Outside of the Los Angeles Clippers getting an official agreement from Chris Paul on a contract extension, most of the big-name free agents are still available and have yet to come to terms on a new deal.
Josh Smith and Tyreke Evans are just two of the marquee stars that have held numerous meetings, and one of them has even reportedly received quite a generous offer from an up-and-coming franchise.
Let’s take a look at this and the rest of the hottest news, rumors, updates and more in Tuesday’s free agency roundup.
Tyreke Weighing Pelicans Offer, Other Options
The New Orleans Pelicans have taken a significant interest in Evans, the former Rookie of the Year who has struggled since his first season in the league.
Of course, as a restricted free agent, the Sacramento Kings have the right of first refusal, meaning they can match any offer sheet that the player signs.
James Ham and Jonathan Santiago of ESPN’s Cowbell Kingdom noted that Evans sat down with the Kings new ownership recently and came away impressed by the team’s plans for the future. His preference is to remain in Northern California.
The Kings could extend Evans, and have the option of doling out a five-year contract if they would like. However, Ham and Santiago note that the 23-year-old would prefer a four-year contract.
Before making his decision, Evans will reportedly meet with the Atlanta Hawks and possibly one other club from the Eastern Conference, as Ham noted on Twitter.
Confirming that Tyreke Evans will meet with Atlanta tomorrow and possibly one other Eastern Conference team.— James Ham (@James_Ham) July 2, 2013
It’s going to be quite interesting to see where the Memphis product ends up, after everything settles down and he makes his choice.
Smith the Second Option in Houston
Josh Smith is a bona fide star in the NBA, but the Houston Rockets are only considering him as a “Plan B” if their plans to ink Dwight Howard to a contract fall through.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears, the Rockets have informed the longtime Atlanta Hawks forward that they will make him an offer if Howard spurns the team in free agency and signs elsewhere.
Fortunately, J-Smoove wasn’t offended by being the second-option, but he will likely continue to meet other clubs to gauge their interest and try to maximize his worth this summer.
The versatile forward has already had productive talks with the Detroit Pistons and could still meet with the Hawks and other organizations around the league.
Smith is a candidate to land a max contract, but most suitors will likely try to get him on a cheaper price tag.
Landry May Rejoin CP3 in L.A.
For a short stretch at the tail end of the 2010-11 campaign, Carl Landry and Chris Paul formed a powerful inside-out duo.
Will Landry join the Clippers?
However, CP3 was traded after the season to the Los Angeles Clippers and recently agreed to a five-year, $107 million extension to play out his prime in Tinseltown.
Landry bounced to the Golden State Warriors after the 2011-12 campaign and had a productive season coming off the bench on a one-year contract. Now, he’s once again a free agent and could rejoin forces with his former point guard in L.A.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the veteran forward will be meeting with new Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of striking a deal to reunite these two former teammates.
Carl Landry meets w/ Doc Rivers and Clippers tonight, sources tell Y! Free agent forward was a favorite of Chris Paul's w/ New Orleans.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013
The 29-year-old would provide a veteran presence in the locker room and add another body to the frontcourt. Although a tad undersized at 6’9”, 248 pounds, Landry is a high-energy, hard-working big that understands the game.
His addition would be a major boon to the team’s looming playoff run in 2014, as it was to the Warriors’ in 2013.