Dan Feldman

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 01:  Shabazz Napier #13 of the Orlando Magic during the first half at American Airlines Center on March 1, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Report: Magic trading Shabazz Napier to Trail Blazers


LeBron James got Shabazz Napier to the Heat.

Since, the former Connecticut point guard has had a hard time sticking.

Miami traded him to the Magic for a top-55-protected second-round pick that never conveyed. Now, Orlando is dealing him to the Trail Blazers for another minimal return.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

Napier hasn’t made a dent in two seasons. The 6-foot-1 guard has looked hopeless finishing at the rim, and his lack of strength has been too much to overcome defensively.

Still, he’s just 24. The last time the Magic dumped a young untested player on Portland, the Trail Blazers got a steal in Maurice Harkless.

Report: Wade, upset with Heat prioritizing Whiteside and Durant, wants $50M over two years — so not Cavaliers

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 19:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reaches to save the ball from going out of bounds in the fourth quarter against Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 19, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat won 104-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Heat’s stated top offseason priority was Hassan Whiteside. Their reported top offseason priority was Kevin Durant.

And then there’s Dwyane Wade.

With Whiteside locked up on a max deal and Durant headed to the Warriors, Miami is still haggling with Wade.

The Heat reportedly offered Wade a two-year, $40 million contract. He wants more.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Dwyane Wade’s representatives have told teams that the All-Star is seeking a deal around $50 million over two years, currently leaving the salary cap-strapped Miami Heat short, sources told ESPN.com.

Wade, who was upset with the Heat prioritizing free agents Hassan Whiteside and Kevin Durant, has pushed the Heat to increase their $20 million per season offer, sources said.

Though there have been rumors of Wade having talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is no traction between the parties, sources said.

I don’t blame Wade for pushing for more money. The greatest player in Heat history, he has taken discounts for years. There always seemed to be an implicit promise of a bigger payday down the road, and it hasn’t come. How much longer should the 34-year-old with bad knees wait?

The Heat can’t offer Wade $50 million over two years right now, but they have a simple route to accommodating him: Trade Josh McRoberts. Clearing McRoberts’ salary from the books would allow Miami to give Wade a two-year, $50,117,407 contract — and match Tyler Johnson‘s offer sheet from the Nets.

McRoberts’ injury issues might make him a negative asset, but the Heat can attach a draft pick to move him. They’ve already traded so many, but at a certain point, they have to find a way to pay Wade.

It might not be the Cavs or Bucks, but Wade will find a team to pay him if Miami won’t.

Report: Other teams still inquiring about LeBron James, but agent insists he’ll return to Cavaliers

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 22:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers attends the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship victory parade and rally on June 22, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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With Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors, who’s the best free agent who hasn’t agreed to terms? The same player it was prior to Durant’s announcement:

LeBron James.

Despite opting out, LeBron strongly indicated he’d return to the Cavaliers.

Then again, LeBron appeared likely to stay with the Heat in 2014 before returning to Cleveland. So, other teams want to see whether there’s an opening this year.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Doesn’t hurt to try.

Why hasn’t LeBron signed yet? He can’t until the moratorium officially ends Thursday.

Moreover, he must decide whether to take a two-year contract or a lower salary on a one-year deal.

Report: Dwyane Wade cancels Bucks meeting

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 25: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives against Monta Ellis #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks defends during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bradley Center on APRIL 25, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Dwyane Wade‘s Bucks meeting?

Not happening.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

What does this mean? The possibilities are practically endless.

The Bucks didn’t have enough cap space to sign Wade, and maybe trade options to clear room evaporated.

Maybe Wade is content with the Heat’s offer.

Maybe Wade prefers another team — reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland is the hot rumor — if he leaves Miami.

The only thing I can say with relative certainty is that Wade isn’t Milwaukee-bound.

Report: 76ers signing Gerald Henderson to two-year, $18 million contract

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 25: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers injures his hand as he reaches in on Gerald Henderson #9 of the Portland Trail Blazers in the third quarter of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on April 25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won the game 98-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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If Jerryd Bayless and Sergio Rodriguez didn’t satisfy your desire for the 76ers to add fine/unspectacular veterans, Bryan Colangelo has a signing for you.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

Gerald Henderson is fine. His salary is fine. The 76ers probably won’t be fine, but at least they won’t be historically awful. That was important to them.

Henderson is a solid defender, and he has improved on 3-poiners throughout his career. He’s not much of a playmaker with the ball, and too much of his offense is based on 2-point jumpers to become super effective. But he helps Philadelphia, which hasn’t had enough NBA-ready wings to fill a rotation.

Plus, on a short-term deal, Henderson won’t restrict the 76ers once they’re ready to win and attract better talent.