Free Agency Updates On Nowitzki, Bosh & Stoudemire

Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs

Yeah, Dirk is annoyed about losing, but that has nothing to do with why he's opting-out of his contract (source: Yardbarker.com)

ESPN reported that Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki is likely to opt-out of his contract, ostensibly add his name to the free agency pool, and as an unrestricted free agent at that.  What does that mean for Knick fans?  Quite possibly not a damn thing.  Even if he 100% wants to return to the Mavs, he’d still do this for contractual reasons, so it doesn’t imply he’s contemplating leaving in the slightest.   What’re the contractual reasons?

Opting out to sign a new deal, for starters, would lock in terms based on the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement through the life of the next contract. Under the league’s current system, Nowitzki is eligible for a four-year maximum contract from Dallas worth $96.2 million once he opts out. The most he could receive from another team is a four-year deal worth $93.1 million.

Signing a three-year extension to the last remaining season on his current contract, by contrast, would expose Nowitzki to potential after-the-fact reductions to his annual wage if league owners are successful in their attempts to lower the value of maximum salaries in the next collective bargaining agreement.

[...] Another motivation for Nowitzki to opt out as opposed to signing an extension is the ability to secure a no-trade clause.

If Dirk played for anyone else besides Mark Cuban, I’d say this also was a good maneuver to put pressure on management to improve the team, but Cuban’s already made public his plans to go after LeBron.

Everyone’s likely already heard the big Bosh news, but it bears repeating in case you haven’t: he gave his agent a list of 5 teams that interest him.  Current team Toronto, plus New York, Miami, Chicago, and the Lakers.  Four good things popped out at me from the info.

1.The obvious: we’re one of the few on it.

2.No Cleveland, thus preventing the possible Jamison/Bosh sign-and-trade that I thought could be the one sure way to convince LeBron to stay with the Cavs.

3. Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss has already said that he doesn’t want to spend more money on the team (&he’s currently hoping to greatly reduce Phil Jackson’s salary), so that kinda cuts them outta the picture and knocks it down to four teams.  Even if the Lakers lose this season, it’ll likely be ‘cuz they get beaten up down low by the Celtics (as happened in 2008), and Bosh hasn’t shown that he has the toughness to deal with that.

Celebrities At The Lakers Game

Bosh watches a Utah/L.A. playoff game, "Hmm, I guess it could be fun to play for the defending champs. Tell the agent to add 'em to the list. Um, but cross off the Jazz." (Source: Yardbarker.com)

4.Bosh said he’d like to join up with LeBron (or if Miami, then Wade), which means he’s gotten past his comment earlier this season that he thinks he could be the main piece of a championship.

That last one’s good ‘cuz it gives us a bit of a shot to get LeBron since it’s unlikely King James would come here solo with our current less-than-inspiring supporting cast.  And we know Wade ain’t leaving Miami.  So it’s good to know that probably the player that LeBron’s second-most-excitied about playing with is interested in not only teaming up with James, but doing it in NYC.

I still think Miami and Chicago have the leg up on the Knicks, but it’s nice to know that we at least have a chance.

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Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns Western Conference finals

The Lakers couldn't stop Amar'e from going where he wanted last night. Can the Suns do any better this summer? (Source: Yardbarker.com)

Lastly, there’s A’m'a’r'e Stoudemire.  Chad Ford reported that an “inside source” said Stat was pretty much gone from the Suns after this season.  Amar’e promptly debunked it.  However, the good thing is he shot the rumor down with the statement, “It’s still 50-50 and it’s still going to be that way until a decision is made.”  Well, even 50/50 sounds good to me.  The more options during free agency, the better the chance that we don’t end up empty-handed or doing something dumb just to get something dumb.  Actually, I guess that’s only true if there are more good options.  Well, after Stoudemire just went off for 42 points in the playoffs, I’d say he definitely qualifies as one of those.

Topics: Amare Stoudemire, Boston Celtics, Chad Ford, Chicago Bulls, Chris Bosh, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Mark Cuban, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors

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  • SEAN

    BETWEEN, JAMES,WADE AND BOSH 2 OF THEM IF NOT 3 WILL BE PLAYING TOGETHER SOME WHERE,WHY I SAY ALL 3 ON ONE TEAM BECAUSE THE NEW NETS OWNER MAY TURN OUT TO TO BE SPENDING FREAK.IF NOWITZKI,AND STOUDEMIRE REALLY OPT OUT AND CONSIDER OTHER PLACES,FREE AGENCY IS AT ITS BEST.THE TRUE FACT IS NONE OF THESE SUPER-STARS WILL WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A TEAM WITH CAP SPACE UNLESS THEY TEAM UP AMONG EACH OTHER. SO IF THEY GOING TO LEAVE THEY CURRENT TEAM OR STAY, THEY BETTER ADD ANOTHER SUPERSTAR.ASK KOBE BEFORE GASOL ARRIVED,ASK DUNCAN,IF HE DIDNT HAVE GINOBILLI OR PARKER AND IT LOOKS LIKE HE MAY NEED ANOTHER BIG MAN SINCE ROBINSON DEPARTURE DEFENSE IS NOT SAME.I CANT WAITE FOR NEW JERSEY VS NEW YORK RECRUIT OF JAMES.IT WILL NOT COME DOWN TO MONEY BUT FRENCH BENEFITS, RUSSIAN MODELS VS YANKEES TICKETS FOR LIFE BUT BOTTOM LINE HE ONLY GO THESE PLACES IF WADE OR BOSH COMES ALONG.

    • http://bucketsoverbroadway.com Alex David, aka Short White Boy

      Sean,

      It doesn’t matter if the Nets new owner is a spending freak, they still don’t have the cap space to sign 3 players to max contracts. The only way all 3 play together is if some of ‘em agree to take a little less. But you’re right that they all need a fellow superstar if they hope to win it all. And if it comes down to Russian models or lifetime Yankee tickets, those both sound pretty darn good. For me it’d depend on whether the Russian models would be lifetime too or just short-term loaners.

  • nashman

    Rumor has it , that Steve Nash will ask Dirk to come to Phoenix for there mid-level exception. It will reunite two friends to play for the championship. The rumor makes total sense. Steve and Amare in a pick and roll. With Amare passing to Dirk on the parimeter.