Tag:2011 Free Agency
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:29 pm

Grant Hill signs one-year deal with Suns

Posted by Royce Young

Whether it be their magical trainers or just because he wants to return, Grant Hill will stay with the Phoenix Suns with a one-year, $6.5 million deal, according to the Arizona Republic.

The Knicks struck out on Hill as they were rumored to have Hill "leaning" their way. But maybe it was those trainers that have extended Hill's career or the fact he loves playing with Steve Nash, he decided to stay put.

This is obviously important for Phoenix who desperately needs Hill's leadership and toughness. He's quietly had a couple really solid seasons, while staying healthy which has always been his issue.

But it's one more year for Hill and then another go-around next season. I must say, $6.5 million is quite a bit for a 39-year-old, but Hill's proven to be able to handle things at his advanced age. No reason to think he won't be ready again.
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 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:18 pm

Report: Dunleavy signs two-year deal with Bucks

Posted by Royce Young

The Milwaukee Bucks will sign Mike Dunleavy to a two-year, $7.5 million deal Friday, according to Yahoo! Sports. Dunleavy will take up a portion of the Bucks mid-level exception with the deal.

Here's the thing: It's easy to look at this deal and say, "What, $7.5 million for Dunleavy?" because a) that's the figure for the deal and b) because right now we're all assuming that every player is grossly being overpaid.

But the Bucks got themselves a nice outside shooter for a little more than $3 million a year. Sometimes, it comes down to what your need is and what the fit is. The Bucks need more scoring. They have needed that for a couple years now. Not that Dunleavy is a scoring machine, but he is someone that gives a bit of punch.

He averaged 11.2 points per game off the Pacer bench last season and is a guy that in 2007-08 averaged nearly 20 points a game. He's a few injuries past that time now, but the point is, he's not a bad player.

And look at what Milwaukee has at the 2 and 3 spots: Stephen Jackson is the starter at small forward with Carlos Delfino behind him and Keyon Dooling is starting at the 2. You're going to tell me they didn't need a little help?

There were better options on the market, sure. Caron Butler? Yeah, but he just signed for $8 million a year. Milwaukee wasn't going there. Richard Jefferson? He's going to want at least the full mid-level. Probably likewise for Vince Carter. So in terms of value, the Bucks tried to land a good player for a good dollar amount. And they see that as Mike Dunleavy. Not bad, not great. Kind of like the Milwaukee Bucks in general.

Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:10 pm

Clippers sign Caron Butler for 3 years, $24M

By Matt Moore  

Caron Butler (Getty Images)Two days ago the Clippers were considered a potential front-runner in the race for Chris Paul. Thursday, they completed the most Clipper-esque move they could make. David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Clippers have signed the 31-year-old, coming-off-knee-surgery Caron Butler to a three-year, $24 million deal. 

Yup, still the Clippers.

Butler has toned down some of his worst temperments in recent years. He's a little easier on the trigger finger, works hard in a defensive scheme, has veteran experience and was a difference maker on the Mavs last season before he went down with knee surgery. Unfortunately, he's 31, and he went down with knee surgery.

The offers on the table for Butler as of Wednesday included the $5 million Mid-Level Exception from either the Spurs or Bulls, to be a competent role player on a championship contender, or $7 million to go to either the Nets or Clippers.

The Clippers went one million dollars above that to make sure they got Butler. Alongside Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin, Butler will be one of the veteran linchpins for a team that needed to improve on both ends of the floor. 

In unrelated news, the NBA Board of Governors was expected to vote to approve the new CBA deal which they agreed to with the NBPA (also voting Thursday) after a five-month lockout in an effort by owners to control wasteful spending. 

Wocka wocka wocka.

Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:51 pm

Chandler has an offer in-hand from the Warriors?

Posted by Royce Young

The ball is in Tyson Chandler's court. Or at least the contract is. Well not in his court, but more like his hand. You get what I mean. I think.

Here's the point: The Warriors have officially offered Chandler a contract, according to CSN Bay Area.

With NBA free agents allowed to officially sign contracts on Friday, Chandler has a deal from the Warriors in front of him worth more than $60 million over four years, according to two league sources.

The Warriors have made Chandler Priority No. 1 this offseason, and they hope to get an answer from Chandler on Day 1 of free agency. The hope is by Friday the Warriors will know if they have a defensive anchor at center or whether they’ll have to go in another direction.

It's a complicated move to get Chandler though. First, the Warriors need to amnesty Andris Biedrins who is still owed $27 million over three years. That is a whole lot of money to be paying for nothing, along with the new deal you're giving Chandler. I guess new owner Joe Lacob is serious about doing what it takes.

Chandler is 29 and has had a number of injuries bite him. He averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game last season and was of course a major part of helping the Mavericks win a title.

And with the Chris Paul trade talk swirling around and the Warriors involved, there's some thinking that Paul would love to play with Chandler again. If that's the case, then the Warriors offering Chandler a deal could be a trump card in what Paul decides to to after this season.

The Warriors have been wanting to make a change in style and structure under the new ownership and new coaching staff led by Mark Jackson. Chandler would be a major step in that direction.

The question is -- is the offer good enough? Four years and $60 million is a major offer and it's hard to see Chandler getting that from anyone else. There are other interested parties like the Nets and Mavs, but it's hard to see either going higher than that. The Mavericks have some shuffling to do if they want to keep Chandler and while the Nets are ready to spend, Nene seems to be a better fit for them.

So really, it comes down to what the Mavericks are willing to do. And whether or not Chandler is willing to give them a hometown defending champions discount.

Chandler has already said he thinks he'll be on a new team by training camp and while that could be posturing, that also could be reality if he decides to put his name on the Warriors' offer.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 12:00 pm

Oden accepts Blazers qualifying offer

Posted by Royce Young

Greg Oden will be staying with the Portland Trail Blazers for at least one more season, his agent told the Oregonian.

Oden will be signing a one-year, $8.9 million qualifying offer with the Blazers that would then make him an unrestricted free agent in 2012. The Blazers made that offer already before the lockout was installed.

There was some thinking that Oden might prefer a fresh start as he's had so many problems in Portland. Some buzz popped up recently about him looking at the Pacers, which are near his hometown.

But he probably wouldn't get anything near the $8.9 million he's getting with the qualifying offer. And he also has the opportunity to play for a bigger deal next season.

Oden has appeared in just 82 games since being taken No. 1 overall by Portland in the 2007 draft. He missed last season after having microfracture surgery in November. And that was after he had a kneecap injury in Dec. of 2009 that forced him to miss the rest of that season. So it's been a while since Oden has been on the basketball court.

Before that injury, Oden was playing pretty well in what was his second season averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Right now, the expectation is that Oden will return to the floor in January.

Waiting until 2012 is probably the wise thing for Oden to do. The $8.9 million is more than he'd likely get in free agency -- especially from the Heat -- and he could use 55 or so games to prove his health this season. If Oden can finally get back to full strength and play as the enforcer he did for that small part of 2009, he could be a player that would require a decent payday.

But as it's been since he was drafted with the top pick in 2007, Oden has to be healthy. Unless that happens, the $8.9 million this season might be the biggest check he'll see for the rest of his career.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 10:39 am

Shane Battier announces he will sign with Heat

By Matt Moore  

No "sources say." No "person close to the situation." Just a simple, direct message. Shane Battier announced where he'll be playing in 2011-2012 as a free agent on Twitter, in just one tweet. 

"Let's Go Heat!!!!!" , Battier tweeted Thursday morning, a good 28 hours before the official time teams can announce signings. Battier also said that it came down to a "winning role" for his decision. He then quoted Jimmy Buffet, officially making him the most non-NBA-player NBA player ever. 

SI.com reports Battier will make the full-taxpayer-MLE for Miami, a 3-year deal wtarting at $3 million which is a pretty nice price for Battier in this market, even at age 33. 

Battier fills a need for the Heat perfectly. A capable outside shooter with excellente defensive abilities, Battier can catch and shoot off the drive-and-kicks LeBron James and Dwyane Wade love so much, and can take the tougher defensive assignments, allowing James and Wade to focus on the offensive end and to roam for blocks and steals. He frees them up to improvise defensively instead of having to stick their assignments. Battier's a crafty veteran who has been apart of long winning stretches, helping the Rockets to a 22-game winning streak four years ago and the Grizzlies to a playoff run to the second round last season, including hitting the game-winner for their first ever franchise win.

Now he's taking his no-stats All-Star talent to South Beach. This is probably not what the owners had in mind when they set out to ensure competitive balance.
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. 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.

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