Recap: Free Agency Fallout (or, Unfinished Business)

The theme of the NBA’s annual mad free agent dash this year was equal parts fast… and, “hey, not so fast.” News unsurprisingly started to leak out as much as an hour leading up to midnight… however, surprisingly (well, at least to Brian Windhorst and the folks on ESPN’s The Jump) the first big domino of the night not only decided to stay where he was, but did so with a lengthy commitment.

Anyone who still thought Paul George was leaving Oklahoma City for the bright lights of Los Angeles, should have been quickly dissuaded from that notion by the size of the party being thrown at Russell Westbrook’s crib. Shortly after midnight, PG13 made the rumors official… but, it was the number of years he re-signed for that stood out. Four years (the fourth being a player option) for a maximum $137M from the Thunder, who took a gamble that they could entice George to stick around.

As the man himself wrote on his Instagram post… Unfinished business…

Word was that George didn’t even set a meeting with the Lakers, as he was convinced early on to finish what he started last year in OKC… how refreshing.

Speaking of unfinished business, the next big name to drop was Chris Paul, who agreed to a four year, $160M deal to run it back with James Harden and the Houston Rockets. It was one year less than CP3 had been rumored to have sought with the previous ownership regime, yet it was still a max deal that makes him the second highest paid point guard in the league.

Granted, the Rockets really didn’t have much choice but to bring back the guy that helped them get within shouting distance of The Finals… although $44M for a guy at age 38 who has been historically injury prone might be a really tough pill to swallow…

Kevin Durant also wasted no time agreeing to take another small haircut on a 1+1 $65M deal with the Warriors. Though odds are that he’ll opt out of the second year to take full advantage of a five year max deal next summer. In taking less, he not only preserved his flexibility, but also created a potential mid-level salary slot for Golden State to sign another vet contributor. The rich get richer…

The Denver Nuggets weren’t joking around about keeping their young core together at all costs… and they committed more than $200M in salaries shortly after midnight. Nikola Jokic agreed to a five year, $148M maximum deal… and Will Barton got locked into a four year, $54M deal. Like the Thunder (who also retained Jerami Grant to a three year, $27M deal), the Nuggets look to be capped out… although they do still have a few moveable contracts…

Other guys staying put in the early going included:

  • Rudy Gay with the Spurs: 1 year/$10M
  • Joe Harris with the Nets: 2 years/$16M
  • Aaron Baynes with the Celtics: 2 years/$11M
  • Gerald Green with the Rockets: 1 year/$2.4M
  • and, yes… even Derrick Rose with the Timberwolves: 1 year/$2.1M

The biggest name to switch teams once the clock struck 12, was a dude who had infamously already been through this scenario once before. Yes, Mark Cuban finally got his DJ (DeAndre Jordan)… and just two summers after the big man was kidnapped by then Clipper teammates CP3 and Blake Griffin. Jordan and the Mavericks agreed to a one year, $24.1M deal… then DJ hilariously Tweeted his own callback emoji…

The two veteran shooters the Philadelphia 76ers picked up for their playoff run last year each bolted for their respective past glory… with Irsan Illyasova returning to the Milwaukee Bucks on a three year, $21M deal, and Marco Belinelli returning to the San Antonio Spurs on a two year, $12M deal. Both deals create some interesting salary cap implications for these teams however…

Meanwhile, a few other opportunistic free agents who apparently read the tea leaves about the shortage of available money this summer, jumped at quick paydays…

  • Trevor Ariza, fresh off of his 0-12 display in his last game, gambled on a one year/$15M scratch off deal with the Suns
  • Doug McDermott went all Dougie McDuckets, scoring a three year/$22M deal from the Pacers
  • Ed Davis rebounded with a one year/$4.4M deal with the Nets
  • Omri Casspi got freed for a one year deal with the Grizzlies
  • Nik Stauskas sauced a one year deal with the Blazers
  • and, Mareesse Speights was reportedly nearing a “lucrative deal” with the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association

This next thing was fake news of the worst kind… which I am glad Nate was not awake to be tormented by…

This could potentially still happen… but, best not to get anyone’s hopes up…

Speaking of the Cavs… and unfinished business… all was eerily quiet in the King’s court. There was nary a rumor for most of the night about any moves the team was making, or whether or not there had been any sort of communication between Koby Altman and LeBron or his camp.

First, there was this from Joe Vardon…

Two hours later, there was this confirmation that the call indeed happened from Dave McMenamin…

Yet, even though there have been reports and indications that LeBron has no plans to drag his decision out this time around, it will still likely be early next week before he divulges his plan of action. Will he continue in Cleveland and get back to unfinished business… or, will he opt for the new frontier of Los Angeles (or another less likely location)?

Regardless of where he chooses, one thing is for sure… it won’t be alongside Paul George. It also doesn’t seem like it will be alongside Kawhi Leonard in the immediate future (at least if the Spurs have their way)…

Who knows… maybe Los Angeles itself is enough of a draw for LeBron and his family. Or, maybe all it will take is a few months of Boogie once his achilles heals…

In any event… things should all become clear in the next few days. Until then, it’s just unfinished business…

Stay tuned…

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Joeyb
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Joeyb
17 days 3 hours ago

Before the disasterous summer of Gilbert last year, I think he was fully prepared to sign max five year. From Griffin firing onward it was one disaster after another. Stepian level incompetence.

I’ll cheer them on but it’s honestly difficult to enjoy a team owned by that arrogant trumper. I don’t blame lbj for leaving. I wouldn’t want to work for that guy either.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 17 hours ago

Maybe. He signed the 2+1, and then we got the Summer of Dan in the middle of that contract. I’m positive that summer disaster movie didn’t help anything.

Jason
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Jason
17 days 3 hours ago

He checked out after Game 1. I mean, what a dumb@$$ move to almost break your hand.

Our job is to land in the bottom 10 two years running to start a rebuild.

1) Hire Messina or Hammond.

2) Develop the youngsters: Sexton, Nance, Cedi, Zizic, Preston, Colson, Mathias, Hood, Clarkson.

3) A new owner/GM would also help.

Joeyb
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Joeyb
17 days 3 hours ago

None of those things will happen.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 23 hours ago

i must correct you JoeyB.. bottom dwelling for 2 years should be very easy.. that will happen.. give jason his due

Jason
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Jason
17 days 2 hours ago

Agreed. But they should.

Altman gave Kyrie to the Celtics & cleared the Lakers cap space AND gave them a first round pick.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 23 hours ago

Warren Buffett once commented that you should only invest in a company that an idiot could run, because it is guarenteed that one day, an idiot will run the company..

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 23 hours ago

Furthermore, in Rounders (one of my all time favorite films), i believe that the matt damon character says something to the effect that, “if you can’t spot the mark 5 minutes into the game, then you are the mark”.. koby and cavsdan were taken to the cleaners by ainge..

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 23 hours ago

and finally, lest we never forget, in Magnum Force, Dirty Harry reminds us that, “a man’s got to know his limitations”.. forget that, and you easily become the roadrunner.. beep beep

Joeyb
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Joeyb
17 days 3 hours ago

Weird. Seemed like the worst option for him. Good luck to him though. I firmly believe Gilbert was the driving force. One day maybe he’ll tell us. They should sell off now but they won’t.

Nate Smith
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17 days 3 hours ago

John B
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John B
17 days 3 hours ago

As a guy born and bred in Akron, I wanted a ship for 30 years. Especially after 1995 and 1997 World Series. LeBron was the means, never the end goal for me.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 3 hours ago

I’m with you John B. It’s only basketball.

DaveR
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DaveR
17 days 3 hours ago

I think the Lakers or the Knicks were always the plan after Cleveland 2.0. I think Kyrie accelerated the plan and the Knicks are a mess.

John B
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John B
17 days 3 hours ago

I can’t wait for the flood of trolling from the fake and disloyal Lakers sunshine fans. Should be entertaining.

Raoul
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Raoul
17 days 4 hours ago

Go Browns!

Vintage
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Vintage
17 days 4 hours ago

Unfortunately the three most insufferable fan bases in the NBA all win tonight… Lakers fan rejoice in getting LeBron, Boston fans happy that he didnt go to Philly and that Celtics remain favorites to win the East, and Warriors fans relieved that as of now, LeBron likely won’t be in the championship picture this year.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 3 hours ago

Unfortunately you’re so correct.

Raoul
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Raoul
17 days 4 hours ago

OK. See ya later bye.

Brian
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Brian
17 days 4 hours ago

LeBron is gone. Hope he is happy. Yesterdays news. He will not have the legacy of a jordan or bird here. Oh well, baker Mayfield anyone. Yes please

Frogdog
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Frogdog
17 days 4 hours ago

Do you think we can use Klove as bait to offload jr/tt/ some others and maybe get a draft pick or some young players? I mean I like Klove but what is he going to do on this team now?

Vintage
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Vintage
17 days 3 hours ago

Kevin would be a good fit for the 76ers… they still have a lot of assets and I wonder what they would give up for him.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 3 hours ago

I would root for that. I hope Love gets to go to a solid team. Dude deserves it.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 4 hours ago

I doubt any team would consider JR or TT. I would be looking to trade Love, KK and Hill asap.

Simmo
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Simmo
17 days 4 hours ago

Get a lot more shots?

Frogdog
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Frogdog
17 days 4 hours ago

I’d rather just tank and develop some young guys, but that is true lol.

Jason
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Jason
17 days 4 hours ago

I will say this, I think the move is, to a degree, political. Bron hates Trump (cammot blame him there). Gilbert backs Trump. Jeannie Buss is a Dem. One of the few amongst NBA owners. He sticks it to Gilbert this way.

Yes, he has a second home there. And perhaps his family wanted to go. But I think the Bron/Gilbert/Trump dynamic played a part.

John B
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John B
17 days 4 hours ago

If he wants to make a political statement then it will come out. If he doesn’t publicly, then the statement doesn’t mean much.

Think it is more likely the family desire to live in glitz, glam, and sunny weather probably played more a role. That plus all of the larger media opportunities. They don’t get Kawhi they won’t challenge.

Vintage
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Vintage
17 days 4 hours ago

Don’t doubt that it played a part – wonder how much the value of the Cavs franchise drops now.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 4 hours ago

Oh I’m sure the value was slashed in half instantly.

Pete
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Pete
17 days 4 hours ago

Really need to hear why LeBron would choose LA without PG. He surely ain’t winning the title there. He’s not even going to make the finals, and maybe not the Conference finals. I was okay with him leaving if it was a chance to win a title, but this doesn’t make any sense.

Vintage
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Vintage
17 days 4 hours ago

Kawhi to the Lakers must be likely and maybe they plan to try to get Cousins? Putting a lot of faith in their health though.

Even then they’re not better than Warriors/Rockets and still would face a challenge against Thunder and Jazz. Likely would beat Blazers and Timberwolves, but those teams definitely would be tougher than the lower seeds he would face in the East.

DaveR
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DaveR
17 days 4 hours ago

Guys are coming off the books next season and after. The 4 year deal says a lot.

John B
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John B
17 days 4 hours ago

Well hate the fact that is the Lakers. I don’t hold ill will to lbj. He got us one and we likely weren’t going to get another, but neither will LA barring injuries to Houston and GS. I just don’t care about the rest of the NBA now. Only will care about the Cavs.

Thanks for the memories LBJ.

MikeO
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MikeO
17 days 4 hours ago

Oh, and Magic – get ready to assume the position for Klutch clients the next three years. In fact, it has already begun. L O L.

DaveR
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DaveR
17 days 4 hours ago

Lebron is a blessing and a curse. Maybe Love can go back to his true position.

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
17 days 4 hours ago

Nothing is given, everything is earned hahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahshh
what a f word cornball.

Frogdog
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Frogdog
17 days 4 hours ago

After we won I told myself I would root for LeBron no matter what. Now I hope I can hold myself to that (sad though). I look forward to hopefully seeing some effort during the regular season.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 4 hours ago

I told myself the same thing but I dislike the Lakers fanbase almost as much as GS’s, so nah, I’m good. I hope he and Lavar get into a few fights in the parking lot, WWE style.

Frogdog
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Frogdog
17 days 4 hours ago

That I would pay to see. I’ve always wondered a little, what if LeBron had been into the ufc instead of basketball.

John B
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John B
17 days 4 hours ago

Clearly family was a factor. Can’t imagine bball being the main thing in choosing LA. Wow.

Didn’t expect this. Have to assume Kawhi is about to go there too. Ingram and Kuzma maybe?

Nate Smith
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17 days 4 hours ago

I’m bummed for St. Vs more than the Cavs.

Nate Smith
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17 days 4 hours ago

MJ 45
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MJ 45
17 days 4 hours ago

Great run. I really wonder how everything shakes out if The Usurper Kevin Durant doesnt go to Golden State

Alas, good luck cavs and fans. Being in oracle for game 7 2016 will likely always be my best sports moment

JRL
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JRL
17 days 4 hours ago

I can’t wait for Lavar Ball to call out LeBron for not playing D.

John B
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John B
17 days 4 hours ago

Lonzo probably gets shipped.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 4 hours ago

I get LeBron leaving. He probably saw the Cavs as not even the best team in the East, and if he’s going to miss out going to the finals, he would rather do it against the Dubs, and not the Kyrie led Celtics.

MikeO
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MikeO
17 days 4 hours ago

Sorry he’s gone, but I will not miss all the nonsense which surrounds Lebron 24/7. Hope the Lakers enjoy Maverick Carter.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 4 hours ago

I’ll miss all the subtweets /s

Vintage
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Vintage
17 days 4 hours ago

Just don’t really understand it from a legacy or basketball standpoint… obviously a big part of his decision was his family. I never thought he would go West either.

Simmo
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Simmo
17 days 4 hours ago

Quite incredible that KLove is the last man standing, Kyrie & LBJ in the wind. Wow.

Vintage
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Vintage
17 days 4 hours ago

For real. Never a bad word out of his mouth either despite all the rumors.

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
17 days 4 hours ago

I don’t wish LeBron well, I hope the Lakers are terrible. Go Cavs!

MikeO
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MikeO
17 days 4 hours ago

Hope they completely implode.

Jason
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Jason
17 days 4 hours ago

Agreed. So much for championship mode.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 4 hours ago

I’m with you :)
Thanks for ’16, now GTFO.

Bballer
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Bballer
17 days 4 hours ago

Very sad for the Cavs, but interesting how little pull LBJ has now – I think Kyrie started it by realizing how suffocating it is to play with him, both the man and the legend. Great on court, but brutal off of it. Hard to lose the 2nd best (yes 2nd best) athlete in Cleveland history twice . At least Jim Brown (the greatest football player ever, the greatest lacrosse player ever and an outstanding basketball player) just retired and didn’t go anywhere else. I know the Cavs are left with nothing, but this is how they had to do it – there really wasn’t any other choice. Very shocked that he signed a multi-year deal – maybe to try to attract other stars by showing his commitment. Good luck to anyone who joins that circus.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 4 hours ago

Summer of Corby Part Deux

Scotch
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Scotch
17 days 4 hours ago

Thanks for the title Lebron. Thanks for sticking us with garbage and checkin out

DaveR
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DaveR
17 days 4 hours ago

2-way street. And he never had to come back. I hope there is not Jersey Burning part 2 going on. Makes the city unattractive to future FAs

Jason
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Jason
17 days 4 hours ago

Ditto. But just to be clear, I am a Cavs fan not a Bron fan.

I didn’t fanboy worship him when he wore a Cavs jersey or a Heat one. Arguably top 5 all-time on the court, but others did much more for their franchises (Bird, Duncan, Kobe, Magic, Shaq, Havlicek).

As a fan, I would much rather have had one of those guys on my team than Bron.

At least he ain’t ring chasing.

John B
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John B
17 days 4 hours ago

I wouldn’t. We still wouldn’t have a championship.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 4 hours ago

I hate Coach Lue even more now.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 4 hours ago

I’m not angry that he left, I mean, after the JR/Lue fiasco of G1, I can’t blame him. The annoying part is not doing a sign/trade so that the Cavs can get some talent/picks from the Lakers.

Once more he leaves Cleveland stranded with the bag of poop. We still have JR, TT, Hold and Lue. This blows.

Vintage
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Vintage
17 days 4 hours ago

Not sure I really want any of the Lakers young talent… none of them scream all-stars to me. Picks would be nice, but if they get other pieces around LeBron, Lakers own pick likely wont be a lottery pick.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 4 hours ago

I would gladly take Kuzma over anyone on our team.

MikeO
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MikeO
17 days 4 hours ago

Yeah, sucks, but he did it to Heat, too. Basketball vampirism. Really sucks that he gives a long term deal to the Lakers, who have proven nothing of late as an organization. God, I hope they sign IT.

John B
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John B
17 days 3 hours ago

You know who will sign IT to a mid level exception? Us.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 4 hours ago

I somehow told myself I would root for him with whatever team he ended up with but nah, F the Lakers too.

MikeO
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MikeO
17 days 4 hours ago

I hope it turns into a disaster for them. Laker fans feel entitled to star players. Screw them.

Vintage
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Vintage
17 days 4 hours ago

Bittersweet for sure… Sucks to lose the best player in the NBA TWICE in his prime, but will always cherish the memories and 2016. Wish him well and hope he’s happy with his decision but sure as hell won’t be rooting for the Lakers.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 5 hours ago

I’ll probably cancel my cable at this point. No need watching rebuilding garbage for the next decade.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
17 days 3 hours ago

i don’t mind watching young players who have a work ethic.. but those are far and few between.. perhaps sexton can set the standard.. looks like he’s driven to reach the top of his potential, at least according to some who have more insight than me

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
17 days 5 hours ago

and we even have a 2020 1st rounder! please enlighten me.. the cavs have the worst record next year, but with no 1st rounder.. no way to be in the lottery, correct?

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 4 hours ago

It’s top 10 protected

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
17 days 3 hours ago

ok.. that’s not so bad.. we suck (and we likely will big time).. then we can add another “piece”.. gotta “trust the process”.. isn’t that the mantra?

JRL
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JRL
17 days 5 hours ago

I don’t get the move by LeBron unless they get Kawhi.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 4 hours ago

I think at this point SAS won’t get much of a package from any other team. So the Lakers can afford to limit their offer.

DaveR
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DaveR
17 days 5 hours ago

Bummer but let’s move on to the next phase.

Charlie E
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Charlie E
17 days 5 hours ago

I wish LeBron well. Hope his new team can knock off the Warriors, though I very much doubt it. He can enjoy some longer summers.

DaveR
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DaveR
17 days 4 hours ago

Durant’s 1and1 smells like a noncommittal. Leonard is undecided. While I can’t see Lebron getting LAL to the Finals next year even with them, they could definitely get there in 4 and be in position to win it.

I think for whatever reason he didn’t see that in CLE. IMO he should have bit the bullet and said to Gilbert/Altman in January “I can’t win with these guys”, blown it up at the break, and shot for a super team in 2019. Instead, the Cavs will rebuild which was inevitable one of these years with Lebron.

Charlie E
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Charlie E
17 days 5 hours ago

It’s true that the deal with the Lakers was not great, but they would have found somebody to clear space for LBJ with.

MikeO
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MikeO
17 days 5 hours ago

And pretty righteous of Lebron to sign a 4 year deal. Who knows, the Cavs may have even been able to sustain a team around him if he had done that in Cleveland.

Charlie E
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Charlie E
17 days 5 hours ago

That’s what being 33 will do to ya

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 5 hours ago

Yeah that irks me.

MikeO
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MikeO
17 days 5 hours ago

It’s 100% Dan Gilbert, I’m sure. It’s kind of amazing he ever returned at all after that Comic Sans masterstroke…

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 5 hours ago

Yep.

Charlie E
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Charlie E
17 days 5 hours ago

Not surprised but sad to see the end of the second era.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 5 hours ago

Trade anyone not named Cedi, Zizik, Sexton, and Nance.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
17 days 5 hours ago

u can’t even give the garbage away..

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 5 hours ago

JR, Love, and Hill are expiring. TT will be an expiring next year.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 5 hours ago

Time to get under the salary cap and rebuild

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 5 hours ago

LeBron James has agreed to a four-year, $154M deal with the Lakers.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2018

MikeO
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MikeO
17 days 5 hours ago

At least they didn’t get PG. Can’t wait till Lavar criticizes Lebron in the media.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 5 hours ago

They’ll get Leonard eventually, and probably a hobbled Cousins.

MikeO
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MikeO
17 days 5 hours ago

Lebron would lurrrrrve playing with Boogie.

Jason
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Jason
17 days 5 hours ago

The expiring guys will get more in return once the season starts. Teams that realize they suck will start clearing space for FAs next summer.

But almost everyone thinks they will be good post draft.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
17 days 7 hours ago

TT and JR, without LBJ.. these are the 2 options i see.. unplayable, and on the other hand, unwatchable

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 6 hours ago

Could be a good time to start developing TTs 3-point shot.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
17 days 7 hours ago

i doubt whether you see either of those guys ever break a sweat again..

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
17 days 7 hours ago

oh, forgot the other “un” adjective.. untradeable

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
17 days 6 hours ago

J.R. is an expiring

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
17 days 7 hours ago

is alonzo gee still available? perhaps the cavs can sign him

Nate Smith
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17 days 8 hours ago

Best review headline ever.

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Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 8 hours ago

Haha.

Nate Smith
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17 days 9 hours ago

Man, if OKC had any assets, trading Hill for Melo and then stretching melo would be a great move for both squads.

Nate Smith
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17 days 9 hours ago

(Assuming LeBron leaves)

newnomad
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newnomad
17 days 9 hours ago

all in for getting delly back right nate

Nate Smith
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17 days 9 hours ago

Fo shizzle.

daspec90
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daspec90
17 days 9 hours ago

The day after, I wonder whether PG has any regrets. Well, other than the dog breath from smoking those celebratory cigars.

Grover13
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Grover13
17 days 9 hours ago

Regardless of how this free agent period turns out….I really think that this is all going to blow up in Lebron’s face eventually. I know he does these one-and-ones to maintain flexibility….but he’s starting to get to an age where NO ONE is going to give him a five year max contract. I know he continues to defy the laws of physics and biology with his durability, but that simply cannot continue indefinitely. I’d bet that sometime in the next 18 months, Lebron will have his first serious injury….and then he’ll be on the wrong side of 35 coming off a recovery period. His “max window” will have passed, with little to show for it. Even if he told Gilbert today, “I’ll sign for the five year max”, I wouldn’t do it. I don’t want to be paying a 39 year old Lebron $50 million plus.

newnomad
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newnomad
17 days 9 hours ago

no matter what the decision–can’t wait until this “media circus ” is over and cavs can make plans with or without LeBron ———-I am now leading towards the 76er’s

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
17 days 10 hours ago

Can someone hack Lee Jenkins’ computer and see if there’s anything there? Although LeBron’s team has such good operational security, they’ll probably use a new venue this time.

CLF
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CLF
17 days 10 hours ago

If LeBron goes to Philly, I wonder if they will continue to pass the ball as much as they did this past year on offense…. didn’t they lead the NBA in passes?

Mike Podracky
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Mike Podracky
17 days 10 hours ago

My feelings on the three teams most obviously vying for LeBron is 50% for the Lakers, 35% for Philly and 15% for the Cavs. The Cavs roster just doesn’t have enough flexibility. So many of the new players not ready for prime time and too many aging vets past their prime. Hope I am wrong and James stays. More than not resigning David Griffin, the disastrous Irving trade will be viewed in hindsight as the primary reason for James’ departure. If the Cavs had gotten the right pieces for Irving, James I believe would have stayed, and of course wanted to stay. I have mentally resigned myself to the end of the best run of Cavs’ basketball ever, and now have a buzz kill mentality like Ben did with Collin Sexton.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 10 hours ago

The level of contact between LeBron James and the Lakers thus far is not yet clear, but one source close to the process tells @NYTSports that LeBron and Lakers lead recruiter Magic Johnson did NOT have dinner together after free agency began at 9:01 PM Los Angeles time last night

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2018

Nate Smith
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17 days 9 hours ago

Doesn’t mean they didn’t have drinks. Seems like a Clintonian dodge.

MikeO
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MikeO
17 days 10 hours ago

The media circus surrounding Lebron is just hilarious. These are supposed adults reporting all this crap.

Nate Smith
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17 days 11 hours ago

If he goes to Philly that whole talk about his family is BS.

Nate Smith
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17 days 11 hours ago

Wow. Philly. That’s be a merc move.

John B
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John B
17 days 6 hours ago

Why would it be anymore than la?

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
17 days 11 hours ago

man i thought when pg didint go lakers we were good, but now philly emerges.

so its gonna be boston and philly and a bunch of d-league teams in the east

JOHN B
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JOHN B
17 days 11 hours ago

Maybe. Barring LA getting Kawhi, my completely speculative guess is that the odds are 40-60 cavs/philly. I still think there is a decent chance of him resigning at least a one and one here.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 12 hours ago

It seems like whoever gets Leonard, gets LeBron.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 12 hours ago

Among the Sixers' planned top selling points to LeBron James' agent Rich Paul today: Philly believes it still has a real chance to win the Kawhi Leonard trade sweepstakes, league sources say

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2018

JOHN B
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JOHN B
17 days 11 hours ago

I think that means Simmons and filler for Kawhi. Can’t imagine they get that done with Saric and Covington and a pick. Especially not when the lake show could offer Ingram or Kuzma plus a better pick. Or when Boston could offer J Brown and Rozier and/or a pick.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 12 hours ago

The Sixers don't quite have the cap space to sign LeBron, but they could make it happen IF LeBron so desired @clevelanddotcom https://t.co/OH7VTy9qNl

— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) July 1, 2018

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 12 hours ago

Interesting from the above article…

Paul also represents young Sixers star Ben Simmons. Philadelphia is among the teams that could trade for Kawhi Leonard, which could entice James.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 12 hours ago

LeBron has made his decision & informed those close to him. Expect the official announcement Tuesday morning.

— nick wright (@getnickwright) July 1, 2018

Jason
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Jason
17 days 12 hours ago

If the two main goals are:
1) Signing a max contract (1+1, 4 or 5 yr)
2) Having a shot to beat GSW

Then Philly makes the most sense. We have no way to compete with GSW and he would have to take a haircut to go to Hou or OKC or SA. Lakers are not competitive as it stands now.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
17 days 12 hours ago

Maybe he does a 1 plus 1 with Philly then goes to the LAL with Leonard the following year.

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
17 days 12 hours ago

someone tell me quick why you call the cavs at 12:01, but then take a meeting with Philly the next day?

JOHN B
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JOHN B
17 days 12 hours ago

Well it certainly doesn’t bode well. Courtesy goodbye? Maybe philly is back in play since LA seems to have fallen through in getting another star. Still I would rather see him go to philly over LA if he is leaving.

Jason
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Jason
17 days 12 hours ago

Me too. Plus, he can beat Kyrie this way.

JRL
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JRL
17 days 13 hours ago

A lineup of:
Sexton/Hill
Hill/Cedi
Bron
Love
Nance

Could get plenty done.

Jason
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Jason
17 days 12 hours ago

So could:
Simmons
Redick
Bron
Saric
Embiid

Jason
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Jason
17 days 12 hours ago

Plus Covington, Smith, and a shiny Suns first next year. If they add some shooting they are golden.

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
17 days 12 hours ago

Sure but Lue wont play that lineup

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