2014 Free Agency — Still Going …

From NBA.com staff reports

Just because LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Pau Gasol and so many other high-profile free agent targets have already made their decisions doesn’t mean this summer’s free agent party is over. The center of the basketball universe is in Las Vegas for Summer League, that’s where the games are being played and the movers and shakers are stationed right now. But the grind of free agency continues all over the place. We’re not done yet …

Update, 1:17 a.m. — Take some quiet time, Pau

After a long day of team decision-making and contract-negotiating, Pau Gasol is ready to ponder his vacation and his future … quietly, of course.

Update, 11:42 p.m. — Rio still feeling the Heat

Another original “Heatles” member is getting closer to being back in the fold, with Mario Chalmers getting a couple more years in Miami.

Update, 11:33 p.m. — Three more years!

Looks like Pau Gasol is ready for the (semi) long haul in bringing a title to Chicago, working on a three-year deal for reasonable price.

Update, 9:48 p.m. — More shooting for SVG

The Detroit Pistons ranked 29th in 3-point percentage last season. And it’s been obvious from the start of free agency that priority No. 1 for new president and coach Stan Van Gundy is improving that mark. He started by adding Jodie Meeks (40.1 percent from three last season) and Cartier Martin (39.1 percent). Now, he’s adding more shooting with the additions of D.J. Augustin (40.1 percent) and Caron Butler (39.4 percent)...

None of these four guys can make a huge impact individually. But collectively, they will space the floor for Detroit’s bigs. And none of them break the bank, with contracts that can easily be worked into trades.

Of course, Greg Monroe remains unsigned as a restricted free agent. Butler probably shouldn’t be a starting small forward anymore, but he could definitely make Josh Smith more of a permanent four than he was last season.

One more note: The Augustin addition is bad news for second-year point guard Peyton Siva, whose contract would become guaranteed on July 20 if he’s not waived by then. Siva must not have made enough of an impression on Van Gundy in Summer League.

Update, 8:40 p.m. — Birdman back

LeBron James is gone, but the rest of the Heat’s rotation is quickly coming back together. Earlier Sunday, Miami reached an agreement with Mario Chalmers on a new contract. And now, it’s the Birdman who has re-upped.

Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis and James Jones are still free agents, but the Heat are reportedly working things out with Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.

Update, 7:02 p.m. — Three-way deal for Ariza

Before the Draft, the Houston Rockets agreed to send Omer Asik to New Orleans. On Saturday, they agreed to sign Trevor Ariza to a four-year contract. And on Sunday, those two deals came together in the form of a three-team sign-and-trade transaction.

Update, 6:30 p.m. — Mirotic is on his way

Pau Gasol isn’t the only international big man that the Chicago Bulls are adding this summer. Nikola Mirotic, a first-round pick in 2011 from Montenegro, announced that he’s on his way as well.

Update, 6:06 p.m. — His name is Rio

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade may have lost Superfriend LeBron James, but they will still have Mario Chalmers to yell at …

Update, 5:58 p.m. — Rockets pass on Parsons

In a bit of a surprise, the Houston Rockets will let Chandler Parsons head to their division rivals, who have made some upgrades (Parsons and Tyson Chandler) this summer …

At one point, we thought the Rockets were going to have a lineup of Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Parsons, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard. As it turns out, they’ve dealt away their depth (Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin), swapped Parsons for Trevor Ariza, and helped three fellow Western Conference teams (Lakers, Mavs and Pelicans) improve. They’re also giving the Washington Wizards an asset…

Update, 5:16 p.m. — Champs in tact

Fourteen different Spurs logged at least one minute in the playoffs. We know now that at least 13 of the 14 will be back in silver and black (Aron Baynes remains a restricted free agent) …

Update, 5:07 p.m. — Together Forever

Kirk Hinrich once played for a couple of teams other than the Chicago Bulls. Really. But he won’t be leaving Chicago again, at least not this summer …

Update, 4:32 p.m. — Mavs get at least one SF today

The Dallas Mavericks are still awaiting word from the Houston Rockets on their offer sheet for Chandler Parsons, but that isn’t stopping them from signing a back-up plan. If you need size on the wings, you could do worse than Richard Jefferson, who has shot 41 percent or better from 3-point range in three of his last four seasons

Update, 4:20 p.m. — Hinrich will be a Bull forever

The Charlotte Hornets were in the market for Kirk Hinrich, but with their agreement to sign back-up point guard Brian Roberts, it appears that Kirk Hinrich will be back in Chicago for more years of being Derrick Rose‘s back-up and/or fill-in …

Update, 3:48 p.m. — Kemba’s new back-up

Much to the chagrin of Hang Time’s Sekou Smith, Luke Ridnour‘s services are no longer needed in Charlotte, because Brian Roberts is a Hornet once again. He’ll be the first guy to play for the Charlotte version after playing for the New Orleans version …

Update, 3:24 p.m. — Deng had choices

Joining Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra in sunny South Florida is a pretty good move, but Luol Deng had other options on Sunday…

Update, 2:30 p.m. — Filling LeBron’s shoes

LeBron James took Luol Deng‘s job in Cleveland. And now the Miami Heat have replaced James with Deng. Bosh, Deng and Wade isn’t a bad core to build around …

https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/488390123893960706

Update, 2:05 p.m. — Show Luol the money

There are a few teams still looking for a small forward who can play both ends of the floor. Luol Deng knows that and knows he can take advantage of the market …

Update, 1:55 p.m. — Trying to get (most of) the band back together

The Heat will have Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh back, but there are still some more roster spots to fill, and some guys they can bring back. The Birdman is one of them …

Update, 1:50 p.m. — Who?

The Bulls are moving on without that guy who scores 27 points a game …

Update, 1:30 p.m. — Wolves draw a line in the sand

The Timberwolves aren’t selling Kevin Love for pennies on the dollar …

Update, 12:35 p.m. — Melo’s City, Melo’s Heart

It’s not the most original concept, but you see the trend here …

Update, 12:21 p.m. — Still waiting on Rockets

Tick, Tock!

Update, 11:56 a.m. — Heat still a 50-win outfit?

Jeff Van Gundy says yes.

Update, 11:50 a.m. — LeBron Jersey of The Day

Welcome home!

Update, 11:26 a.m. — Evan Turner smiling through free agency

Jay and Bey don’t care about free agency!

Update, 11:09 a.m. — Gilbert explains how he and LeBron cleared the air

The greatest rebound of Dan Gilbert‘s professional career has to be coming back from his dreaded letter after “The Decision.” Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press weighs after talking with Gilbert, who took Albom through his reconciliation process with LeBron:

He pondered that as the plane descended into Florida. He and James hadn’t spoken since that night. Four years. They’d seen each other a few times. “I’d sit on the baseline when he came back to play in Cleveland. He’d look at me from the free-throw line. Not good. Not bad. Just look.”

Now he was scheduled to meet James, in secret, to discuss what seemed impossible just days earlier — a return to the Cavs. The whole world was hanging on the news. But as Gilbert glanced out the window, for a moment he wasn’t a billionaire Detroit businessman or an NBA owner. He was every guy seeing his ex-wife after the divorce, every teen guitarist seeing a former friend who broke up the band.

“I had told LeBron’s guys, whether he comes back or not, I really want to clear the air. It shouldn’t be like this.”

He hoped that part would go smoothly. Then someone on board yelled the media had discovered his plane was en route, and a new airport had to be quickly found.

Gilbert realized nothing was going to be easy.

The moment of truth

But then, saying you’re sorry never is. You do it anyway. Long after the basketball smoke clears from this story, that’s the human part we ought to remember.

You shouldn’t be known for the worst thing you ever did. Gilbert entered that private home meeting by himself, no assistants, and sat down at a dining-room table across from James and a few associates.

“First thing I said to him was, ‘LeBron, you know this is true. We had five good years and one bad night. Like a marriage that’s good and then one bad thing happens and you never talk to each other again.

“ ‘I’m just glad we’re here, whether you come or not, LeBron. This has been hanging over my head.’ ”

To his surprise, he soon heard James saying the same thing. The superstar said he regretted the infamous “The Decision” broadcast. He said he didn’t think it out properly. In short, many of the things Gilbert was thinking about his own actions.

“I apologized and we talked and it took maybe 15 or 20 minutes. That’s it. Then I said, ‘Is that enough about the past?’ And we started talking about the future.”

Update, 10:40 a.m. — Wizards replace perfect fit with a Hall of Famer

Even swap?

Update, 10:38 a.m. — Mavericks-Rockets rivalry extends off the court

Never let business get personal.

Update, 10:20 a.m. — Rockets on the clock for Parsons

This is going to be a long day in both Houston and Dallas as the Rockets consider their options on Chandler Parsons. The countdown clock is ticking for Daryl Morey and Co. Do they match the Mavericks’ offer sheet to Parsons now that Trevor Ariza is in the fold?

They have until 11:59 p.m. to decide.

Update, 9:50 a.m. — The ultimate power

The power of LeBron!

Update, 9:40 a.m. — Deng, Heat far apart

The Heat can close the gap and stay relevant in the Eastern Conference chase with Deng in the fold.

42 Comments

  1. Brian says:

    I see that a lot of you don’t put the Warriors very high. That is a mistake. Their core is good enough for #4 on the playoff list; especially with the new coach.

  2. Mike Weiss says:

    Cant figure out why no one wants to go to Chicago. Only thing I can think of, is players hate Rose and his brother or Thib’s system is not attractive to free agents. Sad to see Chicago have to take Gasol. I don’t get it

  3. tanibanana says:

    East:
    1. Pacers
    2. Bulls
    3. Wizards
    4. Heat
    5. Cavaliers
    6. Raptors
    7. Hawks
    8. Knicks

    West:
    1. Spurs
    2. Thunders
    3. Blazers
    4. Mavericks
    5. Rockets
    6. Clippers
    7. Warriors
    8. Lakers

  4. Noel says:

    ” Gilbert explains how he and LeBron cleared the air”….

    Let me guess….money?

  5. v1ncente says:

    I don’t know if Laker organization is in another league or they just don’t care about their team. Where is the recruitment and comitment to get some players this year, there is enough cap space and they don’t do nothing about it. Market is almost dry as we speak.

    • TTKIN says:

      Personally I think it’s cuz they didn’t really want any of the players avail this yr. They wanted Melo, when they didn’t get him, they said, “ok, let’s get Love next yr”. Not realizing Love will be gone by then. As a Laker fan, I see what theyre trying to do….I don’t agree with it.

    • Celentano says:

      Just wait until Kobe retire, then the lakers will be a playoff team again… Let stop the denial.. No all star caliber free agent wants to play with him..unless you throw a 120 million contract…

  6. Pj09 says:

    Looks like no one wants to play with Kobe . That will teach him for thinking he owns the lakers

  7. EAST:

    BULLS
    PACERS
    WIZARD
    CAVS
    KNICKS
    HEAT
    HAWKS
    BUCKS

    WEST:

    SPURS
    OKC
    DALLAS
    CLIPPERS
    WARRIORS
    GRIZZLIES
    ROCKETS
    BLAZER

  8. Derek says:

    Whoever wrote that post was pretty misguided in that next summer Houston could try and get LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE or LEBRON JAMES– because both of those players are committed to PORTLAND AND CLEVELAND LONG TERM. James want to bring his home a title and Aldridge wants to be a “ONE TEAM PLAYER”: finishing his career with the team that picked him up on draft day and become the best player in that franchises history. He coming for CLYDE’s Records! GO BLAZERS!

    WEST:
    Spurs
    Thunder
    Clippers
    TrailBlazers
    Warriors
    Dallas
    Memphis
    Phoenix

    EAST:
    Cavs
    Wizards
    Raptors
    Bulls
    Pacers
    Heat
    Hawks
    Hornets

  9. CarlosKing says:

    East

    1. Cavs
    2. Pacers
    3. Bulls
    4. Knicks
    5. Heat
    6. Wizards
    7. Pistons
    8. Raptors

    West

    1. Thunders
    2. Spurs
    3. Clippers
    4. Trailblazers
    5. Mavs
    6. Warriors
    7. Rockets
    8. Grizzles

  10. Bang bang says:

    Oh man, Rockets went from a championship contending team to a mediocre 1st round knockout team. Like I was getting so excited to see Bosh play for the Rox or maybe even Melo (even though I didn’t want Melo in the Rox) but look at the Rockets now! No more Parsons who was the 3rd guy behind Howard and Harden in the team and also no more Asik and Lin who were the key players off the bench! And then they sign Ariza? Really? Over Parsons who is oozing off with potential? I would’ve been happy to have left Bosh alone and still sign Parsons but letting him go along with Asik and Lin was a noob move. Hoping that they have enough cap space to make a really good trade or a really good sign but I really don’t think there is anyone good left for that to happen.

    Goodbye Rockets.

  11. James baker says:

    My picks for next season for EAST:
    1. Cavs
    2. Pacers
    3. Wizards
    4. Heat
    5. Raptors
    6. Hawks
    7. Detroit
    8. Chicago
    Picks for the WEST:
    1. Spurs
    2. Mavs
    3.Thunder
    4. Blazers
    5. Clippers
    6. Suns
    7. Grizzles
    8. Pelicans

  12. spguide says:

    Can’t wait for the season to begin !
    The Mavs improved a lot, and if they get Mo Williams they will be in the top 4 in the West IMO.
    Spencer Hawes was also a good move by the Clippers.
    Obviously the Cavs is now a contender,but if Derrick Rose is healthy i put the Bulls as the biggest treat in the East.

  13. i been supporting for King James being in Cavs, and i hope to help me on wedding !!!!!!! wish i can see it

  14. who da best?? says:

    my predictions for the western conference
    1. spurs
    2. thunder
    3. clippers
    4. trail blazers
    5. warriors
    6. mavericks
    7. rockets
    8. grizzlies or suns
    Let’s see what you guys come up with. Reply to this comment

    • harrythehawk says:

      West-Thunder, Spurs, Mavericks, Flippers, Golden Flake Warriors, Memphis, Houston, Phoenix East-Hawks, Wizards, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Raptors, Heat, Pacers.

    • parky says:

      West
      spurs
      thunder
      clippers
      mavs
      blazers
      rockets
      Griz
      Lakers

      east
      cavs
      bulls
      pacers
      wizards
      heat
      nets
      pistons
      knicks

  15. who da best? says:

    my prediction for the eastern conference next year
    1. cavs
    2. bulls
    3. pacers
    4. wizards
    5. toronto
    6. miami
    7. hornets
    8. nets

    • Aguilar_Mamba says:

      East
      1.Bulls
      2.Wizards
      3.Cavs
      4.Pacers
      5.Miami
      6.Pistons
      7.Toronto
      8.Nets or Hornets

      West
      1.Spurs
      2.Mavs
      3.Thunder
      4.Clippers
      5.Warriors
      6.Blazers
      7.Rockets
      8.Lakers or Grizzlies

    • underdog says:

      There is this thing we call divisions though.. Division winners get an automatic top 4. Cavs, Bulls, and Pacers are all

      in the Central Division so at most only 2 of them will be in the top4.

      EAST

      1. Bulls (Central Winner)
      2. Pacers
      3. Heat (South East Winner)
      4. Raptors (Atlantic Winner)
      5. Cavaliers
      6. Wizards
      7. Hawks
      8. Detroit

      WEST

      1. Spurs (South West Winner)
      2. Clippers (Pacific Winner)
      3. Thunder (North West Winner)
      4. Trailblazers
      5. Grizzlies
      6. Warriors
      7. Rockets
      8. Mavericks

      • D Wade Fan says:

        I think you have the best rankings out of all the clowns that put up what they thought.

  16. LBJKIN6JAMES says:

    Deng for $10 million per year was not too smart … he can never fill LeBron’s shoes…
    But the Heat will have a decent team for the Eastern Conference, they’ll still make the playoffs, but probably wont make it out of the 1st round.
    CANT WAIT TO SEE ERIK SPOELSTRA GET EXPOSED FOR THE BUM COACH THAT HE IS WITHOUT KING JAMES IN MIAMI

  17. bullsfan says:

    how is derrick rose a cry baby lol, it was management that refused to let him play…

  18. MarkAllen says:

    Morey of the Rockets has gotten his butt kicked this off season.

  19. Hoopsgeek says:

    Im really disappointed in the Lakers apathy to resign Pau Gasol, its very apparent that they don’t want to be a contender in the Western Conference. Seems ridiculous to me that they would wait for a miraculous Melo or Bron signing when they have no head coach or solid roster returners in place. LIke to note that there are plenty of other free agents that would fit a rebuilding Laker squad that would help them compete for contention in the west.
    Jameer Nelson, Leandro Barbosa, Andray Blatche, Greg Monroe, Jason Maxiel would be great pickups for the roster

  20. justsayin says:

    Only 10m for Deng? That’s crazy! The market was set higher and he can score AND defend. Thought he’d go for 12-16.

    He may be sacrificing so they can make a run at one more good player. Kind of a dis to CHI though – considering he turned the same offer down there.

  21. AreUSerious??! says:

    $10M for Luol Deng?? Which team would pick this poison pill??
    He’s way behind his prime because of sickness and injury.

  22. European says:

    I like Gasol to Chicago move too. Los Angeles fans did not appreciate, although he was the one that brought 2 titles.
    But got to admit, football World Cup is so good right now, I bet all the NBA players are watching the final.

  23. Mitchell Larkins says:

    Epic 3 team trade proposal.

    It’s no secret that Lebron James and Kevin Love need to be together in Cleveland. But it is also apparent that the Timberwolves need something important in return. How can we close this gap without sending Wiggins to Minnesota? A 3 team trade involving a few great picks, a retiring Garnett to the Timberwolves, a Kevin Love to the Cavaliers, and much needed cash and TBA players to the Nets to rebuild and help with their Luxury Tax issue. This proposal would give Garnett a place to retire in style, especially since his friend and teammate Paul Pierce has left to the Wizards, it would give the Timberwolves building blocks for the future, and a fan favorite to replace Kevin Love, another fan favorite, and ultimately, it would please all three teams as they received what they really wanted and needed moving forward.

  24. Young says:

    Every day NBA talks all about LeBron and nothing else!!! There are many other teams you could give some media besides him!!! He loves the attention bur come on, it gets sickening after while. He said this, he said that, who CARES!

    • Paul says:

      People complaining about media attention need to wake up. Lebron doesn’t control the media sphere, it’s not his fault that people are genuinely obsessed with any and every action he takes. He specifically avoided the media the entire time and simply released 1 article to take care of all questions and concerns. That’s not a guy milking for attention.

  25. harrythehawk says:

    I’m really liking the Gasol move to Chicago. I think that was smart on Chicago’s part and much better business sense than trying to pursue Carmello. Gasol is not high maintenance and they will get more bang for their buck! Now all they need is for Derrick Rose to stop pouting, get off is lazy butt and start playing some serious basketball. He’s a big cry baby and certainly no Russell Westbrook!!!

    • OKC says:

      It would have been nice to see Melo make them a super team though. Still the Thibs always gets every last drop out of his guys.