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Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 6, 2009 5:58 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2009 10:16 pm

With two days to go until the official signing period begins, here's the latest free-agent buzz gathered from conversations with executives, agents, and others in the know:


* As reported by, the Mavericks are pushing for a sign-and-trade with Toronto that would send Shawn Marion to Dallas. Such a deal almost certainly would have to include Jerry Stackhouse going to Toronto -- or a third team -- because only $2 million of his $7 million salary for next season is guaranteed. Toronto is not in a position to take back salary because it needs to clear space to sign Hedo Turkoglu, who agreed to a five-year, $53 million deal over the weekend after reneging on a verbal commitment to Portland. Mavs owner Mark Cuban and Marion's agent, Dan Fegan, are pushing the Dallas scenario, according to a source, and are trying to involve either Oklahoma City or Memphis as a third team to satisfy Toronto's need to clear room for Turkoglu. If the Raptors can't trade Marion, the simplest path to clearing space for Turkoglu would be to renounce its rights to Marion, Carlos Delfino, and Anthony Parker.

* Despite reports that the Trail Blazers were preparing to make a major bid for Knicks restricted free agent David Lee, a coaching source familiar with the situation said Portland is more interested in the Lakers' Lamar Odom. And the source described the Odom situation with Portland as "lukewarm." The Blazers and Lee's agent, Mark Bartelstein, discussed the situation early in the negotiating period, but Portland was preoccupied at that time with its pursuit of Hedo Turkoglu. Now that Turkoglu has spurned the Blazers and committed to the Raptors, Portland is deliberating what to do with its $9 million in cap space. The Blazers have been exploring point-guard options for some time, but the coaching source said Sixers free agent Andre Miller isn't the answer because of his sub-part shooting ability.

* Lee's situation is complicated by the fact that the teams with cap space have either spent it on other players (Detroit, Toronto, Memphis) or are proceeding cautiously in the first wave of free agency (Oklahoma City, Sacramento). The market for Lee is difficult to navigate because teams are hesitant to endure the seven-day period during which the Knicks would have the right to match. Sign-and-trades, too, are untenable due to the fact that Lee's first-year cap number would be exorbitant based on his status as a base-year compensation player. Knicks president Donnie Walsh has played this as close to perfectly as possible from the beginning.

* A rumored trade discussion sending Richard Hamilton from Detroit to Utah for Carlos Boozer is just that, for now: a rumor. "Not at all," said a person who would have knowledge of the talks when asked if there was anything there. Even so, it's worth keeping in mind because it makes too much sense for both teams. Boozer's decision not to invoke his player option opened the door for the Jazz to trade him while retaining restricted free agent Paul Millsap, who like Lee has been met with lukewarm interest. The backcourt situation in Detroit with Rodney Stuckey, Hamilton, and Ben Gordon bears watching, as does the $50 million or so left on Hamilton's contract.

* The Wizards are pursuing Antonio McDyess, but word is he's heading back to the Pistons. A decision from 'Dyess is coming soon, according to a source, and it appears to be between Detroit and San Antonio. Blazers restricted free agent Channing Frye could be a fallback option for Washington. But according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavs are the latest team to meet with Frye, who also has drawn interest from Denver, Phoenix, and San Antonio.

* If you're having serious hoops withdrawal, you can watch the Orlando Summer League action live online. I'll be watching the first few days of the Las Vegas Summer League in person from July 10-14. You can follow my updates on Twitter. But then, you already should have been doing that.

UPDATE: Shannon Brown will re-sign with the Lakers for two years and $4.2 million, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein. The second year is a player option.

UPDATE: Ramona Shelburne of the L.A. Daily News -- you read some of her stuff here during the playoffs -- caught up with Kobe Bryant at his annual basketball camp at Loyola Marymount on Monday. Surprisingly few media members were there, considering all the news in Kobe-land of late. Check out her blog for all the details.

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Since: Jun 16, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2009 11:02 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Good luck when you graduate to the 3rd grade next year. I hope they teach you some math at that level. Check out the stats on Carter and Hedo. No contest. The Magic would love to see Cleveland in the playoffs again next season..... Boston? That's another story.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2009 9:40 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

um, if Jameer Nelson never gets hurt, the Hedo situation never occurs. Jameer was the catalyst and was a few games away from taking the teams scoring lead over before his injury. The Turkoglu pick n roll only works when Lewis is on the wing so then it works as a triangle. With Nelson back, Turkoglu isn't needed and VC will do better anyways.

Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2009 9:02 pm

orlando will definately miss Hedo!

The Magic with hedo running the pick-n-roll was the reason they advanced and played so well. He will be missed.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2009 9:00 pm
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Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2009 8:32 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Hmm, other than Carter edging out Hedo in EVERY statistical category, FG% included, I see the fall-offUndecided. He was not the impossible matchup. The impossible matchup was Rashard Lewis and you still have no one to guard him. Now, if a guy like Marion is aquired, who can Cleveland try and hide their defensivly useless SF and PG? Carter would eat Lebrick alive on offense and Jameer, like he's done will woop Maurice a new one. And now Cleveland has lost their best mid-range shooter playing center and added a boulder in the middle to clog the lane. Nice work

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2009 7:40 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

It's clear the Celtics are making the poker move of, "All in". Adding Sheed and probably Grant Hill makes them older than dirt. It could payoff but even if it does or does not, they are looking at rebuilding for the next few years.

I mean KG, Allen, Pierce, Sheed, and Hill? They could get a sponsorship from Centrum Silver or the AARP.

Really, you are gonna expect 4 major players over 32 years-old to be around for the playoffs? Not likely to happen. The Celtics will end up in the same boat as they did this year. Saying, "Well if so-and-so was healthy we would have won the series."

IMO, the Celtics end up saying woulda, shoulda, coulda. An entire team over 32 years of age is no way to win a ring.

Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2009 7:36 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

cleveland will now steam roll right over orlando just for the simple fact that you lost all leverage you had with hedo being there.. he was the problem cover for us and now that you have one of the top 5 most overrated players ever on your team in carter instead of hedo means you will not be going anywhere next year...

Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2009 7:28 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

gotta agree on the big baby comment. I liked the way he played in the playoffs for the C's and to me keeping him should be more of a priority than Sheed was even

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2009 6:43 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)


wtf....Orlando landed Vince Carter...what more do you expect?to have 9 guys on the roster

Howard, Lewis, Nelson, Carter, Pietrus, Johnson, Anderson, Reddick, Foyle, Richardson are all players currently on their roster. That's 10 and I expect them to sign at least two more players to fill out the roster. Nothing is final until Wednesday so no matter what a free agent has "agreed" to they can all change their minds. Word is Orlando was looking at Brandon Bass the whole time they were looking at Wallace. Orlando still has time to add more pieces. Unless Cleveland makes another move they still wont beat Orlando. To me I understand Wallace wanting to play in Boston as they have a realistic chance at winning another title but if he wants to play significant minutes he should have signed in Orlando.

On another note, the fact that Boston is willing to just let Big Baby go is stupid to me. If he goes to the Spurs like they are looking to do, the Celtics will regret it.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2009 6:27 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

wtf....Orlando landed Vince Carter...what more do you expect?to have 9 guys on the roster

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