Kelly Dwyer

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Kelly Dwyer is the editor of Ball Don't Lie. He has written for various websites about the NBA since 1997, he lives in Indiana with his wife, two children, three cats, and yes, Kelly Dwyer is a "he."

  • For the second offseason in a row, one of the NBA’s most coveted talents has decided to leave the greater New York City metropolitan area for the Midwestern sprawl and 2 AM last calls of Milwaukee. Greg Monroe, rumored to be headed to the New York Knicks for the duration of 2014-15, declined the Knicks’ maximum contract offer in order to agree to sign with the emerging Milwaukee Bucks.

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    He’ll work for $50 million over three years, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, but the contract also has an opt-out clause after 2016-17 that will allow him to take advantage of what will then be a salary cap that will jump over $100 million.

    Just before the offseason, Monroe’s fit on a team like Milwaukee seemed as unlikely as him spurning a similar max offer from the New York Knicks. The former Pistons big forward was thought to be perfect in the apex of New York president Phil Jackson’s beloved triangle offense,

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  • Tim Duncan confirms it: 'I'll be on court next year'

    It was always a formality, even in the minutes following the game-winning Chris Paul runner that barely made it over his fingertips. Tim Duncan was always going to go come back to play a 19th NBA season in 2015-16. Now it’s official.

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    (OK, not “official.” That’s not how the NBA works in the first week of July. More on that in a minute.)

    Duncan confirmed as much with San Antonio Express-News Spurs beat writer extraordinaire Mike Monroe on Thursday:

    The Spurs are as active as they’ve ever been in any offseason in Duncan’s 18-year history with the team. There have always been role player overhauls (1999, 2001, 2013) and attempts at landing stars (2003), but this Spurs offseason turned into a whirlwind just within the first 24 hours of the free

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  • The Lakers lost out on LaMarcus Aldridge by being the Lakers

    LaMarcus Aldridge, because he has a house in Los Angeles because it is a wonderful city to have a house in, and because he is a free agent, met with the Los Angeles Lakers first once the NBA’s free-agency period began. The Lakers showed up with coach Byron Scott, part-owner and president of basketball operations Jim Buss, general manager Mitch Kupchak, TV analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer James Worthy, Lakers president and president of business operations Jeanie Buss, and shooting guard Kobe Bryant. Between the various phases of that group’s Lakers career, they’ve collected 41 total individual championship rings.

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    As soon as the meeting ended, Lakers sources relayed to any reporter who would listen that the discussion went swimmingly with Aldridge, that the 30-year old All-Star was encouraged by the Lakers’ plan, and that they were still in consideration to give him a max contract and turn him into a Laker.

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  • When Jimmy Butler turned down the Chicago Bulls’ four-year, $44 million contract extension offer in the fall of 2014, most rightfully assumed him to be a bit of a nutter. That’s a four-year extension for a player who was coming off of only his first year as a full time starter. He played standout defense during that season but also shot less than 40 percent from the field, hardly acting as a 3-and-D guy at 28 percent from long range. He was not much of a dribble penetrator or post-up artist despite a sturdy frame, and scored just 13.1 points per contest despite getting to stay on the court for nearly 39 minutes a game.

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    No, Butler was going to – everyone say it, one final time – bet on himself as a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015, when heaps of teams with salary cap space would fail to land stars and overpay on consolation prizes like Jimmy. This frustrated the Bulls, not so much because they thought

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  • DeMarre Carroll was designed to keep you on your toes.

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    He’s a lovely guy, he really is, but his whole existence as a lockdown defender is meant to scare you away from swinging the ball to your go-to swingman, and his status as both the Atlanta Hawks’ leading postseason scorer through two rounds and the exact sort of dude who could have a great shot at limiting LeBron James were why some gave a beat-up Hawks squad a chance at downing Cleveland in last season’s Eastern Conference finals.

    We all know what happened next. Carroll went down in Game 1 with one of the more frightening injuries of the season, concussion-protocol scares excluded, and though he returned in spite of that bruised knee the Hawks were never the same.

    Now they’re truly never going to be the same, renouncing Carroll while trading for big man Tiago Splitter with the resultant salary cap space, and watching as DeMarre Carroll has moved on to

    Read More »from Toronto locks up the emerging DeMarre Carroll, Chicago retains Mike Dunleavy
  • With Adam Silver around, San Antonio's salary cap machinations are A-OK

    The San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard wanted to sign a contract extension in July, 2014, probably with the same sort of alacrity that New Orleans and Anthony Davis used in agreeing to their no-brainer extension during this offseason. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has already reported that the Spurs and Leonard have agreed on the framework of a five-year, $90 million extension, and yet the signing process has been delayed while the Spurs attempt to finagle their way into more cap space in order to lure LaMarcus Aldridge to sign with them.

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    As it stands, until Leonard puts pen to paper, he’ll count against the cap for $7.2 million even though he made less than half of that last season, even though his qualifying offer for 2015-16 is far less than that, and even though the words “seven point two million” were never brought up in bargaining talks between the two sides?

    So why that figure?

    It’s his “cap hold,” a

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  • The NBA’s next “best player in the game” is going to be the first to sign a contract that reflects the league’s new financial era.

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    New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, just seconds into the NBA’s free agent season, agreed to a no-brainer five-year, $145 million contract extension with the team, as first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal will allow Davis to make 30 percent of the league’s salary cap number, one that will likely hit for right at $90 million in 2016-17, and well over the $100 million mark the following season.

    Davis, who averaged over 24 points and 10 rebounds in 2014-15 while leading his Pelicans to the postseason in the loaded Western conference, will reportedly have an opt-out option following the fourth year of the extension (according to ESPN’s Marc Stein), during the 2020 offseason. Davis, by then still only just 27-years old, would be allowed to survey the

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  • Your 2015 NBA free agent primer

    The NBA has just one offseason left before the salary cap jumps by tens of millions of dollars because of an upcoming television deal and the subsequent increased revenue that will result. It also has just two offseasons before the next unending NBA owners lockout probably hits, which is why this free-agent period (which starts at 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday) will mean so much as teams and players slyly work up some machinations with the next two summers in line.

    This is why we’ve decided to break down some of the futures of the more notable 2015 free agents, divided into four completely relatable categories.

    Superstars

    Kevin Love, unrestricted free agent

    There is a legitimate chance that Kevin Love, who came from an NBA family and would seem to be well in place to choose happiness and less money over the max with the Cleveland Cavaliers, could leave the Cavs. All the marks are in place, however, for Love to have his cake and eat it too: Cleveland played ridiculously well with him in

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  • Grading the 2015 NBA draft

    The 2015 NBA draft took place on Thursday, after a flurry of rumors and trades preceded the festivities. We thought we’d go in depth and look at each team’s haul for the week, grading each team in terms of context, potential, scouting, and the idea that half of these damn kids are 20 – so let’s give ‘em a little room to figure things out, OK?

    On to the grades

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    Atlanta Hawks

    Acquired: Tim Hardaway Jr. (via trade with New York), Dimitrios Agravanis at No. 59, two future second-round picks.

    Because the Hawks’ outright theft of a midrange first-round draft pick from the Nets (a swap of selection from the three-year old Joe Johnson deal) was so cunning, it feels like a bit of a disappointment that the team was only able to parlay the 15th overall pick into Hardaway Jr. and a pair of second-rounders from Washington. Atlanta chose Kelly Oubre for the Wizards in the deal, moving them down to 19th in what seemed like a head-scratcher at the time – the price of moving up four slots in the

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  • It’s been a long, steady decline in the relationship between LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers – the only NBA team in nine years that he’s played for. Just under a year ago Aldridge went on record as stating that he wanted to retire as “the best Blazer ever,” while turning down the opportunity to sign a contract extension prior to his 2015 free agency. At the time, with the emerging Trail Blazers coming off of a second-round playoff run, the pass on the extension was accurately portrayed as a sound financial decision – the smart move to make more money while playing for a team Aldridge loved.

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    Less than a year later, however, Aldridge is giving every indication that he’s willing to take less money to play for a franchise he’s never been a part of. According to the Columbian, Aldridge has already told the Trail Blazers not to bother to try and bring him back this summer. From Erik Gunderson:

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