Man… folks in the NBA ain't playin' around. If you actually slept last night, you missed a few things.
– The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a 5 year, $32 million deal with Drew Gooden. $32 mil. is a lot, but $6 million a year isn't too bad. Kelly Dwyer explains it pretty well. As he says: average player, average deal.
– Byron Scott is going to be the next coach of the Cavs… not Brian Shaw. Shaw was going to be the coach and was said to be picking assistants when he abruptly pulled out. Which mean one of many things… including LeBron putting a stop to the hire or Phil Jackson quitting and Shaw taking over in LA.
– The Hawks are going to break the bank and offer Joe Johnson a max deal. That's 6 years, $119 million. That's what we call "overspending". Johnson would have been a great #2 guy somewhere… but he's not leading the Hawks anywhere… and isn't that why you give guys max money? To build around them a have them lead you to the promised land?
– It didn't happen while you slept, unless you went to bed early, but Richard Jefferson opted out of the last year of his deal, leaving $15 million behind. After you stop laughing, you'll see that the impending potential work stoppage is even making guys like this opt out. And after looking at that Gooden deal… who knows how dumb this really is.
– And perhaps nothing captured the desperation of this free agency period quite like Chris Bosh on twitter. Each tweet got increasingly more desperate. How would you like being a Raptors fan following him and watching how much he can't wait to get out of town? Yeesh.
There's a lot more, obviously, going down… but this is what happened on night one.