The Dallas Cowboys made another splash in free agency when they signed free agent, Greg Hardy. But this signing comes with a lot of trepidation from the Cowboys fan base. Most of the time, a fan base cheers when a big name player is signed to their team. But in this case, Hardy is part of a few players who no fan wants associated with their team. He was charged and convicted of domestic abuse in North Carolina, but then the charges were dropped.Twitter and Facebook
Deron Williams is one of the most coveted free agents in the NBA right now. He will be wooed by every team that has any space to afford his services. Even though he has already said publicly he only wants to stay in New Jersey, soon to be Brooklyn, or come back home to the Dallas Mavericks. Some would figure he would lean heavily towards coming back and playing close to where he grew up.
But the desire to win and increase his chances to win a championship will be a bigger factor in his decision than location. Does this mean that Brooklyn will be the front runner? No…would adding Deron Williams to an established Mavs roster make them a favorite to win it all again? No…but if you compare the teams as they are currently constructed, then the Mavs look to be a better option for winning now. But Brooklyn has youth and could be built for the long haul.
The rumors are flying around as we speak because Williams has been “seen” house hunting in both locations and depending on where your located, the rumors will spin towards the closer location. What can we deduct from all of this? Absolutely nothing…because nobody besides Williams’ closest friends and family have a clue what he is planning on doing. Even then, he probably won’t know what he is going to do until every offer is placed in front of him and he can see which makes the most sense.
The Mavericks don’t really have much left of their championship team to build on for future runs, but adding Deron could help lure in attractive players to keep the team relevant for another five to ten years. Not to mention the sense of pride it would give local fans to see a home grown talent back in Dallas wearing the home jersey.
There is still time for rumors and speculation to fly around until the free agency period opens for the NBA. Maybe the day before it opens, Mark Cuban and Mikhail Prokhorov can have a cage match for the rights to sign Deron Williams. I know…it’s a crazy idea, but imagine the type of publicity it would drum up for the NBA. Enjoy the rumors and the speculation now, because on July 1st, it may end very quickly with Williams.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook
Just in case you haven’t heard, or noticed… Josh Hamilton is in the middle of a contract year and showing fans everywhere what he showed his first season with the Rangers. He has erupted out to a torrid pace for home runs this season, while that will ultimately cool down some, it is exciting to see him on such a tear.
But he is doing more than just hitting the long ball. On nights when his power isn’t all there, he is able to find a spot and get a much needed hit, or drive in a vital RBI. There are some people who think that this may be Josh Hamilton’s best season ever. While it is still very early in year, if he can just stay consistent and keep some of this pace, it will be a career year for Josh.
This sets up perfectly for him if he is able to stay healthy and stay consistent. Because he is going to be able to name his price on the open market, while most Rangers fans cringe at that thought, it is still a possibility. Hopefully the team will make a fair offer to Hamilton and he will be content to stay put. But Josh has said that he won’t give the team a discount, but he would be happy to stay if a “Fair” offer is made.
There lies the problem, a “fair” offer to the club could be a totally different number to Josh himself. There will be teams on the market ready to “money whip” Hamilton and make it hard for the Rangers to keep him. So, while we are all in “awe” of his performance these past few weeks, let’s remember that if he keeps this up, it could potentially drive the rangers out of the market.
Everybody wants to see the Rangers keep him, but they Rangers don’t need to risk their future by signing him, and not having the ability to sign another player that could be vital down the road. It is still early and a lot can change, but right now everyone has to have the fear in the back of their minds that Josh will be able to name his price, and that price may be too rich for the Rangers.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook