An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Roundup: Ilyasova, Kirilenko, Thompson staying put
As the Dwight Howard-to-Brooklyn rumors swirl, the NBA's best available free agents continue to make moves. Of the top 65 available players in Newsday's free agent rankings, only 28 have yet to agree to reported deals. Players can begin officially signing contracts at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
Here are the biggest moves of the last 48 hours:
Bucks hold on to Ilyasova
The NBA's 2011-12 Most Improved Player . . . err, one of the league's most improved players . . . will be back with the Bucks. Ersan Ilyasova, who averaged career highs in points (13.0), rebounds (8.8), shooting percentage (49.2) and three-point percentage (45.5), reportedly agree to terms on a four-year, $45 million deal to stay with Milwaukee.
Anderson on his way to Hornets
Ryan Anderson, who was voted the league's Most Improved Player, will be on the move. According to reports, the New Orleans Hornets agreed to send Gustavo Ayon to the Magic in exchange for Anderson as part of a sign-and-trade deal. Anderson will team up with Anthony Davis in a new-look New Orleans front court.
Kirilenko back with Moscow
Andrei Kirilenko won't be returning to the United States quite yet. CSKA Moscow's president released a statement saying the Russian-born player will be back with the team for at least one more season.
Brooks now unrestricted
The Phoenix Suns withdrew their qualifying offer to 27-year-old point guard Aaron Brooks, making one of the most intriguing restricted free agents of the 2012 class now unrestriced. Brooks had a huge season for the Rockets in 2009-10, averaging 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game. He lost his starting job the following season, though, and played for China in 2011-12.
Thompson re-signs with Kings
Jason Thompson, the Kings' fourth-year up-and-coming power forward, will reportedly return to the team on a multi-year deal. Thompson averaged 12.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per 36 minutes last season, and shot a career-best 53.5 percent from the field.
Arthur, Grizzlies agree on deal
The Grizzlies and Darrell Arthur have reportedly agreed on a three-year, $9 million deal. Arthur averaged 9.1 points in 20.1 minutes per game during the 2010-11 season, but missed all of last year with a torn Achilles.
Tags: free agency , Ersan Ilyasova , Milwaukee Bucks , Ryan Anderson , New Orleans Hornets , Andrei Kirilenko , CSKA Moscow , Aaron Brooks , Phoenix Suns , Jason Thompson , Sacramento Kings , Darrell Arthur , Memphis Grizzlies