The Houston Rockets, such big players in the 2012 NBA Draft, have moved swiftly in free agency, signing Chicago Bulls center Omer Asik to a 3-year, $25 million offer sheet. (Gulp.) The Brooklyn Nets will re-sign Gerald Wallace to a 4-year, $40 million dollar deal. In Atlanta there are rumors that Joe Johnson may be traded, and that Josh Smith may be on the block. Steve Nash has a $36 million dollar offer to return to Canada and finish his career with the Raptors. Oh, and did I mention that the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies are putting the full-court press on our man Ray Allen?
Welcome to the warp speed world of free agency.
Danny Ainge, I sure hope you’ve been busy today. We need you to run on adrenaline and caffiene, because your competition’s appetite for talent is ferocious. Greg Stiemsma was in Minnesota checking out the situation there, and although we have the right to keep him we may have to pony up the bucks to pull it off. Seems that a lot of GMs around the league noticed what the Steimroller brought to the table this season.
Don’t mean to rush you, Danny, but we’ve got to get some things worked out. The KG deal is a nice start, but boy, that was so thirty seconds ago. We can’t afford to let it stop there. If we lose out on available talent celebrating the KG signing then we’re going to be in trouble. Big trouble.
Let’s hear something about Jeff Green and Brandon Bass. Those are the priorities, in my mind. Ray Allen? I know you’ve stated that he’s the number one priority now that we have a commitment from KG, but we can’t afford to drag our feet and lose out on other talent, like O.J. Mayo, Jamal Crawford or Nick Young. We’ve got to have a shooting guard who can put the ball in the hole, Ray or no Ray. Sure hope you’ve been in his ear today, and sure hope you can get him to make up his mind ASAP.
You with me, Danny? Sure hope so. These deals are coming at you fast and furious, and we need you in the game, making things happen and giving us reason to hope.