NBA Rumors: Playing Buy or Sell with Latest Free-Agent Buzz

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2013

NBA Rumors: Playing Buy or Sell with Latest Free-Agent Buzz

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    Where there's an NBA free agent, there's a rumor.

    As we continue to navigate the post-draft period of the offseason and enter the thick of free agency, the league's rumor mill begins to churn at an unrelenting pace. Information is continuously flowing from one source to the next without regard for time as conjecture takes on a head of its own.

    With so much intel exchanging hands, deciphering between the feasible and implausible becomes a tedious yet necessary task.

    Not all mentioned scenarios are likely or even possible. Some simply don't make sense; others don't even have grounds for consideration. Such is the danger of perpetuating hearsay.

    But we know better than to accept everything as fact. Smokescreens are only so useful because we're smart enough to see through the contextual debris and uncover the difference between what's real and what isn't.

     

    The following players have un-buzzed by agreeing to sign deal:

    J.J. Redick: Agreed on a four-year, $27 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Tiago Splitter: Agreed on a four-year, $36 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs (via ESPN's Marc Stein).

    Tony Allen: Agreed on a four-year, $20 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Kevin Martin: Agreed on a four-year, $28 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Kyle Korver: Agreed on a four-year, $24 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks (via ESPN's Marc Stein).

    Al Jefferson: Agreed on a three-year, $41 million deal with the Charlotte Bobcats (via ESPN's Marc Stein). 

    J.R. Smith: Agreed on a four-year, $24.7 million deal with the New York Knicks (via New York Daily News' Frank Isola).

    Earl Clark: Agreed on a two-year, $9 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers (via Sporting News' Sean Deveney). 

    Tyreke Evans: Agreed on a four-year, $44 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, which will be signed-and-traded to the New Orleans Pelicans on the July 10 deadline (via ESPN's Marc Stein).

    Andre Iguodala: Agreed on a four-year, $48 million deal with the Golden State Warriors (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Shaun Livingston: Agreed on a one-year deal for the league minimum with the Brooklyn Nets (via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports).

    Dorell Wright: Agreed on a two-year, $6 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers (via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports).

    Dwight Howard: Agreed on a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets (via USA Today's Sam Amick).

    O.J. Mayo: Agreed on a three-year, $24 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Josh Smith: Agreed on a four-year, $56 million deal with the Detroit Pistons (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Paul Millsap: Agreed on a two-year, $19 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks (via CBS Sports' Ken Berger).

    Carl Landry: Agreed on a four-year, $26-27 million deal with the Sacramento Kings (via CBS Sports' Ken Berger).

    Jose Calderon: Agreed on a four-year, $29 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks (via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports).

    Chris Copeland: Agreed on a two-year, $6 million deal with the Indiana Pacers (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Carlos Delfino: Agreed on a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Matt Barnes: Agreed on a three-year, $11-12 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers (via Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears).

    Jarrett Jack: Agreed on a four-year, $25 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers (via Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News).

    J.J. Hickson: Agreed on a three-year, $15 million deal with the Denver Nuggets (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Zaza Pachulia: Agreed on a three-year, $16 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks (via ESPN's Marc Stein).

    DeMarre Carroll: Agreed on a two-year, $5 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Chris Kaman: Agreed on a one-year, $3.2 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers (via ESPN's Marc Stein).

    Anthony Morrow: Agreed on a two-year, $2.2 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans (via Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears).

    Marreese Speights: Agreed on a three-year, $11 million deal with the Golden State Warriors (via Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears).

    Tyler Hansbrough: Agreed on a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors (via Yahoo! Sports' Marc J Spears).

    Chris Andersen: Agreed on a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the Miami Heat (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Andrew Bynum: Agreed on a two-year, $24.5 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Only $6 million is guaranteed (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Andrei Kirilenko: Agreed on a two-year, $6 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets (via USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt).

    Monta Ellis: Agreed on a three-year, $25-30 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks (via ESPN's Marc Stein).

    Nick Young: Agreed on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Los Angeles Lakers (via CBS' Ken Berger).

    Jordan Farmar: Agreed on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Los Angeles Lakers (via ESPN's Dave McMenamin).

    Chauncey Billups: Agreed on a two-year, $5 million deal with the Detroit Pistons (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Corey Brewer: Agreed on a three-year, $15 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves (via Yahoo! Sports' Marc J Spears).

    D.J. Augustin: Agreed on a one-year, $1.26 million deal with the Toronto Raptors (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski).

    Elton Brand: Agreed on a one-year, $4 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks (via USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt)

Amnestied by the Lakers, Metta World Peace Already Has Next Team in Mind?

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m. ET by Zach Buckley

    CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports that the New York Knicks have officially announced their signing of Metta World Peace. Per ESPNNewYork.com's Jared Zwerling, Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald expressed excitement about adding World Peace's "toughness" and "championship experience" to New York's roster.

    World Peace previously tweeted a photo of himself signing his new contract along with the words "officially signed."

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 3:05 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the New York Knicks and Metta World Peace have agreed to a two-year deal in principle. This move isn't yet official, and the details remain unknown, but it looks like the small forward will be helping provide some depth for Carmelo Anthony and Co. 

    New York City is home for World Peace, and now he'll get a chance to play out the twilight of his career back where he started it during his college days. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 2:40 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    As reported by the USA Today's Sam Amick, Metta World Peace has finished up his meeting with the New York Knicks in Las Vegas. He'll now talk to other teams and then discuss the possibility of playing in China with Yao Ming

    It seems as though World Peace is really trying to live up to the "World" part of his name. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 8:25 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, at least four teams have reached out to Metta World Peace since he cleared waivers.

    New York is still considered to be World Peace's preferred landing spot, but knowing him, that could change.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 5:06 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

    Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Metta World Peace has officially cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent.

    The NBA may not be ready for what comes next.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 4:22 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

    According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, Metta World Peace has spoken to Yao Ming about playing in China.

    The Knicks are still believed to be his first choice, though.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 3:55 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

    Newsday's Al Iannazzone says that if Metta World Peace clears waivers, the Knicks will be the first in line to sign him.

    Previous reports indicate that the interest between the two parties is mutual, as New York is considered World Peace's destination of choice.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 3:18 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

    ESPN's Chris Broussard writes that Metta World Peace wants to wind up the Knicks more than any other team should he clear waivers.

    The Clippers are thought to be his second choice.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 1:33 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

    According to Bob Finnan of The News-Herald, the Cavavaliers have had talks about signing the recently amnestied Metta World Peace.

    With the abundance of forwards the Cavaliers now have on the roster, especially after drafting Anthony Bennett and signing Earl Clark, it seems unlikely Metta will be headed to Cleveland.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, July 13, at 1:35 a.m. ET by Zach Buckley

    Sam Amick of USA Today reports that if Metta World Peace clears waivers and becomes a free agent, his preferred move would be sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Amick adds that World Peace also has interest in playing for the New York Knicks and nearly every other championship-hopeful team in the league. His list of possible destinations includes the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers.

    With at least $7.7 million guaranteed to come his way after being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers, he should be free from the typical economic constraints that appear to drive most free-agent decisions.

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Friday, July 12, at 2:30 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    According to the New York Times' Howard Beck, Metta World Peace will be hitting waivers at 5:00 p.m. ET today, and teams will have until the same time on Sunday, July 14 to claim him. 

    If he clears the waivers, then he'll become an unrestricted free agent with the ability to pick and choose his next landing spot. 

    --End of update--

     

    Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register reports that the Los Angeles Lakers have waived veteran forward Metta World Peace via the amnesty provision.

    If World Peace clears waivers and becomes a free agent, ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi reports that his top two choices for his next employer would be the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers.

    If he was still an All-Defensive performer, teams would be lining up to the land the mercurial forward. But the 33-year-old has lost a step at that end of the floor and has been a borderline 40-percent shooter at the other for the last five seasons.

    He still holds value as a 3-and-D wing and has the size and strength to log minutes at the power forward spot. Assuming he clears waivers, World Peace would be a potential bargain buy for a contending team.

How Will Jeff Teague's Agreement with Bucks Impact Brandon Jennings' Future?

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    UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 7:25 p.m. ET by Zach Buckley

    If there's chatter about a potential sign-and-trade deal for Brandon Jennings involving the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons, it isn't coming from any key decision makers.

    Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News reports that the two teams have not had "any" sign-and-trade conversations regrading the free-agent floor general. Gary Woeful of The Journal Times had previously reported hearing "whispers" at the Las Vegas Summer League about such a deal taking place.

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 1:35 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    Things don't look good for a reunion between Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks. According to the Sporting News' Sean Deveney, Jennings has no interest in returning to his former team: 

    If the bridge between the Bucks and point guard Brandon Jennings has not entirely burned, at least this can be said: It’s fiercely aflame. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Jennings does not want to go back to play for the Bucks next season.

    As it stands, Jennings is a restricted free agent and his rights still belong with the Bucks. He can sign with another team, but Milwaukee has the right to match any offer. That’s one reason teams shied away from Jennings on the free-agent market this summer.

    There aren't many options left for either the southpaw or his former employers, so it remains to be seen whether they'll need to put their feelings aside due to the dearth of other opportunities. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 12:50 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    According to Ken Berger of CBS, the Atlanta Hawks planned to keep Jeff Teague all along.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, July 13, at 6:49 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    It now appears that Teague's agreement with the Bucks won't necessarily push Brandon Jennings out the door after all.

    According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks are going to match the offer sheet Teague signed with Milwaukee, which means the point guard will be sticking with his original team.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 4:30 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, Jennings and Monta Ellis will not be coming to the Hawks via a sign-and-trade. 

    As for Teague, his former team will either match the offer sheet he signed with the Bucks or let him walk. That doesn't narrow down the options much for the Wake Forest product, but it does limit the other possibilities for the Hawks. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 11:50 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    It looks like the Atlanta Hawks need to start pursuing Brandon Jennings and Mo Williams a bit more heavily. 

    As reported by RealGM's Michael Scotto, general manager Danny Ferry will "most likely" not be matching the four-year, $32 million offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks that Jeff Teague signed. It looks like this is the end of the road for Teague's tenure as a Hawk. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 11:10 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore, Jeff Teague is ready to part ways with the Atlanta Hawks. The following is a quote relayed by Vivlamore: "I enjoyed my time there. They are going in a different direction. I’m going in a different direction. It’s time to move on."

    The Hawks can still match the Milwaukee Bucks' offer sheet, but it sure doesn't sound like the point guard from Wake Forest wants them to. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 1:14 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    Apparently, it won't just be Brandon Jennings' future that Jeff Teague's offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks will affect; Joel Przybilla (the "Vanilla Gorilla") may also be a casualty.

    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Milwaukee will have to renounce its rights to the big man in order to clear space for Teague's offer sheet. That won't be a huge blow to the team, as Przybilla played in just seven games last year.

    The intricacies of the salary cap make the situation confusing, but per Stein, it appears the Bucks won't have to renounce Jennings' rights. Of course, if Teague comes on board, it'll be a sure sign that Jennings is a goner.

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10, at 11:50 p.m. ET by Zach Buckley

    The Bucks' interest in Teague has moved past the speculative stage.

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Teague plans to sign a four-year, $32 million-plus offer sheet with the Bucks.

    Either unable to find common ground with the Atlanta Hawks on a potential sign-and-trade or simply unwilling to wait for an answer, the Bucks have made their preference at the point guard spot abundantly clear. New Milwaukee coach Larry Drew has a past with Teague thanks to their shared tenure with the Atlanta Hawks.

    Jennings has appeared to be constantly wavering over his desire to return to Milwaukee, and this offer sheet may be the last bit of evidence he needs to see before searching for greener pastures. 

    Whenever Teague officially puts his signature on the contract offer, the Hawks will have three days to decide whether to match. It's probably safe to assume that Jennings will be keeping a close eye on these proceedings.

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10, at 10:03 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    Milwaukee is prepared to force Atlanta's hand.

    ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Bucks are preparing to tender an offer to Jeff Teague, which would eliminate the possibility of a sign-and-trade involving Brandon Jennings. The Hawks would then have three days to match the offer.

    This is a bold move by Milwaukee, as it now seems determined to move on from Jennings. If the Hawks match, the Bucks would be forced to revisit the Jennings situation, where a rift may now exist.

    Another possibility remains overpaying Teague in hopes that the Hawks won't be inclined to match. In either scenario, the Bucks would be left with an overpaid point guard.

    Working out a sign-and-trade would be the best-case scenario for Milwaukee, though it remains unclear who the Hawks would rather have as their starting point guard, Jennings or Teague.

    To complicate matters further, Stein also says that the Hawks have shown interest in free-agent point guard Mo Williams. Should Atlanta sign him, there's no telling how this saga will end.

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Monday, July 8, at 11:20 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    The Atlanta Hawks are coming after Brandon Jennings. 

    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks have been discussing a sign-and-trade deal that would send the southpaw to Atlanta and restricted free-agent point guard Jeff Teague to Milwaukee. 

    A Teague reunion would certainly appease new head coach Larry Drew, who spent the 2012-13 season with the Hawks before changing locations without the aid of a sign-and-trade. But would swapping the Wake Forest product for Jennings make sense for the Atlanta Hawks, or would it force them back into mid-level mediocrity once more? 

    Landing Jennings would also seem to force Atlanta out of the Monta Ellis chase. While general manager Danny Ferry has procured enough money to sign both oft-shooting guards, Milwaukee used the 2012-13 campaign to prove that they couldn't work together in the same backcourt. 

    --End of update--

D.J. Augustin Joins the Toronto Raptors

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    According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, D.J. Augustin has agreed to a one-year contract with the Toronto Raptors worth $1.26 million.

    We're buying this one, and not only because of the source of this story.

    Toronto had a vacancy to fill after sweet-shooting reserve John Lucas III agreed to a contract with the Utah Jazz, per Jody Genessy of the Deseret News. Augustin brings a career 37.0 three-point percentage to Dwane Casey's rotation along with a career 2.7:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

    Though absent minded at times on the defensive end, he can be a productive player in the right offense. As long as Casey keeps a close watch on Augustin's activity at both ends (he shot just 35.0 percent from the field last season), this could be a worthwhile investment for Toronto.

    --End of update--

Greg Oden Making a Comeback?

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, July 16, at 9:14 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Pelicans have become a major player in the Greg Oden sweepstakes.

    New Orleans has scheduled a meeting with the free-agent big man under the pretense that Oden will give them serious consideration.

    Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the former No. 1 overall pick has already sat down with the Spurs, Heat, Kings, Celtics and Mavericks.

    The Pelicans are expected to offer Oden a contract that would pay him roughly $3 million in the first season. Spears says that there are at least three other teams prepared to match that price.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 8:09 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    Greg Oden will be sitting down for a face-to-face meeting with a number of teams in Las Vegas, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    The Mavericks, Pelicans and Kings are the organizations he is expected to speak with. Stein notes that the Heat and Spurs are still considered to be at the "forefront" of the race to help him resurrect his career.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, July 12, at 11:25 a.m. by Adam Fromal

    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks are now firmly in the race for Greg Oden's services after the Cleveland Cavalier's signing of Andrew Bynum made acquiring another oft-injured 7-footer much less of a priority. 

    Stein reports that the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are the front-runners in the Oden hunt, but we can't count the Mavs out. 

    Oden would be much more of a luxury item for the two teams who played in last season's NBA Finals. He'd come off the bench and play sparingly, hoping to make a return to more a prominent role in the distant future. However, Dallas doesn't have a legitimate starting-caliber big man on the roster, so Oden would have many more opportunities alongside Dirk Nowitzki. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m. by Adam Fromal

    ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Dallas Mavericks will get "legit consideration" from Greg Oden, but they're not the only team hoping to acquire the oft-injured former No. 1 pick. 

    The Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers are also on Oden's list of possible teams, although one would have to think the signing of Andrew Bynum prevents the Cavs from a heavy pursuit. 

    Remember, Oden has always thrived when he's been on the court. He's just had trouble getting there. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 12:05 a.m. by Zach Buckley

    The Dallas Mavericks might have a thing for injury-prone big men.

    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Mavericks contacted Greg Oden's camp and "formally" joined the Oden race even before they were officially eliminated from the Andrew Bynum sweepstakes.

    This isn't the first link that's surfaced between Dallas and Oden, but the Mavericks could be prepared to up the ante now that another one of their free-agent targets has been crossed off their list.

    If money will really sway Oden's decision, the Mavericks could have a way to separate themselves from the pack. A big chunk of the money earmarked first for Dwight Howard and later for Bynum is still left sitting in the bank of Mark Cuban.

    A potentially lucrative, incentive-laced contract like the Cleveland Cavaliers gave Bynum might be the magic recipe for the Mavericks to host Oden's comeback attempt.

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, July 2, at 1:30 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    Money is still a factor for Greg Oden. 

    The big man isn't ready to turn away a hefty check in favor of playing for the defending champions. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Oden needs for the Miami Heat to be "in same zip code" as the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. 

    Any of the teams would present Oden with a quality opportunity to resume his NBA career, but it's understandable that he's seeking out some more money. Rather than chasing a max contract, something one might expect from a former No. 1 pick with five years under his belt, Oden is just trying to get by now. 

    Playing for the back-to-back champions and shoring up their frontcourt would be nice, but not if they can't pay him as much money as the other contenders for his services. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Monday, July 1, at 5:45 p.m. ET by Zach Buckley

    ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports that Oden will "likely choose" from a group of potential employers that includes the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies.

    The 25-year-old hasn't touched an NBA floor since playing 21 games in the 2009-10 season, but he remains an intriguing low-risk, high-reward possibility for his 7'0" frame and strong defensive instincts.

    With this many potential suitors, though, one can only speculate just how low that risk will actually be. He earned more than $23 million during his injury-plagued five-year tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers and is now garnering far more interest than a typical minimum-contract free agent.

    Oden's going to sign somewhere before next season. As to whether he'll actually play for that roster, that won't be evident for some time.

    --End of update--

     

    The story of Greg Oden is a sad one. 

    A once-promising career was cut short by an excess of knee injuries, and the No. 1 pick of the 2007 NBA draft has played just 82 games since he was selected over Kevin Durant by the Portland Trail Blazers. Remember, there are supposed to be 82 games in a single season. 

    Oden isn't ready to pull the plug on his NBA career quite yet, though. Instead, he's testing the waters and seeing if he can hop aboard a quality organization looking for some frontcourt depth. 

    Per Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, there's a lot of interest in the Ohio State product: 

    Oden, 25, has received interest from the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs,Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, league sources said. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft hasn’t played since Dec. 5, 2009, because of multiple knee injuries.

    There's no reason to doubt this, especially because injuries have overshadowed the fact that Oden has actually been quite productive whenever he's played. On the court for just over 22 minutes per game throughout his career, the big man posted a career PER of 19.5, emerging as a per-minute stud and quality paint protector. 

    If he can remain healthy, which is a massive, monumental "if," he could make a sizable impact on a championship-contending or up-and-coming squad. 

New York Knicks Targeting Veterans?

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 6:05 p.m. ET by Zach Buckley

    At least one veteran free agent is no longer an option for the New York Knicks.

    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Samuel Dalembert has agreed on a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. After falling short in the Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum pursuits, Dallas needed to find a rim-protecting big body and appear to have finally spotted a stop-gap solution in the 6'11" Dalembert.

    The Mavericks will be the 32-year-old's fifth different team in the last five seasons.

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 10:09 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    Marc Berman of the New York Post writes that the Knicks are also interested in Al Harrington.

    Harrington is expected to be bought out by the Magic in the coming days, and is a former teammate of Carmelo Anthony's, from their days with the Nuggets.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 9:48 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    Frank Isola of the New York Daily News writes that Nate Robinson is open to returning to the Knicks if he doesn't receive a more lucrative offer.

    New York can only offer Robinson about $1.7 million of their mini mid-level exception, as it used the rest of it to re-sign Pablo Prigioni.

    ---End of update---

     

    According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN, the Knicks have interest in signing veteran big man Samuel Dalembert.

    New York is still in need of a true backup center, but Zwerling says that Dalembert is more likely to sign with the Mavericks.

    Brandan Wright is also believed to be a name of interest in New York. Zwerling says that he too is likely to re-sign in Dallas.

Will Anyone Pounce on the Most Recent Trio of Amnesty Casualties?

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    UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, at 6:06 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    According to Ken Berger of CBS, Mike Miller has not only cleared waivers, but has also picked out a destination: the Oklahoma City Thunder. Berger reports that the recently amnestied Miller has told friends that he's likely to sign with OKC.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, at 11:10 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    Miller will almost certainly find a home once he clears waivers, even with concerns about his back and the seemingly inevitable surgery still popping up. 

    As reported by the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen, the Houston Rockets are interested in adding veterans to a young team, going after both Miller and Marcus Camby: 

    The Rockets are expected to offer veteran minimum contracts to both players. The Rockets do have their “room” exception, worth $2.652 million in the first season, but plan to keep that available should it be needed during the season.

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 6:10 p.m. ET by Zach Buckley

    According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cleveland Cavaliers are "strongly considering" putting in an amnesty waiver claim on veteran sharpshooter Mike Miller.

    Miller has laid out his intentions to land with a contending team after enjoying three wildly successful seasons with the defending champion Miami Heat. If Andrew Bynum is finally healthy and No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett lives up to his draft position, Cleveland could make a drastic leap up the standings.

    If Miller can avoid the various ailments that mired his stay in Miami, his perimeter stroke could help maintain spacing for Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters to attack on the perimeter and for Bynum to set up shop underneath.

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 11:05 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    Mike Miller may have just left the defending champions, but that doesn't mean he's going to stop playing for a contender. As reported by The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman, the oft-injured sharpshooter believes in what he calls "the Pringles theory." 

    Now that Miller has had a taste of success at the highest level, he can't stop seeking more of it. 

    Expect him to sign with a strong contender in hopes of winning yet another ring. 

    --End of update--

     

    While teams are left sifting through the unclaimed remnants of the 2013 free-agent crop, there are now three more names up for consideration.

    The Miami Heat got the amnesty ball rolling on Tuesday, July 16, as Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post reports the team has shed Mike Miller's remaining contract (two years and $12.6 million) from their salary cap.

    The Toronto Raptors followed suit shortly thereafter. Via the official Twitter feed of The NBA on ESPN, the Toronto Raptors have waived veteran forward Linas Kleiza via the amnesty provision. 

    The Milwaukee Bucks used their amnesty clause on big man Drew Gooden, via the Bucks'official Twitter account.

    It's hard to imagine any potential suitor moving on any of these three player until they have officially cleared waivers. Miller has battled injury problems throughout his three-year stay in Miami, while Kleiza and Gooden nearly fell of the face of the hoops world.

    That being said all three could be back on NBA rosters before next season tips off.

    When Miller's healthy, he's as brilliant of a three-point artist as there is in the league. Kleiza's still an intriguing fit for a team in need of a stretch forward. And Gooden packs plenty of scoring and rebounding punch in his 6'10" frame.

Antawn Jamison to the Los Angeles Clippers?

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    UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 7 p.m. ET by Zach Buckley

    Antawn Jamison could be choosing between stability and taking a trip down memory lane when he makes his free-agent decision.

    According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, the Charlotte Bobcats and Los Angeles Clippers have both expressed recent interest in the stretch forward. Jamison told Spears that "unnecessary concerns" regarding his surgically repaired wrist have caused apprehension among some of his potential suitors.

    The Clippers would allow Jamison the opportunity to remain in Los Angeles, where he suited with for the Lakers last season. With Chris Paul back in the fold and a number of shooters added to the Clippers' arsenal, L.A. could offer Jamison his best chance at a championship ring.

    But the Bobcats could be equally intriguing. Jamison enjoyed a McDonald's All-American high school career at Charlotte's Providence High School and played his college ball at the University of North Carolina. 

    --End of update--

     

    Antawn Jamison may very well be staying in Los Angeles. Just not with the same team. 

    Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Los Angeles Clippers are discussing a one-year deal with the 37-year-old, although no agreement has yet been reached. 

    The Clippers have already added J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley and Reggie Bullock, but now Jamison could help bring an element of spacing to the frontcourt. Based on the current depth chart, Jamison would serve as the primary backup to Blake Griffin. 

    L.A. may be running out of money to spend, but that doesn't mean that the veterans aren't still interested in taking pay cuts to join an organization that should seriously contend for a title during the 2013-14 campaign. 

Marcus Camby Hitting the Market Soon?

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    UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, at 11:15 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    ESPNNewYork.com's Jared Zwerling reports both that Marcus Camby is interested in coaching after his NBA career comes to a halt, and that some front-runners for his services have emerged. 

    According to Zwerling, the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat are leading the pack. 

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 5:20 p.m. ET by Zach Buckley

    The Toronto Raptors announced that they have reached a buyout agreement with veteran big man Marcus Camby.

    He wasn't quiet about his intentions to continue his storied basketball career somewhere other than Toronto, and he should now be well on his way to hitting the unrestricted free-agent market.

    Never a prolific scorer, the 39-year-old could still emerge as a valuable commodity for a contending team in need of frontcourt depth. In 2011-12, his per-36-minute averages in rebounding (14.1) and blocks (2.3) fell close to or ahead of his career marks (11.9 and 2.9, respectively).

    --End of update--

     

    Marcus Camby, a 39-year-old 17-year veteran, isn't interested in spending the twilight with the rebuilding Toronto Raptors.

    According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, the Raptors are expected to buy out the remaining two years of Camby's contract "soon." Spears adds that the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls are all interested in the veteran big man.

    Camby disappeared from the New York Knicks' rotation last season averaging just 10.4 minutes in 24 games. He was included in New York's trade package to bring former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani to the Big Apple.

    He could be more than just a strong locker room presence, as he logged nearly 23 productive minutes a night in 2011-12. In a reserve role, he's still an active rim protector and pick-and-pop candidate with his soft mid-range stroke.

    He has spent time with both the Clippers and Rockets earlier in his career, but it's not easy to tell where a player who has suited up for six different teams holds his allegiances.

Will There Be a Reunion for Dallas Mavericks and Devin Harris After All?

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    UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, 1:56 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    The deal to bring Devin Harris to the Dallas Mavericks is back on, at least according to Mark Cuban.

    Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that  Cuban indicated that the team had restructured its original deal with Harris. Dallas and the free-agent guard mutually agreed to pull a three-year, $9 million contract off the table after it turned out that Harris would need toe surgery.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, July 16, at 12:15 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    Although Monta Ellis and the Dallas Mavericks agreed to do away with their previous agreement, they may still get back together. 

    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the two sides are discussing a deal once more, though it will presumably be for even less money. While the Mavericks have done their best to stock up on guards during the offseason—Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Gal Mekel—they aren't quite done filling up the backcourt. 

    --End of update--

     

    A hoops homecoming is no longer in the cards for free-agent combo guard Devin Harris.

    ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Harris and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed to "scrap" the three-year, $9 million contract that the two sides had previously agreed to because of Harris' toe injury.

    Harris played the first three-plus seasons of his career with the Mavericks, who helped fine-tune his combination of skills and athleticism that led to an All-Star Game appearance shortly after his departure.

    Another fruitless superstar pursuit left Dallas searching for budget buys on the free-agent market, and the 30-year-old looked like he'd be the perfect fit. His three-point shot had started connecting at a more consistent rate and he'd slashed his turnover rate over the last two seasons.

    Instead of plucking Harris from the clearance bin, the Mavericks are now staring at a reported $25-million-to-$30-million bill for volume scorer Monta Ellis.

     

Bobcats Looking at Sign-and-Trade Options with Gerald Henderson

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    UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, at 11:05 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    As reported by the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell, we now have percentage chances on what Henderson will do this offseason. 

    • Signs an extension with the Charlotte Bobcats: 60 percent. 
    • Plays on the qualifying offer: 33 percent. 
    • Plays elsewhere: seven percent.

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 8:20 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, the Bobcats and Gerald Henderson's contract talks are ongoing.

    Though bringing Henderson back is being discussed, the two sides reportedly aren't close on the money side of things.

    ---End of update---

     

     

    Maybe Gerald Henderson doesn't want to give up touches to Al Jefferson.

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that contract talks between the Charlotte Bobcats and restricted free-agent shooting guard Gerald Henderson have hit an impasse, leading the 'Cats to pursue sign-and-trade possibilities for their 25-year-old shooting guard.

    Henderson is an athletic guard with an improving shot and all of the tools necessary to become a top-tier defensive stopper. But because he's only proven that he can put up solid stats on a bad team, there's likely going to be some hesitancy among Charlotte's prospective trade partners. 

    With the Bobcats and Henderson unable to reach a deal, the team really has no choice but to start looking for a way to get some kind of return on his exit.

Is Mo Williams Headed to a Contender?

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, July 16, at 11:55 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    According to HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy, Mo Williams is no longer set on finding a starting role. Or making as much money, apparently. 

    The veteran guard is prepared to take less cash so that he can join a contender. This seems to be speculation on the part of Kennedy, but he's linking Williams to the two teams that clashed in last season's NBA Finals: the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. 

    Williams would thrive as the No. 2 point guard for either organization, and such a move would just make an already strong team even stronger. 

    --End of update--

     

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    The Atlanta Hawks can't just count on signing Mo Williams if they decide not to sign Jeff Teague and can't acquire Brandon Jennings. As reported by the Journal Times' Gery Woelfel, the Hawks are only one of several teams courting the former Utah Jazz point guard. 

    That said, Atlanta will easily have the financial ability to make a Godfather offer to Williams: one he just can't refuse. 

    --End of update--

     

    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Atlanta Hawks have shown an interest in free-agent point guard Mo Williams, who spent last season with the Utah Jazz.

    Their pursuit of him is vexing only because they're waist deep in a Brandon Jennings-Jeff Teague situation with the Milwaukee Bucks. It's unclear how Williams' arrival would impact Atlanta's interest in either of the two point men.

    With Devin Harris headed to the Dallas Mavericks, the Hawks could intend to use Williams as their backup floor general or perhaps start him at shooting guard. The former seems more likely, as it's difficult to envision Atlanta emerging from free agency without one of Jennings or Teague.

    Expect a resolution to be reached with Teague and Jennings before anything happens with Williams. His future will be determined once those dominoes fall.

Are the Lakers Considering a Reunion with Lamar Odom?

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, July 9, at 8:45 p.m. ET by Zach Buckley

    Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Clippers have renounced their rights to free-agent forward Lamar Odom. 

    Turner adds that the Clippers are still interested in re-signing Odom. The cash-strapped Los Angeles Lakers will face a tough sales job convincing Odom to accept a veteran's minimum if any of his other suitors steps up with a more lucrative offer.

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Monday, July 8, at 6:45 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Los Angeles Lakers are still interested in Lamar Odom, even after signing Chris Kaman and using up all of the mini mid-level exception. 

    The only avenue that could be used to sign the versatile point-forward would be a veteran's minimum contract, and it's up in the air whether or not Odom would accept one.

    He's talented and young enough (33) that he could make more elsewhere, even after the flameout with the Dallas Mavericks and struggles with the Los Angeles Clippers. 

    --End of update--

     

    Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports that the Lakers have reached out to Lamar Odom.

    Odom was once an integral part of the Lakers' title-winning teams, but after forcing his way out of L.A. two years ago, he has become better known for his dalliances in reality television than his exploits on the court.

    The veteran flamed out with the Dallas Mavericks and spent much of the 2012-13 season with the Clippers battling to play his way into shape. If the Lakers are seriously considering bringing Odom back into the fold, they must really be out of options.

Where Will Nate Robinson End Up?

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    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 9:43 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    Frank Isola of the New York Daily News writes that Robinson is open to returning to the Knicks if he doesn't receive a more lucrative offer.

    New York can only offer Robinson about $1.7 million of their mini mid-level exception, as it used the rest on re-signing Pablo Prigioni.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 12:27 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, both the Lakers and Mavericks have moved on from their pursuits of Nate Robinson after signing other guards. On the bright side for Robinson, Kennedy also reports that the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks have also shown interest.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 4, at 6 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    Don't expect Robinson to return to the New York Knicks. Per Jared Zwerling of ESPN, because the team has split up its mid-level exception, it won't be able to afford Robinson's salary demands. 

    --End of update--

     

    Robinson enjoyed a pretty solid campaign with the Chicago Bulls, most notably exploding during the playoffs with 34 points in Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets. 

    That won't be enough for him to return to the Bulls, now that Kennedy reports that the franchise offered him only a minimum contract. Robinson, who is presumably looking for a much bigger deal, will likely look at that contract as more of an insult than anything else. 

    With Derrick Rose set to return from his never-ending ACL injury, the Bulls don't need to place as high a priority on Robinson's services. 

    In all likelihood, the suitor that will end up emerging with the diminutive point guard hasn't yet emerged. Marc Berman of the New York Post wrote that the New York Knicks had sent out "a feeler," but that's not a likely landing spot either. 

    One thing is clear now: Robinson and the Bulls are gearing up for a breakup. 

Gary Neal Leaving the San Antonio Spurs?

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, July 9, at 11:40 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    Gery Woelfel may have reported that the Milwaukee Bucks and three other teams are pursuing Gary Neal, but that won't matter if the San Antonio Spurs decide to bring him back. 

    As ESPN's Jared Zwerling reports, Neal is now expected to re-sign with his old team, wearing black, silver and white for at least one more season. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, July 9, at 11:15 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    According to the Journal Times' Gery Woelfel, the Milwaukee Bucks are one of the four teams pursuing restricted free agent Gary Neal, who used the NBA Finals as an opportunity to showcase his offensive talent. 

    Woelfel doesn't reveal who the other three teams are, but the Bucks present an interesting fit for Neal, especially as it seems that Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings are following J.J. Redick out the door.

    Nate Wolters, the talented rookie out of South Dakota State, may be a quality starting point guard someday, but he and Ish Smith aren't going to form a dynamic duo at the 1 during his rookie season. 

    Finding a guard is a priority, and Neal is a fairly cheap option. 

    --End of update--

     

    Gary Neal was an NBA Finals hero for the San Antonio Spurs—ultimately in a losing effort, though—but that doesn't guarantee a return to his old stomping grounds. 

    According to a report from ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein, the signing of Marco Belinelli could spell an end to Neal's time in San Antonio: 

    Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that Neal has been receiving offers in restricted free agency at a higher price than San Antonio is willing to match, which is among the factors that prompted the Spurs to move quickly to come to terms with Belinelli.

    The backup guard is a nice offensive sparkplug, and it would be shocking if he wasn't a featured part of a rotation when the 2013-14 season begins. As the ESPN reporting duo states, it's a "near certainty" that the restricted free agent will sign an offer sheet with another team. 

Minnesota Timberwolves Bringing Back Nikola Pekovic?

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    UPDATE: Friday, July 19, at 11:00 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    According to the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Nikola Pekovic are looking to get these never-ending contract talks wrapped up next week. Remember, we were "nearing a contract extension" on July 10. 

    There are a lot of factors going into the delay, but it appears as though both parties want to get on with the discussions in a meeting. And—'Wolves fans will be glad to hear—there's still no reason to think the Montenegrin center will go anywhere else. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10, at 2 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    Nikola Pekovic is nearing a contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

    This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, seeing as no team has really emerged as a major suitor of the physical big man. 

    Wojnarowski reports that the extension would be worth $50 million over four years. 

    --End of update--

     

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have already become big players during free agency, but they aren't done yet. Not while Nikola Pekovic's rights are still hanging in the balance. 

    Pek developed into a solid two-way center during his latest NBA season, and his physical presence on both ends of the court remains crucial to the Minnesota cause. 

    After waiving both Greg Stiemsma and Mickael Gelabale, it's clear that the Wolves are still looking to free up cap room and go after the Montenegrin center. According to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Flip Saunders, the president of basketball operations, has made a formal offer of at least four years and $48 million. 

Samuel Dalembert Solving the Dallas Mavericks' Center Problem?

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    UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, at 3:05 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

    Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has the contract details for Samuel Dalembert, who has signed with the Dallas Mavericks for two years and $7.5 million. Not all of the 2014-15 contract is guaranteed. 

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 8:28 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Samuel Dalembert has verbally agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Terms of the deal haven't yet been made public.

    It appears the Mavs have settled on their big-man consolation prize after striking out on Dwight Howard and passing on Andrew Bynum.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 9:32 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    ESPN's Jared Zwerling reports that the Knicks are interested in signing Dalembert.

    New York is still in need of a backup center, but Zwerling notes that the Mavericks are considered favorites to land his services.

    ---End of update---

     

    The Mavericks have had a bit of trouble signing a center after Brandan Wright, Elton Brand and Chris Kaman all hit free agency. 

    Dwight Howard was the primary target of the offseason, and that obviously didn't go so well. The team is also seeking the services of Andrew Bynum, but Samuel Dalembert is emerging as another option. 

    According to Stein, the Mavericks and the big man spent all of July 11 in meetings, a set of discussions that finished at the dinner table. The two sides are still negotiating, and while it's unknown how close they are to an agreement, the length of the discussions is a promising sign. 

    Dalembert would by no means open the title window back up for Dirk, but he'd at least be a solid stopgap until the Mavs can find a more feasible option at the 5. 

Timofey Mozgov Returning the Denver Nuggets?

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    JaVale McGee is the starting center for the Denver Nuggets, but the team is looking for a capable backup. The physical limitations and headache-inducing plays from McGee make that a necessity. 

    According to Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, the Nuggets are turning to a man who was on their own roster in 2012-13, Timofey Mozgov: 

    The Nuggets continue to work on hammering out a contract with the Russian 7-footer, a restricted free agent. General manager Tim Connelly remains hopeful that a deal can be made.

    "We're progressing," Connelly said. "We need Timofey. We want to see what he can do. It's time for him to get on the court more. He's excited. We're increasingly getting close."

    The Russian center averaged only 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game on 50.6 percent shooting from the field. It was a lackluster season for him, but that isn't preventing the Nuggets from hoping to retain him. 

    Mozgov hasn't drawn interest from any other teams—outside of Russia—during the offseason, so there's no reason to believe he won't be returning if he chooses to stay in the states.