This summer of 2015 is going to expected to be quite the noisy one! Not only are the Cavs going to be actively involved in resigning their own free agents, but there are some big name players out there expected to be available.
Now, this free agency is not going to be as great as 2010 or 2014, but this summer could have some major implications on playoff and non-playoff teams. Here’s the list of the top free agents available, or expected to be available, this summer and the team they were with in 2014-15.
LeBron James, SF – Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love, PF – Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson, PF – Cleveland Cavaliers
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF – Portland Trailblazers
Marc Gasol, C – Memphis Grizzlies
Kawhi Leonard, SF – San Antonio Spurs
Jimmy Butler, SG/SF – Chicago Bulls
Dwyane Wade, SG – Miami Heat
DeAndre Jordan, C – Los Angeles Clippers
Goran Dragic, PG – Phoenix Suns/Miami Heat
Draymond Green, SF/PF – Golden State Warriors
Tim Duncan, PF/C – San Antonio Spurs
Those are just some of the best, and we haven’t even mentioned Greg Monroe, Paul Millsap, Monta Ellis, Reggie Jackson, and Rajon Rondo.
One player, who was expected to finish his career with the team that drafted him, is now going to reportedly hit the free agent market. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is now expected to test free agency and possibly go else where after getting a low-ball offer from the Heat.
Wade opted out of more money in 2014 so that LeBron James and Chris Bosh could resign and Pat Riley could build a better team around them. Unfortunately for Wade, James decided to go home and Bosh signed a five year, $118 million deal with Miami.
Wade, whose preference is to finish his career with the Heat, has been joining ESPN’s NBA Countdown crew as a color analyst for the NBA Finals. Just prior to Game 6, Wade commented on something co-anchor Doug Collins said, and he replied with this:
Wade referred to his time with the Heat in the past tense, which could possibly be hinting that his time with the Heat is nearly done. On Wednesday, Sports Nation host Max Kellerman, who also has a daily radio show on ESPN LA radio, said that Miami may have realized that Wade is no longer in his prime and yet still wants a max-worthy contract. Because of that, Miami gave him a low-ball offer to try and bait him to leave and get the contract he wants elsewhere.
Cleveland would definitely welcome Wade to town as he and LeBron James are the best of friends. It would be a good pairing and the Cavs would try and work to conserve Wade for the playoffs.
On top of Wade, the Heat also have to prioritize the signings of Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside, who will both likely be looking for max or near-max contracts.
We’ll see what Wade does this offseason, but all signs are pointing to him entering free agency with his future uncertain.