So D-Wade seemed to suggest that he’s not down with signing with his hometown Chicago Bulls. His reasoning–that the Bulls don’t seem to be loyal to their former players–seems a bit suspect, but whatever.
The more interesting nugget for the Hawks is Wade’s contention that he, Le Bron and J.J. will sit down prior to July 1 and discuss their free-agency strategy before making decisions. From the Chicago Tribune’s Fred Mitchell:
“(Free agency) has been three years coming. We’ve discussed it prematurely, at different times. (But) you don’t know what guys are thinking and where they’re going. I think we’ll all sit down, and before one of us makes a decision, all of us will have spoken to each other and (listened to the) thinking. A lot of decisions (will be based on) what other players are willing to do and what other guys want to do. So it’s not just a ‘me’ situation here. We all have to look and see what each other is thinking.”
The first thing I thought was, Bosh won’t be a part of that discussion? I mean, Wade, J.J. LeBron are all perimeter guys who dominate the ball yet they are going to try to figure out if they can all end up at the same place while Bosh, a power forward, isn’t included? Sorry, that’s more suspect reasoning by Wade.
More to the point, I don’t buy the notion that these guys are going to make decisions based on “what other guys want to do.” Free agents make decisions based on straight cash, homey. It is the ultimate “me” situation, as it should be.
Yeah, winning is nice as long as the money is right, and no guy wants to be in a completely miserable situation. Considering all the teams with beacoup cap space, it’s plausible that two of these guys can play for the same team and still get their money. But the next time I see a player in his prime give up substantial money for the chance to play with a certain other player, it will be the first time.
– AJC wise guy Jeff Schultz digs through Rick Sund’s coaching hires and is not impressed.
Interesting that Sund had a Woody-like situation in Dallas, with Dick Motta improving the team each season but never getting the Mavs past the second round (the difference being that Motta already was a proven head coach). Sund then brought in pedigreed coach, John McLeod, and fired him less than two years after making the West finals.
So maybe Sund isn’t too high on the “proven head coach” angle. Or, looking at Schult’z list, maybe it’s just that Sund’s never had much success hiring coaches, period.
– Avery Johnson is set to interview with the Nets, who can offer a better situation than first meets the eye.
Forget their 12-70 record for a minute and notice New Jersey can clear $30 million or so in cap space, has a mega-rich owner who intends to spend big, and boasts former Avery protege Devin Harris at point guard and a pretty good core of young players. Oh, the Nets also have the No. 3 pick, where they could get Derrick Favors, Evan Turner or DeMarcus Cousins.
The Hawks are a better team right now but the Nets can’t be discounted. If Johnson wants to take on the challenge of building a talented young team while making a lot of cash (and getting some media shine) in the process, Jersey is a good spot. Nets boss Rod Thorn said he will talk to four to six candidates.