An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
The moratorium on free agents officially signing with teams was lifted at midnight Wednesday. And as expected, Deron Williams signed with the Nets, and Steve Nash was shipped to the Lakers.
The rumor mill is still churning, though, and figures to heat up now that teams can start to lock up players for the 2012-13 season. Here are some of the latest:
Hornets will match on Gordon
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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
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Deron Williams will join the Nets in Brooklyn. Steve Nash is headed to Hollywood. What about the rest of this year NBA free agent class? Here's what you missed while celebrating the 4th of July:
Suns open up their checkbooks
Phoenix had the most eventful holiday of teams not named the Lakers or Nets, making power plays at three of the top 30 free agents available this offseason.
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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...Read more »
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...Read more »
Day 27 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs franchise has four NBA titles, and has 19 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.
Date: April 19, 2008
Situation: The No. 3 San Antonio Spurs and the No. 6 Phoenix Suns open up the first round of the playoffs
Context: With the 2006-07 season ending in a title, the Spurs had firmly established...Read more »
Day 9 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Phoenix Suns. The Suns franchise has never won an NBA title, and has 16 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.
Date: May 14, 2007
Situation: The No. 2 seed Phoenix Suns trail the No. 3 seed San Antonio Spurs, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
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Despite Ricky Rubio's absence and just three wins in the last 10 games, the Timberwolves still have plenty of believers.
Last week, we asked Newsday.com readers "Which Western Conference team is most likely to make the playoffs?"
Houston Rockets - 7% Phoenix Suns - 15% Utah Jazz - 26% Minnesota Timberwolves - 52%
The playoff picture in the West has...Read more »
Monta Ellis doesn't scare Newsday.com's readers.
In a poll posted last week, users overwhelmingly predicted that the Knicks, not the Bucks or Cavs, would make the East playoffs.
Since voting opened, Milwaukee beat Cleveland and Golden State, running their winning streak to five games. The Bucks also added dynamic scorer Monta Ellis, and dealt struggling forward Stephen Jackson.
The...Read more »