Nets talks for Dwight Howard stall as free agents sign flood of deals | NBA
The Miami Heat got two more shooters. The Orlando Magic, at least for now, is keeping its center. A flurry of deals were completed Wednesday...
The Miami Heat got two more shooters. The Orlando Magic, at least for now, is keeping its center.
A flurry of deals were completed Wednesday and another one was put on hold on the first day contracts could be signed in the NBA.
Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, former Sonics, inked their deals with the NBA champions, who will rely on their perimeter accuracy to create more space on the court for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
San Antonio announced Tim Duncan was staying in San Antonio and the Knicks completed a sign-and-trade to bring Marcus Camby to New York. But there's no deal for the best big man of them all in the NBA right now.
The Magic can't find an agreement they like for All-Star center Dwight Howard, who has asked for a trade to Brooklyn. The Magic have tried to accommodate, only to find nothing from the Nets that fit their desires.
"We've had discussions with Brooklyn, we've had discussions with a host of different teams about a host of different issues. And the answer is, 'Yes, we're still talking to them,"' Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. "We're still looking to do whatever it is that puts us in the best position from a sustainability standpoint, (and) from a strategic standpoint.
"... Currently as they stand I think the parameters that we've talked about are a little bit in a stationary position. And currently as it's constructed I'm not sure there's really anything to discuss."
Instead, the Nets re-signed their current center, Brook Lopez, to an extension. He had been linked to the Howard trade talk for months but knows he will at last begin the season in Brooklyn, ineligible to be traded until Jan. 15.
Free agency opened July 1 and teams were able to begin signing players just after midnight Wednesday. Deron Williams got a quick start, signing his five-year, $98 million extension with the Nets while in Las Vegas for the U.S. Olympic team's training camp right after the window opened.
Even though he hasn't been able to get Howard, Nets general manager Billy King kept Williams, traded for All-Star guard Joe Johnson and forward Reggie Evans, kept starting forward Gerald Wallace and signed Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic.
"Billy's done a good job of making some big moves and it makes us relevant again," Williams said. "Just the move to Brooklyn itself, being in New York, makes things better."
New York coach Mike Woodson talked as if the Knicks had already matched the four-year, $28.8 million offer sheet Jeremy Lin agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets.
"Absolutely," Woodson said when asked whether the Knicks would retain their young point guard. "Jeremy Lin has always been a big part of what we're trying to do as we move forward."
Lin is expected to sign the offer sheet as soon as Thursday, and then the Knicks would have to match it by Sunday.
Woodson then took it one step further: Lin would be his starting point guard this season.
"You can't lose your starting job based on injuries," Woodson said. "Jeremy was our starter before he got hurt. He's not going to be punished for that."
Allen decided to leave one good situation for another, taking less money from the Heat than the Celtics were offering. With he and Lewis, Miami will have options all over the court.
"You've got to double-team LeBron. You have to double-team Dwyane Wade. You've got to double-team Chris Bosh. And then you think they're going to leave Ray Allen open?" Lewis said. "They've got to leave somebody open. So I have to go shoot a million jumpers tonight and be ready to knock them down."
Another good three-point shooter, Ryan Anderson was dealt by the Magic to New Orleans for Mexican Gustavo Ayon.
The Hornets have three days to decide if they want Eric Gordon to play with Anderson. He signed an offer sheet in Phoenix for four years and $58 million, but New Orleans has three days to match the deal for the restricted free agent.
• Former Rainier Beach star Jamal Crawford signed a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. Crawford agreed to a four-year deal that will pay him $25 million, including bonuses, sources said.
Crawford averaged 13.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 60 games in his lone season with Portland.
• Dallas agreed with Chris Kaman and point guard Darren Collison. The moves were not official as of Wednesday night, but the signing of Kaman to a one-year, $8 million contract and the sign-and-trade of Ian Mahinmi for Collison and rugged defender Dahntay Jones are expected to be finalized Thursday.
• The Knicks brought Camby back to New York in a sign-and-trade with Houston and re-signed guard JR Smith.
• Portland general manager Neil Olshey said the team will match any offers for swingman Nicolas Batum, who agreed to terms with Minnesota on a four-year, $45 million offer with bonuses that could push it past $50 million. The Trail Blazers and free agent J.J. Hickson have agreed to a 1-year deal, it was confirmed by the forward's agent.
• Golden State sent Dorell Wright to Philadelphia in a three-team trade that moved New Orleans' Jarrett Jack to the Warriors.