An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Eric Gordon, Goran Dragic and an NBA free agent roundup
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.
The Suns reportedly locked up a starting point guard and small forward, agreeing to terms on deals with Goran Dragic and Michael Beasley. Dragic's deal will reportedly pay him $34 million over four years; Beasley will reportedly make $18 million over three years.
Eric Gordon, the top free agent available with Williams and Nash off the board, also reportedly signed an offer sheet with Phoenix. The deal is worth a reported $58 million over four years. Once the signing is made official, which should happen July 11, the Hornets will have three days to match, or lose their starting shooting guard. While New Orleans wants Gordon back, the feeling is not mutual; Gordon wants a new home, as displayed by his highly complimentary statement on the Suns' organization. Now, it'll be a matter of seeing whether the Hornets appease Gordon's wishes and let the 23-year-old star walk.
Bucks make play to keep Ilyasova
Ersan Ilyasova, 10th in Newsday's NBA free agent rankings, was reportedly offered a five-year, $40 million deal to stay with Milwaukee. The Drib argued for Ilyasova to win the league's Most Improved Player award after he averaged 13 points and 8.8 rebounds during the 2011-12 season, both career highs.
Asik accepts offer sheet
Not surprisingly, Omer Asik has reportedly accepted the Rockets' three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet. The Bulls will have three days to match the offer once it is made official, likely on July 11.
Hawes staying put