Blogtable: Where will these top free agents land?

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VIDEOThe Starters discuss where the top free agents may end up

> Tell us where the following five big-name free agents — LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Draymond Green and Dwyane Wade — will be playing come 2015-16 and a quick reason why they are going there.

Steve Aschburner, NBA.com

LaMarcus Aldridge – San Antonio Spurs. It sounds like he’s leaving Portland regardless, and the Spurs can lock in on him with the salesmanship of their heavy hitters (Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan) and the closest thing in this league to guaranteed winning.
Marc Gasol – Memphis Grizzzlies. Meeting with just one team, in the city in which he’s grown up and found success, seems like a simple choice.
DeAndre Jordan – L.A. Clippers. The man with bottomless pockets, Steve Ballmer, and the NBA’s most persuasive voice, Doc Rivers, will, er, twist Jordan’s arm to take the max deal, max length.
Draymond Green – Golden State. Green is worth more to the Warriors, in their system, than he is to any other team. They know it, he knows it. No grass is Greener.
Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat. If Wade wants to be Joe Montana quarterbacking Kansas City, Bobby Orr with the Blackhawks or Hakeem Olajuwon as a Raptor, sure, he should go with his pride and sign elsewhere

Fran Blinebury, NBA.com

LaMarcus Aldridge — San Antonio Spurs. The native Texan gets to return home in the perfect place to contend for a championship next season with Tim Duncan and move ahead toward more with Kawhi Leonard.  It’s a seamless transition as L.A. approaches his 30th birthday.
Marc Gasol — Memphis Grizzlies. He’s comfortable and he’s loyal.  Did I mention he’s comfortable and he’s loyal?
DeAndre JordanDallas Mavericks. He wants out of playing third fiddle behind Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, even though it’s a foolish decision that moves him farther from a championship and will expose him as less than a leading man.  But he’ll fall in love with Mark Cuban’s wooing.
Draymond GreenGolden State Warriors. Really?  You have to ask?
Dwyane WadeMiami Heat. If it’s about money, which Wade seems to indicate it is, he’ll eventually realize there’s still more of it to be had with the Heat than anyplace else

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: Aldridge will be going to the Spurs, because he is tired of being on one of the better teams in the West and wants to be somewhere with the track record of getting to the very top, and maybe, just maybe, because he wants to get away from the increasing Damian Lillard spotlight. I think LMA is leaving, it’s just a matter of where. It’s more like 50-50 for a DeAndre Jordan departure from the Clippers. I would not be surprised if he stays, would not be surprised if he goes. And if he does go: Mavericks. Wade probably stays in Miami. Gasol definitely stays in Memphis, Green definitely stays in Oakland.

Shaun Powell, NBA.com

LaMarcus AldridgeSan Antonio Spurs. It’s an hour from his home in Austin and he’d immediately make the Spurs a strong favorite. Because Aldridge made big money on his last contract, he doesn’t need to squeeze the last dime (that’s not The Spurs Way anyway) and he’d benefit from no state tax. If they get Aldridge, Tim Duncan may sign up for two more years.
Marc GasolMemphis Grizzlies. He went to high school in Memphis and spent his entire NBA career in Memphis. He’s Memphis.
DeAndre JordanLos Angeles Clippers. I don’t buy whispers about him beefing with Chris Paul and wanting to be a go-to guy offensively.
Draymond GreenGolden State Warriors. He won’t find more money and a bigger role anywhere else.
Dwyane WadeMiami Heat. He’s not throwing away all that goodwill, and besides, they’ll find a cushy gig for him when he retires

John Schuhmann, NBA.com

LaMarcus AldridgeSan Antonio Spurs, because it’s the organization that every player should want to join.
Marc GasolMemphis Grizzlies, because he’s got a pretty good thing going there.
DeAndre JordanLos Angeles Clippers. See Gasol, Marc. If Jordan goes elsewhere, he’s really going to miss Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Draymond GreenGolden State Warriors. He’s a restricted free agent, and the Warriors will obviously match any offer.
Dwyane WadeMiami Heat, because of loyalty and money, but also because that will be a pretty good team next season.

Sekou Smith, NBA.com

LaMarcus AldridgeL.A. Lakers, where he can serve as the bridge star from the end of the Kobe Bryant era to the future for the Lakers.
Marc GasolMemphis Grizzlies, where he remains the face and backbone of the grit and grind movement.
DeAndre JordanDallas Mavericks, where he can find the bigger role and environment he seeks.
Draymond GreenGolden State Warriors, because you don’t leave a championship situation where you fit perfectly.
Dwyane WadeMiami Heat, because his value is greater (at this stage of his career) than it is anywhere else.

Ian Thomsen, NBA.com: I believe all will be staying put. Aldridge will be passing up too much money to leave Portland, and he possesses a powerful role within the organization that cannot be replicated elsewhere. Gasol is at home in Memphis and is not to be lured by the more glamorous markets. Why would Jordan leave the Clippers? It is a destination franchise in the league’s most compelling market with championship hopes – in addition to the ability to pay him more than anyone else. Green isn’t leaving a championship team that has the right to match any offer. Wade and the Heat need one another and will ultimately come to an agreement, I believe.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blog

LaMarcus AldridgeSan Antonio Spurs, because he’s a Texas guy and this is his best opportunity at winning.
Marc GasolMemphis Grizzlies, because it makes perfect sense for him to stay.
DeAndre JordanDallas Mavericks, because owner Mark Cuban has swung and missed a lot the last few years, and he’s due for a home run … well, maybe a stand-up double.
Draymond GreenGolden State Warriors, because he ain’t going anywhere else.
Dwyane WadeMiami Heat, because I think Wade will discover the big money market may be sparse for a 33-year-old with bad knees who can’t shoot threes.

19 Comments

  1. Robert Hurd says:

    LA to SA is the right move. SA resigned Leonard & Green + Tony Parker is will be 31 next season, LA is 30. that group can play together for 5 more years. SA,s system is based on a twin towers spread offence with TD & LA on the block. A healthy Parker penetrating the paint + Leonard, Green, Mills, Gionelli and (Bonner?) on the perimeter, SA,s O & D can match up with any team in the west including the Warriors.

  2. james says:

    now that we (LAC) have pierce DJ will be stupid to not come back.starting five as follows:
    pg pual
    sg reddik
    c DJ
    pf griffin
    sf pierce

    crawford, stephenson, rivers, brewer that sounds good reason to me. and really mavs making him a go to guy over their stars? he would be a third option there too.

  3. As a big Miami Heat, and Wade fan, I totally agree with the comments on where Wade will be. No team out thee will pay him as much as Miami Heat considering how he played last 3-4 years..

  4. WHAT THE says:

    You’re all saying wade is banged up but in terms of efficiency all the players brought up wade has the highest. And also have the most rings,all others just cant belive that the guy who had been picked in draft along with the great lebron is having more than rings than him. LMFAO for those teams who didn’t believe in him in the draft…

  5. david says:

    llakers whats ur move……l

  6. Lamarcus Aldridge best fit would be the San Antonio Spurs. First of all he is a Texan and he has the best chance of getting a ring right before Duncan leaves, and he could leave the rieghns to Aldridge after learning from Duncan before he retires just the way Robinson did for Duncan. Also Duncan will be willing to play all defense with a little scoring to win another one before he retires. Plus I’m sure the spurs will build around Leanard and Aldridge to continue to win with the supporting cast plus coach POPS. He’s a genius!

  7. harriethehawk says:

    I’m sad that my favorite player the Junkyard Dog left my beloved Hawks. I will miss him, but can understand his move, he’s getting paid. Hope Toronto also pays my other hometown guy, Lou Williams. He deserves to be paid too. Best wishes guys, I miss you in Atlanta!!!!

  8. Adam says:

    If Aldridge doesn’t sign with the Lakers we’ll just sign Love. Bottom line we need a big man.

  9. "real"NBA fan not 4 kids says:

    i think the lakers have some good guards in kobe nick young jordan clarkson and with the addition of dangelo russel to the mix there are covered there. if he joins only have to worry about downlow. and if they keep tariq black and ed davis with julius randle. lemarcus alridge couldnt pick a better team to play for. we will love this guy to play for us he reminds me of pau gasol early in his career. the question is does he want to stay in portland win nothing or take a risk and win 2 championships? they always say in order to gain something you have to risk something too. choice to stay put and not win a thing or risk it all and win big.

  10. Wiggins says:

    Pierce with clippers makes perfect sense if DA returns

  11. Wiggins says:

    if the old man tim or manu gets injured, its over for spurs, shipping out tiago could blow up in their face

    • Jon says:

      You’re right, they should pick up Andrew Wiggins.

      All kidding aside, shipping out Splitter was risky, but I think letting Baynes walk was a bigger mistake. He was a good bench option who had more impact on the game than the pocketbook. On the other hand, the Spurs took bigs in the draft, and now David West has made it clear that the Spurs are on his short list. You never know what the team will look like as the season tips off.

  12. Derek says:

    LA should finish his career as a PORTLAND TRAILBLAZER! Other teams cant offer as much and no other team outside the spurs or rockets is a better contender.

  13. Derek says:

    LA will finish his career as a PORTLAND TRAILBLAZER!

  14. How does signing a contract with the Last place Akers make any sense?

  15. Charles Poole says:

    Only Sekou Smith, I mostly agree with. The rest of you, get it together.

    • Jackson Peters says:

      So really you only disagree with #LAtoSA , understandable. Lakers have a shot at rebuilding properly with him but the Spurs I feel have what it takes NOW (especially with LA)

      • Nick says:

        Well to bad LA already said no to the Los Angeles Lakers. So I’m about 98% sure he will be going to the spurs