Gordon Hayward plans to sign with the Boston Celtics, choosing them over the Utah Jazz and Miami Heat. The 27-year-old shooting guard will be reunited with his college coach, Brad Stevens. Although there has been no official announcement yet, his agent said he planned to announce his decision today. If Hayward does indeed sign with the Celtics, the Celtics will have a roster of Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and Hayward. This could make them competitive in the Eastern Conference with the Cavaliers and Raptors.
There were many more free agency deals yesterday and today. Here are some of the deals:
Kyle Lowry re-signed with the Raptors on a three-year deal worth $100 million.
Nene signed a three-year deal with the Rockets worth $11 million.
The Cavs re-signed Kyle Korver to a three-year deal worth $22 million
The Timberwolves signed Taj Gibson to a 2 year, $28 million deal. He had played for the Thunder last year.
Serge Ibaka has re-signed with the Raptors for 3 years, getting $65 million.
Andre Iguodala signed back with the Warriors on a three-year, $48 million deal.
JJ Redick signed a 1 year, $23 million deal with the 76ers. He was previously on the Los Angeles Clippers.
PJ Tucker agreed to a 4-year, $32 million deal with the Houston Rockets. He departed from the Suns.
Joe Ingles signed a 4 year, $52 million deal with the Jazz.
Stay tuned for more NBA free agency updates.
The NBA free agency period started today, and already some big deals have happened around the league. Last night there were two big deals just before free agency started. Here are some of the deals that have happened so far.
Paul George to OKC
Last night just before the free agency started, the Pacers traded the 27-year-old forward who was interested in playing for the Lakers and joining them next year in free agency. The Thunder gave up Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Last year Russell Westbrook was the best player in the league because he had to do everything for the Thunder, so it will be interesting to see how the Thunder performs this year with 2 superstars.
Steph Curry Gets a Huge Contract
The Warriors locked Steph Curry up for years to come with a 5 year, $201 million contract. Curry will stay on a Golden State team that will be hard to beat with four superstars. But will the team face some trouble next year with a Rockets team that has added Chris Paul and a Thunder team that added George?
Langston Galloway Signs With the Pistons
The 25-year-old Shooting Guard will sign with Detroit for a 3-year deal worth $21 million. He has averaged 8.7 points and 2.2 assists per game in his career. This could mean that the Pistons are willing to let Kentavious Caldwell-Pope go this offseason.
Blake Griffin to Stay With the Clippers
The 28-year-old Power Forward has agreed to a 5 year, $173 million deal with the Clippers. The team could still potentially be a playoff contender next year if Patrick Beverley is a good replacement for Chris Paul. The Clippers still have DeAndre Jordan and Griffin, so they could be a sleeper team next year.
Yesterday, the Clippers moved on from one of the best passing point guards of all time. Chris Paul was traded to the Rockets for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hillard, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a top 3 protected 2018 first round pick and $661 thousand. Who gets the better end of this deal?
The Clippers get 7 players with an average age of 26, with a good chance for some of them to develop (like Sam Dekker) and some of them who are already established NBA players (like Lou Williams and Patrick Beverly). Meanwhile, the Rockets give up 7 players, a first-rounder and $660,000 to get a 32-year-old point guard who has been scoring fewer points and getting fewer assists than earlier in his Clippers career. The Clippers are the clear winners in this trade because they get players they can trade on later if they want to rebuild around one superstar, or they can try to trade for the best team next year depending on whether or not Blake Griffen leaves in free-agency.
The Clippers are the clear winners in this trade because they get players they can trade later if they want to rebuild around one superstar, or they can try to trade for the best team next year depending on whether or not their remaining star, Blake Griffin, leaves in free-agency.
Today I will be looking at the second round of the NBA Playoffs. The 8 remaining teams all have one goal: get to the Finals. But with two superstar teams, that will be hard for the other six.
1 Celtics vs 4 Wizards
The Celtics survived a scare after going down 2-0 against the Bulls in the first round, while the Wizards won their series in 6 games. The Celtics have the home court and the better team with Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. The Wizards don’t have a true leader on their team, and the Celtics have veteran guys that have playoff experience. I believe that the Celtics will win in 6.
2 Cavs vs 3 Raptors
The Cavs swept the Pacers in their playoff opener, while the Raptors took 6 to beat the Bucks. The Cavs are only the 2 seed because they rested their starters and their team chemistry was at a low near the end of this season, so they have the firepower to march straight to the Finals. They will win this series in 5, and we don’t need to explain why the Cavs are better than the Raptors. Just look back to last year when the Cavs beat them in 6. And then they didn’t have Kyle Korver or Derron Williams.
1 Warriors vs 5 Jazz
The Warriors just have too many stars on their team to lose with the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. The Jazz has a competitive team, but they are no match for the star-loaded Warriors. The Warriors will sweep this series.
2 Spurs vs 3 Rockets
The Spurs are a team that always seems like they will decline because of the age of their players, but they keep winning. The Rockets, however, are a team that is built around James Harden with young players. The Spurs will win this series because of their depth and their experience, but the Rockets will be a competitive team for years to come. Spurs win 4-2.
The men’s basketball season ended yesterday with North Carolina cutting down the nets, but let’s take a look forward and see what Michigan’s lineup could look like in the 2017-18 season.
PG Derrick Walton Jr. (11.6 PPG, 3.9 APG)
SG Zak Irvin (11.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG)
SG Charles Matthews (42nd on ESPN Top 100, Transfer from Kentucky)
SG Jordan Poole (57th Top 100, Milwaukee, Wisconson)
PF Isaiah Livers (76th Top 100, Kalamazoo, Michigan)
PG Eli Brooks (3 Star, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania)
F Austin Davis (Red Shirted, Onsted Michigan)
Michigan will add more quality players than they lose, but the value of Walton and Irvin are going to result in loss of experience and leadership on the team. I think they get back to the NCAA Tournament next year, but they won’t have the leadership that they had this year, and they won’t be able to go on a run of upsets.
I analyze the first half of the Men’s Basketball National Championship Game between North Carolina and Gonzaga.
The 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game will feature two number 1 seeds, Gonzaga and North Carolina. I will preview the key players for each team and who I think will win.
This guard for Gonzaga is their leader in points and assists, with 16.9 points per game and 4.7 assists per game. He will be running their offense, and look for them to have him run a lot of pick and rolls with center Przemek Karnowski with Williams-Goss having the option of shooting or passing it inside.
Jackson is their leading scorer with 18.3 points per game. He is not a great passer or rebounder, but he can surprise even the best defenders by making 3 pointers. He is a power forward, but some consider him a point forward because of his great shooting ability.
I believe that the Gonzaga Bulldogs will be the champions tonight because they have more playmakers on their team. They can move the ball around better than UNC and have a better center that North Carolina. Prepare for one of the quickest-paced championship games, because both of these teams play fast basketball.
Finally, I would like to share my bracket with everyone. Click here to view my bracket. Thanks!