Chicago Bulls sign SG Ronnie Brewer to 3-year, $12.5 million deal
Just hours after the Magic announced they would match Chicago's offer sheet to J.J. Redick, the Bulls found some needed depth on the wing by signing Brewer, making him the third former Jazz player to join the team this offseason. Brewer provides Chicago with an athletic, defensive minded wing player. He has started all but six games he has played in during the past three years and could earn a spot in the starting lineup if the Bulls decide Kyle Korver is better suited coming off the bench. That type of player is a pretty decent bargain at slightly more than $4 million a year.
Miami Heat re-sign C Joel Anthony to 5-year, $18 million deal
Eighteen million dollars over five years seems like an awful lot to invest for a defensive-minded career backup who has career averages of 2.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. However, Pat Riley raved about his growth since arriving in Miami and he does bring an inside presence to help protect the basket and provides the Heat with another role player to complement the Big 3. Still, $18 million???
Boston Celtics re-sign PG Nate Robinson to 2-year, $9 million deal
Part of me needs to remember that a season ago Robinson averaged more than 17 points per game. The other part recalls how sparingly he was used during the Celtics run to the NBA Finals this past season. Boston was running low on options to add some depth to their backcourt and decided to keep Robinson. I would imagine Doc Rivers will find a more regular role for him than what we saw in the postseason because at times, he did provide a needed spark off the Celtics bench. If not, this signing will not make a whole lot of sense.
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.