Good morning. Let's basketball.
WELPVILLE: Things got a little too real in the NBA on Sunday. Dan Gilbert's private jet -- which has been in use for already this offseason -- made for south Florida on Sunday. And then two reporters threw wood on the flames indicating that the Cavaliers think they have a shot at landing LeBron James after all.
To cap off Sunday, news broke that LeBron will meet with Pat Riley this week to hear an update on the Heat's upgrades.
MEANWHILE, IN MELOLAND ... We're expecting to hear a decision from Carmelo Anthony on Monday, with the two finalists reportedly being the Knicks and the Lakers. The Lakers?! The Lakers! I explained why the Lakers are attractive. Chris Herring offers some details about Melo's meeting with the Knicks that might better explain why the Lakers are attractive.
MEANWHILE, IN BOSHLAND ... Yep, there are serious Chris Bosh rumors now that the Heatles break-up seems plausible. The Rockets are pushing hard for the Boshtrich. Keep in mind, too, that Bosh is from Dallas. Paul Flannery wrote a great piece about Bosh as the free agency game-changer.
DIAW BACK! One of the men most responsible for the potential Heatles break-up, Boris Diaw, is staying in San Antonio for $22 million over three years.
MORE SIGNINGS: Jordan Farmar replaces Darren Collison with the Clippers. Devin Harris is staying in Dallas for $9 million over three years. The Clippers grabbed Spencer Hawes for $23 million over four years.
THE NERLENS NOEL WE DREAMED OF SHOWED UP AT SUMMER LEAGUE, by Tyler Lashbrook.
THIS IS NOT GOOD: P.J. Hairston, who the Hornets made a first-round pick last month, reportedly punched a top high school player during a pick-up altercation.
STERLING SAGA: This may be the week that Donald and Shelly Sterling go to court over the whole mental incapacitation/family trust issue. The great Michael McCann previews the episode.
CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE: Who deserves credit for the Spurs' success?
THE BLATT OFFENSE: What will David Blatt's offense look like in the NBA?
AND FINALLY: An argument that NHL free agency is superior to that of the NBA because it's short and boring. Okay, boss!
Happy Monday. See you next time.