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NBA’s Top 10 Free Agents Most Likely to Leave Their Current Teams Next Summer

Melo is likely to join Stoudemire in New York

1. Carmelo Anthony (Unrestricted): At this point it’s more than clear that it’s going to take a miracle for the Denver Nuggets to resign the face of their franchise. Melo has declined to offer any signs of interest in remaining with their ball club. It’s been reported that Anthony is already in the process of selling his estate in Littleton, Colorado. He just recently held his wedding in New York and there have been multiple reports of friends close to Anthony saying he wants to play for the New York Knicks. To back those reports up, Amare Stoudemire upon signing with the Knicks also stated that both Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker are interested in joining him in New York. And on top of all of that Anthony is from the East Coast.

Possible Destinations: New York Knicks & New Jersey Nets

Eva Longoria wants to be "Spiked Out" with Spike Lee himself in New York

2. Tony Parker (Unrestricted): It’s hard to imagine Tony Parker leaving his fellow pals in San Antonio but it seems as though it’s becoming more and more likely. According to Parker’s wife, actress Eva Longoria, Tony wants to play for the New York Knicks. Seems like a great fit for both Tony and Eva as they go about their careers.

Possible Destinations: New York Knicks

3. Jeff Green (Restricted): Don’t sleep on Jeff Green as a free agent next offseason. There may not be too many better fits for Green’s style of play and Oklahoma City already has a nice chemistry, but at the end of the day money talks. Being a restricted free agent will leave the Thunder organization in a tough situation next offseason. Green will receive plenty of interest from around the league, especially if his Thunder team goes onto improve and build upon last season’s success. Thus leaving Green in a great position to consider all options, stay patient, and wait for that one team that’ll overpay him. From there he’ll sign the offer sheet and place the ball on the Thunder’s court.

Possible Destinations: Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats, Denver Nuggets

4. Troy Murphy (Unrestricted): One year is all it will be in New Jersey for Murphy. After this upcoming season, he’ll take his services elsewhere and most likely he’ll try to become that missing piece to helping a team become one with NBA Finals potential. In doing so, Murphy and his agent can’t expect anywhere near a similar contract as his previous deal but he’ll still get paid nicely.

Possible Destinations: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder

Tayshaun's Most Memorable Moment

5. Tayshaun Prince (Unrestricted): He’ll most likely be moved around next season’s trade deadline but nonetheless Prince’s tenure in Mo-Town has come to an end. The team has been exploring their trade options with their long time small forward for quite some time now. Much like Murphy, Prince most likely will join a playoff team that immediately improves their title chances adding the defensive veteran.

Possible Destinations: Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors,  Utah Jazz

6. Thaddeus Young (Restricted): Unless the 76ers decide to trade Andre Iguodala, expect to see Young go his separate ways. Like Jeff Green, Young is a restricted free agent that still hasn’t reached his prime. He won’t be offered nearly the same amount of money, Green will be offered, but he’ll get enough that Philly will have no interest in matching the offer.

Possible Destinations: Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz

7. Samuel Dalembert (Unrestricted): Sac-Town is overloaded in the post with tons of young talent: DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, and Hassan Whiteside. Dalembert will be a very interesting free agent to keep on your radar next offseason. On one hand he’s a very unique talent whose game doesn’t get credited enough due in large part to his horrible contract. He’s 6’11, very long, runs the floor extremely well for his size, and is great shot blocker. But on the other hand, he’s a guy that’s going to demand a lot of money that he won’t deserve in the long run.

Possible Destinations: Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors

Landry will be a wanted man next offseason

8. Carl Landry (Unrestricted): As mentioned above, the Kings are overloaded in the post, the departure of both Dalembert and Landry not only seems very realistic but the best thing for the Kings future. For Landry, he’ll be able to find a home where he’ll be much more effective. He also will have a lot of options to choose from.

Possible Destinations: Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets

9. Andrei Kirilenko (Unrestricted): After next year in Utah, gone are the days of not knowing when or for how long Kirlenko will be healthy. He’ll be a mystery man come free agency not knowing if he’s healthy, how many year’s he’s got left in him, and most importantly how much he’s even worth.

Possible Destinations: Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Hornets, Boston Celtics

Redd's definitely worth a gamble next season for the veteran's minimum

10. Michael Redd (Unrestricted): The Michael Redd era in Milwaukee has come to an end. After suffering multiple knee injuries over the course of the past few years, Redd has been nearly nonexistent on the floor and remains nonexistent as the Bucks move towards the future. Next season, if and when Redd returns back healthy, he’ll need to show the league he’s still got something left to offer off the bench. But there’s no doubt that a team will give him a chance for the right price next offseason.

Possible Destinations: Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks

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From LeBron to…..Ramon?

By: Ross Geiger

It was reported at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and now it’s confirmed, the Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in two Minnesota Timberwolves players that are being shopped this offseason. While big man Kosta Koufos is one of the Cavs targets, the most notable is point guard Ramon Sessions.

You know... if you add 1 to LeBron's current number, took off 5 inches and about 80 pounds... Screw it, I can't even sugarcoat it for Cleveland. Ramon is not LeBron.

The former 56th pick of the 2007 NBA Draft turned heads his rookie season after being called up later on into the 2007-2008 NBA season. Against the Chicago Bulls on April 14, 2008 Sessions made franchise history with the Bucks scoring 20 points, dropping 24 dimes, and even snatched 8 rebounds.  His incredible night not only became the first “20-20” with points and assists in Bucks history but Sessions also set (and still holds) the rookie assists record for one game with 24.

In his second NBA season, Sessions looked to build upon his successful rookie season and took over the reigns as the starting point guard in Milwaukee after Mo Williams was traded to Cleveland. The highlight of Sessions’ second year came on February 7, 2009 as he put up 44 points against Allen Iverson and the Detroit Pistons in an overtime loss at home. Another notable game was against the Los Angeles Lakers in which Sessions recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Becoming a restricted free agent after the 2008-2009 NBA season, Sessions signed an offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves on 4 year, $16 million dollar deal. The Milwaukee Bucks declined to match the offer and Sessions officially became a member of the Timberwolves. Little did Sessions know, the Timberwolves would draft three point guards in last year’s upcoming draft in Ricky Rubio, Jonny Flynn, and Ty Lawson. Though Timberwolves General Manager David Kahn did trade away Ty Lawson, he held onto Jonny Flynn and the draft rights to Ricky Rubio.

Instantly it was clear that it would be hard for Ramon Sessions to be a piece of the Timberwolves’ future going forward. Fortunately for both Ramon

"I Heart PGs." -- David Kahn

Sessions and the Minnesota Timberwolves it looks as though his time in Minnesota is coming to end shortly. Not only did the Timberwolves sign free agent (and Sessions’ former backcourt partner in Milwaukee) Luke Ridnour but it looks as though the Wolves might have found a trading partner in the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As far potential trades go, I have no clue what could be included in a package deal between the two teams. One would have to assume if the Cavaliers acquire Ramon Sessions that could mean Mo Williams could also be moved soon as well. One deal that works and makes sense in my opinion is Minnesota sending Ramon Sessions and Corey Brewer to Cleveland in exchange for Anderson Varejao.

For the Cavs, adding Sessions gives them a young point guard to run with that also allows them to begin their trading options with Mo Williams and what they possibly could receive in return for his services. As far as Corey Brewer goes, he’s an expiring contract who would be given a opportunity to play that small forward position with the Cavs next season.

He was from Ohio, so I guess that is a valid reason to want him? Just kidding.

For the Timberwolves, they add Anderson Varejao, a high energy power forward who can help fill the hole with Al Jefferson leaving via trade with Utah. Being able to start Kevin Love and having the luxury to turn to Varejao off the bench gives Timberwolves Head Coach Kurt Rambis options next season.

Be sure to continue to check in with the OuttaTownClowns (@outtatownclowns) and follow NBA Guru Ross Geiger on Twitter: @RossGeiger for all your latest NBA trade rumors/updates!

Dirk Nowitzki: A Phoenix Sun? Don’t Count It Out

An Amare departure could very well help Nowitzki decide to join Nash in Phoenix

It was reported yesterday by a number of sources including ESPN.com and HoopHype.com that the Dallas Mavericks expect star forward Dirk Nowitzki to opt out of the last year of his contract. In all reality, it’s hard for anyone to believe that Dirk Nowitzki would actually decide to abandoned the only franchise he’s ever played for, but if he decides to opt out he’ll become an unrestricted free agent which definitely makes things a lot more interesting. Dirk Nowitzki may be Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s boy, but at the end of the day the thought of Dirk being a classified unrestricted free agent must raise some concerns in Dallas.

If Nowitzki were to be a restricted free agent, well heck, there’d be no point in writing this article but the decision is entirely out of Cuban’s control. Having Cuban’s back pocket out of control is something Cuban and the entire city of Dallas isn’t quite used too, especially if it involves the long-time face of the city’s franchise.

Finish with the one teammate that helped get it all started

So now the question arises, where in the world could Dirk Nowitzki possibly see a better fit and increase his chances of winning a title? I’ll give you a hint to the answer: it definitely has the word “best” included in it but don’t assume that the word “best” goes before the words “title chance”. Rather the answer very well could be BEST FRIEND, joining Steve Nash as a member of the Phoenix Suns.

Before you immediately rule it out, remember that timing is everything, and now’s the time. With Amare Stoudemire more than likely departing the Phoenix Suns (who have also reported that they too expect their star to opt out), bringing over Nowitzki to pair with Nash couldn’t fit any better. Take a look at this year’s market, there isn’t one realistic Stoudemire replacement that is even close to the stature of an Dirk Nowitzki (no way Bosh has interest in Phoenix). For many Suns fans it’ll definitely take some time adjusting too as Nowitzki definitely wouldn’t be referred to as a “Suns favorite”, but that’s only because he’s that good. There’s no bad past history in where Suns fans would refuse to except Nowitzki as one of their own, I mean it can’t get any worse than when the Phoenix Suns added the infamous “kiss of death” man himself, Mario Elie to their roster in the early 2000’s. Oh and on top of all that, consider the underlying NBA storyline as the Suns look forward to their season I can see it now: Two best friends, two past most valuable players, two franchise faces come together as one hoping to accomplish that one career achievement they’ve yet to experience: an NBA Championship.

No More Elimination Goodbye Hugs If They Decide to Become a Duo Again

Everywhere NBA journalists are just begging to cover this story. If Nowitzki were to sign with the Suns consider it the closest thing publicized to LeBron James’s big decision. And yes, I say that very well knowing Wade and Bosh are also going to end up somewhere, but this, much like LeBron’s decision, is beyond basketball.

Why battle for dominance when you can just do it together?

This is just an idea, but it’s definitely one that isn’t impossible from occurring. I think many would be very surprised to see it actually happen but Nowitzki isn’t just a guy that’s all about the glamour and the fortune. As his prime year’s soon come to an end, why not come continue to boost your numbers in the Suns system and do so performing screen and rolls with your best friend? Relationships go a long way in life and that makes it an interesting move to document. Which relationship is more important to Dirk Nowitzki: is it spending his entire NBA career as a Maverick under Mark Cuban or is it rejoining your best friend on the ultimate chase for a title?

That question will be left unanswered until July 1st at the very least, but it definitely one to keep a close eye out on. If Nowitzki did in fact decide to jump ships, not only does that up the antes of the Mavs-Suns rivalry but I wouldn’t rule out Cuban going out to sign Amare Stoudemire. It could very well end up being an unofficial swap in which two long-time franchise players switch to their rival opponents. Nowitzki would rejoin Nash and Stoudemire would rejoin the long lost soul of Marion.

No doubt the LeBron James auction will be the best free agent move to cover, but don’t rule out Dirk Nowitzki’s decision. Rest assured, the moment Amare Stoudemire departs, Steve Nash will be phoning his best buddy. Will Dirk Nowitzki answer Nash’s calling? We’ll just have to wait and find out….

The Piggy-Back Ride Could Be Over in Dallas

It’s Clear the Current Suns Team Loves Making Comical Videos, I Can See Dirk Fitting in Real Nicely:

The Valley of the Sun Could Use “The Big Nowitzki”

4/25/10 NBA Playoff Predictions

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat- 1 ET

Today could mark Wade's last game in a Miami Heat jersey or at the very least it could be his last home game as a member of the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat are down 3 game to none, no team in NBA history has ever come back from such a deficit. Today’s game could very much end up being a historic game for the Miami Heat as it has the possibility of marking franchise’s superstar Dwyane Wade’s final game as a member of the Miami Heat (or at the very least his last home game). Becoming a free agent at the end of the season, Wade could decide to move his career elsewhere, teams that may be ideal include: the Clippers, Suns, Bulls, Knicks, and Nets.

The Miami Heat don’t just look lost trying to find a win in this series, but they seriously look lost as a franchise. HoopsHype.com reported that the Heat may end up trading their future piece in Michael Beasley before the NBA draft if the right options seem to be available. With that being said, the Heat in all likely-hood could lose both their current superstar and their 2nd overall pick of 2008 in Beasley who was supposed to be their future star in the making.

Coach Doc Rivers & "The Truth" should seal the deal in Game 4

In Game 4, I see the Boston Celtics putting the final nail in the coffin. Up 3-0, there’s no reason to put forth a sluggish effort and have to close down the series at home in Game 5. With an aging team like the Celtics, it’s important for them to win series as quickly as possible so that they can rest up and be fully ready to take on their second round opponent. Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers and the Big Three know and understand they have to take care of business; Celtics sweep the Miami Heat.

Celtics- 98 Heat- 85

Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls- 3:30 ET

Vinny Del Negro himself predicting the final outcome of the series, Cavs win 4 games to 1

Everyone and their brother knows that LeBron James didn’t take his Cavaliers’ team loss in Game 3 very lightly. You can be assured that, King James will do a little talking in the locker room before hitting the United Center floor to square off against the Bulls. In the midst of all of this, according to HoopsHype.com, ESPN.com has reported that Bulls Head Coach Vinny Del Negro will not return next year as the Bulls coach. While that’s no surprise, it is surprising that this talks heated up right after a huge Game 3 win in Chicago.

Just as LeBron James didn’t take the Game 3 loss lightly, maybe this was the Bulls way of firing up their head coach for the remainder of the playoffs. Each of the Bulls-Cavs first three games the Bulls have been in striking distance of tying or taking over the lead in games. So I propose the question: What if Vinny Del Negro does the impossible and beats the Cavaliers in Round 1? While I’m just proposing the thought, go ahead call me an idiot, it’s okay because one things for sure, both Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah actually believe they can take down the Cavaliers.

The Bulls are title contenders if they add one of these guys or Joe Johnson

While I’m going to take the Cavaliers over the Bulls in 5 games, that isn’t to say that Game 4 and Game 5 won’t be interesting games. The Bulls will continue to demand respect in the series forcing the Cavaliers to play top notch basketball under the final buzzer sounds. Even if the Bulls end up winning just Game 3 in the series, they exceeded the expectations of the majority of the league. Having put up an impressive fight each game can only help their chances of snagging one of the elite free agents come this summer. Don’t try to tell me Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade, and Joe Johnson haven’t been watching the Bulls fight in this one seed versus eight seed matchup.

Cavaliers- 102 Bulls- 95

Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs- 7 ET

Game 3 served as a wake up call for Caron Butler

There’s no doubt in my mind that the Dallas Mavericks will take Game 4. Nowitzki and crew have too much talent and fight to allow this series to go 3-1 heading back home, the Mavericks will force a split 2-2 series. In order to do so, Dallas will obviously have to make some adjustments, but luckily for the Mavericks they’re one of the most versatile teams in the NBA. Head Coach Rick Carlisle’s decision to only play Caron Butler for 14 minutes should be Butler’s wake up call heading into Game 4. I definitely think we’ll see improved play from him and from the Mavericks centers inside. In Game 3, Mavericks big men Erick Dampier and Brendan Haywood played a combined 45 minutes coming up with just 4 points and 8 rebounds. As Charles Barkley would say, “That’s just terrible”, Barkley himself could probably score 4 points and grab 8 rebounds if it weren’t for having to run the length of the floor each possession. Game 3 key to a Spurs victory in a nutshell was that the Spurs came out to play and the Mavericks (outside of Dirk Nowitzki) didn’t. We’ll see improved play by the entire Dallas Mavericks team today. Dallas takes Game 4 and momentum back home for Game 5.

Mavericks- 99 Spurs- 91

Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz- 9:30 ET

Carmelo continues to battle foul trouble issues

The Jazz won in commanding fashion in Game 3 at home against the Denver Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony yet again ran into foul trouble and for the past two games that’s really been a big key to the Jazz success. Foul trouble for Carmelo Anthony limits his aggressiveness and all the intangibles that makes him the offensive threat that he is when not in foul trouble. When the Jazz are able to contain that aggressiveness, the Denver Nuggets flow on offense suffers greatly.

I don’t know if it’s just me or if Nuggets fans would agree, but I never quite know what to expect from this year’s Nuggets team. While their personnel are uniquely charismatic (to say the least) and are fun to watch, I don’t know how I’d feel if I were a Denver Nuggets fan. Is this group of guys, really a team that you can put your trust in? While I really want to go with my gut feeling and predict a Nuggets win tonight, my logic behind why not to pick the Nuggets seems to be holding me back from doing so.

My logic tells me to take D-Will & the Jazz at home

The Utah Jazz are surprisingly clicking on all cylinders despite the key injury losses. Behind their home crowd at home, I see it hard from them to lose Game 4 and see Head Coach Jerry Sloan leading his team to a commanding 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets as the series then heads back to the mile high city. I’m going with my logic over gut feeling on this one.

Jazz- 109 Nuggets- 107