Tag:2011 Free Agency
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 9:55 pm

2011 NBA Free Agency Buzz 11.30.11

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 30th

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 
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  • 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)
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:09 pm

Sam Dalembert and the Heat share mutual interest?

Posted by Royce Young

Everybody's favorite game is back now that the lockout is (sort of) over: Fill out the Heat's roster! Last summer, it was a mad dash for Pat Riley to fit in pieces around LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. He did it by using his mid-level exception on Mike Miller and then piled in veteran minimum contracts to go with a few rookie deals.

It worked, and it didn't work. The Heat reached The Finals, but they definitely were missing an inside presence. Joel Anthony served his position relatively well, but the big man by committee structure wasn't all that successful. Juwan Howard, Anthony, Jamaal Magloire, Erick Dampier, Dexter Pittman -- I wouldn't say any of those were really a hit.

So here they are again with free agency coming and they're looking at the big man market. There's Tyson Chandler, but they have no shot at him. Same goes for Nene and Marc Gasol (unless there's a sign-and-trade, which there won't be.

Where could they turn? Here's an interesting name: Samuel Dalembert.

Via ESPN.com:
Don't count out the Miami Heat. Dalembert lives in South Florida, wants a chance to win a title and is Pat Riley's No. 1 target. If no team offers him significantly more than the mid-level, Dalembert could be Miami-bound.
Also, consider this from FoxSports.com:
Dalembert wouldn't say he would agree to [the mid-level exception]. But he did say "what is best for you might not be for the most money." And he definitely likes the Heat.

"I'm keeping all my options open, but Miami could be a good fit for me," Dalembert said.

Why is that?

"If you look at the playoffs with Dallas, you saw what Tyson Chandler did," Dalembert said, referring to the 7-foot-1 center who helped the Mavs beat the Heat in six games for the title last June. "He was basically a key ingredient for them to win a championship. And Miami didn't have somebody like that. Somebody able to stop (foes from) getting second shots and somebody able to rebound and finish. I could fill that role and be an asset for that team."
A paycut is the only way the Heat can get to Dalembert and it would have to be a big one. He earned $13.4 million last season and that was while not playing a whole lot in Sacramento. He earned it because he emerged as a major defensive presence in Philadelphia but his production has tailed off some due to injuries, and possibly age (he's 30).

It makes a whole lot of sense in every way, except for the money. Dalembert's Haitian-born, which isn't far from South Beach. He has relatives in the area. He lives in nearby Boca Raton. Dalembert's potentially "missing piece" material for a team that desperately needs a dominant rebounder and shot blocker. Which in previous days, Dalembert was exactly that. As Tom Haberstroh of Heat index notes, despite a disappointing 2010-11, Dalembert still grabbed 19.3 percent of his team's rebounds, which is far above his positional average.

The Heat could have competition though. The Knicks need big man help desperately and are more in a position to pay Dalembert better money. Not a whole lot better, but better regardless. And the interest is said to be mutual there as well.

This free agent market doesn't have the big name, splash type players in it, but it does have potential championship pieces. Dalembert being one of them, and he's going to draw some big attention.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 1:52 pm

Grizzlies to match any offer sheet on Gasol?

Posted by Royce Young

Last season the Grizzlies were a fun, surprise team. This year, they're a legitimate contender with real expectations.

But that hinges on one important thing: that Marc Gasol returns.

Gasol is a restricted free agent and with Memphis being a small market team that's supposedly a bit conscious of where it spends, Gasol could be a tricky piece to re-sign. Memphis just inked Rudy Gay, just inked Zach Randolph and just inked Mike Conley. That's a lot of money tied up already, so keeping the likely pricey Gasol could be an issue.

Especially since Gasol, along with Nene, might be the top free agent target out there. But he's a restricted free agent, meaning Memphis can match anything offered to him. And that looks to be an important part of this.

According to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, Memphis plans to match anything offered to Gasol.

"People with knowledge of (owner Michael) Heisley's thinking are convinced that the Grizzlies will match any offer sheet Gasol signs with another suitor."

Heisley had previously said back in May that it would be up to Gasol whether or not he stayed in Memphis.

"Marc will decide whether he wants to be here. We will aggressively go after him," Heisley said. "He's a restricted free agent, so we can match whatever's out there. But obviously if Marc wants to leave, I'm going to have a different attitude than if he wants to stay. I hope he wants to stay. And after what we've done in the playoffs, I think he will."

With Memphis's deep playoff run and Gasol in the center of it (literally), you can be sure that only strengthened Heisley's conviction to re-sign Gasol.

The Grizzlies would likely have to adjust in order to keep Gasol as part of the core. O.J. Mayo will likely be packing his bafs (he's a restricted free agent in 2012) and Shane Battier likely won't be re-signed (he's unrestricted). So Mayo, who the Grizzlies tried to trade at the deadline last year, will likely be something the Memphis tries to move at some point this season as well.

Re-signing Gasol means Memphis basically would be putting all its long-term eggs into the basket of Gay, Gasol, Randolph and Conley, which isn't a bad core. But is it a championship one? Eh...

Memphis also could sign Gasol to an extension, and is able to pay him more and for longer than any other team. As for being restricted, remember, under this new collective bargaining agreement, the Grizzlies have three days instead of seven to match. And seeing as how the Grizzlies struggle with deadlines (hello O.J. Mayo trade), someone better be on the ball in Memphis.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 2:54 pm

Pacers exploring trade and free agency

By Matt Moore 

The Indiana Pacers are coming off of fascinating season. They started off hot as fire, then cratered a bit. Jim O'Brien was fired, and then interim coach Frank Vogel took them to the playoffs, where they had as competitive a five-game series against the Bulls as a five-game series can be. So they're looking to upgrade the team and make a run, right now. They brought in George Hill through trade, and now are looking for more additions. 

The Indianapolis Star mentons a pretty intriguing option through trade: Paul Millsap
The Pacers talked to the Utah Jazz about forward Paul Milsap prior to the draft. Expect them to make a phone call to the Jazz again. The 26-year-old Milsap, a Pacer killer in the past, averaged a career-high 17 points last season.
via Mike Wells: A look at players the Pacers might pursue | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

Millsap would make for the power forward the Pacers are looking for in free agency through David West or Nene. If they were to trade Roy Hibbert as part of the package, thiy could sign Nene, then add Millsap making one of the better front courts in the Eastern Conference, along with Danny Granger. The Pacers are clearly looking to enter the conference race right now, instead of waiting to see their young pieces develop. 

The question is, what's the objective? Can the Pacers win a title with Danny Granger as their best player? They've put together an interesting, fast, young team that can defend at one end, hit from the perimeter, and get out in transition. But do they have a team that could get hot and go on an unpredictable run to the title? OK, it wouldn't be unpredictable if we could answer that. But the point is that the Pacers are loading up for what is likely a team whose ceiling is the second round. 

Have to try something, I guess. The Pacers surprised people last season. If they spend wisely, and that's a big if, they could do the same this year with heightened expectations.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:01 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 1:34 pm

Crawford and Knicks have mutual interest?

Posted by Royce Young

The free agent pool isn't all that deep, but there are a couple decent prizes out there. One that's drawing a good amount of interest around the league is Jamal Crawford who has been flirting with Portland a bit and Miami, but just mainly because LeBron's been tweeting about him.

But according to the New York Daily News, Crawford also has some interest in returning to New York.

"Crawford is one of the top available free agents, and according to a source close to the veteran shooting guard, he prefers returning to the New York area if he does not re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks."

It's fairly unlikely that Crawford re-ups with Atlanta as the team shunned him all last season while he searched for a new contract. The Knicks would love to have his scoring punch to add to Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, but Crawford is likely looking for more than the mid-level exception. And with the Knicks current cap situation, they probably can't do much more than that.

Especially if the Knicks really are going to to try and straighten themselves out for a run at Chris Paul or Deron Williams next summer.

Crawford recently dropped agent Aaron Goodwin and signed with Andy Miller, according to the report. Miller's roster? Chauncey Billups, Jared Jeffries and Roger Mason. Miller's also based out of New Jersey. Not that those things actually mean all that much in terms of Crawford going to New York, but it certainly doesn't mean nothing.

The Knicks though are more in need of post help than another scorer. While Crawford would be enticing because of his scoring abilty, the Knicks need defensive help and a strong big man to play center. Stoudemire was forced to play the 5 all too often last season and with Ronny Turiaf as the likely top option there right now, the Knicks need help.

With that and the cap situation, really the only way Crawford ends up in New York is via sign-and-trade. And then again, are the Knicks willing to spend that money and completely blow any chance, no matter how small it may be, of snagging CP3 in 2012?

So consider this: The report says Crawford has interest in returning to the "New York area" next season. Guess who is in the New York area and will be even more there than in the past? The Nets. With their move to Brooklyn and the fact Crawford's new agent is based in the area, the Nets could be a strong option for Crawford. It makes a decent amount of sense too as the Nets need something to go next to Williams. They have to show Williams they're committed to building a winner and splashing for a guy like Crawford could be a start to saying so.
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:30 pm

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

Posted by Royce Young

The summer of 2011 isn't going to have quite the sizzle the summer of 2010 did in terms of free agency. The biggest name out there is Carmelo Anthony but by all appearances, he'll have signed an extension with someone before he gets there.

But there are a number of good building blocks to be had. One being Kendrick Perkins currently of the Boston Celtics. With him being such a key part to their stellar interior defense, you'd think it would be a no-brainer for Boston to extend him. Except Perkins wants to do things his own way. He wants to see what's available in free agency, via the Boston Herald.
According to two league sources, Perkins has already turned down a Celtics offer that is bound by the CBA’s current restrictions — a contract extension worth slightly less than $30 million over four years, which reflects the currently mandated contract limits of a 20-percent increase and a four-year maximum. Perkins, represented by agent Arn Tellem, has opted to wait until he is an unrestricted free agent, when even in an unpredictable market he has a chance of commanding far more.
Obviously this just means Perkins wasn't satisfied with the offer he was handed by the Celtics. This doesn't mean he's walking out the door in Boston. But the Celtics have kind of made it their thing to low-ball players and hope they sign. They did it to Rajon Rondo and he ended up taking it. Perkins on the other hand, wants to try and bump up his price tag.

It's a risk on Perkins end though because of the uncertainty of the new CBA. Players like him may have their salary options scaled back, so Perkins is clearly stepping out a bit. But he knows he has serious value to the Celtics, especially with the life of the Big 3 having a timetable.

A lot of teams would love to have a 6-11 center that will bruise, bang and rebound while also providing a bit of offensive game. Perkins knows that and knows he has value on the market. Boston probably doesn't want to let him walk, but every team has its limits with money. And if Perkins gets a better offer, he'll by all means take it.
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