Tag:Free Agency Buzz
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 8:36 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.9.11: Nets after Nene

Posted by EOB Staff

Friday, December 9, 2011

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.

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  • According to multiple reports, Thaddeus Young has agreed with the 76ers on a five-year, $42 million deal.
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  • According to the Detroit Free Press, Richard Hamilton has been waived. Just bought out though, not amnestied.
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  • The Kings have signed Marcus Thornton to a $40 million, five-year deal, via ESPN.com. But wait! That deal could be hitting a snag and may not even be accurate, according to SI.com.
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  • Mario Chalmers will re-sign with the Heat, reports Mario Chalmers. Early Friday morning Chalmers tweeted that he intends to re-sign with the Heat. "Imma MIAMI HEAT player until they don't want me no more. Let's get this ring"
  • SI.com reports that New Orleans, Houston and Minnesota are also in the running for DeAndre Jordan.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:52 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.8.11: Nene 'wide open'


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. 

Thursday, Dec. 8, 20

5:44 p.m.

  • Yahoo reports that the Nets actually backed away from Butler. So someone is leaking the Nets overpaid for Butler and still didn't get him and someone else is saying they didn't want him anyway. So that's fun. Fun with spin, everyone!
  • Yahoo also reports that Nene is leaning back towards re-signing with Denver for a five-year deal. This makes zero sense for Denver who is rebuilding and doesn't need a max contract around its neck in the form of a 29 year-old player on a reconstructed knee who isn't dominant at either end of the floor. So it'll probably happen, judging from how today's gone. 

5:06 p.m. 

  • Brian Windhorst of ESPN who is very well connected in the Cleveland organization refutes an earlier report from Yahoo saying the Cavs plan to amnesty Baron Davis. Windhorst says no decision has been made. This is a big one for the Cavs. There's little reason to amnesty Davis now, but a lot of reason to amnesty him next year in a superior free agency class when the Cavs will have more young players via the draft. But if they want to start the rebuild now, they might decide to jettison him. Davis would have to clear all teams with cap room before being able to join a team like Miami or the Lakers, which is unlikely.
  • ESPN reports that Caron Butler had a larger offer from the New Jersey Nets for four-years and $30 million and elected to sign with the Clippers. This is the kind of thing where you don't know who "won" and who "lost." Because the Clippers overpaid for Butler, but still managed to pay less than another, more desperate team would have. And the Nets were saved from drastically overpaying for Butler... and yet still managed to swing out on their first big free agent offer. Um... congrats? 
  • Chauncey Billups is not happy about this amnesty idea. Billups' agent spoke with Yahoo and said that Billups is "irate" at the thought of going somewhere he doesn't want to, and that in the amnesty auction, if Billups is waived, "buyer beware." He actually said that. This is a good job getting out ahead of things to let it be known that teams who can claim him with cap room shouldn't, because he'll basically make your life miserable. You imagine him doing things like letting the clock just run out on every position by dribbling and shooting free throws backwards over his head, granny-style. 

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  • ESPN.com reports that free agent forward Josh Howard is being courted by Chicago, Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, Utah and Washington.
  • SI.com reports that the Miami Heat might target Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups if New York does waive him via the amnesty clause. Billups would need to clear the waiver process for the Heat to get a crack at him, as Miami is over the cap and the waiver process only allows bids from under-cap teams.
4:13 p.m.
  • Here's a news item of free agent forward Caron Butler heading to the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Yahoo Sports reports the Cleveland Cavaliers are "expected to use" their amnesty clause on veteran point guard Baron Davis. 2011 No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving is waiting in the wings for the Cavaliers. Davis is owed more than $28 million over the next two seasons.
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  • SI.com reports that the Indiana Pacers have reportedly signed former Portland Trail Blazers center Jeff Pendergraph to a 2-year contract. Pendergrah missed the entire 2010-2011 season after suffering a season-ending injury during the preseason.
  • Yahoo Sports reports that Indiana Pacers free agent forward Mike Dunleavy, Jr. has agreed to a 2-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks worth $7.5 million. The Bucks are over the cap and reportedly made the addition using a portion of their Mid-Level Exception. 
3:39 p.m. 
  • NBA.com reports that the Los Angeles Clippers have signed Dallas Mavericks free agent forward Caron Butler to a 3-year deal worth $24 million. Multiple outlets have confirmed the deal and its numbers.
  • Regarding earlier rumors surrounding Chauncey Billups being amnestied or traded by the Knicks, Yahoo Sports reports that Billups is "irate" that he might be amnestied and ESPN.com reports that the Dallas Mavericks do not want his contract in a sign-and-trade.
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  • Yahoo Sports reports that Denver Nuggets free agent center Nene Hilario is "still wide open" with the following teams chasing him: Denver, Golden State, Houston, Indiana and New Jersey.
  • ESPN.com reports that the Orlando Magic continue to be involved in trade conversations involving All-Star center Dwight Howard but that the team is "not yet fully exploring" trades because it believes it has a chance to retain him.
  • ESPN.com reports that Lakers free agent guard Shannon Brown, who was not expected back in Los Angeles, is involved in "serious talks" with the Phoenix Suns and that the two sides could "likely" reach a deal on Friday. Yahoo reports that the deal has been reached and it's worth $3.5 million for 1-year.
  • Yahoo reports that Los Angeles Clippers restricted free agent center DeAndre Jordan has the following suitors: Denver, Golden State, Houston and New Orleans.
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  • ESPN reported earlier Thursday the Knicks and Heat were looking at Josh Howard. Battier's signing takes Miami out. New York is an interesting option given Howard's skill-set, and their need for a wing scorer. Howard may be the backup to Grant Hill if he doesn't sign there.
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  • T.J. Ford will reportedly sign with the Spurs. Ford himself at least was indicating that as well with a tweet Wednesday that said, "SA SA SA SA.” "This is a great opportunity for me to continue to play," Ford told the San Antonio Express-News. "I understand my role in the NBA now. I accept it and look forward to getting started on Friday. I want to help these guys pick up where they left off in the regular season and I believe I can be a positive factor for them off the bench."
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  • SI.com reports that contrary to reports from the New York media, Grant Hill hasn't made a decision and isnt close to signing anywhere. 
  • ESPN.com says that due to a disappointing swath of offers on the open market, David West may be returning to New Orleans. He's reportedly "warming" to the idea. It's hard to envision a scenario where some team (cough* Nets* cough*) doesn't get desperate and pull him in for something ridiculous, but if the knees are just too damaged that could be a dealbreaker. 
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  • The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Tyson Chandler is option No.1-3 in free agency and are "confident" that they can sign the champion center. It would appear that regardless of whether the Warriors' efforts to obtain Chris Paul through trade are successful or not the Warriors will be gunning for Chandler as their starting center. He and David Lee could make for a pretty tough rebounding tandem if the Warriors pull it off.
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that free. agency will officially open at 2 p.m. on Friday, not midnight. So some executives can get some sleep. Which is nice, for them, we guess.

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

Free Agency Buzz 12.7.11: Lakers-Dwight stalled?


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

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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. 

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  • 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. 
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  • 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."
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  • 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.
  • 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."
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  • 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."
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  • 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.
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:01 am
Edited on: December 6, 2011 2:57 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.6.11: Bulls want JRich?


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. 

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

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  • Glen Davis is not expected to return to the Celtics, but CSN New England reports that the Detroit Pistons have interest in him and may offer him the full MLE. He's young enough it doesn't disrupt their core, and a Knight-Hamilton-Jerebko/Daye-Davis-
    Monroe is a pretty solid young (except for Hamilton) core. Not a bad idea. 

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  • The Clippers will have a second meeting with Caron Butler. "Caron was really happy with the meeting," agent Raymond Brothers told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "We were really impressed by (general manager) Neil Olshey and (coach) Vinny Del Negro. I think they've got a good young team that can win. Caron had a really good feeling about it."
  • Via ESPN Dallas, Jason Terry wants an extension with the Mavs: "My focus is to sign an extension because being the core of what we've built to this point, I believe they want me here," Terry said. "And if the extension is not done, then that tells me something different. And so, I'm going to put all my efforts out here to prove to everybody in this league that I'm going to be here for another four to five years playing at a high level."
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  • The Saginaw News in Michigan, hometown of Jason Richardson, reports that the unrestricted free agent has strong suitors in Chicago, Boston, and Golden State. Each location makes a lot of sense. Richardson has hinted that he very much wants to contend for a title, and as a three-point threat who can defend at least decently, particularly in a stronger system, hes going to have huge value. The Bulls would find a lot of value in his perimeter range and ability to body 2s effectively. In short, he's a major upgrade over Keith Bogans, without the baggage that comes with Vince Carter or Tracy McGrady, and in their price range as opposed to Arron Afflalo.
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  • Yahoo Sports reports that the Clippers have extended DeAndre Jordan a five-year, $40 million offer sheet to try and retain the restricted free agent. Jordan is expected to not sign the sheet and instead look for a better deal on the open market, forcing the Clippers to match. $8 million a year is a steep price for a player with Jordan's limited offensive abilities, but given his position (center in a weak market, even in a free agency class full of centers), conditioning, age, and production, it's probably in the range of what he's worth. Anything higher and teams are flirting with overpaying him. Then again, given the run on centers in the next week, swinging for a younger one with freakish athleticism might be worth a few extra bills.
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 4:05 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?


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. 

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

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  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that there was "good conversation" today between Thaddeus Young and the Nuggets, with more talks planned. The Nuggets would make a nice fit for Young, well, mainly because they only have like six players on their team right now. Berger notes as well: "Denver's interest in Sixers' Young is latest indication that Nuggets are preparing for Nene departure."
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  • From the Washington Post: "The Washington Wizards intend to retain Nick Young but realize that they will have competition from several teams, including Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Sacramento and Phoenix, according to sources with knowledge of the situation."
  • The Wolves want to keep Kevin Love, obviously, but it's a question of how much he's worth to them. Would that include the max? "Am I worth the max? I'll let the front office answer that question," Love told the Star Tribune. "I love Minneapolis, I love the Twin Cities. I really do like it here. I'm in a comfort zone. This is the first NBA city I fell in love with, so this is all I know. Maybe we'll keep it that way and maybe we won't."
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  • Matt Barnes told reporters this weekend that he spoke with Baron Davis and Dwight Howard and both players want to come to L.A.. It's Matt Barnes, so take it with a grain of salt, but still. 
  • Grant Hill is still interested in re-signing with the Suns, ESPN says, but both New York and Chicago have made "very interesting" offers. If Hill took less money to sign with Chicago, it would be a perfect fit. The only hang up is whether leaving Phoenix's crack training staff would leave to the injuries that left most of his career unfulfilled. At 39, you wouldn't think Hill has much left in the tank, but he played like a 33-year-old last season, and can consistently hit from the outside and midrange.
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  • ESPN.com reports that the Lakers could be in the market for Delonte West and Josh McRoberts. Both make quite a bit of sense for L.A. West is a serviceable point guard with a history with Mike Brown who can hit from the perimeter and score off the dribble. He can play out of control from time to time, but with the ball in Kobe Bryant's hand so often, that likely won't be as much of an issue. The Lakers need to stretch the floor and shoot better from the outside, and West helps in those areas. McRoberts is an interesting idea. He's a grinder big. He doesn't have huge size, but he does manage to make key plays, has a little bit of a mid-range game and can rebound. It would be interesting to see Luke Walton waived and McRoberts signed in his place. (HT: IAmAGM.com)
  • There's mutual interest between McRoberts and the Grizzlies as well, according to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. The Grizzlies attempted to trade O.J. Mayo at the deadline for McRoberts, but the deal fell through when the trade could not be completed before the deadline passed. That was fortunate for Memphis since Mayo went on to be a major contributor in their playoff run. Mayo is not expected to be retained as part of the "core" for Memphis after his string of embarassing incidents last season including a fight on a team plane with Tony Allen over a gambling dispute, and getting busted for a banned substance he says he bought in an energy drink at a gas station.
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: December 4, 2011 10:13 pm

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

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  • The Heat are making a run at Greg Oden, according to ESPN.com: "The Heat are considering making a run at restricted free agent Greg Oden, league sources said. Oden, who hasn't played in nearly two years after suffering two different knee injuries, has a key doctor's examination this week when he could be cleared to resume contact practices."

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  • Via Yahoo! Sports, the Heat are in hot pursuit of Shane Battier: "Battier has been a primary target in free agency for the Heat, and sources say the pitch of Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and key Heat players could ultimately confirm Battier’s strong feelings about chasing a championship in Miami." How could the Heat get him? By using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller and freeing up their full mid-level exception. Also of note: The Thunder aren't pursuing Battier as of now, a team many expected to.
  • Also via Yahoo!, the Heat aren't after Samuel Dalembert as of now, mainly because other teams can offer more.
  • Dwight Howard's agent Dan Fegan has yet to talk with Magic general manager Otis Smith, as of Friday evening, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "Smith and Fegan could speak with each other this weekend. And even if they don't, there might not be any immediate reason for concern from the Magic's perspective. Howard and Smith will have the chance to speak Dec. 9, the day training camps are scheduled to open across the league."
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:22 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 8:42 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.2.11: Howard trade sooner?


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. 

Friday, Dec. 2, 2011

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  • ESPN.com reports that at least eight teams have expressed interest in free agent forward Josh Howard: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New Jersey, New Orleans, San Antonio and Washington.
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  • Via the Arizona Republic: "Grant Hill, after a lengthy workout at US Airways Center, said there are "good chances" of him re-signing with the Suns."
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  • Via the OC Register, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak expects Shannon Brown to get a better FA deal away from Lakers. Neither Theo Ratliff nor Joe Smith will return.
  • Underdog for Marc Gasol? The Indiana Pacers, at least according to ESPN.com. "One team that really hasn't been mentioned as a potential suitor for the Spaniard -- rates Marc Gasol above Nene Hilario and is strongly weighing whether to slap an offer sheet down for him."
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  • Check out the Friday 5 with Ken Berger to get the latest from CBSSports.com's NBA Insider.
  • The Washington Times reports that NBPA vice president Roger Mason says the union will ratify the new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Thursday, one day prior to the opening of training camp and free agency.
12:15 p.m.
  • The undisputed prizes of free agency are Marc Gasol and Nene. Everyone agrees. But No. 3 might surprise you. According to ESPN.com, Arron Afflalo is the third most coveted free agent. The two teams that want him most? The Bulls and Lakers. He's a restricted free agent though and Denver loves him so it'll take a hefty offer to move him out of Denver.
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  • Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace told reporters Thursday that failing to re-sign restricted free agent Marc Gasol is "not in (his) wildest dreams." The Grizzlies are expected to match any offer for Gasol. Expect a team like the Pacers to offer up to a max offer for Gasol in an effort to pry him away. Michael Heisley's promise to spend to win is going to be tested.
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 7:12 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.1.11: Schedule out Tuesday?


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. 

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

7:11 p.m. ET

  • The Associated Press reports that the NBA is hosting a schedule release television program on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern. So, obviously, the full 2011-2012 regular season schedule should finally be available by Tuesda night at the latest.

6:38 p.m. ET

  • MercuryNews.com reports that the New Orleans Hornets have contacted the Golden State Warriors to express interest in point guard Stephen Curry: "Multiple NBA sources: If the Hornets consider trading Chris Paul, one player they really like is Stephen Curry & have told GSWs that. But again, Warriors would need assurance from Paul that he'd consider re-signing here before going anywhere down that trade path. Doubtful."

2:54 p.m. ET

  • NBA.com reports that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban does not plan to use his Amnesty Clause on center Brendan Haywood. Haywood has more than $45 million remaining on his contract but can always be waived prior to another season in the future.

12:54 p.m. ET

  • Deron Williams will not sign an extension with the Nets and will just plan to play this season out. Big news because that basically means it'll be open season on Williams in 2012 and the Nets will have to convince him he should stay. Not all that surprising news, but still, it's important.

12:40 p.m. ET

  • The Chicago Tribune reports Thursday morning that Caron Butler is working out in Chicago and that a source close to him indicated he hopes to sign there. The Bulls need a scoring shooting guard, which Butler can play in combination with the small forward spot, but Butler has both age, injury, and efficiency issues. His prime is past and he tends to overestimate his offensive ability at this point. Then again, the alternative is Keith Bogans. Additionally, Butler is still an excellent defender with length and know-how, and would fit well with the Thibodeau's scheme. 
  • Timberwolves GM David Kahn said at his presser Thursday morning via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that signing Kevin Love to an extension is a big priority for the club and that he expects Love to be with the club a long time. This is a nice change of pace from the year prior to last year and even start of last season when Love could not find time on the floor, reportedly because of Kahn's hesitance about him. You know, him being the All-Star who had a 30-30 game last year and lead the league in rebounding. 

12:08 p.m. ET
  • Suns GM Lon Babby to the Arizona Republic on free agent Grant Hill: "Grant is an absolute first order of business and top priority. I can't contemplate him not being here. He represents everything we want the franchise to stand for -- on and off the court. He's our ballast."
  • Grizz owner Michael Heisley reiterates what we already know: "Obviously, we want to sit down and try to make a deal with Marc," Heisley told The Commercial-Appeal. "I'm committed to keeping him. I'm committed to winning a championship."
  • The Washington Post reports the Wizards won't amnesty Rashard Lewis: "Two people with knowledge of the Wizards' thinking have said that it is unlikely that the team uses the amnesty provision on Lewis or anyone else before this season. But the Wizards could wait and see what players other teams waive, which could add more free agents to the mix."
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com told us that Caron Butler had his list to six teams. Yahoo! Sports reports that list is narrowed even more to just two. "Butler is most attracted to the Bulls because of the chance to play with Derrick Rose and compete for a title, but he would have to take significantly less money to play in Chicago. The Bulls have a stronger need for a shooting guard, and could ultimately spend their money there. Ultimately, that leaves Clippers with an edge over the New Jersey Nets among the suitors with the most significant cap space and a need for a starting small forward."
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  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Lakers' owner Jim Buss has finally relented on keeping Andrew Bynum and now will entertain offers for Bynum if it's "the right deal." That means Dwight Howard is on the Lakers' board, if he wasn't already. The younger Buss has been reluctant to move the young center despite his ongoing knee issues, considering him the franchise player of the future. Berger says that a potential three-way deal could be discussed with Milwaukee sending Andrew Bogut to Orlando, Bynum to Milwaukee and Howard to make even more commercials in L.A. For more on the Lakers' decision regarding which center to build around (assuming they can pull off a trade for Howard with enough assets), read "The Bynum Dilemma." 
  • Yahoo Sports reports that the Bulls could have interest in Wizards' restricted free agent Nick Young. Young is a perfect fit for the Bulls who are badly in need of an upgrade offensively at the shooting guard spot in front of Keith Bogans. But the Wizards are likely to match any offer for Young. A better and cheaper fit might be a trade for sophomore Jordan Crawford, though it's a downgrade in ability.
  • Yahoo also reports that Josh Smith is still interested in a trade from Atlanta. Minnesota was mentioned as a possibility around the trade deadline, which of course makes no sense with Kevin Love and now Derrick Williams, but with the Wolves, what else is new?
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