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  • Source: Mavs’ star Nowitzki to test free agency


    DALLAS (AP)—Add Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki(notes) to the bumper crop of talented free agents.

    A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Nowitzki has notified the Dallas Mavericks he is opting out of the final year and $21.5 million on his existing contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team wasn’t planning to announce Nowitzki’s decision.

    Mavericks president Donnie Nelson already has booked a flight that will have him in Germany on Thursday—when free agency begins to show Nowitzki how sincere the club is about keeping its all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

    He’d obviously scrap the trip if Nowitzki decides to be elsewhere, but the Mavs hope that being there sends a strong message.

    “He is our No. 1 priority—period,” Nelson said.

    Dallas had been discussing an extension with Nowitzki, but it would’ve been for only three years. He can get a four-year contract as a free agent, and perhaps a no-trade clause, something his existing deal lacks.

    Nowitzki hitting the market could be a good thing for the Mavericks, but it also creates the chance he could leave, like his buddy Steve Nash(notes) did in 2004.

    “We know what we hope will happen,” Nelson said. “Come July 1, all kinds of unknowns may enter.”

    Mavs point guard Jason Kidd(notes) said last week he expects Nowitzki to stick around, but that he also wouldn’t be surprised if Nowitzki allowed other teams to wine and dine him. Nowitzki has never been on the market, and was never wooed by colleges because he went straight from a German club team to the NBA as a teenager.

    “In some respects, it would confuse the marketplace, push things back for us,” Nelson said. “But if there’s a bug inside Dirk that wants to see what that’s all about, then do it.”

    Then again, Nowitzki is a 32-year-old former MVP who has accomplished pretty much everything but win an NBA title. He’s said many times that winning it all for another team wouldn’t mean as much as doing it in Dallas, and this could be a chance to do his part off the court.

    A quick decision to return could turn him and Kidd into tag-team recruiters, especially for wing players like Dwyane Wade(notes), Joe Johnson(notes) or even the biggest prize of all, LeBron James(notes).

    Getting them isn’t as simple as owner Mark Cuban writing big checks.

    Dallas lacks the salary cap room to sign a top-tier guy, so any major additions have to be of the sign-and-trade variety. Those require the player’s existing team to be willing to make a deal, and for them to accept the Mavericks’ offer over anyone else’s. Dallas has plenty to offer, though, having stockpiled the kind of contracts teams are willing to take on and coming out of the draft with plenty of future picks.

    It’s a lot to think about, for all 30 NBA teams. In fact, the glut of options could work to Dallas’ advantage; teams might prefer targeting guys who seem more ready to move than Nowitzki has been.

    Then again, it only takes one team, as the Mavs learned the hard way with Nash. And Dallas has won only a single playoff series since blowing a 2-0 lead in the 2006 NBA finals.

    “It’s a very odd, weird, strange time,” Nelson said. “If there’s anything good about this process, it’s as someone goes through it, the thing that comes out is what is really important to them—whether it’s location, money, winning, those types of things. Those things really, really come out.”

    DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP)

    The Chicago Bulls agreed to trade veteran guard Kirk Hinrich and the 17th pick in the draft to the Washington Wizards on Thursday, freeing up more salary-cap space, a person familiar with the situation said.

    The Bulls will receive a future second-round pick in the deal, which gives them enough room to go after two high-profile free agents.

    The person told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal can't become official until July 8, when the new salary cap takes hold and the Wizards can take Hinrich's $9 million salary for next season without having to send back something of similar financial value.

    ESPN first reported the trade.

    Hinrich gives the Wizards a reliable veteran in the backcourt to go with No. 1 pick John Wall and Gilbert Arenas.

    For Chicago, the deal clears $10.3 million from the books for next year and leaves the Bulls with about $30 million to spend in a star-studded free agent market that will likely include LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Depending on where the cap actually winds up, they might have enough to offer two maximum contracts.

    If not, they'll be close.

    The Bulls have an All-Star point guard in Derrick Rose and are looking for more after back-to-back 41-win seasons that ended with first-round playoff losses. They fired coach Vinny Del Negro and replaced him with longtime NBA assistant Tom Thibodeau, the mastermind behind a dominant defense that helped Boston reach the NBA finals two of the past three years.

    The longest tenured active Bulls player, Hinrich has averaged 13.4 points in seven seasons and was John Paxson's first draft pick as general manager in 2003.
  • Nets trade Yi to Wizards


    The New Jersey Nets have traded Yi Jianlian(notes) to the Washington Wizards, a league source said, to move themselves $30 million under the salary cap for free agency.

    Washington sent Quinton Ross(notes) to the Nets for Yi, who has been traded twice since the Milwaukee Bucks selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft. The Nets also sent $3 million to the Wizards.

    New Nets coach Avery Johnson didn’t consider Yi a fit for his system, and the Nets were anxious to clear even more cap space to make a run at LeBron James(notes) and several major free agents.

    The Nets will gain $3 million in savings on the trade.

    Yi gives the Wizards a versatile 7-footer, who showed flashes of emerging as a good player a season ago.
  • parang Free Agency Thread din ito eh.
  • Thunder Trade Up for Cole Aldrich

    The only position in which the Thunder are a bit light on the depth chart is center. With a deep, cheap and talented backcourt, the incredible Kevin Durant at small forward, and Jeff Green and Serge Ibaka at power forward, Oklahoma City really looks like they're just some seasoning and a brute at center away from dominance.

    Well here's your brute, OKC: multiple sources are reporting the Hornets will trade their No. 11 pick, Kansas center Cole Aldrich, and veteran wing Morris Peterson to the Thunder for Iowa State power forward Craig Brackins (picked with OKC's 21st pick) and Washington wing Quincy Pondexter (picked 26th). Peterson is owed $6.2 million in 2010-11.

    Aldrich was a brilliant rebounder and post defender in three years at Kansas. Oklahoma City shouldn't need much offense out of him now or ever, and they can allow fellow Jayhawk Nick Collison to teach young Aldrich the dark arts of NBA defense.
  • Hawks Trade for Xavier's Jordan Crawford

    Updated: Friday, 25 Jun 2010, 5:20 AM EDT
    Published : Thursday, 24 Jun 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks used a draft-day trade of first-round picks and a surprise second-round pick to add depth at shooting guard, even as team officials say they hope to re-sign star Joe Johnson.

    The Hawks traded Texas forward Damion James, taken with Atlanta's No. 24 pick, to New Jersey on Thursday night for one of the Nets' two first-round picks, Xavier guard Jordan Crawford, the No. 27 pick.

    In the trade, the Hawks also received rights to 7-foot-1 center Tibur Pleiss of Germany, drafted by the Nets with the No. 31 pick, the first selection of the second round. The Hawks traded Pleiss to Oklahoma City for financial considerations.

    Atlanta drafted 6-foot-7 Pape Sy of France in the second round. Sy, who impressed the Hawks by paying his way to a workout in Atlanta, can play shooting guard and small forward.

    The Hawks targeted Crawford and took a gamble by waiting on the trade with the Nets.

    When asked why he didn't draft Crawford at No. 24, Hawks general manager Rick Sund said "The advantage is we end up getting our pick a little later and having a second-round pick, which we traded for financial considerations, so that makes it good."

    Sund said he doesn't see Crawford, a shooting guard, as insurance if the team can't re-sign Johnson, the shooting guard who is the team's four-time All-Star. Sund acknowledged "It does give you an option ... but that didn't go into our analysis at all."

    Added Sund: "We're keeping our fingers crossed we get Joe."

    Johnson led the Hawks averaging 21.3 points per game, but he faded in the second round of the playoffs while scoring only 12.8 points per contests in four straight losses to Orlando.

    Hawks assistant general manager Dave Pendergraft spoke highly of Crawford before the draft.

    "There are guys like Jordan Crawford that you know can score," Pendergraft said on Tuesday.

    Crawford led the Atlantic 10 by scoring 20.5 points per game in the 2009-10 season as a sophomore at Xavier after playing for Indiana as a freshman in 2007-08. He sat out one season following his transfer.

    The 6-foot-4 Crawford had a much-publicized dunk over LeBron James at James' camp, and the video became an Internet hit.

    "They always bring it up but I don't like talking about it because I don't like living in the past," Crawford said in a telephone interview on Thursday night.

    The Hawks made a surprise pick by taking Sy in the second round.

    Sy earned the draft selection by paying his way to Atlanta for a workout.

    "I was actually really impressed by him," said Hawks coach Larry Drew. "The kid had a strong desire to come over here and showcase his talent. He paid his way over, so obviously he had a lot of confidence.

    "I was very, very impressed with him."

    Crawford gives the Hawks another pure scorer.

    "It's always good to have guys that can put the ball in the basket," Drew said. "This guy, he has that ability."

    The Hawks are coming off a 53-win season, the most since 1996-97, and a second-round playoff loss to Orlando that cost coach Mike Woodson his job. Drew, who had been an assistant, was promoted to replace Woodson.
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