2018 Free agency talk/rumors

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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Andrew on Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:22 am

A conversation with Isaiah Thomas

Before finalizing the agreement with Denver, Thomas had reached out to Boston GM Danny Ainge. They talked for 15 to 20 minutes, Thomas says, and he told Ainge: "If the opportunity is there, I would just like to let you know that I'd love to come back."

Ainge says his mind was open to the idea, but the Celtics needed to work through Marcus Smart's restricted-free-agency discussions before they could consider making an offer to Thomas. Ainge was willing to continue the conversation, but Thomas accepted the Nuggets' offer before Boston had reached its new deal with Smart.

"S---, I'd have gone back," Thomas says. "I don't hold grudges."


Interesting read on the whole. If Thomas can stay healthy, he should be in for a bigger payday next year.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby shadowgrin on Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:25 am

What a doormat.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby [Q] on Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:15 am

Dirk signs for his 21st season with the same team. That record may never be broken
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:21 am

The way players move around these days, it'll be tough. Some big names who are likely to play that long are already out of the running.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby benji on Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:06 pm

heh, and after all that "he might bail to LA!" when they got him
Forward Kevin Love was "very excited and obviously humbled" after signing a long-term extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. Terms were not announced, but league sources told ESPN that the four-year, $120 million extension tops out his overall deal at five years, $145 million.

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He took $8 million less than his full max as general manager Koby Altman worked with Love and agent Jeff Schwartz to keep some salary cap flexibility for the Cavaliers on the back end of the deal, when his maximum annual salary could've been in the $35 million range, league sources said.

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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:17 pm

Indeed. The one guy expected to bolt is the one left standing.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Kenny on Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:14 pm

Vince to play on another season... with another lottery team:
Vince Carter has agreed to sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Andrew on Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:46 pm

It's nice to see him offering up his veteran leadership and looking to be a positive influence on young teams that need guidance. He can still play too, so it's a shame the Bulls couldn't get him for a year as they rebuild. At the same time, it's a bit unfortunate to see him bouncing around the league as he enters his 21st(!) season. We saw the same thing happen with Paul Pierce when he left Boston, though admittedly Vince has had longer stops with the Mavericks and Grizzlies in recent years. This is going to be his eighth team though, and third in as many seasons.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby [Q] on Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:15 am

That video of LeBron playing with his son on the Lakers in 2k got me thinking. His son is 13 now and by the time his contract is up, junior will be around that age to make the jump to the NBA. If he's a top rated prospect by then, I could see him forgoing college for a chance to play with his dad. LeBron will be a free agent free to sign with whichever team junior gets drafted to
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby shadowgrin on Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:58 am

LeBron left the Cavs so the team will have that amount of money to give to Kevin Love.

LeBron always assisting his teammates on and off the court.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby cavs4872 on Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:32 am

Andrew wrote:At the same time, it's a bit unfortunate to see him bouncing around the league as he enters his 21st(!) season. We saw the same thing happen with Paul Pierce when he left Boston, though admittedly Vince has had longer stops with the Mavericks and Grizzlies in recent years. This is going to be his eighth team though, and third in as many seasons.

At least Pierce was going to playoff instead of lottery teams.

A contender wouldn't throw the same amount at this guy? Maybe he wants zero pressure or something.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby shadowgrin on Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:39 am

A for effort.

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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Andrew on Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:14 pm

cavs4872 wrote:At least Pierce was going to playoff instead of lottery teams.

A contender wouldn't throw the same amount at this guy? Maybe he wants zero pressure or something.


Yeah, but if Vince did that, he'd probably get called a ring chaser. Either way, his decision would be criticised. I'm sure there are contenders that would gladly take him on at the money he's signing on for, but he seems more interested in being a mentor on a rebuilding team. I can respect that, though if he did want to play for a contender, I think that would be appropriate too.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby [Q] on Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:26 pm

The 3 remaining players who had started their NBA careers in the 90s all played on the Mavericks in the calendar year in 2011. Ginobili was also drafted in 1999 but didn't come over immediately.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Andrew on Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:08 pm

Cool trivia note. Although he hasn't signed on anywhere yet, last I read Jason Terry plans on playing another year.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby cavs4872 on Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:27 am

Andrew wrote:
cavs4872 wrote:At least Pierce was going to playoff instead of lottery teams.

A contender wouldn't throw the same amount at this guy? Maybe he wants zero pressure or something.


Yeah, but if Vince did that, he'd probably get called a ring chaser. Either way, his decision would be criticised. I'm sure there are contenders that would gladly take him on at the money he's signing on for, but he seems more interested in being a mentor on a rebuilding team. I can respect that, though if he did want to play for a contender, I think that would be appropriate too.

Yeah; at his age, it's a God-given right to chase rings.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Andrew on Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:18 am

Hawks are completing their buyout of Melo. He should be signing with the Rockets within the next 48 hours or so.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby benji on Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:27 am

Not worth a thread really so will put it here. Pelton win projections: http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_ ... ms-2018-19

East:
1. TOR (55-27), 2. BOS (53-29), 3. PHI (48-34), 4. IND (46-36), 5. MIL (45-37), 6. MIA (45-37), 7. WAS (44-38), 8. DET (39-43)
9. CHA (38-44), 10. BRK (37-45), 11. ORL (34-48), 12. CLE (31-51), 13. NYK (31-51), 14. CHI (28-54), 15. ATL (26-56)

West:
1. GSW (59-23), 2. UTA (53-29), 3. HOU (53-29), 4. DEN (51-31), 5. MIN (50-32), 6. OKC (47-35), 7. NOP (44-38), 8. POR (42-40)
9. LAL (41-41), 10. SAS (39-43), 11. LAC (36-46), 12. MEM (33-49), 13. DAL (32-50), 14. PHO (27-55). 15. SAC (25-57)
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Wolfy03 on Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:25 pm

Is Wade still available? He was rumored going to China?
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Andrew on Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:07 pm

I don't think he's decided yet. I believe there's also still mutual interest in remaining with the Heat.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Kevin on Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:11 am

Still think staying with Miami would be good for him, legacy and family-wise. Even with just a bench vet role and the usual vintage wade every 15-20 games. God knows Miami needs leadership.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby shadowgrin on Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:09 am

Since when was Wade a leader? At his best he's still a sidekick.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Andrew on Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:51 pm

He took charge in the 2006 Finals.
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Sauru on Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:09 am

Andrew wrote:He took charge in the 2006 Finals.



damn right he did. should have won a fucking oscar for his acting performance
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Re: 2018 Free agency talk/rumors

Postby Jackal on Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:09 pm

Sauru wrote:damn right he did. should have won a fucking oscar for his acting performance

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