Wade accepted a $20-million, one-year deal on Thursday to stay with the Heat next season, ending his latest foray into free agency and wrapping up a weeks-long saga that had him seriously wondering about leaving for the first time. A pair of conversations, first with Heat Chief Executive Nick
"Sitting down with Nick, sitting down with Micky and having conversations with them that I've never had, that was big for me," Wade told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. "I've never had a business conversation with one of them. … They got to show me how much they really wanted me to be here, how important it was for them that I continue to wear one jersey."
Without those conversations, Wade said, "I don't think we would be at this point."
An 11-time All-Star, Wade averaged 21.5 points this past season.
Duncan said he will be returning to San Antonio for a 19th season.
Duncan told the San Antonio Express-News that "I'll be on the court next year." Until Duncan made his announcement Thursday, there was speculation that he could call it a career after the Spurs lost to the Clippers in a thrilling seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs.
Many expected him to return, particularly since he was coming off such a strong season. Duncan averaged 13.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks and earned third team All-NBA and second team All-Defense honors.
Duncan turned 39 in April and accompanied the Spurs on a recruiting trip for star free agent
Ellis gives the Pacers a better chance of making a smooth transition from the plodding, half-court offense they used to make the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and 2014 to an up-tempo style that is flourishing around the league.
He averaged 18.9 points and 4.1 assists in his second season with Dallas last year. And though he only shot 28.5% from three-point range, Ellis adds scoring punch on a team that finished 24th in the league in points per game mostly without the injured
Lillard's contract could be worth up to $129 million, depending on the salary cap.
The Trail Blazers also agreed to sign power forward
In other deals Thursday:
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal had not been announced.
The Suns met with Aldridge, one of the top available NBA free agents this summer, on Wednesday after signing former
Cleveland Cavaliers center
The team picked up the $5-million option on his contract for next season. The 7-foot-1 center was acquired in a January trade from Denver in exchange for two first-round draft picks.
Mozgov, who will turn 29 in mid-July, averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 45 regular-season starts. He became a needed offensive option during the postseason, averaging 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 20 postseason starts.