Gasol has said numerous times that his main priority is playing for a title-contending team. He will meet with Oklahoma City, Chicago and Golden State and might also sit down with the Lakers, the team that has employed him since acquiring him from Memphis in February 2008.
via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times
Carmelo Anthony is planning to meet with the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on the opening day of free agency after the NBA's offseason market officially opens Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., according to sources familiar with Anthony's plans.
Sources told ESPN.com that Anthony is in the process of arranging a trip to Chicago to meet with the Bulls, then intends to travel to Texas for Wednesday meetings with both the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks.
via Marc Stein of ESPN New York
The Clippers coach and president of basketball operations will make the final decision on all things Clippers and is the one who, without mentioning Darren Collison by name, made it known that his free-agent point guard is priority No. 1.
Collison, who opted out of the contract that would have paid him $1.985 million next season, probably will learn that his representatives were the first people Rivers called when the NBA's free-agency period started at 9:01 p.m. Pacific time Monday.
"You know our first guy, I'll be honest, is one of our guys that opted out," Rivers said. "He's a little guy. That's very important for us."
via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times
When headlines state that the Suns are pursuing James and Anthony, it is not Mike James and Joel Anthony.
Think bigger. The Suns are.
Free-agency negotiations tip off at 9 Monday night and the Suns have a bold plan that to lure LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh to Phoenix.
via Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic
The following statement was released today:
“Today we were notified of Chris’ (Bosh) intentions to opt-out of his contract. We look forward to meeting with Chris and his agent in the coming days to discuss keeping him in Miami for many years to come.”
The Chicago Bulls are expected to pursue Carmelo Anthony in free agency. They just shouldn't expect Derrick Rose to participate in the recruiting.
Rose told Yahoo Sports on Sunday that he doesn't plan to recruit Anthony – or any free agent, for that matter – even though he likes Anthony's game and thinks they can play alongside each other.
Rose's reason is simple: He said it's "not his job."
"My thing is if they want to come, they can come," Rose said.
via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports
And (Gordon) Hayward, who earned $11 million in his first four NBA seasons, is about to get a huge pay raise.
The 6-foot-8 restricted free agent is expected to receive a significant contract offer, possibly upwards to a max deal, from the Phoenix Suns this coming week, according to sources.
However, the Jazz plan on matching any offers for Hayward and intend to keep the versatile wing player in the organization as a major cornerstone in this rebuilding era, according to sources.
via Jody Genessy of the Deseret News
(Shaun) Livingston made it known previously that (Jason) Kidd was a major reason why he settled for the veteran's minimum with the Nets, taking less to play for him with hopes of contending for a title.
A league source reiterated Sunday that Kidd's influence was "absolutely'' a factor in Livingston's decision to come to Brooklyn. So if Kidd is not back on the bench, the three-year, $10.4-million deal the Nets can offer might not be enough to keep Livingston around after his strong season.
via Roderick Boone of Newsday
An international report emerged over the weekend that claimed the Thunder is attempting to bring Tibor Pleiss to Oklahoma City next season and has entered into buyout negotiations to finally sign the 2010 second-round pick.
That is not the case, The Oklahoman has learned.
Pleiss, a 7-foot-1 center who was the 32nd overall pick in 2010, likely will remain overseas for at least one more season. It’s not out of the question that the Thunder might pursue Pleiss as the summer progresses, but it is currently a remote possibility given the team’s current roster structure.
via Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman