Trans. Dec 9 8:47 ET (Dec 9 8:47 ET ) Forget 2010, the real NBA free agent frenzy could come this summer when names like Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Bosh, Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James can all become free agents. The good news for the Cleveland Cavaliers is that they should be able to afford one or more of these stars. According to hoopsworld.com, the Cavs have just $36.2 million in committed salary for the 2014-15 season, and could be roughly $25 million under the salary cap. This number is largely dependent on team options the Cavaliers hold on Andrew Bynum, Anderson Varejao, Earl Clark and Alonzo Gee.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Guard Jodie Meeks scored 19 points and made the biggest shot of the game, hitting a 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining as the Los Angeles Lakers geared up for the return of Kobe Bryant by edging the Sacramento Kings 106-100 on Friday night at Sleep Train Arena. Meeks, whose playing time has increased in Bryant's absence, made a 24-footer from the top of the key to give Los Angeles a two-possession lead that the Kings could not overcome. Forward Pau Gasol also scored 19 points for the Lakers, and his fade-away jumper from the top of the key put Los Angeles ahead to stay at 98-97 with 1:30 to go. The Lakers overcame an 87-77 deficit in the final 14 minutes and will be above .500 (10-9) when they welcome Bryant back on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Jodie Meeks made two huge 3-pointers in the final minutes to finish with 19 points, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 106-100 Friday night in what was expected to their last game before Kobe Bryant returns. Pau Gasol had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Steve Blake added 13 points and 10 assists for the Lakers, who held the Kings scoreless for nearly 3 1/2 minutes until Ben McLemore's meaningless 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds remaining. The Lakers are figuring to get an even bigger boost when Bryant returns against Toronto on Sunday, nearly eight months since undergoing surgery on his torn left Achilles tendon. The Lakers outshot the Kings 47.7 to 43 percent but were outrebounded 51-36.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be out for roughly four weeks after tearing his left hamstring.The Lakers announced their backup point guard's injury Monday. The team also announced Pau Gasol has a mildly sprained right ankle.Farmar left Sunday night's game against Portland after playing just 56 seconds. He had an ultrasound examination Monday.Farmar is off to a strong start in his return to the Lakers, where he won two NBA titles before playing in New Jersey and Turkey. ...
Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be sidelined about four weeks with a torn left hamstring but Spanish big man Pau Gasol has only a mild right ankle sprain, the NBA club said Monday. Farmar underwent an ultrasound test Monday to diagnose his problem while Gasol had an MRI exam to confirm his injury was not more serious. Farmar suffered his injury in the first quarter of Sunday's 114-108 home loss to Portland. In 18 games this season, Farmar is averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds.