Five Under-the-Radar Offseason Moves
Here are five moves that might not have gotten a lot of attention but were very solid nonetheless:
--Raptors get Marco Belinelli from Warriors for Devean George, cash: Belinelli may not be a starter in the NBA, but he can be a rotation guy. And it just so happens the Raptors are pretty much bereft of two guards. That alone should get Belinelli on the court, and from there he'll certainly help at various junctures. As for George, who knows if he'll be healthy and who knows if he'll be able to crack the Warriors' rotation if he is.
--Cavaliers sign Leon Powe: If everything breaks right for the Cavs just about the time the season starts dragging, in mid- to late-February, Powe will make his debut. He should be just what Cleveland needs: an unselfish, dirty-work player who can rebound and give you more athleticism than Anderson Varejao.
--Timberwolves sign Ryan Hollins: There is certainly no guarantee Hollins will turn into anything more than a specialist-type. But he's not a bad three-year gamble at a modest price ($7 million). Hollins needs maturity and so does his game; now he's got three years and a guarantee to try to get it.
--Magic signs Brandon Bass, Matt Barnes: We're lumping these together. Bass and Barnes have a chance to really help the Magic by providing a different kind of physicality at the power forward and small forward spots, respectively. You just hope it doesn't turn into a situation where either starts wanting more minutes than Stan Van Gundy is prepared to give them.
--Hawks sign Joe Smith: Hard to believe Smith averaged almost 19 points per game in his second year in the league, and that all this time since he's never come remotely close to doing it again. And yet no one would call him a bust or underachiever. Probably because nobody likes criticizing a solid role player. Which is what Smith is and why he'll help Atlanta.
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