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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The identification, pursuit and securing of the right free agent at the right time can change the destiny of a franchise, when done right.
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Kyle Lowry, Luol Deng and many others could be the players that help some franchise change its destiny (James, Bosh and Wade have already done so with the Miami Heat four years ago).
We’ll find out just after midnight, when the NBA’s free agent circus begins, where some of these guys are headed. Will the Heat’s Big 3 stick around? Will Anthony or Lowry join them?
It all comes into focus now (and no, the drama kicked off well before 12:01 a.m.) …
Choices for the Butler, 9:05 a.m.
LaLa wants Melo in New York, 8:44 a.m.
Jameer Nelson an option in Miami, 8:30 a.m.
A cap increase is neded, 8:23 a.m.
Chibbs Says … LeBron stays put, 8:10 a.m.
#SpursWay, 7:57 a.m.
Everything in Brooklyn is gonna be fine, 7:31 a.m.
Brett Yormark, the Nets’ CEO, says so!
Noah (and Rose?) to recruit ‘Melo in Chicago, 6:30 a.m.
Parsons, Lowry, Deng get plenty of interest, 4 a.m.
Blazers interested in Monroe, 3:40 a.m.
Pau gets plenty of calls, 3 a.m.
Cavs lock up Kyrie Irving with max extension, 1:49 a.m.
A point guard for LeBron?, 1:46 a.m.
Blazers meet with Spencer Hawes, 1:24 a.m.
Hill not necessarily leaving LA, 1:17 a.m.
Deng emerging as crowd favorite, 1:16 a.m.
This should surprise no one. Deng is arguably the most underrated free agent on the market this summer.
The Kidd Effect spreads to LA, 1:12 a.m.
Tons of interest in Ariza, 1:08 a.m.
Will Kobe attend Lakers meeting with Melo? 12:51 a.m.
Hawks hot after Bazemore, 12:45 a.m.
The Bazemore sweepstakes, 12:43 a.m.
Recruiting 101 with Isiah Thomas and Bryan Colangelo, 12:41 a.m.
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#Melodrama, 12:40 a.m.
Wizards will wait and see with Ariza, 12:34 a.m.
Kidd jokes have no shelf life, 12:32 a.m.
Gasol’s waiting game, 12:30 a.m.
Crazy love for Lowry, 12:28 a.m.
Still banking on Love, 12:24 a.m.
Mavericks burning up the phone lines, 12:23 a.m.
Bosh in LA, 12:13 a.m.
And plot thickens for Riles!
Rockets want another dance with Lowry, 12:13 a.m.
Deng in Dallas? 12:09 a.m.
Recruit your own first, 12:09 a.m.
Start with your own …
The final say for ‘Melo, 12:07 a.m.
The question is will it get that far?
Private Party for Lance? 12:03 a.m.
Pacers are recruiting their own harder than anyone else!
Ariza in the crosshairs in Miami, 11:58 p.m.
No pressure in New York, 11:51 p.m.
Papa Thompson knows best, 11:46 p.m.
Klay Thompson is ready for whatever.
Sold on Lance Stephenson, 11:45 p.m.
“You can find a lot of guys that can give you 20 points. You can find a lot of guys that will give you 10 rebounds every night. You can find a lot of guys that will give you six or seven assists every night. But when you find that player who can give you all those things any given night and who could make his club better … that’s hard to find,” Ebanks said. “Plus, he’s 23 and young players get a little bit more mature.”
— Alberto Ebanks, Lance Stephenson‘s agent, sells his client (courtesy of Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star)
World Cup James, 11:34 p.m.
In pursuit of Isaiah Thomas, 11:29 p.m.
Granger back to the Clippers …, 11:28 p.m.
What Would Pat Riley Do? 11:20 p.m.
Pau’s plan, 11:19 p.m.
Best to be prepared for anything, right?
Lou Williams proves you can’t always go home, 10:55 p.m.
It couldn’t have been a worse fit, Lou Williams in Mike Budenholzer’s system in Atlanta.
Raptors chasing phantoms, 10:55 p.m.
Lowry is going to be a hunted man come midnight, from coast to coast and Toronto to South Beach!
Jason Kidd’s connection to the Nets ran deep, 10:54 p.m.
Brooklyn and the Nets say adios to Jason Kidd, the new coach in Milwaukee who will always be connected to the Nets …
Hawks targeting Monroe, 9:36 p.m.
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