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Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:59 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire will arrive in New York Saturday with "broad agreement" on the Knicks' five-year, nearly $100 million proposal, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, broke off talks with the Suns Friday, almost certainly ending his eight-year tenure there. Stoudemire rejected a five-year offer from Phoenix that wasn't fully guaranteed in the final season with a clause that included playing-time incentives, according to the Arizona Republic .

After the Stoudemire talks broke down, the Suns agreed to terms with power forward Hakim Warrick on a four-year, $18 million deal. To consummate that contract on July 8, the Suns will have to renounce their rights to Stoudemire, meaning he couldn't be signed and traded at that point.

While a deal with the Knicks is preferable to the incentive-laden contract Phoenix was offering, there are concerns on both sides that will have to be addressed this weekend. Stoudemire, like other second-tier free agents, is worried about being the only superstar to come to New York, where fans have been speculating for two years that LeBron James would wind up in a Knicks jersey. Stoudemire was said to have spent Friday trying to recruit a fellow All-Star to join him, with the most likely targets being the Hawks' Joe Johnson and the Spurs' Tony Parker.

As for the Knicks, Stoudemire's knees and eye will be subject to thorough exams by the team's medical staff. Reports have indicated that Stoudemire's contract will not be insurable due to his injury history.

Warrick, who averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 76 games last season with the Bulls and Bucks, was among the surprise deals of free agency thus far. "Mindboggling," one rival executive called it. "He played for $3 million last season and the Bucks couldn't wait to get rid of him."

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Point guard Steve Blake agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Lakers, insurance in case free agent Derek Fisher leaves, a person with knowledge of the agreement said. The Blake signing probably takes the Lakers out of th running for sharpshooter Mike Miller, but not entirely, the source said.  When deals become official July 8, the Lakers would have the option to work out a sign-and-trade with the Clippers for Blake and still give their mid-level exception to Miller. That scenario, however, appears unlikely. Miller also has attracted significant interest from the Knicks and several other teams.
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The Blazers, Knicks, Bulls and Clippers have expressed interest in Spurs free-agent guard Roger Mason, while the Jazz, Nuggets, Bobcats, Knicks and Heat are pursuing Suns free-agent forward Louis Amundson, sources say.
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John Salmons' five-year, $40 million agreement to return to the Bucks was finalized Friday, pending the official paperwork after the moratorium on player movement is lifted on July 8, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to CBSSports.com.











Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 2:14 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

He will never go the Nets. He will go to the knicks before he doesthat. The Nets will always be 2nd to the Knicks in NY, just like the Mets to the Yankees.



Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 2:12 pm
 

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; I suggest to you all that the term "DELUSIONAL" be reserved and limited to ...  the blogsters. These idiots have the Knicks trying to sign just about EVERYBODY. How about some accurate reporting instead of just flinging "poo" and looking to see what sticks ?? I mean, I read that the Knicks had hired an expert mentalist and contacted Manute Bol about making a comeback next season... for a MAX CONTRACT at that !!!



Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 1:10 pm
 

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If LeBron couldn't win one for The Cavs, how will he win one for The Nets? lol



Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 1:10 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

If LeBron couldn't win one for The Cavs, how will he win one for The Nets? lol



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2010 12:10 pm
 

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Okay I just want to get somebody's take on this.  What if the Bulls signed both Wade (who is interested) and King James?  James has already expressed interest in the Bulls because of Rose's ability as a point guard.  If they got Wade, how do you think that will impact James' decision?  It would definitely throw the Bulls up to the top ranks of the NBA if that happened.  Huge Pistons fan here, so not much bias involved here at all.



Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2010 11:59 am
 

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Knicks are most likely not getting Lebron...I'm sure someone has told him how much a drain on his career D'Antoni will be. Amare's going for the paycheck, because the Eastern Conference is going to tear up those knees. As many have said, Amare needs a point guard. He does not do a great job at creating. When he does, he tends to set up his shot, which allows defenders to get involved (ask the Lakers). Let the Knicks pay that money. Suns fans are not as upset about this in terms of money and effort as they should be for a guy who believes he is a max player.



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 11:56 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

He rejected an incentive-laden 5 year contract, or did you miss that part? In other words, Phoenix doesn't believe he has that much left in the tank. That's also why they were pushing hard for a 3-4 year contract. They did what they had to do to keep the fans happy, but they were basically pushing Amar'e out the door with their offers. Amar'e doesn't need a change of scenery, since he has stated plenty of times that he loves being in Phoenix. Reuniting with D'Antoni won't hurt though. Now they really need to focus on getting Chris Paul...



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 11:42 am
 

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Sorry, but Jamison is considered talented by most NBA coaches and other small/power forwards in the league




Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2010 11:27 am
 

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Lashing out at Cleveland is exactly the kind or classless crap NY fans are known for (and my apologies to the few that do have class but you are clearly not one of them)...you think for some crazy reason that players want to live among you scumbag people?  Think again...players aren't beating the doors down to play in NY unless they're being paid more.  Sabathia, for example, was practically begging the Angels to give him something close to the NY contract...he didn't want to play in NY.  You might think it's great that the Yankees win every year but the rest of the universe outside of your delusional bubble consider Yankee teams as completely illigitimate and horrible for baseball because you spend twice as much as most teams in order to win...it's plain stupid that baseball lets that happen.  The rest of the country HATES NY mostly because of people like you...we go there for a fun weekend because it's nice that there's so much going on there but you couldn't pay me enough to live there.  Cleveland's a great city with amazing, well grounded and fun people...NY is full of uptight, snobbish, boorish people just like you metgiantphan...I'll say no thanks and so will LeBron.

As for the players on Cleveland's roster being garbage...I thoroughly enjoyed watching our garbage team (minus LeBron for half the game) trounce the Knicks by 48 pts the last time they came to Cleveland.  Toronto is very interested in Varejao and Hickson.  LeBron didin't win 66 and 61 games by himself...there's plenty of talent on the Cavs.  They were top three in three point accuracy, defense, assists, etc...list goes on and on.  Do you think LeBron made them top three in defense?  His 3-pt efficeincy brought the Cavs team avg DOWN.  Please...if you think the Cavs roster is garbage, then you have no idea how basketball games are won...clueless.  Have fun watching your garbage team for the next 10 years.  No way Melo comes to NY...that's hilarious.  Keep dreaming...just because the Yankees can get all the free agent players since they can pay them more than anyone else, NYers have this illusion that everyone wants to come there to play...Denver can pay Melo a lot more than NY and your forgetting...PEOPLE HATE NY.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 10:59 am
 

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Knick fans this is what this should tell you.  You are not getting LeBron, D-Wade, or Bosh.  The New York Knicks know that must get something or the purge they have been going through since the Thomas Years (I feel your pain) would be for not.  Fans have been wanting winners and since Patrick left that has not happened.  The Knicks have to realize the city of New York is not as big of a draw as it used to be.  Miami has nice weather, not property taxes, and we can shoot ads anywhere these days.  Yes I know it is a huge media market, but in this day and age of IMing, email, and video conferencing you can be the next MJ anywhere as long as you do one thing WIN!  The Knicks are not there.  The Bulls have built a good group of players with one or two pieces more will be challenging.  The Heat can bring in you and two elites, can we say big three (1980s Lakers and Celtics, 1990s Pistons and Bulls, 2000s Spurs, Celtics, and Lakers).  The Knicks have nothing and if you come in you will have to rebuild those winning ways.  LeBron has been in the league and knows the pressure on him is to win now!  Sorry to the Knicks fan this is not bashing this is a reality check.  The Knicks are not built to win now.  Get what you can and get back to competitive.  That's the best you can hope for.


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