On Thursday, we brought back our Three-Man Weave, taking a look at some of the big picture questions for Eastern Conference teams that the offseason may or may not have answered. Today, we shift our focus to the Western Conference, where the player movement has been less dramatic and more subtle but entirely interesting and thought-provoking. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger issues. 1. Which team has taken the biggest step forward in the Western Conference?
As reported earlier in the week by Chris Sheridan, LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Standing by his source, all signs indicate that it is not a matter of it, but when James is ready to share his decision with the public. While the rest of us were eagerly anticipating a formal announcement all day, the four time MVP tended to his own affairs. As the host of the LeBron James Skills Academy, James was in attendance at the basketball
Paging Jim Gray, paging Jim Gray. Another decision is near, and we will bring out the capital ‘D’ if you agree to make the announcement on TV along with LeBron, who can recycle his purple checked shirt just for old time’s sake. The chances of James returning to the Miami Heat have diminished since free agency began, in large part because James wants to be paid a max salary — which leaves little wiggle room for Pat Riley to make the necessary
Could LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki join forces in 2014-15? As Carmelo Anthony’s tour concludes Thursday with a meeting in Los Angeles with the Lakers completed and a meeting with the New York Knicks underway. Wednesday night, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban met with Anthony to make a pitch for his services. A day later, he and Dirk Nowitzki made a statement for the younger star free agents to take notice. They want a championship contending team. In addition
PHOENIX SUNS 2014-15 Offseason Additions: G Isaiah Thomas, F Anthony Tolliver 2014 Draft Picks: F T.J. Warren, G Tyler Ennis, G Bogdan Bogdanovic, C Alec Brown Draft Picks Coming: 2015 first round (Minnesota, protected 1-12); 2015 first round (LA Lakers, 1-5) Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under: Under the cap Amnesty Provision: Used on Josh Childress (2012)PLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19Goran Dragic $7,500,000 $7,500,000 Isaiah Thomas $7,240,000 $6,910,000 $6,590,000 $6,260,000P.J. Tucker $5,700,000 $5,500,000 $5,300,000Eric Bledsoe $3,730,000Alex Len $3,650,000 $3,810,000 $4,820,000 $6,400,000Gerald Green $3,500,000Anthony Tolliver $3,000,000 $3,000,000Markieff Morris $2,990,000 $4,360,000Marcus Morris $2,940,000$4,320,000T.J. Warren $1,950,000 $2,040,000 $2,130,000 $3,150,000 $4,390,000Tyler Ennis $1,590,000 $1,660,000 $1,730,000 $2,670,000 $3,780,000Shavlik Randolph $1,230,000Miles Plumlee $1,170,000 $2,110,000 $3,110,000Archie Goodwin $1,110,000 $1,160,000 $2,090,000 $3,140,000Michael Beasley $780,000 $780,000 $780,000TOTAL SALARY $48,070,000 $43,150,000 $26,550,000 $21,620,000 $8,170,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer Waived BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX
This may come as a surprise, but the Atlanta Hawks are actually closer to becoming championship contenders than you might think. This summer, Atlanta has a realistic opportunity to present LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony with the most attractive free agent pitch of any team in the league, if Danny Ferry maneuvers contracts aggressively and appropriately. It’s certainly an ambitious idea, but it’s far from ridiculous. First and most obviously, the Hawks are situated in the Eastern Conference. This gives them a succinct
You may think that the story today revolves around the AT&T Center and its broken air conditioning in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Perhaps the story is Miami Heat forward LeBron James succumbing to the heat—90 degrees—and falling victim to severe leg cramps only to watch his team give up a two-point lead and lose by 15 to the San Antonio Spurs. Maybe the story is Tim Duncan’s immaculate performance—scoring 21 points on 91-percent shooting. Or, perhaps, they’re all wrong. ESPN’s
Wednesday the All-NBA Teams were announced, and with them came a slew of congratulatory, confused and frustrated tweets. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all vote getters as the lone unanimous selection to the First Team, followed by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Much to the chagrin of 124 NBA writers with voting privileges, Chris Sheridan, our esteemed Editor-in-Chief, was the lone vote preventing