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FREE AGENT SPORTS NEWS - JANUARY 2015

LaMarcus Aldridge Hints at Free-Agent Plans by Playing Through Thumb Injury
bleacherreport.com | January 30, 2015
imageCongratulations, Portland Trail Blazers fans. LaMarcus Aldridge is yours to enjoy for the foreseeable future. There are so many interesting angles stemming from Aldridge's decision to delay surgery on the torn ligament in his left thumb but none with a greater impact than this: His commitment to this franchise is strong as steel.

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Phoenix Suns GM: 'We'll be in the mix' for top free agents
arizonasports.com | January 30, 2015
imageThe last big name free agent to sign with the Phoenix Suns left two summers ago. Since Steve Nash's departure, Phoenix has seemingly attracted little interest from marquee free agents, who have most often signed with clubs in bigger markets or with more established rosters.

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Durant inks endorsement deal with insurance company
nba.com | January 28, 2015
imageOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt have signed endorsement deals with American Family Insurance, the company said Tuesday.

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Knicks agree with Langston Galloway
espn.go.com | January 28, 2015
imageNEW YORK -- The Knicks have agreed to a contract with point guard Langston Galloway for the remainder of this season and the 2015-16 season, league sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

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Average MLB Player Salary Nearly Double NFL's, But Still Trails NBA's
forbes.com | January 26, 2015
imageMajor League Baseball is flush with cash right now thanks to skyrocketing TV rights fees, both local and national. The latest example is the $210 million, seven-year contract handed out to Max Scherzer this week by the Washington Nationals (the deal is valued at $191 million by MLB because of $105 million in deferred money). It is the biggest contract ever for a right-handed pitcher and only trails Clayton Kershaw’s $215 million deal among all pitchers.

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Dexter Fowler, Cubs agree to one-year, $9.5 million contract
chicagotribune.com | January 26, 2015
imageThe Chicago Cubs and newly acquired center fielder Dexter Fowler avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing Friday to a one-year, $9.5 million contact. Last week, the representatives for Fowler, 28, filed a salary figure of $10.8 million, while the Astros submitted a figure of $8.5 million before he was dealt to the Cubs in exchange for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily.

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LA Lakers Trade Rumors: Marc Gasol, Goran Dragic, Rajon Rondo Free Agent Targets for NY Knicks, Houston Rockets In 2015?
sportsworldreport.com | January 23, 2015
imageThe NBA trade deadline is coming up in February, but some of the biggest names like Marc Gasol, Goran Dragic, Rajon Rondo and Greg Monroe likely will be staying put, as those players are heading into free agency and could be targets for a number of teams, including the LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets in the summer of 2015.

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Riverhounds sign 4 free agents, including 2 returning players
foxsports.com | January 22, 2015
imageTwo fresh faces and two familiar ones will be part of the 2015 Riverhounds. The Riverhounds announced the signing of four free agents Thursday, a group highlighted by the return of defender Anthony Arena, the team's Defensive Player of the Year last season.

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Astros, free-agent OF Rasmus agree to one-year contract
foxsports.com | January 22, 2015
imageHOUSTON -- Outfielder Colby Rasmus has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros. The deal was announced Tuesday, a day after Houston dealt last year's starting center fielder, Dexter Fowler, to the Chicago Cubs.

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MLB notebook: David Price gets record $19.75 million contract from Tigers
theadvocate.com | January 19, 2015
imageNEW YORK — Detroit Tigers left-hander David Price set a record for the highest one-year contract for a player in salary arbitration, agreeing to a $19.75 million deal Friday as 95 players reached agreements on the busiest day of baseball’s offseason.

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Kang, Pirates finalize $11 million, 4-year contract
sports.yahoo.com | January 18, 2015
imagePITTSBURGH (AP) — Even though the Pittsburgh Pirates employ one of the largest analytics departments in baseball, they are not exactly sure how Jung Ho Kang's outstanding statistics in South Korea will translate to the major leagues.

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Spurs to sign D-League forward JaMychal Green
sports.yahoo.com | January 18, 2015
imageSANTA CRUZ, Calif. – JaMychal Green will sign a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs after departing Friday from their affiliate team at the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase, sources told Yahoo Sports.

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David Price gets record $19.75M, and he's not even a free agent yet
sports.yahoo.com | January 18, 2015
image David Price agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers on Friday that's worth $19.75 million and — get this! — his big payday is still coming. This is, basically, an appetizer. Price is one year from free agency, and the embarrassment of riches it promises to bring him. This is Price's last arbitration-eligible season and like many players around MLB, he agreed to a one-year deal Friday to avoid a hearing.

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Lakers' Jeremy Lin is running out of time to make a good impression
latimes.com | January 18, 2015
imageWhat to do with Jeremy Lin? His first (and only?) season with the Lakers has been anything but incredible, his chances at resuscitating a career fading almost every week. And there have been innuendoes about his toughness, especially compared with starter Ronnie Price.

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Giants, free-agent OF Aoki agree to one-year deal
foxsports.com | January 18, 2015
imageSAN FRANCISCO -- After losing to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, Nori Aoki joined them. The free agent outfielder agreed Friday to a $4.7 million, one-year contract with San Francisco, a person with knowledge of the agreement said.

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Cavs interested in free agent Nate Robinson
cbssports.com | January 16, 2015
imageThe Cleveand Cavaliers have been disappointing throughout the first half of the season, own a 19-20 record and are trying to turn things around after making two trades. They're also dealing with numerous reports of friction between the coaching staff and the players. Oh, and their defense is miles away from competent. Does this sound like a team that needs to add Nate Robinson to the locker room?

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Cavaliers' Kevin Love would be an attractive free agent to Lakers
latimes.com | January 16, 2015
imageThe Lakers stand to have significant spending power this summer, with hopes of landing big-name players in free agency. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love may be at the top of that wish list. That flame seemed to be extinguished when the Cavaliers acquired Love in August for guard Andrew Wiggins (the first overall pick in 2014), forward Anthony Bennett (first overall in 2013) and another first-round pick.

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Clippers expected to extend 10-day contract to former Pelicans forward Darius Miller
bleacherreport.com | January 15, 2015
imageGuard Austin Rivers is not the only former Pelicans player Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers is pursuing to add to his roster. Small forward Darius Miller, who was waived by the Pelicans on Nov. 30, is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Clippers.

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Tayshaun Prince Might Become A Free Agent
lex18.com | January 15, 2015
imageFormer Wildcat, Tayshaun Prince might be on the brink of becoming a free agent. Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that Prince is negotiating a buyout with the Boston Celtics. Prince, 34, was acquired as part of a three-team trade in Memphis announced Monday. But he may not be sticking around for long.

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D-backs making a play for James Shields
lex18.com | January 15, 2015
imagePHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are serious in their pursuit of right-hander James Shields, one of the remaining pitching plums in the free-agent market and a veteran they think could stabilize a staff teeming with youth. "He would be a good fit here," D-backs general manager Dave Stewart said.

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Philadelphia Eagles Free Agency Guide: Defensive Line
isportsweb.com | January 15, 2015
imageThe defensive line was the strength of the Philadelphia Eagles defense last season. With Fletcher Cox, an emerging star at defensive end, along with a slew of solid young role players in Vinny Curry, Cedric Thornton, and Bennie Logan, there is reason to believe this group could be good for a long time.

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13 Players Whose Contracts Are Winding Down with Most to Prove in 2015
bleacherreport.com | January 15, 2015
imagePlayers in the final six months of their contracts are currently free to talk to other clubs, but who has it all to prove to ensure they get a move or a new deal before the season's end? Over the following slides, we look at 13 examples of players who need to impress over the course of the 2014/15 campaign.

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Rex Ryan Gets Endorsement From Bills Legend Jim Kelly
newyork.cbslocal.com | January 15, 2015
imageNEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rex Ryan is already a hit in Buffalo. Ryan received the biggest endorsement he could ask for Tuesday from Bills legend Jim Kelly, who welcomed the team’s new head coach in a statement posted to his wife’s Instagram page.

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Wolters Agrees To 10-Day Contract With New Orleans
keloland.com | January 15, 2015
imageSIOUX FALLS, SD - Former SDSU standout Nate Wolters has agreed to sign a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Wolters was released by Milwaukee last Friday, cleared waivers on Tuesday, and agreed to sign with the Pelicans as a free agent later in the day.

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Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo new Magic NBPA reps
orlandomagicdaily.com | January 14, 2015
imageTobias Harris will be heading to New York, even if the coaches do not vote him on the All-Star team. Victor Oladipo will have a reason to stay past Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge (I am taking it as granted he will be a sophomore representative).

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Heat officially sign guard Tyler Johnson to 10-day contract
foxsports.com | January 14, 2015
imageThe Miami Heat officially announced Monday the signing of shooting guard Tyler Johnson to a 10-day contract. Johnson -- who will wear number 8 -- played well for the Heat's Summer League squads in the Orlando and Las Vegas tournaments during the offseason, averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 22.8 minutes while shooting 55.1 percent from the field in 10 games.

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The Diamondbacks are in the mix for free agent right-hander James Shields
hardballtalk.nbcsports.com | January 14, 2015
imageAccording to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Diamondbacks have emerged as a surprise team in the mix for free agent right-hander James Shields. Rosenthal speculates that Arizona’s interest is a “strong indication” that Shields’ market is not at $100 million, as they aren’t willing to spend for him at that level. We heard last week that Shields received a five-year, $110 million offer from an unidentified team, but Rosenthal and Jon Morosi are reporting that “he did not want to go to that team.”

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Carolina Panthers Planning Free Agency Splash?
hngn.com | January 14, 2015
imageThe Carolina Panthers were stuck perusing the NFL's bargain bin in free agency last offseason. According to Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, that won't be the case this year. Looking to build on a season that saw them eke their way into the NFL's postseason party, escaping with a Wild Card round victory over the quarterback-less Arizona Cardinals, Gettleman and the Panthers may be planning a big splash or two come free agency.

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Oakland Raiders Rumors: Ndamukong Suh, Jeremy Maclin Free Agent Targets As Andre Johnson, Mike Wallace Trade Option With Jack Del Rio Hired?
sportsworldreport.com | January 14, 2015
imageThe Oakland Raiders had another losing season in 2014, but the team has hired Jack Del Rio and they have some young players to build around like Derek Carr and with players like Darren McFadden, Charles Woodson, Denarius Moore and Carlos Rogers hitting free agency, the Raiders may have the cap space to sign Jeremy Maclin, Ndamukong Suh or make a trade for someone like Andre Johnson, Mike Wallace or Larry Fitzgerald.

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Adidas to Sign Up to 500 Athletes for Endorsements
sportsworldreport.com | January 14, 2015
imageAdidas AG plans to sharply ramp up its endorsements of U.S. pro football and baseball players in the next few years, as the German sportswear maker tries to gain traction in the American market.

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NBPA appoints Schlachter as first Chief Marketing Officer
nba.com | January 14, 2015
imageNEW YORK — NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts today announced that Jordan Schlachter, the Executive Vice President for The Marketing Arm's sports marketing and sponsorship consulting practice, has been appointed as the NBPA's first ever Chief Marketing Officer ("CMO").

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Steelers re-sign Chris Hubbard to one-year contract
behindthesteelcurtain.com | January 13, 2015
imageThe Pittsburgh Steelers signed another player who spent the 2014 season on their roster when they agreed to a one-year contract with offensive lineman Chris Hubbard. Hubbard started 2 games in 2014 and spent the entire 2013 season on the Steelers' practice squad.

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Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray head toward free agency, too
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com | January 13, 2015
image Coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli are now free to leave Dallas. So are running back DeMarco Murray and receiver Dez Bryant. Both have completed their rookie contracts. Both, in theory, could be re-signed. One franchise tag is available for either player.

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Broncos could dump John Fox if they lose to Colts
cbssports.com | January 13, 2015
imageThe Broncos are heavy favorites (-7) against the Colts at home on Sunday afternoon. But there's plenty of thought that Peyton Manning's old team could play spoiler for his new team. And if that happens, Broncos coach John Fox could potentially become a free agent.

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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Tampa Bay Bucs pass on QBs at No. 1
cbssports.com | January 13, 2015
image The popular narrative is that the offensively-starved Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an easy choice with Oregon's Marcus Mariota as the top pick of the 2015 draft. Clearly, the club needs help at quarterback and the Heisman Trophy winner and potential national champion would bring a needed buzz to the Bucs.

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Cavaliers coach David Blatt says Kevin Love is not a max player
ftw.usatoday.com | January 12, 2015
image These Cleveland Cavaliers continued their descent into 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers territory Sunday night with a 103-84 loss to the Sacramento Kings, followed by … Oh.

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Riders open seven free-agent camps
leaderpost.com | January 11, 2015
imageREGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders are going camping. The Riders open the first of their seven free-agent camps today in Las Vegas. One-day camps are also being conducted in Phoenix (Sunday), Los Angeles (Jan. 17), San Jose (Jan. 18), Birmingham, Ala. (Jan. 25), Dallas (Feb. 2) and Houston (Feb. 22). The camps feature a mixture of walk-ons and invitees.

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Why Tobias Harris Could Be the Steal of the 2015 NBA Free-Agent Class
bleacherreport.com | January 11, 2015
imageThe jury is out on whether Tobias Harris is a potential star or merely a stats-swallowing vulture who does productive things because someone on the Orlando Magic physically has to. (Only seven players in the entire league have played more minutes.)

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The Portland Trail Blazers are interested in C Jermaine O'Neal
si.com | January 8, 2015
imageThe Portland Trail Blazers have joined the group of teams pursuing veteran center Jermaine O'Neal, according to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein. It is not yet known whether O'Neal, who at age 36 is pondering retirement, will decide to join a team, but on Dec. 23, he posted a series of messages to his Twitter account regarding his decision. In one message, O'Neal wrote, "I will say this, if the decision is to play I promise you that when I hit the court I will be ready physically and mentally to help a team!"

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Rockies sign free agent C Hundley
lindyssports.com | January 8, 2015
imageAdding a veteran defensive specialist, the Colorado Rockies signed free agent catcher Nick Hundley to a two-year, $6.25 million deal Monday. He will make $3.1 million in 2015 and $3.15 million the following year, with the chance to earn incentive bonuses.

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Top NBA free agents in 2015
newsday.com | January 8, 2015
imageThe Knicks are creating as much salary cap space as possible to pursue free agents in the summer of 2015. Here are the more notable NBA players who are eligible for free agency after the 2014-15 season ends, listed in alphabetical order. (Note: A restricted free agent can sign an offer sheet with any team, but the player's original team can retain him by matching the terms.)

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Catching up: Complete list of free agent signings
lohud.com | January 8, 2015
imageSurely I'm not the only one playing a little catchup today. Even when I'm on vacation, I can't help but pay a little attention to what's going on, but I inevitably miss a few things going on outside the Yankees bubble. On a day of catching up, it's nice that The Associated Press tonight sent a list of the free agent signings so far this winter.

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Utah Jazz sign Elijah Millsap to 10-Day Contract after Waiving Toure' Murry
saltcityhoops.com | January 8, 2015
imageOver the weekend, the Utah Jazz announced the waiving of G Toure’ Murry. Today, they announced the signing of Elijah Millsap from the Bakersfield Jam to a 10-day contract. This summer, Murry signed a 2-year, $2 million contract, winning Murry’s services over other interested NBA teams.

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Titans' wish list from free agency
columbiadailyherald.com | January 8, 2015
imageNASHVILLE - What do you get for the team that needs nearly everything? Hopefully, a lot more bang for their buck than they’ve gotten the past three seasons. The Tennessee Titans have brought in plenty of free agents the previous three years, but haven’t gotten a lot of return on their investment. In fact, their spending in some cases has brought them more questions than answers.

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Big-money James? Market for Shields is strong, unpredictable
foxsports.com | January 7, 2015
imageThink the Max Scherzer market is a mystery? Try figuring out which team is getting James Shields. Though the front-runners for Shields are not known, a number of executives tell FOX Sports they expect the free-agent right-hander to land a contract of at least five years, $100 million.

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Detroit Lions Rumors: Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush Released After Ndamukong Suh Contract Denied? Joique Bell, Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford Success Hurt Futures
mlive.com | January 7, 2015
imageThe Detroit Lions attempted comeback against the Dallas Cowboys came up short thanks to a controversial call and now the team enters the offseason with doubt surrounding some of their top players. Detroit continue to come up short in the postseason which will likely be the driving force in offseason changes. With Matthew Stafford inked to a large contract extension, several others players are facing doubt in their return to the franchise.

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Keeping Wisniewski Among Raiders' Free-Agent Priorities
nbcbayarea.com | January 7, 2015
imageA year ago, the Raiders allowed left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer to walk away in free agency. He was a young, home-grown standout who had expressed a desire to stay in Oakland. But when the Raiders were slow to negotiate with him, Veldheer eventually left for Arizona, where he had an outstanding season for the 11-5 Cardinals. In fact, he was selected the team’s Most Valuable Player after allowing just one sack and 25 quarterback pressures on 611 passing downs. That ratio of success was fifth best in the NFL this season.

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NY Giants Rumors: Jason Pierre-Paul, Antrel Rolle Top Free Agents For Franchise Tag? Mock Draft Picks and 2015 Schedule
nbcbayarea.com | January 7, 2015
imageThe Giants have a decent schedule next season because they finished in third place in the NFC East and it could be one reason they make a return to the playoffs. Head coach Tom Coughlin was brought back for another year, but if the team misses the postseason again his run could finally end. The Giants dealt with a ton of injuries this season and brought in over 20 new free agents and that made it tough for the team to win week to week.

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Free agent Jermaine O'Neal hints at NBA return
cbssports.com | January 7, 2015
imageJermaine O'Neal posted the above photo to Instagram on Monday, and it seems to indicate that he's preparing to return to the NBA. The free agent center has previously traveled to Germany for Orthokine therapy on his knees in the offseason, and he recently tweeted that his family would have "the final say on my playing career or the closing of my bball career."

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NBA 10-day contracts begin: A look at Grand Rapids Drive players with the best shot
mlive.com | January 7, 2015
imageGRAND RAPIDS, MI – Willie Reed’s daily pursuit of an NBA job includes watching NBA League Pass, following player transactions and staying on the lookout for any injuries, especially with the big men. “That’s about all I do off the court,” the Grand Rapids Drive center said with a laugh.

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Three reasons why the Broncos can win it all this year
probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com | January 4, 2015
imageWith playoff football on the horizon, it's Super Bowl or bust for all 12 teams. FOX Sports NFL insider Alex Marvez gives three reasons why each team will win the Super Bowl XLIX. The "D" is back in Denver: The 2013 Broncos had defensive deficiencies beyond a slew of injuries, particularly with the pass rush and in the secondary. Denver has addressed those issues in fine fashion.

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2015 NFL Free Agents: A Bargain Hunter's Guide to the Market
bleacherreport.com | January 4, 2015
imageThe 2015 offseason is already underway for 20 NFL teams. Soon the entire league will have its sights set on improving its roster for next season, which for many teams will include hunting for bargains among the upcoming class of free agents. In a league where most players now hit the open market just four years into their careers, there are more valuable free agents than ever available to sign with new teams.

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Memphis' Marc Gasol keeping his options open for free agency
dailynews.com | January 4, 2015
imageGasol put the finishing touches on a morning shootaround workout, perfecting a series of post moves before bantering with teammates. But will these moments with the Grizzlies last beyond this season once he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July?

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Philadelphia 76ers Should Be Ready to Compete in 2015 Free-Agent Frenzy
probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com | January 4, 2015
imageThe Philadelphia 76ers were one of the worst teams in recent memory during 2013-14. They finished 19-63; fielded, according to ESPN.com, the worst offense and fourth-worst defense in the sport; posted the sorriest scoring differential in the NBA; lost a league-record-tying 27 consecutive games; routinely trotted out lineups that were more fit for the NBA D-League than the Association...

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The NBA 2016 free-agent class is winning headlines. However, the class of 2015 might be the one that wins championships.
probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com | January 2, 2015
imageIn 2014 three of the NBA’s most storied franchises — the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, with their combined 37 NBA titles — all missed the playoffs.

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Why Miami Heat Should Go All-in on 2015 NBA Free-Agent Class
bleacherreport.com | January 2, 2015
imageThe NBA 2016 free-agent class is winning headlines. However, the class of 2015 might be the one that wins championships. While Association luminaries Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul—as well as an action-packed group of other proven difference-makers—could all be available the summer after next, this coming offseason might be the Miami Heat’s best chance to return their roster to its recent former glory.

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Sinai says: Agonizing NBA waiting game continues for free-agent Mekel
jpost.com | January 2, 2015
imageGal Mekel is killing time and working out. There really isn’t much else he can do at the moment. The 26-year-old Israeli point guard is of course doing his best to remain in shape with his personal trainer and continues to practice as hard as ever.

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Top targets who will be free agents in six months' time
espnfc.com | January 2, 2015
imageIt's not just a new year but, for many players in Europe, a new opportunity. Jan. 1 marks the day when a host of top names can begin talking to other clubs due to their current contracts expiring in the close-season. Here, we look at the circumstances of those likeliest to move.

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