By Brian Martin
After more than a week of rumors and reported deals, the ink was finally put to paper on Wednesday as the moratorium lifted and free agents were able to officially sign new contracts. Some stayed with their previous team (such as Chris Paul and David West), while others found new places to call home (such as Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala and Al Jefferson).
Here are a few statistical notes on some of the biggest signings of the day. Check back as more deals are finalized.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers announced the re-signing of Chris Paul, Matt Barnes and Ryan Hollins as well as the acquisition of Jared Dudley, J.J. Redick and Darren Collison on Wednesday.
How important was it for the Clippers to retain point guard Chris Paul? The team scored 112.1 points per 100 possessions with Paul on the floor in 2012-13 and just 101.3 with him on the bench. The Clippers' Net Rating (+/- per 100 possessions) was 4.9 points better with Paul on the court (NetRtg ON: +8.7) vs. off the court (NetRtg OFF: +3.8), which was the best differential on the team.
The Pistons announced the signing of free agent Josh Smith on Wednesday.
Smith joins the Pistons after spending the first nine seasons of his NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks, where he averaged 15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.3 steals in 676 games. The versatile forward is the 24th player in NBA history (and seventh active player) to tally 10,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists and 1,000 blocked shots.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Smith is the only player in NBA history to boast career averages of at least 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.
The Pacers announced the re-signing of power forward David West on Wednesday.
West played the last two seasons with the Pacers and averaged 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 139 games. The 10-year veteran has career averages of 16.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
West was key to the Pacers' offensive efficiency in 2012-13. When he was on the court, the Pacers scored 104.9 points per 100 possessions with an effective field goal percentage of 50.1%. When he was off the court, those numbers dropped to 96.1 (OffRtg) and a team low 44.2% (eFG%).
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors announced the acquisition of Andre Iguodala as part of a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.
Iguodala is regarded as one of the league's top perimeter defenders, which will help the Warriors' 13-ranked defense. In 2012-13, the Nuggets gave up 4.8 fewer points per 100 possessions with Iguodala on the floor (DefRtg ON: 100.5) vs off the floor (DefRtg OFF: 105.3), which was the best differential on the team. Iguodala also led the team in Net Rating (+/- per 100 possessions) differential, as the Nuggets were 5.7 points per 100 possessions better with Iguodala on the floor (NetRtg ON: +7.4) vs. off the floor (NetRtg OFF: +1.7).
The Bobcats announced the signing of free agent Al Jefferson on Wednesday.
Last season with the Jazz, Jefferson averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steal in 33.1 minutes played. He led all NBA centers in field goals, ranked second among NBA centers in scoring average and ranked fourth among NBA centers in defensive rebounds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
New York Knicks
The Knicks announced the re-signing of free agent Pablo Prigioni and the acquisition of Andrea Bargnani in a trade with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
Bargnani holds career averages of 15.2 points, on 43.7 percent shooting, and 4.8 rebounds over 30.3 minutes in 433 games. He posted his career-best 41 points -- and added seven rebounds and six assists -- versus the Knicks in his new home of Madison Square Garden on Dec. 8, 2010. He averaged 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 28.7 minutes in 35 games during the 2012-13 season.
In 2012-13, Prigioni averaged 3.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds over 16.2 minutes in 78 games (18 starts) in his rookie NBA season at the age of 36. In 18 games as a starter, Prigioni averaged 4.1 points, 3.4 assists and just 0.8 turnovers in 21.7 minutes per game. He shot 51.9% from the field and 45.7% from 3-point range to help the Knicks close the season 16-2, including a 13-game win streak -- the third longest in franchise history.