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Filling the Boozer void (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 1, 2009 5:08 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2009 6:46 pm
With Carlos Boozer off the free-agent market, other free agent forwards are getting ready to cash in.

While Charlie Villanueva was being courted by the Pistons, has learned that restricted free agents David Lee and Paul Millsap were preparing to field offers as early as Wednesday night. Millsap, the Jazz forward who could benefit the most from Boozer deciding not to opt out of his contract, has heard from three of the four teams with significant cap space -- Oklahoma City, Memphis, and Detroit -- plus a fourth team inquiring about a sign-and-trade. Lee has heard from numerous teams, including Oklahoma City and Memphis, and was expecting inquiries to escalate into offers in the next 24 hours. Despite their focus on Wednesday's meeting at Madison Square Garden with point guard Jason Kidd, the Knicks were among the first teams to reach out to Lee's camp and expressed an interest in keeping him.

While Villanueva was seen as a strong possibility for Cleveland, which may need to replace free agent Anderson Varejao, people in contact with the Cavs' front office say Cleveland is in wait-and-see mode and appears to be strategizing for the second wave of free-agent activity.

UPDATE: OK, the wait's over. Brian Windhorst of the Plain Dealer reports that the Cavs -- and LeBron James himself -- are actively recruiting Ron Artest. There will be more developing on this front throughout the evening.

Rasheed Wallace got a visit from Celtics president Danny Ainge at his home shortly after midnight Wednesday and was getting interest from other contenders.

Like Artest (whose situation isn't directly affected by Boozer's), Lamar Odom (whose situation is) also was preparing to field offers Wednesday. The Suns and Spurs reportedly were among the teams courting Odom, while the Lakers were actively working to keep both of their unrestricted free agents, Odom and small forward Trevor Ariza.


Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2009 4:56 am

Filling the Boozer void (UPDATE)

Maybe your spell check ...

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 2:56 am

Filling the Boozer void (UPDATE)

Can someone please explain to me why Portland isn't efforting David Lee or Paul Milsap??  We all saw they were soft during the playoffs and need a banger.  Both guys can board like crazy and can get their points without a play run for them.  Lee might get a little more money than he deserves coming off such a good year, but Milsap should be a a reasonable price.     What am I missing?      


Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2009 1:59 am

Filling the Boozer void (UPDATE)

i find it fascinating how teams who don't win jump on players early in FA that make no sense villanueva ? whats he ever done detroit has replced rasheed wallace with that luck with that well as winning teams like SPURS,LAKERS,JAZZ etc find players who fit the team and keep winning..

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 6:57 pm

Filling the Boozer void (UPDATE)

orlando needs to sign Sheed for the MLE that he says he's willing to take if he comes here. He's good friends with Dwight and Vince so hopefully they can pull some strings. If they can't get him, I'd love to see a push after Artest, even if it means luxury tax.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 5:52 pm

Filling the Boozer void

Impossible as it sounds, Memphis would actually be a contender - maybe - with Millsap. Talk about filling a need. Youd have Conley, Mayo, Gay, Millsap and Gasol. I'm not sure if that's awesome, exactly, since Conley hasn't exactly broken out yet, but Mayo looks like he's going to be an all-star and Gay is a heck of an athletic scorer while most teams would  love to have Gasol in the post. Millsap would be quite a difference maker for Memphis or OKC.

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 5:24 pm

Filling the Boozer void

Charlie Villanueva needs to head over to Cleveland and play for the Cavaliers.  With Varejao gone, he is more than a perfect fit.  The Cavs wanna win NOW.  I hope they can offer Villanueva like 5.6 Mil or so.  The Pistons are about to lose Rasheed Wallace, and probably spend alot on Ben Gordon.  They have so much money, I hope they use it well.

What are the Miami Heat doing this off-season?  I haven't heard their name much.

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