It appears that all points have been agreed upon in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement and it is awaiting ratification. Players began voting electronically yesterday and will wrap up tonight. Owners will vote at a meeting on Friday in New York. Keep your fingers crossed, if all goes well, free agency and training camps will officially open on Friday. Finally, we can put all the nasty money talks behind us. Lots of activity on the transaction front….
The New York Knicks are on the verge of landing one of the prizes of the free agent class, center Tyson Chandler. The Golden State Warriors, long desperate for a center in a close second for the former Maverick. The only holdup in the Chandler to New York scenario is the salary cap. Sources indicate moving Chauncey Billups creates the necessary space.
New York is also hot after Phoenix forward Grant Hill, but sources close to hill in Phoenix indicate he isn’t leaving the desert. Staying with the Suns, ESPN’s Chris Broussard says Lakers guard Shannon Brown will sign with Phoenix.
Meanwhile, the Warriors continue to chase Chris Paul. The holdup is New Orleans wants Stephen Curry while Golden State wants to move Monta Ellis. The Clippers also are seeking the services of CP3 and discussions have centered around LA guard Eric Gordon.
Also from the Chris Paul front, a three team deal sending CP3 to the Lakers with Pau Gasol the key piece leaving the City of Angels. SI’s Sam Amick is reporting the deal would land Paul in LA, Gasol in Houston and Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and picks to Houston. The Celtics desperately want Paul, offering some eight different trade scenarios, including one with Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, multiple picks and more.
Dirk Nowitzki is starting to worry who is going to be around to help him defend the NBA title. With Chandler on the way out, you can add Caron Butler to the departure list. According to TNT’s David Aldridge, Butler is headed to the Clippers. Guard J.J. Barea sees the writing on the way and expects to depart Big D as well.
With Chandler seemingly gone, you can strike big man Greg Oden from the available centers on the market. The former number one pick will sign Portland’s nearly $9 million dollar qualifying offer tomorrow.
And not to be left out, the Heat continue to tinker with their roster to find the right combination to support the Big Three. Former Houston forward Shane Battier has announced via twitter that he is headed to South Beach.
Tom Blaz is a writer for Fantasy Alarm and co-owner of The Recruiting Eagle a website focusing on Auburn University Athletics.
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