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39 Amazing Coincidences That Are Hard To Believe Actually Happened, But They Did

  1. "My friends were looking for me on Twitter and searched my full name: 'Morgan Knight.' They all ended up following a different Morgan Knight who looks EXACTLY like me.
  2. "At our doctor's office growing up, my brother's chart was always getting mixed up with another kid's because they had the same first and last name, were born on the same day (just different months), and their moms had the same name."
  3. "My history teacher was showing us a slideshow of her trip to China when one of my classmates shouted, 'Hey, those are my parents!' Indeed, this girl's parents were in the background of my teacher's picture at Tiananmen Square.
  4. "Years ago, my uncle bought me pajamas as a Christmas gift. He left the gift receipt in the box, and when I saw the date and time on the receipt, I screamed! What are the odds? 12/12/2012 at 12:12?!"
  5. "I bought some wine gums and thought about an ex from over 10 years ago — it was his favorite candy. We hadn't kept in touch; this was before social media. Later that day, I was eating the wine gums and thought about him again, so I decided to google him. His funeral was that day."
  6. "My aunt had three kids, several years apart, on Dec. 9, 10, 11."
  7. "My best friend from elementary school had three sisters, all of whom grew up to marry engineers named Mark. Now my best friend just got engaged — to an engineer named Mark!"
  8. "I was working as a call center operator when I asked a caller for her birthday, which was the same as mine — April 20. I then asked the next caller for her birthday and she gave me my brother’s birthday — April 27. The caller joked I should play the lottery with those dates. That night at the grocery store, I decided to play the numbers and I won $380!"
  9. "When I was 29, on 9/19/1991, after nine hours of labor, I had a 9-pound baby boy."
  10. "A couple of years ago, I met this kid at a sleepaway camp in New York. Somehow I saw him again at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco when I almost ran him over with my bike. Then, later that year, I went to my cousin's bar mitzvah and saw him there, too!"
  11. "My friend and I went to the Redbox to see if they had Tron. They didn’t have it, so we rented a different movie. Well, guess what we found when we opened up the DVD box to the different movie? Yup, it was Tron."
  12. "In my family, for some reason, all the boys (six in total) have the same scar from the same injury — baseball to the left eyebrow. It started with my uncle and recently happened to my son."
  13. "One night, my friends and I almost hit a guy on a bike as we were pulling into Taco Bell. He flipped his handle bars and got up as traffic funneled us into the drive-thru, so we never learned how badly he was hurt. Fast-forward a couple of years later...
  14. "My best friend and I were born on the same day in the same hospital, and our mothers shared the same recovery room. We didn't meet until we were 17 years old, and our mothers were strangers."
  15. "My husband and I woke up one morning to discover we'd both had nightmares where we'd crashed our cars on the same highway with the other person in the passenger seat. We’ve driven on that highway since and have been OK, but it was terrifying the first time!"
  16. "I once went to a wedding and bonded with a girl there over how we both loved the band Faithless. We got deeper into it and she said that once at a Faithless gig, a guy peed in a cup and threw it into the crowd, and it landed on some poor girl she gave wet wipes to. It just so turns out I was that poor girl!"
  17. "On 6/6/2006, I turned 6!"
  18. "I turned 7 on 8/9/10."
  19. "I turned 12 on 12/12/12!"
  20. "Last year I was out for drinks with an acquaintance who told me about her new boyfriend — who had the same name as my new boyfriend. She then told me he was currently on holiday in Georgia (the country, not US state). Mine was too.
  21. "I was born on Valentine’s Day, my sister was born on Mother’s Day, my mom was born on Labor Day, and my dad was born on April Fools' Day."
  22. "My best friend used to be a Boy Scout, and one of their 'activities' was to adopt an elderly person as a grandparent. Fast-forward 20 years later, when my best friend and I are going through his photo album, and I see a picture of him with my great-grandfather. Turns out he'd adopted my great-grandpa as his grandfather."
  23. "The day my paternal grandfather died, my mom had been sitting in bed next to him comforting and talking to him. One of the things she said to him was, 'Tell my stepdad (Richie, who'd died years earlier) I say hi.' A couple of days later, after my grandfather died, we were at Walgreens looking outside the window when a huge truck drove by with 'Richie says hi' written on the side.
  24. "I turned 4 on 4/4/2004, and my volleyball number (which was completely randomly assigned) was 44 for three years. Now I go to Syracuse University, which has the special number 44 because of football star Ernie Davis."
  25. "When I started dating my boyfriend, I told him I was going to nickname his penis 'Pursell.' He looked at me weird and asked me how I came up with that. I shrugged and said it was the first name to come to mind. Turns out it was his mom's last name, and his last name until his dad legally adopted him when he was 6."
  26. "I was adopted a few days after my birth and named Mary Kelly by my adoptive parents. Twenty years later, I met my biological mother — her name is Marion Keller."
  27. "I moved to a new city and school when I was in the 11th grade. One day I told my new classmates it was my parents' anniversary. One of them said, 'Hey, mine too.' I said it was my parents' 23rd anniversary, and she said, 'Mine too!' I said my parents got married in Brooklyn, and she said, 'Mine too!' So I told her the name of the wedding hall and she said, 'Uh...mine too.'
  28. "On my college tour at Tufts this summer, my family and I were discussing Solo: A Star Wars Story and what we thought of it. Then, midway through the presentation in the Tufts auditorium, my dad poked me and said, 'Am I going crazy or is that Harrison Ford?'
  29. "My husband and I both have dads named Gary. Both Garys had dogs named Woody when we started dating, and both of our moms were maternity nurses at the time."
  30. "My dad’s birthday is 7/11, my wedding anniversary is 7/11, my birth weight was 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and my firstborn son’s birth weight was also — you guessed it — 7 pounds, 11 ounces."
  31. "My family went to the Wax Museum in Orlando, where I took a photo with Ross Lynch’s wax figure. The very next morning, my family was eating breakfast when THE Ross Lynch walked in. Weirdest coincidence ever."
  32. "When I was growing up, my grandfather used to bake these cookies I loved, and he always called them 'Wanda Cookies' because that was the name of the lady whose recipe it was when he got it out of the newspaper. Fast-forward 10 years...
  33. "I moved to a different city and got a job at a hotel. I met my boyfriend working there, and early in the relationship, we were talking about where we lived and I mentioned my road. He said he'd just moved from there. Turns out, my boyfriend lived in the EXACT SAME ROOM in the EXACT SAME HOUSE as me before I did. He literally moved out and I moved in."
  34. "My dad died eight months ago, and one day I was feeling upset, so I texted his old cellphone number to tell him that I love him and miss him. I knew it was stupid and that my mom kept his cellphone In his old office, so I didn’t expect a response. But a couple of hours later I got a text back...
  35. "I was working at a grocery store, and for months customers kept asking me if my mom worked at the bank. At the same time, the lady at the bank kept getting asked if her daughter worked at the grocery store. I’m adopted, and my birth mom and I had given up on finding each other years before. But lo and behold, thanks to our mutual customers and striking resemblance, we found each other!"
  36. "My husband and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon and met another couple on their honeymoon — a couple who'd gotten married on the same day as us. Seven years later, we were on vacation in Florida and went to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. At the restaurant, we ran in to the same couple celebrating their anniversary!"
  37. "Once, I went to the drugstore to pick up something, and I had a gift card from there that I'd used once before. The total of my purchase was EXACTLY what I had left on my gift card."
  38. "My mother has a picture of herself at the age of 5 on a crowded beach back in the early '70s. Oddly enough, my dad has a very similar picture of him when he was 10. Years later, they discovered they were in the background of each other's photo!
  39. "I went to Nepal for a study abroad program and was placed with this lovely family in Kathmandu. I told them where I was from, and it turned out they were very close with a family from my city. I asked, 'What street?' and they said the same street I lived on! I asked them to describe the house — and it was my next-door neighbor’s house!!
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Things the media isn't telling us about Covid-19

Death Rates Compared:

Infection Rates:

  • Official Death Rate: Per the US government coronavirus has a mortality rate 10x that of the seasonal flu (which is already pretty low). But because the government doesn't know the true infection rate, they can't do proper casualty math...and in reality it is even likely less deadly than suspected.
  • Stealth Cases: Many have Covid-19 but don't know it...because for most with a healthy immune system, the symptoms are so minor the don't even know the have it. It's estimate that 86% of initial cases in China were like this. Even countries like South Korea who have done a lot of testing, haven't come close to testing the bulk of their population. eg SK tested only 270,000 of their 51 million population.
  • SK and China Peaking: China's and SK's bell curves are already flattened and Covid-19 is considered under control there. In fact some are travelling from the US to China because of this. This is a good sign as it likely means Covid-19 is running out of bodies to infect (the remaining populace is likely already stealth infected or simply immune).
  • Asymptomatic Cases: Most of the celebrities infected have experienced minor to no symptoms...these are more representative of the general population than the media wants to admit. Examples of infected celebrities doing just fine include Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, and Rand Paul.
  • Italy and Iran: Italy and Iran recently imported an influx or workers from Wuhon to work on domestic projects. This is why they were so hard hit. Also Italy is one of if not the oldest countries in Europe. Most of have died in Italy were in their 80's or 90's. The Italian version of the CDC says that just under 50% of those who had “died from the coronavirus” had at least three pre-existing diseases such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, etc. So if you die of cancer and happened to have Covid-19...Covid-19 gets all the blame in Italy. 0.8% of Italians who died from the coronavirus had no pre-existing serious diseases. The media never tells us any of this.


  • Favipiravir: American's don't know this, but Chinese are using this Japanese cure to treat sick patients. It's been called "clearly effective" in treating Covid-19.
    • Patients who were given the medicine in Shenzhen turned negative for the virus after a median of four days after becoming positive, compared with a median of 11 days for those who were not treated with the drug, public broadcaster NHK said.
  • Interferon B: This is a drug developed out of Cuba that is being used in China and is credited with curing over 1500 Covid-19 patients.
  • Chloroquine: Designed to treat Malaria, this is Trump's wonder drug...and while that may be exaggerated, many have considered it to be effective.
  • Cicloferon: The Russian government has considered this an effective Covid-19 treatment and it is only an OTC drug.
  • IVC: Intravenous vitamin C was shown to improve patient health of Chinese patients infected with Covid-19.
  • Remdesivir: It's an anti-ebola drug considered quite promising...the US is just waiting for clinical trials to complete.
  • Plaqenuil & Azithromycin: A French study found this combination of anti-malaria drugs effective in treating Covid-19.
  • Licorice Root: The Chinese are officially using traditional medicine to treat Covid-19 and it's being endorsed by the government. These cures seem to work with the main active ingredient appearing to be Licorice Root.


  • UV: Apparently UV kills Covid-19 and the Chinese use it to disinfest their mass transit. UV radiation increases by a factor of 10 by summer which will likely hinder Covid-19 very soon here. Many speculate that there is a correlation between UV levels and flu outbreaks.
  • Humidity: In lab tests, influenza (related to Covid) did not spread when levels reached 80%. As we approach summer, humidity levels will dramatically increase which will help. Roo's humidifier might be doing a lot of good...another trick might be to simply open the window more or spend more time outdoors.


  • Blood Type: Blood Types O are significantly less likely to get seriously ill than other blood types.
  • Kids: John Hopkins university did a study in China to research 72,000 cases. Children under 10 accounted for less than 1% of the infections. At the time not a single fatality was under 10. When the Koreans did their bulk testing they found that the kids were infected at a similar rate of the adults...but they were hardly affected. Chart of Chinese fatalities by age.
  • Pre-existing Conditions: Those with pre-existing conditions are much more susceptible to getting seriously ill than those who don't.
  • Race: East Asians tend to have genetics that make them much more suseptable to the disease than say Caucasians or Blacks.
  • Gender: Males are 1.3 times more likely to get seriously sick than females.
  • Smoking: Smoking makes you 1-2.5x more likely to get seriously sick from Covid-19.


  • Vitamin D3: Most of the world's population is deficient in Vitamin D (70-80%). Studies have shown supplement can help the immune system which in turn can help ward off Covid-19 (an alternative to pills would be to just get more sunlight).
  • Zinc Gluconate Lozenges: I've heard reports these can hinder Corona RNA activity.
  • Vitamin C: If IVC helps...than regular vitamin C may help as well.
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[J] [DEW: Infrasound] Naphazoline nitrate treat the Frey effect of microwave and other sonic weapon’s damages in Human’s Internal, Endogenous Organs (2019)
Robert Skopec*
Researcher Analyst, Dubnik, Slovakia
*Address for Correspondence: Robert Skopec, Researcher Analyst, Dubnik, Slovakia, Email: [email protected]
Dates: Submitted: 04 January 2019; Approved: 31 January 2019; Published: 01 February 2019
State Department had evacuated a number of Americans from the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China after they experienced unexplained health issues. A group of U.S. diplomats stationed in China have been brought back to the states after being inflicted by a mystery illness that reportedly resembles the brain injuries previously suffered by staff in Cuba. At the end of the December 2018 we have found a medicine fully treating the damages caused the Frey Effect of Microwave and other types of Sonic Weapons in Human’s internal, endogenous organs. I am proposing to use Naphasoline nitrate, (former) nasal decongestant, to treat Carcinogenesis of the Human’s internal, endogenous organs caused by Sonic Weapons through the release and cleaning of the Lymphatic ways in patients with colorectal, colon, pancreatic, breast, etc., cancer. I have proved this healing effect of the Naphazoline nitrate on myself during treatment in last months of the year 2018.
The New York Times reported that at least two employees removed from China experienced unusual noises while there. The Times reported that U.S. officials are suspicious that China or Russia may be involved.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the precise nature of the injuries suffered has not been determined and promised a “multi-agency response to the unexplained health incidents.” Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month that the symptoms being reported in China were “entirely consistent with the medical indications that have taken place to Americans working in Cuba.” Last October, the State Department ordered non-essential embassy personnel and the families of all staff to leave Havana, arguing the U.S. could not protect them from unexplained illnesses that have harmed at least 24 Americans. Symptoms, sounds and sensations reportedly varied dramatically from person to person. Some have permanent hearing loss or concussions, while others suffered nausea, headaches and ear-ringing. Some were struggling with concentration or common word recall, the Associated Press has reported [1].
Materials and Methods
Exposure to microwave, infrasound, etc., sonic weapons has been demonstrated to affects recipients with symptoms including fear, sorrow, depression, anxiety, nausea, chest pressure and hallucination. It can cause objects to move through vibration and the body’s internal organs can be affected.
The term infrasonic applied to sound refers to sound waves below the frequencies of audible sound. Nominally includes frequencies under 20 Hz. Sources of infrasound in nature includes volcanoes, avalanches, earthquakes and meteorites.
The healthy human ear can hear frequencies ranging from 20 Hz to 20,000Hz. Over time, the hair-like stereo cilia may get damaged or broken. If enough of them are damaged, hearing loss results. The high frequency area of the cochlea is often damaged by loud sound.
Infrasound is sound which extends below the range of human hearing (from 20 Hz to 0.001 Hz), and it imitates from many natural and man-made sources. For example, some animals, such as whales, elephants and giraffes communicate using infrasound over long distances.
Sonic and ultrasonic weapons (USW) are weapons of various types that use sound to injure, incapacitate, or kill a target. New personal communications shows that infrasound can cause trough vibrations, resonance frequency about 7 Hz with internal organs of humans cause also cancer, such as colorectal cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, etc., [2-4].
Some of these weapons have been described as sonic bullets, sonic grenades, sonic mines, or sonic cannons. Some USWs make a focused beam of sound or ultrasound, some made an area field of sound.
As an example of used sonic weapon we can use The LRAD Sound Cannon as an acoustic weapon and communication device. Developed by the LRAD Corporation to broadcast messages and pain-inducing deterrent tones over long distances. LRAD devices come in various iterations that produce varying degrees of sound. They can be mounted to a vehicle or handheld.
Protests in Fergusson, Missouri have reached a terrifying fever pitch, and the ludicrously armed Ferguson Police Department is bringing all its crowd-control weapons to bear, tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets. One of the most controversial of those is the LRAD Sound Cannon. The device produces a sound that can be directed in a beam up to 30-degress wide, and the military-grade LRAD 2000X can transmit voice commands at up to 162 dB up to 5.5 miles away.
The LRAD Corporation says that anyone within a 100 meters of the device’s sound path will experience an extreme pain. The version generally utilized by Police Departments (the LRAD 500X) is designed to communicate at up to 2000 meters during ideal conditions. In a typical outdoor environment, the device can be heard for 650 meters. The 500X version is also capable of short bursts of directed sound that cause headaches in anyone within a 300 meter range. Anyone within 15 meters of the device’s audio path can experience permanent hearing loss. LRAD claims the device is not a weapon, but a directed-sound communication device.
The U.S. State Department has introduced a gaggle of diplomats’ house from Guangzhou, China, over worry they had been affected by a mysterious illness that resembles a mind harm and has already affected U.S. group of workers in Cuba, a spokeswoman mentioned. After confirming one executive worker had “suffered a medical incident” in the southern Chinese town, the dept deployed a staff to display screen staff and members of the family at its consulate there, spokeswoman Heather Nauert mentioned in a remark on Wednesday. “As a result of the screening process so far, the department has sent a number of individuals for further evaluation and a comprehensive assessment of their symptoms and findings in the United States,” Nauert mentioned [2].
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a remark pronouncing the dept established a role power closing month 2018 “to direct a multi-agency response to the unexplained health incidents”. “The precise nature of the injuries suffered by the affected personnel, and whether a common cause exists for all cases, has not yet been established,” Pompeo mentioned.
Developing a new class of weapons
Allan H. Frey, has lived at his home outside Washington. In 1960, he stumbled on an acoustic effect of microwaves that was eventually named after him. Microwaves are ubiquitous in modern life. The short radio waves power radars, cook foods, relay messages and link cellphones to antenna towers. They’re a form of electromagnetic radiation on the same spectrum as light and X-rays, only at the opposite end.
While radio broadcasting can employ waves a mile or more in length, microwaves range in size from roughly a foot to a tiny fraction of an inch. They’re seen as harmless in such everyday uses as microwaving foods. But their diminutive size also enables tight focusing, as when dish antennas turn disorganized rays into concentrated beams.
The dimensions of the human head, scientists say, make it a fairly good antenna for picking up microwave signals. Mr. Frey, a biologist, said he stumbled on the acoustic effect in 1960 while working for General Electric’s Advanced Electronics Center at Cornell University. A man who measured radar signals at a nearby G.E. facility came up to him at a meeting and confided that he could hear the beam’s pulses — zip, zip, zip. Intrigued, Mr. Frey traveled to the man’s workplace in Syracuse and positioned himself in a radar beam. “Lo,” he recalled, “I could hear it, too.”
Mr. Frey’s resulting papers — reporting that even deaf people could hear the false sounds — founded a new field of study on radiation’s neural impacts. Mr. Frey’s first paper, in 1961, reported that power densities 160 times lower than “the standard maximum safe level for continuous exposure” could induce the sonic delusions. His second paper, in 1962, pinpointed the brain’s receptor site as the temporal lobes, which extend beneath the temples. Each lobe bears a small region — the auditory cortex — that processes nerve signals from the outer and inner ears. Investigators raced to confirm and extend Mr. Frey’s findings. At first they named the phenomenon after him, but eventually called it the microwave auditory effect and, in time, more generally, radio-frequency hearing.
The Soviets took notice. Not long after his initial discoveries, Mr. Frey said, he was invited by the Soviet Academy of Sciences to visit and lecture. Toward the end, in a surprise, he was taken outside Moscow to a military base surrounded by armed guards and barbed-wire fences. “They had me visiting the various labs and discussing the problems,” including the neural impacts of microwaves, Mr. Frey recalled. “I got an inside look at their classified program.” Moscow was so intrigued by the prospect of mind control that it adopted a special terminology for the overall class of envisioned arms, calling them psychophysical and psychotronic.
The Navy sought to paralyze. The Frey effect was to induce sounds powerful enough to cause painful discomfort and, if needed, leave targets unable to move. The weapon, the Navy noted, would have a “low probability of fatalities or permanent injuries.” In a twist, the 2003 contract was awarded to microwave experts who had immigrated to the United States from Russia and Ukraine.
It is unknown if Washington deploys such arms. But the Pentagon built a related weapon known as the Active Denial System, hailing it in a video. It fires an invisible beam meant to deter mobs and attackers with fiery sensations. Russia, China and many European states are seen as having the know-how to make basic microwave weapons that can debilitate, sow noise or even kill. Advanced powers, experts say, might accomplish more nuanced aims such as beaming spoken words into people’s heads. Only intelligence agencies know which nations actually possess and use such unfamiliar arms. The basic weapon might look like a satellite dish. In theory, such a device might be hand-held or mounted in a van, car, boat or helicopter. Microwave arms are seen as typically working over relatively short distances — across the length of a few rooms or blocks. High-powered ones might be able to fire beams across several football fields, or even for several miles.
Vladimir Putin, as Russia’s president and prime minister, sought to recover the economic, political and strategic clout that the Soviets had lost. In December 2000, months after the start of his first presidential term, Mr. Putin flew to the island nation. It was the first visit by a Soviet or Russian leader since the Cold War. He also sought to resurrect Soviet work on psychoactive arms. In 2012, he declared that Russia would pursue “new instruments for achieving political and strategic goals,” including psychophysical weapons.
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2017 NBA Free Agent Tracker

Two "Must Bookmark" Reddit pages for the offseason.

Please visit MrMittenz fantastic 2017-18 Team Roster Tracker. This has every team's current signees and roster holes in a very easy to read format. His page is a must bookmark for the offseason.

Perksofthesewalls (and moderator of /warriors) has taken over the reins of the 2017 FAQ on Free Agency/Salary Cap. This is an excellent resource to get to know what new rules and constraints your favorite teams are operating under.

Quick notes

  • If you have information that I missed, please put it in the comments or PM me. I'll update ASAP.
  • I like to keep the tracker dynamic -- if the formatting is bad on certain platforms, please let me know and I'll adjust accordingly.
  • If you are on a PC, I strongly recommend installing RES so you can sort the tables by clicking on their titles.
  • 2015 Free Agent Tracker and 2016 Free Agent Tracker for your reference.
  • Thank you to Perksofthesewalls for starting things up for me.
  • Thank you to zandrickellison, kawhi-et_Riot and utw for their fantastic free agent summaries.

Live Stream

I'll be attempting to keep this stream live with updates.
If you are interested in helping with keeping its content fresh, please PM me. I would want people who are regular /nba contributors.

Key Upcoming Dates

June 22nd — 2017 Draft
June 24th — Last day for potential restricted free agents to exercise player options.
June 29th — Last day for decisions on player, team and early termination options, unless individual contracts specify otherwise (see list of contracts that specify otherwise).
June 30th — Last official day of 2016/17 league year; last day for teams to make qualifying offers to players eligible for restricted free agency.
July 1st — Official start of 2017/18 league year; July moratorium begins. Free agents can begin reaching verbal agreements with teams.
July 6th — July moratorium ends (11:00am CT); teams can begin officially signing players and making trades.
July 7th — Moratorium over; teams can begin signing players and making trades.
July 13 — Last day for teams to unilaterally withdraw qualifying offers to restricted free agents.
July 15 — Last day for teams to issue required tenders to unsigned first-round picks; those players become free agents on July 16 if not tendered.
August 31 — Last day teams may waive players and apply the stretch provision to their 2017/18 salaries.
September 5 — Last day for teams to issue required tenders to unsigned second-round picks; those players become free agents on September 6 if not tendered.


Day Old Team Player Pos Age Type 2016-17 Salary New Team Contract Source
27 GSW JaVale McGee C 29.4 UFA $1,403,611 GSW 1yminimum Haynes
25 SAC Arron Afflalo G 31.7 UFA $12,500,000 ORL 1yminimum Woj
25 LAL Tyler Ennis G 22.8 UFA $1,733,880 LAL 1yminimum Shelburne
24 LAC Marreese Speights C-F 29.9 UFA $1,403,611 ORL 1y$2.1M Zillgitt
24 NYK Derrick Rose G 28.7 UFA $21,323,250 CLE 1y$2.1M Charania
21 SAS Pau Gasol F-C 37.0 UFA $15,500,000 SAS 3yUnknown Woj
20 HOU Bobby Brown G 32.7 RFA $934,293 HOU 1yminimum Pick
20 MIA Udonis Haslem F-C 37.0 UFA $4,000,000 MIA 1yminimum Charania
20 HOU Troy Williams F 22.6 UFA $725,440 HOU 3yUnknown Woj
18 MIA Willie Reed F-C 27.1 UFA $1,015,696 LAC 1y$1.5M Haynes
18 SAS Manu Ginobili G 39.9 UFA $14,000,000 SAS 1yUnknown Woj
16 LAL Tarik Black C 25.6 UFA $6,191,000 HOU 1y$3.2M Charania
16 LAC Luc Mbah a Moute F 30.8 UFA $2,203,000 HOU Unknown Haynes
15 CHI Rajon Rondo G 31.4 UFA $14,000,000 NOP 1y$3.2M Charania
15 LAL David Nwaba G 24.5 UFA $137,466 CHI Waiver Charania
14 SAS Jonathon Simmons G-F 27.8 RFA $874,636 ORL 3y$20M Charania
14 OKC Nick Collison F 36.7 UFA $3,750,000 OKC 1yminimum Charania
13 WAS Otto Porter F 24.0 RFA $5,893,981 WAS 4y$106M Aldridge
12 ATL Ersan Ilyasova F 30.1 UFA $8,400,000 ATL 1y$6M Charania
12 BOS Jonas Jerebko F 30.3 UFA $5,000,000 UTA 2y$8.2M Woj
12 ATL Thabo Sefolosha G-F 33.1 UFA $3,850,000 UTA 2y$10.5M Charania
11 SAS Dewayne Dedmon C 27.9 UFA $2,898,000 ATL 2y$14M Amick
11 DET Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G 24.3 RFA $3,678,319 LAL 1y$18M Windhorst
11 SAC Anthony Tolliver F 32.0 UFA $8,000,000 DET 1y$3M Charania
10 DET Reggie Bullock G-F 26.3 RFA $2,255,644 DET 2y$5M Charania
10 CHI Joffrey Lauvergne C-F 25.7 RFA $1,709,720 SAS Unknown Charania
10 PHX Alan Williams F-C 24.4 RFA $874,636 PHX 3y$17M Charania
9 DET Aron Baynes C 30.5 UFA $6,500,000 BOS 1y$4.3M Charania
9 IND C.J. Miles G-F 30.2 UFA $4,583,450 IND -> TOR 3y$25M Woj Woj2
8 LAC Jamal Crawford G 37.3 UFA $13,253,012 MIN 2y$9M Charania
7 ORL Jeff Green F 30.8 UFA $15,000,000 CLE 1y$2.3M Zillgitt
7 UTA Shelvin Mack G 27.2 UFA $2,433,334 ORL 2y$12M Woj
7 GSW Zaza Pachulia C 33.4 UFA $2,898,000 GSW 1y$3.5M Amick
7 LAC Raymond Felton G 33 UFA $1,551,659 OKC 1yminimum Haynes
7 WAS Bojan Bogdanovic G-F 28.2 RFA $3,730,653 IND 2y$21M Woj
7 SAC Tyreke Evans G-F 27.8 UFA $10,661,286 MEM 1y$3.3M Woj
7 ATL Mike Muscala F-C 26.0 UFA $1,015,696 ATL 2y$10M Charania
6 ATL Tim Hardaway G 25.3 RFA $2,281,605 NYK 4y$71M Charania
6 DAL Dirk Nowitzki F 39.0 UFA $25,000,000 DAL 2y$10M MacMahon
6 MIA James Johnson F 30.3 UFA $4,000,000 MIA 4y$60M Scotto
6 MEM Vince Carter G-F 40.4 UFA $4,264,057 SAC 1y$8M Woj
6 SAC Rudy Gay F 30.8 UFA $13,333,333 SAS 2y$17M Woj
6 BOS Kelly Olynyk C-F 26.2 UFA $3,094,014 MIA 4y$50M Woj
5 OKC Andre Roberson G-F 25.5 RFA $2,183,072 OKC 3y$30M Woj
5 MIA Dion Waiters G 25.5 UFA $2,898,000 MIA 4y$52M Woj
5 LAL Nick Young G-F 32.1 UFA $5,443,918 GSW 1y$5.2M Woj
5 DEN Danilo Gallinari F 28.9 UFA $15,050,000 DEN -> LAC 3y$65M Woj
4 TOR Patrick Patterson F 28.3 UFA $6,050,000 OKC 3y$16.4M Woj
4 MIN Omri Casspi F 29 UFA $3,138,414 GSW 1yminimum Bontemps
4 UTA Gordon Hayward F-G 27.2 UFA $16,073,140 BOS 4y$128M Haynes
4 MEM Zach Randolph F 35.9 UFA $10,361,445 SAC 2y$24M Woj
4 UTA George Hill G 31.1 UFA $8,000,000 SAC 3y$57M Charania
4 PHX Mike Scott F 28.9 UFA $3,333,334 WAS 1yminimum Woj
3 SAC Darren Collison G 29.8 UFA $5,229,454 IND 2y$20M Woj
3 GSW Kevin Durant F-G 28.7 UFA $26,540,100 GSW 2y$53M Haynes Amick
2 ATL Paul Millsap F 32.4 UFA $20,072,033 DEN 3y$90M Charania
2 SAC Ben McLemore G 24.4 RFA $4,008,882 MEM 2y$10M Woj
2 NYK Justin Holiday G 28.2 UFA $1,015,696 CHI 2y$9M Charania
2 TOR Kyle Lowry G 31.2 UFA $12,000,000 TOR 3y$100M Scotto
2 CLE Kyle Korver G-F 36.3 UFA $5,239,437 CLE 3y$22M Charania
2 ORL Jodie Meeks G 29.8 UFA $6,540,000 WAS 2y$7M Charania
2 OKC Taj Gibson F 32 UFA $8,950,000 MIN 2y$28M Charania
2 TOR Serge Ibaka F-C 27.8 UFA $12,250,000 TOR 3y$65M Woj
2 TOR P.J. Tucker F 32.1 UFA $5,300,000 HOU 4y$32M Charania
1 GSW Andre Iguodala G-F 33.4 UFA $11,131,368 GSW 3y$48M Woj
1 UTA Joe Ingles F-G 29.7 RFA $2,250,000 UTA 4y$52M Amick
1 CHI Cristiano Felicio F-C 25 RFA $874,636 CHI 4y$32M Charania
1 ATL Jose Calderon G 35.7 UFA $8,100,905 CLE 1yMinimum Haynes
1 CHI Michael Carter-Williams G 25.7 RFA $3,183,526 CHA 1y$2.7M Goodman
1 BOS Amir Johnson F 30.1 UFA $12,000,000 PHI 1y$11M Woj
1 LAC J.J. Redick G 33 UFA $7,377,500 PHI 1y$23M Woj
1 GSW David West F 36.8 UFA $1,551,659 GSW 1yMinimum Aldridge
1 NYK Ron Baker G 24.2 RFA $543,471 NYK Unknown Ron Baker
1 SAC Langston Galloway G 25.5 UFA $5,200,000 DET 3y$21M Woj
1 HOU Nene Hilario F-C 34.8 UFA $2,898,000 HOU 3y$11M Woj
1 MIL Tony Snell G-F 25.6 RFA $2,368,327 MIL 4y$46M Woj
1 NOP Jrue Holiday G 27 UFA $11,286,518 NOP 5y$126M Woj
1 GSW Shaun Livingston G 31.8 UFA $5,782,450 GSW 3y$24M Haynes
1 IND Jeff Teague G 29 UFA $8,800,000 MIN 3y$57M Charania
1 SAS Patty Mills G 28.9 UFA $3,578,948 SAS 4y$50M Woj
1 GSW Stephen Curry G 29.3 UFA $12,112,359 GSW 5y$201M Woj
1 LAC Blake Griffin F 28.3 UFA $20,140,838 LAC 5y$173M Charania
0 Yahoo Adrian Wojnarowski G 52 UFA $ 2,000,000 ESPN


Day Old Team Player Pos Age Type 2016-17 Salary New Team Contract Source
25 Grand Rapids Drive Lorenzo Brown G 25.8 UFA Unknown TOR Two Way Murphy
25 Erie Bayhawks Anthony Brown G-F 24.7 UFA Unknown MIN Two Way Woj
21 Reno Bighorns Luis Montero G 24.3 UFA Unknown DET Two Way HoopsHype
21 AS Monaco Yakuba Ouattara G 25.5 UFA Unknown BKN Two Way Fonseca
20 Oklahoma City Blue Dakari Johnson C 21.8 Rights Unknown OKC 2yUnknown Charania
20 Brujos de Guayama Damien Wilkins G-F 37.6 UFA Unknown IND Unknown Scotto
20 Iowa Energy Matt Costello F 23.9 UFA Unknown SAS Two Way Lowe
20 Saski Basonia Shane Larkin G 24.8 UFA $900,000 BOS Unknown Pick
18 SAC Ty Lawson G 29.6 UFA $1,315,448 Shanxi Unknown Pick
16 PHI Sergio Rodriguez G 31.0 UFA $8,000,000 CSKA Moscow 3yUnknown Pick
14 Canton Charge Eric Moreland F 25.6 UFA Unknown DET Unknown Freep
13 Anadolu Efes Brandon Paul G 26.2 UFA Unknown SAS Unknown Pick
13 Bayern Munich Maxi Kleber F 25.5 UFA Unknown DAL Unknown MacMahon
13 Fenerbahçe Ekpe Udoh C 30.1 UFA Unknown UTA 2y$6.5M Charania
12 KK Mega Basket Rade Zagorac F 21.8 Rights Unknown MEM 3y$3M Pincus
12 Anadolu Efes Cedi Osman F 22.3 Rights Unknown CLE 3y$8.5M Sportando
11 Olympiacos Khem Birch F 24.7 UFA Unknown ORL Unknown Eurohoops
9 Windy City Bulls Alfonzo McKinnie F 24.8 UFA Unknown TOR 2yUnknown Murphy
8 Banvit Furkan Korkmaz G-F 19.9 Rights Unknown PHI 1st Round Scale Kennedy
7 Alba Berlin Malcolm Miller F 24.3 UFA Unknown TOR Unknown Murphy
6 Banmberg Darius Miller F 27.3 UFA Unknown NOP Unknown Pick
6 Fenerbahçe Bogdan Bogdanovic G 24.8 Rights $1,165,919 SAC 3y$27M Pick
6 CSKA Moscow Miloš Teodosić G 30.3 UFA $2,242,152 LAC 2y$12.3M Woj
4 Panathinaikos Mike James G 26.9 UFA Unknown PHX Unknown Eurohoops
2 Darussafaka Ante Žižić C 20.5 Rights Unknown BOS 1st Round Scale Celtics
1 China Zhou Qi 周琦 C 21.5 Rights HOU Unknown Woj

Trade Tracker

Date Team 1 Team 1 Receives Team 2 Team 2 Receives Team 3 Team 3 Receives Sources
6/19/2017 BOS Jayson Tatum (3rd) & 2018 or 2019 conditional 1st round pick PHI Markelle Fultz (1st) Stein
6/20/2017 LAL Brook Lopez & 2017 1st round pick (27th) - Kyle Kuzma BKN D'Angelo Russell & Timofey Mozgov Woj
6/20/2017 CHA Dwight Howard & 2017 2nd round pick (31st) - Traded to NOP ATL Miles Plumlee, Marco Belenelli, & 2017 2nd round pick (41st) - Tyler Dorsey Woj
6/21/2017 NOP 2017 2nd round pick (52th) - traded to IND WAS Tim Frazier Scotto
DURING DRAFT MIN Jimmy Butler & 2017 1st round pick (16th) - Justin Patton CHI Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn, & 2017 1st round pick (7th) - Lauri Markkanen KC Johnson
DURING DRAFT POR 2017 1st round pick (10th) - Zach Collins SAC 2 x 2017 1st round picks (15th, 20th) - Justin Jackson, Harry Giles Woj
DURING DRAFT UTA 2017 1st round pick (13th) - Donovan Mitchel DEN Trey Lyles & 2017 1st round pick (24th) - Tyler Lydon Woj
DURING DRAFT PHI 2017 1st round pick (25th) - Anžejs Pasečņiks ORL 2020 OKC 1st round pick & 2020 NYK or BKN's 2nd round pick Charania
DURING DRAFT UTA 2017 1st round pick (28th) - Tony Bradley LAL 2017 1st round pick (30th) - Josh Hart & 2017 2nd round pick (42nd) - Thomas Bryant Woj
DURING DRAFT NOP 2017 2nd round pick (31st) - Frank Jackson CHA Cash & 2017 2nd round pick (40th) - Dwayne Bacon
DURING DRAFT MEM 2017 2nd round pick (35th) - Ivan Rabb ORL BKN 2019 2nd round pick Fischer
DURING DRAFT LAC 2017 2nd round pick (39th) - Juwan Evans PHI Cash Charania
DURING DRAFT GSW 2017 2nd round pick (38th) - Jordan Bell CHI Cash ($3.5M) Woj
DURING DRAFT LAC 2017 2nd round pick (48th) - Sindarius Thornwell MIL Cash Charania
DURING DRAFT IND 2017 2nd round pick (52th) - Edmond Summer NOP Cash
6/28/2017 HOU Chris Paul LAC Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekkar, Lou Williams, 2018 1st round pick Discussion Thread
6/28/2017 HOU Tim Quarterman POR Cash Woj
6/28/2017 HOU Ryan Kelly ATL Cash Vivlamore
6/30/2017 UTA Ricky Rubio MIN OKC 2018 1st round Pick Checketts
6/30/2017 OKC Paul George IND Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis Shelburne
7/5/2017 LAC Danilo Gallinari ATL Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, HOU 2018 1st round pick DEN 2019 2nd round pick, $20M trade exception Woj
7/7/2017 DET Avery Bradley, 2019 2nd round pick BOS Marcus Morris Woj
7/7/2017 MIA A.J. Hammons DAL Josh McRoberts, 2023 2nd round pick, cash Miami Heat
7/8/2017 BKN Demarre Carroll, 2018 first round pick, 2018 second round pick TOR Justin Hamilton Woj
7/9/2017 TOR C.J. Miles IND Cory Joseph Woj
7/25/2017 BKN Allen Crabbe POR Andrew Nicholson, $12M trade exception Woj

2017 Undrafted Free Agents

Date Player College/Team Pos Team Source
POST DRAFT Chris Boucher Oregon PF/C GSW Charania
POST DRAFT Cameron Oliver Nevada F HOU Haynes
POST DRAFT James Blackmon Jr. Indiana G PHI Charania
POST DRAFT Charles Cooke Dayton G MIN Haynes
POST DRAFT V.J. Beachem Notre Dame F MIN Aldridge
POST DRAFT Peter Jok Iowa G NOP Haynes
POST DRAFT Marcus Keene Central Michigan G WAS Haynes
POST DRAFT Melo Trimble Maryland G PHI Haynes
POST DRAFT Devin Robinson Florida F WAS Scotto
POST DRAFT P.J. Dozier South Carolina G LAL Haynes
POST DRAFT London Perrantes Virginia MIA Scotto
6/23/2017 Jamel Artis Pittsburgh F MIA Haynes
6/23/2017 Kennedy Meeks North Carolina F TOR Charania
6/23/2017 Kobi Simmons Arizona G MEM Woj
6/23/2017 Nigel Hayes Wisconsin F NYK
6/23/2017 Bronson Koenig Wisconsin G MIL
6/23/2017 George Lucas Alves de Paula Brazil G HOU Folha Sao Paolo
6/23/2017 Isaiah Hicks North Carolina G LAC Aldridge
6/23/2017 Luke Nelson UC Irvine G LAC Pick
6/23/2017 Zak Irvin Michigan G MIA Haynes
6/23/2017 Justin Robinson Monmouth G MIA Monmouth
6/23/2017 Derek Willis Kentucky F DET Haynes
6/23/2017 Luke Kornet Vanderbilt C NYK Jones
6/23/2017 Derrick Walton Jr. Michigan G ORL Quinn
6/23/2017 Jeremy Senglin Weber State G BKN Haynes
6/23/2017 Kamari Murphy Miami BKN Scotto
6/23/2017 Milton Doyle Loyola Chicago BKN Scotto
6/23/2017 Ben Moore SMU IND Pick
6/23/2017 L.J. Peak Georgetown F HOU Berman
6/23/2017 Erik McCree Louisiana Tech F HOU Berman
6/23/2017 Bryce Alford UCLA G GSW Alford
6/23/2017 Kris Jenkins Villanova G WAS Aldridge
6/23/2017 Isaac Humphries Kentucky F WAS Scotto
6/23/2017 Deonte Burton Iowa State MIN Fischer
6/23/2017 Isaiah Briscoe Kentucky G PHI Zagoria
6/23/2017 Jacob Wiley Eastern Washington F BKN Begley
6/23/2017 Antonius Cleveland SE Missouri State G POR Haynes
6/23/2017 Andrew White Syracuse G CLE Waters
6/23/2017 Jeremey Morgan Northern Iowa G GSW Southard
6/23/2017 Ismael Bako Belgium C DAL Pick
6/23/2017 JaCorey Williams Middle Tennessee State F GSW Scotto
6/25/2017 Johnathan Motley Baylor F DAL Charania
7/8/2017 Jalen Moore Utah State F MIL jsonline

2017 Restricted Free Agent Status

Team Player Pos Age 2016-17 Salary Status Source
WAS Otto Porter F 24.0 $5,893,981 BKN offered 4y$106 on 7/4, WAS matched Charania
CHI Nikola Mirotic F 26.4 $5,782,450
PHX Alex Len C 24.0 $4,823,621 QO Tendered Haller
DAL Nerlens Noel C-F 23.2 $4,384,490
SAC Ben McLemore G 24.4 $4,008,882 Declined Haynes
WAS Bojan Bogdanovic G-F 28.2 $3,730,653 Withdrawn Aldridge
DET Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G 24.3 $3,678,319 LAL signed 1y$18M Windhorst
WAS Trey Burke G 24.6 $3,386,598 Declined CSN Wizards
CHI Michael Carter-Williams G 25.7 $3,183,526 Declined Kaplan
BOS Kelly Olynyk C-F 26.2 $3,094,014 QO Tendered Himmelsbach
MIN Shabazz Muhammad F-G 24.6 $3,046,299
MIL Tony Snell G-F 25.6 $2,368,327 MIL signed 4y$46M Woj
DEN Mason Plumlee C-F 27.3 $2,328,530
ATL Tim Hardaway G 25.3 $2,281,605 NYK offered 4y$71M on 7/6 Woj
DET Reggie Bullock G-F 26.3 $2,255,644 DET signed 2y$5M Charania
UTA Joe Ingles F-G 29.7 $2,250,000 UTA signed 4y$52M Amick
OKC Andre Roberson G-F 25.5 $2,183,072 OKC signed 3y$30M Woj
CHI Joffrey Lauvergne C-F 25.7 $1,709,720 SAS signed Unknown Charania
MEM JaMychal Green F 27.0 $980,431
GSW James Michael McAdoo F 24.5 $980,431
ORL Damjan Rudez F 31.0 $980,431
HOU Bobby Brown G 32.7 $934,293 HOU signed 1yminimum Pick
CHI Cristiano Felicio F-C 25.0 $874,636 CHI signed 4y$32M Charania
PHX Alan Williams F-C 24.4 $874,636 QO Tendered Haller
SAS Jonathon Simmons G-F 27.8 $874,636 QO Tendered Young
CHA Christian Wood F 21.7 $874,636
NYK Ron Baker G 24.2 $543,471 NYK signed unknown Ron Baker

2017 PlayeTeam/Early Termination Option Status

Team Player Pos Age Type 2016-17 Salary Option Salary Status Source
GSW Kevin Durant F-G 28.7 Player $26,540,100 $27,734,406 OUT Haynes
DAL Dirk Nowitzki F 39.0 Team $25,000,000 $25,000,000 OUT Stein
CHI Dwyane Wade G 35.4 Player $23,200,000 $23,800,000 IN Goodwill
LAC Chris Paul G 32.1 ETO $22,868,828 $24,268,960 IN Woj
LAC Blake Griffin F 28.3 ETO $20,140,838 $21,373,950 OUT Woj
MIL Greg Monroe C-F 27.0 Player $17,100,000 $17,900,000 IN
UTA Gordon Hayward F-G 27.2 Player $16,073,140 $16,736,710 OUT
SAS Pau Gasol F-C 37.0 Player $15,500,000 $16,197,500 OUT Woj
SAC Rudy Gay F 30.8 Player $13,333,333 $14,263,566 OUT Keith Smith
DET Aron Baynes C 30.5 Player $6,500,000 $6,500,000 OUT Charania
MIL Spencer Hawes C-F 29.1 Player $6,348,759 $6,021,175 IN Woj
CHA Ramon Sessions G 31.2 Team $6,000,000 $6,270,000 OUT
MIA Josh McRoberts F 30.3 Player $5,782,450 $6,021,175 IN Lowe
LAL Nick Young G-F 32.1 Player $5,443,918 $5,668,667 OUT Turner
SAC Langston Galloway G 25.5 Player $5,200,000 $5,430,000 OUT Scotto
IND C.J. Miles G-F 30.2 Player $4,583,450 $0 OUT
IND Lavoy Allen F-C 28.4 Team $4,000,000 $4,300,000 OUT
BKN K.J. McDaniels G-F 24.4 Team $3,333,333 $3,333,334 OUT Charania
NOP Dante Cunningham F 30.2 Player $2,978,250 $3,106,500 OUT Haynes
LAC Luc Mbah a Moute F 30.8 Player $2,203,000 $2,302,135 OUT Haynes
SAS David Lee F 34.1 Player $1,551,659 $1,605,967 OUT Orsborn
PHI Robert Covington F 26.5 Team $1,015,696 $1,577,230 IN Pincus
OKC Jerami Grant F 23.3 Team $980,431 $1,524,305 IN Woj
DAL Yogi Ferrell G 24.1 Team $442,067 $0 IN MacMahon

2017 Free Agent List

  • UFA - Unrestricted Free Agent
  • RFA - Restricted Free Agent
  • ETO - Early Termination Option
  • BPM - Box Plus/Minus (basketball-reference)
  • VORP - Value Over Replacement Player (basketball-reference)
  • RPM - Real Plus/Minus (ESPN)
  • WINS - "RPM Wins" (ESPN)
  • RAPM - Regularized Adjusted Plus Minus (via Jeremias Engelmann)
Team Player Pos Age Type 16-17 Pay Pts Reb Ast BPM VORP RPM WINS RAPM
CLE Deron Williams G 33.0 UFA $14,759,626 11.0 2.3 5.6 -2.3 -0.1 -0.22 2.95 0.66
CLE Andrew Bogut C 32.6 UFA $11,269,251 2.9 8.1 1.8 -0.3 0.3 0.33 1.20 -1.11
PHI Tiago Splitter F-C 32.5 UFA $8,550,000 4.9 2.8 0.5 -5.0 -0.1 -1.28 0.09 -0.58
IND Rodney Stuckey G 31.2 UFA $7,000,000 7.2 2.2 2.2 -6.0 -0.7 -2.57 0.23 -0.38
GSW Matt Barnes F 37.3 UFA $6,508,351 7.1 5.2 2.6 -0.6 0.6 -1.27 2.07 -1.59
WAS Brandon Jennings G 27.7 UFA $6,037,318 7.1 2.4 4.9 -3.0 -0.4 -1.25 2.15 -0.52
CHA Ramon Sessions G 31.2 UFA $6,000,000 6.2 1.5 2.6 -4.8 -0.6 -3.05 0.04 -1.55
CHI Nikola Mirotic F 26.4 RFA $5,782,450 10.6 5.5 1.1 0.4 1.0 2.23 5.69 2.22
TOR Jared Sullinger F 25.3 UFA $5,628,000 3.4 2.5 0.3 -7.8 -0.2 -1.80 0.10 -1.77
MEM Tony Allen G-F 35.4 UFA $5,505,618 9.1 5.5 1.4 0.7 1.3 0.12 3.76 0.78
DEN Roy Hibbert C 30.5 UFA $5,000,000 4.6 3.2 0.4 -1.1 0.2 -0.40 1.21 -0.39
BKN Luis Scola F 37.1 UFA $5,000,000 5.1 3.9 1.0 -1.2 0.1 -1.09 0.62 -1.83
PHX Alex Len C 24.0 RFA $4,823,621 8.0 6.6 0.6 -1.8 0.1 -2.34 0.81 -4.24
DAL Nerlens Noel C-F 23.2 RFA $4,384,490 8.7 5.8 1.0 3.3 1.4 1.25 2.95 -0.24
IND Lavoy Allen F-C 28.4 UFA $4,000,000 2.9 3.6 0.9 -0.3 0.4 -3.47 -0.19 -2.11
ATL Kris Humphries F-C 32.4 UFA $4,000,000 4.6 3.7 0.5 -2.7 -0.1 -1.89 0.54 -2.04
MIN Jordan Hill F-C 29.9 UFA $3,911,380 1.7 2.0 0.0 -12.9 -0.1 -1.15 0.06 -0.21
MIN Brandon Rush G-F 32.0 UFA $3,500,000 4.2 2.1 1.0 -2.1 0.0 -3.86 -0.48 -0.44
CHI Anthony Morrow G 31.7 UFA $3,488,000 5.5 0.6 0.5 -4.3 -0.4 -2.12 0.46 -1.02
WAS Trey Burke G 24.6 RFA $3,386,598 5.0 0.8 1.8 -5.7 -0.7 -5.24 -0.92 -3.29
BKN K.J. McDaniels G-F 24.4 UFA $3,333,333 4.2 1.7 0.3 -4.1 -0.3 3.80 7.02 -0.90
MIN Shabazz Muhammad F-G 24.6 RFA $3,046,299 9.9 2.8 0.4 -4.4 -0.9 -3.75 -0.60 -1.09
NOP Dante Cunningham F 30.2 UFA $2,978,250 6.6 4.2 0.6 -0.5 0.6 -0.93 2.29 -0.22
IND Aaron Brooks G 32.4 UFA $2,700,000 5.0 1.1 1.9 -4.6 -0.6 -3.28 -0.09 -1.21
BKN Randy Foye G 33.7 UFA $2,500,000 5.2 2.2 2.0 -3.9 -0.6 -4.12 -0.85 -2.42
DEN Mason Plumlee C-F 27.3 RFA $2,328,530 10.4 7.5 3.5 2.6 2.5 0.93 5.60 0.24
MIL Michael Beasley F 28.4 UFA $2,181,388 9.4 3.4 0.9 -2.9 -0.2 -2.31 0.48 -1.83
MIN Adreian Payne F-C 26.3 UFA $2,022,240 3.5 1.8 0.4 -1.5 0.0 -0.33 0.24 -0.34
BOS James Young G-F 21.8 UFA $1,825,200 2.3 0.9 0.1 -3.1 -0.1 -2.16 0.14 -1.30
SAS David Lee F 34.1 UFA $1,551,659 7.3 5.6 1.6 3.2 1.9 1.12 3.98 2.28
LAC Brandon Bass F 32.1 UFA $1,551,659 5.6 2.5 0.4 -0.7 0.2 -2.65 0.17 -3.50
MIL Jason Terry G 39.8 UFA $1,551,659 4.1 1.4 1.3 -1.1 0.3 0.20 2.81 1.31
DET Beno Udrih G 35.0 UFA $1,551,659 5.8 1.5 3.4 -2.6 -0.1 -0.26 0.98 0.68
CLE James Jones F-G 36.7 UFA $1,551,659 2.8 0.8 0.3 -1.5 0.0 -2.18 0.23 -3.25
CLE Chris Andersen F-C 39.0 UFA $1,551,659 2.3 2.6 0.4 -0.9 0.0 -0.38 0.20 0.24
LAL Metta World Peace F 37.6 UFA $1,551,659 2.3 0.8 0.4 -6.6 -0.2 -2.08 0.11 -1.84
BOS Gerald Green G-F 31.4 UFA $1,410,598 5.6 1.8 0.7 -4.7 -0.4 -2.74 0.13 -0.90
NYK Sasha Vujacic G 33.3 UFA $1,410,598 3.0 1.4 1.2 -4.3 -0.2 -2.09 0.27 -0.64
WAS Marcus Thornton G 30.0 UFA $1,315,448 6.6 2.3 1.2 -3.2 -0.2 -4.95 -0.66 -4.26
LAC Alan Anderson G-F 34.7 UFA $1,315,448 2.9 0.8 0.4 -4.9 -0.2 -3.66 -0.10 -2.24
MIL Terrence Jones F 25.4 UFA $1,287,418 10.8 5.7 1.1 -1.3 0.2 -2.10 0.84 -0.77
MIA Luke Babbitt F 28.0 UFA $1,227,000 4.8 2.1 0.5 -1.8 0.1 0.60 2.50 0.06
ORL C.J. Wilcox G 26.5 UFA $1,209,680 1.0 0.5 0.5 -8.7 -0.2 2.35 5.48 -1.01
LAL Thomas Robinson F 26.3 UFA $1,050,961 5.0 4.6 0.6 -2.3 0.0 -2.34 0.28 -2.29
CHA Brian Roberts G 31.5 UFA $1,050,961 3.5 1.0 1.3 -5.9 -0.4 -3.69 -0.15 -1.49
GSW Ian Clark G 26.3 UFA $1,015,696 6.8 1.6 1.2 -2.0 0.0 -2.90 0.17 -0.90
UTA Jeff Withey C 27.3 UFA $1,015,696 2.9 2.4 0.1 1.5 0.4 -0.93 0.58 -0.95
DAL DeAndre Liggins G 29.2 UFA $1,015,696 2.5 1.7 0.9 -2.1 0.0 -2.37 0.37 -0.20
MEM JaMychal Green F 27.0 RFA $980,431 8.9 7.1 1.1 0.6 1.4 -0.02 3.94 -0.05
GSW James Michael McAdoo F 24.5 RFA $980,431 2.8 1.7 0.3 -0.5 0.2 -2.08 0.31 -1.53
ORL Damjan Rudez F 31.0 RFA $980,431 1.8 0.6 0.4 -4.7 -0.2 -3.28 -0.03 -3.01
CHA Christian Wood F 21.7 RFA $874,636 2.7 2.2 0.2 -2.0 0.0 -1.09 0.13 0.10
CLE Jordan McRae G 26.2 UFA $874,636 4.4 1.1 0.5 -6.5 -0.4 -4.06 -0.23 -2.09
SAS Joel Anthony C 34.9 UFA $663,810 1.3 1.6 0.2 -0.6 0.0 -0.97 0.17 -1.45
NOP Donatas Motiejunas F-C 26.8 UFA $576,724 4.4 3.0 0.9 -3.1 -0.1 -3.25 -0.04 -2.71
CLE Dahntay Jones G 36.5 UFA $24,022 x x x -10.9 0.0 -2.06 0.01 -0.58
DEN Mike Miller G-F 37.4 UFA $3,500,000 1.4 1.9 1.1 -3.8 -0.1 -1.58 0.16 -0.90
NYK Marshall Plumlee C 25.0 UFA $543,471 1.9 2.4 0.5 -2.8 0.0 -1.10 0.22 -0.63
ORL C.J. Watson G 33.2 UFA $5,000,000 4.5 1.4 1.8 -3.6 -0.4 -3.05 0.05 -2.29
HOU Ryan Kelly F 26.3 UFA $705,013 1.6 1.1 0.5 -3.9 -0.1 -0.49 0.08 -0.19
IND Rakeem Christmas F 25.6 UFA $1,052,342 2.0 1.9 0.1 -4.3 -0.1 -1.70 0.20 -0.96
IND Monta Ellis G 31.7 UFA $10,770,000 8.5 2.8 3.2 -2.3 -0.2 -2.96 0.21 -1.29
ORL Stephen Zimmerman C 20.8 UFA $950,000 1.2 1.8 0.2 -7.3 -0.1 -2.22 0.06 -1.29
BOS Tyler Zeller F-C 27.5 UFA $8,000,000 3.5 2.4 0.8 -2.5 -0.1 -2.30 0.28 -1.51
PHX Leandro Barbosa G 34.6 UFA $4,000,000 6.3 1.6 1.2 -4.1 -0.5 -3.00 0.08 -0.16
POR Festus Ezili C 27.7 UFA $14,000,000 4.2 4.3 0.4 2.2 1.7 1.66 6.88 1.34
PHI Gerald Henderson G 29.6 UFA $9,000,000 9.2 2.6 1.6 -3.1 -0.5 -3.93 -0.87 -3.60
CHI Isaiah Canaan G 26.1 UFA $1,015,696 4.6 1.3 0.9 -3.4 -0.2 -4.12 -0.37 -2.58
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By Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, D. D. THE BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY. B. C. 587-534. ——•—— XLI. THE EXILES. XLII. THE FALL OF BABYLON. SPECIAL AUTHORITIES ——•—— I. BIBLICAL AUTHORITIES:— (1) 2 Kings xxv. 27-30. (2) Isaiah xiii.; xiv. 1-23; xxi. 1-10; xl.-lxvi. (3) Jeremiah xxix.; xxxiv.; xxxix. 11-14; l.; li.; lii. (4) Lsmentations v. (5) Ezekiel xxiv.-xlviii. (6) Psalms xlii.; xliii.; xliv. (?); lxxiv. (?); lxxxix. (?); lxxix. (?); lxxxviii. (?); cii.; cxxxvi. (In part) li. 18, 19; xiv. 6; liii. 6; lxix. 35, 36. (7) Daniel i.-xii., and (from the LXX.) the History of Susanna in ch. i.; the Song of the three Children in ch. iii.; and the History of Bel and the Dragon in ch. xii. (See Note to Lecture XLII.) (8) Tobit, Baruch, and the Epistle of Jeremiah. (B.C. 360?) II. JEWISH TRADITIONS:— Josephus, Ant., x. 8-9, 7; 10, 11; Chronicon Paschale, p. 159 (Fabricius; Codex Pseudep., p. 1124); Seder Olam, chaps. 28, 29. III. CONTEMPORARY MONUMENTS:— Inscriptions (given in Rawlinson's Herodotus, ii. p. 585; and in Record of the Past, i. 131-136; iii. 147-184; v. 111-148). IV. HEATHEN TRADITIONS:— (1) Herodotus, B.C. 450; I. 108-130, 200. (2) Ctesias, B.C. 415; in Diod. Sic. ii. 8. (3) Xenophon (Cyropædia), B.C. 370. (4) Megasthenes, B.C. 300; Josephus, Ant. x. 11, c. Ap., i. 20 (5) Berosus, B.C. 260, in Josephus, Ant ., x. 11, c. Ap., i. 19. (6) Abydenus (?). Eusebius, Præp. Ev., ix. 41. (7) Strabo (xvi.), B.C. 60-A.D 18. THE BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY. ——•—— LECTURE XLI. THE EXILES. WHEN the race of Israel found itself in Chaldæa, it entered once more on the great theatre of the world, which it had quitted on its Exodus out of the valley of the Nile, and from which for a thousand years, with the exception of the reign of Solomon, it had been secluded among the hills of Palestine. I. Unlike Egypt, which still preserves to us the likeness of the scenes and sights which met the eyes of Abraham, Joseph, and Moses, Baby- lon has more totally disappeared than any other of the great Powers which once ruled the earth. Not a single architectural monument——only one single sculp- ture——remains of "the glory of the Chaldees' excel- "lency." Even the natural features are so transformed as to be hardly recognizable. But by a singular com- pensation its appearance has been recorded more ex- actly than any of the contemporary capitals with which it might have been compared. Of Thebes, Memphis, Nineveh, Susa, no eye-witness has left us a plan or picture. But Babylon was seen and described, not indeed in its full splendor, but still in its entirety, by the most inquisitive traveller of antiquity within one century from the time when the Israelites were within its walls, and his accounts are corrected or con- firmed by visitors who saw it yet again fifty years later, when the huge skeleton, though gradually falling to pieces, was distinctly visible. Of all the seats of Empire——of all the cities that the pride or power of man has built on the surface of the globe——Babylon was the greatest. Its greatness, as it was originated, so in large measure it was secured, by its natural position. Its founders took advan- tage of the huge spur of tertiary rock which projects itself from the long inclined plane of the Syrian desert into the alluvial basin of Mesopotamia, thus furnishing a dry and solid platform on which a flourishing city might rest, whilst it was defended on the south by the vast morass or lake, if not estuary, extending in that remote period from the Persian Gulf. On this vantage-ground it stood, exactly crossing the line of traffic between the Mediterranean coasts and the Iranian mountains; just also on that point where the Euphrates, sinking into a deeper bed, changes from a vast expanse into a manageable river, not wider than the Thames of our own metropolis; where, also, out of the deep rich alluvial clay it was easy to dig the bricks which from its earliest date supplied the mate- rial for its immense buildings, cemented by the bitu- men which from that same early date came floating down the river from the springs in its upper course. Babylon was the greatest of that class of cities which belong almost exclusively to the primeval history of mankind; "the cities," as they are called by Hegel, "of the river plains," which have risen on the level banks of the mighty streams of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, and China, and thus stand in the most striking contrast to the towns which belong to the second stage of human civilization, clustering each on its Acropolis or its Seven Hills, and thus contracted and concen- trated by the necessities of their local position as ob- viously as those older capitals possessed from their situation an illimitable power of expansion. As of that second class one of the most striking examples was Jerusalem on its mountain fastness, with the hills standing round it, as if with a Divine shelter, and fenced off by its deep ravines as by a natural fosse, so of that earlier the most remarkable in- stance was the city to which the new comers suddenly found themselves transplanted. Far as the horizon itself, extended the circuit of the vast capital of the then known world. If the imperceptible circumference of our modern capitals has exceeded the limits of Babylon, yet none in ancient times or modern can be compared with its definite enclosure, which was on the lowest computation forty, on the highest sixty miles round. Like Nineveh or Ecbatana, it was, but on a still larger scale, a country or empire enclosed in a city. Forests, parks, gardens were intermingled with the houses so as to present rather the appearance of the suburbs of a great metropolis, than the metropolis itself. Yet still the regularity and order of a city were preserved. The streets, according to a fashion rare in Europe, whether ancient or modern, but common in an- cient Asia,——and adopted by the Greek and Roman conquerors when they penetrated into Asia, perhaps in imitation of Babylon,——were straight, and at right angles to each other. The houses, unlike those of most ancient cities, except at Tyre, and afterwards in Rome, were three or four stories high. But the pro- digious scale of the place appeared chiefly in the enor- mous size, unparalleled before or since, of its public buildings, and rendered more conspic- uous by the flatness of the country from which they rose. Even in their decay, "their colossal piles, domi- "neering over the monotonous plain, produce an effect "of grandeur and magnificence which cannot be imag- "ined in any other situation." The walls by which this Imperial city, or, as it might be called, this Civic Empire, rising out of a deep and wide moat, was screened and protected from the wandering tribes of the Desert, as the Celestial Empire by the Great Wall of China, as Trajan in Dacia, or of Severus in Northumberland, were not like those famous bulwarks, mere mounds or ramparts, but lines as of towering hills, which must have met the distant gaze at the close of every vista, like the Alban range at Rome. They appeared, at least to Herodotus, who saw them whilst in their un- broken magnificence, not less than three hundred feet high; and along their summit ran a vast terrace which admitted of the turning of chariots with four horses, and which may therefore well have been more than eighty feet broad. If to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who were accus- tomed to the precipitous descent of the walls over- hanging the valley of the Kedron, the mere height of the Babylonian enclosure may not have seemed so startling as to us, yet to the size of the other buildings the puny dimensions whether of the Palace or Temple of Solomon bore no comparison. The Great Palace of the Kings was itself a city within the city——seven miles round; and its gardens, expressly built to convey to a Median princess some reminis- cence of her native mountains, rose, one above another, to a height of more than seventy feet, on which stood forest trees of a vast diameter, side by side with flower- ing shrubs. On the walls of the palace the Israelites might see painted those vast hunting-scenes which were still traceable two centuries later——of which one characteristic fragment remains in sculpture, a lion trampling on a man——which would recall to them the description in their own early annals of "Nimrod the "mighty hunter." But the most prodigious and unique of all was the Temple of Bel——which may well have seemed to them the completion of that proud tower "whose top was to reach to heaven." It was the cen- tral point of all; it gave its name to the whole place ——Bab-el or Bab-bel, "the gate of God or Bel," which by the quaint humor of primitive times had been turned to the Hebrew word "Babel," or "confusion." It was the most remarkable of all those artificial mountains, or beacons, which, towering over the plains of Mesopotamia, "guide the traveller's eye like giant "pillars." It rose like the Great Pyramid, square upon square; and was believed to have reached the height of 600 feet. Its base was a square of 200 yards. No other edifice consecrated to worship, not Carnac in Egyptian Thebes, nor Byzantine St. Sophia, nor Gothic Clugny, nor St. Peter's of Rome, have reached the grandeur of this primeval sanctuary, casting its shadow far and wide, over city and plain. Thither, as to the most sacred and impregnable fortress, were believed to have been transported the huge brazen laver, the precious brazen pillars, and all the lesser vessels of the temple of Jerusalem, together doubtless with all other like sacred spoils which Babylonian conquest had swept from Egypt, Tyre, Damascus, or Nineveh. And when from the silver shrine at the summit of this building, the whole mass of mingled verdure and habitation for miles and miles was over- looked, what as wanting in grace or proportion must have been compensated by the extraordinary richness of color. Some faint conception of this may be given by the view of Moscow from the Kremlin over the blue, green, and gilded domes and towers springing from the gardens which filled up the vacant intervals of that most Oriental of European capitals. But neither that view nor any other can give a notion of the vastness of the variegated landscape of Babylon as seen from any of its elevated points. From the earliest times of the city, as we have seen, the two materials of its architecture were the bricks baked from the plains on which it stood, ad the plas- ter fetched from the bitumen springs of Hit. But these homely materials were made to yield effects as bright an varied as porcelain or metal. The several stages of the temple itself were black, orange, crimson, gold, deep yellow. brilliant blue, and silver. The white or pale brown of the houses, wherever the natu- ral color of the bricks was left, must have been strik- ingly contrasted with the rainbow hues with which most of them were painted, according to the fancy of their owners, whilst all the intervening spaces were filled with the variety of gigantic palms in the gar- dens, or the thick jungles or luxuriant groves by the silvery lines of the canals, or in the early spring the carpet of brilliant flowers that covered the illimitable plain without the walls, or the sea of waving corn both within and without, which burst from the teeming soil with a produce so plentiful that the Grecian traveller dared not risk his credit by stating its enormous mag- nitude. But when from the outward show we descend to the inner life of the place, Babylon may well in- deed to the secluded Israelite have seemed to be that of which to all subsequent ages it had been taken as the type——"the World" itself. No doubt there was in Jerusalem and Samaria, especially since the days of Solomon, a little hierarchy and aristocracy and court, with its factions, feasts, and fashions. But nowhere else in Asia, hardly even in Egypt, could have been seen the magnificent cavalry careering through the streets, the chariots and four, "chariots like whirl- "winds," "horses swifter than eagles,"——"horses, and chariots, and horsemen, and companies," with "spears" and "burnished helmets." Nowhere else could have ben imagined the long muster-roll, as of a peerage that passes in long procession before the eye of the Israelite captive——"the satraps, captains, pachas, the "chief judges, treasurers, judges, counsellors, and all "the rulers of the provinces." Their splendid costumes of scarlet——their variegated sashes——"all of them "princes to look to;" their elaborate armor——"buck- "ler, and shield, and helmet"——their breastplates, their bows and quivers, and battle-axes, marked out to every eye the power and grandeur of the army. No- where was science or art so visibly exalted, as in "the magicians, and the astrologers, and "the sorcerers, and the wise Chaldæans," who were expected to unravel all the secrets of nature, and who in point of fact from those wide level plains, "where the "entire celestial hemisphere is continually visible to "every eye, and where the clear transparent atmos- "phere shows night after night the heavens gemmed "with countless stars of undimmed brilliancy," had laid the first foundations of astronomy, mingled as it was with the speculations, then deemed as of yet deeper sig- nificance, of astrology. Far in advance of the philoso- phy, as yet unborn, of Greece, in advance even of the ancient philosophy of Egypt, the Chaldæans long rep- resented to both those nations the highest flights of human intellect——even as the majestic temples, which served to them at once as college and observatory, towered above the buildings of the then known world. Twice over in the biblical history——once on the heights of Zophim, once beside the cradle of Beth- lehem——do the star-gazers of Chaldæa lay claim to be at once the precursors of Divine revelation, and the representatives of superhuman science. Returning to the ordinary life of the place, its gay scenes of luxury and pomp were stamped on the memory of the Israelites by the constant clash and concert, again and again resounding, of the musical instruments in which the Babylonians delighted, and of which the mingle Greek and Asiatic names are faintly indicated by the English catalogue of "cornet, "flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music." Nor could they forget how, like the Athenian exiles in later days at Syracuse, their artisti- cal masters besought them to take their own harps and sing one of the songs of their distant mountain city; though, unlike those prisoners, who gladly recited to their kindred enemies the tragedies of their own Eurip- ides, they could not bring themselves to waste on that foreign land the melody which belonged only to their Divine Master. Yet one more feature peculiar to Chaldæa, both natural and social, is recalled by the scene of that touching dialogue between the captors and the captives. The trees on which their harps were hung were unlike any that they knew in their own country. They called them by the name which seemed nearest to the willows of their own water-courses. But they were in fact the branching poplars mingled with the tamarisks, which still cluster beside the streams of Mesopotamia, and of which one solitary and venerable specimen long survived on the ruins of Babylon, and in the gentle waving of its green boughs sent forth a melancholy rustling sound, such as in after times chimed in with the universal desolation of the spot, such as in the ears of the Israelites might have seemed to echo their own mournful thoughts. The "waters" by which they wept were "the rivers of Baby- lon." "The river"——that word was of un- known or almost unknown sound to those who had seen only scanty torrent beds of Judæa, or the nar- row rapids of the Jordan. The "river" in the mouth of an Israelite meant almost always the gigantic Euphrates——"the fourth river" of the primeval gar- den of the earth——the boundary of waters, from be- yond which their forefathers had come. And now, after parting from it for many centuries, they once more found themselves on its banks——not one river only, but literally, as the Psalmist calls it, "rivers;" for by the wonderful system of irrigation which was the life of the whole region it was diverted into separate canals, each of which was itself "a river," the source and support of the gardens and palaces which clustered along the water's edge. The country far and near was intersected with these branches of the mighty name, which it bears even to this day, of the Egyptian Nile. On the banks of the main channel of the "river" all the streets abutted all the gates opened; and im- mediately on leaving the city it opened into that vast lake or estuary which made the surrounding tract itself "the desert of the sea"——the great sea, tossed by the four winds of heaven, and teeming with the mon- ster shapes of earth——the sea on which floated innu- merable ships or boats, as the junks at Pekin, or the gondolas at Venice, or even as the vast shipping at our own renowned seaports. "Of the great waters," such is the monumental inscription of Nebuchadnezzar—— "like the waters of the ocean, I made use abundantly. Their depths were like the depths of the vast ocean." The inland city was thus converted into a city of "merchants"——the magnificent empire into a "land of "traffic." "The city," the stir, the gayety of the Chal- dæans was not in the streets or garden of Babylon, but "in their ships." Down the Euphrates came float- ing from the bitumen pits of Hit the cement with which its foundations were covered, and from Kurdistan and Armenia huge blocks of basalt, from Phœnicia gems and wine, perhaps its tin from Cornwall; up its course came from Arabia and from India the dogs for their sports, the costly wood for their stately walking-staves, the frankincense for their worship. When in far later days the name of Babylon was transferred to the West to indicate the Imperial City which had taken its place in the eyes of the Jewish exiles of tat time, the recol- lection of the traffic of the Euphrates had lived on with so fresh a memory that this characteristic feature of the Mesopotamian city was transplanted to its Italian sub- stitute, Rome. Nothing could be less applicable to the inland capital on the banks of he narrow Tiber; but so deeply had this imagery of the ancient Babylon be- come a part of the idea of secular grandeur that it was transferred to that new representative of the world without a shock. "The merchandise of gold, and silver, "and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and "purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all wood of incense, "and all manner of vessels of ivory, and all manner of "vessels of the most precious wood, and of brass, and of "iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odors, and oint- "ments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine "flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, "and chariots and slaves, and souls of men; the ship- "masters, and all the company in ships, and sailors, "and as many as trade by sea, and the craftsmen, and "the merchants who were the great men of the "earth." And over this vast world of power, splendor, science, art, and commerce, presided a genius worthy of it (so at least the Israelite tradition represented him)——"the "Head of Gold,"——"whose brightness was ex- "cellent"——the tree whose height reached to heaven, and the sight thereof "to the end of all the "earth"——"whose leaves were fair, and the fruit "thereof much, and in it meat for all——under which "the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose "branches the fowls of the air had their habitation." He whose reign reached over one half of the whole period of the Empire——he who was the last conqueror amongst the primeval monarchies, as Nimrod had been the first——the Lord of the then known historical world from Greece to India——was the favorite of Nebo who when he looked on his vast constructions might truly say, "Is not this Great Babylon that I have built for "the house of my kingdom, by the might of my power, "and for the honor of my majesty?" "Hardly any other name than Nebuchadnezzar's is "found on the bricks of Babylon." Palace and Tem- ple were both rebuilt by him; and not only in Babylon but throughout the country. The representations of him in the Book of Daniel may belong to a later epoch; but they agree in their general outline with the few fragments preserved to us of ancient annals or inscriptions; and they have a peculiar interest of their own, from the fact that the combination which they exhibit of savage power with bursts of devotion and tenderness are not found elsewhere amongst the He- brew portraitures of any Gentile potentate. It is at once loftier and more generous than their conception of the Egyptian Pharaoh, the Assyrian Sennacherib, or the Greek Antiochus; it is wilder and fiercer than the adumbrations of the Persian Cyrus or the Roman Cæsar. His decrees as recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures may breathe a more didactic spirit than they actually bire; but they are not unlike in tone to those which are preserved on the monuments. And the story of his insanity, even if the momentary light thrown upon it by the alleged interpretation of the inscriptions be withdrawn, may remain as the Hebrew version of the sickness described by Berosus and the sudden dis- appearance described by Abydenus, and also as the profound Biblical expression of "the Vanity of Human "Wishes"——the punishment of the "vaulting ambi- "tion that overleaps itself"——the eclipse and the re- turn of reason, which when witnessed even in modern times in the highest places of the State have moved the heart of a whole nation to sympathy or to thanks- giving. He was to the Israelite captives, not merely a gigantic tyrant but with something like "the pro- "phetic soul of the whole world, dreaming on things "to come"——himself the devoted worshipper of his own Merodach, yet bowing before the King of Heav- "en, whose works are truth, and whose ways judg- "ment." II. Into "this golden city," underneath this magnifi- cent oppressor, the little band of Israelites were transported for the period which is known by the name of the Babylonian Captivity. It might at first sight seem that it was a period of which the records are few, and of which the results were scanty. It lasted for little more than a single genera- tion. But it sowed the seeds of a change deeper than any that had occurred since the destruction of the sanc- tuary at Shiloh, almost than any that had occurred since the Exodus. The number of exiles was comparatively small. A large part of the lower classes were left in Palestine, and those who were transported consisted chiefly of the princes, nobles, and priests, with the addition of arti- sans in wood and iron. But still it was the kernel—— the flower——what the older Prophets would have called "the remnant," the sufficient remnant of the nation. We have already spoken of the other fragments of the Captivity——the colony of the Ten Tribes in the remote province of the Assyrian Empire; the first beginnings of the colony in Egypt, ultimately destined to attain such significance. The two remaining groups of exiles from the king- dom of Judah, those under Jehoiachin, and those under Zedekiah, must have soon blended together; and con- taining as they did within themselves all the various elements of society, they enable us, partly through the writings and partly through the actions of the little community, to form an idea, fragmentary, indeed, but still sufficient, of the effects of the Captivity. As be- fore we saw the main results of "Israel in Egypt," so now we enter on the characteristics of Israel in Babylon. With the fall of Jerusalem the public life of the peo- ple had disappeared. The Prophets could no longer stand in the Temple courts or on the cliff of Carmel to warn by word of mouth or para- bolic gesture. The law was no more. The Proph- "ets found no vision from the Eternal." There is one common feature, however, which runs through all the writings of this period, which served as a compensation for the loss of the living faces and living words of the ancient seers. Now began the practice of committing to writing, of compiling, of epistolary correspondence, which (with two or three great exceptions) continued during the five coming centuries of Jewish History. "Never before had lit- "erature possessed so profound a significance for Israel "or rendered such convenient service as at this junc- "ture." The aged Jeremiah still lived in Egypt, far away from the mass of his people. But already his proph- ecies had begun to take the form of a book; already he had thrown his warnings and med- itations into the form of a letter to the exiles of the first stage of the Captivity, which was the first ex- ample of religious instruction so conveyed, which was followed up, we know not when, by the apocryphal letter bearing his name, and which ultimately issued in the Apostolic Epistles of the New Testament. The same tendency is seen in the rigidly artificial and elab- orate framework in which even the passionate elegy of the Lamentations is composed, in contrast with the free rhythm of the earlier songs of the Davidic age. Already the prophecies of Ezekiel had been arranged in the permanent chronological form which they have since worn. "Baruch the scribe" had inaugurated this new era, the first of his class, by transcribing and arranging the words of Jeremiah; had already, according to Jewish tradi- tion, read to the exiles in Babylon itself, to the cap- tive king, and princes, and nobles, and elders, and "all the people from the highest to the lowest," of those that dwelt by one of the branches of the Euphra- tes, the book of his warnings and consolations. Are we to conjecture that something of this famous scribe may be traced in the Prophet who poured forth during this period of expecta- tion the noblest of all the prophetic strains of Israel—— noblest and freest in spirit, but in form following that regular flow and continuous unity which in his age, as has been said, superseded the disjointed and successive utterances of the older seers? Or is it possible that in the author of that strain of which the burden is the suffering and exaltation of the Servant of the Lord we have that mysterious prophet registered in ancient catalogues as Abdadonai——whether in Chaldæa, Palestine, or Egypt——whether another Isaiah, in more than the power and spirit of the old Isaiah——or whether, as some would prefer to think, that older Isaiah, transported by a magical influence into a gene- ration not his own——the Great Unnamed, the Evangel- ical Prophet, is our chief guide through this dark period of transition, illuminating it with flashes of light, not the less bright because we know not whence they come. In his glorious roll of consolations, warnings, aspirations, we have, it is not too much to say, the very highest flight of Hebrew prophecy. Nothing finer had been heard even from the lips of the son of Amos. No other strain is so constantly taken up again in the last and greatest days of Hebrew teach- ing. In the splendor of its imagery and the nerve of its poetry——nothing, even in those last days of Evan- gelist or Apostle, exceeds or equals it. Yet once more, in the enforced leisure of captivity and exile, like many a one in later days——Thucydides, Raleigh, Clarendon——now in the agony of the disper- sion, in the natural fear lest the relict of their ancient literature should be lost through the confusion of the time, began those laborious compilations of the An- nals of the past which issued at last in "the Canon of the Old Testament," of which perhaps several might be traced to this epoch, but of which it will be sufficient to specify the most undoubted instance——the Book of the Kings. It is touching to observe from its abrupt conclusion how this nameless student continued his work to the precise moment when he was delighted to leave his readers in the midst of his sorrows with that one gleam which was shed over the darkness of their nation by the kindly treatment of the last royal descendant of David in the Court of Babylon. There were also the company of minstrels and musi- cians, male and female,who kept up the tra- ditions of the music of David and Asaph. Their resort, as we have seen was by the long canals, where they still wandered with their native harps; and though they refused to gratify the demands of their conquerors, they poured forth, we cannot doubt, some of those plaintive strains which an be placed at no date so suitable as this, or else worked up into ac- cord with the circumstances of their time some of those which had been handed down from earlier and happier days. 
from The History of the Jewish Church, Vol. II: From The Captivity To The Christian Era, by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, D. D., Dean of Westminster Charles Scribner's Sons, 1879; pp. 1 - 22
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