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  1. The Hornets may or may not have overpaid for their frontcourt

    Dec 17, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Smith_Jason

    The Hornets landed Carl Landry back in New Orleans the same day they traded Chris Paul for 1 year at $9 million. That’s not terrible, but it’s a bit much for Landry’s production. Then the Hornets brought back Jason Smith on Friday for three-years at $2.5 mllion per year. That’s not a bad bargain given…

  2. Cavaliers use amnesty clause on Baron Davis

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially announced that they have used their team’s “amnesty clause” on Baron Davis, and waived the 32-year old guard from their roster. Davis’ current contract will pay him 13.95 million dollars this season, and Davis has a player option for 14.85 million next season. Davis will still make that money, but…

  3. Bobcats sign Reggie Williams to 2-year, $5 million deal.

    Dec 14, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    WILLIAMS_REGGIE

    According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Bobcats have signed former Golden State Warriors swingman Reggie Williams to a 2-year deal worth 5 million dollars. The 25-year old former D-league player averaged 9.2 points on 46.9% shooting from the field and 42.3% shooting from deep last season, and averaged 15.2 points on 49.5% shooting…

  4. Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando because they didn’t let him run the team badly

    Dec 12, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    See, here’s my problem. Carmelo Anthony had it right. For all his ego, for all the manipulation, for holding the Nuggets and the news cycle hostage for six months, he had it right. It was quiet. He never committed to the Nuggets, kept it quiet, didn’t make it worse. Melo knows it’s a business and…

  5. Knicks making effort to acquire Jamal Crawford in sign-and-trade

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Donnie Walsh said in the press conference announcing his departure from the Knicks’ president job that the team’s objective was to build supporting players around Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. He acknowledged the difficulty of that given the salary constraints of having two stars, but also made it clear that it wasn’t about a third…

  6. Warriors to sign DeAndre Jordan to offer sheet

    Dec 11, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area reports the Warriors are ready to sign Clippers restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet to try and pry him away from the Clippers and find the defensive presence they need. From CSN Bay Area: The Warriors are poised to sign center DeAndre Jordan to an offer…

  7. Jeff Green re-signs with Boston for one-year, $9 million. Which is weird. And kind of genius.

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green was spoken of as part of the Celtics future, as the big building block to put beside Rajon Rondo. The acquisition of Green for Kendrick Perkins was highly controversial in Boston, made only worse by his performance last season and in the playoffs (though he had a few moments). Green was supposed to…

  8. Magic intend to sign Jason Richardson as franchise spirals further into madness

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Let’s play a little thought exercise. Magic GM Otis Smith walks into a room. He stands at a podium and answers questions regarding the state of the team. He opens by informing the media that Dwight Howard has requested a trade, twice, today, in the last year year of his contract. His team is facing…

  9. 2011 NBA Free Agency and Trade Current Events: This league is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    Let’s say you had a full day of work on Thursday, and then a dinner engagement with a friend, or your kid had a basketball game or something. Then on Friday you had another full day, and then a work Christmas party. This is the holiday season, everyone’s busy. Perhaps you’ve missed what’s gone on in…

  10. Warriors apparently ready to offer DeAndre Jordan around $10 million

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    From the Contra Costa Times’ Marcus Thompson: The Warriors are preparing an offer sheet for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to a team source. The Warriors must have the space under the cap to cover the first year of the deal in order to make the offer. Don’t yet know how much the…

  11. Daequan Cook re-signs with Thunder for 2 years, $7.5 million

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    COOK_DAEQUAN

    According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder have signed 24-year old 3-point specialist Daequan Cook to a 2 year, $7.5 million extension. Cook, who was unceremoniously thrusted upon Oklahoma City to create cap space for the Heat in a 2010 draft-day trade, played in 43 games for the Thunder last season,…

  12. 76ers sign Thaddeus Young to 5-year, $42 million contract

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

    Thaddeus young

    From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Kate Fagan: Here’s final details on @yungsmoove21‘s deal to return to #Sixers: contract is for $43 million over 5 years. Or just about $8.3 million per. According to Fagan, Young will have a player option for the 5th year of his deal. The 23-year old Young, who was a lottery pick in 2007,…

  13. NBA Free Agency: The final chance for Vince Carter’s redemption

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:56 PM EDT

    vince-carter-suns

    At the 2000 NBA All-Star Game, Vince Carter put in one of the most prolific, maybe the single best performances in NBA history. In the 2000 summer Olympics, Vince Carter dunked over Frederic Weis in arguably the most famous posterization of all time. And in the early to mid-2000′s, Carter put together one of the…

  14. J.J. Barea wants to go back to the Mavs

    Dec 4, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    J.J. Barea

    Jose Juan Barea is going to get a lot of offers in free agency. That’s what happens when you’re the spark plug on the championship team. Barea does what he does very well. He manages the offense, hits some shots, and if you lose him for a minute, bam, he’s backdoor and you’ve given up…

  15. The Heat want to make a run at Greg Oden. I want to make a run at Isla Fisher. Both have equal odds.

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    greg_oden

    The Heat are cash strapped. That tends to happen when you have three superstars playing on one team (or former superstars in the case of Chris Bosh — sorry, Chris). They need to improve their team and yet they don’t have much room and only one exception to use. So what’s the plan? Apparently it’s…

  16. Report: Free agency lunacy tips off in earnest Monday

    Dec 3, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Behind the Scenes

    Yes, there have been back-channel communications. Yes, there are indications and sources and talks. But free agency hasn’t officially begun and won’t until Monday. But Monday, according to an ESPN report, that’s when free agents can begin being wooed by teams and executives. Cue the Brazilian steakhouse jokes! NBA team executives and coaches will be allowed to…

  17. One more time, report says Marc Gasol’s not leaving Memphis. Seriously. No kidding. For real.

    Dec 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol, Matt Bonner

    ESPN.com reports that there’s a high amount of skepticism around the league regarding Marc Gasol‘s availability in restricted free agency outside of Memphis. In short, the Grizzlies have every intention of matching any offer for the young stud center. Gasol is not the biggest name on the Grizzlies, with Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, Mike Conley,…

  18. Arron Affalo is another player that good teams really want

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein: It’s been a familiar refrain from a handful of front-office types during the first few days of the NBA’s gradual return to offseason normalcy: Denver’s Arron Afflalo is a popular choice when you ask execs to pinpoint the most attractive free agent outside of the big men… …Sources told ESPN.com that…

  19. Pretty much everyone wants Jamal Crawford

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    crawford_jamal

    From Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld: On Wednesday, NBA teams were allowed to contact agents for the first time since June 30, the day before the lockout commenced. Executives were given the opportunity to work the phones and express interest in upcoming free agents ten days before those players can start signing with teams. One player…

  20. Warriors looking to go big in free agent market

    Dec 1, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    While the return of the NBA has meant the return of fantasy trade scenarios, the Warriors are one team that appears locked in on free agency — at least for now. The Warriors are looking to sign a big man during the abbreviated free agency period, sources tell Warriors Insider Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. The…

  21. Tyson Chandler expects to join new team

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Tyson Chandler was the anchor of the Mavericks championship defense. In an era with no hands allowed on the perimeter, you can’t win without a big who can protect the rim. He was a key change that took them from contender to pretender. In a surprise development on the first day that NBA teams and…

  22. Keeping Hill in free agency Phoenix’s “top priority”

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    HILL_GRANT

    From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic: At 7 a.m. Phoenix time, the Suns began talking to agents of players. That meant checking in on some of their own guys but the first calls needed to go to the agents of free-agent players to show the Suns’ interest. The Suns will be feeling out the market for…

  23. Nets reportedly interested in Nene, Tyson Chandler

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Nene

    From ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard: NJ will pursue free agents Nene & Tyson Chandler in hopes of landing 1. Could use either as trade bait to land Howard or players around him. Seeing as to how center Brook Lopez is one of New Jersey’s core players, this report is a bit baffling. Nene is the best…

  24. Goodbye Denver, Miami among suitors lined up for Nene

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Nene nuggets

    Nene is the biggest and best free agent on the market. Unless your team doesn’t need a legit 7-foot big man who plays smart, can defend the paint, rebound well, plus has a deft offensive touch around the rim and from the midrange. Denver can use one of those but after nine years in the…

  25. Free agents already eyeing Miami as destination

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Heat's James celebrates a basket with teammate Wade during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Warm weather. No state income tax. The chance to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The chance to win a ring. All of the tantalizing distractions a single man could ask for. There are a lot of reasons NBA players like Miami. And right now, the upcoming crop of free agents seems to like…

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