Looking ahead to NBA free agency


Kevin Love has said he will be in Cleveland next year. Is he tipping his hand? (Photo credit to cdn.fansided.com)
Kevin Love has said he will be in Cleveland next year. Is he tipping his hand? (Photo credit to cdn.fansided.com)

A couple of weeks ago I highlighted a free big-name NBA free agents.

Today, I’m going to highlight a few more players and where I could see these players headed.

Recently, Dwyane Wade mentioned that he might leave the Miami Heat because both parties are pretty “far apart” in contract talks. Wade wants a raise (he made $15 million last season), but Miami isn’t willing to do that, at least not yet.

Wade is aging. He will be 34 next January and is not the player he was even two years ago. In 12 seasons, Wade has never played 82 games and he chugged his way through 62 games last season. Playing without LeBron James and Chris Bosh, for most of the year, took its toll on him. The current Heat roster is pretty bad and they missed the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Even with the emerging Hassan Whiteside and acquiring Goran Dragic, the Heat was still apathetic. There is a good chance Luol Deng won’t be accepting his $10 million player-option and Dragic will decline his as well, but it’s likely he will sign a new contract with the team. If Dragic was to get a $10 million per year contract, the Heat will not have much money to spend on free agents anyway.

I don’t know where Wade would end up. One would assume Cleveland, so he can play with James again.

My gut tells me he will re-sign with the Heat. He has spent his entire career in Miami and I don’t see any reason he would want to leave.

Kevin Love has already come out and said it – he plans to be in Cleveland next season. He has a player-option for next season worth about $16 million. Either he takes that, sticks it out for a year and then leaves, or he signs a brand-new contract with Cleveland.

I have said all along that Love will head to Los Angeles and I still think he might. While Love has his player-option, the decision will ultimately be made by the acting general manager – LEBRON JAMES.

I still think Love will bolt after this year.

DeAndre Jordan might be the most intriguing free agent in 2015. He is an unrestricted free agent, meaning any team in the league can try to sign him.

I don’t think he will be back with the Los Angeles Clippers. There have been reports of trade with the Dallas Mavericks that would swap Jordan and Tyson Chandler. Of course, that would have to be a sign-and-trade. Chandler is getting up there in age and Jordan is in the prime of his career. I think Jordan can become a better player than he already is, despite his skill limitations.

If Marc Gasol leaves Memphis, I could see that as a possible destination for Jordan. While Memphis needs to add more to its lineup, adding a player like Jordan would not be detrimental. Jordan won’t receive as much money as Gasol will, so Memphis would be able to sign another player, too.

The San Antonio Spurs are another possibility. Even though Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will be back next season, their contracts will have little effect on their salary cap because both players won’t re-sign for much. What if the Spurs were able to sign LaMarcus Aldridge and Jordan?

Portland could also be in play, although it’s rather unlikely.

Brook Lopez has 17 million reasons to stay in Brooklyn next season. That’s how much money he will make if he decides to opt-in to his player-option. The oft-injured center is coming off a superb playoff, though, and would be assured a lucrative long-term deal by any team that could give him what he wants.

One team that will have money, and has also been rumored to be a landing spot for Lopez, is Milwaukee. It has been reported his relationship with Jason Kidd could be a deciding factor.

Another spot I see for Lopez would be San Antonio. Gregg Popovich is a master at resting players and limiting minutes, and it could have a positive impact on Lopez and allow him to play more games.

If the New York Knicks miss out on Aldridge and Gasol, there is no question they would go for Lopez.

Portland is another option. It would reunite Brook with his brother Robin.

That’s all I have for today. Feel free to leave a comment.

Have a great day!

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