Amar'e Stoudemire

Miami’s first free agency meeting last summer was with Amar’e Stoudemire

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One more time, let’s jump in the WABAC Machine and visit the 2010 summer of free agency to think about how things might have been different…

According to the New York Post, at the stroke of midnight opening free agency, Amar’e Stoudemire and his agent were meeting with Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat brain trust. He was the target to pair with LeBron.

“It was a very good meeting,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra told The Post yesterday. “He was a confident guy. My sense was his main concern was to go somewhere he can win.”

The Knicks were meeting with Joe Johnson and Mike Miller. (Joe Johnson, really? He struck you as a guy who could take on the weight of the Knicks franchise and would be good for years?). Mike D’Antoni and Stoudemire did speak briefly by phone that night, but it was just to set up a future face-to-face meeting.

Obviously, things ended differently. Dwyane Wade pushed for Chris Bosh, while Stoudemire got his offer from New York. It is possible the Heat talked to Stoudemire about taking less money to fit in James and Wade, but Stoudemire already had a standing offer to take less and stay with Steve Nash in Phoenix and that’s not what he wanted. The Knicks came through with the offer he wanted.

And everyone lived happily ever after.

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Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.

For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.

Report: Wizards signing Ryan Hollins

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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.

Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.

So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.

So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?

Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.

Dwight Howard crushes Kristaps Porzingis with dunk (video)

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