Love Stays with Cavs – Millsap stays with Hawks – Butler Stays with Bulls


5638331a355510a2c21f0a13a1ca7f24In the NBA, free agency was under way, and teams didn’t waste any time making some big moves.  The biggest deal of the day dealt with Kevin Love’s contract. Many speculated that that Love would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and play for the Los Angeles Lakers or his home town Blazers.  There were also rumors throughout the season that Love and LeBron didn’t get along.  Love squashed all those rumors when he signed a 5-year deal with the Cavs worth $110 million.  The Cavs will make another run at the title with LeBron and Love.

LaMarcus Aldridge met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. According to inside sources, however, Aldridge didn’t have a good meeting.  Nobody knows the specifics, but Aldridge wasn’t too impressed with the “basketball” part of their presentation.  Apparently Kobe Bryant said that he wanted Aldridge to play a similar role that Pau Gasol did years ago.  But Aldridge is looking to be the star, and that didn’t sit well with him.  Aldridge will meet next with the Mavericks and Spurs.

In some other major signings, the Atlanta Hawks re-signed their all-star Paul Millsap, but lost one of their key role players, DeMare Carroll to the Toronto Raptors.   Paul Pierce decided not to play for the Washington Wizards again, but rather to close out his career on a 3-year deal with his hometown Los Angeles Clippers.  That also reunites him with his former head coach Doc Rivers.  Finally, the New Orleans Pelicans gave Anthony Davis, arguably the best future player of the league, a 5 year $140 million contract, while Jimmy Butler stayed with the Chicago Bulls for 5 more years on a $90 million contract.  Expect more deals in the next few days.

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