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Offseason moves after day 2 of Free Agency

With the NBA Draft wrapped up and the free agency market open its time for the other 29 teams to fill in the pieces to compete with the Miami Heat next season. The Draft gave every team a look at their future and what they can build around and now free agency where you try to get immediate impact on a roster you feel is near complete or in the rebuilding stage. We have seen a few early moves already and a few verbal agreements as well. Some of the moves and offers we saw on day one were as follows.

  • Gerald Wallace sings a 4 year- $40 million dollar deal to remain with the Brooklyn Nets
  • Roy Hibbert verbally agrees to sign a 4 year- $58.4 million dollar deal to go from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference
  • Kevin Garnett inks a 3 year- $34 million dollar deal to remain with the Boston Celtics for his 7th season
  • Bulls backup Center Omar Asik verbally agrees to a 3 year- $25.1 million dollar deal to become a Houston Rocket
  • Andre Miller agreed to stay in Denver for 3 years
  • Young Lavoy Allen will remain in Philadelphia for 2 years- $6 million

Day one brought us a few big deals for the future of a few of these teams. The Nets may have helped Deron Williams return to Brooklyn by signing Gerald Wallace to a multi-year deal. Roy Hibbert leaving the Pacers will leave a big void in the middle of the paint for a Pacers squad that relied heavily on his inside presence. Kevin Garnett in Boston was a no-brainer if he decided not to retire.

Day two brought us another wild day of free agency as it wraps up for the day. We saw a massive blockbuster deal for the Atlanta Hawks to clear up future cap space for their roster. We also saw some smaller moves today that will benefit some teams very greatly this coming season.

  • Pacers George Hill agreed to a 5 year deal to remain a Indiana Pacer
  • Cavaliers released guard Manny Harris
  • Nets traded Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson and a 1st round pick for Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks
  • The Jazz will send Devin Harris to Atlanta for Marvin Williams

After another wild day in free agency we saw Brooklyn lock up one of the better scoring guards in the league and try to get more to convince Deron Williams to return to Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season. The Dwight Howard drama in Orlando continues to heat up with Dwights list changing on a daily basis but the Nets remain at the top. Now its time to wait for day 3 moves in this offseason.

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LeBron James and his historic postseason run

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The numbers you put up in the playoffs can define you as a player for your entire career. When people look back and reflect on a players career it all boils down to the postseason, most importantly the ring count and the numbers you put up on the quest to those rings, or ring in LeBron’s case now.

LeBron James 2011-12 postseason run was so historic that we saw numbers that have never been put up in the Modern Era. In the first round against a wounded Knicks team LeBron guarded one of the most explosive offensive players in the game in Carmelo Anthony, and still managed to get it done on both ends of the court. Averaging numbers very similar to the regular season in which he claimed his 3rd MVP crown. 27.8 Points per game, 6.2 Rebounds per game, and 5.6 Assists per game. Claiming the first round series in a quick 5 games leaving the Knicks questioning the Anthony-Stoudemaire duo.

The following series was a true defining moment of how a player can right his path in the postseason. Being down 2-1 and playing on the road against a very capable Indiana Pacers team LeBron James did something we haven’t seen since Wilt Chamberlain was in the league. His 40 point, 18 rebound, and 9 assists performance was one of the most historic playoff performances ever. Claiming Game 4 LeBron and his Miami Heat were able to advance to the Conference Finals in Game 6 wipping out a depleted Pacers team. In this series LeBron went on to average 30 points per game, 10.8 rebounds per game, and 6.2 rebounds per game.

The Conference Finals, a placer where you can fall short of your season goal or advance one step closer to the coveted NBA championship. LeBron James definitely showed he was ready to take the next step in his career and define himself as a champion. Down in the series for the second time in a row we saw a new LeBron James in Game 6 in Boston. The LeBron we saw was angry, determined, and not going to be stopped. Scoring 45 points on 19-27 shooting we saw the LeBron we have been waiting to see in a big game. Not only was his scoring prolific he also managed to pull down 15 rebounds and 5 assists against a proven veteran playoff team. After claiming a tough Game 6 victory the Miami Heat returned to American Airlines Arena to claim the series in 7 and advance one step closer to their season goal.

Coming into the finals as the underdog and doubted in the big game LeBron James had a chip on his shoulder and was ready to prove to everyone that he was ready to take the next step in the game. After a Game 1 loss in which the Thunder made a run in the second half to beat a Heat team coming off a very tiring 7 game series. Learning what they need to change the Miami Heat returned Game 2 with new matchups and a new game plan. Go inside to LeBron James. After claiming game 2 the Heat returned home for their 3 home games in the series hoping to not return to OKC. Claiming the next three games in championship fashion the Miami Heat and LeBron James went on to claim the title LeBron James averaging 28.6 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, and 7.4 assists per game.

This postseason run ended in great fashion with LeBron James able to claim his self proclaimed nickname “King James” after capturing the title in 5 games. Averaging 30.3 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, and 5.6 assists. Now ready for the next challenege and that is to repeat, something that is one of the most difficult accomplishments in pro sports.

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