NBA Report: Bosh unaware of LeBron's next step, sources say
Jul 5, 2014 at 9:48p ET
A few news and notes from around the NBA with free agency heating up:
-- While sources have told FOX Sports Ohio that Chris Bosh is seeking a deal worth $90 million over five years, there is talk the All-Star big man may be willing to accept slightly less with the Heat if LeBron James returns.
-- Both the Rockets and Mavericks are highly interested in Bosh should the Heat's Big 3 of Bosh, James and Dwyane Wade go their separate ways. Bosh is definitely interested in the Rockets and Mavs as well, sources told FOX Sports Ohio.
-- Bosh has "zero knowledge" of what James is going to decide in free agency "at this minute," one source said on Saturday evening.
-- The Cavaliers could also potentially become players in the Bosh sweepstakes should James return to Cleveland. It is possible that's something the Cavs expressed to James' agent, Rich Paul, when the sides met earlier in the week.
-- The Cavs are not even slightly concerned about available salary-cap space. They believe that resources are in place to "create monumental space for talent," a source said Saturday.
-- Paul has not led the Cavs in any specific direction, but sources said he has made them aware he's impressed with their ideas to improve the team.
-- As an organization, the Cavs are upbeat. They've been talking to a couple of teams about trades, and they are more than willing to bring on another All-Star and enhance the roster should they land LeBron. Everyone other than Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson can be had for the right price, sources said. It should be noted that, yes, the Cavs strongly prefer to retain No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins as well.
-- But LeBron James or not, the Cavs appear on path to make a move. It is quite evident they have several things in the hopper.
-- Dion Waiters seems to be the name other teams are asking about most and Cavs general manager David Griffin is in a difficult spot. He really likes Waiters, but Griffin also knows he may have to move the talented shooting guard, sources said.
-- As an interesting aside, some of the behind-the-scenes credit within the organization is being given to former Cavs GM Chris Grant - and some of the moves he made to enable the team to move forward this summer.
-- That said, opposing executives seem to have a greater deal of respect for Griffin. The first-year GM is viewed as a stand-up guy who has always been fair and humble, both in dealing with his staff and in discussing trades with those outside the organization.
-- It appears Cavs free-agent forward Luol Deng is standing firm in his desire to receive a contract that will pay him no less than $12 million a year. Deng and his representatives have been involved in conversations with several teams, including the Hawks and Heat. But the Hawks don't want to play him that type of money right now, sources said, and the Heat can't afford to with the status of their Big 3 in question. According to one source, Deng may meet with the Mavericks next.
-- The Mavs are also said to have expressed an interest in Trail Blazers free-agent guard Mo Williams.