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Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 10:48 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, Dec. 7, 2011

10:47 p.m. ET

TSN.CA reports that the Toronto Raptors have "agreed to terms" with free agent center Jamaal Magloire, 33, who played sparingly for the Miami Heat last season. 

10:24 p.m. ET

9:23 p.m. ET
  • CSN New England reports that the Celtics have interest in Mike Dunleavy Jr.. Dunleavy is the most Celtics-type player on the market. Veteran guy who is a pure role player. He shoots. That's about it. But he's capable and can still give the Celtics a lift off the bench. If the Celtics swing out in trades or other pick-ups, this might be their guy. 
8:59 p.m. ET
7:39 p.m. ET
  • reports that New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul realizes that the New York Knicks do not have sufficient assets to acquire him and now considers the Los Angeles Lakers his "new favorite destination."
6:37 p.m. ET
  • Yahoo Sports reports that the Los Angeles Lakers will sign free agent forward Jason Kapono to a 1-year contract at the veteran's minimum when free agency opens on Friday.
  • reports that Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry says that rumors concerning a trade with the New Orleans Hornets that would involve him and Chris Paul are "predictable" and that the team's GM and coach told him he is "safe and secure" in the Bay.
  • Bobcats head coach Paul Silas told the Charlotte Observer that unrestricted free agent center Kwame Brown expressed a desire to return to Charlotte in a recent meeting. Brown's agent, though, told the paper that his client is looking to get paid, with a decision coming in "the next few days."
4:38 p.m. ET
  • Ken Berger of "Hornets willing to let West go in sign/trade if it will get him to contender and bring back an asset or two, sources say ... In addition to Pacers, who've spoken with David West's reps, several non-room teams have inquired about FA forward: Dallas, San Antonio, Miami and Atlanta."
3:37 p.m. ET
  • Tracy McGrady appears to be headed to Atlanta, according to multiple reports. Unless the Bulls were to jump in with a better offer, the veteran scorer would likely sign for the minimum with the Hawks.
  • The Spurs will reportedly amnesty Richard Jefferson, which means he's eligible to go somewhere else. Where? The Clippers, Bulls and Heat are all supposedly in the mix, with the Nets also likely interested.
3:00 p.m. ET
  • The New York Post reports that the Heat will not amnesty Mike Miller, which is a bit of a shock. Miller had even mentioned Tuesday being amnestied, but apparently the Heat will keep him on board. If so, that dramatically alters their positioning in free agency, though it does not remove their ability to offer the Mid-Level Exception, which is their biggest tool anyway. As for why Miller wasn't amnestied, a blogger recently made an excellent case for that decision, citing chemistry as the biggest hindrance to the Heat last season. Starting over with someone else given the Heat's injuries last season does seem a bit odd. 
  • ESPN reports Caron Butler's options are San Antonio or Chicago for the MLE at $5 million, or New Jersey or the Clippers for $7 million annually. You would assume that the Clippers would want Butler only if they pull off a trade for Paul that includes Eric Gordon, but you never know. Once again, the Nets are linked to a report of them overpaying for a free agent. 
11:00 a.m. ET
  • The L.A. Times reports that the Lakers held "cursory" conversations with the Magic on Tuesday regarding a trade for Dwight Howard, but that no offers were exchanged and that a deal is "not close." That phrase gave me flashbacks to the lockout. ESPN reports that the Magic have yet to come up with a "wish list" for Howard. It would appear that as opposed to New Orleans, which is taking the Utah "make the deal before it becomes too much of a headache" approach, the Magic are opting for the "Ujiri Technique" which models what Denver did last year. Denver suffered through the discomfort of the Melo situation but ultimately got a better deal by waiting for the Knicks to become desperate. With a playoff roster in place and a few moves left in this bag, Otis Smith can afford to be patient before pulling the trigger on a move to restart the franchise which could ultimately cost him his job.
  • CSN Chicago and HoopsWorld report a possible sign-and-trade could land Jamal Crawford in Chicago. The deal would send Ronnie Brewer to Atlanta in exchange for Crawford under the Bird rights that Atlanta enjoys as his previous team. Brewer does nothing to replace Crawford's offense for Atlanta, but he is a step-up defensively, even if Crawford played pretty decent defense in the 2011 playoffs. Crawford is a natual fit for the Bulls, giving them a perimeter weapon for Derrick Rose on the drive-and-kick. He could single-handedly push the Bulls into a higher tier offensively.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:51 am

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

The NBA certainly has the best-of-the-best in Basketball talent, but sometimes when I see the list of players being talked about, I wonder why the talent isn't even better?

I mean, why are there players that do nothing but shoot? Why are there players who only rebound and defend, but cant' score? Why are there players that can't rebound and play D, but can only score?

You'd think with so many people playing basketball out there and so few slots in the NBA that there would be more well-rounded players from 6-12 on the bench.

I understand the idea of "role players," but it still suprises me that there are so many one-dimensional players out there.

They're certainly better than I'll ever be, but I would just think that competition would raise the bar.

Players are more athletic than ever - that definitely continues to be the case - but not better skilled.

I guess if your a beast in High School, you probably don't need to be well rounded. And then you play 1 year of NCAA ball and bounce.
There's no need to get better.

And with the money these guys make, there's little incentive to get better. Just make the team and collect millions.

That's all I got. I really do enjoy watching NBA basketball, I'm just constantly in awe of the lack of talent some of these guys have.

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:45 am

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

What about Jason Richardson? Super explosive and a pretty decent shooter. He would look good next to Rose.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:51 am

Show Time II

With Chris, Dwight and Kobe, the Lakers will rule the nba!!!

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:20 am

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

"What "other" Superstar can they or will they pair with D Howard once Kobe leaves" we will figure that out than,we are the Lakers

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:05 am

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

There's interest in Kwame Brow? Really?

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:05 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

The Bulls need another player who can create their own shot. They also need someone else who isnt afraid to take a shot. So Crawford fills both roles from the Shooting guard position. I think if they can not sign Crawford, the Bulls should consider Butler, even with bad knees I think offensively he has a better mindset to score than Deng. So that would give them depth, plus he as well isnt afraid to take a big shot.

 As far as D Howard going to the Lakers. If Phil Jackson was there I would say it would be a great sign, however with Mike Brown as the coach not so sure that would be a good fit. It looks very similiar to the situation he is already in, Kobe can possibly go for another 2-3 years and then what? What "other" Superstar can they or will they pair with D Howard once Kobe leaves or his talent diminishes to the point he cant play at a HIGH level he has shown over the last few years. D Howard has publicly stated his desire to dabble into acting so there is no telling if pairing him with Kobe will be like the fued Shaq and Kobe had over how serious the BIG Man takes the game.

Let CP3 go to the Knicks they will produce the same amount of excitement as the Heat did for Miami, however. Amare, Melo and CP3 are not stellar defensive players so they possibly will always get to the playoffs but more than likely get bounced in the 2nd Round. Besides, it doesnt look good for a team "owned" by the league to trade a player to another player. Yes in theory the league is not meddling in day to day business but the Hornets are owned by the NBA until a owner is found.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:22 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

Butler is a SF crawford is a 2guard or just the bulls have needed since MJ retired. They need crawford so bad its not funny. Oh... you must be one of those people that don't realize that there are really 5 positions in basketball or the ones that think that people like vince carter, josh howard and caron butler are 2 guards they are not. The reason that VC has been languishing in mediocrity is that he can not dribble. he is not and never was a 2 guard ditto caron butler. I would love to see the bulls get jamal crawford and michael beasley. They are both a great PG away from stardom albeit a bit late for crawford.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:01 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

If your choice is living in LA and playing for the Lakers or living in Chicago and playing for the Bulls you've got to be kidding, right?
70 degrees or -70 degrees.

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:53 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

If Dwight Howard goes to the Lakers they should just give us the Rings Now!!!

Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:00 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

Caron Butler is better fit for Bulls than Crawford. Butler is a much stronger defensive player.  Crawford is a defensive liability.

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