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2011 NBA Free Agency Buzz 11.30.11

Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 9:55 pm

Posted by EOB Staff

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

Wednesday, November 30th

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  • ESPN the Magazine reports that the Warriors have reached out yet again to the Grizzlies regarding a trade for Monta Ellis, this time involving Rudy Gay in exchange for the scorer in addition to another asset. The Warriors' other asset to move would be Andris Biedrins, who, in combination with Ellis would represent over $20 million in assets. Kind of a lot for the Grizzlies to take on. Ekpe Udoh is another choice, as the Warriors are said to be pursuing a center in free agency. The Grizzlies have repeatedly said they are not trading Gay, but continue to be involved in conversations to the contrary, because, well, that's how the NBA works.
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  • According to USA Today, Oklahoma City and Nate Robinson are currently working on a buyout. Why? Why not keep him on and let him just expire? For one, the roster spot. It frees Presti to use it on a D-Leaguer he likes or even to sign someone. Secondly, you have to pay him less, presumably. And third, OKC doesn’t need a fourth point guard. Robinson wasn’t happy at all with his situation in OKC and with Reggie Jackson now in the mix, the Thunder don’t have any plans for Robinson.

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  • reports that the New Jersey Nets will pursue both Nene Hilario and Tyson Chandler, in hopes of landing one of the two. And then the plan could be to use one as bait for Dwight Howard. I bet Brook Lopez is just thrilled about this.

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  • The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Pistons do not plan to waive a player using their amnesty clause. The most likely candidates would have been guards Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon and forward Charlie Villanueva. Hamilton is entering the final fully guaranteed year of his contract and Gordon is productive even though he's overpaid, so Villanueva was the player who was spared the most here. 

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  • reports the following suitors for New Orleans free agent forward David West: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards in addition to the Hornets.

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  • Billy King, GM of the Nets, spoke with Howard Beck of the New York Times and confirmed that the Nets will be offering Deron Williams an extension first thing. Williams can't sign it until December 9th, but that's OK since Williams has already said he's going to wait and see how things play out (read: see if the Nets can actually convince any other talent to join him there). There's a reason the Nets are trying so desperately to add talent in free agency and trade. 
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  • On WEEI in Boston, Jackie MacMullen of and a longtime Celtics writer said that Glen Davis drove the Celtics "crazy" by continuously missing fitness guidelines and chasing stats to help his contract versus the team. All of this leads her to the conclusion he won't be re-signed by the Celtics. Not a huge shocker, considering the way Davis' season ended, but it will make him one of the mid-level free agents on the market. His weight is a long-term issue, but he's also an exteremely capable defender and a player who can finish around the basket. He'll get offers.  (HT: RedsArmy)
  • The Knicks need a big man, and they're likely going to get one in free agency, even if it's a short-term solution. Marc Berman of the New York Post says the following names are on their radar: Kurt Thomas, Kwame Brown, Tony Battie, Theo Ratliff and Aaron Gray. Brown is likely the biggest name on that list, but mostly because of his notorious bust status. However, Brown quietly had a quality season for the Bobcats last year and brings a lot of what the Knicks are looking for. He might actually be out of their price range, as crazy as that sounds. Gray is another quality option who had big minutes for the Hornets last year when Emeka Okafor was out with an injury. (HT: PBT)

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:14 am

2011 NBA Free Agency Buzz 11.30.11

And Detroit not using their amnesty clause is exactly why they will be the bottom-feeders of the NBA for a long time to come.  They are clueless on what they should be doing right now.  This should be a boring offseason in Motown..

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:16 pm

2011 NBA Free Agency Buzz 11.30.11

Why Dallas? There are numerous other teams that are one piece away and would allow Paul to be the center piece, captain, face of the franchise. Dallas already won a trophy without him, adding a max contract guy does not makes sene and is all but impossible given their cap space. Atlanta makes a lot of sense. Being a Wizard fan, I would love to bring him in and push Wall to SG...but that is just me being greedy =0)

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:41 pm

2011 NBA Free Agency Buzz 11.30.11

Why would Chris Paul sign an extension and play with the Celtics? This is the last year for the big three. Then Paul would get to play a couple more years with a team re-building. That is not what he wants. And who can blame him. Paul should wait this last year and then see if Dallas is interested. You know that Cuban is never in a re-building mode. He will go out and get the needed talent to compete. That would be his best landing spot. The Knicks? Just what a great point gaurd wants, to play with two high-scoring ball hogs. Who also don't know how to play defense. He might make a lot of money there, but it won't get him what he wants, a championship.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:38 pm

2011 NBA Free Agency Buzz 11.30.11

why not use the amnesty clause on nate robinson instead of a buyout?

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:27 pm

2011 NBA Free Agency Buzz 11.30.11

In the next week we'll find out which teams have the smartest front offices. Who will compile the most effective teams with quality depth?

For most teams, it'll be like shuffling deckchairs on the Titanic. For others, high-quality talent evaluation will net them significantly improved rosters.

With teams playing 3 consecutive nights at times, teams that go 9-10 deep will have a significant advantage

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