2014 Free Agency — Day 1


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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 …

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John Schuhmann provides an update on free agent options and offers

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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.

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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?

LeBron James?

Carmelo Anthony?

Chris Bosh?

The 2014 free agent summer is nearly 10 hours hold and we’re still waiting for the next big deal to drop!

– CLICK HERE for Part I of the Free Agent Fever –

21 Comments

  1. #KarlComeHome says:

    Lakers in a tough situation. The only market superstar who kobe would REALLY play WITH is Lebron. I hope they get nothing! Go everyone else

  2. Jerrod Rabb says:

    I would love to see Isaiah Thomas in a pistons uniform one because the guy can really play. He is an all around point and can shoot the tree ball effeicently. Granted only being 5’9 could make him a defensive liability but did you se jennings last year it would still be an upgrade. He also is a high character guy and that would help with the mess in the lockeroom as well. But the real foucus should be the pistons “infamous three” Stan van gundy has made it clear that drummond is the future but we need to know what to do with either smith or monroe I think ich ever we keep we shoud trade t he other I f possible (in smith’s case ) and try to get a quality small foward or wing and back up center.

  3. slipstik says:

    Once you know you have reached your peak, it will be downhill by that time, so take a max contract while you can at least maintain your peak for 1 or 2 years.

    • Wade says:

      i know right? wth? why should Wade and Bosh take pay cut so LBJ can enjoy his free ride to the trophy? This will make Wade and Bosh worse than other players who are not as skilled as they are but getting max paid. There are many teams in the league that each of them can go to have a shot at the title, Rockets, Pacers, OKC, Lakers, Clippers, San Antonio, etc..

  4. with isaiah thomas jr going to pistons the rockets should go after brandon jennings in a trade. He would be great with beverley and daniels and canaan then get vince carter for small forward resign jordan hamilton to back him up at the 3. johnson is good back up for harden then trade parsons for love and then jones can back him up or try to get josh smith too

  5. LBJ the Drama Queen says:

    Irving was not worth $90Mill….he can’t play defense so he should be worth $45Mill

    Anyway why not Melo & Kevin Love to the Cavs?
    would this team make the finals? Irving and Melo will brick and kevin love rebounds

  6. Mattt says:

    drose says he doesnt wanna recruit….but hes in the meeting….

  7. Garry says:

    People like rivalries in sports. Putting all the superstars on one or two teams are going to spoil that. Spread them out.

  8. qwerty says:

    Please do not get rid of Shelvin Mack and Mike Scott; they really have a good chemistry when both on the court. Remember Game 5 vs. Indy? Lets go Hawks!

  9. atakan imren says:

    i really think that lakers has a chance to mae it come true.coz everyone knows that we are best in the history of sports we had 16 titles and 31 times in the nba final.we have 9 retired numbers.we have most fan iin the world.yes los angeles,hollywood attractive one.that’s pretty enough to lure a superstar

    • cookitup says:

      wow you are dumb

    • B says:

      I think you’re forgetting the Celtics. 21 retired numbers, soon to be 22 with paul pierce. Although the Celtics have less finals appearances then the lakers they have one more championship 17 celtics, 16 lakers. And according to bleacher report the Celtics have the best fan base.

  10. Kimmy says:

    Let’s Go Hawks! Let’s Go Thunder!

  11. JM says:

    Is that really Hawes deadlifting 405?? That’s pretty impressive considering how tall he is and well i though he wasn’t strong.

  12. ttt says:

    I think they need to twerk

  13. mee(a)t says:

    Heat why are you going after Caron Butler :(

    • Gus T.T. Showbiz says:

      Because somebody has to keep the chairs warm for the players. That was Beasley’s job last year. He got the job when Juwan Howard retired who got the job from Dexter Pittman. It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it.

  14. Erika says:

    I think that the pistons should take Isaiah Thomas