Changing of The Guard: Free Agent Update

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IJuly 18, 2009

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As the free agent period continues, teams are constantly adjusting their rosters to fit their needs. The Indiana Pacers acquired the services of Earl Watson Friday, a day after he was waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Watson will sign a one-year contract with the team, and fill the roster spot open now that Jarrett Jack will be headed to the Raptors.

Another former Pacers guard headed elsewhere is Marquis Daniels. Daniels will sign with the Boston Celtics a contract worth 1.9 million a season, according to Yahoo! Sports. Daniels will provide some much needed depth to the Celtics bench, and fill the roster spot opened by Stephon Marbury.

The Knicks will likely not be bringing back free agents David Lee or Nate Robinson, however where they could be going now is anyone’s guess. Lee will now get some interest from Portland again, with Paul Millsap staying put in Utah.

The Blazers could offer him a similar contract that they gave Millsap, though Lee’s agent was expecting $10-12 million a season.

As for Nate Robinson, the interest around the league around him is not as high as he may have initially expected. Nate finds himself in the situation much like Andre Miller and Raymond Felton.

The three free agent point guards had high hopes of securing high dollar, long term deals this summer, but they are not seeing it. They all may be forced to sign one-year contracts with teams this season, and have hopes things get better in 2010.


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