More craziness going on in the NBA offseason with the San Antonio Spurs managing to sign Rudy Gay! They managed to get him for a bargain at 2 years, $17 million! Now it’s going to be very interesting to see how Popovich uses Gay. Is he going to start or be the team’s sixth man? Either way, he will be able to go ultra small at times, with Gay and Leonard on the court at the same time. This will help the Spurs when they face the Warriors and their death lineup. Kawhi would stay on Kevin Durant and Rudy could shift over and guard Draymond Green.
San Antonio would have a little death lineup of their own with Kawhi Leonard, Rudy Gay and LaMarcus Aldridge in the front court!
Man, the West is just crazy right now! It’s going to be a lot of fun come next year’s playoffs.
Other Offseason News
In other news, the Grizzlies have announced that they are going to retire Zach Randolph’s jeresey. In 8 seasons with the team, Z-Bo averaged 16.8 points and 10.2 rebounds a night while leading the Grizz to 7 consecutive playoff appearances. There were some memorable moments along the way. Most notably, their conference finals run in 2013 and also – who could forget – back in 2011, when they upset the #1 seed Spurs in round 1 of the playoffs!
As well as the on-court stuff, he also did a lot of work off the court, helping out in the Memphis community. Congrats Zach Randolph!
Shifting attention to Dallas, and Dirk has taken a huge pay-cut to remain with the Mavs. He signed a 2 year, $10 million deal with a team option for the second year. He really is showing the utmost commitment and loyalty to the franchise, given that they probably are not going to be in contention, the next two years. That being said, Dirk has always said how he wants to finish his career with the Mavericks, now it looks like he will do just that.
One other piece of news. Kelly Olynyk has signed with the Miami Heat. The Heat just traded away Josh McRoberts so Olynyk will pretty much serve as his replacement. Olynyk brings some floor spacing at either big position and some nice scoring punch.
The question is if he will actually fit in to Miami’s system. That remains to be seen.
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