Tag:2011 Free Agency
Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:35 pm

Tyson Chandler down to three teams?

Posted by Royce Young

Maybe when Tyson Chandler said he expected to be with a new team before training camp, he was serious. Most took it as free agent posturing, something just part of the negotiation. But it's looking like Chander could be very serious about moving on.

According to ESPN.com, talks between Chandler and the Mavericks have stalled out and he's planning on meeting face-to-face with three teams this week -- the Warriors, Rockets and Nets.
With little movement in the talks in the days since, sources say that Golden State, Houston and New Jersey have emerged as the most serious suitors for Chandler, who is widely credited with changing the defensive culture in Dallas and combining with Mavs mainstay Dirk Nowitzki to spark the franchise to its first-ever championship.
It could still be just part of the process of Chandler re-signing with Dallas though. He wants a big deal and the Mavs are making it seem as if they can't afford him unless it comes with a little hometown paycut.

The Nets could be after Chandler with an eye towards flipping him in a package to Orlando for Dwight Howard. But that's just speculation at this point. Because otherwise, it seems a bit curious that the Nets would be this interested in acquiring either Chandler or Nene, given they have Brook Lopez. Obviously they haven't been thrilled with Lopez's progression, but still, he's potentially a franchise big man already on your roster, especially considering he's just 23 compared to Nene and Chandler who are both 29.

And don't forget either: Lopez averaged 20.4 points per game last season. That's nothing to just gloss over. If you asked me, that's a player I'd keep as a cornerstone.

But the Nets want to make a major splash in order to impress Deron Williams, so they're looking for a big name free agent. Chandler could be that guy, or it could just be part of Chandler's tour to drive up interest and his price tag. There's no doubt he'd be a nice fit in Houston and Golden State has been hunting an athletic big man for a while. He's going to require a hefty number and with his injury history and age, there could be hesitation.

Don't rule out the Mavs completely though. Chandler hasn't signed anywhere yet and you know he wants to return to Big D. It's just about the numbers right now.
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?

Posted by Royce Young

Sunday, December 4, 2011

9:58 p.m. ET

6:29 p.m.

2:34 p.m.

10:24 a.m.

  • 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."

10:06 a.m.

  • 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 3, 2011 6:32 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 10:35 pm

NBA teams, free agents can talk Monday

Posted by Ben Gollivermark-cuban-phone

NBA front office executives: get your best pitch ready and start your engines.

ESPN.com reports and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms that direct contact between NBA teams and free agents will finally be allowed, beginning Monday.

NBA team executives and coaches will be allowed to start talking to players around the league Monday at 10 a.m. ET, according to league sources. Teams were notified Saturday that contact with players and free agents will be allowed Monday in advance of the scheduled opening of training camps Dec. 9.

Coaches/players will be able to have contact at practice facilities come Monday but coaches still can't oversee on-court workouts until camp Friday.

One more thing NBA teams are allowed to do starting Monday: Give physicals to free agents. So obviously free agent visits would be permissable, too.

Teams and player agents have been allowed to talk since last Wednesday, and a steady stream of rumored interest in free agents has trickled out in the 72 hours since.

What will this direct team-to-target contact mean?

For one, it will likely lead to some handshake deals between teams and free agents that allow the teams to plan their next moves. If a player accepts in principle, say, an offer of a full Mid-Level Exception, it would allow the team to focus its efforts on filling out the end of its bench or working to re-sign its own free agents. Getting a handshake before the free agency period could also help serve as a deciding factor in whether or not to use the Amnesty Clause on a certain player. If a replacement is lined up and ready to go, parting with a current player becomes that much easier.

What should fans expect? A flurry of reports early next week of players traveling to visit a city or cities in advance of the free agency window, shopping for the right fit and best contract. It's definitely possible that rumored agreements in principle could begin leaking out in advance of the official free agency period, too.

On Friday, then, expect a waive of more official contract reports as teams look to get their new signings into camp as quickly as possible in advance of the rapidly approaching preseason and regular season start dates. It's about to be a breakneck two weeks for the NBA, and it looks like the official beginning will be bright and early on Monday. Buckle up.
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 10:05 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?


Posted by Ben Golliver

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. 

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011

9:51 p.m.
  • DraftExpress.com reports that 19-year-old Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, will not be released by Lithuanian club Lietuvos Rytas so that he can join the Toronto Raptors during the 2011-2012 NBA season. The Raptors selected Valanciunas knowing that they might need to wait a year for contract purposes but a report surfaced earlier Saturday that said Toronto would investigate his potential availability now that the lockout has ended.
6:39 p.m. 
  • The Oregonian reports that Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent center Greg Oden will undergo a medical evaluation on Thursday that could lead to him being cleared for contact. Oden is expected to return to the court no earlier than January following a Nov. 2011 microfracture surgery. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft hasn't played in an NBA game since Dec. 2009.
2:27 p.m.
  • ESPN.com reports that the Toronto Raptors might hold off on making a free agency splash until next summer because they don't have a chance of landing Memphis Grizzlies restricted free agent center Marc Gasol and because they would need to amnesty someone to be able to make the big-dollar offer. 
  • The New York Post reports that the New Jersey Nets have a "quiet confidence" in their ability to sign Denver Nuggets free agent center Nene Hilario, with the Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets seen as the top competition for his services.
  • HoopsWorld.com reports that he Indiana Pacers would investigate a sign-and-trade for Memphis Grizzlies free agent center Marc Gasol with center Roy Hibbert to dangle as bait. The site also reports the Pacers have interest in free agent guard Jamal Crawford.
11: 50 a.m.
  • SI.com reports that the trio of top-flight big men that are free agents -- Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler and Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilario -- are all looking for the biggest payday possible: "According to sources, Nene, Chandler and Gasol all set their early asking prices in the neighborhood of maximum-contract territory, starting at $14.8 million for Gasol, $17.7 annually for Nene, and $20.7 million for Chandler. There is plenty of crossover in their respective lists of salary-cap-friendly suitors, with the Nets, Rockets and Warriors appearing to be the hungriest shoppers, and the Pacers and Trail Blazers strolling the big man aisles as well."
  • The Boston Herald quotes Billy Duffy, agent for Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, in response to recent trade rumors involving his All-Star client: "It’s just disturbing. It’s disturbing for everybody. It’s disturbing for me. It’s disturbing for him, because it makes one think, ‘Where do I stand in this relationship?’ Particularly because he’s a darn good player, and this is a very successful franchise, and he’s one of the key players on the franchise. When the uncertainty of your situation becomes a prominent topic — not just within your household, but on a national basis — it is a bit challenging."
  • The Boston Globe reports that David Falk, agent for Celtics forward Jeff Green, "hopes" he can reach a new deal with the Celtics and that his client "feels like he has unfinished business in Boston."
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

7:57 p.m.
7:09 p.m.
  • 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.
4:51 p.m.
  • 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."
3:36 p.m.
  • 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."
1:41 p.m. 
  • 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.
8:45 a.m.
  • 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."
9:54 a.m. ET
  • 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?
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:49 pm

Tyson Chandler think he'll be on a new team soon

Posted by Royce Young

The lockout isn't even officially over and the Mavericks could be losing one of their key championship pieces already. At least Tyson Chandler thinks so.

"I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp," Chandler told ESPN.com in a telephone interview Wednesday night. "I'm really taking a hard look at all of my options, trying to see what best suits me."

Chandler has already said that he feels the new collective bargaining agreement could mean he has to leave Dallas, which he wasn't happy about. The Mavs obviously want Chandler back, but if it's open season on him, he'll definitely be a top target for a lot of teams. But Chandler doesn't want to wait around.

"I would like this to be settled by early next week," Chandler said. "I want to be in camp with my new teammates as soon as possible."

But don't think just because Chandler says it's over, that it's over. This is all a negotiation, all part of the game. Chandler wants the most money he can possibly get and he's basically saying, "Hey Cuban, if you want to keep me, you'll have to pay up." Call it posturing, call it hardball, but Chandler is working to get everything he can.

Chandler has said repeatedly he wants to stay with the Mavericks and the team has maintained that their top offseason job was to bring him back. But according to the report, the Mavs fear that they won't be able to match the offers Chandler will get on the open market. Right now, assuming Dallas lets Caron Butler and J.J. Barea walk, the Mavs would only have $5-6 million in cap space for 2012 to make a run at Deron Williams, Dwight Howard or Chris Paul.

Top suitors for Chandler as of now are listed as the Nets, Warriors, Rockets and Raptors. But again, this is just how free agency works. The Mavs say they don't have the money to pay and Chandler says that he probably won't be back. Have we not learned anything from all the posturing and PR spin from the lockout? What you hear isn't what is truth.

Chandler very well may move on, but there's still time to get this figured out. I mean, the lockout isn't even actually over yet.
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 2:07 pm

Pop Quiz: How can the Magic keep Howard?

Posted by Royce Young

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 start our Pop Quizzes with this question...

Can Orlando keep Dwight Howard?

It's been less than a week since the lockout unofficially ended and there have already been 400 reports about Dwight Howard. He's going to Los Angeles. He's going to New Jersey. He's going to Boston.

Have we considered this one: He may not be going anywhere.

OK, so that's pretty unlikely. But Howard, unlike Carmelo Anthony, hasn't actually made it painfully obvious that he doesn't want to stay with the franchise that drafted him. Howard has said things like "I want to be in Orlando," "I love Orlando," "I want to win in Orlando," and so on and so forth.

And on top of that, with all this trade speculation going absolutely crazy already, remember this one: Magic general manager Otis Smith said right before the lockout started that he would NOT trade Howard mid-season. Smith is convinced Howard will stay and re-sign in 2012, so he's going to take that chance.

Smith put it this way about trading Howard: "The answer will be the same as it always is: No."

But he's already changing his tune. He told the Orlando Sentinel this Wednesday:  “I think you have to look at everything ... I don’t think you can take anything out of consideration."

It's a hefty risk to take not to consider trading him, but then again, the Magic are probably right to take it. Howard so far, hasn't indicated he wants to leave. And just because a player says he wants to look at his options, it's not the black spot for a franchise. Maybe he really wants to look at his options. (By the way, Howard himself hasn't used that line yet.)

Proclaiming "no" to all trade offers sounds pretty straightforward. Of course, things change. Opinions change. People change. And if Smith becomes more and more convinced that Howard will be leaving for another team com July 1, 2012, he might reconsider that position. Which it looks like he already is. As Denver's GM Masai Ujiri proved, sometimes it's worth giving up your man and getting the most you can back.

And Smith has an advantage because Howard hasn't necessarily zeroed in on one place he wants to go (yet). Meaning the Magic can get offers from more than just one place.

But that's not the concern for Smith and the Magic. Not yet. They're still focused on keeping their franchise man. And I think they can. I don't take Howard as a liar, as someone that's just saying nice things for the sake of it. I think he wants to stay with the Magic as long as they afford him that possibility. Meaning, he's got to have a team around him that he can win with.

Not for a lack of trying, Smith has tried to give Howard a roster to win with. They've failed miserably for the most part, but he's tried. It really lines up almost exactly the same as Danny Ferry's efforts in Cleveland to give LeBron a roster he could win with. Gilbert Arenas was a failure. Hedo Turkoglu as well. Jason Richardson was and still is a nice piece, but he didn't have a favorable role.

What the Magic need is a point guard that can relieve pressure and open up the game for Howard and a go-to scorer that can shoulder the load late in games. Arenas and Turkoglu were supposed to combine to be those people last year and it didn't happen.

But if Smith can give Howard a team he likes and one that can truly compete, I honestly think there's a chance he re-signs. He's got a brand new arena to play in that's one of the nicest in the league, Orlando is a nice market and the team has been solid. It's just about impressing him enough to convince him to commit to a future with them. It's like a boyfriend trying really hard to impress his girlfriend that he knows is too good for him. That's what Smith has to do. He's got to woo Howard this season. Roses, chocolates, a roster that can make it to The Finals -- you know, that stuff.

Last season's playoff exit might've been a major nail in the coffin, but there's a chance for redemption this season.

Unless you trade him.
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