1 » With LeBron James’s decision to return to Cleveland now made, the reverberations will be felt throughout the NBA with two former Florida Gators players likely to be immediately affected. Forward Chandler Parsons, a Houston Rockets restricted free agent who signed a three-year, $46 million offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, now looks to be headed back to Houston. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Rockets now plan to match the Mavericks’ offer sheet. Houston must first compete trades to open up the necessary cap space to sign Chris Bosh; once Bosh has inked his deal, the Rockets can reacquire Parsons by using his Bird rights. A source told OnlyGators.com on Wednesday evening that Parsons preferred to continue his career in Dallas, though that same source told OnlyGators.com on Friday that Parsons is now very excited about the opportunity to play in a “Big Four” in Houston.
Update: Friday evening, Bosh spurned the Rockets and decided to remain with the Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract. How this affects Houston’s desire to match Parsons’s offer sheet with Dallas remains to be seen, though doing so would certainly eat into the Rockets’ potential 2015-16 cap space. Additionally, Parsons’s sheet includes an opt-out after year two as well as a 15 percent trade kicker.
2 » Also affected by James is F Mike Miller, who originally hoped to return to the Memphis Grizzlies to conclude his career. According to Wojnarowski, James reached out to Miller this week about potentially joining him in Cleveland. Miller is currently in negotiations with Memphis and the Denver Nuggets with teams like Oklahoma City also extremely interested in his services. He is seeking a three-year contract worth $4-5 million per season but could certainly accept a little less to reunite with James and potentially win more NBA titles before retirement.
3 » Point guard Scottie Wilbekin and center Vernon Macklin completed their NBA Summer League work in Orlando, Florida, on Friday. Wilbekin registered eight assists, four steals, three points and three boards in his second-to-last game with the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, and he scored five points with four dimes on Friday. Macklin scored five points and grabbed three rebounds with the Orlando Magic on Thursday, and played even better on Friday when he posted eight points and six boards. While Macklin will not continue playing in summer league games, Wilbekin now heads to Las Vegas, Nevada, to begin competing with the Philadelphia 76ers. While he impressed with his defense and passing in Orlando, Wilbekin did not shoot the ball well. He averaged 4.8 assists per game but shot just .350 from the floor and .143 (1-for-7) from beyond the arc.
4 » Wilbekin will be joined in Las Vegas by C Patric Young and F Casey Prather, who will suit up for the New Orleans Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks, respectively. Young has received guaranteed money from New Orleans, which also promised him a training camp invitation, while Prather (like Wilbekin) is hoping to prove that he deserves a shot in training camp with an NBA franchise. Additionally, second-year F Erik Murphy will suit up in Las Vegas for the Utah Jazz.
Below is the full Las Vegas Summer League schedule featuring former Gators:
Friday, July 11 at 10:30 p.m. – Patric Young (New Orleans) vs. NBA D-League All-Stars
Saturday, July 12 at 4:30 p.m. – Casey Prather (Atlanta) vs. Washington
Saturday, July 12 at 10:30 p.m. – Scottie Wilbekin (Philadelphia) at Utah (Erik Murphy)
Sunday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m. – Young (New Orleans) vs. L.A. Lakers
Sunday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. – Prather (Atlanta) vs. NBA D-League All-Stars
Monday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Young (New Orleans) vs. San Antonio
Monday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. – Wilbekin (Philadelphia) vs. Cleveland
Monday, June 14 at 10:30 p.m. – Murphy (Utah) vs. Milwaukee
Tuesday, July 15 at 4:00 p.m. – Prather (Atlanta) vs. Portland
Tuesday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m. – Wilbekin (Philadelphia) vs. Phoenix
Tuesday, July 15 at 8:40 p.m. – Murphy (Utah) vs. Denver