter back along with Jae Crowder and Bernard James. They still have time to put together a better roster than that but it seems unlikely they make the playoffs, unless they sign Andrew Bynum and he pays off.

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets went from dark horse contender to low seed/lottery team in record time. Their GM left, they fired George Karl, who had just won Coach of the Year, and now their biggest star, Andre Iguodala bolted. Even their starting center Kosta Koufos is not longer with the team.

In is Darrell Arthur, form the Koufos trade, and rookie Erick Green. I'm sure the Nuggets will try to add someone else or at least retain Mozgov and/or Corey Brewer but it doesn't look good for the former Moonmen unless Gallinari becomes a bona fide star, which is unlikely.

Update: The Nuggets are going to sign J.J. Hickson for the MLE. With Faried and Darrell Arthur, I don't see where he fits.

Update 2: the Nuggets will also add Randy Foye.

Golden State Warriors

Speaking of Iguodala, he signed with the Dubs for $48 million over four years. that's a big upgrade at the wing but they lost Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry and now don't really have a bench. They can still make some small signings but it would be hard for them to replace that bench scoring. Still, a good team just got better.

Update: the Warriors are shoring up their bench with the signings of Marreese Speights, Jermaine O'Neal and Toney Douglas.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets signed none other than Dwight Howard to anchor the paint. They will now have to figure out what to do with Omer Asik but they should have no problem finding a trade partner. They also added Omri Casspi for cheap and are bringing back Fransico Garcia. That's a nice little roster, right there. One that could get a top-four seed in the West, if things go well.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers had a very productive off-season. They got themselves two very good wings in J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. It cost them Eric Bledsoe, however, and while they will add Darren Collison, the loss might be felt. Oh, Matt Barnes is also likely returning and they drafted Reggie Bullock, so they are the opposite of the Bucks: a lot of wings and no bigs.

Update: The Clippers have re-signed Ryan Hollins. They still need another big because Hollis just isn't very good.

Los Angeles Lakers

Since Dwight Howard left, the Lakers are facing a hard decision. Build a good team and wait for Kobe or tank the season? Both approaches have their downsides, but they are not winning a chip anytime soon, which means the Lakers should probably tank. But they have Steve Nash, MWP and Pau Gasol under contract along with a couple of solid role players. So apparently they are tryig to get the old gang back together, contacting Lamar Odom. Whatever they decide to do, it will be hilarious to watch.

Update: The Lakers have agreed to a one year deal with Chris Kaman for the mini-MLE. And will use the amnesty provision on Metta World Peace. I still have no idea what they are doing.

Update 2: The Lakers are bringing back Jordan Farmar for one year at the veteran's minimum.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies had an even more boring off-season than the Spurs had. They traded their back up power forward for a back-up center, re-signed Tony Allen and stretch-4 Jon Leuer and drafted Tony Mitchell. It really doesn't seem the Grizzlies got better but we will have to see them play before making that call.

Minnesota Timberwolves

After drafting Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng, the Wolves added Kevin Martin and re-signed Chase Budinger to rain threes off Rubio assists. They will also likely re-sign Nikola Pekovic and could have a very dangerous offense and a deep bench. On defense, though, they could struggle mightily unless they work a way to bring back AK, which is unlikely. Still, this seems like the year the Wolves get back to the playoffs.

Update: The Woves will sign Corey Brewer to shore up their perimeter defense.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans added Jrue Holiday on draft night and Tyreke Evans through trade. That's some serious fire power. Those two guys (and Jeff Withey, who was part of the Evans' trade) will join Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon and the rest of gang to make the Southwest division even tougher. The Pelicans re-signed Al-Farouq Aminu but still need a shooter at the three to truly be scary.

Update: The Pelicans will add Anthony Morrow to provide some much needed three point shooting.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder not only failed to add a significant player but they lost Kevin Martin. They better hope Jeremy Lamb is ready for prime time and Steven Adams doesn't bust because the Harden trade is getting worse by the minute.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns added blue chip prospect Eric Bledsoe and will now have to find a way to make a back court featuring him and Goran Dragic work. They also added Alex Len through the draft and are looking at shooters like Anthony Morrow to round off the roster. They will be bad this upcoming season and hope Wiggins falls on their lap.

Porland Trail Blazers

The Blazers were the third team on the Evans-for-Vazquez trade and acquired center Robin Lopez for their trouble. They also made a lot of smaller moves to fill out their previously terrible bench with veteran point guard Earl Watson and shooter Dorell Wright. When you add those guys to C.J. McCollum, you get a serious upgrade. Good off-season for these guys. Maybe LMA stays, after all.

Sacramento Kings

The Kings were about to sign Iguodala until they weren't any more. So they lost Tyreke Evans but added pass-first point guard Greivis Vazquez to get 7th pick Ben Mclemore some open looks. They also signed Carl Landry, who was with them before joining the Warriors. All they need now to have a normal season is a small forward who can shoot.

Update: the Kings will add Luc Richard Mbah-a-Moute after trading a couple second rounders for him.

Utah Jazz

The Jazz are in full rebuilding mode, having let go of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson in free agency. They also lost DeMarre Carroll and Earl Watson and facilitated the Warriors acquisition of Andre Iguodala by absorbing the contracts of our old pal Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush for draft picks. The Jazz drafted intriguing prospects Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert but will very likely be awful yet entertaining next season.

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As always with these trackers, I'll try to update it if something major happens. If you hear something, post it in the comments. For a great list of all free agents (available and signed) go to PeachTree Hoops' excellent, and constantly updated 2013 Free Agent Signing Board.

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