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Free-Agent Signings, FAs Remaining, and What It All Means

Well, Bill Simmons recently wrote in his "12 Days of NBA Xmas" ( http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7360397/the-eleventh-day-nba-christmas ) about the remaining free agents left on the board and the signings thus far. It painted an interesting picture and allowed for some serious speculation on the upcoming NBA season. So, I'd like to just make a couple notations and allow for conversation in the comments below.

-First, there are some interesting free agents left out there, including but not limited to:

-I'm a huge Afflalo fan, and I think he could really help a team. DeShawn is a shut-down defender. And I'd take a flier on just about any amnestied player (with the exception of Trout!) for a veteran's minimum contract (not for the Blazers though).
-Of course, there were plenty of signings. I think several teams made great moves, some teams made lateral moves, and a lot of teams got worse.
  • NY got a lot better defensively
  • Clippers just got way more interesting, and should be in the playoff running for at least the next 2 years
  • the Heat picked up a quality veteran in Battier, though I think you'll slowly see him falling off. But dang, love that guy's D.
  • NO did well for having to lose a superstar, but they'll continue in mediocrity.
  • the L*kers just got worse
I think Portland got a little worse but made significant progress for the future. It looks like management is slowly viewing a rebuild around LaMarcus, while trying to stock up on-the-run both young assets and draft picks, while sending out overpaid veterans (Wallace, Camby) near the trade deadline (just a guess). I think the Crawford deal was one of the best signings this offseason, as we hopefully replaced a lot of what Brandon brought to the table.
Anyways, I'd like to hear your thoughts about any of the signings or any of the free agents left, and what you think this means for any team in general.
You can track player movement at ESPN: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/transactions-11-12/2011-12-nba-player-movement-tracker

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