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Around the League: The Latest Transactions

by admin on September 29th, 2007

With NBA training camp beginning next week, teams are making last minute moves, hoping to solidify their rosters. And though several teams are still looking to make major transactions, nothing significant has transpired in the last few days. However, here are some transactions which are noteworthy.

Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have been busy. After Miami signed Charlie Bell to an offer sheet, the Bucks turned around and matched it. This was somewhat surprising, considering they had seemed to have given up on Bell when they signed Royal Ivey. Bell’s contract is reportedly worth $18.5 million over the next five years.

Milwaukee also waived guard Lynn Greer, freeing him up to go overseas. Greer immediately signed a contract in Greece for $7 million over two years. That’s quite an upgrade from the $700K salary he was scheduled to receive with the Bucks. To bolster their front line, the Bucks took a chance and added Samaki Walker. Walker was out of the league last season after playing with six NBA teams since 1996.

Cleveland Cavaliers
To the dismay of Cavs fans and management, they haven’t even been able to sign their own free agents. Restricted FA forwards Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic have yet to come to terms with the team to date. Pavlovic is pondering over offers in Europe while negotiations between his agent and the Cavs have ceased at this time. Varejao and his agent, Dan Fegan are reportedly tens of millions of dollars apart in contract talks with Cleveland. The Brazilian may also decided to go overseas if he cannot come to terms, but more than likely he will accept the Cavaliers qualifying offer for the season.

The Cavs signed swingman Devin Brown to a one-year deal on Friday and picked up young bigman Cedric Simmons from the Hornets on Saturday in a trade that sent David Wesley to New Orleans. Both of these moves are nice insurance in case Pavlovic and Varejao do not return.

In other Cavs news, LeBron James will be hosting the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend.

Catch this video of LeBron in New York …

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1 opinion for Around the League: The Latest Transactions

  • T.O.
    Oct 3, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    I agree that the Bell thing is a total mystery. If he’s worth $18.5 million, then I’m worth at least $12 mil, and I haven’t played since high school.

    As for Cleveland, it’s a good thing that LeBron is a nice guy, because more of a prima donna would have exploded by now because of the ridiculously inept offseason the Cavs have had.

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