Tag:2011 Free Agency
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:23 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

Posted by Royce Young

The Hawks appear to be losing their top bench option in Jamal Crawford so they're trying to cost effectively replace him. How? With a 32-year-old former scoring champ.

According to ESPN.com, the Hawks have agreed to a one-year deal with Tracy McGrady for the veteran minimum. McGrady, a shooting guard/small forward combo player, spent last season in Detroit quietly having a nice season off the bench for the Pistons. He averaged 8.0 points in 23.4 minutes per game. The oft-injured McGrady made it through last season without a major hiccup, playing in 72 games while starting 39.

McGrady can't officially sign with the team until Friday when free agency actually begins. But teams have been allowed to speak to agents for more than a week and could negotiate directly with players as of Monday.

McGrady has been in the league though 15 seasons and has appeared in 886 games. That's a lot.

The Hawks don't have a lot of depth to start with and really won't have much if Crawford, an unrestricted free agent, signs with someone else. Right now, there's nobody behind Joe Johnson and the starting small forward is Josh Smith with Marvin Williams behind him. So it's very likely McGrady will serve as Johnson's backup.

It's just a matter of how McGrady has left in the tank and if he can stay healthy. If so, he's going to make a nice piece for a contender. Depth is always extremely important and even more so in a shortened season with games packed together like they are.

McGrady's had a prolific career scoring the ball in Toronto and Houston, and has played in New York and Detroit. The Hawks will be the fifth franchise for him. And with him only being 32 still, I doubt it is his last.
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


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
  • 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."
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.
  • 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."
4:38 p.m. ET
  • 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."
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.
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

2:54 p.m. 

  • 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. 

1:33 p.m.
11:55 a.m.
  • 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."
10:15 a.m.
  • 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.
9:45 a.m.
  • 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 6:07 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Pop Quiz: Can Chandler help remake the Warriors?

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell ... Wait, we're almost to winter. What happened? Who cares, there's a season! The NBA season is right around the corner, and NBA training camp starts in just a couple weeks. To get you ready for the season, we've put together some pop quizzes. Pencils ready? We continue our Pop Quizzes with this question... 

Can Tyson Chandler help remake the Warriors?

By Matt Moore  

If Dwight Howard is a model of greatness to himself, Greg Oden is the mystery of a career lost, and Andrew Bynum is the intriguing incomplete whippersnapper, then there's a missing archetype. The hyper-competent, hyper-efficient, all-around veteran difference maker who has toughness a young guy can't have, the toughness that comes with maturity.

In the 2011 free agency, that archetype is personified by Tyson Chandler.

Tyson Chandler's story is pretty interesting. From a stone-handed bust for the Chicago Bulls to Chris Paul's alley-oop partner, Chandler was considered only valuable next to a guard like Paul as recently as 2009. He had injury issues, one of which derailed a trade to the Thunder. He wound up in Charlotte, had a forgettable year, and then made his way to Dallas. Boom.

He was the difference, in every way, for the Mavericks. For years the Mavericks were thought of as weak, as poor defensively, as lacking resolve, as lacking toughness around the rim. Chandler changed all of that. He attacks relentlessly and has the veteran sense to understand spacing to float and recover. If you want numbers, he allows just a 39 percent field goal percentage against the pick-and-roll according to Synergy Sports. He blocked 3 percent of all shots last year, including 19 blocks in 21 playoff games.

But it was more than just numbers. It was his approach. Not overly emotional, not tempermental, not prone to impulse. Making the right play, making it strong, and finishing alley-oop after alley-oop. 62 of Chandler's 266 makes last season were on pick-and-roll scoring opportunities and most of those were alley-oops. He and J.J. Barea had a very unique set of chemistry.

Chandler is a pro's pro at this point in his career, and in a league in desperate need of quality starting centers, he does all the things you look for a big man to do. Which is why he's got so many suitors. Reports over the weekend indicated that Chandler's biggest options were Houston, New Jersey (who want to sign every single free agent on the market), and the Golden State Warriors.

That's right, it's a new day in the Bay (so why don't you call it a day and eat some hay, what do ya' say, I just may) and Mark Jackson has vowed to turn the Warriors into a defensive-minded team. When new ownership and management came out alongside Jackson and said that they would be focusing on getting big men, it seemeed laughable. But now the Warriors are in a position to move from their constant rebuilding status of the past few years into at least "acceptably decent" territory. Chandler puts them lightyears ahead.

With a defensive minded coach, if Jackson can reach them, the Warriors have a dynamic point guard who can shoot from anywhere in Stephen Curry, a prolific scorer in Monta Ellis, a low-post scorer and volume rebounder in David Lee, a plethora of talented wings, a young raw big man in Ekpe Udoh who showed flashes last year, and a championship big man in Tyson Chandler. Having that kind of defense at the rim shifts the entire function of the team. If you don't believe a system and capable bigs can help a team with poor defensive talent, I direct you to the fact the Chicago Bulls had one of the best defenses in the league last season and started Carlos Boozer while bringing Kyle Korver off the bench.

Chandler is likely going to draw a King' ransom based on his reputation, the weakness of this free agency class, the weakness of this league at the center position, and the teams currently in the market. Golden State is a big-market team looking to put itself on the map with new owners, a new coach, and players they can trade, most notably Ellis, who has been on the block for what feels like a decade.

Chandler is 29, if he's given a near-max extension or, even worse, a max, he'll be 32 when the deal expires. That's a quality length of time. Golden State has tried going young and athletic, now it wants to get serious.

It doesn't get much more serious than Tyson Chandler.

The Warriors could be in position to make a serious move in 2011-2012.
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Butler looking at Bulls, Spurs, Nets, Clippers?

Posted by Royce Young

Take away a major knee injury and Caron Butler might be one of the prizes of this free agent class. Not to say he's not something contending teams are after though. He's still a very enticing piece to someone's puzzle.

Question is, who is that someone? Because there are a lot of them. After reports of legit interest in the Bulls, Butler is said to be meeting with the Bulls and Clippers on Monday, the Spurs on Tuesday and the Nets on Wednesday and Thursday he could talk with the Pistons, according to ESPN Dallas.

Of note: The Dallas Mavericks aren't among the teams with interest in Butler right now. Not all that surprising given the Mavs roster and financial situation, but there was a thought that Dallas would try and keep him. The Mavs have said they'd like to keep Butler, but as of now, there's no reported meeting.

Problem for the Mavs is, they're already worrying about Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea, plus the new luxury tax rules that could change how they spend.

The Clippers will meet with Butler face-to-face at heir practice facility Monday.

You can be sure the Bulls will sign a wing in the next few weeks whether it's Butler, Arron Afflalo or someone else. The Clippers want more scoring to go with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon. The Spurs are always in the market for cheap veteran talent and with Richard Jefferson being iffy, Butler could be a nice replacement. The Nets want anything.

If I were handicapping this, I'd say the Bulls are the top option for Butler, but it's just whether or not the interest is mutual. It probably will depend on if the Bulls think they can get Afflalo. If not, the Clippers really do seem like a fit. They need a small forward badly and have the money to pay Butler.

And unfortunately for Mavs fans, I might put Dallas last in that list. Just doesn't seem like Butler will be back there.
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

4:03 p.m. ET
  • 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."
2:21 p.m.
  • 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."
10:36 a.m.
  • 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.
9:10 a.m.
  • 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 10:11 pm
 

Oden leaning heavily to re-signing with Blazers?

Posted by Royce Young

After a reported brief flirtation with the Miami Heat, Greg Oden could be re-signing with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Oden would be signing a one-year, $8.8 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.

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 $8.8 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 $8.8 million this season might be the biggest check he'll see for the rest of his career.
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:28 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Vince Carter waived by the Suns

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Carter was officially waived by Phoenix Friday

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Add another veteran wing player to the free agent pile as ESPN.com reports that the Suns will waive Vince Carter.

The Suns aren't using the new amnesty clause to pull the plug on Carter though. There is actually an amendment in Carter's contract that allows his current team to waive him within 72 hours before the start of free agency, otherwise his $18 million salary becomes fully guaranteed.

The Suns and Carter amended the contract in June to delay the guaranteed-salary date in Carter's final contract year until after the lockout ended. Waiving Carter inside the first 72 hours after the league's schedule start of free agency Friday means that Phoenix would only have to pay $4 million to Carter and likely ensure that the Suns avoid luxury-tax territory this season even after trying to complete the re-signing of Grant Hill and moves with other potential free agents.

The Suns' plan, sources said, is to bring back Hill if possible and make a playoff run this season, then proceed to the summer of 2012 armed with salary-cap space to make major upgrades to the roster.

(This isn't exactly new news though. Back in June there were reports the Suns would buy out Carter but then that whole lockout thing happened.)

If you're like me, you just saw "$18 million" and couldn't believe why anyone wouldn't waive Carter before paying that. Also: Free Agency begins Dec. 9, so the Suns are getting this in with plenty of time.

But if the Suns are planning on keeping Hill and making a run, it seems that they are of the mind that Steve Nash would like to see his time through with the franchise. There have been rumblings that Nash would want a trade to contender, but that doesn't seem to be the case, yet.

So who could be after Carter? According to the report, the Bulls, Spurs and of course the Heat, who seem to be after every decent veteran available, will have interest in Carter. All those teams seem to be a quality fit for Carter and while he's not anywhere near the scorer he once was, he can still shoot from 3-point range and has a good 20-point night in his legs every now and then.

He's not worth $18 million, but he definitely could be a veteran gem for someone in the next couple weeks.
 
 
 
 
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