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[June 30, 2016]
June 29 (The Sports Xchange) -
Dwyane Wade is prepared to take his talents from South Beach and
shop his services to other suitors when free agency begins on
The Miami Heat lifer has made more than $300 million in salary since
the franchise drafted Wade fifth overall in 2003.
ESPN.com reported initial contract discussions between Wade and the
Heat have not produced common ground, meaning the star guard could
consider leaving the franchise where he has played 13 seasons and
won three titles.
Wade's representatives have made it known to multiple teams over the
past several days that he will be on the market and Yahoo Sports
said the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers could have interest
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Though he is not expected to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron
James is headed for free agency after he officially declined the
player option in his contract Tuesday night.
James, fresh off guiding the Cavaliers to their first NBA title,
turned down a $24 million salary for the 2016-17 season. He faced a
June 29 deadline for his decision.
He could sign with a different team for $30.8 million next season,
or if he wants to return to Cleveland on a one-year contract, he
could get only $27.5 million due to the team's salary-cap situation,
according to ESPN.com.
The report indicated he could get a two-year, $64 million contract
from the Cavs.
James, an Akron, Ohio, native, has indicated that he intends to stay
with his hometown team.
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Kevin Durant plans to meet with the Oklahoma City Thunder before
free agency begins Friday.
Durant is officially a member of the Thunder until his contract runs
out at 12:01 a.m. Friday when he becomes eligible to meet with other
teams as an unrestricted free agent.
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ESPN.com reported Durant is scheduled to meet with Thunder
executives along with his agent in Oklahoma City before returning to
California, where he is shooting a commercial.
Durant, 27, is considering meetings in Los Angeles with the New York
Knicks and Golden State Warriors but will not meet with the Lakers,
according to the report.
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Tim Duncan exercised his $6.4 million player option for next season
but retirement remains an option.
Duncan had ups and downs during the 2015-16 regular season and
playoffs but said he is still weighing whether to play one final
season after helping the San Antonio Spurs win a franchise-best 67
games and tie an NBA record for going 40-1 at home this season.
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The Orlando Magic extended qualifying offers to guard/forward Evan
Fournier and center Dewayne Dedmon.
By extending the qualifying offers prior to the June 30 deadline,
the Magic own the right to match any offer sheet Fournier and Dedmon
may sign with another team. Both players will become restricted free
agents on Friday.
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The Atlanta Hawks picked up the team option and signed backup center
Mike Muscala to a contract, the club announced.
The Hawks had until Wednesday night to pick up the option that will
pay the 6-foot-11 Muscala $1.01 million next season.
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