NBA Signings Recap
The big three in Miami may have hogged all the limelight of the NBA free agency period so far, but they're not the only players making some noise by joining new teams.
The Heat may have pulled off a huge coup by landing LeBron James and Chris Bosh to play with Dwyane Wade but they've still got the rest of their roster to fill. A few of those pieces started to fall into place this week with the signings of Udonis Haslem and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Both big men took less money to try and win a title in Miami.
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The Heat have also been close to reeling in Mike Miller, but depending on which sources you want to believe there's a chance Miller could sign elsewhere to earn a bigger paycheck. After adding their two big men, and with Miller on the fence, the Heat remain huge 7/4 favorites at Bovada to take next season's title.
The Lakers haven't had to make much noise during free agency period, but they did lock up a key part of their championship-winning squad this week by re-signing veteran point guard Derek Fisher.
With Steve Blake now on board Fisher likely won't receive starting minutes as much this season, but he'll be a valuable piece off the bench as the Lakers take a run at another title. Fisher's signing didn't do anything to the odds, though, and the Lakers still sit at 11/4 at Bovada.
The Boston Celtics also kept their core intact this week by bringing back Ray Allen.
After already locking up Paul Pierce earlier this month the Celtics now have their own big three of Allen, Pierce, and Garnett returning to battle Miami's triumvirate. Rajon Rondo gives the Celtics the edge at the point, while newly signed Jermaine O'Neal will likely end up being a boom or bust for the Celtics depending on how his knees hold up. The latest line on the Celtics has them as a 12/1 underdog at Bovada to return to championship glory.
Just a few of the other noteworthy moves to cross the wire the last few days include Al Jefferson being traded to Utah (30/1) to try and fill Carlos Boozer's shoes, Al Harrrington signing on in Denver (18/1), Tyson Chandler's deal to Toronto being vetoed in favor of a deal to Dallas (18/1), and Quentin Richardson heading to Orlando (11/1).