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David Lee injured his hamstring very early in the 2014-2015 season and missed about a month before finally returning to the Warriors. The problem for Lee was that by the time he returned, the team was 22-3 and there wasn’t really a spot for him in the rotation, much less the starting lineup. Now they’re looking to trade him to a place that he can earn more playing time, but his large salary is an obstacle. Lee will earn about $15.5 million in the final year of his contract. Dylan Murphy lists out a few places that he believes could be landing spots for Lee, and what the Warriors might be able to get in return.
It was rumored this week that Jimmy Butler may not be looking for a long-term max contract in free agency this year, but rather a short max deal that allows him to be a free agent again when the salary cap explodes. Butler is a restricted free agent, a process which the average fan only understands somewhat. Teams make a “minimum qualifying offer,” which is a one year deal at a fairly low salary, and they retain the right to match any offer sheets. Mark Deeks takes a look at the little known clause the Bulls could use instead, to make sure they keep Butler in Chicago on favorable terms.
The Lakers signed Carlos Boozer last year as sort of a last resort to fill out the roster. He still can provide some production off the bench, as evidenced by his 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds he averaged for the Lakers last season. Boozer’s offseason home is in Miami, and now that he’s hitting true free agency for the first time since 2010, someone close to him believes that he might be looking to take his talents to South Beach.
The Cavaliers general manager David Griffin confirmed this week that LeBron James and Kevin Love both plan to opt out of their contracts this summer. While the news that James is opting out isn’t shocking, as he’s expected to resign with the Cavs on a short-term deal, the news that Love is opting out is a bit worrisome for Cavs fans. Despite rumors that Love might want to leave and go somewhere of his own choosing (the Lakers?) that dogged the Cavs all season, Love always maintained that he didn’t plan to opt out. Now that it’s confirmed that he does plan to opt out, it seems all the more likely that he may not be back with the Cavs next season.
Ric Bucher recently reported that the Dallas Mavericks were the frontrunner to sign Portland Trailblazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency. The San Antonio Spurs are thought to be the current runner up, with the Lakers acting as somewhat of a dark horse candidate. Aldridge is originally from the state of Texas, where there is no state income tax. That, alone, might be enough to eliminate the Lakers from the running. However, Oregon also has no state income tax, and he would potentially leave $27 million on the table by signing with any team other than the Trailblazers. So, who is actually the frontrunner? Just ask Carmelo Anthony how appealing signing in Chicago was until the reality of leaving millions of dollars behind set it.