NBA Free Agency Rumors 7/4/12
9:50 a.m. Eastern
-With Deron Williams re-signing with the Nets, what does that mean for the Dallas Mavericks? They’ll go after Steve Nash, but not offer him as much as Toronto. They’ll try to re-sign Jason Kidd as well and are cautious about going hard after Goran Dragic, who has interest from Houston and Phoenix (though a source of mine says the Suns’ interest is overplayed). *Dallas may just save its cap space for the Dwight Howard-Chris Paul summer of 2013.
-Phoenix gave a four-year, $58 million max offer to guard Eric Gordon but the Hornets are expected to match it. *A source told SprungOnSports that the Suns are expected to re-sign Grant Hill despite interest from teams like the Lakers, Heat and Knicks. Phoenix also has interest in Jeremy Evans.
-If the Nets can’t trade for Dwight Howard, they’ll try to re-sign Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries and go after Ersan Ilyasova, Adrian Wojnarowski says. Brooklyn would have gone after Dragic had they lost out on Williams.
-The Lakers are interested in Steve Nash, but Sam Amick says it’s hard to imagine the Suns being so quick to facilitate a sign-and-trade. *Marc Berman says the Nash sign-and-trade with the Knicks is not dead despite the poison pill offer to Landry Fields. An offer would certainly have to include Iman Shumpert along with Dan Gadzuric, Toney Douglas and Josh Harrelson. If the Knicks do lose out Kidd, Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni will be targets.
-Houston will likely sign Jeremy Lin to a lucrative offer sheet but the Knicks will match any offer, likely in the back-loaded $30 million range, Marc Berman reports.
-The Clippers offered Jamal Crawford a contract, but he’s still considering Minnesota, Philadelphia, Memphis and Phoenix.
-With Courtney Lee now an unrestricted free agent, he’s drawn interest from the Bulls, Pacers, Clippers, Mavericks, Suns, Clippers, Grizzlies and Hawks.
-The Lakers, Warriors and Bobcats are interested in Antawn Jamison.
-Luke Harangody signed his $1.1 million qualifying offer to stay with Cleveland.
-Rudy Fernandez signed a three-year deal with Real Madrid in the Euroleague, Marc Stein reports.