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Last week's distractions just a prelude if Dwyane Wade waits for '10 free agency
Last week's distractions just a prelude if Dwyane Wade waits for '10 free agency
5:40 PM EDT, July 11, 2009
A look at five talking points that have the league buzzing:
1. Eve of distraction.
Dwyane Wade understands that this past week's media barrage and even Sunday's appearance in the Summer Groove all-star game at AmericanAirlines Arena is only a prelude of what's to follow if he doesn't extend this summer with the Heat.
While the schedule probably won't be as cruel as to again place him in New York on opening night, the questions will follow from city to city when it comes to 2010 free agency and his future.
"No," the Heat guard said last week with a smile during a calmer time, "I'm not ready for it yet. I'm sure it's going to be crazy for not only me, but LeBron, Chris Bosh. No, it's not something that you look forward to."
While the economy has cut into potential 2010 cap space to the degree that it likely will be an either/or decision for virtually every team when it comes to Wade, LeBron James, Bosh and other A-list free agents, shootarounds, pregame interviews and postgame sessions next season figure to become more about coming seasons than the game at hand.
"You get one opportunity to be a free agent. Your next deal is a long-term deal and you're with that team for a long time," Wade said. "So if you've got to deal with those questions for a year, then you've got to deal with those questions for a year."
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2. Perfect fit.
It's not Phoenix, but it's as close as it's going to get for Shawn Marion, with the former Suns roadrunner about to get back to a style that suits him best, a style he never could recreate in Miami or Toronto.
Reunited in Dallas with point guard Jason Kidd, his Suns running partner for his first two pro seasons, Marion figures to load up on as many stats as go-slow coach Rick Carlisle allows.
The move was a slam dunk for Dallas and a deserved opportunity for Marion, who played the good solider for the lottery-level Heat and Raptors these past two seasons.
"I'm glad to be back with my man, J-Kidd," Marion said. "I see myself fitting in great."
3. Flying solo.
For the first time in three trades, Marion wasn't packaged with Marcus Banks, after being tethered to Banks from Phoenix to Miami and then Miami to Toronto.
But it wasn't for a lack of trying.
Yes, the Raptors tried to package Banks in the latest Marion deal, too. Instead, the Raptors are into Banks for $4.6 million this coming season and $4.8 in 2010-11.
4. The real deal.
No, LeBron James never did tell Trevor Ariza that he would definitely be back in Cleveland beyond 2009-10.
"He had nothing to say about his future," Ariza said upon his introduction with the Rockets. "I don't know where that came from, because I didn't say that, and nobody I'm close to said that."
5. Loaner program.
With the Heat, Bobcats and Hawks the only franchises not to field summer-league teams this offseason, the Bobcats have loaned first-round pick Gerald Henderson to the Timberwolves' summer-league team in Las Vegas in order to give the former Duke forward some offseason seasoning. The Heat plans to hold an internal summer camp this week at AmericanAirlines Arena.
IN THE LANE
ROAD TRIP: As chronicled last week in The Philippine Star, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is poised to visit the Philippines after the team's upcoming summer camp. The only previous trip to his mother Elisa Caridad Celino's homeland was when he was three years old. Spoelstra is scheduled to travel with WNBA pioneer Sue Wicks and Heat assistant coach David Fizdale as part of NBA Asia's clinics. Fizdale had served on the Hawks staff with former NBA center Alton Lister, who now coaches in the Philippines.
SUMMER FACES: Former Heat guard Smush Parker is listed on the Raptors' summer-league roster, with former Heat center Earl Barron on the Hornets' summer-league roster, former Heat forward Stephane Lasme on the Spurs' summer roster, former Heat guard Blake Ahearn on the Knicks' summer roster, former Heat guard Luke Jackson on the Mavericks' summer roster and former Heat and University of Miami guard Robert Hite on the Cavaliers' summer roster… Center David Padgett, a final Heat cut last season after receiving a partial guarantee out of Louisville, is on the Blazers' summer roster, as is 2004 Heat second-round pick Matt Freije.
MORE SUMMER FACES: A pair of former Gators are on the comeback trail in the NBA's summer league in Las Vegas, with Taurean Green, the former Cardinal Gibbons standout, working with the Bulls and Chris Richard working with the Bucks… University of Florida guard Nick Calathes, who is signed to play next season in Greece, will nonetheless play for the Mavericks' summer-league team in Las Vegas, with Dallas having acquired his rights on draft night.
THEY PLAYED HERE: Yes, that was former Heat forward Kasib Powell scoring 19 points last week for Orlando's summer team against a combined team of players from the Nets and 76ers. Powell shot 52.9 percent on 3-pointers and averaged 14.8 points in the Orlando summer league… As was the case with his limited comeback last season with the Heat, Shaun Livingston is being held out of back-to-back games during the Thunder's summer-league games. Livingston averaged 9.7 points in the Orlando summer league, playing mostly small forward in order to accommodate Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
FAMILIAR FACES: The Nets and Celtics are among those considering a possible run at Heat restricted free-agent forward Jamario Moon. The Raptors also were considering a Moon reunion, but that was before landing Antoine Wright and Devean George from the Mavericks in the Shawn Marion trade… The Pacers had made overtures to Heat free-agent guard Luther Head before signing Dahntay Jones away from the Nuggets.
DESPERATE TIMES: A year ago at the Summer Groove, veteran point guard Tyronn Lue stood poised to possibly sign a free-agent contract with the Heat. And then? "They had me come in at 6 in the morning running the treadmill," said Lue, who was so put off by the demand that he immediately bolted for a deal with Milwaukee. From there, he wound up playing a combined 44 total games for the Bucks and Magic. "Now," Lue said, "I might have to look at it differently."
"We got Hedo! Next season's gonna be a lot of fun." -- The tweet from Raptors forward Chris Bosh after the team landed Hedo Turkoglu.
37. Lakers jersey selected by Ron Artest, in honor of Michael Jackson's Thriller topping the charts for 37 weeks. Artest previously has worn 15, 23, 91, 93, and 96 in his four stops over his 10-year career.
Ira Winderman can be reached at iwinderman@SunSentinel.com. Material from Sun Sentinel interviews, wire services, other beat writers and league and team sources was used in this report.
Last week's distractions just a prelude if Dwyane Wade waits for '10 free agency -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
May the odds be ever in your favor.
stevo--don't you think the economy has to take a toll on these sports franchises and leagues.
I doubt some leagues make in through the season.
Buzz, I dont go to games. I buy all the Directv packages and watch them from the comfort of my own home! I dont like listening to all the fans nonsense at games! I pay for blonde women to come over and have sex with my hispanic hottie maid, and sometimes I get involved to make it a threesome! I like to lay in my pool during the day sipping on drinks that have umbrellas!
this is true....it will be a lot worse in baseball and basketball than football also.
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