Posted by EOB Staff
On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz.
Friday, Dec. 2, 20117:57 p.m.
- ESPNLA.com reports that Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak believes Theo Ratliff, Joe Smith and Shannon Brown are on their way out and that the Lakers are interested in Arron Afflalo, Delonte West and Josh McRoberts.
- The Dallas Mavericks are the "first option" says free agent guard J.J. Barea, according to ESPNDallas.com.
- The Sun-Sentinel reports that veteran forward Juwan Howard wants a return run with the Miami Heat and showed up to the team's practice facility on Friday, the first player to arrive in the gym.
- The Indiana Pacers and free agent guard Jamal Crawford reportedly have "mutual" interest according to the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers are under the cap and would be able to give Crawford a deal that is larger than the Mid-Level Exception.
- HoopsWorld.com reports that the New York Knicks, Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams that lodged interest in free agent point guard Sebastian Telfair. Hat tip: HoopsHype
- ESPN.com reports that at least eight teams have expressed interest in free agent forward Josh Howard: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New Jersey, New Orleans, San Antonio and Washington.
- Via the Arizona Republic: "Grant Hill, after a lengthy workout at US Airways Center, said there are "good chances" of him re-signing with the Suns."
- Via the OC Register, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak expects Shannon Brown to get a better FA deal away from Lakers. Neither Theo Ratliff nor Joe Smith will return.
- According to HoopsWorld, three teams have expressed interest in Sebastian Telfair: Knicks, Jazz and Lakers.
- Underdog for Marc Gasol? The Indiana Pacers, at least according to ESPN.com. "One team that really hasn't been mentioned as a potential suitor for the Spaniard -- rates Marc Gasol above Nene Hilario and is strongly weighing whether to slap an offer sheet down for him."
- Why aren't the Nuggets panicking about the roster situation, including Nene? Because they have options, says Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
- Check out the Friday 5 with Ken Berger to get the latest from CBSSports.com's NBA Insider.
- The Washington Times reports that NBPA vice president Roger Mason says the union will ratify the new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Thursday, one day prior to the opening of training camp and free agency.
- Atlanta Hawks stars Joe Johnson and Al Horford are campaigning for the team to re-sign free agent guard Jamal Crawford according to Yahoo! Sports.
- The Dallas News reports that the Mavericks are at least talking about trying to retain free agent forward Brian Cardinal and guard DeShawn Stevenson. It seems like everything in the Big D will depend on whether or not free agent center Tyson Chandler is back.
- Chuck Hayes prefers to stay with the Rockets, with his agent saying they're the priority, via the Houston Chronicle.
- The undisputed prizes of free agency are Marc Gasol and Nene. Everyone agrees. But No. 3 might surprise you. According to ESPN.com, Arron Afflalo is the third most coveted free agent. The two teams that want him most? The Bulls and Lakers. He's a restricted free agent though and Denver loves him so it'll take a hefty offer to move him out of Denver.
- ESPN reports that a "growing number of executives" think the Magic will trade Dwight Howard before the season starts. If so, it represents a complete capitulation on the season and a total rebuilding effort just two years removed from an NBA Finals appearance and two months away from hosting the NBA All-Star Game. For more on what the Magic should do, consider our piece on why they should trade for Chris Paul.
- Bucks general manager John Hammond said Thursday that the Bucks "have every intention" of bringing restricted free agent Luc Richard Mbah a Moute back.
- Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace told reporters Thursday that failing to re-sign restricted free agent Marc Gasol is "not in (his) wildest dreams." The Grizzlies are expected to match any offer for Gasol. Expect a team like the Pacers to offer up to a max offer for Gasol in an effort to pry him away. Michael Heisley's promise to spend to win is going to be tested.