The NBA Officially opened for business on Friday, with the start of both Free Agency & Training Camp. We’ve already seen Chris Paul head to the Lakers in a 3 team deal, only to be sent back to New Orleans.
The fallout from that particular deal now had CP3 headed BACK to L.A., but in a different uniform. The current deal being discussed involves The Clippers sending Chris Kaman, Eric Bledsoe, Al-Faroq Aminu & Two Future 1st Round Picks to New Orleans for CP3, and my guess, Trevor Ariza or Marco Bellinelli.
This would leave the Clippers with a projected lineup of, PG Chris Paul, SG Eric Gordon, SF Caron Butler (newly signed), PF Blake Griffin, C DeAndre Jordan. That lineup is Crazy!
Further fallout from the CP3 fiasco now has the L.A. Lakers focusing on acquiring Dwight Howard, who formally requested a trade to the New Jersey Nets. The Nets have offered Brook Lopez & 2 First Round Picks for Howard. The Magic have asked the Lakers for both Andrew Bynum & Pau Gasol, which the Lakers have refused.
More Moves & Rumors…
T.J. Ford has officially signed with the Spurs.
Rasual Butler has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raptors.
Keyon Dooling has officially signed with the Celtics.
Mike Dunleavy officially signed with the Bucks on Saturday in what is believed to be a two-year, $7.5 deal.
Josh Howard has reportedly received an official offer from the Jazz. He’s said that he would like to join Nene in Denver or New Jersey.
The Heat have officially signed Eddy Curry.
Rip Hamilton and the Bulls are “closing in” on a two-year contract agreement.
Chauncey Billups delivered a tirade about his amnesty situation to Yahoo! Sports warning teams that he doesn’t want to be claimed off waivers.
“I’m tired of being the good guy,” said Billups. “After a while, you just kind of get taken advantage of in these situations … a leader can be as disruptive as he can be productive … I may just retire if I don’t get my freedom here.”
There are rumors that Billups wants to join the Heat.
The Knicks have completed a three-team deal with Dallas and Washington that will send C Tyson Chandler to the Knicks, F/C Ronny Turiaf to the Wizards and G Andy Rautins to the Mavericks. The Knicks will send Turiaf, a 2013 second-round pick and cash to Wizards for Chandler and the rights to Ahmad Nivins and Giorgos Printezis. The Mavs get Andy Rautins and a protected 2012 second-round pick from the Wizards.
The Celtics have officially re-signed Jeff Green.
PG Mike Bibby agreed to a one-year deal with the Knicks at the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million on Saturday.
SG Jason Richardson signed a four-year, $25 million deal with the Magic on Saturday.
PG Jamaal Tinsley officially signed with the Jazz on Saturday.
The Lakers contacted the Warriors with a potential trade offer including Pau Gasol, and in exchange they asked for Stephen Curry and some combination of Dorell Wright, Klay Thompson, and Ekpe Udoh. Curry and others would then be sent to the Hornets in the Chris Paul deal. – This deal never had any legitimacy, and the Lakers have since been said to have “moved on” from a Chris Paul deal.
The Knicks and Wolves are reportedly in pursuit of free agent guard J.J. Barea.
Lamar Odom is headed to Dallas along with the Lakers 2012 second round pick for Dallas’ first round pick and an $8.9 million trade exception.
“I don’t like it,” said Bryant. “To be honest with you, I don’t like it.”
Ric Bucher of ESPN told readers to expect the Clippers to match the front-loaded four-year, $40 million offer made to restricted free agentDeAndre Jordan by the Warriors.
Shannon Brown signed a one-year deal with the Suns on Saturday.
The Bulls‘ ability to sign Dwight Howard is limited by uncertainty as to whether he would sign an extension in Chicago. The Bulls could useJoakim Noah as the centerpiece of a deal to land Howard, along with other young talent, but they won’t consider the move unless Dwightindicates he’d extend his contract.
The Timberwolves are reportedly interested in trading for Kevin Martin.
The Pacers and Grizzlies are working on a sign-and-trade deal involving O.J. Mayo and free agent Josh McRoberts.
The Warriors have used the amnesty clause on Charlie Bell.
The Grizzlies “are expected” to match the four-year, $55 million offer sheet from the Rockets for Marc Gasol.
David West has signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.
Dwight Howard said on Sunday that he demanded a trade from the Magic because the team didn’t act on his personnel recommendations.
The Hawks are interested in Chauncey Billups, if he clears waivers. Gilbert Arenas is also on their radar, and has already cleared waivers.Arenas wants to play with Dwight Howard, and now it’s revealed that Deron Williams inquired about Arenas earlier this week. WhileBillups is ticked off and considering retirement.
The Suns have officially re-signed G/F Grant Hill.
Nene will either land in Denver, New Jersey or Houston, according to Marc Stein.