The Miami Heat might lose LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Or they might keep their big three, sign Carmelo Anthony and, heck, why not Tim Duncan? Maybe trade for Chris Paul, too.
With only one player – Norris Cole – on an option-less guaranteed contract for next season, Miami has a pretty uncertain future.
But Bovada is betting the Heat will come together strong – or at least that gamblers on the site believe the Heat will come together strong.
Miami is the 2015 NBA title favorite, according to the Bovada. Here are the odds for every team:
- Miami Heat: 7:2
- Oklahoma City Thunder: 6:1
- San Antonio Spurs: 6:1
- Los Angeles Clippers: 9:1
- Chicago Bulls: 12:1
- Indiana Pacers: 12:1
- Houston Rockets: 16:1
- Cleveland Cavaliers: 20:1
- Golden State Warriors: 25:1
- Portland Trailblazers: 25:1
- Brooklyn Nets: 28:1
- Dallas Mavericks: 33:1
- Memphis Grizzlies: 33:1
- Washington Wizards: 33:1
- Los Angeles Lakers: 40:1
- New York Knicks: 40:1
- Toronto Raptors: 40:1
- Boston Celtics: 50:1
- Denver Nuggets: 50:1
- Detroit Pistons: 50:1
- New Orleans Pelicans: 50:1
- Minnesota Timberwolves: 66:1
- Atlanta Hawks: 75:1
- Charlotte Hornets: 75:1
- Phoenix Suns: 75:1
- Orlando Magic: 150:1
- Sacramento Kings: 150:1
- Utah Jazz: 150:1
- Milwaukee Bucks: 200:1
- Philadelphia 76ers: 200:1
For the record, I like the Thunder at 6:1, the Clippers at 9:1 and Suns at 75:1. I also like the Spurs at 6:1, but I’d wait until the action cools on them.
Pressure to win in Miami caused a tense atmosphere
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.