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James Singleton's basketball career has included many stops, the latest of which was a brief tenure with the Washington Wizards. His next stop? According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, it's China.
Singleton confirmed yesterday that he has decided to leave the NBA and sign with the Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. Singleton said he received NBA offers from several teams, including the Wizards, but decided he would rather make more money and get more playing time overseas.
"Some guys would love to just make it there, ride the bench and get paid. I'm not that guy. I want to play. I didn't work hard all these years just to sit and watch other people. I was given a true talent, but sitting around and being a cheerleader isn't one of them."
SB Nation's Wizards blog Bullets Forever is sad to see Singleton go and is surprised no NBA team wanted him.
At the end of the day, I'm not sure if the Wizards should have actually kept him. Trevor Booker does many of the things Singleton does, and he's younger. But I'm very, very surprised that no NBA team, the Wizards included, think he's worth anything more than the veterans minimum. Most good teams have a swing forward that acts as a reliable option off the bench, and Singleton surely is better than a number of guys that have signed. I really do think lots of teams missed a chance to add a guy simply because they didn't know who he was.
Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Wizards are still interesting in bringing combo forward James Singleton and big man Fabricio Oberto back to the District next season:
Wiz are still considering bringing back James Singleton. Fabricio Oberto remains another frontcourt option, but Wiz want young guys to play
The Wizards acquired Singleton from the Dallas Mavericks in the trade that sent Caron Butler to the Lone Star State. He averaged 6.1 points and an impressive 6.9 rebounds in his 32 games with the Wizards.
A free-agent signee last summer, Oberto appeared in 57 games for the Wizards, with 20 starts. About all he did was foul, though, with 121 fouls in just 650 minutes. It’s possible the Wizards bring him back, as Lee says, but they are only so many big-man minutes to dole out, and they have young bigs such as Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, Yi Jianlian, and Kevin Seraphin who need time to develop.
The Wizards will have the services of French big man Kevin Seraphin right away next season. According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Seraphin has reached a buyout agreement with French club Cholet and will be a member of the Wizards as soon as his NBA contract is approved.
The Wizards roster will soon be at 12 players after first-round pick Kevin Seraphin's contract is validated by the league office in the next few days. Seraphin recently reached a buyout agreement with his French club, Cholet, with the Wizards paying $500,000 to free him from his obligations, according to his agent, Bouna Ndiaye.
Seraphin, the 17th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, hopes to attain his work visa next month.
For more on this story, visit Bullets Forever.
According to Mark Spears at Yahoo Sports, the Washington Wziards have re-signed Josh Howard to a one-year contract worth roughly $4 million.
Howard is still recovering from the ACL injury he suffered shortly after arriving in D.C. as part of the Caron Butler trade last February. But if healthy, he could help shore up the small forward spot, which had the least depth by far of any position on the roster.
Spears also reported that the contract has a lot of bonuses, one would assume depending on his health and durability coming off the serious knee injury.
We've pretty much assumed Mike Miller would leave the Wizards to play with the Miami
LeBronWadeBoshs Heat next season, but now, it's pretty much official. Comcast Sports Net's Chris Miller has the news.
Breaking News: Just got a text from Mike Miller its officially just signed with Miami for 5 years.
Also, in keeping up with the recent trend of athletes breaking their own news, Miller himself has confirmed he's heading to the Heat.
It's official! Thanks to the Miami Heat Organization, Mr. Arison, Pat Riley, the fans and the players that made this happen!
Miller did not officially disclose the contract terms, but he's expected to get somewhere between $25 and $30 million for five years.
Shaun Livingston has agreed in principle to a two-year, $7 million deal with Charlotte, league sources tell Y!
Livingston's contract has a third year, but it is non-guaranteed. All in all, a very fair deal for both sides.
Shaun Livingston was one of the pleasant surprises of the Wizards' dreadful 2009/10 season, returning from several knee surgeries to revive his career as a starting point guard late in the season. For a team that went through such turmoil, Livingston was the heart-warming story everyone needed. But then the Wizards drafted John Wall and traded for Kirk Hinrich, making Livingston expendable.
So Livingston looked elsewhere for employment and appears to have found his chance. He's closing in on a contract with the Charlotte Bobcats, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
It's unclear what the terms would be, but it is clear that this is a fantastic opportunity for Livingston. The only other point guard currently on the roster is disappointing D.J. Augustin, and Bonnell reports that this signing would "likely preclude" the acquisition of another point guard via trade. Livingston is also a Larry Brown kind of player in that he "plays the right way" and focuses on distributing rather than scoring.
Congrats to Shaun, who has worked so hard to get back to this point in his career.
With all the premier free agents already signed and introduced as members of their newest teams, the market is starting to shift to the lesser talents still available in free agency. This, of course, means it's Josh Howard's time to shine. According to David Aldridge, the small forward is drawing interest from a number of teams.
Knicks making a pitch to Josh Howard today; Howard still considering Wizards seriously, along w/Bulls, Cs.
What I find interesting is that all the teams pursuing Howard are in vastly different stages of development and offer Howard different roles on the team. He might be a featured player in either New York or Washington, while he would likely just provide quality bench depth in Chicago or Boston. Money always plays the biggest factor, but opportunity might be the key here.
6'11" center Hilton Armstrong has signed with the Washington Wizards. According the Washignton Post's Michael Lee:
The Wizards agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran center Hilton Armstrong on Tuesday
Apparently the Wizards had a burning desire to sign a back-up center that has never lived up to his potential in the NBA. Yet another 1st round draft pick that never lived up to their hype for the Wizards.
I think its possible they might have just found their 12th man.
According to Comcast Sports Net’s Chris Miller, former Washington Wizard Mike Miller has decided to join LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.
Mike Miller the first to join the super team. 5 years 30 million with Miami Heat.
Miami’s salary cap experts must be working overtime making sure everyone can fit under the cap this year and still be happy with what they’re getting paid. That, right there, is one NBA job I am not envious of.
Clippers have announced they have signed free agent G Randy Foye and free agent F Ryan Gomes.
No word yet on salary or contract length but it should come as no surprise that Foye was picked up quickly. He his still relatively young at 26 and, despite taking a step backwards last season, has shown he can be an effective starter in the NBA.
No doubt the Clippers hope they get the 08-09 Timberwolves version of Randy instead of last year’s version. Good luck Randy.
It was pretty much a foregone conclusion since the season ended, but it has been reportedly officially nonetheless:
Wiz signed 1st rd picks John Wall & Trevor Booker; also renounced the rights to FAs Mike Miller, Randy Foye & Josh Howard (no Bird rights)
Mike Miller has offers all over the place, most notably from the Miami Heat, and Josh Howard and Randy Foye will explore their options in free agency. Both are likely to receive pay cuts next season.
Mike Miller is the latest name to be included in the Miami Heat free agent extravaganza. Jeff Goodman is now reporting that the Heat have offered Mike Miller a five year contract worth somewhere between $27-30 million.
You may be saying to yourself, "I thought that LeBron guy was thinking about going to Miami? How can they afford to sign both?" Well, they can't, really.
As our very own Mike Prada explains over at SBNation.com, the contract offer can mean one of two things. Either the big three free agents (James, along with Wade and Bosh) would each take a little bit less money so that the team could still have some cap space to sign Miller (only a couple million each, no big deal). Or, more realistically, the contract offer to Miller is being made in case LeBron decides to sign elsewhere.
If LeBron chooses to go elsehwere, then Miller would be a very good fit as a three point threat in between Wade and Bosh. Not as good as LeBron would have been, but pretty good none the less.
Josh Howard was only able to play in a few games for the Wizards last year before he tore up his knee, but now he is on the mend and looking for a new team in free agency. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports had this update:
FA Josh Howard tells Y! he's optimistic he will overcome knee injury to be ready for reg-season. Wash, NJ, MIA, NY, SAC, LAC interested
If Josh Howard can regain some of the form that made him an All-Star in 2007, then he could prove to be a good bargain for a team looking for some help on the wing this summer.
We know the Wizards have a rather big need at small forward. If he can convince the team that he will be fully healthy at any point in the upcoming season, he is definitely worth a look.
You can add the Cleveland Cavaliers to the ever-growing list of suitors for Mike Miller. According to ESPN's J.A. Adande, the Cavaliers will consider Miller for the mid-level exception if they keep LeBron James.
That would include the Cavaliers if LeBron returns. Not only is Miller tight with James; he's also friends with Antawn Jamison, who was traded to Cleveland by the Wizards last season in the post-Gilbert's Guns breakup of the team. Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant put in a call to Miller at the onset of the free agency period, and Cleveland remains a viable option for him.
Miller is spending the week hanging out with James at James' Nike Skills Academy camp, so it's not a surprise to hear about this now, even if the Cavaliers have always been interested.
Michael Lee of the Washington Post fills in more details, especially with regard to Miller's relationship with Jamison. Clearly, the Cavaliers are only interested if LeBron James stays, but if he does, Miller's a pretty good fit alongside him.
Apparently the Lakers aren't the only team in Los Angeles interested in signing Mike Miller.
According to ESPN LA, Miller and Clipper executives had a three hour meeting on Saturday about Miller joining the Clippers. Nothing came of the meeting just yet, but the Clippers' GM thinks the meeting was productive:
No offer was made, according to general manager Neil Olshey, but a "conceptual framework" was discussed and both sides are said to be very interested in each other.
"The meeting with LeBron went really well, but this is like the recruiting period in college," Olshey said. "You don't just recruit one guy. The players are doing the same thing. They understand what's going on. Mike wants to be patient right now too.
Somehow, I get the feeling Mike Miller is a slightly more realistic possibility for the Clippers in free agency than LeBron James, but we'll see what happens.
Conflicting reports are out as to the status of Mike Miller's contract talks with the Los Angeles Lakers. Jeff Goodman reports on Twitter that the Lakers have given until Tuesday to accept an offer:
Source told FOXSports.com the Lakers have given Mike Miller until next Tuesday. Miller, per source, spoke with Kobe last night.
However, David Aldridge refutes that claim with his own tweet:
Lakers denying Mike Miller offer.
Miller would be a great fit for the Lakers, but I would think they would want to add a point guard first and foremost.
Mike Miller might get his wish to play for a contender, and play closer to home according to ESPN:
Miller would provide a sure outside stroke the Lakers have lacked and help shore up a bench unit that could lose up to 22.5 points a game in scoring if free agent reserves Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell, D.J. Mbenga and Adam Morrison all leave for new horizons.
Miller earned $9.8 million last season and would need to take a significant paycut to join the Lakers.
Miller could receive the full mid-level exception from the Lakers, which would be worth 30 million over five years. This seems rather reasonable, as both Drew Gooden and Amir Johnson, stiffs in comparison, agreed to outrageous contracts yesterday. There has also been interest in Miller from New York as well as Boston.
After shoring up the back court (and then some) in the draft, and adding to their front court with Yi Jianlian with a trade earlier this week, the Wizards seem to be looking for help on the wing early in free agency.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo, the team has already reached out to their own free agent small forwards, Mike Miller and Josh Howard; and a number of other available 3’s.
The Washington Wizards contacted their own free agents (swingman Mike Miller and forward Josh Howard) at the start of free agency and also spoke with the representatives of forwards Travis Outlaw, Rasual Butler, Ryan Gomes and Josh Childress, a restricted free agent with the Atlanta Hawks who is currently playing in Greece.
If the team can add a wing player (or two) in free agency it would help complete the roster, which is now surprisingly deep everywhere else.
Josh Howard appears headed toward unrestricted free agency, according to a report from Michael Lee:
No shocker here, but Wiz will let 12 am pass without picking up Josh Howard's $11.8 million option. He'll be an unrestricted free agent.
Howard is likely due for a significant pay decrease next season. While it certainly doesn't look like he will be back with the Wizards, the team still could theoretically sign him as a free agent.
Although Mike Miller has not ruled out a return to the Washington Wizards, he will be meeting with the New York Knicks when the free agency period starts at 12:01 a.m. EDT tonight. Via the New York Post's Knicks Blog:
At 9 p.m. Pacific time, they were planning to meet with Washington's 6-8 small forward Mike Miller before sitting down with Atlanta's Joe Johnson, according to a source.
If the Knicks have no luck with the elite five free agents, including LeBron James, Miller is a very serious option because his perimeter shooting is perfect for Mike D'Antoni's offense.
Miller shot 48% from three point range last season, the second highest mark of his career.
UPDATE: According to Michael Lee, Miller will also be meeting with the Miami Heat at some point following his discussion with the Knicks.
Michael Lee is reporting that Mike Miller, who will become a free agent just after midnight tonight, is open to a return to Washington.
Miller said that he would consider coming back for another run. "I haven't at all," Miller said in a recent telephone interview, when asked if he has ruled out a return. "Unfortunately, we had an up and down experience last year, but I love the coaching staff, the front office and Ted Leonsis knows what it takes to help get organizations back on a winning track. I've been in contact with them back and forth. When they got the No. 1 pick, it made things a lot better.
Again, we see the influence John Wall can have on a franchise. Miller went through one of the most dysfunctional seasons in the history of baseketball, and yet, is not running out the door as soon as possible. He's open to coming back to the team, and one would think that has a lot to do with the prospect of playing with Wall.
More from Miller on what he is looking for in a landing spot.
"You want to be in the best spot to win, but it's obviously a little different for those guys [James, Johnson, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, etc.], because they know they are going to get the money and be in good spots to win," said Miller, who is a career 40.5 percent three-point shooter. "For the second-tier guys, do you try to get more money or do you try to win? It has to be something to win, because that's what we're in for."
Because of his shooting and versatility, Miller will likely be a hot commodity on the free agent market among teams with only the mid-level exception to spend. He would be an excellent addition to any contributor because of his ability to blend in and hit shots.
In an expected move, Michael Lee of the Washington Post is reporting that the Washington Wizards will not extend a qualifying offer to Randy Foye, thus renouncing his rights and making him an unrestricted free agent.
Randy Foye will become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday after a source with knowledge of the Wizards' thinking confirmed that the team will not extend the $4.8 million qualifying offer. Had the Wizards tendered the qualifying offer, they would've had first right of refusal if Foye signed with another team. Now Foye, the seventh pick of the 2006 NBA draft, will be free to sign with the team of his choice when the free agent negotiating period begins.
Apparently this might not be the end of the road for Foye as Lee continues to mention that the Wizards could be interested in bringing him back at a lower price. Was this a cap move to save the $4.8 million or do they really plan on bringing the young guard back?
For thoughts on this and more commentary about the move, head on over to the discussion at Bullets Forever.
The Washington Wizards enter the 2010 NBA off-season with only six players under contract. With the proposed acquisition of Kirk Hinrich, and the drafting off four rookies (John Wall!), it appears unlikely that the Wizards will bring back many of the faces that Washington fans grew to love (or hate) from last season.
The first player out the door? Mike Miller, who has already stated his desire to play for a contender after laboring for the past five seasons on terrible teams, is rumored to be a strong candidate for the Boston Celtics. According to the Boston Herald:
The Celtics will be equipped on Thursday with their mid-level exception and all of the veteran minimum deals they can throw at people. Expect Mike Miller - the talented wing for the Washington Wizards who once played for Rivers - to be a target.
Other notable 2010 Wizards Free Agents:
Randy Foye (restricted)
I hope the Wizards retain Singleton. He played hard every night, which is more than I can say for most of the Wizards.