Free Agency Buzz 7.2.12: Hawks in the lead for Dwight Howard?

By Royce Young | NBA writer

The 2012 NBA Free Agency moratorium period began Sunday morning at midnight. Between Sunday and Monday the 11th, teams are allowed to contact and negotiate with players, but not sign them until the 11th. That means meetings! And interest! And lots and lots of "reports" and "sources."

We'll keep you up to date on the latest with the free agent mania here at Buzz central.

9:00 PM ET

  • Are the Hawks now the leader for Dwight Howard? An report notes that Howard grew up in Atlanta and is close with Josh Smith as well as newly acquired Anthony Morrow.

6:30 PM ET

  • The Hawks also have sent Marvin Williams to Utah in exchange for Devin Harris, reports

2:30 PM ET

  • The Washington Post reports that the Wizards have interest in John Lucas III, among others. The Wizards bringing in the volume shooter Lucas from Chicago would be pretty hilarious, considering their move away from young gunners and the fact that Jordan Crawford is slated as the two-guard alongside Bradley Beal. Crawford and Lucas could break the usage metric just with the two of them.
  • The Lakers, Suns, Raptors and Knicks have interest in Grant Hill, via ESPN.

12:30 PM ET

  • Doc Rivers on Boston re-signing Jeff Green: "We really want him back and I really think at the end of the day that he will be back because this is such a good fit for him. We need him back and we're trying to get him back. We can offer him more money."
  • The Pistons are in discussions with Ukranian center Vyacheslav Kravtsov and will sign him on July 11, according to a release the team sent out.

10:30 AM ET

  • Magic GM Rob Hennigan: "Dwight mentioned he wanted to be traded and Brooklyn is where he wanted to go."

8:30 AM ET

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