NBA Free Agency: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The NBA exhibition season has begun and with just eight days left before the start of the regular season, the turnover of personnel is fast and furious. Today, Sportsbetting3 takes a look and the important and not so important signings over the past few days. We all know where the Lamar Odoms and Chris Browns of the world went. Here we’ll take a look at the Kwame Browns and JJ Bareas … the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good

The Lakers have been ripped since the Chris Paul debacle. First they gave away reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom for a trade exception, then they were unable to pull the trigger on a Dwight Howard deal. An under-the radar deal that SB3 likes a lot was the pickup of Troy Murphy. Throw out last year completely as Murphy was buried in New Jersey and Boston. He’s a big body that shoots well from the perimeter and doesn’t mind doing the dirty work. He was an 18/10 guy with the Pacers and with Golden State early in his career. This will prove to be a major coup for the Lakers.

The Portland Trailblazers hit paydirt by signing Jamal Crawford for two years at “just” $5 million per. The ex-Michigan Wolverine is a 15.4 ppg guy in 11 years and a lifetime 35% shooter from downtown. Crawford can start or come of the bench. He’s just a year removed from a Sixth Man of the Year award and gives the Blazers everything they would have got from Brandon Roy and Rudy Fernandez. A solid locker-room guy who knows his role. A+++

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The Bad

JJ Barea. What do you do when eight of the 16 players on your roster are guards ??? That’s right, go out and get yourself another guard. Now Minnesota GM David Kahn has never been thought of as the sharpest knife in the drawer, but with Wayne Ellington, Wesley Johnson, Luke Ridnaur, Ricky Rubio, and recently signed Bonzi Wells (yes he’s still alive), and Martell Webster … why do you need JJ Barea ??? Note to Khan, you may want to get Kevin Love some help in the front court before he leaves for the Lakers or Clippers. Even if the Wolves package two of their guards for front court help, there is still a log jam at both guards positions. A senseless signing by a clueless organization.

The Ugly

There is an old adage that you can’t teach a guy how to be 7-foot. Never has that been more true than with Kwame Brown who managed to get himself paid for another year after being a draft bust on the same level of Ryan Leaf and Tony Mandarich. Good old Kwame managed to get himself $7,000,000 this year with Golden State after the Clippers match the Warrior’s offer sheet to DeAndre Jordan. To his credit, Kwame is coming off arguably the best season in his career averaging 7.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg in 66 game for the Charlotte Bobcats. When you consider bang for your buck and on the field production, this is one ugly signing.

What could the Heat have been thinking about signing Eddie Curry. A card carrying member of the “Big Tub of Goo” club, Curry has played just 10 games (zero last year) the last three years, cashing his quite substantial checks with a ski mask. Curry got a one-year deal for the veterans minimum and despite his having lost 70 pounds, there is already questions about his conditioning. In his nine-year career, Eddie Curry has played in 511 game, 410 of those were starts. You do the math. Even as a reach at the veterans minimum this was ugly.