Highlights from the action-packed NBA offseason, including the Nets move to Brooklyn.
Highlights from the action-packed NBA offseason that included the Nets moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn, Dwight Howard being traded to the Lakers, Jeremy Lin re-signing with the Rockets and Ray Allen joining the enemy Heat.
Brooklyn Nets: Ball So Hard
Luxury tax? What luxury tax? Brooklyn re-signed Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace for a combined nine years and nearly $139 million, then traded for Joe Johnson, who is owed $89 million over the next four years. Owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z donât care about the luxury tax. The new-look Nets are moving into the $1 billion Barclays Center in Brooklyn and need to bring a team with them. These are the âCore Fourâ the Nets are advertising:
âHello Brooklyn, Iâm #8, Deron Williams, three-time NBA All-Star and father of four.â
âHello Brooklyn, Iâm #7, Joe Johnson, six-time NBA All-Star and lifelong Razorback.â
âHello Brooklyn, Iâm #11, Brook Lopez, 20-point scorer and Batmanâs biggest fan.â
âHello Brooklyn, Iâm #45, Gerald Wallace, All-NBA Defender and offseason fisherman.â
L.A. Lakers: Superman Returns
This isnât the first time the Lakers have brought in a larger-than-life center whose nickname was âSupermanâ and whose greatest team accomplishment was losing in the NBA Finals as a member of the Orlando Magic. First, there was Shaquille OâNeal â who won three straight NBA titles after joining the Lakers. This time around, Dwight Howard is heading to Hollywood to team with Kobe Bryant. After months of well-known secrets and thinly veiled lies, Howard was finally traded in a four-team blockbuster that sent Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson to the 76ers, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, and Moe Harkless, Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and three protected first-round picks to the Magic.
L.A. Lakers: Rated PG
The old got older when the Lakers acquired 38-year-old two-time MVP Steve Nash to play alongside 33-year-old two-time Finals MVP Kobe Bryant. As usual, trade speculation continued to swirl around 7-foot All-Stars Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. In the end, Bynum was shipped across the country to Philadelphia, while Gasol remained in L.A. â capping a strange year that started with him being traded, then un-traded in the Commissioner-vetoed Chris Paul deal.
Houston Rockets: Lin-sanity Redux
Jeremy Lin-sanity will continue in Houston, which is a huge relief for general manager Daryl Morey â who took the blame for cutting the phenom and will take the credit (or blame) for signing him to a three-year, $25.1 million deal.
âWe should have kept @JLin7â â Daryl Morey tweet on Feb. 9
Miami Heat: Jesus to Judas
Ray Allen, the actor who played Spike Leeâs Jesus Shuttlesworth â Denzel Washingtonâs son, loosely based on Stephon Marbury â in the movie "He Got Game," left the Celtics for the defending champion Miami Heat. The move caused many Boston fans to label Allen a traitor, and added fuel to the fire in one of the NBAâs hottest rivalries.
Boston Celtics: Jet Fuel
Without Ray Allen standing in the corner or coming off screens late in games, the Câs needed another clutch 3-point shooter for their last hoorah with old timers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Enter the âJet,â Jason Terry, who was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2009, an NBA champion with the Mavericks in 2011 and an NCAA champion with Arizona in 1997.