Players ‘mobilizing’ to go meet DeAndre Jordan, tweet emojis so you know it’s real


DeAndre Jordan is having second thoughts about his verbal commitment to join the Mavericks in free agency, and has scheduled a meeting with the Clippers in Houston which will give them one last chance to convince him to stay.

The Mavericks, too, are expected to meet with Jordan, with Mark Cuban heading to Houston to try to seal the deal.

As the details of this meeting began to emerge, things quickly gained traction on Twitter, and became all kinds of hilarious.

Chandler Parsons was instrumental in recruiting Jordan all along, so it wasn’t surprising to see him announce his intentions to travel by plane to be a part of the conversation.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that J.J. Redick, who was extremely harsh in his criticism of the Clippers for letting Jordan get away, lives in nearby Austin, Texas, and had been “mobilized” to attend the proceedings.

Blake Griffin, who has a strong sense of humor and rarely misses out on a comedic opportunity, quickly joined in on the emoji madness.

Chris Paul, fresh off a vacation which included a banana boat ride with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, brought it all to an appropriately ridiculous conclusion.

Except it wasn’t the conclusion — the jokes just keep rolling in. Paul Pierce wanted in on the act, but the best part is that the 37-year-old didn’t use an emoji; he took a picture of one instead.

Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson jumped in …

as did the Golden State Warriors …

as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This may actually be the greatest day in NBA history.

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul are vacationing together



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Just like you, NBA players like to vacation with their friends.

It just draws a little more attention when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul are hanging out together.

LeBron and Wade were together at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, and apparently a couple other buddies dropped by. You just have to wonder how many of them did the Leap of Faith waterslide. What we do know is some of them went on a banana boat ride.

Report: Heat willing to give away Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen


The Heat are reportedly looking to trade Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen.

At least their asking price is right.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen are available for nothing, per several league sources, and the Heat have even put out Shabazz Napier feelers with an eye on carving out extra cap room next summer.

Andersen ($5 million) and Chalmers ($4.3 million) have expiring contracts. There isn’t a long-term obligation for Miami or a team that would take those two.

But the Heat face a large tax bill with Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic returning. So, they have incentive to move Andersen and Chalmers this season.

Easier said than done, though.

Andersen turns 37 next month, and he’s declining. Chalmers just had the worst season of his career. Maybe a team left with cap room after most free agents sign would take one or the other, but that’s far from a lock.

The Heat might need to include a sweetener, though they can’t trade any more future first-round picks. Second-rounders could work, or Miami could entice a team with Napier – which would cut payroll even further.

Dragic, Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside give the Heat an impressive and balanced starting lineup. But depth might run too expensive – at least if they can afford the cost of dumping Chalmers and Andersen. Getting nothing in return might not be enough.

Dwyane Wade cites his scoring average when asked how long he’ll continue to play: ‘I think I’ll stay around a while’


Dwyane Wade has played 12 NBA seasons, and while he is still capable of performing at an elite level at times, there’s no question that his ability to remain healthy for the entirety of an 82-game regular season has long since passed.

Wade appeared in just 62 games for the Heat last season, and 53, 69, and 49 in each of the years prior.

He did finish last season as the third leading scorer in the Eastern Conference behind only Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, however, and believes that 21.5 points per game average proves he can play in this league for at least a few additional seasons.


Wade was at odds with the Heat over his contract this summer, before re-upping on a one-year deal that will pay him $20 million.

The problem with Wade isn’t his level of production; it’s the relative inconsistency. His team essentially has to count on him missing 20 games during the regular season in order to preserve him from a health standpoint, and that’s not a small number of games to be forced to play without your leading scorer.

Wade is likely good for a few more seasons, even if it’s eventually in a reduced role. But how he performs in 2016 — and how healthy he can remain — will be huge factors in the type of deal he’s able to secure on what will likely be his final multi-year contract.

Video: Tyler Johnson hits Summer League game-winner for Heat with .4 on clock


Whether regular season or Summer League, we love us some buzzer beaters.

In case you missed it because you were grilling burgers and watching fireworks, NBA Summer League started on July 4 down in Orlando (it moves on to Denver and Las Vegas next week).

On Sunday, Tyler Johnson — who was up and down between the Heat and Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League last season — made a great cut to the basket with 0.4 on the clock, caught the ball and got the shot off at the rim to lead the Heat past the Nets.