NBA free-agent recap: The big tease begins in Cleveland

NBA free-agent recap: The big tease begins in Cleveland

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:15

Transformers sequels are popular, for whatever reason, so why wouldn't the nation tune into “The Decision, Part Two?”

Monday's free-agency buzz concerned the growing belief LeBron James might be ready to return to Cleveland. This is serious enough that owner Dan Gilbert's manic rant in comic sans type was finally removed from the Cavs website after four years, according to multiple reports.

The Cavaliers would need to clear some salaries to offer James a maximum contract, but that can probably be done. Houston is also said to be chasing Chris Bosh as an alternative to keeping the Power Trio together in Miami.

If James isn't serious about Cleveland, he should put a stop to this charade immediately. That city doesn't need an extended tease.

The Cavs can offer a nice supporting cast with three recent No. 1 picks on the roster – Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins. There has been speculation the Cavs could trade Wiggins to Minnesota for Kevin Love if James returns.

Here are the available free agents, in approximate order of demand, along with reported agreements.

2014 NBA free agents

Top of the line
LeBron James, SF, Heat
Carmelo Anthony, SF, Knicks
Chris Bosh, PF, Heat
Dwyane Wade, SG, Heat
Luol Deng, SF, Cavs
Paul Pierce, SF, Nets

Restricted
Chandler Parson, SF, Rockets
Greg Monroe, PF, Pistons
Isaiah Thomas, PG, Kings
Eric Bledsoe, PG, Suns
Gordon Hayward, SF, Jazz
Greivis Vasquez, PG, Raptors
Kevin Seraphin, PF, Wizards
P.J. Tucker, SF, Suns
Mike Scott, SF, Hawks
Trevor Booker, PF, Wizards
Nando De Colo, PG, Raptors
Jae Crowder, SF, Mavs
Troy Daniels, SG, Rockets

Point guards
Ramon Sessions, PG, Bucks
D.J. Augustin, PG, Bulls
Kirk Hinrich, PG, Bulls
Steve Blake, PG, Warriors
Jameer Nelson, PG, Magic
Aaron Brooks, PG, Nuggets
Mario Chalmers, PG, Heat
Beno Udrih, PG, Grizzlies
Luke Ridnour, PG, Hornets
Garrett Temple, PG, Wizards
Leandro Barbosa, PG, Suns
Jerryd Bayless, PG, Celtics
Brian Roberts, PG, Pelicans

Scorers
Lance Stephenson, SG, Pacers
Ray Allen, SG, Heat
Rodney Stuckey, SG, Pistons
Nick Young, SG, Lakers
Evan Turner, SG, Pacers
Vince Carter, SG, Mavs
Mo Williams, SG, Blazers
Anthony Morrow, SG, Pelicans
Matt Bonner, SF, Spurs
Jordan Crawford, SG, Warriors
Alan Anderson, SG, Nets
Toney Douglas, SG, Heat
James Anderson, SG, Sixers
Kent Bazemore, SG, Lakers
MarShon Brooks, SG, Lakers
Xavier Henry, SG, Lakers
Jannero Pargo, SG, Hornets
Jimmer Fredette, SG, Bulls
Francisco Garcia, SG, Rockets
Shelvin Mack, SG, Hawks
E'Twaun Moore, SG, Magic

Wings
Trevor Ariza, SF, Wizards
Shawn Marion, SF, Mavs
Caron Butler, SF, Thunder
Danny Granger, SF, Clippers
Rashard Lewis, SF, Heat
James Jones, SG, Heat
Michael Beasley, SF, Heat
Marvin Williams, SF, Jazz
Richard Jefferson, SF, Jazz
James Johnson, SF, Grizzlies
Jordan Hamilton, SF, Rockets
Al Harrington, SF, Wizards
Wesley Johnson, SF, Lakers
Al Farouq Aminu, SF, Pelicans
Jan Vesely, PF, Nuggets
Rasual Butler, SF, Pacers
Chris Singleton, SF, Wizards
Charlie Villanueva, SF, Pistons
Chris Douglas Roberts, SF, Hornets
Othyus Jeffers, SG, Timberwolves
Doron Lamb, SG, Magic
Anthony Tolliver, SF, Hornets
Hedo Turkoglu, SF, Clippers
Metta World Peace, SF, Knicks

Big men
Pau Gasol, PF, Lakers
Andray Blatche, PF, Nets
Ed Davis, PF, Grizzlies
Ekpe Udoh, PF, Bucks
Channing Frye, PF, Suns
Elton Brand, PF, Hawks
DeJuan Blair, PF, Mavs
Glen Davis, PF, Clippers
Jermaine O'Neal, C, Warriors
Jordan Hill, PF, Lakers
Jason Smith, C, Pelicans
Josh McRoberts, PF, Hornets
Chris Andersen, C, Heat
Nazr Mohammed, C, Bulls
Drew Gooden, C, Wizards
Aaron Gray, C, Kings
Jeff Adrien, PF, Bucks
Byron Mullens, C, Sixers
Cole Aldrich. C, Knicks
Gustavo Ayon, PF, Hawks
Jared Cunningham, PF, Timberwolves
Kris Humphries, PF, Nets
D.J. White, PF, Hornets
Ryan Hollins, C, Clippers
Bernard James, C, Mavs
Greg Oden, C, Heat
Andrew Bynum, C, Pacers
Jason Collins, C, Nets

(These transactions are reported agreements. Nothing can be official until July 10).
Chris Kaman signs with BLAZERS for two years, $10 million
Avery Bradley re-signs with CELTICS for four years, $32 million
Jordan Farmar signs with CLIPPERS for two years, $4.2 million
Spencer Hawes signs with CLIPPERS for four years, $23 million
Thabo Sefolosha signs with HAWKS for three years, $12 million
Darren Collison signs with KINGS for three years, $16 million
Ben Gordon signs with MAGIC for two years, $9 million
Devin Harris re-signs with MAVS for three years, $9 million
Dirk Nowitzki re-signs with MAVS for three years, $30 million
Lavoy Allen re-signs with PACERS for TBA
C.J. Miles signs with PACERS for four years, $18 million
Cartier Martin signs with PISTONS for one year, TBA
Jodie Meeks signs with PISTONS for three years, $19 million
Kyle Lowry re-signs with RAPTORS for four years, $48 million
Patrick Patterson re-signs with RAPTORS for three years, $18 million
Boris Diaw re-signs with SPURS for three years, $22 million
Patty Mills re-signs with SPURS for three years, $12 million
Shaun Livingston signs with WARRIORS for three years, $16 million
Marcin Gortat re-signs with WIZARDS for five years, $60 million

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