Today marks the first day that NBA free agents can sign with new teams, even though deals were hammered out during the leaguewide moratorium.
The first big move came in the form of Baron Davis opting out of his contract with the Warriors and then agreeing on a new deal with the Clippers. At this point the Clippers actually looked formidable and maybe had an outside shot of making the playoffs in the tough Western Conference.
However, those dreams were short-lived as not only did Brand agree to a rich deal with the Philadelphia Sixers making them a contender in the "Leastern" Conference, but the Warriors moved swiftly to sign Clippers swingman Corey Maggette to a five-year deal worth an estimated $50 million.
According to ESPN.com, the Warriors are not done yet as they have extended a contract to Lakers restricted free agent Ronny Turiaf and also maybe looking at Keyon Dooling for depth on their bench.
Overall, the free agency season has not been kind to the Warriors as they not only lost Davis, but also lost Mickael Pietrus to Orlando. Credit has to be given to Chris Mullin for not sitting on his hands and feeling sorry for himself, but looking for a way to make his team better through improvising.
Even with all these moves, the Warriors now lack a true point guard. If I were in Mullin's shoes, Raymond Felton of the Bobcats would merit a look through a trade.
Charlotte's drafting of D.J. Augustin probably was the biggest hint that Felton will not be there much longer. He is the kind of guy who would thrive playing Nellie's brand of basketball, much like the uptempo style he played while under Roy Williams at North Carolina.
Things sure have a way of coming full circle, especially in Davis' case. Here was a guy that immediately endeared himself to Oakland fans when Mullin brought him over in one of the biggest steals in NBA trading history. He brought them to sheer euphoria by breaking the longest playoff drought in league history, and did and said all the right things to try and get an extension—only to bolt for his hometown and get the long-term security he was looking for.
Now with all these moves, the Clippers have shown what they really are: a franchise with a bumbling owner that can't seem to get anything going.
So Baron, how is tinseltown now?
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