NBA Rumors: Chris Bosh to Miami? LeBron James Hunting For NYC Pad?
Tick, tick, tick, tick.
With just hours before the official start of 2010 NBA free agency, players are making their intentions clearer.
Meanwhile, reports continue to circulate as to where the biggest catches of the summer will sign.
Could The King have found his palace in New York City, and does it mean he's making Madison Square Garden his home?
And why is it looking like we're right to look to two original teams for a pair of much-talked about prizes?
That's all coming up in today's NBA free agency scuttlebutt.
Conflicting Reports On Bosh Sign-and-Trade
Another high-profile reporter has stuck his neck out with a supposedly "confirmed" rumor.
Miami Herald writer and ESPN contributor Dan LeBatard posted on his Twitter account Wednesday morning that a sign-and-trade with Miami for Chris Bosh is done.
LeBetard said the deal would send Mario Chalmers, Michael Beasley and Joel Anthony to Toronto in return for Bosh. Those three players represent the final three names still on the Miami roster heading into 2010-11.
The Toronto Globe and Mail refuted the report Wednesday afternoon, saying there may still be a deal but that it won't involve those players.
The Heat may offer a $16.5 million trade exemption in the deal, a very enticing salary cap loophole.
The King Searches For His Castle
This is very similar to the breaking news out of Chicago weeks ago. But being so close to the free agency flood gates opening, this became CAPITAL PRINT BIG NEWS in New York.
The New York Post reported Wednesday that a real estate broker was showing LeBron James some of the swankiest townhouses in New York City this week.
Real estate agent Dolly Lenz said James had been looking at the four-floor, $13 million townhouse where singer Billy Joel and his ex-wife (celebrity chef Katie Lee) had lived.
James was also shown a $15 million apartment on the 63rd floor of the Time Warner Building on Columbus Circle.
Lenz said that James was specifically asking for high ceilings so he wouldn't bump his head.
Now that's news you can use.
'Melo Getting In On The Hype
Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that the supposed free agency summits involved more than Bosh, James, Dwyane Wade and Joe Johnson.
Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul have reportedly been working the phones to figure out where their buddies are going to land.
Anthony is eligible to opt out of his contract next summer, while Paul isn't able to opt out until 2012.
The Nuggets are working on a three-year, $65 million extension for Anthony. But reports out of Denver this week say the Nuggets may also be open to a trade to get something for Anthony, rather than losing him to free agency next summer.
Shocking: Stoudemire Opts Out
The last-ditch efforts by the Phoenix Suns to get a deal done with power forward Amar'e Stoudemire were apparently all for naught.
His agent, Happy Walters, told Yahoo! Sports that his client opted out Wednesday. (By the way, that's quite the used car salesman name you got there, Happy).
The Bulls, Heat, Knicks and Nets are seen as Stoudemire's most likely suitors.
Chandler Won't Opt Out
Here's one I didn't see coming.
Bobcats big man Tyson Chandler has decided not to opt out of the final year of his contract. He'll take his $12.6 million for this season, thank you very much.
Chandler was hurt for a good portion of 2009-10, but was still seen as a quality prize for the teams that miss out on the big fish available.
Report: Rivers Coming Back
The coaching uncertainty could be over in Boston.
The Boston Herald, Yahoo! Sports and Sports Illustrated are all reporting that Celtics coach Doc Rivers has informed the team he will be back for the 2010-11 season.
It seemed like the most reasonable outcome, considering Steve Kerr has signed to return to the TNT television booth, taking a job many assumed Rivers was up for.
Thirty Million Reasons To Stay Put
Another shocker: As the free agency period is about to begin, the talk surrounding James and Johnson is turning back to their roots.
The Cleveland Plains Dealer is reporting that the Cavaliers appear to be the front-runner to keep James. All the meetings with other teams could be a formality, as The King's hometown pangs are getting louder internally.
The fact that the Cavs can offer $30 million more than any other team over the course of a deal doesn't hurt either.
The same can be said for Atlanta, where folks are feeling like the Hawks are closing in on a max-contract deal that would keep Johnson off the free agent market.
Scola and Lowry Restricted
As expected, the Houston Rockets exercised their qualifying offer options on guard Kyle Lowry and forward Luis Scola.
The two are seen as possible parts of a sign-and-trade deal for Bosh.
There will be plenty of suitors for their services as well. The Rockets hope to re-sign both, according to reports out of Houston.