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NBA Free Agent Rumors: Hedo Turkoglu to Detroit, Trevor Ariza in Portland?

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic warms up before Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IJuly 1, 2009

The World Famous LayupDrill Rumor Mill
July 1, 2009

The Houston Rockets seem intent on their plans on fielding all possible offers for veteran wingman Tracy McGrady, and some close to the situation feel a trade is likely now that the free agent signing period has begun.

New York Newsday reports the Knicks are offering up Eddy Curry and Cuttino Mobley’s contract for T-Mac. The move would be clearly a cost-cutting one for Houston, who would be able to shed millions off their salary cap.

The free agent signing period has many teams looking to make moves very quickly. The Boston Herald reports teams interested in Glen Davis, other than the Celtics, include the Pistons and the Memphis Grizzlies. Boston is still expected to be the favorite to re-sign Big Baby; however things can change quick.

The Pistons' priority this postseason is not Davis, or bringing in a guard like Ben Gordon. The Chicago Sun Times reports Detroit wants former Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu wearing their colors next season.

Turkoglu is expected to receive offers from both the Blazers and Pistons, however Portland is also shopping for a point guard, and may pull out of the Hedo race if they can land a less expensive option at the forward spot.

The Hornets have begun their shopping list for a power forward this morning, and the list of players includes Joe Smith, Chris "Birdman" Andersen, Brandon Bass, and David Lee.

The Rockets are looking to find a replacement for Yao during the offseason, and have entered into the Marcin Gortat race officially. Orlando stated yesterday if offers for their reserve big man reached over $5 million a year, they would have to bow out.

CBSSports.com is reporting David Lee will not be wearing a Knicks uniform next fall. The two leading candidates to land his services are the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder. Both young teams offer some outstanding up and coming talent that are in need of a post presence.

Veteran point guards are a premium this offseason. Jason Kidd is meeting with the Knicks and Mark Cuban today, while Andre Miller is being courted by the Blazers heavy.

One player not getting a lot of looks yet is Mike Bibby. With the Hawks bringing in Jamal Crawford, it is not certain whether Bibby will be able to receive the type of offer he was expecting.

In the highly contested Eastern Conference, Rasheed Wallace has seen his free agent value skyrocket since the arrival of Shaq to Cleveland. Wallace is being courted by the Cavs, Celtics, Magic, and Spurs. Early reports indicate the Celtics and Spurs are the front-runners.

Denver is expected to sure up their front court by attempting to land Joe Smith or Channing Frye.

Allen Iverson’s phone isn’t ringing right now.

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