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Celebrated Summer

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


This summer has been the craziest that I've seen since starting this job sometime around 2002. From LeBronapalooza to the Dream Team on South Beach, to more player movement than I can remember, this summer has been chaos for someone trying to keep up with it all. And in honor of this Celebrated Summer, here is a team-by-team breakdown of what you might have missed. I'm sure I may have missed a move or two, but there are plenty more about to go down over the next week or so.

Atlanta - The Hawks haven't done much outside of re-signing Joe Johnson for a ton of money, but they've got a new coach (Larry Drew) and the core of the team intact. One day in my lifetime, they'll have a real center. Speaking of which, it's still possible Shaquille O'Neal ends up in the ATL.

Boston - The Celtics quietly signed Jermaine O'Neal, which is a big deal with Kendrick Perkins (knee surgery) out, possibly until February. They lost Tony Allen to Memphis, but sound close to re-signing Nate Robinson, and will keep Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen intact. When O'Neal goes down (and you know he will) there will be problems at center, but signing him was a great move.

Charlotte - It sounds like the deal sending Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw to Toronto is nearly dead. Raymond Felton went to the Knicks, where he will start, while the Bobcats have re-signed Tyrus Thomas. If Diaw goes to the Raptors, Thomas is going to get all the minutes he can handle this season. But if that deal doesn't happen, the Bobcats are still going to be on the hunt for a point guard, as D.J. Augustin doesn't look ready to run an NBA team at this point.

Chicago - The Bulls added Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver in free agency and look like one of the best teams in the East.

Cleveland - The Cavs, as you may have heard, lost LeBron James and haven't done anything else, outside of hiring Byron Scott and watching Mo Williams freak out on Twitter during LeBronapalooza. One thing's for sure though, and that's that Williams, Antawn Jamison, J.J. Hickson and a few others are going to get a boost in fantasy value now that they're kingless.

Dallas - The Mavs re-signed Dirk Nowitzki and gave Brendan Haywood a big deal. They also added Ian Mahinmi from the Spurs, and might be set to lose Erick Dampier. They probably didn't do enough for Dirk's liking, but Haywood will start at center, while Roddy Beaubois will see a bigger role this year and is now a deep sleeper.

Denver - Perhaps no team has been as quiet as the Nuggets, who did nothing but lose Johan Petro. Kenyon Martin's knee isn't healthy and may not be to start the season, while coach George Karl is taking things day-by-day in his treatment for cancer. And while it seemed like Carmelo Anthony was close to re-signing with the Nuggets, it seems unlikely now that he's got his sights set on a dream team of his own next year, possibly in
New York.

Detroit - The Pistons re-signed Ben Wallace, are in talks with Will Bynum and added some rookies, including Greg Monroe. There's still a chance Richard Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince will be moved, but it also looks like it's going to be another long season for Joe Dumars and the once mighty Pistons.

Golden State - The Warriors angered many fans when they took Anthony Randolph clone Ekpe Udoh in the draft, who promptly tore a tendon in his wrist and will miss much of his rookie season after surgery. The Warriors then turned around and sent Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf to the Knicks for David Lee, sent Anthony Morrow to the Nets in a sign-and-trade, sent Corey Maggette to the Bucks for Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric, and signed Dorell Wright, who floundered for a few years in Miami. New ownership is in the works as we speak, while the future of Don Nelson is highly in doubt. The good news is that they still have Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, but it's pretty clear the Warriors are not ready to threaten anyone in the West, especially after losing so much talent.

Houston - The Rockets missed out on Chris Bosh, drafted Patrick Patterson and got news that Yao Ming will be back. Luis Scola is a free agent, but it sounds like the Rockets will match any offer he receives.

Indiana - The Pacers will stay in Indy after financial issues hinted at a potential move. Jim O'Brien is back to coach the team, they took Paul George and Lance Stephenson in the draft, and still haven't signed a point guard, which is inexplicable. Roy Hibbert had a knee scare in the Dominican last week, but it sounds like he's fine. The Pacers, however, are not.

L.A. Clippers - The Clips will be coached by Vinny Del Negro this season and added Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes through free agency, and drafted Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe. They're also thrilled about the debut of Blake Griffin on opening night, who should battle with John Wall for Rookie of the Year.

L.A. Lakers - The Lakers lost Jordan Farmar, if you want to call it a loss, and added Steve Blake, who might start over Derek Fisher, who re-signed with the team. It also sounds like Raja Bell may be joining the mix, and the Lakers are set to be one of the top teams in the league again. Sadly, Adam Morrison will be playing elsewhere this year.

Memphis - The Grizzlies will bring back most of last year's team after re-signing Rudy Gay to a max contract, while adding Tony Allen from the Celtics, along with rookie guards Xavier Henry and Greivis Vasquez. Zach Randolph has had some legal problems in the last couple months, but it looks like he won't be disciplined for now.

Miami - The Heat pulled off the 'South Beach miracle' by signing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and also retained Udonis Haslem and got a hold of Mike Miller, as well. Mario Chalmers at point guard and the lack of a solid center are a problem, but it might not matter for Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra and crew. The Heat will have a big bulls eye on their back, but might also be the best team in the league by the time it's all said and done.

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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2013-14 NBA season marks his 12th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter at Docktora.
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