Charlie Villanueva is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he (like everyone else) is waiting for the decisions of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony before teams will begin to execute plans to fill out their regular season rosters.
In Villanueva’s case, he’s likely to be further down the list, but hopes to prove he still has plenty to contribute when NBA teams come calling. He was used sparingly in Detroit over the last three seasons, and will likely need to work out for teams to show what he can do before securing his next deal in free agency.
Whatever happens along the way should be fascinating, and Villanueva is documenting it all with an eight-part video blog series entitled “Crossroads,” in a nod to where he finds himself at this stage of his career.
Check out the trailer for the series in the video clip above, and head over to Villanueva’s blog to check out Episode 1 in its entirety, which features a conversation with his agent Jeff Schwartz, footage of his workouts, and some of his personal thoughts as he begins to deal with this process.
Everything LeBron James does and says gets magnified and scrutinized.
So when he put out this photo on Instagram standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Tristan Thompson and the caption “get it done” it seemed a message to the Cavaliers.
LeBron clarified that on Sunday, saying this has become a distraction, and the message was for both sides to bend, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.
When Thompson didn’t sign the qualifying offer he surrendered a lot of leverage, the Cavaliers don’t have to raise their five-year, $80 million offer — but reportedly they still would, a little. Thompson and his agent Rich Paul have pushed for a max contract, but that’s not happening.
At some point, the two sides will come to an agreement. For the Cavaliers, this is a distraction, their star is unhappy with that, and ultimately if they are going to make a title run they need the energy and rebounding Thompson brings (even if it is just off the bench). For Thompson, he can’t make up a year of lost salary, he has to come in and start getting paid at some point.
The two sides will get it done. Eventually. Likely before the season tips off.
China has secured the ninth and final Olympic men’s basketball berth awarded this year.
China earned the bid to the 2016 Rio Games with a 78-67 win over the Philippines. 2016 first-round draft prospect Qi Zhou had 16 points and 14 rebounds, setting up the Olympics to be his big introduction to American fans.
Former NBA player Yi Jianlian won tournament MVP by averaging 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.
This will be China’s ninth straight Olympic appearance.
The Philippines, who got 17 points from Andray Blatche in the final, will still go to an Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer with a chance to reach Rio.