NBA Free Agents 2013: Latest Rumblings Surrounding Biggest Names in League

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 3, 2013

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The Dwightmare continues for many NBA fans this summer as the free-agency period wears on. 

While there are a number of notable names set to change locations this offseason, there is none bigger than Dwight Howard, who has become the most sought-after free agent currently on the market.

After sitting down with the Dallas Mavericks and his current team, the Los Angeles Lakers, on Tuesday, all that's left for Howard to do now is to make a decision and sign according to's Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne.

Of course there'll be plenty more Superman talk to digest between now and July 10, when Howard plans to make his intentions known to all.

But for now we'll take a closer look at the latest free-agent rumblings from around the league.


Impatient Kings Scratch Offer to Andre Iguodala

In one of the more shocking moves thus far this summer, the Sacramento Kings apparently ditched plans to acquire small forward Andre Iguodala, pulling a four-year, $52 million offer from the table according to USA Today's Sam Amick:

...the Kings wanted an answer from Iguodala, who was still considering returning to Denver while also being pursued by the likes of Detroit and others. When Iguodala wasn't prepared to give the answer quick enough for the Kings' liking, they made the calculated decision to go a different direction. 

Iguodala tweeted the following reaction:

The veteran swingman is one of the most coveted players available this offseason, and will no doubt continue to draw interest. The Kings can only hope that this move doesn't come back to bite them.

The New Orleans Pelicans have already signed Tyreke Evans to a massive offer sheet worth four years and $44 million according to Amick, and if Sacramento doesn't match, the Kings could be down a piece and out of the running for Iguodala.


Kevin Martin Headed North to Minnesota

After one season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, shooting guard Kevin Martin is headed to Minnesota to star for the Timberwolves according to ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein:

Sources close to the process told that Martin on Tuesday night has given the Wolves his verbal commitment that he will sign a four-year deal with the Wolves in the $30 million range later this month.

The 30-year-old shooting guard had a down year with the Thunder to say the least. His 28 minutes and 14 points per game were his fewest since his second NBA season with the Sacramento Kings in 2005-06.

With no Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook stealing the show in Minnesota next season, fans can expect Martin to up his production. After all, he did shoot 45 percent from the floor and 43 percent from beyond the arc with Oklahoma City in 2012-13.


Memphis Grizzlies Secure Tony Allen

The Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly locked in Tony Allen for the next four years according to a tweet on Tuesday night from Stein:

If the contract details are accurate, the Grizzlies are the big winners with this deal. Allen is a defensive stud on the perimeter and ensures that Memphis will remain a contender in the Western Conference.

To sign him for only $20 million over four years is a huge success for the Grizzlies considering what some other shooting guards are set to earn this summer.

Although Allen's deal doesn't help to give the Grizzlies any wiggle room in terms of free-agent spending this offseason, they already have a championship-contending roster in place. Re-signing Allen ensures that Memphis remains one of the league's most dominant defensive teams in 2013-14.


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