Free agency continues:
Deron Williams has decided to return to the Nets on a 5 year, $98 million contract. So the Nets paid a dubious fortune to get Joe Johnson and retain Gerald Wallace, but the end result was what they were after: Williams saw their efforts and stayed.
Ray Allen, meanwhile, will visit with the Heat and Clippers. Apparently the Timberwolves have also called on him.
Landry Fields has signed a 3 year, $20 million offer sheet with the Toronto Raptors. Yeah...and some of you thought we'd be overpaying for Batum. Apparently it's part of some scheme to get Steve Nash.
As for the reports that Nic Batum has told the Trailblazers to go screw themselves....well, I won't even speculate on whether that's true or not. But there certainly is some resentment there, as Batum is still unhappy the Blazers didn't sign him to an extension.
For me, I'd like to see the team move on other free agents, rather than wait for Batum. Don't get me wrong....I would be elated for Batum to sign here (or be traded here). But Portland can match any offer if they want, and it would suck for the Wolves to miss out on an Alexey Shved or OJ Mayo because they waited for a Batum conclusion before moving on.