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NBA AM: Free Agency Dominos Falling Into Place
Posted By Lang Greene On July 3, 2013 @ 9:34 am In Main Page,NBA | No Comments
Free Agency Heating Up: Day two of free agency saw a few agreements reached and the conclusion of team’s meeting with All-Star center Dwight Howard. If you missed any of the news , be sure to check out HOOPSWORLD’s 2013 NBA free agent diary for all of the latest.
Here’s a recap:
Pistons Aggressively Pursuing Talent: Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores has gone on record saying he wants to win now and president of basketball operations Joe Dumars is seemingly following the directive to the letter.
When free agency opened the franchise met with unrestricted free agent forwards Josh Smith and Andre Iguodala. However, the team is also looking into alternative options to bring in top tier talent if they fail to strike gold in free agency.
According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons could be in play for Rudy Gay or DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors. Adding to the speculation is a separate nugget by Brian Windhorst of ESPN which states the Pistons will use the expiring contracts of Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva in an effort to secure Gay in a deal.
Sacramento Withdraws Andre Iguodala Offer? Nuggets free agent Andre Iguodala has been in high demand during the early stages of free agency. The former All-Star has reportedly met with Detroit, Houston, Golden State, Sacramento and Atlanta since the session began.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Kings offered Iguodala a four-year in excess of $50 million. However, the latest scuttlebutt is Sacramento has pulled the lucrative offer according to a report Sam Amick of USA Today Sports.
The Kings wanted a more definitive timeline from Iguodala to announce his free agency decision and opted to end the process and pursue another option.
Tyreke Evans Has Options: Kings free agent guard Tyreke Evans has also been busy during the early stages of free agency. The New Orleans Pelicans emerged as a serious player for Evans by offering a four-year $44 million deal early in the process. However if the guard ultimately opts to sign the offer sheet, Sacramento will have the option of matching the deal. With the Kings now out of the Andre Iguodala chase a return to Sacramento isn’t entirely out of the question.
Evans also reportedly met with the Atlanta Hawks this week and is believed to be considering a meeting with one additional Eastern Conference team.
Tony Allen, Memphis Agree To New Deal: The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to terms with All-Defensive first-team guard Tony Allen on a new deal according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal. The deal is reportedly worth $20 million over the next four seasons – all guaranteed.
Allen was the team’s top free agent priority this summer and his presence on the team, which made the Western Conference Finals, is undeniable.
Clippers Still Pursuing Matt Barnes: The Los Angeles Clippers have been another franchise busy this offseason. The team has a new head coach in Doc Rivers, managed to convince All-Star guard Chris Paul to stay with the franchise and also agreed in principle to send Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns for J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley as part of a three-team deal.
Even with the addition of the dependable Dudley at small forward, the team is seemingly still open to the idea of bringing back free agent veteran wing Matt Barnes next season according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
Barnes has openly stated over the past year that he’s looking for a multi-year deal in free agency. The veteran is rumored to be interested in the New York Knicks.
Rockets Want To Pair Dwight Howard And Josh Smith: According to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports, when the Rockets met with Hawks free agent forward Josh Smith on Monday the prospect of pairing up with childhood friend Dwight Howard was also discussed.
While the prospect of pairing Howard and Smith with All-Star guard James Harden isn’t unfathomable, it would take additional work to make it happen in order to comply with salary cap rules. Houston would need Atlanta to agree to a sign-and-trade to clear the necessary cap room needed and the rumored piece in the deal would involve center Omer Asik.
Dwight Howard Concludes Meetings, Now Will Decide: Lakers free agent center Dwight Howard is the biggest free agent name left on the market. Howard met with Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles (Lakers) this week and reportedly will make his decision within the next week.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Howard plans on leaving the state of California for a few days in order to make his decision.
Kevin Martin, Timberwolves Agree To Terms: The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with free agent shooting guard Kevin Martin. The deal is reportedly for four-years and could be worth as much as $30 million.
The Timberwolves have been in the market for a shooting guard for the past few seasons. In fact, All-Star forward Kevin Love has been vocal about the need to acquire one before the start of the season.
With Martin, Minnesota gets a guy with a career scoring average of 17.8 points on 44 percent shooting. Martin has averaged at least 20 points per game in five of his out of first nine seasons in the league.
“Minny was my first option outside OKC, so I’ve got to take it,” Martin told USA TODAY Sports. “Especially being (with head coach Rick) Adelman, and their starting lineup just needed a two-guard, so I feel like it’s a perfect fit. I’m not one to play around. I know where my heart is.”
Suitors Lining Up For J.R. Smith: Knicks free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith has a list of growing suitors. Detroit, Dallas, Charlotte and Milwaukee have all expressed preliminary interest in the reigning Sixth Man of the Year.
But according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Smith would prefer to remain in New York if the offers from around the league are in a similar monetary range. The most the Knicks could offer Smith is a four-year deal at around $5.5 million per season. The Mavericks and Pistons, specifically, are in a position to offer more to Smith if they so choose.
Perhaps setting the market for Smith are the new deals J.J. Redick and Kevin Martin are expected to sign on July 10. Redick was reportedly offered four-years and $27 million as part of a new deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, while Martin verbally agreed to a four-year close to $30 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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