Wizz-Kid: Wall commits his future to Washington
John Wall has signed a contract extension with the Washington Wizards worth a reported $80 million over 5 years to cement his status as the franchise player in DC.
The #1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft has been described as the ‘cornerstone’ of the team by Wizards’ owner Ted Leonsis as they look to build their team around their 22 year-old star.
Wall is yet to play in more than 70 games in a season after last season’s campaign was hampered by a knee injury which forced him to miss the first 33 games of the season.
Young Buck: Jennings leaving Milwaukee for Detroit (Getty Images)
Brandon Jennings is set to become Detroit’s second high-profile signing of the off season after the Pistons were able to strike a trade deal with Milwaukee.
The 23 year-old will join Josh Smith a.k.a J-Smoove in the Motor City this season with both players leaving play-off teams to make the switch to the 2004 Champions, Detroit.
As part of the reported deal, Milwaukee will receive Brandon Knight and two other players after finally conceding defeat in their attempts to re-sign their star man.
Argy bargy: Scola ready to fight for Indiana
Indiana Pacers have added Luis Scola to their roster after sending Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a future first round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns.
The Argentine leaves Phoenix after just a single season where he averaged 12.8 points per game along with 6.6 rebounds starting 67 of their 82 games and is relishing a new challenge.
World Peace hits the Knicks
Metta World Peace confirmed yesterday that he has agreed a deal to join the New York Knicks.
Speaking on TV, World Peace said: “The team is amazing, the players, I’m excited to play and hussle.”
The 33 year-old forward spent four seasons in L.A but found himself released by the Lakers last week after they decided to activate his amnesty clause.
World Peace will be the second major addition to Mike Woodson‘s side after the Knicks picked up Andrea Bargnani in a trade with Toronto which sent Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Queintin Richardson and a selection of future draft picks the other way.
KG, The Truth and the Jet traded to Brooklyn
BROOKLYN BOLSTER ARSENAL WITH AK47 AND BOSTON TRIO
Brooklyn have confirmed the incredible trade with Boston that sees the Nets sign Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce AND Jason Terry as the Celtics exodus continues.
As well as the explosive trio, the Nets also picked up the deadly Russian Andrei Kirilenko from Minnesota as Jason Kidd‘s tenure in charge of the Nets starts boldly.
Part of the trade saw Brooklyn give up Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and potentially in 2017. The blockbuster trade has raised Brooklyn‘s chances of a strong season and it has excited their team owner.
“With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a great balance on our roster between veteran stars and young talents. This team will be dazzling to watch, and tough to compete against.”
Mikhail Prokhorov admitted that the basketball gods have smiled on the Nets. Continue reading