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, November 30th9:54 p.m. ET
- Tyson Chandler says he expects to be with a new team by training camp. Don't worry yet though Mavs fans, it's probably just posturing.
- ESPN the Magazine reports that the Warriors have reached out yet again to the Grizzlies regarding a trade for Monta Ellis, this time involving Rudy Gay in exchange for the scorer in addition to another asset. The Warriors' other asset to move would be Andris Biedrins, who, in combination with Ellis would represent over $20 million in assets. Kind of a lot for the Grizzlies to take on. Ekpe Udoh is another choice, as the Warriors are said to be pursuing a center in free agency. The Grizzlies have repeatedly said they are not trading Gay, but continue to be involved in conversations to the contrary, because, well, that's how the NBA works.
- USA Today reports the Warriors are interested in retaining Reggie Williams. The Warriors are going to be stocked on the wings.
- According to USA Today, Oklahoma City and Nate Robinson are currently working on a buyout. Why? Why not keep him on and let him just expire? For one, the roster spot. It frees Presti to use it on a D-Leaguer he likes or even to sign someone. Secondly, you have to pay him less, presumably. And third, OKC doesn’t need a fourth point guard. Robinson wasn’t happy at all with his situation in OKC and with Reggie Jackson now in the mix, the Thunder don’t have any plans for Robinson.
- According to Nets Daily, the Nets are not interested in either David West or Big Baby Glen Davis. Don't expect the Kings to pursue West either, reports SI.com.
3:26 p.m. ET
- According to USA Today, the Bulls, Heat and Celtics have all expressed interest in signing Shane Battier, as well as Grant Hill.
- ESPN.com reports that the New Jersey Nets will pursue both Nene Hilario and Tyson Chandler, in hopes of landing one of the two. And then the plan could be to use one as bait for Dwight Howard. I bet Brook Lopez is just thrilled about this.
3:03 p.m. ET
- The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Pistons do not plan to waive a player using their amnesty clause. The most likely candidates would have been guards Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon and forward Charlie Villanueva. Hamilton is entering the final fully guaranteed year of his contract and Gordon is productive even though he's overpaid, so Villanueva was the player who was spared the most here.
2:54 p.m. ET
- SI.com reports the following suitors for New Orleans free agent forward David West: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards in addition to the Hornets.
1:18 p.m. ET
- Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that six teams have expressed interest in Caron Butler: Nets, Clippers, Bulls, Heat, Spurs and Knicks. Berger also says, "Line of communication also open between Mavs and Butler's reps as everyone feels out new rules and opening of team-agent dialogue."
- Billy King, GM of the Nets, spoke with Howard Beck of the New York Times and confirmed that the Nets will be offering Deron Williams an extension first thing. Williams can't sign it until December 9th, but that's OK since Williams has already said he's going to wait and see how things play out (read: see if the Nets can actually convince any other talent to join him there). There's a reason the Nets are trying so desperately to add talent in free agency and trade.
- ESPN Dallas reports that a source close to Rudy Fernandez denied the shakey reports that he would ask to stay in Spain instead of returning to the Mavericks. Certainly looks like Fernandez will be in blue for the Mavs' opener on Christmas.
- SI.com reports that Nene "hasn't closed the door" on returning to the Nuggets. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that Nene has six teams in mind for where to play next and Denver... isn't one of them.
- To get you caught up real quick on the CP3-Boston drama, the Celtics went from "considering moving Rondo" to "wanting to trade Rondo for CP3" to "talking to the Pacers about trading Rondo there for assets to get CP3" to a report coming out that "Paul won't extend with Boston anyway." So if you're keeping track, we're right back where we were yesterday. Or we haven't gone anywhere. Either interpretation is accurate, really.
- On WEEI in Boston, Jackie MacMullen of ESPN.com and a longtime Celtics writer said that Glen Davis drove the Celtics "crazy" by continuously missing fitness guidelines and chasing stats to help his contract versus the team. All of this leads her to the conclusion he won't be re-signed by the Celtics. Not a huge shocker, considering the way Davis' season ended, but it will make him one of the mid-level free agents on the market. His weight is a long-term issue, but he's also an exteremely capable defender and a player who can finish around the basket. He'll get offers. (HT: RedsArmy)
- The Knicks need a big man, and they're likely going to get one in free agency, even if it's a short-term solution. Marc Berman of the New York Post says the following names are on their radar: Kurt Thomas, Kwame Brown, Tony Battie, Theo Ratliff and Aaron Gray. Brown is likely the biggest name on that list, but mostly because of his notorious bust status. However, Brown quietly had a quality season for the Bobcats last year and brings a lot of what the Knicks are looking for. He might actually be out of their price range, as crazy as that sounds. Gray is another quality option who had big minutes for the Hornets last year when Emeka Okafor was out with an injury. (HT: PBT)