NBA Free Agent Signings: Gasol, Nene, Crawford, Hamilton

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The 2011 NBA Free Agency frenzy has continued the past couple of days as big men Marc Gasol and Nene re-signed with their respective teams.  Meanwhile, a pair of shooting guards are changing addresses as Jamal Crawford signs with the Blazers and Richard Hamilton is headed to the Chicago Bulls.  Here is my breakdown of those moves and a few others:

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Applying the Allan Houston Rule to NBA Central Division Teams in 2011

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One of the topics expected to be discussed during the pending NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.  When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.  The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston Rule.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.  Allow me to break down each team and who would end up being the casualties of this rule.  Here is the Central Division.

By: David Kay

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Cavs, T-Wolves, Pistons Discussing 3-Way Trade

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ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Detroit Pistons are discussing a three-way trade that would drastically shake up the lottery of the 2011 NBA Draft.  Here’s a breakdown why the potential deal does or does not make sense for each team.

By: David Kay

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