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LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra, Pat Riley

Report: LeBron James leaves meeting with Pat Riley without committing to Heat


LeBron James met with Pat Riley in Las Vegas today, and if you were expecting that to resolve anything, you’re going to be disappointed.

Realistically, the only team LeBron was likely to commit to today was the Heat. He knows them inside and out, and Riley had a chance to sell him on their big additions, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.

LeBron hasn’t even met with other teams, leaving his agent to lay the groundwork. I find it difficult to believe he’s ready to choose one of them.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

Maybe LeBron simply signs with the Cavaliers soon. Or he could still re-sign with the Heat. Being non-committal today doesn’t take that out of play.

I’d guess LeBron starts taking meetings himself. If he’s not sold on Miami, it’s time to get a first-hand look at what else is out there. That would likely be a multi-day process.

Today offered a chance at resolution, but only with LeBron returning to the Heat. Now, a lot more is on the table.

Report: Mavericks shake up Rockets’ free-agent plans, agree to offer sheet with Chandler Parsons

Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

The Houston Rockets made a calculated risk when they declined Chandler Parsons’ team option and made him a restricted free agent this offseason rather than letting him becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Had Houston simply picked up Parsons’ option, he would have counted safely at just $964,750 against the cap this offseason. Instead, he counts at $2,875,130 until his new contract goes into effect. When it does, his 2014-15 salary will become his cap number, and that will be much higher.

Essentially the Rockets were betting Parsons would patiently wait an offer. Houston would sign an outside free agent first and then exceed the cap to re-sign Parsons.

That plan might have backfired.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

On a three-year contract, Parsons’ max is $46,164,000, so this is a max contract or close to it. Parsons’ max starting salary is $ 14,725,359 – a heck of a lot more than $2,875,130.

The easy path for the Rockets is signing a top free agent during the 72-hour period they have to match, and then they can go over the cap to keep Parsons.

But that’s predicated on other free agents deciding so quickly. Houston might not get everything to line up so conveniently.

If the Rockets match, they’ll be out of the race for any elite free agents and likely anyone who commands more than the mid-level exception. Carmelo Anthony reportedly plans to re-sign with the Knicks, so there’s likely no dilemma there.

But what happens if LeBron James – and therefore Chris Bosh – is still in flux? Would the Rockets match Parsons’ offer? Or would they let him leave on the chance they can get Bosh?

Daryl Morey backed himself into a corner.

The Mavericks might be hamstringing themselves, too. That’s a lot of money to pay Parsons if Houston doesn’t match – though, if Gordon Hayward deserves a max contract, Parsons probably does, too. Those two have similar value.

For the most part, I like the deal for Dallas, even if it hinders long-term flexibility. The Mavericks are trying to maximize Dirk Nowitzki’s final years. Trading for Tyson Chandler was a good step, and this would be another. Parsons is a solid all-around player who immediately makes the team better.

Plus, if the Rockets match and miss out on a premier free agent, Mark Cuban can take pride in making life difficult for a rival.

Value of max contracts for 2014 NBA free agents

Miami Heat v New York Knicks

I previously explained and estimated the value of max contracts this summer, but that was based on the projected salary cap.

Now that the cap has been set, we can determine actual max salaries.

Remember, a max salary is determined by experience and previous salary. Just two free agents – Dirk Nowitzki and Carmelo Anthony – had high enough 2013-14 salaries to exceed the max based on years of experience.

Here are the values of max contracts for Nowitzki, Melo and everyone else based on years of experience (updated with precise amounts the NBA provided teams):

0-6 years

Year Re-sign Leave
One $14,746,000 $14,746,000
Two $15,851,950 $15,409,570
Three $16,957,900 $16,073,140
Four $18,063,850 $16,736,710
Five $19,169,800
Total $84,789,500 $62,965,420

7-9 years

Year Re-sign Leave
One $17,695,200 $17,695,200
Two $19,022,340 $18,491,484
Three $20,349,480 $19,287,768
Four $21,676,620 $20,084,052
Five $23,003,760
Total $101,747,400 $75,558,504

10+ years

Year Re-sign Leave
One $20,644,400 $20,644,400
Two $22,192,730 $21,573,398
Three $23,741,060 $22,502,396
Four $25,289,390 $23,431,394
Five $26,837,720
Total $118,705,300 $88,151,588

Dirk Nowitzki (plans to sign three-year, $30 million contract)

Year Re-sign Leave
One $23,857,450 $23,857,450
Two $25,646,759 $24,931,035
Three $27,436,068 $26,004,621
Four $29,225,376 $27,078,206
Five $31,014,685
Total $137,180,338 $101,871,312

Carmelo Anthony (reportedly plans to re-sign with Knicks)

Year Re-sign Leave
One $22,458,402 $22,458,402
Two $24,142,782 $23,469,030
Three $25,827,162 $24,479,658
Four $27,511,542 $25,490,286
Five $29,195,922
Total $129,135,810 $95,897,375

If you’re wondering about LeBron James and Chris Bosh (and maybe even Dwyane Wade), the Heat’s stars can get the max for players with 10+ years experience.

Report: Cavaliers want to swing Kevin Love trade if LeBron James comes to town

Kevin Love

This has been rumored for a while, but it still remains a long shot.

The Cleveland Cavaliers don’t just want LeBron James (who is meeting with Miami’s Pat Riley in Las Vegas on Wednesday), they want to land Kevin Love as well. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports tweeted this:

I’ll say up front I’m skeptical they can pull this off. (That is even if they get LeBron.)

What would a trade look like? There is no chance Minnesota would do it without top pick Andrew Wiggins being in the mix, and while I would do that the Cavaliers are rumored to be hesitant. It’s also going to take some of those future first round picks and some other young players of quality as well — Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson are not going to cut it.

Even that may not be enough — Boston has been trying to use a combination of young players and picks for some time now and had no success. Flip Saunders in Minnesota has wanted younger but more established players, guys such as Taj Gibson or his real target Klay Thompson.

Whether Wiggins could get him to change his mind depends on how highly Saunders had Wiggins rated.

And even then Saunders might try to use this as leverage to get Golden State to throw Thompson in their offer, or to pressure other suitors.

Kevin Love reportedly has told the Cavs he would not re-sign in Cleveland unless LeBron was there. Love will be a free agent next summer.

If you’re the Cavs and you get LeBron, you better swing for the fences to put a team around him — and do it smarter than they did last time around (aging Shaq and other questionable choices).

Report: Carmelo Anthony to choose New York; agent denies

Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

It was New York and the extra $30 million (plus trusting Phil Jackson) or Los Angeles and the Lakers brand and Kobe Bryant.

This isn’t official but it seems to be New York won out, as reported by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

A person close to Anthony told The News on Wednesday that barring a last minute change of heart Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks after “agonizing over this” for the past week.

“He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career. But he wants to get it done in New York. He told me he believes in Phil,”said the friend who was with Anthony before Anthony’s scheduled workout with Kevin Durant and Kevin Love in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Other sources have yet to confirm this — the teams have yet to be told anything and his agent is denying the report — this is based on one report, albeit from a well-connected reporter. If you’re a Lakers’ fan that can’t let the dream die go ahead and hold out hope. But brace for the worst.

In the end it was all about the money… although if he’s not happy in a couple of years he can force his way out, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

He adds that Anthony’s dream of teaming up with LeBron was never realistic — the numbers didn’t work out well anywhere with them both getting the max, plus they weren’t talking.

With Anthony in the fold Phil Jackson is said to be targeting Pau Gasol to come to New York and join him. Gasol has plenty of options with the Bulls, Spurs and Thunder having all made big pitches to him. Those teams can all offer more than Gasol, but he is also an urbane, Barcelona-raised person who is more likely to choose a big city over small.

The Houston Rockets, already had moved on from Anthony and have made a max offer to Chris Bosh, who was a better fit for them. They are all waiting on LeBron James to make his decision.

For the Lakers, it’s back to waiting. The plan all along has been to land a superstar that will take over as the face of the franchise after Kobe retires in a few years. While many Lakers fans had talked themselves into Anthony for that role, players such as Kevin Love or potentially in a couple of years Kevin Durant would be better fits. (It’s too early to speculate on if Durant will even leave Oklahoma City, but Love is on his way out of Minnesota one way or another and has ties to L.A.) The Lakers’ plan has always been to get the star then figure out the system, the opposite of the Knicks’ plan with Phil Jackson.