Posted by Royce Young
Sunday, December 4, 2011
9:58 p.m. ET
- According to NBA.com, Shane Battier has narrowed his list of teams to Memphis, Miami, Toronto, and Indiana.
- Jamal Crawford will have phone conversations with the Pacers, Bulls, Hornets, Hawks, Nets, Magic and Timberwolves, according to Yahoo! Sports.
- Greg Oden is leaning toward re-signing with Portland? That looks to be the case as he's looking at taking their $8.8 million qualifying offer and then becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2012.
- Phoenix is planning on waiving Vince Carter, making him a free agent. Of the listed possible suitors are the Heat, Bulls and Spurs.
- Tyson Chandler is set to meet with three teams this week: the Rockets, Warriors and Nets. You'll notice there that the Mavericks aren't one of those three. Talks are said to have stalled out at this point with him and the Mavs.
- The Heat are making a run at Greg Oden, according to ESPN.com: "The Heat are considering making a run at restricted free agent Greg Oden, league sources said. Oden, who hasn't played in nearly two years after suffering two different knee injuries, has a key doctor's examination this week when he could be cleared to resume contact practices."
- J.J. Barea says his first option is the Mavericks.
- Via Yahoo! Sports, the Heat are in hot pursuit of Shane Battier: "Battier has been a primary target in free agency for the Heat, and sources say the pitch of Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and key Heat players could ultimately confirm Battier’s strong feelings about chasing a championship in Miami." How could the Heat get him? By using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller and freeing up their full mid-level exception. Also of note: The Thunder aren't pursuing Battier as of now, a team many expected to.
- Also via Yahoo!, the Heat aren't after Samuel Dalembert as of now, mainly because other teams can offer more.
- DeAndre Jordan's list of potential buyers is getting long? Believe it. Right now, reported teams with interest are Raptors, Hornets, Rockets, Warriors and Timberwolves.
- Dwight Howard's agent Dan Fegan has yet to talk with Magic general manager Otis Smith, as of Friday evening, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "Smith and Fegan could speak with each other this weekend. And even if they don't, there might not be any immediate reason for concern from the Magic's perspective. Howard and Smith will have the chance to speak Dec. 9, the day training camps are scheduled to open across the league."