Sunday, July 7, 2013

Recapping the weekend's NBA trades and signings

It was a busy weekend in the NBA, with many of the most coveted free agents choosing new homes. Our most recent "Dwightmare" came to an end, Josh Smith and OJ Mayo are relocating, and Andrew Bynum and Monta Ellis remain the biggest names without teams.

Let's take a look at all the action, none of which can be finalized until July 10th:

• Dwight Howard made up his fickle mind, settling with the Houston Rockets and forfeiting an additional $30 million in salary in the process. While the Rockets were the favorite to land Howard all along, the Warriors and Lakers seemed in the running until Friday evening.

Dwight Howard definitely improves the Rockets but I'm not sure they're a Western Conference favorite just yet. The team is reportedly shopping Jeremy Lin with hopes of acquiring a third superstar to pair with Howard and James Harden. Omer Asik is unhappy with the arrival of Howard and has reportedly asked to be traded, but the Rockets seem uninterested in that idea.

• The Warriors agreed to terms with Andre Iguodala. Iggy joins Steph Curry in the Golden State backcourt, forming a formidable scoring duo. The team improved last year and should be even better this year with a healthy Andrew Bogut and the arrival of Iguodala.

Following the signing, Golden State traded Richard Jefferson and Andres Biedrins to Utah to clear cap room for Iguodala's contract.

• Josh Smith decided to take his talents to Detroit in a somewhat surprising move. The Hawks had shown little interest in retaining J-Smoove's services but as late as Saturday afternoon there were rumors of Houston hoping to work out a sign-and-trade with Atlanta to acquire Smith.

• OJ Mayo left Dallas after his only season with the team, agreeing to terms with the Milwaukee Bucks. The team also signed Zaza Pachulia.

• While the Hawks lost Smith and Pachulia, they were able to sign Paul Millsap away from the Jazz. Pairing Millsap with Al Horford gives Atlanta a very strong 4-5 combo and the team is reportedly interested in Monta Ellis as well.

• Andrew Bynum is drawing interest from the Mavericks, who have missed out on their big free agent pursuits in each of the last two offseasons. Any time that adds Bynum will likely do so after tireless consideration of his injury history and investigation of his medical records.

(Image courtesy Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

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