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NBA AM: Wade Talks 2014 Free Agency
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Wade Looks To End Career With Miami HEAT
The Miami HEAT have reached the NBA Finals the past three seasons, winning the title in the last two campaigns. Despite the success, talk has already started trending toward the summer of 2014 where the trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can opt out of their current deals and test free agency.
Wade makes it be known he’d like to finish his career with Miami, the only franchise he has played for since entering the league in 2003. The All-Star guard also said he won’t deal with the speculation on a nightly basis throughout the season.
“I’m not going to deal with it,” Wade told Ira Winderman of the Florida Sun-Sentinel regarding his contract after this season. “I’m going to address it on media day and that’ll be the last time I address it. But obviously it’s a part of it.
“Everyone knows where I want to be. That’s what it’s all about to me, is making sure we focus on this season, winning this championship. I want to be in Miami and I have nothing else to talk about. So there won’t be no exciting news over here.”
Wade averaged 21.2 points per game last season, his lowest since the 2004 campaign when he was a rookie. The guard has been bothered by knee trouble in recent seasons and said he underwent OssaTron shockwave treatment a month ago to deal with lingering tendinitis.
“Feeling a lot better,” Wade said. “I’m not at ‘great’ yet. I’m feeling a lot, lot better.
“Right now I have to work on the strengthening part of it. So, I still have time before the season. By the time the season [starts], I think I’ll be as good as I’ve been.”
The HEAT open the season October 29 at home versus the Chicago Bulls.
2010 Draft Class Extension Update: October 31 is the deadline for early contract extensions for members of the 2010 NBA draft class. If no extension is reached by the deadline the player’s current team will have the option to issue a qualifying offer before the start of free agency. With a qualifying offer, the player would become a restricted free agent and the team would have the right to match any offer received during the free agency period.
Of course, without a qualifying offer, the player would become an unrestricted free agent.
The Washington Wizards have already signed guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 class, to a five-year reported $80 million extension earlier this summer. But there are numerous emerging players from the class of 2010 who may also receive new deals prior to the October deadline.
Let’s take a look.
Reports indicate Cousins’ agent Dan Fegan is in active discussions with the Kings on an early contract extension, but the talks are preliminary in nature. Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé made it a priority to watch Cousins’ progress during Team USA mini-camp in Las Vegas last month and new head coach Mike Malone spent time this summer building a relationship with Cousins.
Cousins was one of the league’s leaders in points and rebounds per minute played last season, but will the Kings offer a lucrative deal early or let the market set his value next summer?
Greg Monroe – Forward / Center – Detroit Pistons
Career Averages: 13.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.9 blocks, 51% FG, 19.5 Win Shares
Pick in class: 7
Monroe’s agent David Falk publicly stated he wasn’t expecting a contract extension from the Pistons in early March. The agent said he was thinking ahead to the summer of 2014 where his client would likely enter the process as a restricted free agent.
But the stage is set for Monroe to shine early this season as the Pistons look to snap their playoff drought. The addition of forward Josh Smith in free agency this summer may create more opportunities for Monroe to showcase his worth.
Paul George – Forward – Indiana Pacers
Career Averages: 12.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 43% FG, 36% 3PT
Pick in class: 10
George admitted back in July discussions on an early extension with the Pacers’ front office were already in progress. The Pacers, for their part, have also consistently maintained George is a top priority and that even if the All-Star enters next summer as a (restricted) free agent the team will match any offer received for his services. Indiana has just $46 million in guaranteed salaries on the books for next season, so the financial flexibility is clearly in place. A deal at this point just seems to be about a matter of when, not if.
George is the only member of the draft class with an All–Star appearance on the resume.
Larry Sanders – Center – Milwaukee Bucks
Career Averages: 6.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.9 blocks, 48% FG, 8.0 Win Shares
Pick in class: 15
Reports surfaced last week that the Bucks were in advanced discussions with Sanders on an extension. The preliminary scuttle is the deal is in the final stages which should be finalized shortly.
Don’t let the career averages fool you. Sanders emerged last season with a dominant defensive season and is arguably the best shot blocker in the game today. Sanders finished seventh in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season and will be entrusted to play a big role in the new look Bucks’ lineup this season.
Next Tier: Not likely to be offered extensions, but have opportunity to increase market value
Evan Turner – Forward – Philadelphia 76ers
Career Averages: 10.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 43% FG, 6.8 Win Shares
Pick in class: 2
Turner had his strongest year as a professional last season averaging 13 points, six rebounds and four assists per game. But it would be a huge shock for the Sixers to open up their wallets early and offer Turner an early extension.
However, the Sixers are in a clear rebuild and there will be plenty, and we mean plenty, of chances for Turner to showcase his talents on this season’s lottery bound roster.
Derrick Favors – Forward- Utah Jazz
Career Averages: 8.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 50% FG
Pick in class: 3
All is quiet on the Favors contract talk, as expected, but the forward has the opportunity to increase his value headed into free agency. Veterans Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap departed Utah in free agency this summer, which sets the stage for Favors to take on a bigger role for the first time in his career.
Eric Bledsoe - Guard – Phoenix Suns
Career Averages: 6.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 43% FG, 4.2 Win Shares
Pick in class: 18
Bledsoe played behind All-Star guard Chris Paul in Los Angeles the past two seasons but was traded to Phoenix this summer. The trade has put Bledsoe in a strong position to become a full-time starter for the first time in his career, which may bode well for his wallet next summer.
Honorable Mentions: Gordon Hayward and Avery Bradley
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