We are back with the 2014-15 edition of the Sheridan Hoops team-by-team season preview index. We’ve assembled a lineup of bloggers who regularly cover the NBA to give us five things to watch for regarding the teams they cover for the upcoming season. You can read them simply by clicking on the team logo or name below. You can also get caught up on each team’s payroll, draft picks and financial outlooks with our salary cap analysis index.
The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly will offer Phoenix Suns restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe a maximum four-year, $63 million contract. According to Fox10 in Phoenix and ESPN, the offer is designed to engage the Suns in a sign-and-trade for Bledsoe, by far the best remaining free agent on the market. However, the report did not say that Minnesota had formally made the offer, because the Timberwolves cannot. They are $6 million over the salary cap and would have to trade enough players to get
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle that would send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cavs, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. According to the report, the Timberwolves receive Andrew Wiggins, the top pick in this year’s draft; Anthony Bennett, the top pick in last year’s draft who struggled as a rookie; and a 2015 protected first-round pick. Love joins LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, forming arguably the best trio in the NBA
The recent rookie signings of Doug McDermott in Chicago and Andrew Wiggins in Cleveland put the possibility of a Kevin Love trade in a temporary holding pattern. Rookies cannot be traded in the first 30 days after signing their deals, so we are looking at late August before Minnesota Timberwolves GM Flip Saunders can complete a deal for his All-Star power forward. But that doesn’t mean Saunders can’t discuss those deals or another possible trade with the Golden State Warriors, whose proposal does
It’s draft day, and the Cavaliers are on the clock. The Cavs have made it clear to teams that if they trade the No. 1 pick, they want proper compensation in terms of a lottery pick, or two, and a veteran player capable of helping next season. I am hearing that Philadelphia and Boston are still in the mix. This morning the Orlando Magic pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Aaron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for Evan Fournier
The NBA Draft was overshadowed today when news broke that LeBron James will be opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat. The four-time MVP had been rumored to be leaning towards opting out, but today his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Management, confirmed that LeBron informed the Heat of his decision. Unlike four years ago, LeBron no longer shares an agency with Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade. Today LeBron James is his own entity, and having endured a
Last week, stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett played a road game. But not just any road game. It was perhaps the most significant road game of their careers. The future Hall of Famers returned for the first time to basketball-bonkers Boston, the city where they won hearts and championships. The former Celtics were given a warm welcome that included video tributes and had an emotional evening. In this era of free agency, many players have a similar experience. They move from a
Since training camp opened, there have been five significant trades involving 10 teams, 19 players and seven draft picks. The big winners have been a team that got rid of the highest scorer among the traded players and a team that acquired a player who has yet to play. The big loser has been a team that swears by analytics. Another way to look at it is like this: The biggest trades thus far have been the ones that haven’t been made