Dan Devine

  • Goran Dragic's 5-year, $90M deal turns Heat focus squarely to Dwyane Wade

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 hr ago

    Pat Riley never got to see the team he rebuilt this past February take the floor. Injuries and circumstance conspired to keep his Miami Heat working at less than 100 percent capacity en route to a lottery finish, and he really wanted a shot at seeing how the on-court reality matches up with the version he envisioned.

    "I would like to see standing strong," Riley told reporters in a season-wrapping press conference after capping a 37-45 season that saw Miami miss the postseason for the first time since 2008. "Luol Deng, Hassan Whiteside, and Chris Bosh, Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, with Mario Chalmers coming off the bench, with Josh McRoberts."

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    Hang in there, Hassan. Your payday's coming next summer.

    Goran Dragic's $90M deal can be structured to meet Heat desire: 2015-16 salary from $15.7M to ~$19M max; 2016-17 salary from $16.2M to ~$20M

  • Report: Damian Lillard near 5-year, $120 million max extension with Blazers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    Anthony Davis became the first member of the 2012 NBA draft class to secure a five-year maximum-salaried contract extension, but he's about to get some company. Damian Lillard, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft, is nearing an agreement with the Portland Trail Blazers on a five-year maximum extension of his rookie contract that could pay him as much as $120 million, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein:

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    Lillard made All-NBA in '13-14. If he makes it next season, would be eligible for the super-max Brow just got. $ details will be interesting

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the NBA's insane free agency shopping spree

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 20 hrs ago

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: The Triangle and SB Nation. Zach Lowe identifies eight major questions we're about to see answered in free agency, and Tom Ziller ranks every last flippin' free agent available or theoretically available, from No. 1 to No. 179.

    PF: The Cauldron. Jared Dubin with a nice-and-quick look at every team's top questions/concerns/issues of note entering free agency.

    SG: Nylon Calculus. A plus-minus-and-salary-based statistical look comparing how NBA teams value players who perform on offense and those who perform on defense. The takeaway: you can typically find impact defenders cheaper than impact scorers.

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  • Scottie Pippen: 'I was LeBron James before LeBron James'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 21 hrs ago

    It's been a month and a half since LeBron James took some time out of his busy schedule of battling the Chicago Bulls during the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinals to send a smile and a wink over to Bulls legend Scottie Pippen:

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    This past weekend, during the Nike Basketball Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., Pip winked back at the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and lead yoga instructor.

    In an interview with Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Pippen said that the player comparisons that have followed James from St. Vincent-St. Mary through every night of his first-ballot Hall of Fame career — chiefly the scoring dominance of Michael Jordan and the playmaking brilliance of Magic Johnson — and the attendant debates over which legend James most resembles have tended to leave out one all-timer near and dear to Pippen's heart:

  • Luke Ridnour joins Raptors in 4th trade in 6 days, and his saga's not done yet

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 23 hrs ago

    The NBA's 2015 free agency period hasn't even officially begun yet, but it's hard to imagine a more surprising and bizarre story unfolding than the one in which Luke Ridnour has starred over the past week. After being employed by five teams over the course of a 12-year NBA career, the veteran point guard has now been employed by — or, more accurately, had his rights owned by — five teams in the span of six days.

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    The latest team to get into the Luke Ridnour business: the Toronto Raptors, who picked him up from the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday in exchange for the rights to Tomislav Zubcic, a 25-year-old big man whom Toronto selected late in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.

    All this movement has led to some jokes:

    If an NBA team doesn’t trade Luke Ridnour within 7 days of acquiring him, their entire front office dies

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  • Mike Malone had more fun coaching his daughter's team than the Kings

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    This time last year, Michael Malone was preparing for his second season on the Sacramento Kings' bench, looking for ways to improve upon a 28-54 start to his NBA head coaching career. Less than two months into the 2014-15 campaign, though, Malone found himself out on the street, fired after an 11-13 start to the season and seven losses in nine games after star center DeMarcus Cousins was sidelined by a bout of viral meningitis.

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    Zing!

    I guess it's safe to say that Malone's fourth-graders weren't cherry-picking. Whatever issues linger between Malone and Ranadivé, here's hoping they can get together and talk them out, one successful girls' youth basketball coach to another.

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  • Report: Dwyane Wade opts out of contract, will enter free agency

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

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    Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade has elected to decline the $16.1 million player option he holds for the 2015-16 season and enter the market this July as an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne.

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    Wade, 33, will be able to negotiate with any suitor he chooses when free agency kicks off at 12 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 1. He has spent his entire 12-year career in Miami, winning three NBA titles, making eight All-NBA teams and earning 11 All-Star nods since the Heat selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. He ranks first in Heat franchise history in games, minutes, points, assists and steals.

    It might make Riley uncomfortable, but it might also be unavoidable from a roster-construction standpoint.

    Remember: With Bosh, Dragic, Deng - even if Heat traded McRoberts, Chalmers etc. - Miami wouldn't have meaningful cap space to replace Wade

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  • Report: 76ers fined $3M for 'not fully disclosing' Holiday's injury history before trade

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    After taking over the Philadelphia 76ers back in May of 2013, famously analytics-focused general manager Sam Hinkie's first order of business was to trade away then-23-year-old All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. Hinkie began taking a sledgehammer to the Sixers' middling roster by shipping out Holiday in exchange for three future draft picks, headlined by 2013 No. 6 pick Nerlens Noel, who might've been the top overall selection if he wasn't rehabilitating after surgery to repair the torn left ACL he suffered at Kentucky.

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    We could be here a while, y'all.

  • Kevin Durant proves he can still shoot, torches child at Pop-a-Shot

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    For someone who loves basketball as much as Kevin Durant does, you'd imagine that being on the shelf for five-plus months — as he's been thanks to the persistent problems with his surgically repaired right foot that have kept him sidelined since mid-February, and officially ended his season in late March — has been at least as excruciating as the injury itself. Now back on his own two feet, working out and preparing to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the start of the 2015-16 season, Durant's evidently eager to make up for lost time and looking to get up shots whenever and wherever he can ... including at one of America's premier fine-dining and family-entertainment franchises.

  • Report: LeBron James opts out of final year of contract, will enter free agency

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    One year after returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers in one of the biggest free-agent signings in recent NBA history, four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James has elected to decline the $21.6 million player option he holds for the 2015-16 season and re-enter unrestricted free agency this July, according to an ESPN report.

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    For one thing, with the salary cap projected to rise to $67.1 million for the 2015-16 season, the starting maximum salary next season for a player with as much service time as 12-year veteran James slots in just under $22.1 million. Opting out and signing a new deal, then, allows James to pick up an extra $500,000 or so for nothing, and would give him a higher starting salary off of which to base the year-over-year raises he'd receive if he were to sign a multi-year deal.

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