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Report: Pacers pushing hard to sign Monta Ellis


Monta Ellis opted out of the final year of his contract with the Mavericks before the start of free agency, and already he has plenty of suitors. Chief among them are the Paces, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

The Pacers and Ellis’ camp haven’t met face-to-face yet, but they will on Wednesday, according to USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt:


CBS Sports’ Ken Berger added that the Nuggets, Kings and Hawks have also made calls on Ellis, with the Heat a possibility if Dwyane Wade leaves:

Of the teams reported to be interested in Ellis, the Pacers seem like the best fit. They’ll have a healthy Paul George (knock on wood) but not much else in the way of scoring, especially if Rodney Stuckey leaves. Ellis could fill a hole in the backcourt. What will be interesting to see is how much money Ellis gets, and for how many years. He’s 29, so he’s still in his prime, but he’s a streaky player and not a great defender. He’s not the kind of player you’d feel comfortable locking up for four years, at least not for much more than the $8 million annual salary he was making in Dallas. On a shorter-term deal, a raise into eight-figure territory could make sense.

Report: Lakers working to clear out more cap space to land both LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan

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UPDATE: The amazing Larry Coon ran the numbers in detail over at his CBAFAQ and came to the decision the Lakers could not get both on max contracts, not and keep Kobe (and they are not trading Kobe). Now, maybe you could get one or both to take a slight discount (a couple million) to make this work, but those guys didn’t become free agents this year to take discounts.

The other option is to land, maybe, Aldridge at the max and another top free agent just below that number — someone like Dwyane Wade or Robin Lopez, depending on what direction the Lakers want to go. Either way they are still thinking big.


These are the Lakers their fan base expects — not just thinking big, they are thinking massive.

The Lakers have the cap space to offer a max contract to someone, and they have meetings set with the biggest names looking to move — LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan and Greg Monroe, among others.

But why just settle for one? The Lakers are trying to clear out the room to get a couple, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

I have to start here: If the Lakers hadn’t offered Kobe Bryant the largest contract in the NBA — $25 million next season — and gotten him to take a little bit of a discount, this process would be a lot easier. The only guy they can try to move to really help them is Nick Young (and there’s not a great market for volume shooters).

It’s a long shot the Lakers land those two (one of Jordan’s issues is he wants more recognition and a bigger role than he’s had with the Clippers, would that happen here with Kobe Bryant, LaMarcus Aldridge and D’Angelo Russell?). All of the top players are meeting with multiple teams — Jordan and Monroe for a piece to start, Aldridge seven. Those guys will have options. But even if the Lakers strike out completely with all the big names this summer, this is the kind of news they want their fans to see — “look, we’re trying to go big here.”

More than that, the Lakers believe that after a rough couple of years, they are primed to return to the NBA’s elite. Look at what Jeanie Buss — the Buss child with the most power in their complex family control of the team — told Sam Amick of the USA Today.

“We’ve got everything that should allow us to be competitive. Now does that mean that it’s that easy just to snap your fingers and win a championship? I know a lot goes into it, and it’s hard to win a championship. Only one team gets to do that every year, but there’s no reason why we can’t be one of those teams that’s talked about and that people look forward to seeing how they’re going to do in the regular season and in the playoffs. And that’s important that every employee, not just our basketball front office, knows that they’re being held to a standard to deliver on their job.”

Even with the restrictions of the new CBA, the Lakers and the city of Los Angeles are a big draw to free agents. Maybe not the draw they were 15 years ago, but they are a draw. The Lakers are in the mix for the best on the board — and they are being understandably greedy and going after as much of that talent as they can get.

It’s the Lakers being the Lakers again.

PBT Podcast: The top guys to watch as NBA free agency tips off

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LeBron James is the biggest free agent name. Technically. But we all know he’s not leaving the Cavaliers.

However, when you start to talk about LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, Greg Monroe and some other big bodies about to hit the free agent market, things get interesting.

In this latest PBT Podcast the guys talk about all of the big name free agents in a primer for the NBA’s wild off-season season, which tips off the second the calendar flips to July 1 (that’s when teams can start talking to free agents). We’ve got PBT’s Kurt Helin and Brett Pollakoff, plus NBCSports’ Dominic Ridgard breaking down the top guys on the board, from the ones not likely to move (Marc Gasol) to the guys trying to move but not finding it that easy (Dwyane Wade).

Listen to the podcast below or you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.

League execs say ‘there is not a robust market’ for Dwyane Wade in free agency


Dwyane Wade is viewed by many as having declined in recent seasons, primarily due to a combination of age and injury.

But he’s still capable of performing at a very high level, if not necessarily for an entire 82-game season.

Wade was the Eastern Conference’s third leading scorer last year, behind only Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. If the Heat don’t meet his contract demands, he could become a key contributor on a contending team if he chooses to leave in free agency. But there may not be many clubs that would be willing to take that risk at the price he would command.

Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:

League execs telling me there is not a robust market for DWade because of his age (33) and injury problems.

This may be true, but it only takes one team to step up with a contract offer that would make Miami nervous.

Teams like the Knicks and the Lakers immediately come to mind, because their large markets demand star power to sell those high-priced seats. It’s the reason New York gave Carmelo Anthony a max contract, and it’s the reason L.A. overpaid Kobe Bryant on the final two years of his deal.

Wade returning to the Heat remains the likeliest outcome of his journey into free agency. And even if there aren’t many teams that come calling, there will almost certainly be one or two that are willing to have that conversation.

Report: Dwyane Wade will not opt-in with Heat, to become free agent (as expected)

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There will be no Luol Deng last minute change of heart.

Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat have been at an impasse for a while now — reportedly as much as a $24 million impasse. So Wade is using the only leverage he has.

Wade will not opt-in to the next year of his contract with Miami, reports Ramona Shelburne at ESPN.

This is the opposite of a surprise. From Wade’s perspective, he left money on the table both to bring the big three together, and then again the Heat to rebuild the roster after LeBron James went home. Now Wade wants to get paid, reportedly seeking in the $20 million a year range.

The Heat front office still wants that flexibility and sees a diminishing on the court role for Wade. They reportedly hoped he would take far less than $16 million a year after this season, maybe closer to $10 million.

When Wade can get on the court he still is an All-Star level player — he averaged 21.5 points a game last season, he can still get to the rim and he had a PER of 21.4 — he’s still fairly efficient. But he has chronic knee issues and only played in 62 games last season, after 54 the season before that. His minutes have to be kept in check at this point.

The real question for Wade and his effort to leverage the Heat: Who is going to give him more money than Miami? That list of teams may be very slim at this point in his career.

But it looks like we are going to find out.