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Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 5, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 7:04 pm
 
Ray Allen will give the Celtics “every chance of re-signing him,” but has been in contact with the top-tier free agents and wants to wait until they choose a team before making a decision, a person with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com Monday.

Allen’s conversations with Celtics brass have been “productive and cordial,” the person said. But Allen, like other free agents, can’t have a complete picture of his value or the best situation for him until the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decide where to sign. It is not clear whether Allen, 34, has spoken with those players, but a person close to one high-profile free agent said Allen has been in contact via text message as the Big Three try to assemble a supporting cast for next season and beyond.

“I don’t think Player X has asked him, ‘If I sign here, will you come with me?’” the person said. “It hasn’t been in any formal way, but they’ve been in contact.”

Allen also has received “general inquiries” from several teams, including those with significant cap space, including the Heat, Bulls, Knicks and Nets, one of the sources said. The Celtics have been informed that Allen would prefer not to make a decision until the so-called cap-room teams find out which players they’ll be able to attract.

With Doc Rivers back for one more season and Paul Pierce returning on a four-year, $61 million deal, Allen will feel tremendous pull from within the Celtics’ organization to re-up for one more championship run. But Allen is seeking a three-year deal, and could be presented with some intriguing options once James and Wade decide where to play. According to people familiar with their strategies, both players have prioritized recruiting a low-post scorer and 3-point shooter as they decide whether to stay with their existing teams or venture elsewhere.

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Now that the Knicks have agreed to terms with free-agent power forward Amar'e Stoudemire, the process of surrounding him with talent capable of winning a championship begins.

"The Knicks are back," Stoudemire told the assembled media at Madison Square Garden Monday after agreeing in principle to a five-year, $99.8 million deal.

Stoudemire also said that he'd be reaching out to LeBron James with a recruiting pitch. If that doesn't work, what are the Knicks' other options? Sources confirmed Monday that the primary target would be Carmelo Anthony, who'd be an unrestricted free agent next summer -- or available at the February trade deadline -- if he doesn't accept the Nuggets' three-year, $65 million extension offer. CBSSports.com first reported Saturday that there's "zero chance" Denver officials will agree to trade Anthony this summer.

In the meantime, the Knicks will continue searching for a pick-and-roll partner for Stoudemire to operate with -- and if it isn't James, free-agent point guard Raymond Felton will be a primary target. The Knicks have had discussions about a sign-and-trade for Felton that would involve their own free-agent power forward, David Lee, a person with knowledge of the talks said Monday. But the Bobcats are lukewarm on such a proposal for the same reason they've had zero conversations with Felton's agent, Tony Dutt, about re-signing him -- the luxury-tax implications. But don't rule out such a scenario yet; a person with close ties to Felton said Monday that the Bobcats point guard is intrigued by the possibility of pairing with Stoudemire in coach Mike D'Antoni's triple-threat, pick-and-roll offense.

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Bobcats coach Larry Brown was not with the organization's summer-league team Monday when play opened in Orlando. But don't draw any conspiratorial conclusions. A person close to Brown told CBSSports.com that the coach is on a previously planned family vacation and that the team is proceeding under the assumption that Brown will return to coach the team next season.

"We're looking at it as status quo," the person said.
Comments

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 11:14 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Agreed.  Assuming injuries aren't an issue, I'd way rather have Stoudemire than Bosh.  in fact, I don't get why the Knicks don't pair him WITH Lee.  Granted, the Knicks, always thinking LebronLebronLebron, dithered and didn't put a good pg in place, hence the desire for Felton, et al.  But imagine the Knicks up front with Stoudemire and Lee: that's 30 boards and 40 pts. per night guaranteed.  Defense in the half court a bit suspect, but they won't be winning on D anyway.  As Kobe has shown, the key is focus, desire, drive.  Lebron actually lacks that combo (see William Rhoden's excellent column in today's NYTimes): Stoudemire and Lee have that--a great start.



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2010 6:49 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

i totally agree...but still i would prefer bosh to bynum. he's been injured all yr long, soft as a cotton. lol...



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2010 6:46 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

this free agent buzz is bs, chris bosh doesn't deserve the max, he is a soft, injury prone big man who hasn't won a playoff round, lebron is all about marketing and gathering bling, lebron cant win a ring, wade won a ring, but only because he had veteran help and dallas choked a 2-0 lead in 2006, and miami has absolutely no supporting cast in there.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 6:46 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

I think Ray is concerned if several of these players collude on one team, the Celtics chances to win diminish. If Wade and Lebron stay put, he will probably re-sign with Boston.


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