Now that LeBron James has found his new home, the dominoes should begin to fall in NBA free agency.
We've seen big signings over the past few days, but there are still plenty of talented players available on the market. It's only a matter of time before they sign. It hasn't been a lack of interest deterring these players from choosing their next teams. Actually, it has been quite the opposite.
Players are receiving interest from multiple teams, likely making their decisions quite difficult. Weighing multiple offers can be a burden, especially when one team offers a healthy contract and others offer better chances to win.
Some players are faced with these issues as we speak.
Below you'll find the latest rumors regarding three of the most valuable free agents remaining.
Lance Stephenson is one of the most complete players left on the market. He led the NBA in triple-doubles this past season, and averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 35.3 minutes per game for the Indiana Pacers. Couple that with his defensive abilities, and you've got an extremely valuable asset.
He's an asset the Pacers might not want to shell out big money for, however. A deal between the two sides still hasn't been reached two weeks into free agency, and other teams are emerging that could steal him away:
With Luol Deng off to Miami, options are getting slimmer. Dallas and Charlotte remain real contenders with the Pacers for Lance Stephenson.— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) July 13, 2014
That said, the Pacers remain in the mix for their star guard—even if it's to unload him.
Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reported that Indiana could work out a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns to net them Goran Dragic:
The Pacers would love to make a deal for Phoenix’s Goran Dragic, with Lance Stephenson being a candidate to go to the Suns in a sign-and-trade. But the Pacers want to keep George Hill, their much-maligned point guard.
Such a move would work well for the Suns. Dragic is a very good guard, but the defense that Stephenson offers would help push Phoenix to the next level. He can do a little of everything on the court, and his fearless mentality will give the Suns the look of a team ready to compete in the Western Conference.
This potential deal would be a big move that shakes up both the East and the West.
Dwyane Wade might be in the market for his last contract in the NBA.
At 32 years old, Wade doesn't have much of a prime left. His knees and back are in really bad shape, and that forced Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra to give him scheduled time off during the 2013-14 season. Overall, he played in just 54 games.
His minutes declined, and that will continue to happen as his career progresses. No longer is he the explosive talent out of Marquette known as "Flash." Leaping and stopping on a dime are now a bit hazardous for him, but that hasn't stopped teams from pursuing him.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that two teams, the Heat and Wade's hometown Chicago Bulls, are interested:
The Chicago Bulls are gauging interest with free agent Dwyane Wade, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Miami is pushing to complete a deal to keep Dwyane Wade now, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
These teams represent two very different situations for Wade. For one, the Heat might give him more money given his status as face of the franchise. He'll probably also see more time there, given the lack of depth on the roster.
Winning championships could be hard to come by in Miami, however, especially with James' departure.
Chicago would give Wade a good chance to win, but with much fewer minutes and a much smaller role. The depth of the Bulls would make Wade a role player who wouldn't be asked to play more than 28 or so minutes per night.
It'll be interesting to see which situation Wade likes best.
Mike Miller, a former teammate of Wade's in Miami, played last season with the Memphis Grizzlies. He enjoyed his best season since 2009-10, making him a candidate for a relatively lucrative contract.
The 34-year-old can still knock down threes with the best of them. There will always be a spot on an NBA bench for a player that can shoot over 40 percent from deep, and Miller happens to sport a career mark of 40.9 percent.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports that the Denver Nuggets are interested in adding that to their team:
Denver currently the frontrunner to land Mike Miller, source told ESPN. Houston and Cleveland also in mix, but Nuggets offering best deal.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 14, 2014
Cleveland is an interesting choice for Miller, should he choose to go there. ESPN Brian Windhorst reports that James has started recruiting his former teammate:
LeBron James has spoken with Mike Miller about joining him in Cleveland, source told ESPN.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 11, 2014
The Cavaliers are a very good young team that could use the leadership of Miller on the bench. Miller would also add some much-needed depth and shooting to the team.
James is a great recruiter (mostly because he's the world's best player), so Denver's deal may take a backseat to the opportunity to possibly find a lot of success in Ohio.
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