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
- The Boston Globe reports that the Boston Celtics are "close to reaching an agreement" with free agent forward Marquis Daniels, who played for the team last year prior to suffering a scary spine injury.
- Eric Gordon has received assurances from the Los Angeles Clippers that he won't be a part of any deal for New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul, according to Yahoo Sports.
- 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.
- ESPN.com reports that free agent big man Chuck Hayes has been offered a 4-year deal for the full Mid-Level Exception by the Sacramento Kings and the team is "optimistic" they will land him at that price. The Houston Chronicle quotes Hayes' agent saying that his client is "close to gone" from the Rockets.
- SI.com 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."
- The Washington Examiner reports that free agent forward Roger Mason Jr. is expected to sign with the Washington Wizards after playing for the New York Knicks last season.
- HoopsWorld.com reports a number of potential player/team signings: Sebastian Telfair (Phoenix Suns), Earl Watson (Atlanta Hawks) and T.J. Ford (San Antonio Spurs).
- 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.
- CSNBayArea.com 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.
- New Jersey Nets free agent forward Kris Humphries is reportedly drawing interest from the Nets, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets, among others, according to Yahoo Sports.
- 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."
- Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: "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."
- 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.
- Big Baby Glen Davis could be heading south to sign with the Hornets, according to the Boston Herald. The other candidates right now leading for Davis are the Nets and Celtics.
- 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.
- HoopsWorld reports that Chicago is Jamal Crawford's preferred destination, so there's interest from both sides there, apparently.
- 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.
- Fox Sports South Florida reports Samuel Dalembert says his top choice at this point is Houston. That's code for "they're going to drastically overpay for me because they have no center."
- FS South Florida also reports the Heat have talked to Shannon Brown and Kwame Brown (no relation). Kwame Brown would be another good fit for the Heat, who continue to shop for a bargain.
- 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.