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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: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:31 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

As a long time Bulls fan I would love for them to trade for Howard, but I have doubt that Bulls can pull it off

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:24 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

Crawford would be a great addition to the Bulls. Im going to miss Ronnie and Asik if they are both truly being traded but I bet if the Bulls get Crawford, Bogans will be back for solid but not great defense. 
I think that Crawford could help the Bulls, Bulls need another scorer that will take an little of the load off of Rose.

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:50 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

Crawford's a huge defensive liability. Maybe the Bulls will trade for Howard. They have more assets & Noah has injury concerns + Howard & Rose are great friends off of the court 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:00 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

Crawford would be a great addition to the Bulls. Im going to miss Ronnie and Asik if they are both truly being traded but I bet if the Bulls get Crawford, Bogans will be back for solid but not great defense.  

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:46 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

losing Brewer's defense stinks, but he didn't get a ton of minutes because of his (usual) lack of offense. I'm just trying to figure out what the Bulls are doing. They've talked to or about so many SG's ... I'd love to see Gar Forman rank them like "we REALLY want THIS guy... but if not at least this guy, then this guy, or this guy."

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:11 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

Nobody is going to defend Wade...he will get his. As a Bulls fan I really hope they get seriously involved in the Howard bidding and give up anyone other than Rose.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:45 am

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?

Love Crawford's offense in Chicago, but who is going to defend Wade?

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