2014 Free Agency — The Other Dominoes

From NBA.com staff reports

Now that LeBron James is headed back to Cleveland, the belief is many of the other players in the free-agency pool are going to start making deals now, too. Here’s the latest from around the Twitter-sphere and the Internet as we get closer and closer to a real flood of free-agent news …

Update, 1:51 a.m. — Pau to Bulls means ‘Melo stays a Knick?

There’s no such thing as too late for free agent news, and one late-night agreement nearing completion between big man Pau Gasol and the Bulls might mean the end to the will-he-stay-or-will-he-go Carmelo Anthony saga in New York. Is ‘Melo a lock to stay the apple of NYC’s eye?

Update, 12:05 a.m. — Memphis nabs Vince Carter

For three seasons in Dallas, Vince Carter transformed himself into a knock-down 3-point shooter. He wanted to return to the Mavericks, but not at the bargain rate he felt he had been signed on for three summers ago even as his career seemed to be coming to a close. In a surprise, Carter has signed with the Memphis Grizzlies, a team desperate for 3-point shooting.

The Grizzlies shot the fewest 3s in the NBA last season, even with Mike Miller back on the team. And with Miller looking elsewhere, perhaps joining LeBron James in Cleveland, the Grizzlies simply had to get a shooter off the bench.

Update, 9:05 p.m. — Hawks make late entry into Gasol sweepstakes

A few hours ago Pau Gasol tweeted that he was nearing a decision. His suitors had been narrowed to two, reportedly the Spurs and Bulls. Now the Atlanta Hawks have made a late bid for the 7-foot center, envisioning Gasol playing next to center Al Horford.

Update, 8:15 p.m. — Knicks waive Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom‘s comeback is apparently over before it really began.

The versatile forward who won titles with the Los Angeles Lakers very well could be at the end of his NBA career. At 34, it’s tough to see another team take a chance on him. Knicks president Phil Jackson obviously has the L.A. connection with Odom and looked to give an opportunity.

Odom didn’t play at all last season after a rough summer that allegedly included heavy drug use.

Update, 7:05 p.m. — Pat Riley releases statement on LeBron

Heat president Pat Riley, who challenged the Big Three to return to the Heat and fight another day if they’ve got the guts, released the following statement on LeBron James‘ decision to leave Miami and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers:

“While I am disappointed by LeBron’s decision to leave Miami, no one can fault another person for wanting to return home. The last four years have been an incredible run for South Florida, HEAT fans, our organization and for all of the players who were a part of it. LeBron is a fantastic leader, athlete, teammate and person, and we are all sorry to see him go.

Over the last 19yrs, since Micky and I teamed together, The Miami HEAT has always been a championship organization; we’ve won multiple championships and competed for many others. Micky, Erik and I remain committed to doing whatever it takes to win and compete for championships for many years to come. We’ve proven that we can do it and we’ll do it again.”

Update, 6:45 p.m. — Lakers bring back Jordan Hill; Gasol a goner?

The Lakers are slowly but surely starting to fill out their roster now that it appears they will not be getting the services of Carmelo Anthony. Of course, Anthony still has yet to make his decision official.

After trading for guard Jeremy Lin earlier in the day, the Lakers are now set to bring back power forward Jordan Hill.

It’s becoming more apparent that Pau Gasol will have played his final game with the Lakers. He reportedly turned down an offer from the Lakers and is being heavily pursued by contenders such as the Spurs and Thunder, plus the Bulls and the Knicks could be an option if they keep Carmelo Anthony.

Gasol tweeted earlier Friday that he was nearing a decision.

Update, 6:30 p.m. — Suns, Kings agree to Isaiah Thomas trade

Phoenix is loaded at point guard, but they’ve made an aggressive play by engaging in a sign-and-trade for diminutive Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas will head to Phoenix on a four-year, $27-million deal.

The surprising Suns rolled with two point guards in the starting lineup last season with Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, a restricted free agent who the Suns have vowed to keep by matching any offer.

Dragic, named the league’s Most Improved Player last year and who could easily have been an All-Star, will essentially be entering the final year on his contract. He is set to make $7.5 million this season and then has a player option on $7.5 million in 2015-16, an option he will likely opt of to seek a bigger payday.

Update, 5:40 p.m. — Bosh stuns Houston, stays in Miami

In the wake of losing LeBron James, The Miami Heat aggressively pursued Chris Bosh , who appeared to be on the verge of accepting a deal with the Houston Rockets. In a stunner, Bosh accepted Miami’s five, year, $118 million deal.

The Heat are now making a strong push to bring Dwyane Wade  and forward Udonis Haslem.

It’s big news for the Heat, who looked to be reduced to rubble following James’ announcement. And it’s a crusher for the Rockets. They miss out on an All-Star power forward that seemed a perfect fit beside Howard.

Now the Rockets have a difficult decision whether to match the Mavs’ three-year, $45 million offer sheet to Chandler Parsons. If Houston matches, it will eat up the remainder of their cap space.

Only a few hours ago, the Rockets looked to be a vastly improved team. Now they might wind up watching a key player walk to the rival Mavs.

Update, 5:34 p.m. — Swaggy stays in Hollywood

Nick Young is headed back to the Lakers.

Update, 4:25 p.m. — D-Wade going home?

Woj is, as Woj often does, tearing it up. Here, he offers a blurb on Dwyane Wade who, remember, turned down nearly $42 million to get out of his contract with the Heat in hopes of giving Pat Riley more room to get LeBron back.

With that now not happening, would Wade be up for a return to his home town?

Update, 4:03 p.m. — Chicago, Charlotte after Hinrich

Captain Kirk average 9.1 points and 3.9 assists in 29 minutes a game last year for the Bulls.

Update, 3:16 p.m. — More on Lin’s move, Rockets’ Bosh chase

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski provides an update on L.A.’s move to pick up Jeremy Lin from Houston and the Rockets’ pursuit of Chris Bosh:

In an effort to clear salary cap space for Chris Bosh, the Houston Rockets have reached a deal to send guard Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Rockets will send a 2015 first-round pick, and other draft considerations to the Lakers to unload the final year of Lin’s $14 million expiring contract that includes a salary cap hit of $8.3 million based on the deal’s structure.

The Lakers will send cash and the rights to an overseas player, sources said.

Moving Lin to Los Angeles will clear most of the salary cap space necessary to sign Bosh to a four-year, $80 million-plus contract. The Rockets are still working to formalize a commitment out of Bosh, who will leave Miami because of the departure of LeBron James to Cleveland. The Rockets also plan to match Chandler Parsons‘ three-year, $46 million offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks once Bosh has committed, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Bosh was planning to speak to Houston coach Kevin McHale on Friday afternoon, a source said.

Update, 3:05 p.m. — Another move in store for Cavs?

In order to get LeBron James the max contract offer he’s seeking in Cleveland, Alonzo Gee may end up being dealt …

Update, 2:54 p.m. — Report: Lin dealt to Lakers

And, just like that, Jeremy Lin is on his way to Los Angeles …

Update, 2:52 p.m. — Report: Bosh, Rockets inching closer to commitment

Keep reading below, but it looks like the Rockets and Chris Bosh are nearly a done deal …

Update, 2:46 p.m. — Reports: Lakers, Rockets finalizing Lin deal

It looks like Jeremy Lin is headed back to home state of California …

Update, 2:36 p.m. — You know you’re a big deal when …

… the White House chimes in on your latest career move …

Update, 2:24 p.m. — What about ‘Melo? Bulls staying in touch

Carmelo Anthony, much like Chris Bosh, is one of the big free-agent pieces who has yet to reveal/decide where he’s going next. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune says the Bulls aren’t out of the race yet. And, as ESPN reports, the incumbent Knicks are in the race, too …

Update, 1:59 p.m. — My how the odds have changed …

It’s funny how one little (or, should we say, MASSIVE) roster move can change perceptions not just in the public eye, but elsewhere …

Update, 1:51 p.m. — Report: Lakers after Lin

As the Rockets try to clear room to sign Chris Bosh to a contract, will that mean sending fan favorite Jeremy Lin to L.A.?

Update, 1:29 p.m. — Phoenix interested in Deng

The Suns had hopes of landing LeBron James, but now that those have been dashed, they’re turning their attention to the man who held down the Cavs’ starting small forward spot for part of last season …

Update, 1:23 p.m. — Reports: Cavs in mix for Love?

Now that LeBron James is in the fold, is Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love about to move a few states over?

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has some additional info on the potential move:

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is “intrigued” by the idea of being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and would commit long term to the team, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

Love said during a June 11 appearance on ESPN’s “SportsNation “that it “burns me and hurts my heart” that he hasn’t made the playoffs in six seasons in the NBA.

But in Cleveland, Love would pair with young point guard Kyrie Irving and four-time MVP LeBron James, who told SI.com on Friday that he is returning to the Cavaliers.

In his last public comments on his future with Timberwolves on June 11, Love stopped short of confirming that he’s determined to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

“My agent is handling everything at this point … I’m hoping that everything works out for all parties involved,” Love said.

Update, 1:21 p.m. — Rockets expect to sign Bosh soon

And here’s ESPN’s crew updating the Bosh situation, which is looking more and more like a contract is on its way to the versatile big man soon

The Houston Rockets believe they will have commitment “soon” from Chris Bosh to sign with the team after Miami Heat teammate LeBron James announced Friday he is leaving to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

The Rockets have made an maximum offer to Bosh of four years, $88 million, according to sources.

The plan now for the Rockets is to complete their agreed upon trade of Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans and trade away point guard Jeremy Lin by Sunday, sources say.

The Philadelphia 76ers had expressed a willingness to trade for Lin depending on what sort of assets Houston is willing to attach to the deal, sources close to the process told ESPN recently.

Update, 1:05 p.m. — Reports: Bosh, Rockets moving in on deal

Chris Bosh was a LeBron James running mate in Miami, but he opted out of his deal and now he’s likely going to be going to Houston, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

45 Comments

  1. pokie says:

    Pau Gasol to Chicago. Hmmm… If they could land Wade, he and Rose could alternate on a Ginobli type schedule until the playoffs. Then they should be able to get out of the East.

  2. MathSimon says:

    GASOL IN SPURS! Let’s see that Las Vegas odds tilt again, shall we? XD

  3. paul murray says:

    Fantastic news for Spurs. LeBron goes to Cleveland and Bosh gets max at Miami. What was Miami thinking? Miami now becomes Raptors five years ago. Bosh not worth anywhere near max. Miami has nothing. Will make playoffs, gone in first round and that is in the East. Pat Riley needs to retire. If Spurs land Gasol, no point in playing season. Spurs win easy. If Chicago get Gasol, Bulls competitive in East but not NBA champs. Media and most management know nothing about basketball. This is hilarious!!!

  4. sdakfjlrhewl says:

    Lakers 2014 NBA Champions!!!

  5. GasolFan says:

    Lakers wake up – Gasol is one of the best centers in the league – give him $60 M for 3yrs with a “no trade” clause. In fact offer anything reasonable with a “no trade” clause and he’ll probably stay.

  6. Nicolas says:

    LeBron is gonna be better than jordan once his career is over for sure!

  7. buraot says:

    If I’m the Houston’s GM, with all the cap space they cleared and not getting Bosh, I’ll pursue Lance Stephenson who’s not happy with the Pacers offer. Lance seems a good fit for the Rockets. He and Howard can have a goof off every game 🙂

  8. Steven says:

    I figure Bosh might go to Houston being he would go back to playing his normal position plus he would have a good center D Howard and there’s James Harden but so far he hasn’t been really that good in the playoffs… But I guess Bosh stay with Miami because of the 5 year deal with more money he would be getting else where plus he will be the big fish in the pond but am not sure if he going be able to win anymore rings there with D wade and his Knee problems and the coach sit him out I think almost half the regular season… I am not sure who else Miami can bring in this year that would be any good to help or if they could get any big names next year to sign there… I think Miami over paid for Bosh and they probably know it but didn’t wanna take a chance on losing him to Houston and then be left with no team at all…

    I think the two biggest reason LeBron went back home was because he had no option either it was back home or stay with Miami, being he didn’t wanna go to any other ready made team or a team that was close, so that he wouldn’t be criticize for jumping ship and not sticking it out in Miami… Plus the Cavs have a better team on paper and I guess he knew Bosh wasn’t going take that much of a pay cut or Wade so he knew there was no way for the Heat to really better the roster… LeBron only signed a 4 year deal after the 3 year has the option again to go else where but we all know he going play more than 4 more years, so if the Cavs don’t do pretty good in those first 3 years there’s no telling what might happen…

  9. JW says:

    LaBron should see if the could go to Portland and get Aldridge on his team. That would make a good possibility for him in Cleveland

  10. JP says:

    I wish that the Heat would miss the playoffs.

  11. charless702 says:

    I guess Chris Sheridan wasn’t as crazy as everyone said. Heck even David Aldridge hinted around that the guy was nuts saying “My insiders who have never given false information told me Lebron hasn’t made up his mind, Chris is a respectable guy and I have no doubts someone told him that but that source isn’t as credible as my people.” Then Cleveland started dealing contracts and still nobody took him seriously. Well D.A. it looks like you, Stephen A., J.A. Adande and all the other “insiders” need to get some new sources because you all got out scooped by Sheridan. LMAO. Anyway back to basketball… Watch Miami pick up Melo and keep Wade and Bosh. That would be pretty funny but probably very unlikely. Anyway the only move I’m interested in now is where Bosh goes. I really hope he stays out East because some of those teams need all the help they can get. The Western Conference is a pure powerhouse and doesn’t need more talent. People talk a lot of trash about Bosh but he was the ultimate teammate in Miami and his numbers and his game suffered because of it. He didn’t fade away or fold under the pressure. He was an excellent mid range and post player who was ordered to become a stretch 4-5 so Wade and Lebron could drive the ball without an extra big man defender in the paint. This not only hurt his scoring, as they never ran post plays for him, but it also hurt his offensive rebounding abilities. He was also the only big man on the floor so he was the primary paint defender, meaning he had to contest any and all penetration which left him out of position on rebounds. Also being the only big man on the court opposing defenses would always run pick and rolls with his man, because if they did it with the other 4 players Miami would just switch the pick and roll, so now he’s guarding PG and SG +20 ft away from the basket. During all this you never once saw Bosh complain about being underutilized. Bosh is an amazing player and it’s shocking to see people who claim they are basketball fans call him “washed up” or say he “isn’t a good player.” People see 16 and 7, then look at his career average and say “he’s not what he use to be” and/or they watch the highlights on ESPN and see him shooting corner 3s and think that’s all he can do. No, that’s what Pat Riley, Eric Spoelstra, Lebron James, D-Wade and the entire Heat organization told him to do. This guy was the glue that held that Heat team together and he still is a legitimate big man Superstar. I just really hope he doesn’t go to Houston where he’ll be expected to be the 3rd-4th option again.

    • justsayin says:

      I don’t think he’s a max money player, but I agree his unselfishness and all-around game is underrated.

      He has got his work cut out for him now – getting paid like that guarantees extra scrutiny. Yet it is still an opportunity to silence his critics.

      Hah, here’s a headline you’re free to use, nba.com:

      Scrutiny On The Bounty

  12. Erik says:

    CB common man, don’t be the most boring person in all of sports!

  13. joe says:

    Miami / Riley are not that clever.. Bosh is not worth max money … In addition , I do not see him as a player who other players would flock to Miami to play with… Mind boggling

  14. home.sweet.home says:

    how about a new big 3 in miami with melo instead of lebron

  15. TheAnswer says:

    I had this up here a week ago:

    We don’t need a report. All we need is THE ANSWER: so here it is:

    Lebron – Cleveland
    Bosh – Houston
    Wade – Chicago
    Melo – New York???
    Gasol – New York
    Parsons – Mavs
    Love – Lakers
    The rest will all fall into place then. UPDATE; With James going to Cleveland, I now believe Melo will pick Chicago. He knows he can’t win in New York now. I believe they try to get Wade also. Gasol will then go to OKC or L.A. if they can work on Love!!

    Mark my words as this is what’s going to happening. Everybody is going to take a home coming. I am a Chicago Fan and it always goes against Chicago for having MJ on are team. Nobody wants to play in his shadow. They will sign Wade because they have no one else to sign and will hope for a come back like rose.

  16. TTKIN says:

    Bosh getting 23.6 mill per yr?!?!?! WOOOOOOW

  17. Ms.C says:

    I’m so glad that Lebron has finally made up his mind so now Bosh can hopefully sign with the Rockets an they can match Dallas offer 4 Parsons an he can stay a Rocket an they will become a force n the West

  18. justsayin says:

    Reports are Lakers are out of the running for Melo…

    Do they seriously think adding Lin – who he resented sharing the ball with in NY – will woo him?

  19. MR. J says:

    now why would you trade wiggins? hes a star already and havent played yet. an imagine how much better he will excel playing along side lebron. and kyrie..lebron makes everyone better. he made it to the finals as a one man team with the cavs. kevin love? really people? thats just silly to trade wiggins for him. wiggins could possibly be the next big thing. why throw him away before he has a chance to shine

  20. Usedqtip says:

    I haven’t been a Cavs fan since LBJ left the team mostly because I wanted to see Lebron make Dan Gilbert look like a fool for his comments. I’m a Lebron fan and I like him going to Cleveland. If it makes me a bandwagon fan because I’d cheer for him no matter what team he was on, Than so be it. He’s the best player in the league and I wanna see him get his rings. And he has a better chance with Kyrie than Wade at this point. Even without Love this Cavs team has a better chance than Miami.

  21. A Nader says:

    This message is to Lebron if he ever reads it.
    If you love and care about your home town so much, why in the past four years you never
    publicly expressed your feelings and possibly apologized to them for the way you left them ?
    even now you never mentioned anything in your statement about your fans in Miami.
    as a long time fan ( since the day of your draft ) this is my advise to you Lebron : WE ARE THE REASON THAT YOU ARE
    WHO YOU ARE, AND IT DOES NOT LIMIT TO A SPECEFIC GEOGRAPHICAL ( NORTHEAST OHIO ) AREA.
    the people in Miami did not love you any less than the people in Akron, and again you left them like a hot potato on the
    counter. You tried to fix something again but unfortunately you broke something else again. Good luck to you Lebron.

    • justsayin says:

      Hey he’s going where he can be a frontrunner (as usual) and get max money. Easier path to the finals and he’s mending fences where he grew up. Even as a vocal critic of his egotism (least it’s not Kanye-sized)- can’t say I blame him. Now – if he gives up flopping, and kissing his biceps on and-1s too, I might become less irritated with him. A little musical chairs keeps things interesting anyway.

  22. Eddy Griff says:

    Lakers helped the lakers in a huge way with this trade. Lin isnt a bad player but now the rockets get to keep parsons and sign bosh they will be tough

  23. Vancooouvver says:

    CAVS GOT IT ALL
    Andrew Wiggins (MAYBE TRADED FOR LOVE)
    Lebron James
    Kyrie Irving

    CANADA GONNA LOVE THE CAVS *3 CANADIANS*

    PS. BOSH SIGN WITH THE RAPTORS…

  24. Bunbury says:

    Lebron made a wise decision, he realized Wade was in the downhill of his career and Miami’s tittle run were getting more and more difficult. I honestly don’t think Chicago is the best place for Melo, since Rose has been injured the past 2 years.

  25. TheKush says:

    I’m real eager to see what Pat Riley does right now. Melo, Bosh, Stephenson, Wade Deng and a bunch of others are still out there. Riley doesn’t believe in long term rebuilding so I wouldn’t count out Miami as a destination for Bosh!

  26. SCC says:

    Jeremy Lin is no fan favorite. Trade him away!!!

    • Nick says:

      Of course he’s not a fan favorite. He’s a team player! Thankfully there are plenty of fans that really understand basketball and love to watch players and teams that play the game the way it SHOULD be played, a la San Antonio. Houston will never get there from here. It’s good for Lin that they are trading him!

  27. jimbo says:

    The Heat will be rebuilding and NYK will be retooling whether Melo stays or leaves. Its a matter of degrees for Jackson.

  28. NYK fan says:

    Now that Lebron has left Miami i think the Heat should start to rebuild

  29. Kiks says:

    Hope Melo goes to Chicago …. Now is the time to WIN he’s not getting any younger and wouldn’t want to be part of a rebuilding team. Chicago is a SOLID team with no doubt one of the best coach…. Make it happen Melo if you really want to win and give yourself a fighting chance to win what every basketball player works for and dream for ….. TO BE A NBA CHAMPION 🙂

  30. Eddy Griff says:

    Cant wait to see all the fraudulent miami heat “fans” say they were cavs fans the whole time…So happy that lebron made a decision and stopped having everybody wait on him…though whatever move he made is def best for him and his fam. And Bosh goes to rockets means we are in the era of big 3s completely. Cleveland could have one with LBJ love and irving. Rockets have one. And if melo goes to Chi-town its Him rose and I guess Noah. Not bad. Maybe the competition will finally be in the East. Chicago Cleveland, Brooklyn I guess and the pacers.

  31. jimbo says:

    Good day for Cleveland. Now they need to focus on getting Love next year, and they could become the “new Miami”. Miami’s meltdown will be official when Bosh goes to Houston (??). However, if San Antonio gets Gasol, its all over for next season…SAS repeat !

  32. #1 LBJ Hater says:

    I feel real bad for D Wade and UD…had Wade known LBJ wasn’t returning to South Beach, he wouldn’t have opted out of his deal…that’s the nature of the business I guess though.

  33. jozf says:

    be a championship contender b solid in all positions trade wiggins for kevin love,love establish already in the league while wiggins is only startingbuild up on love lebron and kyrie with varejao and waiters.. that is a strong line up..try to thinking of it

  34. Kobe24 says:

    You should’ve know that whenever Lebron said he wanted a max deal, he would have made more money by not opting out for the next two years than sign a new max contract, it didn’t make sense to opt out with two years left. So when I heard that he wanted a max deal I know he’s going home.

    • LS1kid says:

      technically he was only scheduled to make 20.7 each of the next 2 years so if bosh got a MAX contract offer at 4 yrs @ 88mil one would guess it would be the same for the cavs, average of 22 mil a year is more than 20.7. So it makes more sense to opt out than to stay

  35. MathSimon says:

    Thank the basketball Gods that Lebron has left. Now the playing field in the East would hopefully be leveled. Anyway, happy for Cleveland especially with the way Lebron burned them in the “Decision.” Happier that this indecision is over. Now, the fun starts 😀

  36. I am not shocked Lebron went back to Cleveland. I will be floored if Bosh left Miami. Remember, without knowing Lebron’s decision Wade and Bosh signed with Miami. Bosh as also said to love living in Miami and would take less if necessary to keep the 3 together. Now that Miami has the cap room it seems to make sense to offer Bosh a max deal since no team can offer more than Miami. But I am not seeing any reports stating that Miami will offer Bosh a max deal. If Bosh left Wade will be left to erode by himself on a bad roster.

  37. I was wrong says:

    I thought that all the talk about the big 3 going elsewhere was merely to persuade the Heat to bring in more help for them in Miami. It did not dawn on me that the big 3 would break up, and that Dwayne Wade would leave so much money on the table. Yes, I was wrong!