After losing LeBron James to the Cavaliers, Pat Riley quickly undertook a plan to ensure he didn’t lose his entire big three.
1. Offer Chris Bosh a max contract. (Check)
2. Convince Bosh to stay with the Heat.
3. Convince Dwyane Wade to re-sign, too.
Now Riley can check off step 2 as well and move onto step three.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Bosh’s exact max is $118,705,300. I bet he gets every penny.
But with Bosh, Wade and plenty of cap room to upgrade the supporting cast, Miami should be a playoff team next season. As long as Riley doesn’t lowball Wade, the Heat are in good shape.The Heat face competition from Chicago, but I can’t see them losing Wade now. Obviously, though, how much they’re willing to pay Wade will play a huge factor.
The Rockets, who’ve already traded Jeremy Lin to the Lakers and agreed to trade Omer Asik to the Pelicans (a deal will actually might happen), will still have cap room to pursue free agents until they must match Chandler Parsons’ offer sheet Sunday. Or they’ll have plenty of cap room beyond Sunday if they let Parsons go to Dallas.
Either way, Houston isn’t done yet. Bosh isn’t coming, and Carmelo Anthony is reportedly deciding between the Knicks and Bulls, so the top targets are off the market. But the Rockets could still push for other free agents like Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza or even restricted free agents like Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe.
Still, I wonder, does Daryl Morey regret using a first rounder to dump Lin when it didn’t even result in Bosh?
LeBron James bolting the Heat for the Cavaliers has set free agency into motion, and that’s more true with the Heat than it is perhaps anywhere else.
Chris Bosh is moving closer to accepting an offer to join the Houston Rockets, and the last remaining member of the Big Three is reportedly being courted, as well.
From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
The Chicago Bulls are interested in discussing a deal with free-agent guard Dwyane Wade, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The crumbling of the Miami Heat’s Big Three on Friday leaves Wade facing a future without LeBron James and Chris Bosh in Miami, and a Heat franchise facing a rebuilding situation again. …
Wade grew up in Chicago, and took a meeting in 2010 free agency with the Bulls. Knee problems have limited him the past two years, and the uncertainty about his future may have played some part in James’ decision to join a younger core in Cleveland.
We’re still awaiting a decision from Carmelo Anthony, and while he reportedly is leaning towards returning to the Knicks, the Bulls were one of the teams on his very short list.
Chicago isn’t going to make any moves until they hear from Carmelo one way or another, but Wade is at least on their radar as someone they’d like to pursue.
Wade has spent his entire career in Miami, so it’s unclear what his interest level would be in leaving — especially after opting out of the final two years of his deal with the Heat that would have paid him $42 million guaranteed. It’s more than likely that Wade was promised at least that much (if not more) stretched over a four- or five-year deal to help Miami gain some financial flexibility, and he’d certainly be offered nowhere near that amount to join the Bulls.
But Wade is from Chicago, and much like it was with LeBron, the allure of returning home at this stage of his career might make it a very real option.
The Lakers are rebuilding. They don’t want to sell it as that because they are the Lakers, yet in reality what they will really sell the next couple of years is Kobe Bryant and the hope of landing a big star. But make no mistake, they are rebuilding. Carmelo Anthony is not coming to skip over steps in the process, not after the moves the Lakers have made.
What it takes to rebuild is draft picks — and the Lakers are woefully lacking in that category, having sent picks out in deals to get veterans such as Steve Nash. So the moves the Lakers are making now are more about the picks and the future than they are the pieces com in
With that, the Lakers agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets to trade for Jeremy Lin and a future pick. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has the details.
The Rockets will send a 2015 first-round pick, and other draft considerations to the Lakers to unload the final year of Lin’s $14 million expiring contract that includes a salary cap hit of $8.3 million based on the deal’s structure.
The Lakers will send cash and the rights to an overseas player, sources said.
For the Rockets, this is one of a number of trades and steps for them to sign Chris Bosh to a max or near max deal. That is moving forward rapidly (which the Rockets are pushing so they can match Chandler Parsons).
Lin, with his Taiwanese ancestry and still incredible popularity, makes for good marketing for the Lakers for a year. With Lakers fans always voting for Lakers, don’t be shocked if Lin is an All-Star starter next year once the fans have voted.
But what the Lakers really need is the 2015 pick.
Which is why the Lakers might engage in some sign-and-trade talk with the Chicago Bulls about Pau Gasol for Carlos Boozer, reports Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.
It’s not about Boozer, but if Gasol is gone anyway (and he likely is without Anthony in Los Angeles) the Lakers might as well get something to help the rebuilding along as part of the process.
LeBron James has made his decision: Cleveland.
Now the other big domino that is to fall in NBA free agency is Carmelo Anthony — stay with the Knicks, or join the Lakers or Bulls. When will he decide?
Not Friday, says Marc Spears of Yahoo sports.
Anthony still seems legitimately torn. LeBron was able to come to grips with what mattered most to him — taking him and his family back to Northeast Ohio — but Anthony is struggling with what matters most to him. Money? Winning? Lifestyle and location? How to balance all of them?
Anthony has to choose fast because his options are drying up.
The Lakers just traded for Jeremy Lin and with that can no longer offer Anthony a full max contract (according to the math of Dan Feldman of PBT). If the Lakers stretch Steve Nash out (let him go, pay his contract over three years) and renounce rights to everybody (Kendall Marshall, Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre) they can get to about a million a year short of max, but not all the way there.
Maybe Anthony already counted the Lakers out, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN said he did, although nobody else did so take it with salt.
But ‘Melo has other problems.
The Lakers and Chicago have started to have preliminary discussions of a Pau Gasol for Carlos Boozer sign-and-trade swap (where the Bulls send the Lakers a pick, the Lakers need picks to rebuild) and that could kill the Chicago option for Anthony. Chicago might wait a little while to pull the trigger on that kind of deal to see what Anthony wants to do, but they will not wait long. And that would kill the idea of Gasol coming to New York if Anthony went there.
All of which is to say, he doesn’t have to decide today but the longer he waits, the fewer options he has that are not New York.
Which maybe where Anthony wanted to land all along.
This is why the Timberwolves waited.
They figured once LeBron James (and maybe Carmelo Anthony) signed, interest in Kevin Love would heat up. Then, they could start a bidding war.
The Cavaliers, with Love’s urging, are probably game. I suspect they’ll get past their lowball offer and at least discuss a deal involving Andrew Wiggins.
The Warriors? Not so much.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News:
Klay Thompson is a good young player, and he fits well with the Warriors.
If the Cavaliers offer Wiggins, this probably a somewhat moot point. Wiggins is more valuable than Thompson.
But if the Warriors pass up a chance to get Love because they refuse to trade Thompson, they’ll regret it.
It’s possible that scenario has already played out, if Minnesota would have finalized the reported traded based on Love and Kevin Martin for Thompson and David Lee. To ensure that fate is a misstep.