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Old 07-15-03, 11:49 PM
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The Official 2003 NBA Free Agent Signing Thread

Boston Celtics
Signed Mark Blount to a multiyear contract. Story
Signed Walter McCarty re-signs for 3 years at $3.5 million Story
Signed Mike James is signed Story
Signed Jumaine Jones is re-signed by Cleveland and traded to Boston. Story

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Chicago Bulls
Signed Scottie Pippen for 2 years for $10 million. Story
Signed Corie Blount for 2 years at $3.4 million. Story
Signed Kendall Gill is signed Story

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Cleveland Cavaliers
Signed Kevin Ollie from Seattle for five years and $15 million. Story
Signed Ira Newbie from Atlanta Story

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Dallas Mavericks
Signed Travis Best signs Story

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Denver Nuggets
Signed Andre Miller from L.A. Clippers for a reported six years and $55 million. Story
Signed Jon Barry from Detroit signs Story

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Detroit Pistons
Signed Richard Hamilton to re-sign for a 7 year extension for $62 million. Story
Signed Elden Campbell to a multi-year contract Story

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Golden State Warriors
Signed Speedy Claxton from San Antonio for $10 million for 3 years Story
Signed Calbert Cheaney from Utah Jazz signs Story

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Houston Rockets
Signed Eric Piatkowski from LA Clippers signs for 3 years Story
Signed Adrian Griffin from Dallas signs Story

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Indiana Pacers
Signed Jermaine O'Neal re-signs for 7 years at $123 million. Story
Signed Anthony Johnson from New Jersey for 2 years. Story
Signed Reggie Miller re-signs a multi-year deal Story

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Los Angeles Clippers
Signed Elton Brand re-signs for 6 years at $82 million. Story
Signed Corey Maggette re-signs for 6 years at $42 million. Story
Signed Olden Polynice signs Story

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Los Angeles Lakers
Signed Karl Malone from Utah for the veteran's minimum of just over $3.2 million for 2 years.
Signed Gary Payton from Milwaukee for the mid-level exception of $10.4 for 2 years.
Signed Jamal Sampson from Milwaukee Story
Signed Horace Grant Story

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Miami Heat
Signed Udonis Haslem is signed Story
Signed Samaki Walker from L.A. Lakers signs. Story
Signed Lamar Odom from L.A. Clippers for six years and $65 million. Story

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Milwaukee Bucks
Signed Brian Skinner from Philadelphia for three years and $5 million.
Signed Erick Strickland from Indiana for two years and $3.1 million.
Signed Daniel Santiago from Italy Story
Signed Damon Jones from Sacramento Story

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Minnesota Timberwolves
Signed Michael Olowokandi from L.A. Clippers for three years and $16.2 million. Story
Signed Mark Madsen from L.A. Lakers is signed, as is Fred Hoiberg from the Chicago Bulls. Story

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New Jersey Nets
Signed Jason Kidd to re-sign for six years and $99 million. Story
Signed Alonzo Mourning from Miami for four years and $22 million. Story
Signed Lucious Harris signs for 2 years at $5 million. Story

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New Orleans Hornets
Signed P.J. Brown to re-sign for four years and $40 million. Story
Signed Sean Rooks signed Story
Signed Darrell Armstrong for 2 years at $6 million. Story

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Orlando Magic
Signed Juwan Howard from Denver for a reported five years and $28 million. Story
Signed Tyronne Lue from Washington for a reported 2 years and $3.15 million. Story
Signed Andrew DeClercq re-signs $5 million over two seasons. Story

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Philadelphia 76ers
Signed Kenny Thomas to re-sign for seven years and $50 million. Story
Signed Derrick Coleman re-signs Story

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Phoenix Suns
Signed Jake Voskuhl to re-sign for three years and $5 million. Story
Signed Scott Williams Story

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Sacramento Kings
Signed Brad Miller re-signs w Indiana for 7 years at $70 million and then is traded to Sacramento. Story
Signed Tony Massenberg signs Story

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San Antonio Spurs
Signed Rasho Nesterovic from Minnesota for six years and an estimated $45 million. Story
Signed Tim Duncan to re-sign 7 years at $122 million. Story
Signed Robert Horry from the LA Lakers to a 2 year contract at $10.5 million Story
Signed Anthony Carter & Devin Brown sign. Story

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Seattle SuperSonics
Signed Antonio Daniels to a multi-year contract Story

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Toronto Raptors
Signed Jerome Moiso and Milt Palacio to two-year deals. Story
Signed Mengke Bateer a 2 year contract Story

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Utah Jazz
Signed Michael Ruffin for one year Story

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Washington Wizards
Signed Gilbert Arenas from Golden State Warriors for $60 million plus for 6 years. Story

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Since this is probably the most exciting free agent signings in NBA history (sorry I'm a Lakers fan), I thought it would be great to keep up to date with the actual signings of free agents. This is stolen from http://espn.go.com/nba/s/2003/freeag...coreboard.html

If you have any news of actual signings, please post them here and I will update them.

Chris

Updated thru 8-28-03

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So Arenas is the only "big" shot left eh? Man, everybody seemed to sign fast this year.
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Originally posted by tofu
So Arenas is the only "big" shot left eh? Man, everybody seemed to sign fast this year.
And he better be staying with GS.
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Lakers sign Malone, Payton to contracts

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slu...v=ap&type=lgns


By JOHN NADEL, AP Sports Writer
July 16, 2003
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- True to their word, future Hall of Famers Karl Malone and Gary Payton signed contracts with the Los Angeles Lakers. And they did so at just about the earliest possible moment.

Team spokesman John Black said Malone and Payton, who verbally committed to join the Lakers at discount prices last week, signed shortly after midnight EDT on Wednesday.

A moratorium on free agent signings expired Tuesday night. Beginning at 12:01 a.m., free agents were allowed to sign contracts.

Malone, the second-leading scorer in NBA history who is considered perhaps the greatest power forward ever, signed a two-year contract worth just over $3 million, Black said.

Malone, who earned $19 million last season in his 18th and final season with the Utah Jazz, will earn the veteran's exception of $1.5 million next season.

He turns 40 later this month.

Payton, five years younger, also signed a multiyear contract. He established himself as one of the NBA's finest point guards in Seattle, where he played for nearly 12 seasons before being traded to Milwaukee this past season.

The players will be introduced Thursday morning at a news conference at Staples Center.

Payton, who earned $12 million last season, will make $4.9 million in his first year with the Lakers.

Black and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak had dinner at a West Los Angeles restaurant Tuesday night with Payton and his agent, Aaron Goodwin, and Malone's agent, Dwight Manley.

Lakers front office employees Ronnie Lester and Bill Bertka were also present.

Malone faxed in his contract from Arkansas shortly after it was allowed to be signed.

``We drank a toast and Mitch went home to get some sleep for probably the first time in at least a week,'' Black said.

Malone and Payton will join Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in a star-studded Lakers lineup.

Other Los Angeles returnees next season are Derek Fisher, Devean George, Rick Fox, Slava Medvedenko, Kareem Rush and Jannero Pargo.

The Lakers won three straight NBA championships before being eliminated in six games in the Western Conference semifinals by the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs two months ago.

Kupchak made it clear in the aftermath that major changes were in store.

Neither Malone nor Payton have played on a championship team. Payton and the Sonics played in the NBA Finals once and the Jazz reached the Finals twice during Malone's time there -- all during the 1990s.

In all three cases, the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls won titles.

``When Karl said what he was going to do, I figured I couldn't miss that chance, playing with the Lakers,'' Payton said over the weekend in Miami. ``With four great players like us playing with each other, we're going to have a great chance to win a championship.''


Yeehaa! Now hopefully Kobe is innocent and we get that cleared up on Thursday!

Chris
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Looks like Miami may be close to agreeing an offer sheet with Elton Brand...

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/s...a-sports-front
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Kenny Thomas - $50 million. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
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Originally posted by Copenhagen
And he better be staying with GS.
Or not:

http://espn.go.com/nba/news/2003/0715/1580879.html

Tuesday, July 15

Wizards jump into Arenas sweepstakes
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After losing one suitor over the weekend, Gilbert Arenas added another interested team to his list.

The Golden State Warriors free agent met with the Washington Wizards about their vacant starting point guard spot in Southern California on Monday, The Washington Post reported.

Along with his agent, Arenas talked with the Wizards' new braintrust -- president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld, head coach Eddie Jordan and assistant coach Phil Hubbard, an assistant on the Warriors' staff during Arenas' two seasons with Golden State.

The Denver Nuggets, also in the market for a starting point guard, were pursuing Arenas but have settled on Los Angeles Clippers free agent Andre Miller, who is expected to sign a $55 million offer sheet Wednesday, the first day teams can begin signing free agents.

The Wizards can offer Arenas a starting salary of roughly $6.5 million. Arenas, 21, has also drawn interest from the Miami Heat, Clippers and the Warriors, who can only give Arenas their mid-level exception of $4.9 million.
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Originally posted by cdollaz
Kenny Thomas - $50 million. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
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Originally posted by cdollaz
Kenny Thomas - $50 million. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
This actually isn't as bad as some other signings of years past.

Thomas is a very productive player...he can score in the low post and he's a good rebounder.

Worse signings have been maxing out Bryant "Big Country" Reeves, Jim McCalvaine, Calvin Booth, Jerome James, etc.

Hek, I think that signing Kenny Thomas is better than signing Nesterovic despite his height. Thomas is a better low post player than Nesterovic.
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Originally posted by Dabaomb
This actually isn't as bad as some other signings of years past.

Thomas is a very productive player...he can score in the low post and he's a good rebounder.

Worse signings have been maxing out Bryant "Big Country" Reeves, Jim McCalvaine, Calvin Booth, Jerome James, etc.

Hek, I think that signing Kenny Thomas is better than signing Nesterovic despite his height. Thomas is a better low post player than Nesterovic.
There may have been worse signings, but that still doesn't make this one good. Way too much for a routine, very average, undersized PF.
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Originally posted by cdollaz
There may have been worse signings, but that still doesn't make this one good. Way too much for a routine, very average, undersized PF.
EXACTLY.

This is precisely the kind of deal teams always end up wanting to dump 2-3 years down the road. Does anyone really think Kenny Thomas will be productive 5 years from now? Laughable
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Thomas is a very productive player...he can score in the low post and he's a good rebounder.

$50 million to a guy who averages around 10 ppg? sure.

Thomas wasn't good the first time around when he was called Clarence Weatherspoon and he won't be ever good or worth $50 million.
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Originally posted by evenflowddt
$50 million to a guy who averages around 10 ppg? sure.

Thomas wasn't good the first time around when he was called Clarence Weatherspoon and he won't be ever good or worth $50 million.
Shoot Brian Grant averages around 10 points per game too and he's got a max deal.
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Originally posted by Dah-Dee
Or not:

http://espn.go.com/nba/news/2003/0715/1580879.html

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Originally posted by evenflowddt
$50 million to a guy who averages around 10 ppg? sure.

Thomas wasn't good the first time around when he was called Clarence Weatherspoon and he won't be ever good or worth $50 million.
10 PPG and 8 Boards a game. His #s got better towards the end of the season. Look at his game log.

True he's an undersized power forward. He's in the Malik Rose/Clarence Weatherspoon mold. But hek, I'd take him over Nesterovic or some of those other 7 foot stiffs any day.
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Ummm... is this thread for actual signings, verbal commitments, or rumors?

Wizards-Arenas isn't a signing or commitment yet, and the $6.5M figure is just what they can pay, not an offer.

Some other corrections:
Miami Heat
Elton Brand, 6 years, $82.2M
(This is an offer sheet, he's restricted this year)

Utah Jazz
Corey Maggette, 6 years, $45M
(offer sheet)
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Utah Jazz
Corey Maggette, 6 years, $45M
(offer sheet)

That's another silly one.
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Well we gotta start out with some sort of printed rumours and offer sheets. Then the bold Signed makes it official!

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ESPNs Free Agent Scoreboard

http://espn.go.com/nba/s/2003/freeag...coreboard.html
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Re: The Official 2003 NBA Free Agent Signing Thread

Originally posted by mrpayroll
Minnesota Timberwolves
Michael Olowokandi from L.A. Clippers for three years and $16.2 million.
A much better deal than Rasho. A happy wolves fan here.

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Re: Re: The Official 2003 NBA Free Agent Signing Thread

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A much better deal than Rasho. A happy wolves fan here.
Me too, I think Kandi is the same player or maybe even better, and getting him for less is a huge bonus.
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Me too, I think Kandi is the same player or maybe even better, and getting him for less is a huge bonus.
You guys get a tough defender. Kandi-man isn't afraid of Shaq. Plus he developed a better shot. The 5 year experiment with him worked until last year with his injuries and reluctance to play. The Clippers now have to rely on Ely and Parks?
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From espn's article about Brand's offer sheet: "If Brand accepts the Heat's offer, as expected, Miami will have a formidable frontcourt of Caron Butler at small forward, Brand at power forward and Brian Grant at center"

Formidable frontcourt?
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Re: Re: Re: Re: The Official 2003 NBA Free Agent Signing Thread

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You guys get a tough defender. Kandi-man isn't afraid of Shaq. Plus he developed a better shot. The 5 year experiment with him worked until last year with his injuries and reluctance to play. The Clippers now have to rely on Ely and Parks?
Thats what I mean, Rasho sometimes seemed lost out there. Yeah he was pretty good shooting, but KG did get him alot of open shots.
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Lakers sign both Malone and Payton to MULTIYEAR deals

Malone gets $3million for 2 years and Payton gets a "multiyear" deal.
http://espn.go.com/nba/news/2003/0715/1581196.html

So much for Laker-haters thinking the Mailman and the Glove only wanted a championship for one year, then bolting for more money. They are both admirable, just, and honorable.

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