NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors
With NBA free agency under way, the rumor mill is churning at high speed. Which teams are looking to swing deals? Which free agents are eyeing new teams? What’s the latest news surrounding LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony? Here are the latest news and reports:
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Report: Kyle Lowry tells Raptors he'll wait a few days before making decision
Kyle Lowry told Raptors today he'll take a few days to make up his mind. TOR still confident: "he knows us, and we know him," a source said. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 2, 2014
Miami president Pay Riley in contact with Pau Gasol. Yahoo Sports: "Free-agent center Pau Gasol had a telephone conversation with Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Tuesday and could talk again with the franchise in the near future, league sources told Yahoo Sports."
Report: Derrick Rose went through private workout in front of Carmelo Anthony in Chicago. Basketball Insiders: "While Rose had went on the record saying that he wasn’t going recruit Anthony to Chicago, he was very involved in the team’s courtship of the superstar free agent, according to sources close to the situation. While at the United Center, sources say that Rose went through a private workout to show Anthony that he’s healthy and ready to compete at a high level next season."
Teams no longer trying to woo LeBron?
24 hours into free agency, LeBron James has been quiet. Teams hoping to engage have been mostly unable. No doors closed but teams moving on — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 2, 2014
Reports: Warriors sign guard Shaun Livingston for three-year, $16 million
Bucks reportedly shopping O.J. Mayo
The Milwaukee Bucks are shopping O.J. Mayo, according to league sources. — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 2, 2014
Veteran center Jermaine O'Neal reportedly undecided on future
Warriors free agent C Jermaine O'Neal still undecided on playing 19th season, l'm informed. He'll reach a conclusion in "next week or so." — Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 2, 2014
Signs point toward Nets reaching deal with top coaching candidate Lionel Hollins
All quiet on Nets/Lionel Hollins front, but signs pointing toward an agreement. Brooklyn has no immediate plans to interview anyone else — Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 2, 2014
Point guard Jameer Nelson a potential target for Brooklyn?
Billy King tels WFAN that Jameer Nelson is "on the list" of potential free agents. — Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) July 1, 2014
Pursuit of free agents Lowry, Parsons, Hayward, others on back burner while Melo, Big 3 decide. CBSSports: "Meanwhile, the recruitment of free agents such as Kyle Lowry, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza has slowed to a standstill while Anthony enjoys his free-agent experience and the Miami Heat's Big Three decide what they're going to be doing and how they're going to be doing it. (Actually, while two-thirds of them, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, are away on vacation.)"
Pelicans making Evans, Gordon available in trade talks?
Sources say the New Orleans Pelicans are making most of their roster available in trade talks, including Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, etc. — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 2, 2014
Reports: Wizards, Gortat agree to five-year, $60 million deal
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Lowry pondering offers from Toronto, Houston; Miami still in pursuit. Yahoo Sports: "As the Miami Heat pursue a meeting with free agent Kyle Lowry on Tuesday night, free agency's best point guard is huddling with his agent Andy Miller and mulling offers to return to Toronto or Houston, league sources told Yahoo Sports."
Gordon Hayward, Celtics share mutual interest. Boston Globe: "One league source said both Stevens and Ainge separately contacted Hayward, a former star at Butler when Stevens coached there. There is mutual interest for a possible reunion in the pro ranks, league sources said."
Bosh, Wade not expected to sign for reported contract figures
Based on my information, the numbers being reported for Bosh & Wade are much lower than what I expect (present tense) them to accept. — Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 1, 2014
The Pistons reached an agreement with guard Jodie Meeks on a three-year, $19 million contract.
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Rockets out of the running for Kyle Lowry?
Source: Forget Kyle Lowry to Houston. Rockets wanted sign & trade but Toronto won't deal bc they want to keep Lowry — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2014
Heat indicating that Bosh, Wade are willing to take discounts
Heat telling free agents they will have $12+ million to spend, indicating Wade & Bosh ready to take huge pay cuts, sources told ESPN — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 1, 2014
Pistons assistant GM George David resigns
Pistons announce that assistant GM George David has resigned. — Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 1, 2014
Lowry, Deng viewed as Miami's top free agent targets
Kyle Lowry and Luol Deng believed to be Miami's top two free-agent targets. Neither, though, seems especially attainable for Riles and Co. — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Rose to be part of Bulls' Tuesday pitch to Melo. Chicago Tribune: “Derrick Rose is scheduled to be part of the Bulls' Tuesday pitch to Carmelo Anthony, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Whether that involves Rose attending the meeting in person or talking to Anthony isn't clear yet.”
Players told to structure contracts in preparation for possible work stoppage. USA Today Sports: “With NBA free agency tipping off on Tuesday, the players union issued a warning to its constituents in a recent memo obtained by USA TODAY Sports: stretch your salary payments out just in case there's a work stoppage.”
Mavericks interested in D.J. Augustin. ESPN: "Sources said the Mavericks have expressed interest in point guard D.J. Augustin, who could potentially diminish the backcourt shooting void left by the departure of Jose Calderon in the six-player deal with the New York Knicks."
Dallas likely to wait until Wednesday to finalize deal with Nowitzki. ESPN: "The Dallas Mavericks are in advanced discussions with star forward Dirk Nowitzki on a new contract but are likely to hold off on finalizing deal terms until after the team's face-to-face meeting this week with Carmelo Anthony, according to sources close to the process."
Mutual interest between Portland, Josh McRoberts. CSN Northwest: "“In an effort to shore up their depth in the frontcourt, the Portland Trail Blazers contacted the representatives of free agent forward Josh McRoberts and established that both side have interest, league sources informed CSNNW.com.”
Nets meeting with top coaching candidate Lionel Hollins for second straight day. Yahoo Sports: “The Brooklyn Nets are meeting for a second straight day with top coaching candidate Lionel Hollins on Tuesday and could soon advance into contract negotiations should the ex-Memphis Grizzlies coach meet the approval of ownership, league sources told Yahoo Sports.”
Report: Deng not willing to take big discount to join Heat
Hearing that Luol Deng will not take significantly less than his market value to join Heat — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2014
Suns pushing to sign Channing Frye; Golden State, Cleveland among other suitors
Suns pushing to re-sign Channing Frye, sources tell Yahoo. After opting-out of deal, Frye's surveying market, including Cavs, Warriors. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Mavericks, Rockets have expressed interest in Thabo Sefolosha
Free agent Thabo Sefolosha has received interest - LAC, DAL, HOU, others - and scheduled meetings, source tells RealGM. No OKC contact yet. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2014
Mavericks expressed interest in forward Al-Farouq Aminu. ESPN: "Add Al-Farouq Aminu to the list of small forwards that the Dallas Mavericks expressed interest in during the first day of free agency."
Pacers looking to land C.J. Miles
In pursuit of shooting, Pacers pushing to use $2.1M exception on free agent guard C.J. Miles, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Bulls pessimistic about landing Melo. ESPN: “They’re worried that he’s headed back to New York,” a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said of early Tuesday morning. “They’re more pessimistic than optimistic.”
Melo's wife, LaLa Vasquez, opposes him leaving Knicks. New York Post: "However, according to two sources, Anthony’s wife, La La Vasquez, also a Brooklyn native, is very happy in New York and is opposed to Melo leaving the Knicks. He became a free agent for the first time in his career at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, but Anthony said in a video interview posted last week he’s worried about uprooting his family and 7-year-old son, Kiyan.However, according to two sources, Anthony’s wife, La La Vasquez, also a Brooklyn native, is very happy in New York and is opposed to Melo leaving the Knicks. He became a free agent for the first time in his career at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, but Anthony said in a video interview posted last week he’s worried about uprooting his family and 7-year-old son, Kiyan."
Mavericks strongly pursuing Carmelo Anthony, Nowitzki part of recruiting effort
Mavs all in on pursuit of Carmelo Anthony and Dirk will be star face of Dallas' recruiting team Wednesday when its pitch follows Rockets — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
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Cleveland could join Orlando, Atlanta, Portland as potential suitor for Greg Monroe
Hearing: Cleveland is another weighing whether to join the bidding for Pistons RFA Greg Monroe. Atlanta, Portland and Orlando all interested — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Report: discussions between Rubio, Timberwolves on extension have begun
Yes, there's been dialogue w/ Rubio's camp. Eligible to sign extension this summer. Won't be an easy negotiation. Agent also has Parsons. — Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) July 1, 2014
Houston, Dallas among teams Melo will reportedly visit
Knicks free agent Carmelo Anthony's list of teams to visit still includes CHI ,HOU, DAL, LAL, NY with no additions at this time, source says — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 1, 2014
Report: Nets seem optimistic about keeping Pierce, Clippers loom as main competitor
Still sensing optimism from Nets that they'll be able to re-sign Paul Pierce, with Clippers seen as team that can pose most serious threat — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Blatche set to leave Brooklyn?
Billy said he's reached out to all the Nets free agents except Andray Blatche. So yeah, Blatche isn't coming back. — Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) July 1, 2014
Celtics have contacted Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons
Celtics contacted approximately 30 players last night, according to source. Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons are on the list. — Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 1, 2014
Bulls contacting Gasol, Hinrich Pierce as contingency plans if they miss out on Melo
Today all about Melo, but Bulls began casting wide net for contingency plans last nite. Contacted agents for Gasol, Pierce, Hinrich, etc. — K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 1, 2014
Minnesota still trying to pry Klay Thompson from Warriors in potential Kevin Love deal
Wolves still focused on trying to land Klay Thompson from Warriors in Kevin Love deal, sources said, but Golden St still won't budge on Klay — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 1, 2014
Nets GM King says it will be hard to keep gaurd Shaun Livingston
King says he knows it's "going to be difficult" to keep Shaun Livingston. — Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 1, 2014
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Rockets, Bulls, Warriors among teams eyeing Kevin Love
The Rockets, Suns, Bulls, Warriors all expected to make plays for Love if they miss out on James and/or Melo. — Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 1, 2014
Mavericks to meet with Carmelo on Wednesday. CBSSports: "The Mavericks are prioritizing a meeting Wednesday with Knicks free agent Carmelo Anthony in Dallas, trying to persuade the seven-time All-Star to reunite with former teammate Tyson Chandler and Dallas' own free agent, Dirk Nowitzki.
Anthony also locked in meetings with the Bulls on Tuesday, Rockets on Wednesday and Lakers on Thursday. The Knicks will get last licks.The Mavericks are prioritizing a meeting Wednesday with Knicks free agent "Carmelo Anthony in Dallas, trying to persuade the seven-time All-Star to reunite with former teammate Tyson Chandler and Dallas' own free agent, Dirk Nowitzki. Anthony also locked in meetings with the Bulls on Tuesday, Rockets on Wednesday and Lakers on Thursday. The Knicks will get last licks."
Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh could be Lakers' 'Plan B.' ESPN: "If James and Anthony represented the Lakers' Plan A, then either Pau Gasol or Chris Bosh - perhaps paired with one of the two aforementioned gems of the 2003 draft class - were the Plan B. The Lakers, Mavericks, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriorswere among the teams who reached out to Gasol Monday night, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The market for the 7-foot Spaniard is likely to develop after Anthony and James make their decision as many of the teams interested in Gasol, are also pursuing the two superstar forwards."
Celtics contact forward Jordan Hill
Wizards' Trevor Booker garnering interest from several teams
Trevor Booker is an unrestricted free agent & has attracted interest from several teams (MIA, MIN, UTA, BKN, NYK, ORL & WAS), sources say — Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) July 1, 2014
Wizards hope to move quickly to sign center Marcin Gortat
Blazers targeting stretch four, pursuing Diaw, McRoberts, Hawes
Hawes seeking $8 million per year, could be too expensive for Clippers
Hearing Spencer Hawes may be too expensive for Clippers, Seeking $8 million per, made $6.5 million last season — Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 1, 2014
Noah chasing after Carmelo. Chicago Tribune: "Joakim Noah has been talking to Anthony since the All-Star break. Derrick Rose doesn't publicly recruit players, but sources told the Tribune last week word has reached Anthony's camp that Rose would welcome Anthony's arrival. If Anthony wants to talk to Rose, sources said an effort for that conversation will be made."
San Antonio one of several teams reaching out to guard Shaun Livingston
Sacramento, Charlotte, Minnesota, Orlando and the champs from San Antonio all calling, I'm told, about Brooklyn free agent Shaun Livingston — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Lakers to meet with Carmelo Anthony Thursday
The Lakers registered interest in Carmelo Anthony tonight and will be meeting with him on Thursday, source tells ESPN — Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 1, 2014
I'm told face-to-face meeting between Raptors & prized free agent Kyle Lowry scheduled for later Tuesday ... as in Tuesday in the sunlight — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Houston looking to move quickly with Lowry
Knicks confident they will get final meeting with Melo
The Knicks are confident they will get the final sales pitch with their free agent Carmelo Anthony, a source said. — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 1, 2014
Clippers, I'm told, believe they have real chance of stealing Paul Pierce away from Nets now that Jason Kidd no longer coaching in Brooklyn — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Brooklyn not expected to make immediate offer to Pierce, source says. Team's commitment to 36-year-old will be dictated by market. — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 1, 2014
Big man Spencer Hawes drawing interest from contenders
Stretch big man Spencer Hawes drawing interest from clutch of contenders already (Blazers, Clips, Rockets, Mavs) on top of incumbent Cavs — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
There's serious market for Hawes' ability to shoot and stretch floor, beginning with Cavs who are determined to keep him. Perfect for Blatt. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Clippers reach reach out to Luol Deng
Miami's Pat Riley has called Luol Deng's reps and registered his significant interest, source tells Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Steve Blake, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter among players being pursued by Heat. Sporting News: “According to sources, among the players the Heat will pursue are veteran Warriors guard Steve Blake, who can play either guard spot, can knock down 3-pointers and is expected to draw interest from other contenders, like the Thunder.
Another pair of graybeards is also on the Heat list: Shawn Marion of the Mavericks and teammate Vince Carter. Both players have expressed interest in the team, and the feeling is said to be mutual.”
Significant interest in wing Trevor Ariza
Bulls and Mavs are among the teams to register interest tonight in Rockets' RFA Chandler Parsons. Rule of thumb: Teams into Melo are into CP — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Lakers have expressed interest in Chandler Parsons, source told ESPN. Others include Dallas and Chicago. Phoenix also interested. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 1, 2014
-- Compiled by SI.com's Chris Johnson