1 - Last year, there was a whole boatload of posts made under the all-encompassing title of "Summer Signings." You will notice that no such posts are being made this year. This is because they don't need to be.
Throughout last season, I've been running a Worldwide Transactions Feature Thing, the purpose of which is to document the information that the blog posts used to carry, but without the needless infusion of bad jokes. It's a list of all the movement of players currently featured on this website (1,220 and counting), with the intent to be as comprehensive as possible. It even goes as far as those elusive Lebanese league signings that you so love to hear about. (The Lebanese are women who like other women. It's a good league to play in.)
I only mention this because I don't think anyone has really been using it.
2 - Similarly, really cut loose and use the character issues index. It's always being expanded, and is soon to be beautified.
3 - Big news. Danny Ainge dyes his hair. This first picture was taken at the press conference to announce the signing of Rasheed Wallace last month.
And the second one comes from the Glen Davis re-signing press conference this very week.
This. This is the information you must know.
4 - A concerted effort is being made to finish all the player profiles before the season starts. There's only 886 to go.
5 - The intent of the salaries pages has always been to tell you what you need to know, if not everything that there is to know. And it still is. They serve only to give you the salaries of players currently on the roster, plus buyouts. This is your information to keep and treasure, and you can use it to formulate trade ideas, project your team's long term future, and really liven up those dull dinner dates.
However, there's always been more to calculating a team's salary figure than just the individual player salaries. Sure, it's about 80% of it. But there are other things to consider; you can't just look at a team's committed salary to its players and have an informed opinion on how much cap room a team has, or how much money it is able to spend.
With that in mind, the salary section is being expanded and reworked, to encompass the things that not only the casual fan needs to know, but also what the hardcore nerdy bastard needs to know. It's not finished yet, but information on free agent cap holds and draft pick cap holds is now up, and soon to be included is a slightly patronising salary walkthrough and some bits about cap exceptions. Armed with all this bobbins, a peasant can be made into a scholar.
There may (may) even be a TPE section. I'm not sure if it's worth it yet, considering that such information can just be lifted from ESPN's Trade Machine free of charge. But it's possible.
6 - Can basketball in South Korea be considered interesting? Just about.
7 - If you can link me to the officially published rosters of any team's free agent mini-camps (not training camps) in the 21st century, I'd be grateful. So far I've got; Bobcats 2008, Bucks 2006 & 2007, Bulls 2005, Celtics 2008, Grizzlies 2009, Hawks 2009, Mavericks 2009, and Raptors 2007 & 2008. Free agent camps are fun.
8 - Jay Williams is attempting a comeback. Sort of.
9 - Travis Knight has an enormous penis.
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