The 2014-2015 Los Angeles Lakers are a patchwork team. Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin are playing on expiring contracts, Steve Nash will likely retire after this season, and Los Angeles has a team option on 2015-2016 for the re-signed Jordan Hill. Even Kobe Bryant isn’t in the Lakers’ long-term plans; there’s a very real possibility he hangs up his Nikes after next season. Only rookie Julius Randle and Nick Young will surely be with Los Angeles past 2016. Read More »
/ Aug 21, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Anytime you have winners you’re bound to have some people that lose. This year’s summer is no exception: there were plenty of teams and players who “lost” this past offseason. After counting down this summer’s “winners,” it’s only right that we give an equal share of the limelight to those whose situation was less fortunate than their NBA counterparts. Let’s take a look at some of the “Biggest Losers” of the offseason (sorry…there’s no association to the weight loss show on this one, unless we’re counting LeBron’s newer, skinnier body as a loss). Read More »
July has come and gone and August is quickly doing the same. You know what that means? The NBA Offseason is on its last leg and winding down as teams begin to look towards the start of camp. Read More »
Maybe the impasse between restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns is insurmountable after all. All recent momentum has been trending against the dynamo guard returning to the desert, including Bledsoe’s belief that the Suns are “using restricted free agency against” him and that the sides are apart several million dollars per season in contract negotiations. The least encouraging sign of a reunion, though, might be team owner Robert Sarver’s recent remarks that the Phoenix front office brass hasn’t talked to Bledsoe in several months. Read More »
The games are similar, basketball and soccer. Both are contact sports with little protective equipment; both have goals (or baskets) on the two sides of the field (or court) where a player must put the ball in to score points. Both have situations where a costly turnover could quickly turn into a counterattack or fast-break and cost a team points. Both games require elite athleticism, and players from both sports get paid tons of money to play their game at an elite level.
That’s where the similarities end between soccer and basketball, but that hasn’t stopped us from compiling a full soccer team with NBA stars. Read More »
Over a month into the free agency period, restricted free agent Greg Monroe and the Detroit Pistons remain stuck with both sides failing to arrive on an amount for an extension. It calls to mind another restricted free agent looking for a bigger deal in the desert.
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The fractured relationship between restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns might be irreparable after all. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, it’s “looking like” Bledsoe will take the unprecedented step of accepting the Suns qualifying offer for the 2014-2015 season and try his hand at unrestricted free agency next summer. Read More »
Restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe might not want to return to the Phoenix Suns in 2014-2015. Barring drastic actions from either party, though, he probably doesn’t have a choice. Bledsoe and the Suns are far, far apart on contract negotiations despite the frenzy of free agency finally winding down – his camp is seeking a five-year, $80 million deal, and Phoenix has countered by offering a contract worth four years and $48 million. That’s a major discrepancy and one worth fighting for, but the nature of restricted free agency likely means Bledsoe will reluctantly back down from his financial demand sometime in coming weeks and accept the Suns’ deal. And according to multiple front office executives throughout the league, Bledsoe should even feel lucky Phoenix has offered him the $48 million he deems so insulting. Read More »
Records are meant to be broken. After going four years without suffering a loss, the Ball Up all-stars team – coached by Gilbert Arenas – were defeated by the team representing Birmingham, Alabama, 84-83, over the weekend. Read More »
The relationship between the Phoenix Suns and restricted free agent point guard, Eric Bledsoe is on the rocks according to league sources who spoke with CSNNW.com’s Chris Haynes. They’re still “very far apart” on contract negotiations just days after Bledsoe publicly claimed the Suns “are using restricted free agency against me.” Read More »