Dwight Howard’s name is once again swirling in trade rumors as the NBA’s February 18 trade deadline approaches. In what is expected to be a dull trade deadline, Howard switching teams could immediately change the league’s playoff landscape.
The East-leading Cleveland Cavaliers just fired their head coach, and now could be looking to trade one of their Big 3. While the latter will be hard to do, changes are definitely coming in Cleveland. Continue reading
LeBron James dominated (and continues to dominate) the headlines of the 2014 NBA Offseason just as he did four short years ago, but this time around his dominance is being perceived in a very different way. The one-hour televised special is a thing of the past; this year a letter announced where James would play along with Instagram posts asking and deciding what number The King should wear in his second stint with the Cavaliers.
James, along with the other big names who were free agents this offseason, made decisions on where to play in 2014-15 that would not be considered the norm in 2010. The “Big 3” craze started in the summer of 2010 when James decided to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach, and has tried to be duplicated on other teams ever since.
With the NBA calendar turning over and free agency in the NBA still in its early stages, there are four teams that keep flirting in trade talks with each other. The free agency landscape could change drastically if either or both of these deals go down any time over the offseason.
Kyrie Irving was the first player to get a new deal when free agency started on July 1 and found a unique way to celebrate. Irving will sign a 5-year, $90 million extension that will start once his current rookie contract runs out after the 2014-15 season. Players cannot make these contracts official until the league moratorium is lifted on July 10.
The Wizards struck a deal to keep their free agent big man around for the next five seasons as well. Marcin Gortat has agreed to a 5-year, $60 million contract that is fully garenteed: no player or team options are part of the contract.
The Pistons were also busy as they have agreed to a 3-year, $20 million contract with shooting guard Jodie Meeks. Former Cleveland Cavalier has agreed to change teams and will sign a 4-year, $18 million deal with the Pacers.
Besides these early agreements, the players changing teams and free agent frenzy has yet to really begin. That being said two trades (one is a lot closer to happening than the other) can amp up the offseason madness and really shape what free agents end up where.
Here is a look at to what I was thinking about this weekend as big news and rumors broke concerning the 2014 NBA Offseason. Side note: one last mock draft will be coming Tuesday with the NBA Draft a couple days away!
1. Cavs hire David Blatt as head coach?
While the Cavs could have done much worse I just do not understand the hire if they are seriously in “win now” mode. A first time NBA coach is going to need time to adjust and that usually means more early season losses than wins (a la Jason Kidd). The team Kidd had this past season in Brooklyn was much more talented than the team Blatt will have in Cleveland in 2014-15 (unless LeBron James decides to come back home).
That leads me to LeBron: for the Cavs to have a real chance in getting him to come back I would think he would want to have a coach of his choosing that could help him win championships. Immediately I think of Mark Jackson who was successful in Golden State and probably shouldn’t have been fired. I think Blatt will be a good head coach if given some time to adjust to the NBA, but from what the Cavs have been saying they do not want to waste any more time outside of the playoffs.
2. Detroit wants to keep Monroe?
With the 2014 NBA Draft set to take place on Thursday, June 26 which is just a little over a week away I realize I am late to the NBA Mock Draft party (ESPN’s Chad Ford just put up his Mock Draft 8.0). I waited until know to make some predictions of who will be drafted when because who really cared about the draft while the NBA Finals were going on (Go Spurs!).
With that being said here is my Mock Draft Zocc.0 (pronounced zock-point-oh), which is a little different than all the other mock drafts out there because mine includes trades. The current draft order (before any of my predicted trades) is the picture about the article in an attempt to not confuse you too much. So here goes nothing. Enjoy my mock and get ready for a crazy draft night on June 26!
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery for the third time in the last four years this past May, and now have many things to consider when thinking about what to do with the top pick in a deep draft. There are three prospects that have seemed to separate themselves from the rest of the pack: Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, and Jabari Parker. These three are expected to go one, two and three in some order.