Kevin Durant was doing a media tour promoting his work with his sponsors when he was asked about Sports Illustrated Top 10 NBA players list. Durant felt James Harden should be ranked in the Top 10 over Dwayne Wade. When Wade got word of this he responded on Instagram. Wade posted “9-24-13: Kevin Durant said James Harden should replace me in the top 10 …. Note to self: Make him respect your place in history .. — again …” It was accompanied by a statement from Wade that read: “Don’t believe me just watch.” Then Kevin Durant went on to Twitter to send a response of his own. “Show Me Don’t Tweet Me” I totally agree with what Durant said Harden is a star as we all saw last year and he deserves to be ranked in the Top 10 and Dwayne Wade is on the decline. We all respect and love Dwayne Wade for what he’s done for the NBA, but right now I’d take Harden over Wade too. This is just a case of a older player not wanting to pass the torch over to a younger player. Peep the responses below. And if you were wondering the Thunder take on the Heat January 29th in Miami, and that game will be on ESPN.
Weeks ago Pat Riley told reporters don’t expect the Heat to amnesty Mike Miller…I guess Riley had a change of heart, as the Heat amnestied Mike Miller yesterday. Riley told USA today “After many discussions internally and a sincere effort to explore the trade market, we made a very difficult decision to use our amnesty provision on Mike Miller,” Riley said in a statement. “Mike had an incredible impact on the Miami Heat; helping us to three Finals appearances and winning back-to-back world championships. This was a very difficult decision for me personally, the Arison family, Erik (Spoelstra) and the entire Miami Heat organization. Mike was one of the best we have ever had here, and will be sorely missed. We wish Mike, his wife Jennifer and their family nothing but the best.” This is a big loss for the Heat. Miller didn’t do much the last two years during the regular season, but he was a big part to what the Heat did when the playoffs came around. Heat will still pay Miller the $12.8 million he’s owed over the next two years, but the Heat will save $16 million in luxury tax. Miller told USA today “One thing I’ve learned through 13 years of basketball is the business side of it, and I completely understand it,” Miller said. “But I’ve got a lot of basketball left. This is the best I’ve felt in five years and that might have something to do with the fact that I haven’t played (much). Sometimes, there’s light at the end of the tunnel even when you’re frustrated.” Miller leaves Miami with two championship rings. Look for Miller to join a championship contending team. Clippers, Spurs, Nets, Thunder, and Rockets come to mind.
Timberwolves resigned Chase Budinger to a 3-year deal worth 16million, but they didn’t stop there as they inked Kevin Martin to a 4-year deal worth 30million. Chase Budinger only played in 23 games last year due to a lateral tear in his meniscus. But in those 23games Wolves saw what they needed to see by signing him to a multi-year deal. From reports it looks like Chase Budinger will slide right into the SF spot in the lineup. Kevin Martin will join him as the Timberwolves new starting two guard.Kevin Martin also told USA Today that he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play for his former coach Rick Aldeman again he also stated that Minnesota was his first choice. “Minny was my first option outside OKC, so I’ve got to take it,” Martin told USA TODAY Sports shortly after giving a verbal agreement on the deal that can’t be formalized until the free agency moratorium lifts on July 10. “Especially being (with coach Rick) Adelman, and their starting lineup just needed a two-guard, so I feel like it’s a perfect fit. I’m not one to play around. I know where my heart is.” Martin played last year with the Oklahoma City Thunder and averaged 14.0ppg as a sixth man. Those numbers will certainly go up as he slides in the starting lineup for the Wolves and will be expected to add the scoring punch they need at the two guard position. TWolves thought they had their two guard last year after signing Brandon Roy, but Roy continued to have knee troubles. The Wolves now have a intriguing starting 5 with Rubio, Martin, Budinger, Love, and Pekovic (If they resign him) and with rookie Shabazz Muhammed as their 6th man. If they can keep Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio healthy for a full year they may finally make the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-2004 season.