Kurt Helin

NBA All-Star Game 2015

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul are vacationing together

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Just like you, NBA players like to vacation with their friends.

It just draws a little more attention when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul are hanging out together.

LeBron and Wade were together at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, and apparently a couple other buddies dropped by. You just have to wonder how many of them did the Leap of Faith waterslide. What we do know is some of them went on a banana boat ride.

Report: Alan Anderson signs one-year, $4 million deal with Washington Wizards

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There were a lot of suitors for Alan Anderson — a solid NBA bench two-guard who can come in and knock down some threes plus play solid defense. For teams trying to round out their bench at an affordable price, the 32-year-old NBA veteran was an attractive target.

The Washington Wizards won the bidding. Maybe by overpaying a little, but they won the bidding.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the news.

J. Michael of CSNWashington.com confirmed the news.

The Wizards were willing to pay a little more to keep this a one-year deal — they want all their cap space available to go after Kevin Durant next summer.

The Wizards signed Gary Neal and traded for Jared Dudley this summer, giving them a lot of players on the wings behind Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. Dudley and Porter could see a lot of time at the stretch four spot if the Wizards go small more (as they should).

PBT Extra: Spurs lead Texas winners in NBA Free Agency

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There are questions if you want to be picky: LaMarcus Aldridge has never led a team deep into the playoffs before. Aldridge and Tim Duncan have similar games (they both prefer the left block) games, how do they mesh? How does David West mesh at the four? Can there be too much talent in San Antonio?

I’m sure Gregg Popovich is crying into his Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

The Spurs have aced free agency with the precision they seem to do everything, and they are one of the winners in NBA free agency. Actually, both winners we talk about here came out of the state of Texas.

Jason Smith reaches one-year deal with Orlando Magic

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The New York Knicks wanted to retain center Jason Smith, but under the rules of the CBA they could only offer him $2.8 million.

That was not enough to get the deal done.

The Orlando Magic came in at $4.5 million and won the day, something announced first by Smith’s agency, Priority Sports.

The Knicks had gotten Orlando big man Kyle O’Quinn in a sign-and-trade deal with the Magic, which was one of Phil Jackson’s smart moves this summer. Consider this the Magic returning the favor. The teams are essentially swapping reserve bigs.

Smith played in every Knicks game last season, started 31 of them, and averaged eight points and four rebounds a night. He’s a midrange shooter, 65 percent of his shot attempts came between 10 feet out and the arc last season, but he hit a respectable 46 percent of them. That fit well in the triangle.

In Orlando, he will be the primary backup for Nikola Vucivic and he should get some quality run.

J.J. Redick: Clippers deserve “F” for free agency after losing DeAndre Jordan

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Once again, it’s Doc Rivers the GM setting the team back and making life difficult for Doc Rivers the coach.

The Clippers have to be on the list of biggest losers in free agency (they were at the top of the discussion in the PBT Podcast) because not only did they lose DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks but also they had no good way to replace him.

It’s not just me saying that, here is what Clippers’ starting two-guard J.J. Redick said on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius XM to Nicole Zaloumis and Ric Bucher, when he was asked to grade their offseason.

“F. Is there an F-minus?

Listen, we had one priority this summer, and that was to re-sign DJ, and we missed out on that. Barring some miracle, the makeup of our team is completely different now.

“He was such an integral part of what we did, not just defensively, but offensively with the screening, his rolling, his offensive rebounds. His presence down low essentially made teams either commit to the three-point line when Blake [Griffin] or Chris [Paul] penetrated, or commit to him, and that either opened up lobs to him or threes for guys like me and Jamal [Crawford] and Matt [Barnes].

“So he was a huge part of what we did and missing out and having him leave for Dallas gives us a failing grade.”

It’s rare to see a player be honest like that. Good on Redick.

The Clippers are still going to be a good team. They had the best offense in the NBA last season, and they likely will often play smaller and faster now. Expect to see some Blake Griffin at the five, Chris Paul may put up numbers fantasy players will love. The Clippers will be entertaining, they will put up a lot of points.

But they have been knocked down a tier or two from contender status. They will still be a playoff team in the West, likely a 4-7 seed, but unless they find a new defensive anchor it’s hard to imagine them challenging San Antonio, Golden State or Oklahoma City. That’s what the summer “F” gets them.