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? Here are the latest news and reports:
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Report: Bulls told Boozer he could be amnestied, used in sign-and-trade.
Bulls told Carlos Boozer it's a possibility he will be amnestied or used in a sign-&-trade but have made no final decisions, sources said — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 3, 2014
Raptors, Lowry reach agreement on four-year, $48 million deal
Kyle Lowry has agreed to a 4 year, $48M contract to stay with Toronto, sources tell Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2014
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook pitch Gasol on OKC
ESPN has learned that Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made a come-to-OKC pitch directly to Pau Gasol today in Los Angeles — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2014
Clippers' guard Jamal Crawford part of sign-and-trade discussions, wants contract extension next summer. Yahoo Sports: “As the Los Angeles Clippers propose guard Jamal Crawford in possible trade scenarios, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year has a message for the Clippers and potential future teams: Wherever Crawford's playing, he wants a contract extension next summer.”
Hawks strongly pursuing guard Kent Bazemore
Sources: Atlanta Hawks are in hot pursuit of Kent Bazemore. — Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 2, 2014
Report: Rookie forward Julius Randle does not need foot surgery
Results of Julius Randle's examination with Indiana foot specialist are in: He does not need surgery. Is cleared to play in summer league — Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 3, 2014
Cleveland reluctant to offer Gordon Hayward offer sheet, believe Jazz will match
Cleveland's belief that Utah will match any Hayward offer sheet is strongly discouraging Cavs from extending one, league sources tell Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2014
Report: If Mavericks miss out on Melo, plan to move on to Parsons, Deng
Mavs, I'm told, determined to run out ground ball on Melo til the end but plan to move quickly onto Chandler Parsons & Luol Deng if snubbed — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2014
Grizzlies unlikely to retain Miller unless offer is enhanced. CBSSports. "Unrestricted free agent Mike Miller is likely to settle on a contract in the next 24 to 48 hours but probably won't re-sign with Memphis unless the Grizzlies' offer is enhanced soon, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday night."
Bulls' interest in Gasol reflection of concern Melo won't leave New York
Pau Gasol Addendum No. 1: Sources say Bulls' rising interest in Pau IS indeed reflection of concern they can't convince Melo to leave NYK — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2014
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LeBron James uncertain of plans after meeting last week with Wade, Bosh. ESPN: "While Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were committed to returning to the Heat, LeBron James was unsure of what he would do, the sources said."
Magic GM Rob Hennigan announces the team has waived guard Ronnie Price
Cavs' Dion Waiters thinks there's a strong chance he'll be traded. Fox Sports Ohio:“Cavs guard Dion Waiters has said he thinks there's a strong possibility he'll get traded, a source close to him told FOX Sports Ohio.”
Report: Nuggets contract offer to rookie center Jusuf Nurkic conflicts with summer plans. Sportando: “Nurkic will join the National Team Under 20 on July 5 to play Eurobasket B Division and then he will join the senior National Team. But we are in a comical situation. Denver Nuggets want to sign Jusuf Nurkic to a contract but just if he plays in the NBA Summer League. However, Jusuf doesn’t want to change his plans because he wants to play for Bosnian National Team. His agent called us begging to accept Denver Nuggets’ proposal to play in the Summer League. Honestly, we did not know how to answer him. It is a ridiculous to ask us to let a player leave. Nurkic has a terrible desire to play for the National Team. He loves his country and we are all pleasantly surprised by his attitude” said Harun Mahmutovic.”
Clippers have contacted Ed Davis
Clippers have reached out to free agent forward Ed Davis, sources — Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 2, 2014
Caron Butler has strong interest from Heat, Spurs, Lakers. USA Today Sports: “According to a person with knowledge of his situation, Butler has serious interest from the respective conference champions, the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, as well as the rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of free agency talks.”
Thunder, Bulls pursuing Pau Gasol.
Bulls and Thunder have emerged as two new top-flight teams in the hunt for Gasol, who has predictably been drawing considerable interest — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2014
ESPN has learned, meanwhile, that Bulls officials are headed to LA on Thursday for sitdown with their top target after Melo: Pau Gasol — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2014
In a surprising twist, OKC has come on strong with Pau Gasol, and described as a "frontrunner" for the Spaniard. — Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 2, 2014
Patty Mills, Spurs agree to three-year contract
Report: Lance Stephenson not satisfied with five-year, $44 million offer from Pacers
Sources: L Stephenson & Pacers at impasse. Indy offers 5 yrs/$44 mill. Lance wants more, will talk to others. Chi, LAL, Hornets interested. — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 2, 2014
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Report: Bosh seeking $16-18 million per year in deal
Heat's Chris Bosh actually seeking deal worth $16-18 million per, source says. Hearing 5 years/$90 million, but told deal not done. — Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 2, 2014
Mike Miller done meeting with teams, expects decision by weekend
Miller confirms that he is done meeting with teams and plans to have a decision made by this weekend. — Eli Savoie (@Eli560) July 2, 2014
Ginobli has stress fracture in right leg
Cavs max offer to Hayward would be four years, $63 million
If Cavs make max offer to Gordon Hayward, it would be a four-year, $63m deal starting at $14.8m. He made $3.5m last season. — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 2, 2014
Rockets, Sixers discussing trade trade involving Lin
Hearing that Rockets & Sixers are in fluid trade talks surrounding Jeremy Lin. HOU waiting to unload Lin's deal if it signs Melo or Lebron. — Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) July 2, 2014
Suns have talked to Hayward, Parsons, Hawes, others. Arizona Republic: "The Suns also have made contact with or been contacted by at least 12 other free agents. That includes unrestricted free agents Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza, Luol Deng, Spencer Hawes, Danny Granger, Ed Davis, Marvin Williams and Josh McRoberts and restricted free agents Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas and Patrick Patterson. That does not necessarily mean the Suns are interested in all of them."
Jazz have talked to Kent Bazemore's camp
The Jazz and Lakers free agent guard Kent Bazemore's camp have had some preliminary contract talks, a source said. — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 2, 2014
Report: In potential Kevin Love deal, Warriors would need to take back Kevin Martin
Source: MIN has made it clear that in any Love deal, the Warriors must also take back Kevin Martin. Not an insignificant thing... — Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) July 2, 2014
Jeremy Lin disrespected by Rockets' pitch to Melo
Forward Cartier Martin to join Pistons on one-year deal
Free agent Cartier Martin has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Nets reach agreement with Hollins to become head coach
The Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement in principle with Lionel Hollins to become the team's new head coach. — Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 2, 2014
C.J. Miles has agreed to four-year, $18 million deal with Pacers
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Magic, guard Ben Gordon agree to two-year, $9 million deal
Free agent guard Ben Gordon has agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal with the Orlando Magic, league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014
Hornets have expressed interest in Luol Deng
The Hornets have still not expressed interest in Luol Deng, so guess you can cross off that name. — Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 2, 2014
The Pacers reached a three-year deal with European forward Damjan Rudez
Gordon Hayward meeting with Cavs, could extend max offer sheet
Utah RFA Gordon Hayward is meeting with Cavaliers officials in Cleveland today, sources tell Yahoo. Offer sheet could be forthcoming. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014
Cavs believed to be preparing a max offer sheet for restricted free agent Gordon Hayward, sources said. Yahoo reported he is visiting today — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 2, 2014
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Nets, Hollins in final stages of negotiations.
Nets and Hollins are in the final stages of hammering out a multiyear deal that will pay former Grizz coach in excess of $4 million annually — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2014
Lakers continue to show strong interest in retaining Pau Gasol. ESPN. "A day after being one of the first teams to contact Pau Gasol when the NBA's free-agency frenzy officially opened up, the Los Angeles Lakers continued to show the two-time champion their strong interest in retaining him with an in-person meeting, a league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com.”
Portland's top free agent target Spencer Hawes is still "very interested" in joining Blazers. The Oregonian. “After spending Tuesday entertaining overtures from multiple NBA teams, Spencer Hawes remains "very interested" in the possibility of joining the Trail Blazers as a free agent, a source with knowledge of Hawes' thinking told The Oregonian.”
Celtics, guard Avery Bradley agree to four-year deal
Report: Anthony open to taking pay cut so Bulls can keep Butler, Gibson. New York Daily News: “According to a source, Anthony wants both players to stay even if it means that Anthony will have to sign for significantly less than the maximum the Knicks can offer, $129 million over five years.”
Knicks reportedly not interested in taking back Boozer in potential sign-and-trade for Melo. ESPN: “If the Chicago Bulls' dream scenario is to land Carmelo Anthony through a sign-and-trade involving Carlos Boozer, the Bulls will have to come up with another plan, according to league sources.”
Knicks expect to get last meeting with Melo. ESPN: “The Chicago Bulls got the first visit with free agent Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday. But the New York Knicks expect to get the last.”
Guard Patty Mills faces seven months of rehab after shoulder surgery. The Sydney Morning Herald: “NBA championship winner Patty Mills is bracing for a shoulder injury and seven-month rehabilitation to affect his earning potential as he prepares to start free agent negotiations in the richest basketball competition in the world.”
Negotiations between Pacers, guard Lance Stephenson have stalled. ESPN: “Despite the Indiana Pacers' heartfelt movie tribute and presentation to Lance Stephenson, the two sides are currently at an impasse over a new deal, according to sources close to the situation.”
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?
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?
- Compiled by SI.com's Chris Johnson