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Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 8, 2009 7:11 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2009 8:30 am

Things keep buzzing along. Here's the latest gathered from executives, agents, and others in the know:

* The Shawn Marion-to-Dallas trade being discussed with Toronto went dormant for about 24 hours, but picked up steam Wednesday. The Raptors are making inroads in their efforts to recruit a third team to facilitate the deal, thus satisfying Toronto's requirement to clear cap space for its signing of Hedo Turkoglu. The pieces Dallas would want to move include Jerry Stackhouse, whose $7 million contract for next season is only guaranteed for $2 million. Toronto's efforts to include Marcus Banks and his $9.3 million due over the next two seasons are being met with resistance, one NBA front office source said. The third team, likely to be Memphis, would have little incentive to get involved unless it was getting cash and/or a draft pick.

UPDATE: The Marion deal was consummated early Thursday, pending league approval. It's a four-team, sign-and-trade blockbuster that sends Marion to Dallas with a new five-year contract; Jerry Stackhouse to Memphis to be bought out with $2 million provided by the Mavs; and Turkoglu from Orlando to Toronto in a sign-and-trade that lands the Magic a sizeable trade exception. Other players/pieces involved. All the details here.

* Antonio McDyess has agreed to sign with the Spurs, a three-year deal believed to be in the $15-million range.

* Mike Bibby agreed to a three-year, approximately $18 million deal to stay with the Hawks.

* The Raptors agreed to a five-year, $50 million extension with Andrea Bargnani, adding to the $6.5 million Bargnani is due next season. There is as an opt-out after the fourth year, according to a source.

* The Cavs appear close to re-signing forward Anderson Varejao.

UPDATE: Varejao has agreed to a six-year, approximately $50 million deal with the Cavs, his agent, Dan Fegan, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

* The Pistons made their agreements with Ben Gordon (five years, $55 million) and Charlie Villanueva (five years, $35 million) official on Wednesday. Ron Artest signed his five-year, $34.3 million deal with the Lakers and was introduced in L.A. The contract for the full mid-level exception includes an early termination option after the fourth year, according to a source.

* The Heat and Grizzlies appear willing to offer Allen Iverson a one-year deal at or close to the mid-level exception after Iverson had first hoped that a sign-and-trade could be worked out sending him from Detroit to Chicago.

UPDATE: The Nuggets have re-signed Chris "Birdman" Anderson to a five-year deal. The Denver Post reports that it could be worth as much as $26 million.

* The Cavaliers have agreed to the framework of a deal with free agent swingman Anthony Parker, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Parker was one of the players Toronto couldn't keep in order to make room for Turkoglu.

UPDATE: The Pacers landed their first free agent of the summer, agreeing to a four-year, $11 million deal with Nuggets guard Dahntay Jones, agent Mark Bartelstein told the Indianapolis Star.

* Free agent forward Zaza Pachulia is staying in Atlanta, agreeing to a four-year deal with the Hawks.

Category: NBA

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2009 6:36 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

If the Cavs keep Lebron, other teams will offer Bosh more money.  If the Knicks cannot get Lebron, they will have more to offer Bosh.  Also, he seems bored in Toronto (a small market) and I cannot see him going to another one.  If he is going to go to a small market, he might as well stay where he is now.  And you cannot sign based on recruitment.  Lebron can recruit him all he wants but that does not mean he will stay.  Brand did the same thing to Baron Davis with the Clippers and then signed in Philly.  Also, I do not think the King will end up staying in Cleveland regardless of cap space because if NY can offer him a maximum contract and the Cavs do not win a title next year, he is wearing a Knick uniform.  He craves the attention and I see him as a media darling; a man who wants as much spotlight as possible, which NY offers.  Also, that chat he had with reporters the day after they lost to Orlando wearing a Yankees hat cannot be encouraging.  I know that if I was a Cavs fan that I would not feel good about the chances of re-signing him unless a title was won and would also be upset seeing him wear that hat.  But, I still think Orlando has a better "team" than the Cavs and so does Boston, who got even deeper with the signing of Sheed.  Getting Shaq will not help matters because he is too slow to keep up with Howard and he would not be defending the Orlando shooters.  They would have the same problems next season if they matched up again.  While they had nothing to lose as they gave up garbage to get him, the overall team has not improved enough to win a title and I do not even see them with the best record in the East or the NBA.  In the West, the Lakers are on top and the Magic and C's are both better.  But if Shaq has anything left in the tank and could stop Howard, they may win the East, but the Lakers adding Artest makes them even deeper and if Odom stays, no one is beating them and Lebron will be in NY.  I am not trying to diss Cleveland, but I am a long suffering fan and need some ray of hope.  They better get SOMEONE in the free agent class next year.

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 10:30 am

Dan Fegan, salesman of the year....

  Who in their right mind would pay a sloppy, slow center a 6 year contract worth about 50 million, oh the cavs would, the same team that brought another lazy fat center in to play with a young selfish punk. Sorry Cleavland fans but your not gonna be contenders any time soon. But props to his agent Dan Fegan for pulling off the slick move and talking up his Turd. Early christmas for the Varejao family! 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2009 7:11 am

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Maybe we are in a bubble...but I'd rather be here than wherever you are!

"they have a lot of shooters but no big man..."

um....Shaq?  I know he's not the 29 year old Shaq, but he's still the biggest man in the NBA...and he was an All-Star last year (voted by coaches, not fans).

I could go on...but it's funny that you feel sad for us Cavs fans...we only won a league best 66 regular season games last year, AND HAVE ONLY GOTTEN BETTER this offseason.  We lost Wally, Big Ben (retiring), and Sahsa.  We got Shaq and a very serviceable upgrade to our defense and bench in Anthony Parker.

The 2 things we needed to improve was some size to contend with Howard and the tall outside Orlando shooters.  We got Shaq, who will be able to play Howard, no matter what all of you doubters say, and we got a 6'6'' above average defender that shoots 41% from 3 pt land to give us a little height at guard, AND Orlando lost Turkoglu and downgraded to an over the hill streaky VC, AND probably lost Gortat and didn't replace him.

Add the X-Factor, and that's the Cavs 2008 draft of Hickson and Jackson, who will get to play this year.  i'm not saying we're guaranteed a Finals victory, but we improved a lot more than you "outside the bubble" people think!  Go Cavs!

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 11:38 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

thier actually gonna have close to thirty million and then can sign Bosh, someone else maybe then go over the cap to re-sign LeBron. Because of the NBA rules you can go over to keep your guys. Your just a hater. You call the best player in the league a queen.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 11:28 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Getting Parker was a good move, they needed a reliable swingman or third guard whos got some size, defense and shooting. Mo and Delonte had to be on the floor all the time last year in the playoffs. This really solidifies thier frontcourt. They'll be fine with the bigs they got cuz they just resigned Anderson Varejeo who will continue to improve his game as he did vastly last year, as well as Shaq, big Z and solid Joe Smith. I like the move though I think I would of preferred Matt Barnes.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 11:18 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Anothony Parker???? Do Cavs need him???? I don't know about it

Come on, This kind of move make no sense at all.

You Got shaq to Cavs which's not bad at all. Because you spend almost nothing to have a try on SHAQ. If he works, that would be great. If not, you have almost nothing to lose.

Why you need a guy like Parker who wouldn't make Cavs any better than they already were. 

They need improve the insider power, not the shooter. Come on, They have a lot of shooters but no big man who could create wide open shot for the shooters. 

Celts, Lakers, Magics and Spurs all make big move and serious move which is very need at this time. But Cavs. What's wrong with their front management offices? They haven't make any good move since 2007. They just add same kind of players over the same position. The improvement is very little for Cavs.

Feel sad for Cavs Fans

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 11:12 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Lebron is gone...I would say there is a 90% chance he is not in Cleveland and everyone but Cav homers know it!

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 10:39 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

god i love how pretendaliers fans live in their own bubble. THE CAP IS DROPPING TO 53 MILLION NEXT YEAR. THROW 20 at Queen and 18 at Bosh. Plus w/e MAURICE's contract is, you have less than 10 million to build a roster of 9 guys. Good luck

Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 10:26 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Cavs actually will have alot of money next year as shaqs 20 million will come off the books. They can sign Bosh and still pay Lebron more money than any other team even if it means going over the cap due to the nba rules that allow teams to resign thier players. The rules will alow the cavs to pay him more money and give him one more year then anybody else. He's from here, all his freinds and family are here, (which is very important to him if you know anything about him) more money, more years, his crazy huge house he built here, a contending team and a front office that will spend and do whatever it takes, why would he leave? To go to New York and start over and play for a bunch of a hole fans that expect to win just cuz its NY. No dude-he's stayin home. Free agents will want to come to cleveland to win a championship if they know Bron will be here.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 10:21 pm

Free Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Shaq's contract is up and so is Z's next year. The Cavs will have a TON of cap space to sign two big FA's next summer. As far as leaving Toronto for a mid-American city not being likely, Bosh will go where he gets the money and a chance to win. IF the Cavs can keep LeBron and offer big if not the best money, why wouldn't Bosh go there??? Do you think the allure of NYC is that big that everyone wants to go there? Don't get me wrong, New York is a great city (I have some very good friends from NYC) but the team hasn't been s&!t for years now and marketing and sponsorhips find the big players no matter where they play. Could the Knicks clean up with a couple big signings next summer? Sure could. But so could Cleveland. Difference is, a lot of Cleveland's chances will be determined by this years results. Championship or bust for the Cavs in more ways than one.

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