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Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated discussed a loophole for Chris Paul to get to the Knicks without taking a huge financial hit.  He would get traded to the Knicks with a behind the scenes agreement to re-sign with them once his current contract has expired. Since he would be traded along with his Bird rights, he would be allowed to sign a five-year, $100 million extension while the Knicks stay under the cap. The risk for the Knicks is that he double-crosses them and signs elsewhere.

Source: SI.com

 

The NBPA has officially re-formed as a union, allowing them to ratify the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Source: Alan Hahn on Twitter

 

Josh Howard‘s representatives have had conversations with the Bulls, Wizards, Celtics, Nets, Nuggets, Hornets, Spurs and Hawks.

Source: Chris Broussard on Twitter

 

The Raptors “intend to lodge serious bids for Nene, [Tyson] Chandler and … Marc Gasol,” according to ESPN.

Source: Edmonton Sun

 

According to his agent, free agent big man Chuck Hayes is being pursued by the Trailblazers, Raptors, Rockets, Kings and Timberwolves.

Source: MyFOXHouston.com

 

The NBA regular-season schedule is set to be released live on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NBA TV.

Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

 

The Cleveland Plain Dealer said Thursday that there is about a “60 percent” chance that the Cavs will not use amnesty on Baron Davis, and that No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving will start alongside Davis.

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer on Twitter

 

ESPN’s Marc Stein said Thursday that there is a growing sense among NBA executives that the Magic will trade Dwight Howard before the season starts.

Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

 

The Jazz have expressed “initial exploratory interest” in free agents Sebastian Telfair, Rasual Butler, and Roger Mason.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

 

CSN New England’s Donny Marshall reported Thursday that his sources say Rajon Rondo “might have started to wear out his welcome (in Boston) a little bit.”

Source: ProBasketballTalk.com

 

Multiple reports surfaced that the Clippers have reached out to free agent Tayshaun Prince, and in that scenario Chris Kaman could be sent to the Pistons in a sign-and-trade deal.

Source: Detroit News

 

If the Hornets are forced into trading Chris Paul, Stephen Curry is a player they’d reportedly be interested in.

Source: Tim Kawakami on Twitter

 

The Mavericks are not expected to use amnesty to waive center Brendan Haywood despite owing him $45 million over the next five years.

Source: David Aldridge on Twitter

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