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Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?

Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 10:05 pm
 
 

Posted by Ben Golliver

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. 

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011

9:51 p.m.
  • DraftExpress.com reports that 19-year-old Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, will not be released by Lithuanian club Lietuvos Rytas so that he can join the Toronto Raptors during the 2011-2012 NBA season. The Raptors selected Valanciunas knowing that they might need to wait a year for contract purposes but a report surfaced earlier Saturday that said Toronto would investigate his potential availability now that the lockout has ended.
6:39 p.m. 
  • The Oregonian reports that Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent center Greg Oden will undergo a medical evaluation on Thursday that could lead to him being cleared for contact. Oden is expected to return to the court no earlier than January following a Nov. 2011 microfracture surgery. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft hasn't played in an NBA game since Dec. 2009.
2:27 p.m.
  • ESPN.com reports that the Toronto Raptors might hold off on making a free agency splash until next summer because they don't have a chance of landing Memphis Grizzlies restricted free agent center Marc Gasol and because they would need to amnesty someone to be able to make the big-dollar offer. 
  • The New York Post reports that the New Jersey Nets have a "quiet confidence" in their ability to sign Denver Nuggets free agent center Nene Hilario, with the Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets seen as the top competition for his services.
  • HoopsWorld.com reports that he Indiana Pacers would investigate a sign-and-trade for Memphis Grizzlies free agent center Marc Gasol with center Roy Hibbert to dangle as bait. The site also reports the Pacers have interest in free agent guard Jamal Crawford.
11: 50 a.m.
  • SI.com reports that the trio of top-flight big men that are free agents -- Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler and Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilario -- are all looking for the biggest payday possible: "According to sources, Nene, Chandler and Gasol all set their early asking prices in the neighborhood of maximum-contract territory, starting at $14.8 million for Gasol, $17.7 annually for Nene, and $20.7 million for Chandler. There is plenty of crossover in their respective lists of salary-cap-friendly suitors, with the Nets, Rockets and Warriors appearing to be the hungriest shoppers, and the Pacers and Trail Blazers strolling the big man aisles as well."
  • The Boston Herald quotes Billy Duffy, agent for Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, in response to recent trade rumors involving his All-Star client: "It’s just disturbing. It’s disturbing for everybody. It’s disturbing for me. It’s disturbing for him, because it makes one think, ‘Where do I stand in this relationship?’ Particularly because he’s a darn good player, and this is a very successful franchise, and he’s one of the key players on the franchise. When the uncertainty of your situation becomes a prominent topic — not just within your household, but on a national basis — it is a bit challenging."
  • The Boston Globe reports that David Falk, agent for Celtics forward Jeff Green, "hopes" he can reach a new deal with the Celtics and that his client "feels like he has unfinished business in Boston."
Comments

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?

I'm a BIG Laker fan and would gladly welcome DHoward (and maybe CP3 if everything works out right for the Lakers) but with the way players have been dictating on where they will play or not play is very bad for the NBA. Only a select few teams will have a chance at a ring, which isnt good for the NBA unless you happen to be the owner of said team. Pretty soon teams are going to start losing money and not have a way to be competitive and afford to pay the high priced free agents, which will cause fans not to go watch that team which leads to more financial difficulties. The NBA better get in front of whats going on and put a stop to this before the league has to fold because too many teams are in the red. Parity is great for every sport, makes it more exciting for everyone and the fans will think that their teams will have a shot at a ring, which will get them to the arena more and they will buy more merchandise also. The NBA was great in the 80s and 90s when you could depend on your favorite sports hero staying with you favorite team for his whole career. That doesnt happen much anymore.



Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:47 am
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?

As a life long Laker fan. the Lakers will soon own the most championships in the NBA, especially if they get Howard. Plus it sounds like they also want to go after Chris Paul. Can you picture this team with Kobe, CP3, DHoward, Odom, and a few others? That sounds good enough to win a few more titles in LA. Sorry Boston, the Lakers will have the most NBA titles very soon.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:13 am
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?

hahaha... shit. I got nothing. I was expecting something in return, touche.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?

LilRichy:  I just bash Vancouver because you are there.  Simple as that.  No hard feelings.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?

 How about Vancouver then Warner, which you also bash relentlessly. It is right next to the Pacific (not 30mins) Has plenty of National Parks, plenty of hiking and biking trails, MLS, NHL, CFL (crappy, granted) Seattle is right next door if you want baseball. And unlike the rest of Canada, for the most part, it's 99% snow and cold weather free. Unless you go to Whistler/Blackcomb which is one of the worlds very best ski/snowboarding destinations. Just sayin...


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Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:12 pm
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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:19 am
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?

As a lifelong Boston Celtics fan, I personally would dread seeing the hated Lakers getting yet another big man. Although he expresses no interest to come to Boston, I would much rather see Danny Ainge be aggressive to acquiring Howard instead of Chris Paul. Rondo and Howard would make a nice tandem for many years. Someone needs to remind Howard of those 17 Championships and rich tradition, that he would most certainly add too. Great teams are built around big men.

neweng641:  Ainge has alreday alienated Rondo and his agent.  You can say goodbye to him before his contract expires.  I agree with you regarding Chris Paul.  The Celtics do not need him.  They need a consistent big man in the middle.  Howard though probably dreams about living in SoCal.  I don't know why....our traffic sucks...the air quality is horrible...the taxes are miserable...our governor is a retread...the housing market is in decline....but, the weather and the women do something to people.  It is kind of like being in a trance when you are able to see the beautiful women in such a beautiful climate.  I know...off topic for sure...but I have a bit of a head cold today and am feeling a bit loopy.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:58 am
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?

Bynum if healthy is better than Howard
Even if that were the case, the problem with Bynum is that he misses a big chunk of every season with injuries.  Doesn't matter how talented a player is if you can't count on him to be able to play.  Most people don't become more durable with age.



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:10 am
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?

rumors...for nothing..just to fill pages..
Lakers with Bynum
Clippers and portland...
just these 3 teams can trade for Howard/Paul..
Bynum if healthy is better than Howard(yes...offensevely speaking is another planet..in defence Howard better but Bynum can improve)
Clippers..with Gordon, Jordan-Kaman have some trade bait...Portland with Matthews,Batum,Wallace too...
Warrios have Ellis..
the other teams they don't have the players to build a trade for a superstar



Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?

As a lifelong Boston Celtics fan, I personally would dread seeing the hated Lakers getting yet another big man. Although he expresses no interest to come to Boston, I would much rather see Danny Ainge be aggressive to acquiring Howard instead of Chris Paul. Rondo and Howard would make a nice tandem for many years. Someone needs to remind Howard of those 17 Championships and rich tradition, that he would most certainly add too. Great teams are built around big men.


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