NBA Free Agency: Derrick Rose Agrees To Extension, Arron Afflalo Stays In Denver

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Chuck Hayes' Agent Says There Is No Heart Problem, Forward Cleared To Play

Chuck Hayes does not have a heart problem and has been cleared by the renowned Cleveland Clinic to play, the forward's agent Calvin Andrews announced on Thursday. That would be in direct conflict with a Sacramento Kings announcement this week that said Hayes failed a physical. On Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin cited anonymous sources who said that Hayes was diagnosed with pericarditis, or enlargement of the sack surrounding the heart.

Whether the Kings will consider signing Hayes after all remains to be seen, though if they do, the decision to void his deal before getting a corroborating exam is mighty curious. Hayes is an unrestricted free agent; he played for the Houston Rockets last season. On Wednesday, the Rockets signed center Samuel Dalembert to replace Hayes; Dalembert played in Sacramento last season and appeared set to re-sign with the team on Wednesday before the Kings announced that they had rescinded their offer.


Derrick Rose, Bulls Agree To 5-Year, $94 Million Extension, According To Report

Derrick Rose has agreed to a five-year extension worth roughly $94 million to remain with the Chicago Bulls, sources told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. The deal is expected to become official either late Tuesday or sometime Wednesday.

This extension, which has been discussed for some time, begins with the 2012-13 season, and will keep him in a Bulls uniform through the 2016-17 season. While the recent CBA negotiations resulted in players giving up a share of the league's revenues, Rose is one player who will actually earn more as a result of the new CBA. Johnson explains:

The extension is for roughly $10-11 million more than Rose would've been eligible for under the previous collective bargaining agreement. However, a new rule, which has been nicknamed the "Derrick Rose rule" rewards players who outperform their rookie scale contract. Rose qualifies for one of the three stipulations by virtue of becoming the youngest most valuable player in NBA history last season.

Rose was just 19 years old when he was drafted, and he turned 23 this past October. He'll be just 28 years old by the time he reaches free agency for the first time in his career, putting him in line for at least one more mega-contract. 

Rose earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2008-09, was named an All-Star reserve in 2010 and was voted an All-Star starter in 2011. He's improved every year he's been in the league, reaching new heights last year after developing a consistent three-point shot -- the one component of his game that was lacking. He averaged 25.0 points and 7.4 assists last season while leading the Bulls to a league-best 62-20 regular-season record. Chicago advanced to the Eastern Conference finals before falling 4-1 to the Miami Heat.


Arron Afflalo, Nuggets Agree To 5-Year, $43 Million Deal, According To Report

The Denver Nuggets and restricted free agent guard Arron Afflalo agreed to a 5-year, $43 million deal, according to a report by ESPN's Marc Stein.

Afflalo will remain the Nuggets starting shooting guard. He's been with the Nuggets since the 2009 season. Prior to being traded to the Nuggets, Afflalo spent two seasons with the Detroit Pistons. Last season on the Nuggets, Afflalo averaged a career high 12.6 points per game with 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

A lot of teams had interest in Afflalo -- Stein reports the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month tried and failed to engage the Nuggets in sign-and-trade talks -- but in the end Denver made it a priority to keep him. 

"I think Arron has become our most intangible glue guy," Nuggets head coach George Karl told the Denver Post a few weeks ago. "When we evaluate why we lost in the playoffs, free throw shooting was No. 1 and not having Arron Afflalo was probably No. 2."

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Nick Young To Take Wizards' Qualifying Offer, According To Report

Nick Young will sign his qualifying offer from the Washington Wizards on Monday, reports Michael Lee of the Washington Post, returning the guard to the 'Zards for the 2011-12 season at a price of $3.7 million. Because the Wizards had extended Young the qualifying offer, the guard was a restricted free agent this offseason. In July 2012, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

The Wizards don't expect to make too much noise in the East this season, as the club remains in the throes of a rebuild centered around point guard John Wall. The team added first-round picks Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton, and will continue to see how JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche work out up front. Young should be the team's No. 2 or No. 3 scorer, depending on how much veteran Rashard Lewis plays over Vesely and Singleton.

For more on the Wizards, visit Bullets Forever.


Baron Davis Will Sign Contract With Knicks, According To Report

The New York Knicks will apparently have a big-name point guard in the 2011-12 NBA season — it just won't be Chauncey Billups. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Baron Davis will join the Knicks, with a deal possibly coming on Sunday.

Davis, who was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, was waived by the Cavaliers under the amnesty provision of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement. He cleared waivers and was eligible to sign with any team in the NBA.

Davis has had injury problems in his last few seasons after developing into one of the league's best point guards in the middle of the decade with the Golden State Warriors, but he averaged 13.9 points per game in just over 25 minutes per game in limited action with Cleveland in 2011, and remains a large, physical defender when he is healthy.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting and Toasting.


Josh Howard Chooses Utah Jazz, According To Report

Josh Howard has chosen to sign with the Utah Jazz, reports ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Howard had recently been reported to be considering the Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards. Howard spent the last season and a half in D.C., though he played little due to injury. The Dallas Mavericks had sent his expiring contract to the Wizards in the 2010 trade that brought Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to Big D.

Howard will compete with C.J. Miles for minutes at small forward; the Jazz's 2010 and 2011 draft picks Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks should be slotted in at shooting guard. The Jazz are in an interesting spot, with young prospects Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Hayward and Burks on the roster along with veterans Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Devin Harris and now Howard. One would expect a number of moves before the March 15 deadline to free up the roster a bit.

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Nets Drop Travis Outlaw On Amnesty Waivers, Add Shawne Williams

The New Jersey Nets have had a markedly uneventful free agent period, and Thursday's moves -- while necessary -- won't raise too many eyebrows. The Nets announced on Thursday that the team has waived Travis Outlaw under the amnesty provision, meaning the remainder of his contract will come off of the club's salary cap sheet. Outlaw signed what was widely considered a ridiculous five-year, $35 million contract with the Nets in July 2010. He did not impress with New Jersey in the 2010-11 season, to say the least.

The Nets also announced Outlaw's immediate replacement: Shawne Williams, who had a fine comeback season with the New York Knicks last season. The Knicks were looking to retain Williams once they lost out on Jamal Crawford (who choose a $5 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers instead of New York's $2.5 million "room exception"). But the Nets swooped in and added the small forward, whose contributions are primarily of the shooting from the corners variety.

For more on the Nets, visit NetsDaily.


Brandon Roy To Be Waived By Blazers Under Amnesty Clause, According To Report

Instead of seeking a medical retirement for 27-year-old two-time All-Star Brandon Roy, the Portland Trail Blazers will waive the injured wing under the amnesty clause, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Roy announced his retirement last week due to continued knee problems -- he's had three knee surgeries in 18 months. The Blazers had said they'd seek a medical retirement, which would remove Roy's cap hit from the books beginning in the 2012-13 season.

Instead, Wojnarowski reports, the team will waive Roy before Friday's deadline to immediately clear his large salary off of Portland's books. Roy is due $64 million over the next four years, and he'll get paid either way. The biggest wrinkle in the amnesty waiver is that another team can now claim him by bidding on a portion of his contract, as the L.A. Clippers did for Chauncey Billups. That team could then attempt to convince Roy -- who clearly still had something in the tank last April in the NBA playoffs -- to return to the court in time.

For more on Portland, visit Blazer's Edge.


Carl Landry, New Orleans Hornets Come To Contract Agreement

Carl Landry seemingly had a few offers as a free agent in this lockout-shortened offseason, but the veteran decided to re-sign with the New Orleans Hornets. The 6-foot-9 power forward played in 23 games for the Hornets last season after being traded mid-season from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Marcus Thornton.

Landry's agreement was first reported by Jimmy Smith at the New Orleans' Times-Picayune, but ESPN's Marc Stein added some details on the contract. The one-year deal will reportedly pay Landry $9 million to be the team's only power forward, at least as far as the current roster is concerned.

Landry is just the tenth established player on the Hornets' roster following Wednesday's trade of Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. The team invited quite a few players from the NBA Development League to fill in during training camp, but if the Hornets don't make multiple moves soon, it seems that a few of them will end up sticking.

If nothing else, Landry should be afforded plenty of opportunities to return to his Houston Rockets form, when he was seen as one of the best sixth men in the league. It seemed Landry might've had to take on a sixth-man role for the Hornets this year, too, but David West going to the Indiana Pacers earlier in free agency alleviated that situation while opening the door for Landry to return.


Chris Paul Traded To Clippers For Package Led By Eric Gordon, According To Report

The New Orleans Hornets have agreed in principle to trade All-NBA point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for a package including stud shooting guard Eric Gordonaccording to ESPN's Marc Stein. The package will also send veteran center Chris Kaman, young forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the unprotected 2012 first-round pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Hornets.

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The Hornets are currently owned by the NBA. One week ago, the Los Angeles Lakers had reportedly reached a deal with New Orleans' front office to send CP3 out West. But late Thursday, NBA commissioner David Stern spiked the deal, arguing that the Hornets were more valuable with CP3 on the roster.

With this deal, the Clippers -- who have All-Star Blake Griffin, signed free agent Caron Butler, acquired Chauncey Billups from amnesty waivers and retained center DeAndre Jordan -- will be vaulted into the playoff picture. It's unclear how long CP3 is willing to commit to the Clippers, as he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2012. It's unlikely that L.A. would be willing to give up so much without an assurance that Paul would stick around for a while.

For more on the Clippers, visit Clips Nation. For more on the Hornets, visit At The Hive.


Reggie Williams Signs Two-Year, $5 Million With Bobcats, According To Report

The Charlotte Bobcats have won the Reggie Williams sweepstakes, landing the wing on a two-year, $5 million contract, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Williams had begun the free agent period with restricted status, meaning that the Golden State Warriors could match any offer sheet signed by the scorer. But the Warriors rescinded that offer sheet on Sunday to make room for a huge offer to restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers ended up matching the Jordan offer, meaning that the Warriors had given up matching rights on Williams for no good reason. That could also mean that Golden State had little intention of keeping Williams; their loss is Charlotte's gain. The scoring-starved Bobcats will be getting a lovely shooter, as Williams finished No. 9 in three-point percentage last season (42 percent) while taking three per game. He's averaged better than 16 points per 36 minutes in a year and change of play with well above-average efficiency.

For more on the Bobcats, visit Rufus On Fire.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Blazers' Gerald Wallace Added To Blockbuster Talks Between Magic, Nets

Dwight Howard trade rumors have not been quite as rampant as the issues circulating around moving Chris Paul, but the Orlando Magic big man is certainly a hot commodity as the truncated training camps mosey into full gear. The latest reports indicate that the Portland Trail Blazers have emerged as trade partners in what looks to be a four-team deal that would allow Howard to end up with the New Jersey Nets.

The Magic would reportedly receive Gerald Wallace from the Blazers and Brook Lopez from the Nets, among other pieces, in the latest deal as reported by ESPN's Marc Stein and Chad Ford.

The Magic would send the albatross contract of Hedo Turkoglu, along with Chris Duhon, to New Jersey while  receiving future draft consideration, according to the ESPN tandem, while Portland would receive multiple first round picks for their role in the trade.

SB Nation's Tom Ziller talked about the Nets' need for Howard now, as opposed to later, as they attempt to become a power in the East.

The Nets are in a pickle, considering that Deron Williams is months away from unrestricted free agency and the team as constructed is heading for a sub-.500 season. (The team went 7-18 after the All-Star Game.) The Nets have relatively little in the pipeline: Derrick Favors and the draft pick that became Enes Kanter were sent off for D-Will, and while a bad season would give the Nets a good pick in a great draft, selling Williams on, uh, John Henson or Perry Jones could be a quixotic effort. The Nets need to ensure that Williams re-signs; to ensure that Williams re-signs, the Nets need to get better now.

Keep tabs on the Dwight saga in this StoryStream and at the wonderful Orlando Pinstriped Post.


Nets Pushing Hard For Dwight Howard Trade With Possible Four-Team Deal, According To Report

The New Jersey Nets are renewing their strong push to land Dwight Howard in a trade with the Orlando Magic, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The latest talks center around a four-team deal that would allow the Magic to pick up another strong asset in addition to Brook Lopez, who the Nets are offering at the core of their package.

Howard has been granted permission by the Magic to speak to the Nets, Dallas Mavericks and L.A. Lakers. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2012. He hasn't been shy about flirting with the idea of leaving Orlando, with a reported trade request to the Nets the most obvious sign.

The Nets still have plenty of cap space on account of striking out in the team's pursuits of Tyson Chandler and Nene. Chandler signed with the New York Knicks on Saturday, and the Denver Nuggets held on to Nene on Tuesday.

For more on the Nets, visit NetsDaily.


Lakers To Sign Josh McRoberts To Two-Year Contract, According To Report

Josh McRoberts will join the Los Angeles Lakers on a two-year contract, reports Yahoo! Sports. The deal will use the Lakers' mini mid-level exception, worth $6.1 million for the two seasons. (The Lakers had only the mini mid-level to work with on account of being well over the luxury tax threshold, even after the salary camp dump that was the Lamar Odom trade.)

The Lakers lost Odom in that trade after a trade for Chris Paul that wouldn't sent the reigning Sixth Man of the Year to the New Orleans Hornets fell apart. Odom backed up Pau Gasol at power forward and has over the years played plenty of small forward; McRoberts will be useful only at power forward and, in a real pinch, center.

McRoberts averaged 7 points and 5 rebounds per game last season in 22 minutes for the Indiana Pacers. A second-round pick out of Duke in 2007, he will double his career earnings in 2011-12. Kudos to him.

For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll.


Kwame Brown Signs One-Year Deal With Golden State Warriors, According To Report

Mark Jackson has apparently just added a bit of depth to his forward line. According to Yahoo! NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, passing along the info via twitter, Brown has agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. Wojnarowski says in another tweet that Brown's deal is worth $7 million.

While Kwame Brown never lived up to the promise he had as a No. 1 overall pick, he's still developed into a useful role player who is solid on the boards. The Warriors needed all kinds of help coming into the new season, but their biggest need by far is interior defense and rebounding. Brown should help improve the team a bit in both areas.

After a relatively unsuccessful stint with the Detroit Pistons, Brown had a solid 2010-11 season with the Charlotte Bobcats. Appearing in 66 games, Brown made 50 starts, averaging 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

For more on Brown and the Warriors, visit Golden State of Mind.


Marc Gasol, Grizzlies Reach 4-Year, $58 Million Deal

Marc Gasol announced on Twitter on Monday that he had reached a tentative agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies on a new contract. Gasol, who had restricted status and as of Sunday was reportedly close to signing a hefty offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, was rated as's No. 1 2011 free agent.

The terms of Gasol's deal with Memphis are not yet known, though only the Grizzlies could offer the center a five-year deal. In three years with Memphis, Gasol has been a rock, averaging more than 2,500 minutes per season and performing at a high level (a PER of 17.6).

Memphis has otherwise had a quiet offseason. Free agent Shane Battier left for the Miami Heat, and there were rumors Monday that the Grizzlies were working on a deal to send O.J. Mayo to the Indiana Pacers for forward Josh McRoberts (a restricted free agent) and possibly Brandon Rush.

Update: Gasol agreed to a four-year deal worth $58 million, according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal. He will earn $12.5 million in 2011-12, with 12.5 percent raises the next three years. The most any other team could have offered was four years and $55 million ($12.5 million with 4.5 percent raises each year). 

For more on the Grizzlies, visit Straight Outta Vancouver.


Delonte West To Sign With Mavericks, According To Report

Delonte West will join the Dallas Mavericks on a one-year deal, according to Tzvi Twersky of SLAM. West, a combo guard with seven years of experience, played for the Boston Celtics last season, but appeared in just 24 games due largely to injury.

A career 37 percent three-point shooter, West has experience both starting and coming off of the bench. In Dallas, it appears that along with fellow new arrival Vince Carter he'll replace J.J. Barea, DeShawn Stevenson and Caron Butler. Barea signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, Stevenson remains a free agent and Butler has signed with the L.A. Clippers. The Mavericks also acquired Rudy Fernandez in June, but is said to be looking to move his contract to free up cap space.

West was ranked as the No. 36 free agent in's 2011 rankings.

For more on Dallas, visit Mavs Moneyball.


Clippers Match Warriors' DeAndre Jordan Offer Sheet, According To Report

The Los Angeles Clippers have matched the Golden State Warriors' four-year, $43 million signed by restricted free agent center DeAndre Jordanreports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Jordan had signed the Warriors' offer on Sunday after rejecting the Clippers' offer for $40 million over five years.

The move came on the heels of L.A.'s winning bid in the Chauncey Billups' amnesty auction. Under a salary cap loophole, the Clippers were able to bid for Billups by being under the cap due to Jordan's tiny salary cap hold, even though the Warriors' $10 million offer sheet was on the table. The Clippers reportedly did not amnesty any players on Monday to make room.

Jordan averaged seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game last season. To sign Jordan to the offer sheet, the Warriors waived Jeremy Lin and Charlie Bell, the latter under the amnesty provision, and rescinded the team's qualifying offer to Reggie Williams, making the small forward an unrestricted free agent.


Clippers Land Chauncey Billups With Winning Amnesty Bid

The Los Angeles Clippers offered the winning bid in the amnesty auction for Chauncey Billups. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news; ESPN's Marc Stein later reported that all 30 teams were notified of the Clippers' winning bid just after Billups' waivers were set to expire at 6 p.m. ET.

The New York Knicks placed Billups on amnesty waivers on Saturday to make room for a Tyson Chandler sign-and-trade deal. Billups was reportedly angered; he and his agent Andy Miller made it clear that they were not happy with the situation, and the veteran guard threatened retirement if any team picked him up off of waivers. If he had cleared waivers, he could have become an unrestricted free agent. The Miami Heat were said to be pushing hard for him.

The Clippers, who reportedly abandoned the Chris Paul chase on Monday, have Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe at point guard. We shall soon see if Billups was bluffing about retirement.


Pacers To Use Amnesty Clause On James Posey, According To Report

The Indiana Pacers will waive James Posey under the amnesty clause, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Posey is due just $7.6 million for the 2011-12 season. He will still get paid, but his salary will come off of the Pacers' salary cap sheet.

The Pacers had plenty of cap space as free agency opened on Friday, but used $10 million of it on free agent power forward David West, who agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with Indiana on Sunday. After waiving Posey, the Pacers should have roughly $18 million to play with under the cap, and $6 million in additional salary needed to reach the payroll floor.

The Pacers have been rumored to be involved in trade talks with the Memphis Grizzlies to bring O.J. Mayo to Indiana.

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NBA Rumors: Chauncey Billups Could Be Claimed Off Of Amnesty Waivers By Bobcats, According To Report

Chauncey Billups will clear amnesty waivers at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, provided no teams under the salary cap make a bid to take over a portion of his 2011-12 contract. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Charlotte Bobcats are indeed considering such a bid.

The Bobcats have about $10 million in cap space, having made only minor moves since the NBA lockout was lifted on Friday. Billups was waived under the amnesty clause by the New York Knicks on Saturday so that the team could acquire Tyson Chandler in a sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks. (The Knicks also lost Andy Rautins and Ronny Turiaf in the move.)

The Bobcats have two young point guards in D.J. Augustin and rookie Kemba Walker. Billups could be a good mentor for the pair, but he seems far more interested in becoming a free agent and signing with a new team, perhaps the Miami Heat.

For more on the Bobcats, visit Rufus On Fire.


Chris Paul Trade Rumors Raise Conflicting Reports On Eric Gordon

If the New Orleans Hornets trade Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, will Eric Gordon be headed to the Crescent City? That question is at the center of conflicting reports from Yahoo! Sports on ESPN.

Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reported early Monday that Gordon was not included in the deal as under review by the NBA, which owns the Hornets. That report matched a Los Angeles Times report on Sunday that did not include Gordon in the package.

ESPN's Chris Broussard followed Woj's report by saying not only that Gordon is included in the deal, but that the Clippers are trying to keep Gordon's name out of reports to prevent a Lamar Odom situation, should the trade fall apart. (The L.A. Lakers had to trade a disgruntled Odom on Saturday after he was shaken up by reports he'd be traded to New Orleans; the Lakers' deal for CP3 was blocked by the league office.)

We should find out whether Gordon is heading to N.O. soon enough.


J.J. Barea Contract With Timberwolves Reportedly Worth $19 Million Over Four Years

The contract that unrestricted free agent J.J. Barea will receive from the Minnesota Timberwolves is worth $19 million over four years, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. Barea spent the past five seasons with the Dallas Mavericks;'s David Aldridge reported that the Mavs, seeking to maximize 2012 salary cap space, offered Barea only a one-year deal at an unspecified amount.

The Wolves have rookie Ricky Rubio and veteran Luke Ridnour at the point guard position, and Wayne Ellington at two-guard. It's conceivable that Minnesota could play small two-point line-ups at times, but Ridnour will be considered to be on the block at this point. Ridnour is due $12 million over the next three seasons.

The Timberwolves have just under $5 million in salary cap space after accounting for Barea. They have been mentioned in rumors for Jamal Crawford, another combo guard, albeit one in his 30s with a stronger scoring streak than any of Minnesota's current backcourt players.


Timberwolves To Sign J.J. Barea To Four-Year Deal, According To Report

The Minnesota Timberwolves are close to reaching a four-year contract with unrestricted free agent J.J. Barea, reports David Aldridge of Barea, who has spent his entire five-year career with the Dallas Mavericks, averaged a career-high 9.5 points in 20 minutes per game last season.

A combo guard whose diminutive size forces him to largely play the point, Barea had a few nice postseason performances for Dallas in 2011. But overall, he shot poorly in the playoffs, just 41.9 percent from the floor and 32 percent on three-pointers. He did become a more dependable playmaker in 2011, working the pick-and-pop with Dirk Nowitzki cleanly. That could translate to Kevin Love in Minnesota.

The Timberwolves brought over once-heralded prospect Ricky Rubio to play the point this season, and Luke Ridnour -- signed in 2010 -- is the other incumbent point guard on the roster. The team is light at two-guard, so it's conceivable that new coach Rick Adelman could pair up two of his PGs at times.

For more on the Wolves, visit Canis Hoopus.


Chris Paul Trade Could Send Eric Gordon From Clippers To Hornets, According To Report

Late Sunday, it appeared that a proposed trade to send All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the league-owned New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers would not result in stud shooting guard Eric Gordon being sent back to the Crescent City. But according to an ESPN report Monday, Gordon may have replaced Eric Bledsoe in the deal. The Hornets would also receive Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and the Minnesota Timberwolves' unprotected 2012 first-round pick, conveyed to the Clips back in 2005.

Gordon and the pick would make this a great package for the Hornets, though the 10,000 New Orleans season ticket holders -- a point of pride for the league -- may have to wait for on-court success. Gordon is a dynamic talent who averaged 22 points per game last season. He has one year left on his rookie deal, and is actually eligible to sign an early Bird extension this offseason.

For more on the Hornets, visit At The Hive. For more on the Clippers, visit Clips Nation.


Chris Paul To The Clippers Trade Close To Final, According To Report

The Los Angeles Clippers are close to a deal to acquire Chris Paul from the league-owned New Orleans Hornetsreports Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Talks progressed Sunday, and by the end of the way the Clippers were prepared to send Eric Bledsoe, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and the Minnesota Timberwolves' unprotected first-round pick in the stacked 2010 NBA Draft in exchange for CP3.

The Clippers acquired the Wolves' pick in a 2005 trade for Sam Cassell. Minnesota has won 32 games over the last two seasons combined, and is expected to be in the lottery once again.

The deal is notable in that it includes neither of the Clippers' two brightest young stars: Blake Griffin or Eric Gordon. Griffin is the reigning Rookie of the Year and an All-Star; Gordon is a 20-point scorer with a deadly stroke and surprising athleticism.

The NBA blocked a deal reached last Thursday that would have sent CP3 to the L.A. Lakers for Lamar Odom and three players from the Houston Rockets (Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic). Pau Gasol would have gone to Houston in that scenario.

For more on the Clippers, visit Clips Nation.


DeAndre Jordan To Sign Four-Year, $40 Million Offer Sheet With Warriors, According To Report

DeAndre Jordan will sign the Golden State Warriors' offer sheet worth $40 million over four years, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area. Jordan is a restricted free agent, and as such his incumbent team -- the Los Angeles Clippers -- will have three days to decide whether to match the contract.

The Clippers had offered Jordan a five-year deal worth $40 million before free agency officially began on Friday, but Jordan declined and entered the market. His average annual salary will be $2 million higher as a result.

The Clippers cannot sign Jordan to an altered deal once the center signs Golden State's offer sheet, which allows the Warriors to determine the structure and any performance incentives. Steinmetz reports that the Warriors will not be forced to use the amnesty clause on Andris Biedrins to make room for Jordan; by waiving Jeremy Lin on Friday and using the amnesty clause on Charlie Bell (due $4 million this season), the Warriors can make room for Jordan. 

If the deal is structured normally, Jordan's 2011-12 salary would be right around $9.4 million. The Warriors will not need to retract the team's qualifying offer to Reggie Williams to make room for Jordan.

For more on the Warriors, visit Golden State Of Mind.


NBA Rumors: Bulls Want In On Dwight Howard Trade Talk

Dwight Howard gave the Orlando Magic a list of three teams he'd like to be traded to ahead of his 2012 free agency: the New Jersey Nets, L.A. Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. Despite its exclusion from that list, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports, the Chicago Bulls would like to get a chance to make a pitch for the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

The Bulls have young pieces like Joakim Noah that could pique the Magic's interest, but the team would first have to convince Howard to open up his list a little. He reportedly requested a trade to the Nets (who will move to Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season); New Jersey has offered Brook Lopez and two first-round picks. Orlando is said to be cool on that offer. The Lakers would be assumed to make Andrew Bynum and/or Pau Gasol available in a Howard deal, though a Saturday trade sending Lamar Odom to the Mavericks could leave the team with a hole at power forward if the team deals for Howard.

For more on Chicago, visit Blog-A-Bull.


Lakers Send Lamar Odom To Mavericks For Draft Pick, Trade Exception

The L.A. Lakers will trade reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2012 first round draft pick and a portion of the Mavs' recently acquired trade exception, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Odom rumor first surfaced after the Lakers' attempted trade for Chris Paul fell apart on Saturday, two days after NBA commissioner David Stern blocked L.A.'s three-team deal for CP3 that included sending Odom to the league-owned New Orleans Hornets.

Odom was disconsolate on Thursday, and spent just 15 minutes at the open of Lakers' training camp on Friday. It's unclear whether the Odom move opens up an avenue for the Lakers to acquire Dwight Howard; if not, it will look a whole lot like the league screwed up enough that the Lakers had no choice but to give up Odom for very little.

Odom makes $8.9 million, so he'll soak up most of the Mavericks' traded player exception, with is worth roughly $13 million. The Mavericks executed a sign-and-trade sending Tyson Chandler to the New York Knicks on Saturday, which created the exception. The Mavs had been reported to be interested in pulling free agent Samuel Dalembert with a portion of the exception, but it's unlikely the remaining $4 million left on it will be enough. (The Mavericks could sign Dalembert to the mid-level exception and sign-and-trade for another free agent, if it becomes an issue.)

Odom had played for the Lakers since 2004, and has spent 11 of the 12 NBA season playing in Los Angeles.


NBA Trade Rumors: Lamar Odom Reportedly Heading To Dallas Mavericks

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly pulled out of the three-team deal that would've netted them Chris Paul, instead opting to send one piece in the reported trade, Lamar Odom, to the Dallas Mavericks. Odom was all set to be dealt to the New Orleans Hornets as part of a three-team deal for Paul that also included the Houston Rockets. Instead, it appears Odom will be heading to Dallas, slotting into the Mavericks' trade exception.

The report comes from ESPN's Marc Stein.

So to recap: Lakers take Odom out of three-team CP3 deal and deal him to Mavs into new DAL trade exception created in Tyson Chandler deal. Sources say Lakers will receive unspecified draft considerations from Dallas for the rights to Odom, who slots in Mavs' new trade exception.

It was also confirmed by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Mavericks acquired the trade exception by way of a three-team deal involving Tyson Chandler on Saturday.

One can take a guess at why Los Angeles is sending Odom away -- a near-necessity after the Chris Paul ordeal -- but the consensus seems to be the Lakers are setting themselves up to make a deal for Dwight Howard.

For more on NBA free agency, see SB Nation's 2011 NBA free agency StoryStream and the 2011 NBA free agency hub


Mickael Pietrus Trade From Phoenix Suns To Toronto Raptors Canceled

The trade that was supposed to send Mickael Pietrus to the Toronto Raptors from the Phoenix Suns in what seemed to be a salary dump has been canceled. Pietrus apparently has yet to recover from the knee injury he suffered against the Raptors all the way back in March of last season.

The forward's agent, Bill McCandless, confirmed to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic that the trade has been canceled for the time being.

McCandless said the trade has been "postponed" and that Pietrus did not fail his Friday physical exam. He said the Raptors medical staff determined that Pietrus needed two to four more weeks to be cleared for play. Toronto will likely move another direction to fill the roster slot.

Toronto's doctors flagged something they saw in Pietrus' MRI exam on his right knee, which underwent minor surgery this summer after he missed the final 12 games of the last Suns season too.

Pietrus will now return to the Suns and continue to rehabilitate his knee. It's unclear whether he's in future plans for Phoenix.


Luc Richard Mbah A Moute To Return To Milwaukee Bucks After Team Matches Nuggets Offer

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will apparently return to the Milwaukee Bucks this season after testing the market for a quick minute as a restricted free agent. The Denver Nuggets submitted an offer sheet on Saturday afternoon, but reports indicate that the Bucks decided to match it shortly thereafter.

The Bucks will match the Nuggets offer sheet, reportedly to be worth just over $19 million for four seasonsaccording to Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The defensive-minded forward was originally extended an offer of $1,091,100 to make him a restricted free agent, thus allowing the Bucks to match any offer being submitted to him by a rival NBA team.

Mbah a Moute is limited quite a bit as far as his offensive game is concerned, but he makes up for that on the defensive side of the ball. SB Nation's Tom Ziller still wasn't excited about his prospects on the open market, however, as he pointed out while breaking down the top NBA free agents.

But where it looks like Green is not a good offensive player and may never be, it's pretty much certain that Luc is a bad offensive player and will likely always be. He has little range, no dribble-drive game to speak of and impossibly light playmaking ability. He's basically a smaller Chuck Hayes. I do not recommend that he puts that on his CV.

Nevertheless, it seems that Mbah a Moute will be rewarded for his ability as a defensive stopper by Scott Skiles and the Bucks front office. Kudos to him.


Tyson Chandler's Three-Team Sign-And-Trade With Knicks, Mavericks And Wizards Official

Tyson Chandler is the newest member of the New York Knicks. By the time the sign-and-trade deal reported earlier Saturday involving the Dallas Mavericks became official, it was expanded to include the Washington Wizards, who received Ronny Turiaf, a 2013 second-round pick and cash considerations from New York along with a 2012 second-round pick from Dallas.

"This is an important day for the New York Knicks," Knicks Interim GM Glen Grunwald said in a statement released by the team. "Signing a player of Tyson's caliber, with championship experience, to this roster, is an opportunity we could not pass up. His stellar play last season earned him league-wide recognition and helped lead his team to an NBA Championship."

Chandler's deal is believed to be worth $58 million over four years. He's averaged just 8.3 points per game over his 10-year career, but he's being paid for what he brings on the other end of the court.   

"Tyson will be the anchor to our defense," Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni said. "The trio of Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson makes one of the most formidable frontlines in the entire league."

The deal to send Turiaf to Washington, which New York needed to do in order to clear the cap space necessary to acquire Chandler, was originally expected to be a separate transaction. By combining the trade, the Wizards were able to acquire even more assets.

"Ronny brings us a tough, inside presence and we're looking forward to adding his defense and tenacity to our frontline," said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld in a statement released by the team. "This trade brings another solid veteran to our team along with additional assets in the form of draft picks and allows us to maintain our financial flexibility moving forward." 

In addition to receiving Chandler, the Knicks received rights to Ahmad Nivins and Giorgos Printezis. Nivins and Printezis were second-round picks in 2009 and 2007, respectively, and have never played a single minute in the NBA. Their inclusion in this trade is simply a way to balance the books. The Mavericks received Andy Rautins from the Knicks and a 2012 protected second round pick from the Wizards.


Luc Richard Mbah A Moute Receives Offer From Denver Nuggets

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is a restricted free agent, allowing the Milwaukee Bucks to match any offers other NBA teams send the defensive specialist during the lockout-shortened free agency period. Mbah a Moute's first offer, submitted on Saturday, has apparently been sent from the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets sent an offer sheet that would pay Mbah a Moute a bit more than $19 million over the course of the next four seasons, according to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. The Bucks would have a chance to match the offer, but Hochman's source said that might not happen.

The Nuggets opened training camp on Friday with just 11 players, including two rookies considered long shots to make an NBA opening-day roster, after losing the majority of their roster in the offseason. Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith are playing in China this season while Nene, perhaps the team's best player last season, is exploring his free agency options along with Nuggets restricted free agent Arron Afflalo.

The Bucks will have three days to match the Nuggets offer if they're so inclined. As pointed out in our free agency preview, they're likely to be inclined -- but Denver's offer might be a bit more than they're willing to pay.


Dwight Howard Has Permission To Speak To Lakers, Nets And Mavericks About Potential Trade

Dwight Howard and his agent can talk to three teams -- the L.A. Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets -- about a potential trade with the Orlando Magic, report Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski and's Sam Amick. There had been massive confusion late Friday as to whether the Magic had indeed allowed Howard to engage other teams in potential deal-making.

Of course, Orlando could elect to reject offers from those teams and either keep Howard for the balance of the 2011-12 season or trade him to a team that the All-Star center is not particularly excited about. The Magic have been said to be cool on the Nets' offer of Brook Lopez and two first-round picks. L.A. is believed to be dangling center Andrew Bynum. A potential Dallas package in a complete mystery on account of the Mavericks having so few high-interest young pieces.

Keep tabs on the Dwight saga in this StoryStream and at the wonderful Orlando Pinstriped Post.


NBA Free Agency Round-Up: Mario Chalmers, Jeff Foster Stay Home

On a wild and woolly first day of the 2011 NBA free agency period, a few teams kept their own players on small deals.'s Chris Tomasson reports that the Miami Heat re-signed restricted free agent Mario Chalmers to a three-year deal worth $12 million. Chalmers was the team's best point guard in the playoffs last season, but that's not saying much. But instead of letting Chalmers test the market, Miami locked him up quickly.

Daequan Cook will remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a two-year, $7.5 million, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman instead pegged the number at $6.5 million over two seasons. Cook is used sparingly by Thunder coach Scott Brooks, but he's one of the best shooters in the league.

Spears also reports that the Indiana Pacers will retain big man Jeff Foster on a one-year contract. Foster is an expert rebounder and defensive roleplayer who had drawn some interest around the league. This will be Foster's 13th season with the Pacers.

The great Paul Flannery of reports that the Boston Celtics have signed the great Chris Wilcox, last of the Detroit Pistons. The Celtics also brought back Marquis Daniels.


Marcus Thornton Contract Finalized At $33 Million Over Four Years, Says Report

Marcus Thornton will re-sign with the Sacramento Kings on a four-year deal worth $33 million, reports's Sam Amick. Previous reports had indicated that Thornton's deal would be worth $40 million over five seasons.

The Kings acquired Thornton in a trade with the New Orleans Hornets that sent Carl Landry to the Crescent City at last season's trade deadline. Thornton averaged 21 points per game with the Kings, and Sacramento finished the season strong, going 8-7 down the stretch.

Thornton, 24, is a small two-guard with defensive deficiencies, but he has a killer scoring streak and is expected to help carry the offensive burden on a team that stars inefficient shot-takers Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings also drafted Jimmer Fredette in June, and with Evans and Thornton, the BYU legend expects to take the bulk of the team's backcourt minutes.

For more on the Kings, visit Sactown Royalty.


Thaddeus Young, Sixers Near A $42 Million, Five-Year Deal, According To Report

Thaddeus Young and the Philadelphia 76ers are working on a contract worth $42 million over five years, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer had previously reported that Young and the Sixers were hoping to reach a deal as soon as possible to allow the forward to join training camp.

Young, entering his fifth season, is a restricted free agent, which means that he could have signed an offer sheet with any other team, but that Philadelphia would have had the option to match and keep the forward. Instead, Philly made it rather clear in the run-up to free agency that Young was a priority and that any offer would be matched.

Young was a contender for the Sixth Man of the Year award last season as a combo forward off of Doug Collins' bench. After a rough start to his pro career amid wild instability in Philadelphia, Young blossomed under Collins.

For more on Young and the Sixers, visit Liberty Ballers.


Dwight Howard Denies Meeting With Nets' Management

On Friday, reports suggested that the Orlando Magic were considering filing tampering charges against the New Jersey Nets after an alleged meeting between All-Star center Dwight Howard and Nets' owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King in Miami this week. Howard, who can become a free agent in 2012 and has not committed to staying with Orlando, denied those reports later on Friday.

In the past, the league has threatened massive fines and forfeited draft picks to teams found to have tampered with players under contract. The last high-profile tampering case came a year ago as the Cleveland Cavaliers sought to prove that management with the Miami Heat made illicit contact with LeBron James well ahead of his free agency in July 2010. But no charges were brought, and the investigation fizzled out.

For more on the Nets, visit SB Nation's NetsDaily. For more on Howard and the Magic, visit Orlando Pinstriped Post.


Glen Davis Contract With Magic Worth $26 Million Over Four Years, According To Report

Glen Davis' new contract with the Orlando Magic is worth $26 million over four seasons, according to Yahoo! Marc Spears. The Magic acquired Davis in a sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics by shipping out power forward Brandon Bass, who was due $8 million over the next two seasons. 

As the Magic is in a bit of roster turmoil given Dwight Howard's potential 2012 free agency and the swirling trade rumors, it's unclear whether Davis will be the team's starter at power forward or a reserve, which is the role he filled in Boston for four seasons playing behind Kevin Garnett.

The deal adds about $2 million to Orlando's cap figure, which was already high. But the Magic are also waiving Gilbert Arenas via the amnesty clause, which could give the team some room to operate under the luxury tax threshold.

For more on the Magic, visit Orlando Pinstriped Post.


NBA Rumors: Warriors To Offer DeAndre Jordan Contract Starting At $10 Million

The Golden State Warriors will offer restricted free agent center DeAndre Jordan a contract starting at an annual salary of $10 million, according to Yahoo! Sports. The L.A. Clippers can match any offer sheet that Jordan signs owing to Jordan's restricted status. The Clippers had previously offered Jordan a five-year deal worth $40 million. The Warriors can only extend a four-year offer.

With a four-year deal starting at $10 million with the maximum allowed 4.5 percent raises, the Jordan contract from the Warriors would be worth $42.7 million.

Tyson Chandler and Nene, two unrestricted free agents leading the center corps in this year's class, have been offered contracts in excess of $50 million, with a higher starting point for the 2011-12 season. The Warriors would be expected to use the amnesty clause on Andris Biedrins to make room for Jordan under the salary.

For more on the Warriors, visit Golden State Of Mind.


Thaddeus Young, Sixers Working On Deal, According To Report

Thaddeus Young and the Philadelphia 76ers are working on a contract to keep the young forward in the City of Brotherly Love, reports Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. While terms are still being hammered out, Fagan reports that Young is opposed to letting his restricted free agency linger and cut into valuable training camp time before the Sixers' season opens on December 26.

NBA free agency officially opened at 2 p.m. ET on Friday. Teams were allowed to discuss contracts with free agents before then, but the league told teams not to make specific offers or agreements. (That seemed to stop exactly no one.)

Young served as a combo forward off the bench for Sixers coach Doug Collins last season, and became a legitimate candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. At just 23 years old, he served as one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2011 free agent class.

For more on the Sixers, visit Liberty Ballers.


NBA Rumors: Nets Reportedly Offer Nene $60-65 Million

The New Jersey Nets are offering unrestricted free agent center Nene a four-year deal worth $60-65 million, report Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. The deal would be worth near Nene's maximum player contract under league rules, but the Denver Nuggets -- the Brazilian's incumbent team -- have the ability to offer a fifth season in any contract and larger annual raises.

It's unclear whether Denver -- or any other suitor, including Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets -- are willing to go that high for the veteran. Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star tweeted soon after Yahoo!'s report broke that the Pacers won't go that high for Nene.

The Nets are also involved in the chase for Dwight Howard as reports surfaced Thursday that the All-Star would soon ask for a trade to New Jersey to join Deron Williams. It's unclear how a Nene contract would impact that decision; the Brazilian is an attractive player, but at this pricetag may be too steep for the Orlando Magic or a third team in a Howard deal.

For more on the Nets, visit NetsDaily.


Brandon Bass To The Celtics Trade Done, According To Report; Glen Davis Heading To Magic

The Boston Celtics have completed a trade to acquire Brandon Bass from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Glen Davis, who is an unrestricted free agent, reports Comcast SportsNet New England. That means that the deal will be a sign-and-trade, with Davis' starting salary being anywhere from $2-6 million under loosened trade rules. Bass is due $4 million this season.

Bass is a power forward who shoots the outside jumper well. Bass averaged a career-high 11 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season, playing 26 minutes per game in a mostly starting role. He has shot over 40 percent on long two-pointers in each of the past four seasons.

In Boston, barring other trades, he'll back up Kevin Garnett at power forward. The Celtics also have decisions to make on restricted free agent Jeff Green (a combo forward) and guard Delonte West. Boston has been involved in Chris Paul trade rumors, as well, with Rajon Rondo presenting the bait.


Dwight Howard Allegedly Met With Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, Leading Magic To File Tampering Complaint's David Aldridge reported Friday that the Orlando Magic are pursuing tampering charges against two teams for alleged contact with All-Star Dwight Howard, who remains under contract through the 2011-12.'s Sam Amick reports that the two teams in potential trouble are the New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets.

The Nets' role, Amick reports, comes from a purported meeting on Thursday between Howard and New Jersey owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

Under traditional league rules, team officials are not allowed to speak to players under contract with another franchise without explicit permission. One assumes that though the NBA was under a lockout until late Thursday, those rules remained in place. If Prokhorov did meet with Howard without permission from the league or the Magic, NBA precedence suggests massive fines and even draft picks could be the penalty.

The nature of the Rockets' alleged tampering remains unknown.

For more on the Magic, visit Orlando Pinstriped Post.


Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat Agree To Contract Extension

Mario Chalmers was a restricted free agent during this lockout-shortened offseason, but the Miami Heat guard didn't exactly take much time testing the market. The de facto point guard for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and company agreed to a new contract on Friday shortly before contracts were able to officially be signed.

Chalmers agent, Sam Goldfeder, told that the two sides had reached an agreement on his client returning to the Heat on Friday morning. Terms of the deal were still being worked out, however, so the exact details are still up in the air at this point.

Chalmers ranked as the 23rd best NBA free agent according to SB Nation's brilliant Tom Ziller, but not exactly because he's a top talent:

Chalmers finds himself this high on the free agent list only because there is a dearth of point guards available (what's new?), because his infinitesimally small role with the Heat likely underrates his production potential and because he's a fine ballhawk.

The Heat also locked up James Jones for another season on Friday, making Chalmers the third signing for Miami as free agent Shane Battier announced he would also be joining the squad for the upcoming season.

For more on Chalmers and the Miami Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier.


NBA Rumors: Celtics Could Trade Glen Davis To Magic For Brandon Bass

The Boston Celtics are in talks to execute a sign-and-trade deal that would send free agent Glen Davis to the Orlando Magic for power forward Brandon Bassreports the Boston Herald (via CelticsBlog). Davis has spent his entire four-year career in Boston, and is one of a number of scoring power forward on the market.

The Magic's plans for Dwight Howard remain unknown, and the Celtics have consistently been tied to Chris Paul rumors, renewed now that the league has blocked the New Orleans Hornets' attempted trade with the L.A. Lakers. The terms of Davis' potential new contract are also unknown, but Bass is due $8 million over the next two seasons, making him a very affordable contributor.

Trades and free agent signings can officially be consummated beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Friday. The NBA lockout was lifted late Thursday, opening the door for the return of normal business.

For more on the Magic, visit Orlando Pinstriped Post. For more on Boston, visit CelticsBlog.


NBA Rumors: Suns Trade Mickael Pietrus To Raptors, According To Report

The Phoenix Suns will trade Mickael Pietrus to the Toronto Raptors for a conditional second-round draft pick in a salary cap dump, reports the Toronto Star (via SB Nation Arizona). Pietrus, a Guadeloupean-born French citizen, was sent to Phoenix in the Jason Richardson-Vince Carter-Hedo Turkoglu trade last season, but played rarely. He is due $5.3 million this season, and will become an unrestricted free agent next season.

The Raptors are expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season, and before the trade sat right at the NBA's payroll floor, giving the team about $11 million in cap space.

Nearly half of that will be sucked up by Pietrus, which makes it plainly obvious that Toronto has no interest bidding on any of the top-tier or even mid-rung free agents. The Raptors could have plenty of space in 2012, though, and delaying the team's entrance into free agency is likely to be smarter than blowing it in vain this year.

For more on the Raptors, visit Raptors HQ. For more on the Suns, visit Bright Side Of The Suns.


Tyson Chandler Deal With Knicks Will Be Finalized, According To Report; Chauncey Billups To Be Waived

Tyson Chandler will indeed sign a free agent contract with the New York Knicks on Friday, reports Howard Beck of the New York Times. Beck reports that to make space under the salary cap for Chandler, the Knicks will waive Chauncey Billups under the amnesty clause ratified as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement.

The Knicks will also trade center Ronny Turiaf to an unnamed team.

Chandler helped the Dallas Mavericks win the NBA championship last season, and has spent time with the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats. The Knicks were believed to be skipping the 2011 free agent period to save room for the 2012 class, which includes coveted point guard Chris Paul and center Dwight Howard. Apparently, that has gone out of the window; there's no way that the Knicks can fit anything close to another star player under the salary cap without trading Carmelo Anthony or Amar'e Stoudemire or said star taking an incredible haircut.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting.


NBA Rumors: Dwight Howard Reportedly Asking For Trade To Nets

Dwight Howard will ask the Orlando Magic to trade him to the New Jersey Nets, who have re-emerged as the top suitor for the All-NBA center, reports ESPN's Chris Broussard. He reports that the Nets continue to offer Brook Lopez and two first-round picks, but didn't indicate whether the Magic had become more willing to listen to offers.

The re-emergence of the Howard rumors come as the L.A. Lakers' trade for Chris Paul was vetoed by NBA commissioner David Stern. The Lakers were expected to target Howard in addition to Paul, and could push for the center with renewed vigor now that it appears CP3 won't be put on the table any time soon.

Howard can become a free agent in July and has indicated fairly openly that he will at least consider signing with a team in New York or Los Angeles. The Nets are scheduled to move to Brooklyn ahead of the 2012-13 season.

For more on the Nets, visit NetsDaily.


Chris Paul Trade Reportedly A Three-Team Deal Involving Houston Rockets

And here come the Houston Rockets! After reports on Thursday morning indicated the Rockets may be the third team in a potential trade package that would send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, it appeared the Hornets and Lakers were prepared to go it alone. But now, the Rockets are reportedly back in the "done" deal that will send Paul to Los Angeles for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the trade package sends players every which way and is as follows.

Hornets working to finalize details on 3-team deal to send Chris Paul to Lakers, Gasol to Rockets and Odom, KMart, Scola to NO, sources say.

So, the centerpieces of the deal appear to be Paul and Gasol, who are headed to the Lakers and Rockets, respectively. New Orleans will, essentially, get back Odom, Kevin Marin and Luis Scola in return, cashing in on assets with both Houston and Los Angeles.

For more on the Hornets, visit At the Hive. For more on the Lakers, visit SB Nation Los Angeles and Silver Screen and Roll.


Chris Paul Trade To Los Angeles Lakers 'Done', According To Report

The rumored Chris Paul trade is "done," according to a report on Thursday afternoon. Within the last hour, reports emerged indicating the New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers were close to a deal, and that New Orleans had begun informing teams Paul was on his way out. The deal will reportedly send Paul to Los Angeles for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

According to CBS' Ken Berger, the deal is complete.

Chris Paul to the Lakers is "done," league executive briefed on the deal tells @CBSSports.@WojYahooNBA says it's for Bynum and Odom.

However, Wojnarowski clarified moments ago, saying the deal was for Gasol and Odom.

The deal is the first blockbuster in what's sure to be a wild free agency period. In trading Odom and Gasol, if the reports are correct, Los Angeles has kept pieces around to continue to maneuver, perhaps for Dwight Howard.

For more on the Hornets, visit At the Hive. For more on the Lakers, visit SB Nation Los Angeles and Silver Screen and Roll.


Chris Paul Trade Rumors: Hornets, Lakers Closing In On Deal

The New Orleans Hornets are near a deal that would send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers for Andrew Bynum Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, according to a report on Thursday. Trade talks involving Paul have heated up ahead of the NBA free agency period, and it appears this may actually be happening.

According to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hornets appear to be in the final stages of a deal. So close, in fact, that New Orleans is reportedly telling teams it's done.

The Hornets have started to inform teams that they're sending Chris Paul to the Lakers for Bynum and Odom, league sources tell Y! Sports.

Woj later corrected himself, saying it was Gasol, not Bynum, in the rumored deal.

Correction: The proposed deal to the Lakers is Chris Paul for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, source says.

Earlier, the Hornets and Lakers were reportedly searching for a third team, perhaps the Houston Rockets, to bring into any potential trade scenarios. But now, it appears the Lakers and Hornets are set to go it alone in what has to be one of the bigger blockbusters in a while.

For more on the Hornets, visit At the Hive. For more on the Lakers, visit SB Nation Los Angeles and Silver Screen and Roll.


Caron Butler Reportedly Narrows Choices To Four: Spurs, Bulls, Clippers And Nets

Caron Butler, an unrestricted free agent who last played for the Dallas Mavericks, has narrowed his potential landing spots to four, reports ESPN's Chris Broussard. Two contenders -- the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs -- are reportedly offering their full mid-level exceptions worth a 2011-12 salary of $5 million. The L.A. Clippers and New Jersey Nets are, according to Broussard, offering deals starting around $7 million.

In related news, the Spurs will reportedly waive small forward Richard Jefferson using the amnesty clause, taking his $10 million salary off of the salary cap sheet. That could free up space for Butler. The Nets are also widely expected to waive Travis Outlaw, though a training injury suffered by that small forward could complicate matters.

The Bulls have Luol Deng at small forward, but seriously lack wing depth with Kyle Korver picking up the scarce minutes behind Deng last season.

On Wednesday afternoon, Butler tweeted that he had just completed a "great visit" with the Spurs.


Nene Meets With Pacers, According To Report

A contingent from the Indiana Pacers visited unrestricted free agent center Nene on Tuesday, reports Sam Amick of Nene, who has spent his entire nine-year career with the Denver Nuggets, met with the Houston Rockets on Monday, and is said to be coveted by the New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors, as well.

The Pacers have enough cap space to land multiple high-priced stars, and have been mentioned in the wide-ranging Rajon Rondo trade rumors emanating from Boston. Nene will be looking for a lucrative deal, but has also indicated he will value winning highly. The Pacers did make the NBA playoffs last season, but only as a No. 8 seed. (That's better than the Warriors and Nets, of course; the Rockets had a better record than the Pacers but missed the playoffs, and now we're really splitting irrelevant hairs.)

Nene averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds last season. He is one of the most efficient scorers in NBA history, largely because a ridiculously high share of his shots are dunks.

For more on the Pacers, visit Indy Cornrows.


Chris Paul Trade Offer From Warriors Reportedly Includes Stephen Curry, Two Recent Picks

The Golden State Warriors are one of three teams now at the center of Chris Paul trade rumors, as multiple reporters led by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski listed the W's, Boston Celtics and L.A. Clippers as the clubs in serious talks with the New Orleans Hornets for the services of the All-Star point guard.'s Sam Amick reports that for the Warriors' part, the team's three most recent lottery picks have been included in the offer for CP3.

Those picks would be stud guard Stephen Curry, defensive big man Ekpe Udoh and 2011 pick Klay Thompson. Udoh showed promise late last season after starting his rookie campaign injured, and Thompson enters a league coveted athletic wing. Curry, of course, is one of the league's hottest young guards, a killer sharpshooter who has erased questions about his point guard abilities in short order.

Amick also reports that the Warriors would need to waive Andris Biedrins and sign coveted free agent center Tyson Chandler -- a close friend of CP3's -- to have a reasonable belief that Paul could be retained beyond the 2011-12 season.

For more on the Warriors, visit Golden State Of Mind and SB Nation Bay Area.


Chris Paul Trade Talks Reel In Clippers, Celtics And Warriors, According To Report

The New Orleans Hornets are seriously engaged in Chris Paul trade talks with three teams, reports Yahoo!'s ace Adrian Wojnarowski: the L.A. Clippers, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.

The parameters of any such deals aren't remotely clear, though John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune tweeted early Tuesday that "good offers" were coming in for the All-Star point guard. One would imagine that guards like Rajon Rondo, Stephen Curry and Eric Gordon could be in play for New Orleans.

CP3 had reportedly informed the Hornets in recent days that he had no intention of signing a contract extension, and that if he were traded he'd like to go to the New York Knicks. It has been reported that Paul would like to join his friends Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony in the Big Apple; if he is traded to New York before the in-season deadline, he'd be eligible for a larger contract as a 2012 free agent. But Wojnarowski reports that if the Warriors or Clippers sign free agent Tyson Chandler, he could change his mind on staying long-term. Paul and Chandler had previously played together in New Orleans.

If CP3 won't agree to an extension with one of New Orleans' preferred trade partners, it's unclear whether those teams will offer enough to pull the point guard. Stay tuned.

For more on the Hornets, visit At The Hive.


Blazers To Keep Brandon Roy At Least Temporarily

Brandon Roy will remain a member of the Portland Trail Blazers for at least the start of training camp, team management told the media on Monday. Blazer's Edge has the rundown. John Canzano of The Oregonian had reported earlier that the Blazers had already made the decision to use the amnesty clause on Roy to wipe his $64 million in salary over four years off of the team's cap sheet. But Blazers' management spoke with Roy and his agent, and said they are eager to see the two-time All-Star back on the court.

Portland coach Nate McMillan indicated that if Roy looks as good as he says he feels when camp open, he'd be the starting two-guard for the team, possibly pushing Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews or Gerald Wallace to the bench.

Roy has had three knee surgeries since April 2010. He played a limited role on the team last season, and struggled to fit in as the Blazers made a playoff run. He did have a miraculous playoff win against the Dallas Mavericks in the postseason, however.


Mavericks Hoarding 2012 Cap Space With Eyes Reportedly On Deron Williams

If you're curious as to why the Dallas Mavericks are letting Tyson Chandler flirt with other teams instead of dropping an offer no other team can match, CBS Sports' Ken Berger proffers a potential answer: the reigning NBA champions are looking to maintain enough salary cap space in 2012 to sign Deron Williams to max contract.

That may seem crazy given that on Monday Williams told the New York media that he feels that there's a 90 percent chance he'll re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets in 2012. But Berger says that the Mavericks are banking on the Nets struggling in 2011-12 without a big acquisition like Dwight Howard or Nene.

Williams is from Dallas.

As for Chandler, Berger reports that serious interest has been registered by the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Nets. New Jersey, then, could deal a double-blow to Dallas by picking up Chandler and watching he, Brook Lopez and Williams return the team to its former glory.


Chris Paul Trade Rumors Could Be Resolved By Hornets' Opener, Says Report

Trade rumors circling around New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul, who can become a free agent in 2012, could be resolved before the team's opener as the franchise's management seeks to avoid a repeat of the months-long Carmelo Anthony drama, report Chris Broussard and Marc Stein of ESPN.

ESPN reports that Paul met with New Orleans GM Dell Demps on Monday, where the All-Star reportedly continued to decline an offered extension, instead opting to hit free agency in July 2012. CP3, a six-year veteran, has never been a free agent.

The situation is complicated by the fact that the Hornets are owned by the league and overseen by a president, Jac Sperling, who was appointed by NBA commissioner David Stern.

ESPN reports that in addition to the L.A. Lakers, the Golden State Warriors, L.A. Clippers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks have expressed interest in making a CP3 deal happen. But it's unclear what if any assets those teams will relinquish without an assurance that Paul will sign a new deal in the offseason or agree to an extension upon being traded.

For more on the Hornets, visit SB Nation's At The Hive.


Nene Meets With Rockets' Management, According To Report

Nene, the Denver Nuggets' free agent center, will meet with Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale and general manager Daryl Morey in the Mile High City on Monday, reports Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. The Rockets need a center to replace the retired Yao Ming; Chuck Hayes, at 6'6 a power forward who has nonetheless answered the bell for Houston at center in the past, is an unrestricted free agent.

Nene isn't expected to remain with the Nuggets; the two sides failed to reach a contract extension agreement in June before the NBA lockout hit. While Denver can offer Nene a five-year deal worth more than anything another team can offer, the Brazilian has said team success will play a large role in his decision.

Denver made the playoffs last season in spite of the midseason Carmelo Anthony trade. Houston finished with a 43-39 record, but missed the postseason.

For more on the Rockets, visit The Dream Shake.


Nick Young Draws Interest From Bulls, Others, According To Report

Nick Young has drawn interest from the Chicago Bulls and at least four other teams as a restricted free agent, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. The Washington Wizards can match any offer sheet Young signs with another team, and the team has indicated it would like to keep the four-year guard in house.

Young, a USC product, is known primarily for his explosive scoring; he averaged a career-high 17.4 points per game last season in starting 40 games in 64 appearances. Young was at his best in January and February, over which he averaged 20 points on efficient shooting. Over the rest of the season, his shooting was less sharp, though he is a career 38 percent three-point shooter.

The other teams Lee reports have expressed interest in Young include the shorthanded Denver Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns (who will be cutting Vince Carter loose), the starved-for-scorers New Orleans Hornets and the Sacramento Kings.

For more on Young's free agency and the Wizards' offseason, visit SB Nation's Bullets Forever.


Tyson Chandler To Meet With Warriors, According To Report

Tyson Chandler finds himself in the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday, the first day NBA teams are allowed to speak directly with free agent players. Chandler attended Sunday night's San Francisco 49ers game and, according to ESPN's Marc Stein, will meet with the Golden State Warriors this week.

Stein reports that Chandler, an unrestricted free agent who helped the Mavericks to the NBA championship last year, will also meet with the New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets before the free agency period officially starts on Friday.

The Warriors would need to drop salary before fitting Chandler under the salary cap, assuming the center wants something close to market value (eight figures annually). Luckily, with the amnesty clause, Golden State can do just that. Dropping Latvian center Andris Biedrins via the amnesty clause and renouncing the rights to all of the team's free agents other than Reggie Williams would get the Warriors' salary down to $42 million, where they could easily fit Chandler and a few other small pieces.


Dwight Howard Trade Possibility Left Open By Magic GM Otis Smith

Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith will not rule out trading Dwight Howard if the All-NBA center won't commit to a contract extension, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.

Smith talked to the media after the NBA announced that team executives could begin talking to players and agents in anticipation of the start of free agency on December 9. Howard can't become a free agent until July 2012, but rumors have swirled after the center made comments about his uncertainty on whether he'll commit to Orlando. The Magic, no doubt, have a maximum-value extension available whenever he wants to sign it.

Smith didn't exactly say he plans to put Howard on the market, and said that he wants to take to the star about the issue instead of reading the media tea leaves. But he was candid in saying that all options would remain open.

"I think you have to look at everything," Smith told the Orlando Sentinel when he was asked if he'd consider trading Howard. "I don't think you can take anything out of consideration."

For more on the Magic, visit Orlando Pinstriped Post.


Top NBA Free Agents Of 2011: A Delectable Class Of Players Awaits

What awesome NBA free agents are available before the 2011-12 season begins? What awful NBA free agents are also available? Our comprehensive ranking of the top 79 players available will tell you all you need to know (provided you do not need to know everything).


Nene Chase Reportedly Includes Six Teams, None Of Which Are The Nuggets

Nene wants to leave the Denver Nuggets and has six suitors in serious play, reports Ken Berger of CBS Sports. Those six teams -- the Golden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat -- are at varying levels of ability to actually sign him outright, however, which may require the Nuggets to be involved.

Berger reports that the Warriors are interested in improving the team's frontcourt, and would use the amnesty clause on disappointing and expensive Latvian center Andris Biedrins to fit Nene on the cap sheet. The Nets could find room by waiving Travis Outlaw, and the Pacers have as much cap space as anyone in the NBA.

If you wondering how the Heat can manage to add Nene via sign-and-trade or by signing him outright without the Brazilian taking a massive paycut, you are not alone. Houston and Dallas have young prospects, at least.

For more on the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs and SB Nation Denver.


Paul Millsap A Hot Trade Target, With Pacers Interested

Paul Millsap could one of the hotter names on the trade rumor mill once NBA free agency begins December 9 and league business returns to normal. The Utah Jazz traded for power forward Derrick Favors at the 2011 trade deadline in the Deron Williams blockbuster, have Al Jefferson under contract and picked big man Enes Kanter No. 3 overall in the June draft. Millsap has strong value as a productive power forward on a fair contract.

The Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells reports that the Indiana Pacers talked to the Jazz about Millsap before the NBA Draft and could do so again. The Pacers have been expected to be one of the teams going after free agent David West if the New Orleans Hornets don't make a strong move to retain the two-time All-Star.

Millsap is more than four years younger, though, and nearly as productive. Indiana has intriguing prospects up and down the roster, and the Jazz will have incentive to slash payroll with such a young core, so it seems like a natural fit if Indiana's West pursuit falls through.

For more on the Pacers, visit Indy Cornrows. For more on the Jazz, visit SLC Dunk.


NBA Free Agent List: 129 Players Available, Though Some May Be Tied Up Overseas

NBA free agency is scheduled to begin on December 9. While the class certainly lack in stars when compared to the famous 2010 and 2012 derbies, there's value to be had. See the full list of free agents who played in the NBA last season below, broken down by status.


Offer sheets signed by these players can be matched by the incumbent team. An asterisk denotes that a player remains under contract overseas and may not be interested in or able to return to the NBA this season.

Aaron Brooks*, PHO
Arron Afflalo, DEN
Daequan Cook, OKC
Dante Cunningham, CHA
DeAndre Jordan, LAC
Derrick Brown, NYK
Gary Forbes, DEN
Greg Oden, POR
Hamady Ndiaye, WAS
Hamed Haddadi, MEM
Jeff Green, BOS
Jonas Jerebko, DET
Larry Owens, WAS
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, MIL
Marc Gasol, MEM
Marco Belinelli, NOH
Marcus Thornton, SAC
Mario Chalmers, MIA
Nick Young, WAS
Othyus Jeffers, WAS
Patrick Mills*, POR
Reggie Williams, GSW
Rodney Stuckey, DET
Sonny Weems*, TOR
Spencer Hawes, PHI
Thaddeus Young, PHI
Wilson Chandler*,DEN


These free agents are free to sign with whatever team has the salary cap space or exception to do so. An asterisk denotes that a player remains under contract overseas and may not be interested in or able to return to the NBA this season.

Aaron Gray, NOH
Acie Law, GSW
Al Thornton, GSW
Alexis Ajinca, TOR
Andrei Kirilenko*, UTA
Anthony Carter, NYK
Anthony Parker, CLE
Antonio Daniels, PHI
Ben Uzoh, NJN
Brandan Wright, NJN
Brian Cardinal, DAL
Brian Scalabrine, CHI
Carl Landry, NOH
Carlos Arroyo, BOS
Caron Butler, DAL
Chris Quinn, SAS
Chris Wilcox, DET
Chuck Hayes, HOU
Craig Smith, LAC
D.J. Mbenga, NOH
DaJuan Summers, DET
Damien Wilkins, ATL
Dan Gadzuric, NJN
Darius Songaila*, PHI
Darnell Jackson*, SAC
David West, NOH
Delonte West, BOS
DeShawn Stevenson, DAL
Dominic McGuire, CHA
Earl Boykins, MIL
Earl Clark, ORL
Earl Watson, UTA
Erick Dampier, MIA
Etan Thomas, ATL
Francisco Elson, UTA
Garrett Temple, CHA
Glen Davis, BOS
Grant Hill, PHO
Hilton Armstrong, ATL
J.R. Smith*, DEN
Jamaal Magloire, MIA
Jamal Crawford, ATL
Jamario Moon, LAC
James Jones, MIA
Jared Jeffries, HOU
Jason Collins, ATL
Jason Kapono, PHI
Jason Richardson, ORL
Jason Smith, NOH
Jeff Foster, IND
Joe Smith, LAL
Joel Przybilla, CHA
Joey Dorsey, TOR
J.J. Barea, DAL
Josh Howard, WAS
Josh McRoberts, IND
Josh Powell, ATL
Julian Wright, TOR
Juwan Howard, MIA
Kenyon Martin*, DEN
Kris Humphries, NJN
Kurt Thomas, CHI
Kwame Brown, CHA
Kyrylo Fesenko, UTA
Leon Powe, MEM
Malik Allen, ORL
Marcus Banks, NOH
Mario West, NJN
Marquis Daniels, SAC
Maurice Evans, WAS
Melvin Ely, DEN
Michael Redd, MIL
Mike Bibby, MIA
Mike Dunleavy, IND
Mustafa Shakur, WAS
Nene, DEN
Peja Stojakovic, DAL
Pooh Jeter*, SAC
Rasual Butler, CHI
Reggie Evans, TOR
Roger Mason, NYK
Ronnie Price, UTA
Samuel Dalembert, SAC
Sasha Pavlovic, BOS
Sebastian Telfair, MIN
Shane Battier, MEM
Shannon Brown, LAL
Shawne Williams, NYK
Shelden Williams, NYK
Solomon Jones, IND
Steve Novak, SAS
T.J. Ford, IND
Tayshaun Prince, DET
Theo Ratliff, LAL
Tony Battie, PHI
Tracy McGrady, DET
Troy Murphy, BOS
Tyson Chandler, DAL
Vladimir Radmanovic, GSW
Von Wafer, BOS
Willie Green, NOH
Yi Jianlian*, WAS

For full NBA free agency coverage, follow our StoryStream.


Andrei Kirilenko To Weigh Free Agency, Remaining In Moscow

Andrei Kirilenko, an unrestricted free agent who has spent his entire career with the Utah Jazz, signed with CSKA Moscow in his native Russia during the NBA lockout, and has been one of the best players in the 2011-12 Euroleague season so far. Now that the NBA lockout has ended, the question of whether Kirilenko will leave Moscow -- he does have an opt-out clause -- or stay put has risen.

Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that, per Kirilenko's agent Marc Fleisher, the forward will weigh his options before making a decision either way.

Agent Marc Fleisher on Kirilenko's future: "He and I have decided to evaluate the NBA interest versus what he has over there and then a decision will be made."

The New Jersey Nets have been a popular suggestion as Kirilenko's potential NBA landing spot, thanks to the team's gaping hole at small forward, the possibility the team loses its power forward Kris Humphries in free agency and Kirilenko's relationships with Deron Williams and Mikhail Prokhorov.


NBA Free Agency: Samuel Dalembert Favors Heat, Also Interested In Knicks, Rockets

Samuel Dalembert is one of the many solid big men available in NBA free agency when the period begins on December 9. The 7-foot Haitian-born center is among the league's best rebounders and shotblockers, and while his offense is as stunted as it's always been, the value of defense at his position is huge.

The Sacramento Kings traded for Dalembert a year ago, and the center meshed well with young big man DeMarcus Cousins, who slotted at power forward but could be a center long-term. With the Kings rebuilding and Dalembert hitting age 30, returning may not be in the cards. That's opened up free agent speculation over the past year.

And all along, the Miami Heat have made sense. Dalembert confirms that he's interested in the match in an interview with FOXSports' Chris Tomasson.

"I'm keeping all my options open, but Miami could be a good fit for me," Dalembert said.

Why is that?

"If you look at the playoffs with Dallas, you saw what Tyson Chandler did," Dalembert said, referring to the 7-foot-1 center who helped the Mavs beat the Heat in six games for the title last June. "He was basically a key ingredient for them to win a championship. And Miami didn't have somebody like that. Somebody able to stop (foes from) getting second shots and somebody able to rebound and finish. I could fill that role and be an asset for that team."

Dalembert goes on to cite the New York Knicks and Yao Ming-less Houston Rockets as potential fits, as well. Dalembert seems like a prime candidate for the $5 million mid-level exception included in the lockout deal, though the Kings could also be open to using him in a sign-and-trade.

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