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Eligible NBA players became free agents on 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning, and since then there has already been a flurry of player movement.Here’s all the latest news, including some potential blockbuster moves including Dwight Howard, Deron Williams and Roy Hibbert. Players can begin signing contracts on July 11th.
- Unrestricted free agent Deron Williams is meeting with the Dallas Mavericks this afternoon. ESPN is reporting that Williams has decided to meet with the Mavericks before he meets with the Brooklyn Nets to discuss his future. Williams wants to make a decision before July 4th, before he has to report for Team USA training camp July 5th.
- Williams’ decision could become a lot easier if a Dwight Howard trade to the Nets happens, and according to Sports Illustrated, Howard met with Magic general manager Rob Hennigan and requested a trade to Brooklyn. The Houston Rockets are still lining up a deal to potentially get Howard, but Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Howard would only re-sign next offseason with one team in the league, and most think that team is Brooklyn.
- The Nets are also exploring a possible trade for Atlanta’s Joe Johnson. Though the deal would likely only happen if Brooklyn fails to lure Dwight Howard from Orlando, the Nets would send Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro and a player to be named to the Atlanta Hawks for Johnson, according to Yahoo!.
- Unrestricted free agent Gerald Wallace reached an agreement with the Nets on a four-year, $40 million deal. The Nets traded for Wallace this Spring, giving up what became the No. 6 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, before Wallace opted out of his contract to become a free agent.
- 36-year-old Kevin Garnett will return to the Boston Celtics after agreeing to a three-year, $34 million dollar contract.
- Restricted free agent Roy Hibbert was offered a four-year, $58 million dollar max contract by the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Sports Illustrated. Since Hibbert is a restricted free agent, the Indiana Pacers can match any offer Hibbert receives and retain him. Hibbert can sign any contract offer July 11, and the Pacers will then have three days to match it.
- The Toronto Raptors have offered a three-year, $36 million dollar contract to unrestricted free agent Steve Nash, according to ESPN. Nash reportedly also met with the Knicks this past weekend, and will meet with the Nets this morning. Nash should receive more offers soon, and has said he’s open to playing nearly anywhere.
- The Nuggets successfully negotiated with guard Andre Miller, who has reportedly agreed to a three-year. If Miller plays out the entirety of the contract, he’ll be 39 years old when it expires.
- Restricted free agent forward Omer Asik of the Chicago Bulls has reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets on a three-year, $25.1 million deal.
- centre Lavoy Allen has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract that would keep him in Philadelphia. The deal gives Philadelphia some cheap flexibility at the position, and it could mean Spencer Hawes may not be returning to the 76ers.
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