Report: Heat won’t pick up Michael Beasley’s option for next season


No matter what, the Heat and Michael Beasley always seem to end up back together. They took him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2008 and traded him after two seasons, but can never bring themselves to fully give up on him. They brought him back for the 2013-14 season and then, last season, signed him in February.

Once again, they’re going their separate ways. At least for now. The Heat have told Beasley they won’t be picking up his option for next season, according to the Miami Herald‘s Barry Jackson:

Other than his repeated second chances with the Heat, Beasley seems to have washed out of the league entirely. He’s never been able to put the repeated maturity concerns fully in the past, and his on-court contributions have been inconsistent at best. Given the way the last couple of years have gone, there’s a chance the Heat will bring him back during the season, once 10-day contracts start in January.

Daryl Morey says Rockets more likely to re-sign their own free agents than land a big name


In the last two offseasons, the Rockets have been major players in free agency. All indications from Daryl Morey are that that’s not going to be the case this year. In 2013, Houston landed the biggest free agent of the summer in Dwight Howard. Last year, they made a pitch to Carmelo Anthony and came close to luring Chris Bosh away from Miami, before the Heat came through with a max contract offer. Now, even with such names as Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge on the market, Morey seems more focused on re-signing the Rockets’ own players who are due for new deals than adding another star.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

The Rockets are “probably likely” to stick with their plan to remain above the salary cap and spend the free-agency period putting the band back together by signing many, if not all, of their five free agents.

Morey did say there are “possible opportunities we have to explore that are bigger. But I think they’re unlikely.”

Those unlikely “possible opportunities” are enough for the Rockets to do some big-game hunting when free-agent season opens Wednesday, but without the confidence of the past two summers.

This summer’s top free-agent targets – big men LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love – are considered much greater long shots than the top players of the past two offseasons that had the Rockets in the middle of the annual free-agent frenzy.

The Rockets will have five players to make decisions on this summer: restricted free agents Patrick Beverley and K.J. McDaniels, and unrestricted free agents Josh Smith, Corey Brewer and Jason Terry. Beverley and Smith are the two most likely players to be priorities. Beverley missed the last two weeks of the regular season and the entire postseason with torn ligaments in his left wrist, but he should be healthy by training camp and he’s been a defensive pest for Houston the last three years. He should be due for a significant raise over the $915,000 he made this season — probably something north of $10 million annually.

Smith resurrected his career in Houston after a catastrophic year-plus in Detroit, learning to play to his strengths as a solid defender and around-the-basket finisher and complimenting Howard well in the frontcourt. Brewer found a perfect role as an energy guy off the bench in Houston after being traded from Minnesota in December. Terry was surprisingly solid in the backup point guard role, stepping in as a starter after Beverley went down. McDaniels didn’t play much after being traded to Houston from Philadelphia at the deadline, but he’s still a promising young talent.

Unless something unforeseen happens, Morey’s plan seems to be to keep this group together and add new draftees Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell. And why not? The Rockets made the Western Conference Finals despite injuries to Beverley and Donatas Motiejunas. If the opportunity is there to get a star like Love or Aldridge, Morey will obviously go for it, but it’s understandable that he sees potential for this core to make yet another leap after a successful season and playoff run.

David Griffin says LeBron James is conferring with him daily about Cavaliers roster


LeBron James has a reputation for going dark after the season – intentionally or not, passively aggressively dictating how his team should proceed.

It got Mike Brown fired, Shabazz Napier drafted and Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger signed.

But it seems LeBron is taking a different approach this year.

Joe Vardon of

LeBron James hasn’t said anything to the Cavaliers about his contract situation, general manager David Griffin said early Friday morning.

But about the Cavs’ roster?

“We’ve heard from him every day pretty much,” Griffin said, following the 2015 NBA Draft. “He’s very engaged.”

“He is not dark,” Griffin said. “It’s been great. He’s been very much engaged with us on a lot of different levels. It’s been positive.”

If LeBron is going to hold the Cavaliers’ feet to the fire over roster moves before re-signing, why not listen to his opinion? LeBron is the most import person in the organization. He deserves a say.

But he should – and probably doesn’t – recognize he’s unqualified to run the front office.

He’s too close to the players on the team. A view from afar is helpful in that role.

He also surely doesn’t put the time into scouting and mastering salary-cap nuances. Those are requirements of the job.  LeBron is rightfully focused on his other job, playing for the team.

If LeBron is just an advisor, that’s fantastic. If he’s trying to do more, that could cause problems.

Report: Heat trying to trade Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen


The Heat have three somewhat-competing objectives:

How can they accomplish that?

Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

According to multiple league sources, the Heat are attempting to trade guard Mario Chalmers and big man Chris Andersen to help free up some salary

Andersen ($5 million) and Chalmers ($4.3 million) are entering the final year of their contracts. So, dealing those two would help only the first two objectives. Andersen and Chalmers would be off the books anyway when Whiteside hits free agency.

If Andersen and Chalmers are traded, that would make it easier to re-sign Wade and Dragic to big contracts. But those big contracts could contain only 7.5% pay decreases

If there were perfect trust, perhaps the Heat could agree to overpay Wade this year on a one-year deal. In exchange, he’d take less in 2016, when Miami needs the money for Whiteside.

But I don’t think there’s enough trust for that type of arrangement.

Another difficulty: Dumping Andersen and Chalmers won’t be easy. Andersen turns 37 next month and has shown signs of decline. Chalmers is coming off the worst season of his career. The Heat would probably have to include a sweetener to unload either. Their No. 10 pick, Justise Winslow, is far too valuable for that, and they’ve already traded as many future first-rounders as they’re allowed to deal.

I think Miami wants to see Dragic, Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Whiteside play together. Trading Chalmers and Andersen would help accomplish that. But how do the Heat unload those two?

Report: Goran Dragic camp expects Heat to offer contract worth between $90 million and $100 million


The Heat reportedly planned to offer Goran Dragic a five-year contract “in excess of $80 million,” which generally was interpreted as barely more than $80 million.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

Amid an ESPN report that the Heat will offer Goran Dragic a five-year deal in excess of $80 million, the Dragic camp expects the proposal to be five years for between $90 million and $100 million.

The Heat and the Dragic camp remain optimistic a deal will get done with Miami.

There’s a big difference between $80 million and $90 million, because his max contract with another team projects to be worth $81 million over four years.

Offer Dragic less than he can make elsewhere – especially considering he’ll surely make something five years from now if he signs a four-year deal – it becomes likely he bolts. Provide him more security with that fifth year, and he probably stays.

It’s also encouraging Dragic’s camp is optimistic about reaching a deal despite not expecting Miami to offer its full max. Both sides surely discussed contracts before the Heat traded for Dragic, and at the time, it seemed a max deal might have been the understanding.

The initial report put everyone on alert to the possibility of Dragic leaving Miami. With this new information, we can probably drop back to DEFCON 4.