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
Over the past season with the Brooklyn Nets, Shaun Livingston surprisingly proved to be a very valuable commodity as a combo-guard on both ends of the floor. He had the unique ability to see plays develop with the ball in his hands – something he always had coming into the league as an 18-year-old – but perhaps more importantly, showed that he is a little too tall (6’7″) and long (wingspan of 6’11″) for most guards in the NBA to handle.
Over the weekend, it was reported that Jason Kidd was eyeing the coaching job of the Milwaukee Bucks after failing to come to terms with the Brooklyn Nets for a high position in the front office. That news left some to wonder what would happen to Larry Drew if the Bucks decided to go after Kidd. On Monday, it was reported that the Bucks would send two second-round draft picks to the Nets to allow Kidd to walk out of the remaining
During the NBA Draft on Thursday, Golden State Warriors sideline reporter Ric Bucher broke what appeared to be major news. Bucher was told by a source that the Toronto Raptors would look to do a sign-and-trade agreement involving Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat. Here are the original tweets: