Dwyane Wade could flee to the Bulls, according to report –

The Chicago Bulls are interested in free agent shooting guard Dwyane Wade if the Chicago native decides to leave the Miami Heat, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.LeBron James’ decision to depart from South Beach and return home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers is rippling through free agency.


Wade reportedly ‘understands’ James’ decision

The “Big Three” era in Miami has ended, and Wade remains as the lone member with an uncertain future after he opted out of a significant amount of money to allow the Heat more financial flexibility to create a revamped roster for the trio. Chris Bosh will likely sign with the Houston Rockets on a maximum contract after James’ announcement.

The Bulls are still waiting for Carmelo Anthony to make a decision on his future and could start exploring their alternative options. Wade was expected to take a significant pay cut to remain with the Heat, but it’s unclear if he will consider his own options without Bosh and James returning.

Wade met with the Bulls during free agency in 2010 but re-signed with Miami. James and Bosh are both preparing for returns to their home states, and Wade may have the option of doing the same for himself.

NBA Free Agent race for a better year

The 2014 free-agency period hasn’t had the fireworks or instant gratification of past years, as it seems like every major player and team is waiting to see whatLeBron James will do and the domino effect that will have on the market.

In some ways, James will set the market for everyone else because his choice can change the landscape of the league. While we know that James is absolutely worth the max and that his price won’t change unless he decides to take less, the future of multiple teams and marquee players can be impacted by his decision.

Even with that being the case, we can reasonably predict the price range and set the market for the remaining 2014 free agents based on what we’ve seen so far. Jodie Meeks signing with the Detroit Pistons for more than the mid-level exception certainly set a market for shooters, and Kyle Lowry’s deal worth $12 million a season established the price range for near-max unrestricted free agents. 

Using the salaries of players already signed and existing contracts throughout the league, let’s set the market for the best remaining 2014 free agents according to category of player. 

It’s important to remember that all max contracts are not created equal, as players who have been in the league longer and are coming off old deals under the last collective bargaining agreement can make substantially more than players coming off their rookie deals.

Basically, someone like Greg Monroe can get the “max” and Carmelo Anthony can get the “max,” and their annual salaries can still be around $6 million apart. 

For this offseason, there are only three unrestricted veteran free agents who should receive a max offer: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh.

Realistically, Dirk Nowitzki could have joined that group, but he instead decided to take much less money to help Dallas retain cap space to bring talent around him. Nowitzki’s three-year deal worth $30 million is one of the best bargains we’ve seen in a while.

According to Brian Windhorst of, James wants a max salary this offseason:

LeBron James will have a completely different process and a different priority when he opens his free agency at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday than he did in 2010, sources told

Teams that contact James will be informed that he wants no less than the maximum salary number for next season, sources said. The max number for James is projected to be about $20.7 million.

Both Bosh and Anthony should land max deals either with their current teams or elsewhere. If James returns to Miami, Bosh will likely have to take less than his full max, unless Dwyane Wade takes a massive pay cut to to compensate for both deals. 

Anthony could potentially take a little less, but if no one is joining him immediately in New York or he’s not leaving money on the table for another free-agent acquisition elsewhere, there’s probably little incentive for him to do so. It is important to note his stated priorities, however.

“My concern is to be able to compete on a high level, a championship level, coming in this last stretch of my career,” Anthony said on SportsCenter in February, via ESPN New York. “I want to compete at that level.”

LeBron and Melo are the best bets to receive the most money possible, while Bosh’s deal will almost certainly depend on what LeBron does.

Here’s where the big surprises in free agency will likely come from.

Pegging how much restricted free agents can land is often difficult, as sometimes they don’t get offer sheets from other teams and instead negotiate with the team that holds their rights exclusively.

That’s what happened with Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who, according to Baxter Holmes of TheBoston Globe, signed a four-year deal worth $32 million.

Bradley came with an expensive price tag, but that’s nothing compared to what some of the big restricted free agents should make.

Greg Monroe is still a candidate for a max offer, as David Aldridge at explained earlier this year: “The problem, as the Pistons knew last fall, is that Monroe’s agent is David Falk. He has gotten the price he said he’d get for his clients for two decades—and he says the price for Monroe will be a max contract.”

With no other viable franchise big man on the market other than Bosh, Monroe should get the max once a few other pieces fall in place.

He won’t be the only restricted free agent to get that, though.

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe should receive a max offer sheet somewhere, as Phoenix isn’t likely to negotiate with him unnecessarily while there are still players like James and Anthony out there who could potentially sign with cap space.

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward didn’t seem quite as likely to receive the full max, but Rick Bonnell of theCharlotte Observer reported on July 8 that he got just such an offer from the Charlotte Hornets. Now, it’ll be up to the Jazz to make a decision on whether to match.

Bledsoe and Monroe should both get max deals, and there’s a chance Hayward does as well. No other restricted free agent has a good shot, though I wouldn’t be shocked if Parsons received one.   

Hornets News – Pat Delany as an assistant coach on the staff of Head Coach Steve Clifford

July 9, 2014 – Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has added Pat Delany as an assistant coach on the staff of Head Coach Steve Clifford.

Delany joins the Hornets after spending last season as head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Miami Heat.  In his first head coaching job, Delany led the team to a 31-19 record, which was tied for the second-best record in the D-League.  The .620 winning percentage was the fifth-best in the franchise’s 25-year history and the second-best in its eight seasons in the D-League.

Prior to being named head coach of the Skyforce, Delany served as the Heat’s advance scout for six seasons from 2007-13. He also served as the team’s video coordinator for four seasons from 2003-07 following one season as a video intern.

Dwyane Wade opts out of contract, becomes free agent


In a mild surprise, the Heat’s star wing will leave two years and $41 million on the table to become a free agent.

Dwyane Wade has exercised the early termination clause in his contract, becoming a free agent alongside LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.

Wade was slated to make $41 million over the next two years, but elected to become a free agent even though his game is in clear decline. The hope is that he can sign a long-term contract, presumably at a lower annual figure.

Wade only played in 54 regular-season games in 2013-14, battling through various injuries and getting rest throughout the campaign. The former Marquette star averaged 19 points per game, the lowest number since Wade’s rookie season in 2003-04 when he scored 16.2 points per night. Wade’s rebounding was also down to to 4.5, his lowest since 2007-08.

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In the NBA Finals, Wade suffered through a nightmare of a series. He averaged 15 points per game and shot just 7-of-25 over the last two games.

Wade’s departure opens up a huge chunk of Miami’s salary cap. With a $20.1 million salary for 2014-15 and a $21.6 million option for 2015-16 off the books, the Heat have ample room to bring back both James and Wade, perhaps at a much lower cap figure.

By opening up money, general manager Pat Riley can add better depth and role players after being demolished by the San Antonio Spurs. Should Chris Bosh also opt out and forfeit his $20.6 million number, Miami suddenly has the most cap space in the NBA.

Wade will turn 33 years old in January and is likely looking for his last substantial contract.


June 9, 2014 – The Charlotte Hornets, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and Lowe’s made a $250,000 donation to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School Foundation earlier today at Hornets Nest Elementary School as part of the first community service initiative since the Hornets name returned to Charlotte. The donation was specifically earmarked for the Teacher Innovation Fund, a new fund established by the Hornets that empowers teachers to successfully implement strategies to educate and prepare every child to graduate.


In addition to the donation, the three organizations surprised Hornets Nest Elementary School third- grade teacher Michelle Fox-Massey and first-grade teacher Sarah Norris with $5,000 grants from the Teacher Innovation Fund. Volunteers from the Hornets, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and Lowe’s worked on various beautification and refurbishment projects at the school throughout the day, while also delivering Thank You kits to all 9,600 teachers at all 160 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.


The Hornets also announced today the re-brand of the team’s charitable foundation as the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. The Charlotte Hornets Foundation will continue to focus on three pillars within the community: Education, Hunger and Wellness. For more information about the Foundation, please visit   


Including today’s donation, the Hornets and FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth have now contributed nearly $1 million to Charlotte-Mecklenburg communities since 2010. In 2010, the two organizations gave $250,000 to CMS to help fund middle school sports.  In 2012, they partnered to donate a 26-foot, 14,000-pound refrigerated mobile pantry to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina that was funded by a $250,000 cash donation. In 2013, they made a $200,000 contribution toward the sponsorship of Y Achievers, a YMCA of Greater Charlotte program that operates in partnership with CMS.


The Hornets and Lowe’s continue to partner around the importance of education in the Charlotte community. Today the re-branded Book Bus, a full-service literacy bus that the two organizations launched last season, was unveiled. The Book Bus travels year-round throughout Charlotte to encourage reading and distributes books to area youth. In its first year, the Book Bus made more than 100 visits, distributed nearly 4,000 books and drove 2,200 miles. The Hornets and Lowe’s also partner in providing $50,000 in educational grants annually to local non-profit organizations.  


Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan places his handprints in cement at Hornets Nest Elementary School as part of the first community initiative of the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. Jordan, along with executives and staff from the Hornets, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and Lowe’s, participated in various beautification and refurbishment projects as part of the Day of Service event.

Video shoot for #TheHope – #TrayvonMartinTribute


Official Video Shoot for @homicidehitman @iamlvthevoice for #TheHope

We need everyone to come out and support this video and movement. 

This is going to be a historic event

Attention all Mothers if you have a baby in a stroller and a child around 8-10 then bring him or contact myself or Shannon Evans in regards to having your child in the video for #TheHope remember We are also having a #TrayvonMartinTribute but not only for him if you have a picture of someone that you lost to the streets etc Then bring that love with you.  If you have a friend bring your friend with you we want as many ppl as possible. 

Remember for the  #TrayvonMartinTribute bring a Hoodie if you don’t have a Hoodie then print out a picture of him. 

This will not be your average video #TheHope is about bring life back to the Hood..  We need to stop all the killing our loved ones and children or not living longer than their parents etc.. 

So come out and support something other than the club….

#TheHope Hitman & LV The Voice ( 2013/2014 Humanitarian of the Year) 

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Love & Hip Hop Star Benzino Hospitalized After Shooting



shots into Benzino’s vehicle. The reality star seems to be in stable condition at an area hospital, at least according to an Instagram pic posted by Stevie J in which Benzino is sitting up in his hospital bed, biceps bandaged.


Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Benzino has been shot, TMZ reports. The reality star and former owner of The Source magazine was gunned down while headed to his mother’s funeral. He is currently in the hospital and his condition is unknown.

Benzino was reportedly driving in the funeral procession for his late mother when an argument among family members led to shots being fired. Sources in law enforcement say an arrest has already been made. Remarkably, despite the former rapper and magazine publisher being rushed to the hospital, the funeral continued as planned. According to the preacher, both the hearse and the limo were stained with blood when they arrived at the plot.

Benzino, born Raymond Scott, was co-publisher of The Source since its inception as a single-sheet newsletter in 1988, and was also a founding member of the rap group Made Men.

Hopefully he will make a speedy recovery.

‘Love and Hip Hop’ Producer Mona Scott Young & VH1 Sued for Allegedly Stealing Show Concept


‘Love and Hip Hop’ Producer Mona Scott Young & VH1 Sued for Allegedly Stealing Show Concept
March 11, 2014 1 Comment

Trisha Lum and Nickie Lum-Davis of 8th Wonder Entertainment are suing Mona Scott Young, her production company, VH1, MTV Networks  and Viacom for $50 million dollars claiming the networks stole the idea Love and Hip Hop from one of their pitches back in 2009.
The defendants say Mona stole their idea for a show called Hip Hop Wives that was supposed to star Chrissy Lampkin, Mashonda Tifire, Tashera Simmons and Debbie Lorenzo. However, things turned sour at the last minute.
The documents claim Chrissy quit the project before their deal was complete and gave the idea to VH1 and Mona.
You can read the official court documents here.
If true, these ladies deserve ALL their coins!
At $50 million, this case is the largest copyright infringe

I’ll be posting the court  documents in a separate post


Jay Z Brooklyn Nets Name Trademark Lawsuit A colorful individual who calls himself Ambassador Dr. Francois De Cassagnol is suing Jay Z for over half a billion dollars because he says he owns the rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ name. The eccentric “behavioral scientist and designer” — who also claims ownership of “The Global Diaspora SuperPAC Fund” and something called “The Virtual Churches International” — has named Shawn Carter as a defendant in a $600 million trademark suit.

De Cassagnol filed his complaint on December 9 with the Eastern District of the State of New York, Radar reports. On his totally batshit website, he also petitions the Pope to pray against the “Brooklyn Nets’ Pirates” — according to official court documents, he believes the NBA, Jay Z, and real-estate developer Bruce Ratner (a co-owner) “fraudulently conspired” to circumvent the U.S. Patent Office. He says he registered “The Brooklyn Nets Entertainment Logo” in 2003.

Furthermore, the plaintiff claims he spoke with representative of the New Jersey Nets, before the team’s move in 2012, and obtained verbal confirmation that they would not use the term “Brooklyn Nets,” preferring instead “New York Nets.” But the Patent Office has already taken the side of the NBA, countering that de Cassagnol only filed paperwork after the team’s relocation was already a matter of public knowledge. Still, he wants the money, and a trial by jury.

Jay Z sold his percentage of the team to retired player Jason Kidd when he became a sports agent.


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