have reportedly extended an offer sheet to Tyreke Evans
, a restricted free agent. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA free agency opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday. What's the latest chatter surrounding Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and other coveted players? Find a roundup of all the most recent news below.
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4:45 p.m. ET
• USA Today Sports: "The New Orleans Pelicans made a lucrative, four-year offer to Tyreke Evans in last night's meeting. … I've been told 4 years, approx $48 million on Evans' offer. @daldridgetnt has it at $44 million. Either way, doubt Kings would match either."
• ESPN.com: "Rumblings that Clippers and Bucks are discussing deal involving JJ Redick and Eric Bledsoe."
• CBSSports.com: "The Grizzlies, Bucks, Nuggets, Mavs and Knicks are the strongest suitors so far for Memphis free agent Tony Allen, source says."
2:00 p.m. ET
• HOOPSWORLD: "C.J. Watson is closing in on an agreement with the Indiana Pacers, according to league source."
• Yahoo! Sports: "Oklahoma City has begun an aggressive pursuit of Philadelphia free-agent guard Dorell Wright, league sources told Yahoo! Sports...The Thunder are working to stay below the luxury tax threshold this season, searching for bargain contributors able to spread the floor and make shots. The return of Kevin Martin to the Thunder appears unlikely, unless the market for him dries up completely and he has to return at a far lower rate than he's trying to find, league sources said."
• Yahoo! Sports (via PBT): "Greg Oden hasn’t played in an NBA game in more than 3½ years, but hasn't kept teams from inquiring about the possibility of signing him. Oden, 25,has received interest from the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, league sources said...Oden is in a 'good place' mentally now, one source said, and hopes to be ready physically to play by training camp. He also doesn’t appear to be in a rush to make a decision on where to sign, the source said."
• ESPN Dallas: "The Mavericks would like to bring Brandan Wright back to Dallas, but there are several teams interested in the high-flying, high-efficiency backup big man’s services. According to a source, the Mavs, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks all expressed interest in Wright during the opening hours of free agency."
• Per Mark Deeks of Sham Sports, a number of restricted-free-agents-to-be did not receive qualifying offers from their previous teams, and thus will now be unrestricted free agents instead. Those players include: Darren Collison, Toney Douglas, Eric Maynor, Jon Leuer, Wayne Ellington, Austin Daye, Garrett Temple, Byron Mullens, Charles Jenkins, and Jeff Pendergraph.
10:48 a.m. ET
• CBSSports.com: "[T]he Knicks expressed an interest in pursuing a deal with Bucks shooting guard Monta Ellis, league sources told CBSSports.com. … Ellis, 27, and his Washington, D.C.-based agent, Jeff Fried, are known to be willing to compromise in order to sign with a contending team. And the Knicks, who face the free-agent loss of sixth man of the year J.R. Smith, would provide ample opportunity for Ellis to showcase his scoring prowess deep into the playoffs."
• Charlotte Observer: "The Charlotte Bobcats have reached out to representatives for Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson to gauge his interest in signing here, an NBA source confirmed to the Observer. … The question is how much Jefferson would cost, in both salary and guaranteed years, and whether he’d still be a contributor once the Bobcats are improved enough to make a playoff run. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins told the Observer last month that he’s wary of overpaying a free agent just to show progress."
• ESPN.com: "Detroit's top priority this summer is to get Josh Smith or Andre Iguodala."
• @MarkHeisler: "This just in: Source tells me #Clippers no longer targeting Afflalo but Tony Allen, whom Doc coached w/#Celtics."
9:30 a.m. ET
• Yahoo! Sports: "Houston has emerged as the frontrunner to sign the Los Angeles Lakers center, league sources said, and those close to Howard confirmed late Sunday that the Rockets did nothing to dampen Howard's enthusiasm for the possibilities of playing for Houston."
• ESPN.com: "One source told ESPN.com that the Bucks were now leaning toward not even making an offer to Redick ... Then came word, via another source, that the Bucks are in the process of launching a hard run in free agency at Hawks restricted free agent point guard Jeff Teague at the behest of new coach Larry Drew, who just had Teague in Atlanta."
• Yahoo! Sports: "After Josh Smith's meeting w/ Detroit GM Joe Dumars, source close to Smith tells Y!: "Good, productive talks. Intriguing to say the least."
• USA Today Sports: "The Warriors took care of some expected housekeeping to start free agency, contacting free agent point guard Jarrett Jack about his possible return as well as forward Carl Landry. Jack appears to have been pegged as the bigger priority of the two for the Warriors ... "
4:00 a.m. ET
• Yahoo! Sports: "The Golden State Warriors are exploring trade opportunities for All-Star forward David Lee and the three years, $44 million left on his contract, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Lee, 30, is a popular and well-respected player within the Golden State franchise but his contract is considerable, and moving him for a star – or a player on a shorter deal – makes financial sense.
• Houston Chronicle: "At 9:14, the Rockets contingent left the Wilshire in a Mercedes luxury van for their meeting [with Dwight Howard] at another hotel.They prepared information about the marketing potential that comes with playing for the Rockets, still wildly popular in China with its enormous and avid fan base. They were ready to present information about living and playing in Houston, about their new basketball facilities and the camaraderie and chemistry they believe they have with their players, past and present. ... Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon traveled from around the world for the meeting. Drexler flew in from Taiwan, arriving after a 13-hour flight Sunday afternoon. Olajuwon traveled from Jordan for the meeting."
• Los Angeles Times: "[Lakers GM Mitch] Kupchak planned to call [Dwight Howard] at 9:01 p.m. but Laker source said he wanted to go beyond that + meet briefly w/ DH. Unclear if that happened. ... Source: Kupchak indeed met with Dwight Howard briefly after free agency started at 9:01 p.m. Lakers pushing hard."
• CBSSports.com: "The Knicks expressed an interest in pursuing a deal with Bucks shooting guard Monta Ellis, league sources told CBSSports.com. A union of Ellis and the Knicks is viewed as a longshot, as the Knicks only have the $3.2 million taxpayer mid-level exception available. Ellis just opted out of a deal that would have paid him $11 million next season in Milwaukee."
• ESPN.com: "Says one rival GM with interest in one of this summer's most coveted shooters: 'Hearing [Hawks unrestricted free agent forward Kyle] Korver to Brooklyn is in the bag'
• CBSSports.com: "As free agency opens, the Charlotte Bobcats are pursuing Jazz forward Al Jefferson."
• ESPN.com: "Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks, in the early hours of Monday morning, received word from Israeli point guard Gal Mekel that he is committing to sign a multiyear guaranteed contract at a league minimum salary after the NBA's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 10."
• NBA.com: "Pelicans will meet with Tyreke Evans late tonight. Told they will have an offer sheet in hand -- a big one."
• The Oregonian: "The Blazers and reps of C Chris Kaman are expected to meet face-to-face once free agency opens, per source w/ knowledge of the meeting. According to the source, both Kaman and the Blazers think the unrestricted free agent would be a “great fit” with team next season."
• Chris Paul will reportedly agree to a five-year contract extension with the Clippers.
• Yahoo! Sports: "Sign-and-trade scenarios are emerging for Milwaukee and J.J. Redick, but no talks on a return to the Bucks."
• ESPNLA.com: "The Lakers have inquired about L.A. native Nick Young, according to agent Mark Bartelstein."
11:30 p.m. ET
• CBSSports.com: "The Rockets have called several teams and made Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin available in potential trades, league sources told CBSSports.com. ... Teams believe the Rockets will move both Asik and Lin if they close the deal with Howard this week. Lin, whose acquisition last summer was heralded as a coup, was not invited to Houston's pitch meeting with Howard, sources said."
• Yahoo! Sports: "It is appearing less and less likely that J.J. Redick will return to Milwaukee in free agency, league sources tell Y! Sports."
• CBSSports.com: "Pacers' top priority in free agency remains re-signing David West. Sources say meeting expected soon, if not tonight then tomorrow."
• ESPN.com: "Pelicans will have a face to face with Tyreke Evans tonight after free agency commences at 12:01 AM ET, ESPN has learned."
• Yahoo! Sports: "As the Memphis Grizzlies plan to make a pitch to free agent Tony Allen on Monday, the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks are part of a growing cast of suitors pushing to sign the All-Defensive guard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports."
• USA Today Sports: "[Kevin] Martin told USA TODAY Sports that he has an interest in returning to the Thunder, but it's clear he's looking around and well aware of how unlikely it is that they'll offer the sort of contract he's looking for. The list of teams who are known to have an interest in him is long and intriguing, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies."
• ESPN.com: "The Milwaukee Bucks have made it known they want to re-sign free agent Brandon Jennings, and just hours before the free-agent period began, Jennings indicated the feeling is mutual. … 'I definitely want to do more for the city and the franchise,' Jennings [said]. 'I want to make the playoffs and get out of the first round and become an All-Star for the Bucks.'"
: The Rockets will be the first team to meet with Dwight Howard when the summer free agency period opens this weekend, according to multiple reports. ... The Los Angeles Times reported
earlier this week that Howard would meet with the Rockets, Mavericks and Hawks before giving the Lakers the final word. ESPN.com reports
the Mavericks will meet with Howard on Tuesday. Yahoo! Sports reports
Saturday that the Warriors would also meet with Howard next week.