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NBA Free Agency Begins (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:35 am
Edited on: July 1, 2009 11:11 am
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The NBA’s free-agent negotiating period opened with a flurry at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, with teams positioning themselves for what figures to be a hectic and unpredictable summer unlike any other. The Portland Trail Blazers came out determined to pull off the first impact move, making a strong push to sign Hedo Turkoglu, the prized free agent of the summer, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

While Portland had been expected to prioritize an upgrade at point guard by making a run at Andre Miller, the league source said Portland came out of the gate at 12:01 a.m. trying to lure Turkoglu with a $50-million deal. After acquiring Vince Carter from the Nets to hedge against Turkoglu’s departure, the Magic are not expected to be a factor in a discussion that begins in the $10 million-per-year range.

UPDATE: Several team executives confirmed the Blazers' interest in Turkoglu on Wednesday. But one agent who has been in discussion with numerous teams about free agents said Portland officials insist that the talks are in the formative stages.
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Not one to be discouraged by the damaged economy and lack of top-shelf talent, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban traveled to New York to be the first to meet with free agent Jason Kidd – pre-empting the Knicks’ plans to lure Kidd back to the New York area, where he could be close to his children and play for Mike D’Antoni, whose wide-open offensive style suits him.
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Team executives widely believed that Ben Gordon would quickly agree to terms with Detroit, a move that would almost certainly require other moves to create a spot for the Bulls’ shooting guard. The Pistons just endured a 39-win season and first-round playoff sweep, in large part due to the three-headed backcourt of Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton, and Allen Iverson. The fallout led to coach Michael Curry’s sudden and unexpected firing Tuesday, with Doug Collins and former Mavs coach Avery Johnson emerging as the front-runners to replace him. A high-level coaching source told CBSSports.com that the job appeared to be Collins’ to lose.

UPDATE: The Pistons believe they can land both Gordon and Charlie Villanueva and are making their pitch on the first day of free agency, two people familiar with the situation confirmed.
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Rasheed Wallace’s camp was expecting calls early Wednesday from the Celtics, Cavaliers, and Spurs, among others. Kevin Garnett, a league source confirmed, was working behind the scenes to recruit ‘Sheed to Boston. Wallace’s attitude – which obviously can be both good and bad – and his ability to stretch the front court would be assets to the Cavs in their quest to fortify their pre-draft acquisition of Shaquille O’Neal. Wallace will have to factor in whether anyone comes forward with more than the mid-level exception. He also is said to be wary of the strong egos in the Boston locker room, not to mention the fact that the Rajon Rondo situation needs to be resolved. The Celtics cleared a spot for Wallace by not extending a qualifying offer to power forward Leon Powe, who is coming off major knee surgery and became an unrestricted free agent.
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The Nuggets also have long coveted Wallace, who nearly went to Denver before the team acquired Kenyon Martin in 2004. But according to a person familiar with the discussions, the Nuggets were meeting with Portland restricted free agent Channing Frye as the clock struck midnight ET. Nobody does more with less than the Nuggets, who would benefit from Frye’s pick-and-pop ability without breaking the bank.
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Villanueva, who became an unrestricted free agent after Milwaukee decided not to tender him a qualifying offer, looks like a fallback option for Cleveland. The Spurs also are considering Antonio McDyess.
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The defending champion Lakers intend to make every effort to re-sign unrestricted free agents Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza. They got welcome news from Finals MVP Kobe Bryant, who did not exercise his early termination option and will likely entertain an extension with the Lakers this summer, a high-ranking league source told CBSSports.com. That means that Bryant, who only last summer made noise about wanting out of L.A., would be giving up any leverage he had this summer or next – when he has a player option – to influence the direction of the team, including who succeeds Phil Jackson whenever he retires.
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The Rockets, stung by devastating news that Yao Ming could miss all of the 2009-10 season – or longer – with a broken foot, went to work immediately on their Yao-less contingency plan. GM Daryl Morey announced on his Twitter account that he was meeting with Orlando restricted free-agent center Marcin Gortat and urged Houston fans to send an email to rocketsfanslovegortat@gmail.com to help his recruiting efforts.
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Carlos Boozer’s decision not to opt out of his $12.7 million contract for next season gave more leverage to other free-agent power forwards, including his teammate, restricted free agent Paul Millsap. The Knicks’ David Lee was expecting calls from the three teams with the most cap space for a straight-up signing – Detroit, Oklahoma City, and Memphis – and figured to generate sign-and-trade talks among the likes of Chicago, Toronto, Golden State, Miami, and Dallas.

UPDATE: Lee's camp spoke with numerous teams after the negotiating period began at 12:01 a.m. Oklahoma City and Lee's current team, the Knicks -- who have matching rights as Lee is a restricted free agent -- were among them, according to a source. Lee's situation is expected to unfold over the next 48-72 hours, and a key aspect is how the Knicks decide to proceed with their eyes still firmly on a plan to clear significant cap space for next summer's free agent bounty.
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Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 3:07 am
 

NBA Free Agency Begins (UPDATE)

Isn't this what blogs are for expressing ones opinion. Unless you work for some team you are doing the same thing. I agree with you on Wallace but some in Portland might say he was a cancer. It is all about perspective and right now I think he has justified his role and that is why will see every team close to a championship come after him. The Celtics, Cleveland, San Antonio and Denver all are already talking to him so I think he has shown that he is not a cancer. Imagine him back with Billups, that wouldbe cool.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 4:10 pm
 

NBA Free Agency Begins (UPDATE)

Wow, I feel like I just read a posting for a mandatory hurricane evacuation. Seriously, lose the bold giant type.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 2:27 pm
 

NBA Free Agency Begins (UPDATE)

I'm not overlooking the fact that Gordon is a poor defender. But defense doesn't really seem to be the Bulls problem. 1 - 5 their only weakness in defense is the 2 spot. Their problem is offense... and Gordon provided that for them. The gap in defense was worth it considering the rest of team provided it, and how badly they need offense. Where will the offense come from now? Rose is a grerat player, but hes a point guard. He needs to have options around him to be effective. Granted Gordon was not exactly the best team player but he provided offense when there was none to be found. Luol Deng will have to have the best offensive season of his career next year if the Bulls want to be successful assuming they don't replace Gordon. Perhaps making a play for Villanueva and trading Thomas for a 2 guard would be wise.



Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 2:14 pm
 

NBA Free Agency Begins (UPDATE)

I don't recall saying Ellington was better than Gordon.  However, if you plan on losing Gordon in free agency, which I think the Bulls expect, they need a replacement.  Ellington fits that bill much better than Taj Gibson does.  He will play more defense than Gordon, too.  Of course any defense is better than none. 

As for my complaints, you're welcome to look back at my posts from the playoffs.  I was complaining about Gordon and his poor shot selection back then as well.  In the game he hit the shot to send it to overtime, and grabbed his crotch (classy).  It would have never come to his shot had he played a little defense against Ray Allen.  He switched on the screen when no one thought he was and left Allen wide open.

Gordon is selfish and not a team player.  Could he be an All-Star? sure, but I'd rather move on without him.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:51 pm
 

NBA Free Agency Begins (UPDATE)

The Warriors need to really get another quality big man!  If the trade for Amare goes through, we will most likely lose beidreins and ellis (or curry).  With these losses, it is hard for me to think that this will help the team make it to the playoffs in the western conference without a reliable scorer every night.  Steven Jackson needs to go!!  His terrible shot selection can be easily discarded and I think the maturity of the team will begin to get better.  CAN THE WARRIORS MAKE GOOD MOVES FOR ONCE IN THE OFF SEASON??



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 12:58 pm
 

Portland Will Get Nobody

Oregons 'rich people' tax is going to keep the Blazers from landing any of the top free agents unless they are willing to offer contracts that are 10% higher than they should be, to cover their ridiculous tax scheme. Oregon might as well be Canada at this point, forget it, nobody wants to play there. It be like paying agent fees twice. No player wants to do that, especially if you are talking about 4 or 5 million dollars. The Blazers will never again be competitive until they move to another state.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 12:44 pm
 

NBA Free Agency Begins (UPDATE)

Wayne Ellington is a better player than Ben Gordon?

Stop talking... your embarrasing all Chicago fans.

If Gordon lands in the right situation, he will be an all-star. Ellington will be out of the league with in 4 years.

Where were these complaints when gordon was bailing you out in the Celtics series? Good luck having D Rose or Luol Deng taking your 3 pointer at the end of games. Let me know how that works out.



Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 12:15 pm
 

NBA Free Agency Begins (UPDATE)

As a Chicago Bulls fan, this may be the first time I am actually rooting for the Pistons.  PLEASE sign Ben Gordon to get him away from the Bulls.  He is WAY too selfish a player.  He never met a shot he didn't take.  The Bulls will be better off in the long run without him.  I only wish they had drafted Wayne Ellington with their #26 pick as a replacement.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:01 am
 

NBA Free Agency Begins

You don't need a point guard in the Triangle? The Triangle is a set offense when the game slows to half-court pace. You may not have a need for a point guard at that point, but you still need one. You seem to think you can just plug anybody in the NBA in there but you can't. I think the Celtics proved that when they took the ball out of Kobe's hands and forced him to take bad shots or dish off. Don't think this won't happen again. The way to beat the Lakers is force Kobe into this type of game. That's why it is so important to get easy offense, which I think Kidd can add to this team. Is he the same player as he once was? Don't be a fool! If he was, Kobe would want this trade as much as anyone, like he did 3-4 years ago, but the Lakers could not afford Kidd.The Lakers can now afford Kidd precisely because he IS at the end of his career, but can still run a lethal fast break when needed to. How do you beat the Spurs? Not by going into a half-court game with them! That's what they want to get and keep the score down. Any team out there who is looking for a point guard to play 30-35 minutes better beware of Kidd. He's not that type of player anymore. But the Lakers can use Fish when the game slows down and use Kidd to go uptempo against teams like the Spurs and Celtics. Brown can back up either. And don't be too harsh on veteran players. The Lakers are young at the PG position after Fish, and Kidd would be a stable influence for the kids, especially feeding the ball to Bynum, which they need to do to make him a better player. Again though, this all changes if we lose either Ariza or Odom. We need them both.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 10:36 am
 

NBA Free Agency Begins

It seems as though teams who need help are really trying to improve. Somes moves that seem to make the most sence are Jason Kidd to the Knicks and Andre Miller to Portland where they could really use a point. I am a bit confused on why the  are looking at Rasheed Wallace more then , Villanueva is younger and more athletic. Wallace still has attitute problems and shoots way too mant threes in the forth quarter. Why is the world would the Trailblazers want , they started to create such a good nucleaous of young players that he would completely make them unbalanced. Miller would make sence though because you do need experience with your point guard. The one guy I haven't seen much about is Shawn Marion, he is a great complimentary player who could really put someone over the top. Does this really matter? Summer of 2010; Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony. Enough said.


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