Free Agency Update
You can scratch Channing Frye off the list of free agent targets for the Wizards, after the former Arizona product signed a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns for roughly $4 million on Friday. It also sounds like another target, Rasho Nesterovic, has his heart set on returning to Toronto. The Toronto Star is reporting that there is mutual interest with Nesterovic and the Raptors. We'll see.
Brandon Bass was never going to work on the Wizards' limited budget, but he signed a four-year, $18-million with defending Eastern Conference champion and Southeast Division rival Orlando. The Magic has a pretty formidable starting five with Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Vince Carter, Jameer Nelson and Bass. That's four all-stars and useful role player who can hustle and help Howard on the glass. Not bad, when you consider that the Magic was also able to get Ryan Anderson in that Carter trade.
Don't sleep on Anderson. He quietly had a pretty decent rookie year in New Jersey and now he is tearing up the Orlando Pro Summer League. Anderson averaged 21.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in the five games, and Stan Van Gundy described him as "perfect for the way" Orlando plays. I know it's summer league, but the guy can play.
By the way, former Wizards summer leaguer, Virginia Tech guard and District native Brian Chase also played for Orlando and averaged 12.7 points for the Magic. Former Georgetown star Michael Sweetney, who hasn't played in the NBA since 2007, was on the Celtics' summer league team. He played just one game, scoring three points with four rebounds in just 15 minutes before tweaking a hamstring. Hoopsworld.com caught up with Sweetney last week. Sounds like he's steal dealing with weight issues.
Speaking of former Georgetown stars: Roy Hibbert was named MVP of the Orlando Pro Summer League after averaging 20.2 points and nine rebounds and leading Indiana to a 5-0 record. Hibbert told the Indianapolis Star that he was motivated to get better in his second season. He's off to a decent start.
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