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Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 7, 2009 11:52 am
Edited on: July 7, 2009 1:31 pm
Here's your abbreviated morning edition of free-agent buzz:

* Mike Bibby is re-signing with the Hawks, agreeing to a three-year deal for the mid-level exception for a total of about $18 million, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bibby, 31, preferred to stay in Atlanta and is taking a massive pay cut; he made almost $15 million last season but wasn't going to get more than the mid-level on the open market.

* There has been no movement in contract negotiations between the Lakers and Lamar Odom, according to the Los Angeles Times. So far, L.A. is balking at Odom's request for $10 million a year. Asked if Odom would return for a shot at a second consecutive title, Kobe Bryant said at his annual basketball camp, "He better be."

* Bryant discussed a wide array of topics during his camp at Loyola Marymount on Monday, including his patient approach to signing an extension this summer and his thoughts on retiring as a Laker.

* It's decision day for the Detroit Pistons and Avery Johnson, who met over the weekend to discuss the job of succeeding Michael Curry as coach. If Johnson and Pistons president Joe Dumars can't agree on contract parameters, Cleveland assistant John Kuester and Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau are waiting in the wings. This columnist isn't so sure Johnson is the right fit.

UPDATE: It turns out that Johnson wasn't the right fit. He wasn't able to reach a contract agreement with the Pistons, who have moved on to discussions with Kuester and Thibodeau. 

* A tale of the tangled web being woven in Golden State and how it affects Amare Stoudemire.

* Some options in addition to Jerry Stackhouse in a sign-and-trade involving Shawn Marion are laid out here. The most plausible participants, if Oklahoma City or Memphis is willing to take one of them: Kris Humphries, who has a player option for $3.2 million in 2010-11, and Marcus Banks, who is owed $4.8 million that season.

Category: NBA

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2009 1:22 pm

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