Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Reports: Jason Terry, Celtics close on deal

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry (31) reacts

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Over the last two days, it appeared the Celtics had three main free agent targets at guard: Ray Allen, O.J. Mayo and Jason Terry.

They look to be close to securing one of them.

According to reports, the Celtics reached agreement on a three-year deal for the full mid-level exception with Terry. The deal would pay the veteran shooting guard $5 million per year.

Terry spent the...

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Report: Goran Dragic likely leaving Houston

Houston Rockets' Goran Dragic (3) drives the ball

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Point guard Goran Dragic, whose free agent stock skyrocketed after a mad dash to the end of the regular season, is unlikely to return the Houston Rockets, according to a report.

ESPN's Marc Stein writes that the Rockets are "pessimistic about their chances of re-signing" Dragic, and the two sides are "far apart in negotiations."

Stein also reports that Dragic is looking...

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Roundup: Raptors making hard push for Nash

Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash (13) gets a pass

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Blockbuster trades and Dwight Howard rumors overshadowed Day 2 of free agency. That said, there is still news surrounding two of the top 15 players available this summer.

Report: Raptors offer Nash $36M

According to reports, Toronto is making a hard push to bring Steve Nash north of the border. The Raptors reportedly made a three-year, $36 million offer to the 38-year-old, who hails...

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Roundup: Miller staying in Denver, Asik to Houston?

Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller, right, keeps the ball

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The NBA free agency period is officially underway.

Teams began contacting available players at 12:01 a.m. early Sunday. Since, several players have made news by agreeing to terms on deals, and several teams have made waves with robust contract offers. (Players can't officially sign free agent contracts or offer sheets until July 11.)

Some of the notable news:

Hibbert offered the...

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Brandon Roy enters free agent rankings at No. 7

Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy (7) dribbles past

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Brandon Roy, the former Trail Blazer who retired during the 2010-11 season at the suggestion of team doctors because of chronic knee problems, plans on returning to the NBA next season. And teams are reportedly already knocking at his door.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Bulls, Mavericks, Pacers and Timberwolves are all interested in signing the three-time All-Star.


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Reports: Gerald Wallace to opt out of contract, test free agency

New Jersey Nets' Gerald Wallace (45) goes up

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Brooklyn Nets trade-deadline acquisiton Gerald Wallace will opt out of the final year of his contract according to a pair of reports, though it doesn't necessarily mean Wallace won't return for the Nets' inaugural season in Brooklyn. first reported the news, which was later confirmed by Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

In what was viewed by many as a major reach,...

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Report: Ray Allen to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday

Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen (20) shoots a

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Ray Allen will take care of the right ankle that made the NBA's best three-point shooter of all-time look frighteningly human from beyond the arc.

According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Allen will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right anle on Wednesday. Murphy cites a source in the report.

Allen missed 17 games during the season -- 15 in the regular season, two in...

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Garnett, Allen heading in opposite direction in FA rankings

Ray Allen #20 and Kevin Garnett #5 of

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A pair of Boston Celtics are heading in opposite directions in the latest update to Newsday's 2012 NBA free agent rankings.

Kevin Garnett surged to sixth as he continues to put together a vintage postseason. The veteran power forward is averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds in the playoffs, largely thanks to a huge series against the 76ers.

Since the rankings were last updated in late...

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Report: Lou Williams to enter free agent frenzy

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia 76ers' leading scorer Lou Williams will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent in the offseason.

The paper cites a source, who said, "He's indicated that he's not going to pick up his option. All indications are that he's going to opt out."

Williams has come off the bench for all 63 games this...

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Goran Dragic surges in free agent rankings

Houston Rockets guard Goran Dragic (3), of Slovenia,

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On March 15, Goran Dragic had scored at least 20 points in a game this season three times, had played at least 30 minutes six times, and wasn't even in the top 40 of our free agent rankings.

Fast forward four weeks, and the 6-4 25-year-old is in the top 10.

Dragic has been a force since taking over the starting Rockets point guard job from the injured Kyle Lowry, scoring in double figures...

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