A fairly uneventful first 12 hours of the free agent frenzy, there are rumors running rampant through the streets of Twitter, so let’s get up to date, starting with the C’s. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting the C’s have shown interested in Warriors 2nd year sharpshooter Anthony Morrow.
A quick scouting report on the 6-5 shooting guard out of Georgia Tech, is simply that he is a one trick money (3 point shooting) but performs that trick extremely well. He was 5th in the league from downtown last year, shooting 45.6% and is 46% from beyond the arc for his entire career. The C’s need a shooter off the bench and Morrow would more than fit the bill.
The bad news is that the odds of the C’s acquiring Morrow are stacked pretty high. Not only does Morrow have plenty of other suitors according to Wojo (Lakers, Spurs, Blazers, Jazz, Clippers) but Morrow is a restricted free agent, meaning the Warriors have the opportunity to match any offer sent to the 3 point specialist.
Given this, only way I see a deal getting done here is if it’s part of a bigger sign and trade deal involving GS and the C’s with perhaps the C’s acquiring Andres Biedrens from the Warriors for some cap relief in the from of Sheed’s contract.
Even that might be a pipe dream given the length of Biedrens deal eating up precious cap space (4 years) so count the chances of Morrow suiting up in Green next year to be extremely unlikely.
A quick look around the rest of the league, shows minimal movement on the signing front. The biggest news so far comes out of northern half of the country where both the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves have made aggressive and seemingly foolish moves to sign some big guys.
Let’s start in Minny as ESPN’s Chad Ford reports that David Kahn has continued his hot streak, signing Nikola Pekovic, a 6’11 Montenegrin center drafted in the 2nd round in 2008 to an unprecedented 3 year, 13 million dollar deal, the biggest of any 2nd round pick in NBA history.
The carnage did not stop there, as Ford also reports that the Wolves have agreed to terms with Darko Milicic on a 4 year/20 million extension. Milicic, in case you were wondering has averaged 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds a game for his career. I guess Al Jefferson should start packing his bags.
Milwaukee joined aboard the overpaying train as well giving 28 year old Drew Gooden a five-year, $32-million deal to join the Milwaukee.
Now the Bucks have a little more of a defense here, since well it is Milwaukee so you are probably going to have to overpay anyone a bit in this market to get them to play there. That being said 5 years and 32 million for Gooden, who has played for 8 teams in 8 years is probably a little overkill, though it does shore up that front line.
So what do all these signings mean for Boston? Well they better hope some guys want a chance at a ring for a reduced price, since if this trend continues, there will be a lot of players bringing home monster contracts. Deals like that for Gooden make Richard Jefferson look a little less crazy for opting out of his 15 million dollar option. Only a little less crazy, but still.
No new news on Ray Allen and Paul Pierce’s negotiations, I expect that to drag out at least a few days while the market for bigger names sorts itself out. In the meantime, Danny Ainge is going to have to get creative with his MLE and trade chip (Rasheed Wallace) to fill this team’s holes.