2018 Free Agency Primer: We bring you the top five players at each position

LeBron James speaks to the media after Cleveland was swept by Golden State in the NBA Finals. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Free agency starts at 12:01 Sunday. Barring any significant trades that allow them to shed salaries, the Miami Heat lack cap space to become a major player this summer.

More than 125 players are free to sign with any team, although several are restricted. Here is our list of the top players at this time at each position.

POINT GUARDS

Chris Paul, Houston: The Rockets will try to find a way to bring back Paul – he can sign for $205 million over five years – and add LeBron James or Paul George.

Isaiah Thomas, Lakers: Thomas’ timing could not have been worse. He insists he is a max player but he won’t get close to that after a season in which his production fell and questions still persist about his hip.

Rajon Rondo, New Orleans: Rondo is no longer the player he was in Boston but he has rehabilitated his image in Chicago and New Orleans and continues to be a solid floor general.

Elfrid Payton, Phoenix: The Suns acquired Payton from Orlando at the trade deadline hoping he would be their point guard of the future. Not so and they are moving on from Payton.

Fred Van Vleet, Toronto (R): Van Vleet had a breakout year last season, his third in the league and will receive a nice pay raise from the $1.3 million he made in 2017-18.

SHOOTING GUARDS

Zach LaVine, Bulls (R): LaVine returned from ACL surgery and looked good in his half season in Chicago. If teams are not scared off by the injury he could get close to the max.

Tyreke Evans, Memphis: Evans had a solid year averaging 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists. At 28 he is looking at his last big contract.

Will Barton, Denver: An underrated player who has steadily improved the last four seasons had his best season heading into free agency. Mostly a reserve but proved last season he can be productive starting.

JJ Redick, Philadelphia: Redick made the most of his one-year, $23 million deal with the 76ers, averaging 17.1 points. Now, he is on the market again.

Marcus Smart, Boston: Smart has been a valuable reserve for the Celtics the last two years and helped his cause in the playoffs. One of the top defensive guards in the league.

SMALL FORWARDS

LeBron James, Cleveland: Everything is on hold until James decides where he is headed – he first must decline his player option for $35.6 million. The Lakers appear to be in the lead but the Cavaliers are holding out hope he returns.

Kevin Durant, Golden State: Durant is expected to decline his player option for $26.2 million after signing a two-year deal last summer and re-signing with the Warriors. Durant said he’s ready to ink a long-term deal.

Paul George, Oklahoma City: The Thunder were hoping to retain George after the gamble it took last summer to trade for him and put together a team that could compete for a title. George opted out and will field offers, which doesn’t look good for OKC.

Trevor Ariza, Houston: The Rockets will make an attempt to somehow land James but that will take creativity and certainly would mean losing Ariza. Otherwise, the Rockets are in play.

Rudy Gay, San Antonio: Gay declined his player option for $8.8 million to test free agency for a second consecutive season. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in his one year in San Antonio.

POWER FORWARDS

Aaron Gordon, Orlando (R): Gordon is going to get paid – he is seeking a max deal – and the Magic have a big decision as to whether they match an offer to keep him, let him go or try to work out a sign-and-trade.

Julius Randle, Lakers (R): Randle’s future is as murky as anybody’s on the market depending on what happens in L.A. The Lakers are trying to land some combination of LeBron, Leonard and Paul George – or even all three – and how it unfolds will determine whether Randle returns.

Derrick Favors, Utah: Favors is an under-the-radar free agent who will be a nice pickup for somebody if he leaves Utah. The Jazz want him back but his future will have everything to do with how much money is left after the big names move.

Jabari Parker, Milwaukee (R): Parker struggled this season playing just 31 games after returning from a torn ACL. Not sure the Bucks are eager to give him a large contract which could limit his offer on the open market.

Montrezl Harrell, Clippers: Another underrated player who played an important role on the Clippers after being acquired last summer in the Chris Paul trade. An explosive player with great energy who is a tough matchup at 6-8. Can also play center.

CENTERS

DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans: Cousins’ torn Achilles came at a bad time. He would have been a max player but likely will have to take less after suffering the injury in late January. The big question is if the Pelicans really want him back?

Clint Capela, Houston (R): The Rockets love Capela and matching an offer would be a no-brainer if it weren’t for their pursuit of LeBron. Ideally, Houston retains Chris Paul and Capela and somehow lands LeBron, but that will be difficult.

DeAndre Jordan, Clippers: Jordan could exercise his player option and be traded to Dallas before free agency kicks off. He is a capable scorer, one of the best rebounders in the league and a huge asset defensively.

Jusuf Nurkic, Portland (R): Nurkic improved during his first full season in Portland but he remains an inconsistent player. The Trail Blazers will have a decision to make when he receives an offer.

Brook Lopez, Lakers: Lopez has expanded his game, making 246 threes on 34.5 percent shooting the last two years. He made just three threes in his first eight seasons. A return to L.A. is unlikely.

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UPDATE: Miami Heat deny making three-year, $15 million offer to former center Willie Reed

Willie Reed

The Miami Heat have denied a report that center Willie Reed was offered a three-year, $15 million contract.

According to ESPN, Reed was advised to turn down the offer by one of the 10 people arrested for his part in the corruption investigation that has rocked college basketball.

Christian Dawkins promised Reed he could make more money, ESPN said. Reed, who had declined a $1.6 million player option to return to Miami, wound up signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract in August with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Reed, 27, has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim saying he was defrauded. Dawkins worked for prominent NBA agent Andy Miller and his company, ASM, before being terminated in early May, yet he remained the primary ASM representative for Reed and other players.

Multiple clients have since severed ties with Miller.

Dawkins was arrested for his role in the FBI probe. He was connected to two separate fraud and bribery schemes and was indicted on four counts of wire fraud. The University of Miami is one of the schools being investigated.

On Aug. 6, three days after signing with the Clippers, Reed was arrested in Miami on a domestic violence charge. He was taken into custody before posting a $1,500 cash bond and was released to Heat forward Okaro White, Reed’s teammate last season.

Reed terminated his contract with Miller on the evening of July 11, ESPN reported. Dawkins represented Reed and others well after he was believed to have been fired for racking up $42,000 in Uber charges on an unnamed NBA player’s credit card.

Reed, the Heat’s backup center during his one year with the team, turned down his option seeking a much larger pay day. He made just more than $1 million last season and has earned just under $2 million in his two full seasons in the NBA.

Reed averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 71 games with the Heat last season. He is expected to backup starting center DeAndre Jordan with the Clippers.

Miller represents more than 40 current NBA players including Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Myles Turner.

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Former Miami Heat center Willie Reed’s decision to decline option results in less money with Clippers

Former MIami Heat center Willie Reed has agreed to a $1.5 million contract with the Clippers. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Willie Reed’s gamble did not pay off.

The Miami Heat’s backup center declined his player option for the 2017-18 season, turning down $1.6 million, hoping for a much bigger pay day.

Instead, Reed’s decision will cost him money after reaching a one-year agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers for just under $1.5 million, or his minimum salary.

Reed, 27 made just more than $1 million last season, and has earned just under $2 million in his two full seasons in the NBA. He signed with the Heat last summer after a season with the Brooklyn Nets.

The 6-foot-11 Reed averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 56.8 percent in 71 games. He took advantage of his five games filling in for Hassan Whiteside, averaging 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 68.6 percent as a starter. He recorded 22 points and 18 rebounds in a loss to the Suns on Jan. 3 and scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a loss to the Lakers on Jan. 6.

In Los Angeles, he will backup DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers primary backup last season, Marreese Speights, remains a free agent.

Reed said following the season that he wanted to return to Miami, even though he was expected to decline his option.

“We all want to be a part of something special,” Reed said in April. “I love this team, I love these guys in the locker room. Being here would be great. Hopefully something works out. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m just going to continue to do my part, continue to embrace this culture and embrace those guys that are around this summer as we continue to try to get better.”

But after drafting 6-10 Bam Adebayo and signing 7-foot Kelly Olynyk, both power forward/centers, the Heat no longer had a need for Reed.

Still, nobody questioned Reed’s decision and some believed he would even double his money after proving his value to the Heat. But the market was weakest at the center position. Among the nearly 75 free agents to sign, Reed is just the fifth center. Of those three have signed one year deals, Dewyane Dedmon signed for two-years and $14 million with Atlanta and Olynyk joined the Heat for four years and $50 million.

Last week, Heat president Pat Riley virtually dismissed the idea of Reed returning to the Heat.

“Anything’s possible but with our front line. …,” Riley said. “We talked to his agent. I hope he gets what he deserves.”

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Was Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic the most undervalued player in 2008 draft? The re-draft says he was

Heat point guard Goran Dragic was the 45th pick in the 2008 draft but he might be a top 10 pick in a re-draft. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Nearly every team passed on Goran Dragic in the 2008 draft, several twice and  six even three times. But if we did it all over again nine years later, Dragic could be a top 10 pick.

HoopsHype did a redraft of 2008 and has Dragic, the Miami Heat’s point guard and best player last season, being selected No. 8 ahead of 37 of the players who drafted before him. (View entire draft)

Dragic was taken 45th by San Antonio, who traded him on draft night to Phoenix. The Heat acquired Dragic from the Suns in February of 2015. Dragic, DeAndre Jordan and Luc Mbah a Moute are the only players taken in the second round of the 2008 draft who have played all nine years in the NBA.

Dragic, 31, led the Heat with 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and 33.7 minutes while shooting 47.6 percent last season. He was Miami’s most consistent player from start to finish and flourished as a leader guiding the Heat to a 30-11 record in the second half of the season. He is expected return as one of the foundational players as Miami looks to make another deep playoff run next season.

While nobody’s game was more underrated than Dragic’s in that class, the Heat took a player who was one the biggest disappointments of the draft.

Michael Beasley was drafted second overall behind Derrick Rose. But having played for five different teams, Beasley is listed as the 18th pick in the re-draft. Beasley was taken ahead of No. 4 Russell Westbrook, who is considered the best player in the class and the top pick nine years later; and No. 5 Kevin Love, who comes in at No. 2 in the re-draft.

Beasley lasted just two seasons in Miami before traded after the Big Three came together to free up cap space. He then returned in 2013 for two more seasons. He averaged 12.3 points in four year in Miami and spent last season in Milwaukee.

The Heat, though, got a great bargain for their second-round pick, Mario Chalmers, who was taken with 34th overall. Chalmers, who did not play last season after eight year in the league, is listed at No. 16 in the re-draft.

Chalmers played a little more than seven seasons in Miami, starting 383 games, including being the starting point guard for the Heat’s 2012 and 2013 title teams.

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Whiteside-Jordan matchup: ‘This wasn’t Ali-Frazier’

 

Heat center Hassan Whiteside (second from left) was on the bench when DeAndre Jordan put back a missed Chris Paul free throw to seal the Clippers win Friday. )AP Photo)
Heat center Hassan Whiteside (second from left) was on the bench when DeAndre Jordan put back a missed Chris Paul free throw to seal the Clippers win Friday. (AP Photo)

MIAMI – The Miami Heat had clawed and scratched their way back from a 16-point deficit Friday and appeared they would have the ball in the final seconds with an opportunity to tie the game.

With no time outs and the Clippers leading by one with 9.4 seconds remaining, Chris Paul stepped to the line. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had drawn up a three-point shot on the previous possession with center Hassan Whiteside on the bench. He kept him there figuring Paul, an 88 percent free throw shooter, wasn’t going miss.

But Paul’s second free throw rolled off and without Whiteside on the floor, his Clippers counterpart, DeAndre Jordan, stepped in for the offensive rebound and the put back for the final basket in a 102-98 Clippers win.

“I’m figuring Chris Paul is going to knock in both those,” Spoelstra said. “Even if he doesn’t I figure we can get one rebound. One rebound.

“We had a play I wanted those guys on the floor. They executed the last few things. Obviously knowing now Chris Paul would miss then I’d probably have Hassan in the game. But it would have changed that last play. It’s tough when it comes down to that.”

Those final few seconds capped a rough day for Whiteside. He was not happy following the game, but pick your reason: Perhaps it was because Miami’s $98 million man was on the bench when the game was on the line, or perhaps because earlier he was forced to clarify comments he made about Jordan, or maybe it was because after those comments the Clippers’ center then outplayed Whiteside by posting 12 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. Jordan shot 5-of-7.

Whiteside was asked about not being on the floor at the end.

“I don’t really know what to say to that,” he said. “I don’t know. You’ll have to write no comment for that.”

Later he was asked about his matchup with Jordan. Whiteside closed with 11 pts, 17 rebounds and one block. He missed seven of his 12 shots.

“I don’t know, man,” he said. “It wasn’t really a matchup to me. I wasn’t focused on the matchup. I was just trying to keep Chris Paul from getting inside.”

Earlier, Whiteside was forced to backtrack from his comments made Thursday when he appeared to disparage Jordan’s game when asked if the two shared any similarities.

“No,” he said. “He catches lobs. I shoot jumpers, catch lobs, block shots. I do a lot. He just catches lobs.”

But he later praised Jordan, say the two are friends and that he would “never diss another big fella” and that “obviously he’s a top three rebounder and one of the best defensive players in the game.”

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game he had no problem with Whiteside expressing “his opinion” before adding, “they’re big boys, they’ll figure it out on the floor.”

Rivers once again downplayed Whiteside’s comments following the game.

“I think he was trying to say something else,” Rivers said. “But this day and time, we make a lot of it. This wasn’t Ali-Frazier, that’s for sure.”

And Jordan was not going to take the bait when asked if Whiteside’s comments fueled him.

“No,” he said. “I just wanted to come out there and get the win. I like this city a lot. To come out here and get a win was cool.”

That win seemed a lot more assured early in the fourth quarter when the Clippers (20-7) opened a 14-point lead with 10 ½ minutes to play. But Miami, once again shorthanded losing Wayne Ellington during the game because of a hamstring injury and Tyler Johnson (sick) and Dion Waiters (groin) out, came storming back.

The Heat (9-18) chipped away, and after two Austin Rivers’ mistakes, this became a one possession game for the final 13 seconds.

“Terrific second half but against a team that’s a championship caliber team you have to play 48 minutes of basketball and we weren’t able to do that,” Spoelstra said. “It looked like we were a little bit flat, sluggish in the first half, weren’t really dictating or imposing any kind of will on the game. It really looked like we showing them too much respect as a championship caliber team and really got into the battle, into the competitive spirit of the game in the second half and we had to crawl our way back in there.

“I enjoyed seeing our guys compete much better in the second half than the first half.”

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Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 102-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, gets a rebound in front of Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Miami. The Clippers defeated the Heat 102-98. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, gets a rebound in front of Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Miami. The Clippers defeated the Heat 102-98. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI —  After two wins to begin the season-long six-game homestand, the Heat faced one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Miami (9-18) came close, but it didn’t pass the test.

The Clippers (20-7) defeated the Heat 102-98 on Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami is now 2-1 on the homestand. Continue reading “Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 102-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers”

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside: ‘I would never diss another big fella’

MIAMI – Heat center Hassan Whiteside clarified his comments on his Clippers counterpart, DeAndre Jordan.

“I would never diss another big fella,” Whiteside said tonight before the two matched up at AmericanAirlines Arena.

“I’m all for the big guys in the game. But I was just saying on the offensive end our roles were different. Obviously he’s a top three rebounder and one of the best defensive players in the game. I didn’t think I had to explain that, but I see I do. Quote me on that. I’m also good friends with him. He’s a good guy, man. I wasn’t trying to say, ‘Oh, he just could do this or just can do that.’ I was just saying our offensive roles, that’s all I was saying.”

Miami's Hassan Whiteside clarified he remarks about Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.  (AP Photo)
Miami’s Hassan Whiteside clarified he remarks about Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. (AP Photo)

The 7-foot Whiteside was asked Thursday if he shared any similarities with the 6-11 Jordan, also a shot-blocking, defensive-minded center but lacking Whiteside’s offensive skills.

“No,” Whiteside said. “He catches lobs. I shoot jumpers, catch lobs, block shots. I do a lot. He just catches lobs.”

Whiteside also reached out to Jordon on Twitter.

Jordan was first-team All-NBA and All-Defense a year ago. He responded today at the Clippers’ shoot around.

“Hmmm, I do catch lobs,” he said. “I made first-team All-NBA and first-team All-Defense doing that.”

Clippers coach Doc Rivers had no problem with Whiteside expressing his opinion, although Rivers added he did not agree with Whiteside.

“That’s an opinion, there’s nothing wrong with that,” Rivers said. “That’s what he believes.

“Listen, they’re big boys, they’ll figure it out on the floor and then we’ll all talk about it. Let’s wait until after the game.”

Rivers then went on to compliment Whiteside, who leads the league in rebounding and is fourth in blocks. Jordan is third in rebounding and ninth in blocks.

“He does everything,” Rivers said. “He blocks shots, he’s a rebounder. I don’t watch him a lot he’s in the East so I don’t need to watch him a whole bunch.

“You always like guys that didn’t make it and then did make it. You always appreciate guys like that because a lot of guys choose to give up the dream. He didn’t so good for him.”

Whiteside acknowledged his role is different from Jordan’s. Whiteside is asked to be an offensive leader and is second on the Heat in scoring averaging 17.6 points.

The Clippers surround Jordan with scorers like Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. Jordan is fifth on the team with an 11.7 scoring average.

“It’s a whole different team,” he said. “My role is different, my role has changed. I got to do a little more on offense, a lot more. I just got a different role, a bigger one.”

Whiteside said he will talk to Jordan before tipoff but said he believes Jordan doesn’t think he was being critical.

“I don’t take anybody less or more each night,” Whiteside said. “I’m pretty consistent trying to do the best I can every night to get us the win. It’s just another person (but) it’s different when you know the person.”

Whiteside said he hung out with Jordan at the Players Tribune.

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Heat’s Hassan Whiteside now calls Clippers DeAndre Jordan one of ‘top’ centers in league

 

Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside

MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside’s comments about DeAndre Jordan have gone viral and now Whiteside is attempting to make nice to the man he will do battle against tonight when the Clippers and Heat face off at 8 p.m.

https://twitter.com/youngwhiteside/status/809813246802857985

Whiteside is accusing the media of “trying to look for a story” while also tweeting at Jordan, calling him his “guy” and one of the top centers in the league.

But Whiteside was given three chances to compliment Jordan yesterday. Here is the full transcript with the questions:

Q: When you go against a guy like DeAndre tomorrow who’s a little bit similar to you, does that make it easier to guard him because he’s going for the ally-oops, he’s going for the blocks, that he has sort of similar instincts to you? Is it easier to play someone like that or at least to sort of understand his mindset out there?

HW: “It don’t really matter to me who I’m guarding. I just come out here and just play. He catches lobs. He has CP3 as a point guard, a great North Carolina point guard I like to add.”

Q: Don’t you against certain guys feel you have to step up to more of a challenge? I’m sure when other guys are guarding whether it’s LeBron or Melo or someone that knows that night is more of a challenge. Wouldn’t be the same with you with a DeAndre Jordan or just when you have to guard an elite guy, first team All-NBA last season?

HW: “Not to me. I kind of just compete against myself. I don’t really pay attention to any other centers. I’m still trying to beat 12 blocks. I don’t see any other centers. I just complete against Whiteside every day. I’m going to try to outdo myself last game.”

Q: You think he is like you?

HW: “No. He catches lobs. I shoot jumpers, catch lobs, block shots. I do a lot. He just catches lobs.

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Heat’s Hassan Whiteside on Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan: ‘He just catches lobs’

 

 

Miami's Hassan Whiteside says it never matters who he is guarding. (AP Photo)
Miami’s Hassan Whiteside says he’s never concerned about who he is going up against.  (AP Photo)

MIAMI – Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is a two-time member of the league’s All-Defensive first team and last year was first team All-NBA.

Still, Heat center Hassan Whiteside is not impressed.

The 7-foot Whiteside was asked today if he thought he shared any similarities with the 6-11 Jordan, also a shot-blocking, defensive-minded center but lacking Whiteside’s offensive skills.

“No,” Whiteside said. “He catches lobs. I shoot jumpers, catch lobs, block shots. I do a lot. He just catches lobs.”

Whiteside and Jordan will bang bodies Friday when the Heat host the Clippers in the third game of their current six-game homestand. Miami has won two in a row at home for the first time this season.

The matchup pits two of the league’s top three rebounders and two players in the top 10 in blocks.

Whiteside leads the league with 14.7 rebounds per game and Jordan is No. 3 with 12.6. Whiteside is fourth with 2.35 blocks while Jordan is ninth with 1.77.

Last season, Whiteside led the league in blocks and Jordan was runner-up. Jordan was second in rebounding, one spot ahead of Whiteside.

Where Whiteside separates himself is offensively. The Heat’s $98 million man is averaging 17.6 points while shooting 54.2 percent. Jordan, who is surrounded by scorers like forward Blake Griffin, point guard Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, is averaging 11.7 points this season, three points above his career norm, but is second in the league in shooting at 65 percent.

The comparisons extend to the free throw line where the two are among the worst in the league with Jordan shooting 54.1 percent and Whiteside 53.7.

“It don’t really matter to me who I’m guarding,” Whiteside said. “I just come out here and just play. He catches lobs. He has CP3 as a point guard.

“I kind of just compete against myself. I don’t really pay attention to any other centers. I’m still trying to beat 12 blocks (Whiteside’s career high). I don’t see any other centers. I just complete against Whiteside every day. I’m going to try to outdo myself last game.”

Whiteside is coming off a 26-point, 22-rebound, 2-block game in Miami’s victory over Indiana on Wednesday. Jordan had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in the Clippers win at Orlando on the same night.

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2016 NBA free agents: Four tempting scenarios for Dwyane Wade

Does Wade love James enough to go to Cleveland? (Getty Images)
Does Wade love James enough to go to Cleveland? (Getty Images)

As usual, there’s almost no chance Dwyane Wade leaves Miami this summer. Almost.

With the end of his career looming, this is one of Wade’s final opportunities to explore anything else that entices him. He’s never given voice to any dream of playing somewhere else, but here are four possibilities that must’ve crossed his mind as we near July 1:
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