Tag:free agents
Posted on: September 9, 2009 12:23 pm

Report: Knicks close to re-upping Lee, Robinson

In the latest update on the status of Knicks restricted free agents David Lee and Nate Robinson , Newsday reports that a one-year deal to keep Lee in a Knicks uniform could be finalized by the end of the week.

Newsday also reports that while Donnie Walsh would not confirm any forthcoming deals, he did state that the talsk with both Lee and Robinson (and their representatives) are "at the point where we should start talking real numbers."

Posted on: August 31, 2009 11:09 am

Bulls not pursuing Arroyo, despite rumors

The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports that despite rumors to the contrary, the Chicago Bulls are not pursuing former NBA point guard Carlos Arroyo .

Puerto Rico's El Nuevo Dia reported this weekend that Arroyo was about to sign a one-year deal with the Bulls, but the Herald claims Arroyo and the Bulls have never even discussed such a deal.

The story added that signing Arroyo wouldn't make a lot of sense at this point, since the Bulls have plenty of options for backup for Derrick Rose already, and they are close to the luxury tax threshold.
Posted on: August 27, 2009 11:56 am

Lee's agent says a holdout is possible

In comments published by the New York Post , agent Mark Bartlestein said that free agent David Lee could hold out on the Knicks when their training camp begins on Sept. 28 if he does not have a signed contract by then.

"I certainly hope not, but you have to have an agreement," Bartlestein said, as quoted by the Post . "I never thought we'd be this far without a deal. It comes down to making a deal. You have to ask [team president] Donnie [Walsh]."

"All we've agreed is if we can't do a sign-and-trade, we will work out a reasonable one-year deal."

Posted on: August 25, 2009 1:23 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2009 1:40 pm

Report: Knicks still interested in Sessions

Citing a source "with intimate knowledge of the situation," Newsday reports that the Knicks remain very interested in bringing in free agent Ramon Sessions , despite internet speculation to the contrary.

The story speculates that the holdup on Sessions accepting or declining the Knicks' offer -- believed to be for $4 million this year with an 8 percent reduction in the second year -- could be that they're waiting to see if the L.A. Clippers make room on their roster.

Either way, the Knicks deal is thought to be the best one currently on the table for Sessions, who is running out of time to find a home for 2009-10. The Knicks could be counting on that, believing that unless something better comes along, Sessions will eventually bite the bullet and sign with them.

Meanwhile, Knicks free agent Nate Robinson recently posted on his Twitter account that he would be meeting with Donnie Walsh on Wednesday about potentially coming back to the team, and asked his Twitter followers to keep their fingers crossed.

Posted on: August 20, 2009 11:28 am

'Major' issues keep Bobcats from Iverson talks

The Charlotte Observer reports that coach Larry Brown would enjoy the chance to bring veteran free agent Allen Iverson to the Bobcats roster, but Brown says there are "major" issues preventing the team from pursuing Iverson.

"One is the money; we wouldn't want to make him an offer that would insult him," Brown said, as quoted by the Observer . "And with three small guards already on the roster, he wouldn't get to play the minutes he deserves. "Until one or both of those things changes, I don't see it."

Although Brown coached Iverson in Philadelphia previously and the two didn't always get along, Brown is still positive about the idea of working with Iverson again, if not for the roadblocks in the way.

"He's done a lot for me, and if we could work it out - the money, the opportunity to play - I'd be all for it," Brown said. "He's always been good, always been there."
Posted on: August 19, 2009 1:02 pm

Nuggets in the running for Szczerbiak

The Denver Post reports that picking up Wally Szczerbiak from free agency is still an option for the Nuggets as they try to boost their bench.

Szczerbiak is said to be considering multiple offers and is putting a priority on those teams that could be contenders. The story noted that Nuggets coach George Karl would enjoy having a veteran like Szczerbiak on the squad and the team could benefit from his shooting prowess.
Posted on: August 18, 2009 10:21 am

Warriors don't budge on Watson offers

The Contra Costa Times reports that Golden State Warriors general manager Larry Riley has been turning down offers for restricted free agent C.J. Watson .

The story cited a source close to the offer as saying the latest significant offer for Watson came from Orlando, which was willing to give Golden State a first-round draft pick, a backup guard and cash considerations for Watson. Riley reportedly declined the offer, saying that none of the deals on the table for Watson have matched the value of bringing him back to the Warriors for next season.

"We've had substantial interest for C.J. Watson in regards to sign-and-trades," Riley said. "We haven't had an offer that's exceeded C.J.'s value. We like C.J., and we'll be working toward bringing him back."
Posted on: August 10, 2009 11:52 am

Hawks desperately seeking big men

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Hawks are taking a good look at free agent power forward Joe Smith but have yet to get his to agree to a deal. Either way, coach Mike Woodson says the Hawks are in dire need of roster depth. The problem is that the free agents that would have provided the best boost to the Hawks this summer have been flying off the shelves.

"Based on our situation, there just aren't a whole lot of guys to choose from, really," Woodson said. "People are snapping up these bigs left and right. And not to take anything away from any of the guys still out there, of the guys I really had targeted, there's only one of them left. And that's why we're going through the process of now bringing in some bigs and working them out, and then we can see where we go from there."

The story noted that many people feel that Randolph Morris -- already a Hawk -- deserves a chance to come off the bench and prove himself. Aside from that, the Hawks are reported to have shown some interest in Johan Petro , Stromile Swift and Courtney Sims , along with Smith.

Whatever the endgame is, Woodson knows his team needs a boost. The question is where it will come from.

"We're in a bind right now," Woodson said. "When you see it up there on the wall, it really hits home where we're lacking right now."

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