HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Now that this country’s World Cup soccer craze, the same one that has engulfed folks from every walk off life the past few weeks, has subsided with the U.S. National Team’s 2-1 loss to Belgium, maybe we can all get back to the business of NBA free agency.
And that includes LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the two most-high profile free agents on the market.
Anthony, despite spending his day in Chicago on the first day of his national recruiting tour, found the time to acknowledge what was going on in Brazil. James, forgoing the recruiting process he went through in 2010, was active in his support of the U.S. National team as well.
James is the biggest domino of the summer. Once he makes up his mind about returning to Miami or choosing to go elsewhere, Anthony and the rest of the biggest chips will fall accordingly.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving got his maximum extension, five-years and $90 million, to remain the face of that franchise. And Jodie Meeks, who played with the Los Angeles Lakers last season, has reportedly agreed to a 3-year, $19-million deal in Detroit.
But the rest of the free agent field remains wide open as we finish off the first 24 hours of this process tonight and head into the next 24 …
Mills injured prepping for World Cup hoops, 11:54 p.m.
Teams wary of LeBron camp’s silence, 11:23 p.m.
Lowry taking his time, 10:05 p.m.
Nets-Cavs discuss swap, 9:13 p.m.
Pat and Pau chat, 8:46 p.m.
Once again, NO DISCOUNTS in Miami, 7:23 p.m.
Bulls wrapping up with Melo, 6:41 p.m.
Hawes in demand, 6:25 p.m.
Livingston hits big, 5:35 p.m.
Wall reports Gortat’s return, 5:09 p.m.
So much for those home team discounts for Bosh and Wade, 4:58 p.m.
Cartier Martin also joins the revolution in Detroit, 4:52 p.m.
Meeks to the Pistons on 3-year, $19-million deal, 4:50 p.m.
The ‘Melo tour continues, 4:39 p.m.
Celtics will have to go the trade route, 4:08 p.m.
Rose in on the recruiting pitch to Melo, 4:02 p.m.
No news until after the game ends, 3:53 p.m.
The King weighs in on Messi, 3:22 p.m.
‘Melo delivers well wishes to U.S. soccer team, 2:56 p.m.
Kobe’s version of NBA history, 2:13 p.m.
Suns want to keep Frye around, 1:55 p.m.
DRose didn’t recruit LeBron like this, 1:41 p.m.
Brand in demand in Atlanta and New York, 1:41 p.m.
Pacers in pursuit of C.J. Miles, 1:21 p.m.
The wooing of Melo is officially underway in Chicago, 1:14 p.m.
Dirk after Melo for Mavs, 12:59 p.m.
Nets search will not expand to Karl or Van Gundy, 12:57 p.m.
If Melo wants to talk to Rose it will be done, 12:38 p.m.
The Lakers and their California Dreaming, 12:35 p.m.
The one-man coaching search, 12:22 p.m.
Monroe makes sense for the Magic, 12:04 p.m.
Please no, not the “L” Word again, 12:01 p.m.
Wizards not sweating the small stuff or LeBron, 11:52 a.m.
Wiz owner Ted Leonsis is one of the few people brave enough to admit he doesn’t care about the King!
What will it take to get Love? 11:41 a.m.
Hawks’ Scott may be able to be had, 11:29 a.m.
Cavs may get in on pursuit of Monroe, 11:27 a.m.
Lines of communication open between Rose and Melo, 11:13 a.m.
Hollins up next to take over for Kidd in Brooklyn, 10:59 a.m.
It makes sense. Lionel Hollins could turn out to be the steal of the free agent summer.
Pistons have their new Isaiah Thomas? 10:29 a.m.
Piling on Kidd, 10:27 a.m.
Wiggins at SG alongside Kyrie, 10:08 a.m.
Don’t take it personal, 10:05 a.m.
Dirk in no rush, 9:54 a.m.
In pursuit of Marvin (Williams), 9:54 a.m.
Nets optimistic about Pierce, 9:51 a.m.
Statement time in Milwaukee, 9:46 a.m.
No Kidding, 9:43 a.m.
No love for Ayon, 9:43 a.m.
Spencer Hawes rumors have spread, 9:36 a.m.
The market for Isaiah Thomas, 9:31 a.m.
Perspective people, 9:28 a.m.
Choices for the Butler, 9:05 a.m.
Kyrie Irving was the first player of this summer to agree to a max-deal, a five-year extension worth $90 million.
Now who’s next?
The 2014 free agent summer is nearly 10 hours hold and we’re still waiting for the next big deal to drop!