The Nets don't have many tradeable assets, so their main avenue to improvement is free agency, so they are interested in every relatively young free agent with potential. Crabbe fits the bill, and the Nets could be the best place for his fantasy value as he would almost certainly start at shooting guard in Brooklyn.
Howard can still be a difference-maker in the NBA with his rim protection and ability to crash the boards, but he didn't display much of that with Houston last season. Howard would presumably be plan B in Atlanta if they cannot re-sign Al Horford.
This does not necessarily mean Duncan will play next season; he could still retire. Duncan's contract is set to pay him $5.6 million, and he averaged 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks last season. Whether Duncan returns or not, the Spurs will have to bring in somebody, either through trade or free agency, who can take on significant minutes at the center position.
San Antonio's only real hole is at point guard, and Conley is by far the best free agent available at that position. If the Spurs do not land Kevin Durant and are not interested in Mike Conley, it will be interesting to see where they spend their free agent money.
Let's not read too much into this folks. LeBron has said he is not going anywhere, and there is no reason to not believe him. With the expanding cap next season, it only makes sense for him to rework his deal and make max money.
In what figures to be an already entertaining free agency period, this adds to the intrigue. At age 34, Wade is coming off a season where he played 74 games, and averaged 19 points, 4.6 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game. It is hard to envision Wade not ending his career in a Heat uniform, but if he does sign elsewhere, it will be with a serious contender.
The team has said it will pick up his $5.8 million option, so he will be back on the team for a fourth season. He is an important piece to the roster as the primary backup to Stephen Curry.
It has to be tiresome to play in the Big Apple and not be challenging for a division title. The Knicks should listen to their veteran star, as he has a good idea as to who could mesh with the other parts of the team and help to improve the Knicks' chances to compete.
That is interesting, since one area where the 19-year-old was said to need work was on the defensive end of the court. The youngster is only 19, having come out for the draft after his freshman year. Could be early praise to build up his confidence, of course.
Among the several teams that are now showing interest in veteran free agent Jamal Crawford are the Orlando Magic. In a trade on draft day that sent Victor Oladipo to the Thunder and brought Serge Ibaka to town, the Magic are now in need of a two guard. Other teams interested are the NY Knicks who he's played with beofre, and his team now, the LA Clippers.