Catching up with Tar Heels in the NBA
It is mid-summer and we are in the heart of the free agency period of the NBA. The NBA draft is complete and we have already seen a lot of movement this off season. Let's take a look at some Tar Heels and what is going on with them in the Association:
It is being reported by ESPN that Stackhouse has signed a one year deal with the Brooklyn Nets worth $1.3 million. Stackhouse, 37, has been in the league for 17 years, most recently with the Atlanta Hawks. He has a career average of 17.4 points per game.
It is looking more likely that the the 14 year veteran will return home to Charlotte to finish his career. Jamison lives in the Queen City and has been quoted as saying, "..I definitely want to come here. It's always been a dream of mine to play here". Jamison told the Charlotte Observer. It is being reported that it will likely be another week or so before he makes up his mind. Jamison has other options and has said it would just be "what feels right".
The Nuggets re-signed back up point guard Andre Miller who fit well backing up the former Tar Heel star, at point guard. It was a combination that worked well last season. Lawson, who is coming off of his best season where he averaged 19.0 ppg and 6.0 apg, has a career average of 12.0 ppg and 4.8 apg.
Hansbrough will be back with the Pacers and after a hard foul on Dwayne Wade in the playoffs, made news for his toughness. Hansbrough recently visited Jerod Haase' basketball camp at UAB. Haase was an assistant to Roy Williams while Hansbrough was at Carolina. Former Tar Heel players Marvin Williams and Sean May also visited the camp this summer.
Speaking of Marvin Williams, it is being reported that he has been traded to the Utah Jazz for Devin Harris as the Hawks look to clear salary cap space. Williams was the 2nd overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft and has a career average of 11.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
Green had a breakout season with the Spurs helping them to the best record in the West in 2011-12. Green has been rewarded with a 3 year $12 million deal to stay with San Antonio. Green turned 25 in June, averaged 9.1 ppg and shot 43.6% from behind the three point line last season.
Ellington is among a solid nucleus of guards at Minnesota that include Brandon Roy, Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea. You can add international star, Alexy Shved to that mix. Shved led Russia to the London Olympics last week and with the moves that the Wolves have made, they appear to have a shot at making the playoffs next season. Ellington has a 6.5 career scoring average and has played for Minnesota since they drafted him in 2009.
Haywood is under contract with the Dallas Mavericks for three more seasons. With the Mavericks courting Deron Williams, it looked as though Haywood might be released under the amnesty clause. Williams has since signed elsewhere so as of now, Haywood is still a Maverick. The 11 year veteran has averaged 7.2 ppg and 6.2 rpg over his career.
Wright looks to be a lock to return to the Dallas Mavericks for the 2012-13 season. Wright was picked up by the Mavs last season and will make just under $1 million for the upcoming season. He became a fan favorite in Dallas and earned more playing time as the season progressed. Wright has a career 5.9 scoring averaging since entering the league in 2007.
Davis is a role player at Toronto. The 13th pick of the 2010 draft has a career average of 7.0 ppg and 6.9 rpg entering the 2012-13 season.
Carter will enter his 15th season in the NBA in 2012. Another Tar Heel playing for the Mavericks, Carter had a career low 10.1 ppg last season. Carter is a 7 time all star and is not as explosive as he once was due to nagging injuries but is still a solid contributor. He has a 21.4 ppg career scoring averaging and despite injuries has not missed more than 9 games in a season since the 2002-03 season. Carter has spent much of the summer working camps. Speaking to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Carter said, ""Every time I think about it, it's like, 'Wow. Fourteen years in the books and I still feel good.' I could play some more years as long as they'll have me and I can keep a job and my body's willing."
Felton finds himself as a free agent this summer and rumors are swirling over where he will land. The Knicks seem to be a team that has shown a lot of interest and have emerged as favorites to land him. Felton was drafted by the Bobcats, then went to New York and has since been a journeyman. Felton was drafted in 2005 and has a career scoring average of 11.4 points per game while dishing out 6.5 assists per game.
Zeller was drafted and traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and recently signed a 4 year deal worth $7.4 million. Zeller is expected to play Summer League ball in Las Vegas starting on July 13.
Barnes was drafted by the Golden State Warriors as the 7th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He goes to Golden State with big expectations. He has signed a deal with the Warriors, terms are undisclosed. He is expected to compete for a starting position.
Henson was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and has signed his rookie contract. Henson will likely play Summer League ball in Las Vegas this summer. Henson is expected to receive $1.8 million in the first year of his rookie-scale contract and nearly $4 million in guaranteed money over his first two seasons.
Kendall Marshall was drafted by the Phoenix Suns and with Steve Nash's departure, could play a much larger role than first expected. He will wear the number 12 instead of the 5 he wore at Carolina. He was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft and will play Summer League ball in Las Vegas for the Suns.