Lakers' part owner Jim Buss, son of legendary Jerry Buss, is known for making wild claims, and even worse decisions that seem to backfire. A few weeks back he reportedly said to several people that he had the intention o getting both big stars from the Thunder. Referring to Durant and guard Russell Westbrook. Now it seems he's revised that statement and instead says he and his organization are far more interested in signing Kevin Durant this off season rather than Russell Westbrook next year when he becomes a free agent.
Both the Kings and 76ers are loking at making a play at restricted free agent Dion Waiters this off season. Waiters who has had nothing short of a sporadic career falling out of favor in Cleveland before finding a home in OKC last season could fill a much needed two guard position for both teams. Waiter who came on late in the Thunders' playoff run last season, averaged 9.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG and 2.0 APG.
Since coming into the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent, C Dewayne Dedmon has started in 41 of 148 games. He averaged 13.3 minutes per game, with 3.8 PPG, 4.4 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks. Since coming to the Magic, those numbers have improved slightly. And Tuesday Orlando submitted a qualifying offer essentially making Dedmon a restricted free agent.
The latest team to join the sweepstakes in pushing for F Kevin Durant is the Atlanta Hawks. The seven time NBA All Star and four time NBA scoring champion will be a free agent on July 1st and is the biggest free agent to hit the market this off season. Along with the Hawks are the NY Knicks and LA Lakers making the push, and of course the team Durant is already a part of in the Oklahoma City Thunder will do everything they can to keep him right where he is. It will be interesting to see how this develops.
The Sixers, like every other team, will have a lot of money to spend in free agency but Barnes could be tough to get as he is a restricted free agent of Golden State's. The Warriors are clear in their intent to go after Kevin Durant which could open the door for Philly to pry him away with a tough contract to match. Barnes has been clear on his want to return to the record-setting team but he is surely overshadowed by Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green in a way that wouldn't happen with the rebuilding Sixers.
McRae was signed to a 10-day contract in February and was then signed to a two-year deal based off his performances on the original deal. The option is guaranteed for just under $1 million which is great savings for the Cavs to fill out any remaining roster spots with all of the inflated prices that will be out there this offseason with the new money coming in. McRae still needs a lot of development but he showed flashes of his ability towards the end of the season with 36 points.
If his performance in the Finals is any indication, Jefferson is definitely capable of playing for another couple of years, as in many games he was the Cavs third, and at times arguably second best contributor. He will command more than his previously veteran minimum contract that he played under last season, but with the cap increase, Cleveland should be able to give him a two year deal worth a reasonable salary.