Storyline: Nick Collison Free Agency

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Collison, 36, told The Oklahoman that his future is still up in the after this season, which will be his 15th in the NBA. “I don’t know for sure,” Collison said when asked if 2017-18 is his final season. “I know I’m a lot closer to the end than the beginning. It’s hard to ever close a door. You just never know for sure. “I’ll be 37 when the season starts. I don’t want to totally close the door, because you never know, but it very well could be. I’m just gonna try to be ready for it, enjoy it, and as the year goes on, make a decision at the end of the year, I guess.”

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August 23, 2017 | 5:12 am EDT Update
There are some sour grapes on Cleveland’s end of things, of course. Not necessarily from James, who tweeted out a glowing tribute to Irving. He will be “ready at training camp no matter what,” according to a source close to James. But from others who wonder if Irving bit off more than he could chew. “I was hoping Ky was going to get to lead a team,” one Cavs player told ESPN. “See what it’s like to have the entire franchise on his back.”
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Speights had to settle for a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum with the Magic, but if he emerges as a leader for this squad and produces when given playing time, he could ink a more lucrative deal next offseason when he will be an unrestricted free agent again. “It was a weird free agency period,” Speights said. “As you know, the money kind of dried up, especially for backup big men. So for me, I figured if I’m going to play on a minimum deal, which is what I got, I might as well play for Orlando! This allows me to be close to home and around my family. I also feel like there’s an opportunity to play and contribute in Orlando. I’m not exactly sure what my role is going to be yet – I can only control what I can control – but I’m going to do whatever I can to help this team. That’s my mindset entering training camp and the season. It’s on the coaching staff to determine my role. But I love to hoop, so I’ll enjoy every minute I’m out there.”