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    Timberwolves an option for James

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    The NBA's top remaining free-agent point guard should be off the market soon.

    Mike James is expected to announce his next team Tuesday after meeting face-to-face Monday in Las Vegas with Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson. James then returned to his offseason home in Houston to choose between the Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves, all of whom have been negotiating with James during the Vegas Summer League. It's believed that each of those teams is offering the 31-year-old a three-year deal starting at the $5 million mid-level exception.

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    The front-runner?

    Judging by James' comments over the weekend in Los Angeles at a charity basketball game hosted by Baron Davis and Paul Pierce, it's the Mavericks.

    And that's largely because of the former pass-first point guard chasing the shoot-first point guard who's coming off a breakout season in Toronto.

    "The biggest 'wow' in this whole situation has been Avery Johnson," James says. "I respect him as a coach, but we have a relationship beyond the court. We've been friends for some years now. I've always respected Avery, even as a player when he had that broke jump shot. But he has a ring and he knows what it takes to win. He's been the person who has wowed me the most through this process."

    James added that potential suitors must meet two requirements.

    Championship contention is No. 1.

    "These three teams want to win," James said. "Kevin Garnett tells me he doesn't want the playoffs, he wants to win the championship. Houston wants to get back to that point, and they've already got two superstars.

    "Dallas was two games away," James continued, noting that the Mavs are closest to meeting the first prerequisite. "That's a very important factor for me."

    No. 2?

    "I want a team that wants to win, but also believes that I'm a significant piece," James said. "It's about trust. That's one of the main things I'm focused on. Do you really believe in me?

    "These teams tell me they do. For them to say, 'Mike James, you're a significant piece,' that humbles me. With all the stuff I've been through -- everyone telling me I can't, can't, can't -- I'm humbled that these three teams believe in me."

    While he stops short of requiring a spot in the starting lineup, James isn't shy about his belief that he should remain a starter.

    "I was top 20 in every category besides rebounding, blocked shots and steals," James said. "There's over 400 players in the NBA, so I think I've proven what I'm capable of. All I can do is continue to work and erase all the critics minds."

    And according to James, the critics have been hard at work, hounding him throughout his career. Following a stellar college career at Duquesne, James went undrafted before eventually singing with the Heat as a free agent in 2001. Over the next four seasons, James bounced between Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Houston, respectively, before the Rockets dealt him Toronto on the first day of training camp last October.

    James went on to establish new career bests in minutes per game (37.0), assists (5.8), rebounds (3.3) and points (20.3). He became just the second undrafted player in NBA history, after John Starks, to average 20 points in a season.

    While some might credit the jump in production to contract-year motivation, James says it was a product of increased playing time, a lifetime of hard work and a love for the game that saved him.

    "If it wasn't for the game of basketball, I know what I would have done, and it wouldn't have been nice," he said, referring to his rough childhood in Amityville, N.Y. "The only other thing I knew was the streets. Basketball was my way out, so the only thing I can do to give back to the game is play with my heart."

    While James continues to ponder a decision that will alter the course of his career, he already knows where he'll be when that decision is announced.

    He dreams of a press conference.

    "I never had the chance to wear that hat on the podium in front of the media," James said. "I told my wife, I'm going to the podium because I've never done that before. For me to just do that once, I'm awed by it. I'm thankful."

    Sam Alipour is based in Los Angeles and writes the Media Blitz column for ESPN The Magazine.
    Could the t-wolves finally get that much needed pg?

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    Re: Timberwolves an option for James

    No thanks we do not need him. I would prefer to wait.

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    Re: Timberwolves an option for James

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    No thanks we do not need him. I would prefer to wait.
    He averages 20 PPG and would allow us to switch Foye to SG while McCants rehabs. He would be the next step IMO.

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    Re: Timberwolves an option for James

    the only way this signing would work for the best is if we also acquired darius miles from portland..that would give us a very solid lineup of James/Davis/Miles/KG/Blount..we would also have a pretty nice group of reserve players with Foye/McCants(when he comes back)/Hassell/Hudson/Madsen/Griffin/Reed..this lineup would provide a ton of scoring between the starting 5, and a couple of good scorers off the bench (hudson, foye), as well as 2 defensive stoppers on the perimiter (hassell, reed) and a big time shot blocker down low (griffin)..solid team right there..lets hope this signing gets done, and we also pick up miles from the blazers..this lineup will provide KG with a decent last chance in minnesota to get a championship..if it doesnt work, this leaves us with a better opportunity to rebuild by trading KG and building around McCants and Foye (much like Heinrich, Gordon in chicago) in a year or two
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    Re: Timberwolves an option for James

    Living in Cleveland, I happen to here all about James. He is going to bring (or try to) a championship here. He only took the shorter deal in order top cash in later. He would not leave Cleveland for Minnesota, thats ridiculous. He would go to a bigger market if he ever left.

    BTW, he lives 5 miles from me and his house does not have a gate!

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    Re: Timberwolves an option for James

    The Timberwolves signed Mike James to a 4-year deal...... this will REALLY help the team.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2516449

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    Re: Timberwolves an option for James

    Thats fine and all, BUT WE STILL NEED A CENTER!!!!

    We won't go anywhere without some to post up by KG.

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    Re: Timberwolves an option for James

    True, but there are exceptions to the rule... The Suns didn't have anyone to post up this year.... they did pretty darn well without Amare! Even when he is healthy they don't have a center...... The wolves are getting pretty althletic and may go the up tempo way of play.

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    Re: Timberwolves an option for James

    Alright I'm a moron... it was all over sportscenter yesterday about how Cleveland resigned James to that weird deal... so I hear all this stuff about how we're interested in James and may be able to sign him... I automatically assume Lebron James and was soooooooo excited when they said we signed him. I just called Lance and then realized it wasn't Lebron :blush:

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    Re: Timberwolves an option for James

    That is funny stuff TNT.... By the looks of things, you weren't the only one confused about it.......Ultra was talking about how Lebron would never go to MN a few posts up. It's ok, it happens.

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