8:45 p.m. Eastern
-The Knicks and Nets are the two finalists for Shawne Williams, says Adrian Wojnarowski.
8:28 p.m. Eastern
-The Nets are in serious negotiations to sign Andrei Kirilenko, says Chris Mannix.
8:05 p.m. Eastern
-Cleveland amnestied Baron Davis, says the Plain Dealer. The Knicks will have immediate interest if he clears amnesty waivers.
7:20 p.m. Eastern
-Some are saying the Chris Paul trade is completed because the league is the one that negotiated the deal.
7:04 p.m. Eastern
-The Clippers will also get two future second round picks to go with Chris Paul from New Orleans for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s 2012 first-round pick. The deal should be approved tonight.
7 p.m. Eastern
-The Clippers and Hornets have agreed in principle on a deal which would send Chris Paul to Los Angeles for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s 2012 first-round pick.
-Charlotte signed Reggie Williams to a two-year deal worth $5 million.
5:48 p.m. Eastern
-The Knicks are reportedly out on Jamal Crawford and he’ll decide between Portland and Sacramento. New York will look to sign Shawne Williams.
3:13 p.m. Eastern
-The Nets offered Brook Lopez and five first-round picks for Dwight Howard, says Chad Ford.
-Jamal Crawford is torn between the Knicks, Blazers and Kings, says David Aldridge.
2:22 p.m. Eastern
-Orlando has ended trade talks for Dwight Howard, says Adrian Wojnarowski.
1:45 p.m. Eastern
-Orlando seems to be in no rush to trade Dwight Howard, and Adrian Wojnarowski says the Blazers are reluctant to trade Gerald Wallace.
-New York, Charlotte, Portland and Detroit are the finalists for Reggie Williams.
-The Bobcats have signed C Melvin Ely, says Marc Spears.
11:17 a.m. Eastern
-Portland could get as many as three draft picks for Gerald Wallace in a three-team Dwight Howard trade to the Nets, says Adrian Wojnarowski.
11 a.m. Eastern
-Unless Detroit improved its offer of five years and $40-45 million for Rodney Stuckey, he’s threatening to take the one-year qualifying offer and become a free agent after next season, says Chad Ford. I think he’s overplaying this. Stuckey isn’t this good.
10:53 a.m. Eastern
-RFA Rodney Stuckey and Detroit are at an impasse over a five-year offer worth $40-45 million, says Chad Ford. That seems like a ton of money.
-Denver is meeting with free agent Earl Clark, says Adrian Wojnarowski.
10:45 a.m. Eastern
-As expected, Rip Hamilton will get two years and $10 million with the Bulls, says K.C. Jones.
9:50 a.m. Eastern
-Orlando would shed the contracts of both Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Duhon in a proposed three-team Dwight Howard trade, says ESPN. Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace would be among the players going to Orlando, with draft picks going to Portlamd.
9:40 a.m. Eastern
-Portland would be getting multiple draft picks for facilitating a Dwight Howard trade, says Marc Stein.
9:25 a.m. Eastern
-Portland has emerged as a third team in the Magic-Nets Dwight Howard trade talks and forward Gerald Wallace would join Brook Lopez among the players going to Orlando in the current proposal, says Marc Stein. With Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby already in the Blazers’ frontcourt and the team favored to sign Jamal Crawford, Wallace could be expendable.
9:05 a.m. Eastern
-The Nets are working on three and four-team trade scenarios for Dwight Howard, says Adrian Wojnarowski. New Jersey is willing to deal Brook Lopez and two first-round picks while taking on Hedo Turkoglu’s contract. No deal is imminent with the Lakers also interested. The Nets could also re-sign Kris Humphries to a one-year deal worth $8-9 million.
-The Blazers, Knicks and Kings are still in on Jamal Crawford, with Portland as the perceived favorite. New York is also going after Shawne Williams and Maurice Evans
When NHL points leader Claude Giroux went down to the ice last Saturday night after being inadvertently kneed in the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds against Tampa Bay, there was a collective gasp from Flyers fans everywhere. The concussion symptoms have only gotten worse since then, Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren said on Tuesday. Giroux is now sidelined indefinitely.
“Didn’t feel that good. Just didn’t feel like himself,” Holmgren said before Tuesday’s blowout win over Washington about Giroux’s skating in practice that day. Holmgren said the plan was to give Giroux Wednesday off before trying him back on the ice again on Thursday. “Obviously we’re concerned. Claude is one of our better players and obviously is off to a great start this season. We’re going to err on the side of caution.”
Philadelphia certainly doesn’t want Giroux to have the same fate as his Keystone state counterpart Sidney Crosby, who is out indefinitely again after a recurrence of his concussion related symptoms. Crosby’s concussion tests have come back negative, but “I ended up skating the following day after with a little bit exertion and it just didn’t feel right,” he said about his practice the day after a 3-1 win over Boston on Dec. 5, “it was better to be cautious here and not take any chances.”
Crosby, one of the league’s most skilled and popular superstars, missed more than 10 months of action after suffering a concussion midway through last season. Crosby has scored 12 points in eight games he’s played this season, but a collision with Boston’s David Krejci is what Crosby thinks triggered the new round of symptoms.
Crosby and Giroux are the two most skilled players in Pennsylvania to be sidelined by concussion-related symptoms, but Tyler Kennedy and defensemen Zbynek Michalek and Kris Letang have dealt with concussions on the Pittsburgh side and Flyers players Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn are also out indefinitely with head injuries.