NBA free agency 2013: Latest agreements, trades and rumors
NBA free agency opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday and it didn't take long for agreements to pour in and a host of rumors to pile up. What's the latest chatter surrounding Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and other coveted players? Find a roundup of all the most recent news below.
3:00 p.m. ET
• ESPN.com: "First surprise of week on Dwight front: Sources say Golden State made real impression on Howard in their meeting and have become a factor. Lakers still insisting NO to all sign-and-trades. HARD for GSW even if Lakers willing. But Warriors clearly didn't visit D12 just for show."
• ESPN.com: "Free-agent center Dwight Howard is hoping to make a decision on which team he will sign with by this Friday, a source close to the talks told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The source also told ESPN that Howard's final decision is 'totally up in the air.'"
• Yahoo! Sports: "Sixers free agent Dorrell Wright visited OKC Tues & was given contract options of 1 or 2 years, a source tells Y! Blazers made similar offer. Interested teams in Sixers free agent forward Dorrell Wright include: OKC, POR, SA, MEM & DAL, source tells Y! Sports."
• Yahoo! Sports: "With so much trade interest in center Robin Lopez, it is unlikely the Pelicans will fail to guarantee his contract this week." [Note: Only $500,000 of Lopez's 2013-14 salary is guaranteed, meaning that New Orleans can choose to release him by July 5th as a means of creating additional cap space.]
10:30 a.m. ET
• CBSSports.com: ""Having heard all the pitches and gathered the information he needs, Dwight Howard is going off the grid for the weekend to weigh his options with his team of advisers. … Two options under consideration for Howard's camp to consider his options, according to league sources: a resort area in Colorado and a remote ranch in Montana. … Only one thing is clear: Howard won't be announcing his free-agent decision in a nationally televised marketing disaster, as LeBron James did in 2010. Twitter is believed to be one option, but given Howard's personality and camera presence, my money's on a tweet linking to a YouTube video."
• Philadelphia Inquirer: "A trade to Orlando was rumored last summer before the four-team deal in which the Sixers acquired Bynum. But Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, an Orlando source said, was also skeptical that Bynum would ever be healthy enough to contribute, an Orlando source said. … '[T]here's a chance he will never be healthy enough to ever play at a high level again.'"
3:20 a.m. ET
• The Timberwolves reportedly agreed to re-sign Chase Budinger.
• Los Angeles Times: "Seven Lakers employees and officials from two key affiliates rolled into the Beverly Hills office of Dwight Howard's agents Tuesday at 2 p.m. and presented the pitch they hoped would land the prized free agent. ... The meeting lasted about two hours and was the final one scheduled for Howard, who also sat down with Houston, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta in a two-day span."
• Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak: "Jim Buss, Mike D’Antoni, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Tim Harris and I, along with representatives from our partners at Time Warner Cable SportsNet and AEG, met this afternoon for approximately two hours with Dwight Howard and his representatives Dan Fegan and Happy Walters. At the meeting, we told him how important he is to the Lakers team, franchise, fans and community, and why we feel this is the best place for him to continue his career. We are hopeful that Dwight decides to remain a Laker."
• CBSSports.com: "League sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday night that the Rockets acted quickly on Howard's desire to bring another star to Houston with him and have begun their pursuit of Smith, the Hawks' free agent forward and Howard's former AAU teammate in Atlanta, in a sign-and-trade arrangement."
• USA Today Sports: "According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the Rockets' Monday meeting with free agent forward Josh Smith in Los Angeles included a discussion about a possible partnership with him and his childhood friend from Atlanta in Howard. ... There would be serious hurdles to this sort of deal, but the Rockets may be able to get it done if they could convince Smith's former team, the Atlanta Hawks, to take part in a sign-and-trade that would clear the necessary salary cap space to sign both players."
• Yahoo! Sports: "Source on Kobe Bryant's message to Dwight Howard in Lakers meeting: "Straight forward. He talked about winning mostly. Dwight Howard is leaving California for a few days to mull his free agency choice, league sources tell Y! Sports."
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• ESPN.com: "Pistons have offered expiring deals of Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva to Toronto for Rudy Gay."
• CBSSports.com: "Restricted free agent Jon Leuer has agreed to a three-year deal to stay with the Memphis Grizzlies, agent Mark Bartelstein announces. Leuer's deal with the Grizzlies is for $3 million over three years, league source says."
• ESPN.com: "Sources told ESPN.com that the Kings were likewise leaning strongly against matching the offer sheet restricted free agent Tyreke Evans is planning to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans on July 10. Sources said Tuesday that Evans is prepared to sign a four-year deal worth at least $44 million when the league's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted."• CBSSports.com: "Rip Hamilton will soon be a free agent as the Bulls will waive him rather than guarantee his $5 million salary for next season, source says."