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Free-Agent Buzz

Posted on: July 14, 2010 12:28 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2010 12:30 pm
 
The Nuggets bolstered their front court Wednesday by agreeing to terms with Al Harrington and Shelden Williams, while also bringing back one of their own free agents, guard Anthony Carter, people with knowledge of the deals confirmed to CBSSports.com.

In giving the full mid-level exception to Harrington -- five years, $34 million -- the Nuggets are now out of the running to match the Raptors' four-year. $18.8 million offer sheet for restricted free agent Linas Kleiza.

Harrington, 29, is a good teammate and proven scorer whose presence will help the Nuggets survive the absence of injured big men Kenyon Martin and Chris "Birdman" Andersen at the start of the 2010-11 season. But Harrington's erratic, often puzzling offensive play could present a problem for a Denver team that already has its share of free spirits.

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Luke Ridnour's four-year, $16 million deal with the Timberwolves only bolsters belief around the league that Minnesota will trade Ramon Sessions, one of the many point guard GM David Kahn has assembled. Charlotte, having lost starting point guard Raymond Felton to the Knicks, is the most sensible destination. A person with knowledge of the Bobcats' dealings said the club has yet to engage in such talks with the T-Wolves.

Of far more importance regarding the Ridnour signing is what it says about Ricky Rubio's future in Minnesota, when Kahn already has Ridnour, Jonny Flynn and Sessions (for the time being) to play the same position. The Knicks have coveted Rubio since draft night in 2009, but Kahn continues to steadfastly refuse to entertain trade offers for the Spanish sensation, who will play at least one more season in Italy -- at which time Kahn will persuade him to play for the Timberwolves or acquire three more point guards.

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The Hawks want Shaquille O'Neal to eat up some minutes in under the basket and sell some tickets. The Cavs like Marvin Williams, who was drafted under Cleveland GM Chris Grant's watch when Grant was a front-office employee with the Hawks. A sign-and-trade with O'Neal getting the veteran's minimum or close to it -- about the best he's going to do at 38 -- makes perfect sense . But at this point. a person who would be involved in such discussions told CBSSports.com Wednesday it has never been discussed. Give it time.












Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2010 8:41 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

So of all the NBA players, you really think the ones from Spain are overhyped.

Yeah I can't drive a mile without seeing Sergio Rodriguez's face on a billboard.



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2010 1:21 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz

shaq is done, he is damaged goods, ricky rubio is also overrated, he is all flash and no substance, he is the pg equivalent of big bust dark milicic, why does the nba continue to covet and overhype euro players, especially pg from spain, sergio rodriguez hasn't done much, calderon cant play defense and is injury, and the jazz brought in that raul kid, who didn't do anything except sit on the bench.


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