Kelly Dwyer

  • Your winners and losers from the NBA's 2015 free agent turn

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 52 mins ago

    It seems a bit daft to declare a set of winners and losers after less than a week of the NBA’s official offseason, but after a few dozen free agent agreements and quite easily the busiest first day in the league’s free agent history, one can’t help but stand back and take stock. Presuming your spine is straightened out after hours of bleary-eyed staring at Woj’s Twitter account.

    Because more happened in the first week of July than will happen between now and October, I think it’s best to start judging. So it goes:


    LaMarcus Aldridge

    The league’s last great unknown struck a bit of blow for himself in this offseason. This was in place even before he decided to sign with the San Antonio Spurs.

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    Los Angeles Lakers

    You heard me.

    Miami Heat


  • DeAndre Jordan spurns the Los Angeles Clippers to join the Dallas Mavericks

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Former Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, shockingly, will leave tens of millions of dollars on the table to join the Dallas Mavericks. The athletic center will sign a four-year, $80 million deal with Mark Cuban’s team:

    ESPN sources say DeAndre Jordan is on verge of accepting Mavs' four-year, $80M+ max offer. Dallas firmly in lead and decision likely today

    LAC free agent center DeAndre Jordan plans to announce that he will be signing with the Mavericks early this evening, a source told Yahoo.

    Ex-Clippers center DeAndre Jordan’s announcement he is signing with the Mavericks is expected to be around 5 P.M. CST, a source told Yahoo.

    The Clippers stated prior to the offseason that they would throw every bit of available money they had at Jordan, up to five years and $109 million. Rumors swirled that Jordan was both unhappy with an understandably contentious relationship with the perpetually disagreeable Chris Paul, and the idea that he was a tertiary figure on the Clippers’ totem under Paul and forward Blake Griffin.

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  • Becky Hammon will serve as head coach for San Antonio's Summer League entrant

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Becky Hammon is a decorated basketball player and a second-year assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.

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    She will become the first woman to act as the head coach of an NBA Summer League team.

    This is the usual plan for young assistant head coaches, as San Antonio’s previous young assistant Ime Udoka was the head coach for the Spurs’ entry in the 2014 NBA Summer League.

    We are one more “first” away from this not being news, anymore. Just coaching as usual.

    And that is a fantastic thing.

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  • Dwyane Wade will return to the Miami Heat on a one-year contract

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Dwyane Wade gave up money in order to help the Miami Heat build a superteam in 2010.

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    He gave up money in 2014 in order to help the Heat attempt to retain its superteam.

    He’s not giving up any more money.

    Wade agreed to a one-year, $20 million contract with the Miami Heat on Thursday, ending the months-long questions about whether or not his time with the only organization he’s ever known would be up. The Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds was the first to report the news.

    [ThePostGame: Wade strikes new deal while on vacation – with LeBron]

    From a statement released by Wade:

    This could have been worse, but some semblance of sanity did prevail.


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  • Greg Monroe may have found himself a perfect fit, cash, and sustained flexibility

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    For the second offseason in a row, one of the NBA’s most coveted talents has decided to leave the greater New York City metropolitan area for the Midwestern sprawl and 2 AM last calls of Milwaukee. Greg Monroe, rumored to be headed to the New York Knicks for the duration of 2014-15, declined the Knicks’ maximum contract offer in order to agree to sign with the emerging Milwaukee Bucks.

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    He’ll work for $50 million over three years, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, but the contract also has an opt-out clause after 2016-17 that will allow him to take advantage of what will then be a salary cap that will jump over $100 million.

    Monroe will change that. What we hope he doesn’t change is the defense.

    This Bucks lineup is eminently tinker-a-ble, however.

    Far more time will be needed to figure out just how well Monroe’s work in free agency helped him out, but the early and anticipated returns are fantastic.

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  • Tim Duncan confirms it: 'I'll be on court next year'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    It was always a formality, even in the minutes following the game-winning Chris Paul runner that barely made it over his fingertips. Tim Duncan was always going to go come back to play a 19th NBA season in 2015-16. Now it’s official.

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    (OK, not “official.” That’s not how the NBA works in the first week of July. More on that in a minute.)

    Duncan confirmed as much with San Antonio Express-News Spurs beat writer extraordinaire Mike Monroe on Thursday:

    Recruiting trip for Aldridge produced for #Spurs: Per Tim Duncan ... 'Finally had a chance to talk with Pop; I'll be on court next year.'

    A clubhouse that will, for the 19th time since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 1997, include Tim Duncan.

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  • The Lakers lost out on LaMarcus Aldridge by being the Lakers

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    LaMarcus Aldridge, because he has a house in Los Angeles because it is a wonderful city to have a house in, and because he is a free agent, met with the Los Angeles Lakers first once the NBA’s free-agency period began. The Lakers showed up with coach Byron Scott, part-owner and president of basketball operations Jim Buss, general manager Mitch Kupchak, TV analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer James Worthy, Lakers president and president of business operations Jeanie Buss, and shooting guard Kobe Bryant. Between the various phases of that group’s Lakers career, they’ve collected 41 total individual championship rings.

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    As soon as the meeting ended, Lakers sources relayed to any reporter who would listen that the discussion went swimmingly with Aldridge, that the 30-year old All-Star was encouraged by the Lakers’ plan, and that they were still in consideration to give him a max contract and turn him into a Laker.

    Then the afternoon hit.

    Lakers didn't make strong impression in Aldridge meeting, sources say. Spurs can close on him. LMA expected to make decision fairly soon.

  • Jimmy Butler's 'quick' agreement with the Chicago Bulls was a long time coming

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    When Jimmy Butler turned down the Chicago Bulls’ four-year, $44 million contract extension offer in the fall of 2014, most rightfully assumed him to be a bit of a nutter. That’s a four-year extension for a player who was coming off of only his first year as a full time starter. He played standout defense during that season but also shot less than 40 percent from the field, hardly acting as a 3-and-D guy at 28 percent from long range. He was not much of a dribble penetrator or post-up artist despite a sturdy frame, and scored just 13.1 points per contest despite getting to stay on the court for nearly 39 minutes a game.

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    Just over eight months later, Butler has somehow developed from a consolation prize into one of those stars, signing on the first day of NBA free agency to a five-year, $95 million contract that the Bulls are more than happy with.

    The Bulls, as always, are in an interesting situation.

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  • Toronto locks up the emerging DeMarre Carroll, Chicago retains Mike Dunleavy

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    DeMarre Carroll was designed to keep you on your toes.

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    He’s a lovely guy, he really is, but his whole existence as a lockdown defender is meant to scare you away from swinging the ball to your go-to swingman, and his status as both the Atlanta Hawks’ leading postseason scorer through two rounds and the exact sort of dude who could have a great shot at limiting LeBron James were why some gave a beat-up Hawks squad a chance at downing Cleveland in last season’s Eastern Conference finals.

    We all know what happened next. Carroll went down in Game 1 with one of the more frightening injuries of the season, concussion-protocol scares excluded, and though he returned in spite of that bruised knee the Hawks were never the same.

    It’s the timing that worries.


    Mike Dunleavy Jr.’s career always sounds about right.

    The terms of the deal, as with all things Bulls-y and Mike Dunleavy-um-y, are rather old school.

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  • With Adam Silver around, San Antonio's salary cap machinations are A-OK

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    The San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard wanted to sign a contract extension in July, 2014, probably with the same sort of alacrity that New Orleans and Anthony Davis used in agreeing to their no-brainer extension during this offseason. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has already reported that the Spurs and Leonard have agreed on the framework of a five-year, $90 million extension, and yet the signing process has been delayed while the Spurs attempt to finagle their way into more cap space in order to lure LaMarcus Aldridge to sign with them.

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    So why that figure?

    This is where we can’t help but wonder how David Stern would have “dealt” with this.

    Back in 1996, however, Stern fought tooth and nail against a Miami Heat franchise that came close to pulling off the same damn thing.

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