Steve Alexander

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Celebrated Summer

Tuesday, July 13, 2010



Milwaukee - While most teams were slashing pricey veterans in hopes of getting under the cap, the Bucks took the opposite approach. They added Drew Gooden, traded for Corey Maggette and Chris Douglas-Roberts, and then re-signed John Salmons. Luke Ridnour is heading to Minnesota, clearing the way for more minutes for Brandon Jennings. The Bucks are extremely deep at most other positions and are hoping for a healthy return for Andrew Bogut, who was injured in a nasty fall last year. While many critics hate the addition of Maggette and Gooden for the Bucks, they're arguably the deepest team in the entire league as a result. They also drafted Larry Sanders and Tiny Gallon, adding some pizzazz to the names on the roster.

Minnesota - With the latest news that the Wolves will sign Luke Ridnour, you have to wonder if David Kahn has a thing for point guards. He collects them like you collected baseball cards as a kid, and it looks like they have a true three-headed monster at the position, with Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions on board. They've also collected as many European big men and they could find, including Darko Milicic. It sounds like Al Jefferson is going to the Jazz later today, which will hopefully clear the way for Kevin Love to get back in the starting lineup after the Wolves mishandled him last year. They also added Wesley Johnson in the draft, as well as Martell Webster from the Blazers, both of whom will compete for starting jobs. They also are the proud owners of a brand new Michael Beasley, who may start at small forward. Kahn has made a ton of moves this summer, but it's not even possible to tell if the team got better, and Jefferson, who they literally gave away, was their best player.

New Jersey - New coach Avery Johnson and the Nets landed Derrick Favors in the draft and sent Yi Jianlian to the Wizards, clearing the way for Favors to start. He looks like a bit of a project, but has also been a beast in summer league. I think I'm changing my tune to thinking he's going to have a pretty nice rookie year, if he starts for the Nets. They've also added Travis Outlaw, Anthony Morrow and Jordan Farmar, which is a far cry from what they envisioned entering July. They still have money and time to land another guy or two, so stay tuned.

New Orleans - Chris Paul is not happy at the lack of moves and depth on the Hornets, and will surely try to bolt once his contract is up in a couple years if he can't get moved by then. Yeah, they added Luther Head to the mix, but that simply limits the upside of Marcus Thornton. New Orleans could make the playoffs, but even that's not a guarantee in the West with their roster.

New York - The Knicks swung and missed on LeBron and company, but have landed Amare Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph, Raymond Felton, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf, while saying goodbye to David Lee and Al Harrington, among others. They now have a competitive team, but with late talk that they might re-hire Isiah Thomas to run the show, it may not matter.

Oklahoma City - Kevin Durant quietly re-signed for a massive five-year deal and criticized Dan Gilbert for his late-night rants after losing LeBron. He also led the league in scoring and is now the easy choice for the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts, with LeBron, Wade and Bosh all sharing the rock in Miami. They added Morris Peterson and Daequan Cook, and drafted Cole Aldrich, filling a hole in the middle. The Thunder may still be a year or two away from competing for a ring, but it's almost impossible not to love this team.

Orlando Magic - The Magic are poised to lose Matt Barnes, but added backup point guard Chris Duhon and swingman Quentin Richardson, and drafted Daniel Orton and Stanley Robinson. J.J. Redick has an offer from the Bulls, but the Magic are expected to match it, which probably doesn't sit well with Redick. The Magic didn't really get better or worse, and should again be a factor in the East.

Philadelphia - The Sixers, who are now coached by Doug Collins, used the No. 2 pick on Evan Turner, and sent Samuel Dalembert to the Kings for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes. That's about the extent of their offseason moves thus far, but it sounds like they plan on using a starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Turner, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand at center. And whether or not Brand can play center for them remains up for debate.

Phoenix - The Suns have made several changes since we last saw them, losing Amare Stoudemire to the Knicks and Leandro Barbosa to the Raptors, while adding Hedo Turkoglu, Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick, as well as re-signing Channing Frye. Steve Nash will be back to run the show, which should mean a rebirth for Turkoglu in Phoenix.

Portland - The Blazers are ready to welcome Greg Oden back from another leg injury, traded Martell Webster, and drafted Luke Babbitt. The Blazers have three quality centers (when healthy) in Oden, Marcus Camby and Joel Przybilla, along with Andre Miller at point guard, Brandon Roy at shooting guard and LaMarcus Aldridge at power forward. With Travis Outlaw now in New Jersey, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez and rookie Babbitt will slug it out for the remaining starting job for Nate McMillan.

Sacramento - The Kings gladly gave up Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes for Samuel Dalembert, who they think will fit perfectly in their system. Put Sammy D on your sleeper list now. They also added DeMarcus Cousins and Hassan Whiteside via the draft, and welcome the return of Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans. Cousins looks like a starter at power forward, which would slide Carl Landry to small forward. The Kings are an up and coming team, but will likely have to upgrade Beno Udrih at point guard before having a realistic shot at the playoffs.

San Antonio - The Spurs continue to be the best drafting team in the league, locking up DeJuan Blair in a second-round steal last season, and then signing 2007 pick Tiago Splitter to one of the best deals of the summer. Splitter is ready to play right now, and along with Tim Duncan and Blair, gives the Spurs a formidable front line. Richard Jefferson opted out and Tony Parker's name continues to surface in trade rumors, but it looks like both will be back next season. If you're looking for a sleeper in San Antonio, Splitter is your man.

Toronto - The Raptors lost Chris Bosh to the Heat and re-signed Amir Johnson to replace him. They also agreed to trade Jose Calderon and Reggie Evans to the Bobcats in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw, only to have Michael Jordan bail out at the last minute on Tuesday. That deal could still go down, but appears to be off for now. They also added Ed Davis and Solomon Alabi through the draft. The loss of Bosh should mean big things for Andrea Bargnani and Amir Johnson, while Jarrett Jack would likely take over at point guard if Calderon is dealt.

Utah - The Jazz lost Carlos Boozer to the Bulls, appearing to clear the way for a Paul Millsap breakout year next season. The Jazz landed Al Jefferson on Tuesday, but he will likely start at center, alongside Millsap, pushing Mehmet Okur to the bench. Kyle Korver is out, Wesley Matthews signed an offer sheet with the Blazers, and they drafted Gordon Hayward, who has looked pretty good this summer. Okur is a guy to avoid this year in fantasy, while Jefferson clearly needed a change of scenery. His teams have won 24 or less games in each of the last four seasons, but it's hard to blame it all on Jefferson. This will be an easy team to root for next season, as well.

Washington - John Wall is set to take over in Washington, but they've got quite a list of new additions: Kirk Hinrich, Yi Jianlian, Hilton Armstrong, and the return of Gilbert Arenas. They've got a problem in that Andray Blatche has a broken foot, but it sounds like he might be ready for the start of the season. They've lost a lot of starters in the last six months or so, but still have Wall, Arenas, Josh Howard and young gun JaVale McGee, and will simply be hoping to set the foundation for the future in Wall's rookie season.


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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 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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