Duncan, James set to re-sign


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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — The two best free agents of 2015 (and given good health, the two best bargains of the coming season) didn’t reach agreements with their teams until Thursday, the ninth day of free agency and the first day when deals could be officially signed.

Of course, we knew all along that Tim Duncan and LeBron James were going back to San Antonio and Cleveland, respectively. But we were waiting on the terms of Duncan’s deal and for James to break his silence and/or get back from his vacation.

According to our David Aldridge, Duncan will be back with the Spurs for just $5 million this season, meaning that his former back-up, Aron Baynes, will be getting more money from the Detroit Pistons. It also means that the Spurs have additional flexibility under the salary cap after they sign Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge (to a max contract starting at $19.7 million), with cap holds for Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard on the books. They could have about $2.2 million to offer a new back-up center.

James, meanwhile, is taking the maximum allowed from the Cavs, as expected.

He can opt out again next season and sign a more lucrative deal for 2016-17. And it would make sense for him to become a free agent again in 2017 (for the fourth straight summer) to really get paid after that, when the salary cap reaches its peak and when the Cavs have his full Bird rights.

The Cavs have new deals in place with James, Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert, as well as with the returning Mo Williams. They’ve yet to reach agreements with restricted free agents Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson, and J.R. Smith seems to be hanging in the wind at this point.

Cleveland also has yet to find a deal for Brendan Haywood‘s non-guaranteed, $10.5 million deal for next season.

13 Comments

  1. harriethehawk says:

    Any team in the NBA if given the opportunity, would sign Lebron James for 23 million. Even if it meant just getting bodies to watch him play/

  2. Chris says:

    What makes you think Lebron will add 3 or 4 more rings to his collection?

  3. Vic says:

    Love the fact that Tim Duncan is such a TEAM player to take such a modest (modest for the NBA) salary of $5M to enable this team to succeed. He never seeks the max contracts, is never selfish, and is always about the team. This Spurs attitude is the reason for their continued success. So glad to have the core team together for 2016-2017, not to mention LMA and D. West! Go Spurs Go!

    • Goku says:

      twin tower in spurs again like Robinson and Duncan, now Duncan and Aldridge plus of the bench west and ginobili..ohboi!!!

  4. lgfelix says:

    @ BIG-GAME-JAMES-23: I totally agree with you son. He isn’t worth the 80 mill Max. Like Really! Come on Cavs!!!

  5. Nick says:

    The Cav’s have to find enough players willing to stand around and watch Lebron play, judging by his finals “performance”.

  6. BIG-GAME-JAMES-23 says:

    So if LeBron signs a 5 year deal in summer of 2017 when the salary cap hits its peak then we can expect him to play until he’s atleast 37 years old, because he’ll be 32 years old when he signs his 5 year max.
    If LeBron plays until he’s 37 then he’ll probably finish his career with about 5-6 rings total.

    On another note* As much a I luv me some Tristian Thompson and his offensive rebounding… I DO NOT think he worth the max at all, whatsoever! I didn’t even think Draymond Green was worth the max and he can do a lot more than Thompson can do, not just rebound. I think Thompson is worth a 5 year 60mill MAX, not more than that. I don’t think any team would be desperate enough to give Thompson the 80 Mill Max he’s asking for. Its ridiculous.

    • YUP says:

      AGREED

    • ghost says:

      I can think of one team that would be desperate for a center…the Dallas Mavericks. If they come in with the DJ money, they definitely would be set with a center.

    • Houston Fan says:

      If DJ is getting 80mil/4yrs max, T.T is definitely worthy of a max deal. First of all, T.T absolutely has a higher ceiling than DJ offensively. (He shoots FTs in the 70s mark) Defensively T.T is every bit as valuable to a contender as DJ in the small ball era. (He is probably one of the most nimble bigs in the league today, on par with D.Green though Green is undersized even for a PF) T.T allows 4 small 1 big line-up with Lebron at 4 and not giving up a thing on the boards, now that is priceless. The only reason probably no other team in the league will give T.T as much as Cavs will is that he is the perfect big for Lebron small ball line-up and no other team have Lebron…

      • Goku says:

        come on now T.T is not worth 80mil and dont compare him to DJ coz TT can’t give u that defensive presence like DJ!

    • YOUR FOOLISH FANTASY COMMENTS: ” So if LeBron signs a 5 year deal in summer of 2017 when the salary cap hits its peak then we can expect him to play until he’s atleast 37 years old, because he’ll be 32 years old when he signs his 5 year max.
      If LeBron plays until he’s 37 then he’ll probably finish his career with about 5-6 rings total.” R ASININE!!!

      DID U EVEN READ THE SPORTS COLUMNISTS POSTED REPORTS THESE PAST FEW WEEKS REGARDING HIS TENURE W/ THE CAVS??? …APPARENTLY “NOT!!!!” CHOOSING A FIVE YEAR…OR OPTING-IN TO A CONTRACT FOR FIVE YEARS IS NOT WHAT HE WILL EVER DO AT THIS POINT. HE HAS SAID CLEARLY (UNLESS HE CHANGES DIRECTION LIKE DeANDRE JUST DID…) , HE DOES NOT INTEND TO COMMIT LONG-TERM W/ THE CAVS DUE TO THE FRANCHISES UNSUCCESSFUL PULLS IN RECENT-PAST LOTTERY DRAFT SELECTIONS AND OWNER DAN GILBERT’S AWKWARDNESS TO LEAD CLEVELAND TO THE “PROMISED LAND”. YOUR WISHFUL TH?NKING IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY, SUNN.