With the NBA offseason off to a busy start, the rumor mill is heating up concerning some of the top free agents in the NBA today.
Not only that, but some big names have hit the trade block as well.
Every team in the league has been busy so far during the first couple of days of the offseason. Here's a look at the latest buzz around each and every NBA team.
The big news out of Atlanta is that the Hawks have engaged in talks about unloading the contract of Joe Johnson.
Brooklyn and Atlanta are engaged in talks on a possible Joe Johnson trade, sources tell Y! Nets plan would be to pair with Deron Williams.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2012
ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Nets are offering a package of Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson (via sign-and-trade) and a future first-round pick for Johnson.
Nets-Hawks talks: Sources say Nets now offering Farmar, Petro, Morrow, J. Williams, Stevenson (via sign-and-trade) and future first for Joe— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2012
After reportedly coming to terms with Kevin Garnett on a three-year deal, the Celtics are targeting shooting guards, and team president Danny Ainge says that bringing back Ray Allen is the team's No. 1 priority.
Other free agents that the Celtics have reported interest in include Jamal Crawford, who is in advanced talks with the Los Angeles Clippers; Marcus Camby, who has narrowed his list down to six teams; Josh Howard, who's drawing interest from multiple teams; and if their pursuit of Allen doesn't work out, the Celtics have interest in Nick Young, O.J. Mayo and Jason Terry.
In addition, Brandon Bass is interested in re-signing with the Celtics, but Spears tweeted that the Pacers, Nets,Mavericks, Heat, Knicks, and Hawks are also intrigued
Also, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports that Jeff Green is close to re-signing with Boston, though no agreement has been reached yet.
Agent David Falk said Jeff Green is "close" to re-signing with the #celtics but deal is not done yet— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) July 2, 2012
Finally, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports that Celtics' restricted free agent Greg Stiemsma has been contacted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com tweets that the Boston remains Stiemsma's first choice.
As mentioned before, the Nets are in on Atlanta's Joe Johnson, but the big name on the market is Deron Williams.
Williams will meet with both the Nets and Mavericks on Monday, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Also, Dwight Howard told Wojnarowski that he will only re-sign with the Nets. Howard told Yahoo: "There’s only one team on my list and if I don’t get traded there, I'll play the season out and explore my free agency after that."
Stein also reports that the Nets will meet with Steve Nash on Monday.
Nash met with Raps and Knicks today. Nets will make their pitch in AM, interested in Nash both as potential D-Will replacement and teammate— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2012
Over the weekend, it was reported that the Nets have reached an agreement with Gerald Wallace to a four-year, $40 million deal.
The Rockets and Omer Asik have reached agreement on a three-year, $25.1 million deal, a league source tells Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). As a restricted free agent, the Bulls will have three days to match the offer sheet after it's signed on July 11th.
The Bulls have not ruled out picking up Kyle Korver's $5 million option, though that situation won't be addressed until they decide what to do with Asik, tweets K.C Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Raptors SF Sonny Weems said to be drawing interest from Cavs. Weems a restricted free agent.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 1, 2012
Cleveland also have made a qualifying offer to center Semih Erden, according to The Plain Dealer (via Twitter). The offer is just over $1 million for the Turkish big man.
The Mavs are holding out for Deron Williams and will meet with the All-Star point guard on Monday but also have interest in other free agents, including unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley (tweets Ken Berger of CBSSports.com) and Anthony Randolph (according to Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com).
Josh Howard is drawing interest from his old team according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter), but Howard has many suitors right now.
According to HoopsRumors, other free agents the Mavs have interest in include Ray Allen, Jason Terry, Brandon Bass, C.J. Miles and Steve Nash.
The Nuggets have agreed to re-sign guard Andre Miller to a three-year deal, sources tell Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter):
Nuggets agree to re-sign guard Andre Miller to a three-year deal, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 2, 2012
Also, Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri will meet with JaVale McGee's representatives tomorrow to begin talks on a new contract for the big man, tweets Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The Pistons will sign 2011 second-round draft pick Kyle Singler on July 11, the first day free agents can officially ink contracts, said Joe Dumars, as Larry Lage of The Detroit News reports.
Singler played the 2011/12 season in Spain after Detroit took him with the 33rd overall pick last June.
Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press expects the Pistons to be very quiet in free agency, especially early on, but Sam Amick of SI.com says they are among the teams interested in unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley.
The Warriors are in the early stages of discussions for free agent forward J.J. Hickson, league sources tell Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times. The Warriors could use their mid-level exception to sign Hickson, who was not given a qualifying offer from the Blazers on Friday.
Also, Ken Berger reported that the Warriors won't offer guard Stephen Curry an extension this season.
Early indications are that an extension for Stephen Curry with Golden State "will not happen this year," according to a source.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 1, 2012
Finally, ESPN's Broussard says the Warriors are still interested in acquiring Howard, even without a commitment beyond this season.
The Rockets and Asik have reached agreement on a three-year, $23.1MM deal. The Bulls have three days to match, once he signs on July 11.
Houston is still in on Howard as well, reports Wojnarowski.
Berger adds that the Rockets badly want to keep point guard Goran Dragic and are shopping Kyle Lowry to do so. However, Dragic wants a starting job and is seeking a salary starting at $10 million per season.
The Rockets "badly" want to retain Dragic, source said, and have been trying to move Kyle Lowry to give him the starting PG job he wants.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 1, 2012
As far as guard Kevin Martin, Berger adds via Twitter that the Rockets have had some trade discussions, but are planning to keep him for now
The Blazers and center Roy Hibbert have reached a verbal agreement, and the big man will sign an offer sheet with Portland on July 11th, says Joe Freeman of the Oregonian. The Pacers will then have three days to match the offer or risk losing their All-Star big man.
ESPN's Ric Bucher reported that center Chris Kaman will visit Indiana, and he could become an alternative if Hibbert proves too pricey.
Sources: Chris Kaman visits with Pacers tomorrow. Solid, affordable alternative to suddenly über-pricy Roy Hibbert.— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) July 2, 2012
Also, guard Eric Gordon visited Indiana and while there's interest, New Orleans is expected to match all offers.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld says that the Clippers are in advanced talks with shooting guard Jamal Crawford, which would fill a big need, but Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times tweets that they will talk to Nick Young and Randy Foye as well.
Clip also will talk with Nick Young and Randy Foye, both played with Clips last season. Clips will also talk with Jamal Crawford, sources.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 1, 2012
As far as Blake Griffin, he has informed Clippers officials that he intends to sign a five-year contract extension with the team, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The Lakers are still exploring a Howard trade, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, but the Magic won't do a deal without Andrew Bynum being involved.
In addition, they are interested in Nick Young and Brandon Rush, Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times (via Twitter) has learned.
Lakers interested in Nick Young + Brandon Rush, The Times has learned. Young's too pricey for Lakers' $3 mill limit, but Rush = interesting.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) July 1, 2012
Once he clears waivers, Yahoo!'s Spears said the Lakers are one of the teams that will have interest in Rashard Lewis.
The Lakers are seeking a point guard in free agency, and in addition to reaching out to Ramon Sessions, they're also targeting veterans like Chauncey Billups, Jameer Nelson, and Kirk Hinrich, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
But another option could exist in Toronto point guard Jose Calderon if the Raptors sign Steve Nash and amnesty the veteran Calderon, ESPN's Stein reports.
The champs don't have a great deal of cap flexibility, but they are on Marcus Camby's list of six teams, a league source told Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.
In addition, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News tweets that the Heat are also in pursuit of Jordan Hill.
But the Heat consider Ray Allen their top priority in free agency and will start pursuing him when the free-agent period begins late tonight, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.
Things have been quiet in Milwaukee, but Brandon Jennings continues to hint that he's open to a long-term extension with the Bucks, says Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, the Timberwolves contacted Batum and made a "serious offer" for the 23-year-old. Haynes reports that the T-Wolves' offer to Batum is in the four-year, $45-50 million range.
The Timberwolves have also set up a meeting with Celtics restricted free agent Greg Stiemsma, as Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune writes.
They also did not make qualifying offers to Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, making them both unrestricted free agents.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld also expects the Wolves to be in on unrestricted free agent guard O.J. Mayo.
Eric Gordon is drawing interest from a number of teams, and at least one of them figures to sign him to the maximum-salary offer sheet he is in search of, but the Hornets are expected to match any offer for the restricted free agent.
Also, the Hornets announced they have bought out the contract of Rashard Lewis, making him an unrestricted free agent.
ESPN's Broussard reports that the Knicks may not be able to match an offer to Jeremy Lin if a team gives him an offer that is heavily backloaded as the luxury tax is a big concern in New York.
Matching a contract to Lin would give the Knicks four players in Lin, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler making more than $14 million in 2014/15 season. Those four players alone would earn $72 million, nearly $2 million above the luxury tax.
The Knicks have inquired about a potential sign-and-trade deal for Steve Nash, and the Suns like Landry Fields, but Marc Berman of the New York Post says a deal would probably have to include at least two or three players such as Iman Shumpert, Toney Douglas, Fields and Steve Novak just to make salaries work.
While Nash is definitely the Knicks' top target, they have also reached out to Raymond Felton's representatives, tweets Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday (via Twitter).
Novak is drawing heavy interest from nearly a dozen teams according to Berman. Berman says the Knicks are targeting Anthony Tolliver as a possible alternative if Novak gets away
Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.says the Knicks are on Marcus Camby's list of teams.
SI.com's Sam Amick says (via Sulia) that the Thunder may be the front-runner for Hasheem Thabeet.
The Thunder and coach Scott Brooks have agreed to a new four-year deal. Ric Bucher of ESPN.com reported that the deal was worth roughly $16 million.
John Rohde of the Oklahoman says that if any of the Thunder's free agents want to re-sign with the team, it'll almost certainly have to be for the minimum salary.
As mentioned earlier, Dwight Howard says that he will only re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets, writes Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Magic forward Earl Clark changed his mind on his option and informed the Magic on Friday that he has decided to opt in, according to Alex Kennedy
Jameer Nelson decided to opt out of his contract, which will make him an unrestricted free agent this summer, but according to Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld, signing a long-term deal with the Magic is still Nelson's No. 1 goal.
The 76ers reached an agreement on a two-year, $6 million deal with Lavoy Allen, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter).
In addition, the Sixers did not make qualifying offers to Jodie Meeks, Sam Young or Xavier Silas, meaning all three players will become unrestricted free agents, says John Finger of CSNPhilly.com.
The Suns are interested in Landry Fields as part of a possible sign-and-trade deal for Nash, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweets that the Suns are one of the teams that have interest in guard Jason Terry.
The Suns are set to meet with unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley and Suns restricted FA Robin Lopez. Phoenix president Lon Babby also said the team hopes to meet with Eric Gordon, Raymond Felton and Goran Dragic later in the week.
Portland was viewed by some teams around the league as a contender for Nash, but Joe Freeman of the Oregonian tweets that the Blazers aren't looking to bring aboard aging veterans.
While the Trail Blazers were courting center Roy Hibbert and offering him a maximum deal, Portland's own RFA Nicolas Batum was being aggressively pursued by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, the Timberwolves contacted made a "serious offer" for the 23-year-old. Haynes reports that the T-Wolves' offer to Batum is in the four-year, $45-50MM range.
Similar to the situation with Hibbert, if Batum were to sign Minnesota's offer sheet, the Blazers would have three days to match it.
Tim Duncan is having good contractual talks with the Spurs about re-signing, and it's very unlikely that he will consider another team, sources told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter).
The Spurs are shopping DeJuan Blair to clear cap space, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter).
Spurs are shopping forward DeJuan Blair, league sources tell Y! Spurs have Euro picks they could bring over next season, need roster space.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2012
Also, the club extended qualifying offers to Danny Green and Patty Mills, tweets Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
As for other free agents, Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter), says the Sours are one of a handful of teams showing interest in the small forward Josh Howard.
The Spurs are also one of the six teams on Marcus Camby's list.
According to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune, Paul Millsap is expected to seek a contract extension in the neighborhood of Gerald Wallace's reported four-year, $40MM deal with the Nets.
Smith also adds that the agents for two current Jazz free agents, C.J. Miles and Josh Howard, are open to sign-and-trade deals if their clients don't re-sign in Utah.
He also notes that guards Danny Green and Roger Mason have interest in signing with the Jazz.
Washington has reached out to a handful of their own free agents as well as John Lucas III and Hinrich, tweets Michael Lee of the Washington Post.