The new look Toronto Raptors are dangerous
Don't sleep on Toronto.
The huge buzz when free agency is over and for the most part, all the major moves have happened. Despite most teams now devoid of cap space and the conferences shaping up already, there's still talent left on the market.
Houston cannot afford to let Capela walk, but the Rockets hold all leverage as Clint is a restricted free agent. Reports so far are that there's been very little movement on either end, which is very surprising considering how much contract hype there was prior to free agency starting. The Rockets could offer Clint the $4.7 million qualifying offer, but then they risk offending him and he'd then be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Oh how quickly Thomas has fallen from grace, just two years removed from carrying a team through the East, Isaiah doesn't have a team as of July 11th. It's gotten so bad that there aren't even rumors about teams having interest in him, heck even the Kings aren't mulling around signing him.
The fact Marcus Smart is still a restricted free agent is surprising to me. The Celtics obviously don't value Smart as much as he thinks they do, as there has been reportedly zero contact between Boston and Smart. There aren't many teams left with cap space for the defensive minded guard, but rumors are still out there Brooklyn or Sacramento could sign him to an offer sheet; It'll be quite interesting to see if Boston matches any offer made for Smart.
This is what happens when you have multiple knee injuries, teams get very scared. Jabari Parker could shock everyone and still become an All Star, but teams aren't lining up down the block to take that risk on Parker. It's surprising that LaVine got a fat contract while Parker still sits on the sidelines to watch.
It's Miami or retirement for Wade. Miami most likely isn't a contender in the East, but they're without question better with Wade on the floor.
Well ignoring the fact that Rodney Hood played worse in Cleveland than Utah, he's still a young and long wing player who can score. Someone should take a flyer out on him or he should take the qualifying offer Cleveland presents to him and play his butt off this coming season.
Europe or China is an option, as I don't expect Okafor to find a NBA team ever again.
Can we not let Jamal be seamless? The NBA needs a guy like Crawford in the league just to make it more fun. Despite being a defensive black hole and even sometimes an offensive one, Jamal can get buckets for any team and is a threat to drop 30 off the bench at any time. A team like Philadelphia should sign him for cheap.