REBUILDING MODE – Now that we are in the wrap of current National Basketball Association season, notable free agents, and coaching changes are expected to outburst. The standard salary cap of the league next season is enormously increased. The negotiation between player agents and team staff/s expected to be on intensive approach and many more news will come up.
- Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant (UFA)
Randy Foye (UFA)
Nazr Mohammed (UFA)
Dion Waiters (RFA)
Obviously, Kevin Durant is the cream of the crop in the free agent list. After the disappointing playoff run by the Thunder recently, as per contract provided, the native from Washington will be on the negotiation list.
He is expected to receive the total of $ 20.2 million at the end of this season.
The notable teams such as Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Houston Rockets are in the pitch run for the heavy scorer who averaging 28.2 ppg and 8.2 rpg in the regular season games.
As a perennial point maker in isolation type of offense received his first Most Valuable Player last 2014.
- Cleveland Cavaliers
Lebron James (Player Option)
Timofey Mozgov (UFA)
Richard Jefferson (UFA)
As the NBA Finals are ongoing, there was a rumor mill around superstar forward Lebron James that he will leave Cleveland again if they lose this championship round.
According to NBC Sports, the teams such as Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are his possible destinations. Lebron will receive $ 22.9 million salaries for this year.
He has also big time endorsement most especially on top sportswear brands such as Nike.
Also known as “The King” and rim attacker from Ohio had a superb stat line of 25.3 ppg, 6.8 apg and 7.4 rpg with the addition of 1.4 spg in the defensive end.
If that rumor is true, we expected the tons of disappointing fans and triple the hate on him after he decided to go to Miami Heat five years ago.
He had also 2 championship rings during his stint at Miami.
- Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside (UFA)
Dwyane Wade (UFA)
Luol Deng (UFA)
Udonis Haslem (UFA)
Amare Stoudemire (UFA)
Gerald Green (UFA)
Joe Johnson (UFA)
The Heat could be the team which holds the most number of free agents this off season.
After the exit of Lebron James two years ago, Dwyane Wade’s game has significantly slide down because of his age and injuries. They had an additional misery with the health of Chris Bosh. Bosh has suffered an unknown type of blood clot in the second straight year.
The consolations of this team are the emergence of their big man Hassan Whiteside in his signature defensive stance (in the predominantly small man hoops as of the moment) and the last minute acquisition of Joe Johnson in the mid-season free agency deadline.
They faced tough task during the playoffs featuring two seven-game series in the hands of Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors respectively.
The front office headed by Pat Riley will make some critical decisions in order to have a competitive roster for the next few seasons. Erik Spoelstra is not safe in this type of situation.
Whiteside, a veteran of NBA D-League, who averaging 9.4 ppg and stunning 4.6 bpg in his 4th year as a professional baller is a hot commodity in free agency. His presence at the rim will be a huge force of the team who wants to acquire him.
The Lakers who has a great tradition of popularizing big man has drawn some interest.
But I’m sure that Riley will not allow that kind of thing. He will do his part on retaining the core of the Heat.
Some unnoticeable names plus the draft picks could be their strong arsenal to be a competent team once more in the struggling Eastern Conference.
- Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki (Player Option)
Deron Williams (Player Option)
Chandler Parsons (Player Option)
The fierce owner named Mark Cuban has instilled his championship vision every season. He is willing to trade and release some players who he thinks will not help in achieving the ultimate goal.
In the case this year, Mavericks are not included in the sports forum discussion for being a title contender in spite of getting descent players such as Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons.
The situation of DeAndre Jordan who changed his mind not to sign the Mavericks offer sheet after the verbal agreement did not help the squad at all. They want to duplicate the 2011 championship run obviously.
The mentioned players had a player option provision. Now the balls of handling decisions are on the side of Cuban.
The long time Dallas Maverick Nowitzki has made a statement that he could consider other teams who will compete for the title rather than on a rebuilding roster