Another day, another whole lotta nothing when it comes to NBA Free Agency 2014. The wait continues.
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh. All still free agents. There were rumors that Anthony is now having a semi-change-of-heart and considering moving his career along to the Chicago Bulls or the Los Angeles Lakers, but nothing concrete happened, of course.
As for King James? There were another long list of times and places that The Decision: Part Deux was allegedly supposed to take place throughout the day on Thursday. It never happened, and there’s little hope for it happening at any given moment. At this point, nothing would shock. However, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has updated everyone with Lebron’s current whereabouts, and it’s probably not where anyone expected him to be headed.
Dwyane Wade expected to be on a flight back to Miami with LeBron James tonight, league sources told Yahoo. They had been together in Vegas.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
James has plans to fly to World Cup over the weekend. Heat and Cavs expect his decision before he leaves for Brazil, sources tell Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Yep, this whole thing would be really awkward if he took a flight back to Miami with buddy Dwayne Wade and then spurned that same buddy and his former team after returning to the city. A pretty unexpected turn, to be sure, but who knows at this point. Anything can (and will) happen.
There was also zilch materializing on the Timberwolves front. The only interesting tidbit that trickled out was a report that Flip Saunders is saying that the team won’t sign second-round draft pick Glenn Robinson III to a contract prior to Summer League in order to keep two guaranteed-contract roster slots available.
This is done for multiple reasons — free agency, trade scenarios, the fact that we don’t know if Robinson is actually good or not — but I would venture to guess that it’s largely a combination of potentially needing a roster spot for players coming back in a future trade, as well as in case Robinson gets hurt. I’d be surprised if Robinson isn’t signed shortly after Summer League, regardless of whether or not a major trade is consummated in the next week.