Jul 1, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT
Here’s what’s going on with free agency news and rumors as the moratorium period began Sunday night at 12:01 a.m..Do not, by any means, consider this comprehensive. There’s so much going on, we’re just trying to get you an overview. (HT: Hoopshype, IAmAGM.com)
Well, for starters, they’re exploring a deal for Joe Johnson to the Nets, per Yahoo. That’s a pretty strong indication of where they’re at. The Hawks are considered to be extremely active in the trade market, angling for a total overhaul of the team under new GM Danny Ferry. Nothing may come of it, but they’re on the phone, taking calls.
They’re also talking about, or to:
Everything else hinges on those two getting locked in first.
Bass reportedly wants to come back, Boston’s his preferred destination.
If they get Johnson, they don’t get Howard. They may not get Howard anyway. They definitely have Wallace. They’ll try and get O.J. Mayo if Johnson falls through. They have a lot of pans in the fire.
Omer Asik has agreed to sign a 3-year, $25.1 million offer with the Houston Rockets. The Bulls have until the 14th to match. The third year is structured to pay Asik $15 million, which may be a poison pill to the Bulls if they still want to dodge the luxury tax. It’s hard to see them matching.
They have interest in:
They reportedly have interest in:
Ersan Ilyasoava (link)
They meet with Deron Williams on Monday, and meet with him first. But neither Mark Cuban nor Dirk Nowitzki will be in attendance, and you’d think that those two missing the meeting has some level of importance. But Rick Carlisle, Donnie Nelson, and Michael Finley isn’t a slouchfest by any means. Something interesting, though.
Steve Nash is going to hold off on making a decision until he’s met with the Mavericks. He has a three-year, $36 million offer from the Raptors on the table.
They have interest in:
Ray Allen (link)
Brandon Roy (link)
All’s quiet on the Pistons front.
Golden State Warriors
Signed Asik to that three-year deal mentioned above. The Rockets have been looking for a franchise center forever. This does seem to indicate a step away from Dwight Howard, however, as they’re now tied up with a significant chunk of change towards a center. There will be talk about Asik being overpaid, but the third year of the contract, Asik will be a $15 million expiring. That’s a trade chip Morey can use.
The Rockets are expected to host Eric Gordon at some point.
Roy Hibbert has agreed to terms with the Blazers on a max contract, four years, $58 million. Will the Pacers sign? That’s a huge question. They have long thought highly of Hibbert, but have never been in love with him, so to speak. They like to date him, they enjoy going steady with him, but they don’t consider him marriage material. They might let him go because they just don’t consider him worth it. But if they do, who plays center? Hibbert was a huge advantage in the playoffs for the Pacers, especially against the Heat. Do they really want to let that walk?
They have interest in:
Eric Gordon (link)
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are going to take a shot at Ray Allen.
Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard! Again!
Nick Young and Brandon Rush are on the Lakers’ targeted list. That’ a fairly big indication that they want a bench shooter to add behind Kobe Bryant. Interesting, considering how many minutes Bryant played last season,and how often Metta World Peace plays at that position.
They’re also interested in:
Lou Amundson (link)
Kirk Hinrich (link)
Rashard Lewis (link)
Ray Allen. So much Ray Allen. Targeting Ray Allen. Need the Ray Allen. Want the Ray Allen. May not have the money to get the Ray Allen. Boston’s offer throws a major wrench in their plans. Jason Terry will likely become option 2 if Allen goes back to Boston.
Not sounding like Ersan Ilyasova will be back. With John Henson, Samuel Dalembert, Ekpe Udoh and Larry Sanders, the Bucks have a lot of depth down low. But they don’t have a lot of skill offensively. Could get tough to get balanced scoring.
Jamal Crawford is reportedly on their list.
New Orleans Hornets
Laughing as teams host Eric Gordon before they match any offer and continue their rebuilding plan, I’d imagine.
New York Knicks
Got Steve Nash in the building to try and stay in the conversation. The Raptors offer may have been a death knell.
Oklahoma City Thunder
YOU GOT THABEET (maybe).
Oh, you know. Dwight.
Looking at all options as it looks like Nash is gone. Going to take a whack at Eric Gordon.
Portland Trail Blazers
Offered Roy Hibbert a max contract. That impacts their ability to re-sign Nicolas Batum, but also gives them maybe the best guy to pair with LaMarcus Aldridge in the league. If they get him, they may be overpaying, but they’re also going to have a ridiculously tough frontcourt.
All’s quiet on the Kings front, for now.
San Antonio Spurs
Looking at options, nothing heavily invested now.
Offered Steve Nash a 3-year, $36 million contract to come back to the motherland. Raptors would then presumably amnesty Jose Calderon. Where Nash fits in with the Raptors’ defensive approach is still up in the air.
Josh Howard is visiting a number of teams, and it doesn’t look likely he’ll return.
All’s quiet on the Wizards front, for the most part.
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