With LeBron James finally making the decision to return home to Cleveland on Friday, it’s safe to say that the real free agency period of 2014 has truly begun. There was always going to be a trickle-down effect from whatever decision James came to, and his former teammate Chris Bosh proved to be the player in line to make the next move. The rumor – and a strong one at that – was that Bosh would strongly consider leaving the Miami Heat to
Just a tad over four years ago, LeBron James made his breathtaking decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat live on ESPN – a move that would be scrutinized for years to come. At least back then, though, everyone knew when the announcement would be made because there was a set time, date and place for it. This year, all we know is that James is supposed to post the decision to return to Cleveland on his website lebronjames.com.
By now, most of you have heard Chris Sheridan’s report that LeBron James is going back home to Cleveland. Sheridan is 100 percent confident in his source, and based on the events that took place on Wednesday, there are plenty of reasons for the Miami Heat to believe that it’s time to move on from the Big Three era. Lets take a look at some of things that went down: The Cavaliers made an indicative trade, freeing up cap space for you
There have been plenty of speculation around the league about a number of important free agents in the past couple of weeks – most notably, of course, LeBron James. James still has yet to make a decision (although our Chris Sheridan reports of a probable return to Cleveland), and not much else looks to happen with anyone else until he does. While the big guns take the necessary time to mull their options, other NBA players around the league are enjoying their time off
After missing the entire 2012-2013 season due to an enlarged heart – a career-threatening condition – Channing Frye came back this past season seemingly without skipping a beat. The floor-spacing big man averaged 11.1 points – including two 3-pointers per game on 37 percent shooting – and 5.1 rebounds to show that his game was still very much intact. Despite failing to make the playoffs in the ultra-competitive western conference, Frye was an instrumental piece in helping the Phoenix Suns to an impressive
Valuable free agents are slowly beginning to find new homes this summer, and Spencer Hawes became one of those players after agreeing to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports detailed Hawes’ decision to join a contender while perhaps taking less money to do so:
All along, the belief was that LeBron James would end up re-signing with the Miami Heat, regardless of whether he opted in or out of his current contract. If he opted in, things would have stayed simple for this summer. Of course, that didn’t happen. Still, the supposed plan was this: he would sign a new deal with the Heat and willingly take a pay cut, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would follow suit, and their unselfishness would ultimately help bring in more
When the Detroit Pistons signed Josh Smith to a huge contract last summer, many questioned if he would fit with the makeup of the team with Greg Monroe and the blossoming Andre Drummond already on the roster. Could Smith play the small forward position? Wouldn’t there be serious floor-spacing issues? Would any of the primary bigs be receptive about coming off the bench? These were some of the questions asked prior to the start of last season, and as the year