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Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 30, 2009 12:33 am
Edited on: June 30, 2009 10:56 am
 

With 24 hours to go before the NBA's free-agent floodgates open, here are a few things culled from conversations from team executives and others in the know:

* Pistons president Joe Dumars, ridiculed for trading Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson, is eager to begin reaping the rewards from that decision when the clock strikes midnight Wednesday. Armed with cap space from the expiring contracts of Iverson and Rasheed Wallace, the Pistons are widely expected to make a run at Hedo Turkoglu, Carlos Boozer or Paul Millsap, with Ben Gordon looking like a fallback option. Boozer must first decline his player option and become a free agent, Millsap is an unrestricted free agent, and any interest in Gordon is a sign that the Pistons have other plans for Rip Hamilton.

* The Blazers, one of the few playoff teams with significant cap space, remain interested in an upgrade at point guard and appear to have focused on Sixers free agent Andre Miller. Word also was circulating Monday of their interest in Turkoglu, which would likely be a sign-and-trade with Orlando.

* The Cavs' interest in Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva became more realistic Monday when Milwaukee surprised everyone and declined to tender Villanueva a qualifying offer, thus removing the restricted tag from his free agency.

* The Spurs, fresh off their acquisition of Richard Jefferson, are said to be targeting either Rasheed Wallace or Antonio McDyess to play power forward alongside Tim Duncan. Cleveland also has both players on its wish list, according to sources.

* Even going on 37, Jason Kidd will generate plenty of interest. The Knicks have been linked with the Mav/former Net, but Donnie Walsh would use the mid-level exception only if he knew he could subtract either Eddy Curry or Jared Jeffries in a trade. (Good luck.) The Knicks also do not want to jeopardize their 2010 plan, and thus would be unlikely to offer more than a one-year deal. It's hard to figure out why Kidd would take a one-year deal to fight for the eighth seed with the Knicks when he could re-sign with Dallas or join the Lakers or Cavs and have a better shot at a title. Stranger things, of course, have happened.

UPDATE: Kidd will meet with Knicks officials on Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News.

* Trevor Ariza's agent, David Lee, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise Monday that the Lakers should not expect to get a home-town discount for his client. 

* Stephon Marbury, an unrestricted free agent, told the Boston Globe via email that he is not hiring an agent and will stick with NBA Players Association lawyer Hal Biagas as his pro bono representative on a new contract. (If he gets one.) Thus, Marbury won't have to pay someone a percentage of his salary for negotiating the deal. "The best thing about the NBAPA," Marbury said, "is that they work for you for free."

* Agent Dan Fegan confirmed that Anderson Varejao will decline his player option and become a free agent. The Cavaliers are hardly sweating, as several potentially better power forwards will be available.

* Marc Fleisher, the agent for Jazz center Mehmet Okur, told the Salt Lake Tribune Monday night that he expected his client to opt out, though nothing had been decided yet.





 

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Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2009 5:25 pm
 

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I am a huge Cavs fan, but a little unsure about Charlie V.  Not certain he has the defensive ability or make-up to play along side LBJ and now Shaq.  Raheed, as damaging as he can be, has the definsive ability and championship experience.  Also A raasheed contract would leave them more flexibility in 2010.  I think leadership like LBJ and Shaq can keep him in line.  I still think they need an athletic 2/3 to add to the line up as well.  Maybe a guy like Bruce Bowen (via trade) would do good 15-20 minutes off the bench.  What are your guys' thoughts on that?



Since: Aug 19, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2009 4:05 pm
 

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Funny, I could almost swear that you stated there are better guys out there!!!  Where?  The only people on your list that could compare to Wallace, Kidd and Ariza are Bibby, Odom, and Marion (in the right situation).  Wallace and Kidd might be getting old but they can still produce at a high level.  Try to find someone other than a bunch of career backups averaging 6 pts/game to add to your list.



Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 3:45 pm
 

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Yeah, the only problem is, why would Lebron want to go to the single most dysfunctional franchise in the league? Granted, Donnie Walsh will do a much better job than Isaiah Thomas did, but I can't see Lebron going there.  It isn't like he is going to make more money there.  He is saturating the market where he is.  If he truly is about winning, as he says he is, he'll stay put in Cleveland in 2010.  First, with Shaq, and possibly Villanueva on the team next year, the Cavs look to be even better than they were last year.  Frankly, I'll be very surprised if (barring injuries) they don't make the NBA finals.



Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2009 2:59 pm
 

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE) CAVS

In case you haven't been reading b/w the lines and listening to the background music:   LeBron James has final approval on all moves made by Ferry....he has no use for Boozer; likes Varajao( READ; WANTS HIM RESIGNED);for some strange reason James listens to Mike Brown about defense(no not on offense sets),thus Villanueva needs to be able to adjust his def. attitude to be brought in(ditto Rashweed)....my thought for the final piece: Trevor Ariza



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 2:07 pm
 

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I think so too.  Andre Miller would be a bad choice for the Blazers.  Turkoglu would be bad too.  Hope these rumors are just that.

Blazers should be looking at McDyess or maybe Villanueva...then finding a pass first PG with a good assist to turnover ratio.  One more year until Chris Paul rolls onto the market.



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2009 1:50 pm
 

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

COACH DUNCAN........

Have you been living under a rock? The Knicks 2010 plan is one man: LEBRON JAMES !!!!! Its only in the news just about EVERY day on how the Knicks are going to get him in 2010.. "THATS" the "AMAZING" plan he is refering too ...

Also I havent seen anyone comment on what a douche Marbury is... He doesnt want an agent because he can get the players union to do it for free? What a tool!



Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2009 1:16 pm
 

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Anyone hear anything about the Nets, I know they are gearing up for the big 2010 free agents, but I also read two weeks ago on espn.com that Boozer was actually interested in the Nets and vice-versa. I hope its true and he does wind up there. Does anyone else know about this or anything else Rod Thorn is thinking for this up-coming year.



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2009 12:54 pm
 

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

thanks for having my back, olivejim ...



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2009 12:37 pm
 

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

"This Front Office has created a championship culture that trumpse even the Lakers and the Celts because those two have a sense of one and done".

Stupid post, how many championships do the Lakers have in the last 10 years? 4 would be the answer with 2 other attemps.  The number for the Spurs is 3 championships and no other attemps.  Please explain the one and done quote to me because I don't get it!

 




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2009 12:25 pm
 

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

SPURS

I like the idea of bringing in either Rasheed Wallace or Antonio Mcdyess for the Spurs.  I don't really like Wallace as a player so my perfect scenario would be take McDyess AND if Mehmet Okur opts out and becomes available grab him as well.  Wallace posseses the better perimeter shooting over McDyess however with Okur the Spurs would get perimeter shooting as well. Also the Spurs would be sporting one of the best starting lineups in the league:

PG = Tony Parker

SG = Roger Mason (but really its Manu Ginobili who makes this spot killer)

SF = Richard Jefferson

PF = Tim Duncan

C = Mehmet Okur

BENCH: Antonio McDyess, George Hill, Matt Bonner, Michael Finley and technically Ginobili

Forget about the 'old age' arguments this would be one of the strongest teams in the league, they would posses speed, shooting, post prescence and defense.

Heres to a better season this year Spurs fans!!!!



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