Dwyane Wade‘s Bucks meeting?
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.
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.
Just six days ago, Kevin Durant was entering the Thunder’s arena near a picture of himself.
Now, with Durant Warriors-bound, that picture is coming down.
Royce Young of ESPN:
That’ll show him!
(I wonder whether the Thunder pulled Serge Ibaka‘s picture just as quickly after trading him.)
The Knicks got great value by signing Brandon Jennings to a one-year, $5 million contract.
But the deal came at a cost to New York — distancing Langston Galloway
Ian Begley of ESPN:
Knicks have rescinded the $2.7 million qualifying offer to Langston Galloway, per league sources.
Galloway was a rare breed for the Knicks — a productive young player. He was no world-beater, and being in New York probably overrated him. But Galloway defends, attacks off the dribble and has shown enough intrigue in other skills at age 24.
The Knicks should try to keep him — and they might. They still hold his Early Bird rights and can use them to give him a four-year, $27,549,950 contract (identical to what Lance Thomas will receive). Galloway just becomes unrestricted, his cap hold lowered.
A few teams could try prying him away.
Dirk Nowitzki seems to primarily desire two things:
- To play for the Mavericks.
- To win.
But they haven’t won a playoff series since their 2011 championship, creating just a little unrest. If Nowitzki couldn’t achieve both objects in Dallas, would he consider leaving?
The question, never loud, became a little more pressing when the Mavericks failed to sign primary targets Mike Conley and Hassan Whiteside and let Chandler Parsons leave for the Grizzlies.
Apparently, Dallas made amends by agreeing to sign Harrison Barnes, re-sign Deron Williams and Dwight Powell, trade for Andrew Bogut and sign Seth Curry
And throwing money at Nowitzki. Lots and lots of money.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Nowitzki opted out of a contract that would’ve paid him $8,692,184 this season. So, this is a substantial raise.
He took less on his previous deal to help the Mavericks add talent, but that never produce the major results Nowitzki sought.
If Dallas can’t add stars, Nowitzki might as well get paid now. This team should still be decently competitive, too. The lack of championship upside required appeasing Nowitzki financially.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Nowitzki’s new deal contains a player option. That way, if the Mavericks are positioned to add a star or two next summer, he could opt out to take less and facilitate it if he wants. Or he could keep his higher salary. It’d be his call.