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Late night And-1 links: A few free agency rumors, more

Jul 2, 2013, 2:39 AM EDT

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than NBA fans love free agency….

• Not long after free agency opened, the Lakers called former Sixer Nick Young.

• Big man Al Jefferson is in Charlotte and will spend a chunk of Tuesday meeting with the Bobcats (via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports).

• The Bobcats also want to re-sign their own free agents Gerald Henderson and Josh McRoberts.

• With Jefferson clearly bolting Utah, the Jazz would like to re-sign Paul Millsap. The two sides met right after free agency opened. Still no deal in place. The Jazz have the right to match any offer Millsap gets from another team.

Josh Smith will met with Atlanta on Tuesday.

• Reports are Milwaukee, Portland, San Antonio and Atlanta are meeting with Zaza Pachulia, trying to land him.

• The Bucks, Denver, Memphis are making a run at Tony Allen. At least so far.

• Brian Scalabrine has had conversations with the Bulls about being an assistant coach.

• In news that would shock nobody, the Celtics may look to trade Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries.

• This is making a lot of buzz around the league: Bulls GM Gar Forman fired Bulls lead assistant Ron Adams over the objections of coach Tom Thibodeau. In general in the NBA, head coaches get to pick their assistants, the fact that Forman did this speaks to just how strained the relationship between coach and GM is in Chicago.

• Amar’e Stoudemire is part of a group of investors looking to buy an Israeli basketball team.

• In case you missed it (a lot of other things were going on), Malcolm Lee got traded twice on draft night, from the Timberwolves to Golden State then on the Suns.

• Minnesota’s rookie Shabazz Muhammad’s father was a concern for some teams — that he would be overly involved in his career. But Muhammad said his father is not working with him anymore.

• Speaking of the draft, but apparently James Harden mocked the Thunder taking Steven Adams.

• In case you missed it, Shawn Marion opted in with the Mavericks for $9.3 million next year rather than test the free agent market. That was wise.

Kwame Brown opted in with the Sixers before free agency started, he will be with the team and make $2.9 million next season.

Lou Williams is apparently doing well in his recovery from ACL surgery.

• New Orleans’ new rookie Pierre Jackson has a left patella injury and may have to skip summer league.

  1. Kevin S. - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    I can find absolutely no evidence to back your continued assertions that Paul Millsap is a RFA. In fact, it would appear that it is not possible for a player with seven years experience in the league to be restricted, according to Larry Coon:

  2. kb2408 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Kwame is making $3 million bucks next season? Being 6’11” must be nice.

  3. wjmoffatt - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Not quit sure why James Harden is holding a grudge towards the Thunder when they offered him a really nice deal and he was the one to turn it down! Plus how can you laugh at Steven Adams when your team is paying Omar Asik and Lin those ridiculous contracts. After the Rockets don’t get Howard, let the world laugh at them!

  4. thekingdave - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I don’t know why you’re running with the Harden story. In your own link the source of the rumor apologizes and claims he was duped.

  5. caeser12 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Chicago is crazy to do that to Tom Thibodeau. My Knicks could use a Head Coach with half of his skills.

  6. spursareold - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Note to NBA asst coaches: if your boss’s boss does something you don’t like, keep your trap shut. There are very few irreplacable head coaches, let alone assistants. Assuming he gets another job, Ron Adams now has to live away from his family again.

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