Ryan Knaus

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July & August NBA transactions

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

This article will provide a one-stop synopsis of all 30 team's transactions since the end of the NBA Finals. A few editorial comments are included, but are limited in scope due to the length of this format. If you want in-depth analysis on the moves detailed below, check individual player blurbs on RW and get the Rotoworld NBA Draft Guide when it goes live in about a month. The Draft Guide will include individual outlooks for 350 players, team-by-team breakdowns, multiple Top 200 fantasy lists, schedule grids, mock drafts, and columns covering the rookie class, sleepers, offseason transactions, specific fantasy strategies, and much more. Seriously, watch for it in September.


*Note: In all likelihood I missed some transactions. The information below is cobbled together from various sources, my memory foremost among them, and I tried a 'double-accounting' method by including players for both the team they left and the team they're joining. For the most part, I ignored players who were obtained and subsequently waived, and I left out some rookies who aren't yet signed and/or won't be in the NBA next year. In addition to the Draft Guide, anyone interested in this column should also check out our constantly-updated NBA depth charts, which can be found here.


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Atlanta Hawks


Incoming: Lou Williams, Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, Kyle Korver, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, John Jenkins, Johan Petro, Mike Scott


Outgoing: Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Kirk Hinrich, Jason Collins, Vladimir Radmanovic, Willie Green


Quick Thoughts: Jordan Farmar was technically sent to Atlanta but as expected he was bought out and signed with a team in Turkey. Devin Harris is a direct challenge to Jeff Teague's playing time, and the Hawks' PG situation looks pretty grim for fantasy owners. Teague returned mid-5th round value last season, playing 33 minutes per game, numbers which suddenly look like a best-case scenario for 2012-13. Harris, meanwhile, was barely worth owning while playing 28 minutes per game for the Jazz -- his only above-average fantasy value came from assists (5.0) and 3-pointers (1.2). Individually, Morrow and Korver are intriguing 3-point specialists, but on the same roster they threaten to cancel each other out, fantasy-wise. With Lou Williams and DeShawn Stevenson also in the mix, there's not much upside in Atlanta's backcourt. As a side note, the Hawks' traded Willie Green to the Clippers for the draft rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis (who won't join the team any time soon).



Boston Celtics


Incoming: Jason Terry, Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Jason Collins, Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo, Dionte Christmas, Jamar Smith, Kris Joseph


Outgoing: Ray Allen, Jermaine O'Neal, Greg Stiemsma, Ryan Hollins, Sasha Pavlovic, JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Sean Williams


Quick Thoughts: Kevin Garnett may be a polarizing fantasy pick next season -- will he keep his momentum from the final two months of the season, when he was the overall No. 11 player in nine-cat leagues? Or will his age catch up to him, with injuries and/or declining production? Personally, I won't hesitate to grab him in the fourth round this year. Boston also did well to re-sign Brandon Bass, who thrived as a starting PF last year, and they also re-signed veteran backups Chris Wilcox and Keyon Dooling. Mickael Pietrus has said he wants to re-sign with Boston, but the Celts haven't shown much interest in bringing him back.



Brooklyn Nets


Incoming: Joe Johnson, Mirza Teletovic, Reggie Evans, C.J. Watson, Jerry Stackhouse, Tyshawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia


Outgoing: Anthony Morrow, Gerald Green, DeShawn Stevenson, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro


Quick Thoughts: The Nets retained Deron Williams, so I didn't mention him in the 'incoming' list, but he's obviously the beating heart of the brand new Brooklyn Nets. They also locked up Gerald Wallace to an over-generous ($10 million per year) and over-long (four years) contract, and signed Kris Humphries for two more years, while somehow holding onto MarShon Brooks. Re-signing Brook Lopez was almost inevitable once Dwight Howard wasn't an option, though Brook's maximum salary and health concerns make the deal something of a necessary evil.



Charlotte Bobcats


Incoming: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Ramon Sessions, Ben Gordon, Brendan Haywood, Jeff Taylor


Outgoing: Corey Maggette, D.J. Augustin


Quick Thoughts: The Bobcats signed a new coach, Mike Dunlap, landed potential franchise player MKG with the No. 2 pick, swapped Corey Maggette for Ben Gordon and a future first-round pick, and padded their rotation with Sessions and Haywood. Otherwise, the team is relying on in-house improvement from their young talent, and the discipline of Dunlap, to erase memories of last year's disastrous (and mercifully shortened) 7-59 campaign. Speaking of merciful things, Matt Carroll's ill-fated six-year, $27 million contract will finally expire after this season.



Chicago Bulls


Incoming: Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Vladimir Radmanovic, Nazr Mohammed, Marquis Teague


Outgoing: Omer Asik, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson, John Lucas


Quick Thoughts: The Bulls, facing the reality of brutal luxury-tax penalties under the new CBA, couldn't do much to improve their roster this summer. That wouldn't be cause for concern if Derrick Rose were healthy -- Hinrich and Robinson can provide competent PG play, but without D-Rose the Bulls will be pushed hard by the Pacers and even the Bucks in the Central division.



Cleveland Cavaliers


Incoming: Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller, C.J. Miles, Jeremy Pargo, Jon Leuer, Kelenna Azubuike, Kevin Jones, Michael Eric


Outgoing: Antawn Jamison, Semih Erden, Manny Harris, D.J. Kennedy


Quick Thoughts: I have no doubt that Waiters will start for the Cavs, beating out C.J. Miles and Daniel Gibson for the job, but that's where my certainty ends. I view him as a flier pick as a rookie. As of now, the Cavs are still doing the restricted-free-agent waltz with Alonzo Gee.



Dallas Mavericks


Incoming: Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand, Dahntay Jones, Jared Cunningham, Bernard James, Jae Crowder


Outgoing: Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Lamar Odom, Brendan Haywood, Ian Mahimmi, Kelenna Azubuike


Quick Thoughts: Collison seems to have carte blanche with the PG spot in Dallas, and I can't help but throw out his numbers in 37 unfettered starts with the Hornets during the 2009-10 season -- 18.8 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 3.5 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.4 steals. He also turned the ball over 4.1 times per game in those starts, but don't undervalue him because of his quiet play with the Pacers -- given offensive freedom, he's a potential fantasy stud. The Mavs also retained Delonte West this summer, maintaining his veteran combo-guard presence off the bench.



Denver Nuggets


Incoming: Andre Iguodala, Anthony Randolph, Evan Fournier, Quincy Miller, Izzet Turkyilmaz


Outgoing: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Rudy Fernandez, Chris Andersen


Quick Thoughts: The Nuggets' biggest success this summer was retaining JaVale McGee, who inked a very reasonable (given the market for centers) four-year, $44 million contract.



Detroit Pistons


Incoming: Corey Maggette, Andre Drummond, Khris Middleton, Kyle Singler, Vyacheslav Kravtsov, Kim English


Outgoing: Ben Gordon, Vernon Macklin


Quick Thoughts: The Pistons' SF position features Tayshaun Prince, Corey Maggette and Austin Daye, all of whom I heartily recommend avoiding in fantasy drafts. Ben Wallace is interested in returning to Detroit for his 17th NBA season, but as things stand the Pistons' roster is full -- whatever happens, Big Ben is no longer a fantasy consideration.



Golden State Warriors


Incoming: Harrison Barnes, Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry, Kent Bazemore, Draymond Green, Festus Ezeli, Ognjen Kuzmic


Outgoing: Dorell Wright, Nate Robinson


Quick Thoughts: Mark Jackson recently acknowledged that the Warriors' success this season hinges on the health of Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry, which is a sobering thought for even the most high-spirited Warriors fan. Jackson also said that the starting SF job won't be decided until training camp -- regardless of who starts (Barnes, Richard Jefferson or re-signed Brandon Rush), there is an uncomfortable amount of competition for minutes at the SF spot.

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Despite residing in Portland, Maine, Ryan Knaus remains a heartbroken Sonics fan who longs for the days of Shawn Kemp and Xavier McDaniel. He has written for Rotoworld.com since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter.
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