Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for June 25th

1. Magic talked about a Turkoglu return

2. Bulls, Heat make room for LeBron

3. New Orleans Hornets’ Darren Collison says he might be next on trading block

4. Jason Kidd will offer his services in Mavericks’ free-agent pursuits

5. Lakers’ Brian Shaw, Cavaliers to talk about coaching position

6. Bosh knows day of reckoning is near

7. Raptors prepare for life without Bosh

1. Magic talked about a Turkoglu return

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting Magic GM Otis Smith said after Thursday’s NBA draft that he had discussions with the Toronto Raptors about a trade that would return former Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando. Turkoglu wants out of Toronto after just one season.

"We’ve had conversations with Toronto and nothing transpired," Smith said.

The Magic executed a sign-and-trade with the Raptors last summer, sending Turkoglu to Toronto for a trade exception.

Smith wouldn’t say what Magic players would be involved in the deal.

Turkoglu signed a five-year, $53-million deal with the Raptors, but got into the coach’s doghouse. He recently told a Turkish newspaper he did not want to play in Toronto and asked to be traded."

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2. Bulls, Heat make room for LeBron

The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting While the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat reshuffled their payroll and cleared more cap space for LeBron James and friends, the Cavaliers on Thursday did what they’ve done since their season abruptly ended last month.


The NBA Draft came and went Thursday with the Cavs still trying to fire their first big bullet of the offseason. They’ve yet to hire a coach or make a trade and Thursday failed to buy their way back into the draft. Meanwhile, James’ final days as property of the Cavs are quickly dwindling.

Delonte West’s cap-friendly contract is still here. So is point guard Mo Williams, who is owed $26 million over the next three years. As trade rumors continue to swirl around Williams, he begged to remain in Cleveland through Twitter because, he said, his work here wasn’t done.

For now, he has gotten his wish.

The Bulls, however, used draft day to trade Kirk Hinrich to the Washington Wizards. Unloading Hinrich’s $9 million salary next year, plus the No. 17 pick, assured the Bulls of having enough cap space to offer two max contracts when free agency begins.

The Hinrich trade, much like any free-agent signings, can’t become official until July 8. But the Bulls are suddenly in position to add any two of James, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Amare Stoudemire or any other premium free agent to a core that already includes Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.

The Cavs’ quest for a title last season might ultimately hinder their chances of re-signing James.

The Wizards were able to add Hinrich — and ultimately help the Bulls’ cause — because they unloaded the $13 million-plus owed Antawn Jamison next season to the Cavs.

It means the Bulls, New York Knicks and perhaps the Heat will have enough cap space to offer two max contracts when free agency begins July 1.

The Heat are inching closer to that status after their unorthodox move earlier this week, trading Daequan Cook and the No. 18 pick to drop down out of the first round and save an additional $3 million in payroll. The Heat are trying to clear enough space to re-sign their own star, Dwyane Wade, and surround him with two more max players. The Cook deal just might make that a possibility.

The top of the draft Thursday went according to plan. The Wizards used the No. 1 pick on Kentucky point guard John Wall. The Philadelphia 76ers followed by selecting Ohio State junior Evan Turner and the New Jersey Nets, who have enough cap space to offer a max contract and believe they’re in on the James sweepstakes, selected Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors third."

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3. New Orleans Hornets’ Darren Collison says he might be next on trading block

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting "Shortly after New Orleans Hornets point guard Darren Collison described how Cole Aldrich’s defensive presence in the post would be a big help for the Hornets this upcoming season, it was announced they had traded the 11th pick in Thursday night’s draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder, along with guard Morris Peterson, for two first-round picks.

The move further proves to Collison that the Hornets are going to be active in exploring potential trades, and he could be the next player sent elsewhere. General Manager Jeff Bower declined to comment Thursday on any trade rumors.

"I don’t know if I’m going to be a Hornet, " Collison said before meeting with fans at the Hornets’ draft party in Mandeville. "I like it here, but things don’t work out that way. This is a business, and I’m starting to understand it."

Collison thought he was traded last week to the Indiana Pacers after receiving a voicemail message from a reporter seeking comment about the rumored trade. Collison said he quickly called his agent, who told him he was still with the Hornets.

"I’m not going to lie, it’s a little distracting, " Collison said. "After a good year, you expect good things to happen. It is what it is, and we have a lot of different issues on the team that we want to fix. I’m certain management is going to fix that. All I can do is focus on myself and whatever happens, happens.""

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4. Jason Kidd will offer his services in Mavericks’ free-agent pursuits

The Dallas Morning News is reporting " Jason Kidd is playing the politically correct game and biting his tongue about the NBA’s free-agent frenzy that starts next week.

But he’s ready to begin his campaigning at the earliest possible moment.

Kidd said Thursday that he will be available to help owner Mark Cuban , president Donnie Nelson and coach Rick Carlisle in their pursuit of free-agent gold when the moratorium is lifted at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

"If (they) need me to fly somewhere, I’m free," Kidd said. "I’ll be on the East Coast, so that would definitely help because I think a lot of the free agents live on the East Coast." "

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5. Lakers’ Brian Shaw, Cavaliers to talk about coaching position

The LA Times is reporting The Lakers continued to be a franchise in flux, as Phil Jackson mulled his future, Brian Shaw received permission to interview with the Cleveland Cavaliers and, almost a footnote, two players were selected in the second round of Thursday’s draft.

Jackson takes off Friday for his Montana summer home, where he will make a decision on his future by the end of next week, but if he retires the pool of L.A. candidates might shrink by one.

Shaw, a Lakers assistant coach the last five seasons, has been officially approached for an interview by Cleveland, The Times has learned, making this week even busier for the NBA champions. Cleveland needs to hir
e a head coach.

"They did call a couple of days ago and we did grant permission," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. "Now it’s up to Brian and Cleveland. All of our coaches’ contracts run out at the end of the month anyway, so it is accurate."

Shaw, 43, spoke with Cavaliers representatives earlier this week and probably will fly to Cleveland next week for a face-to-face interview with the team’s owner and front-office staff.

It has been reported that LeBron James has a strong interest in the triangle offense, something in which Shaw is well-versed because of his four years as a Lakers player who won three championships from 2000 to 2002. James is expected to become a free agent July 1, and there is no guarantee he’ll return to the Cavaliers next season, even if Shaw lands the job.

After the sun went down Thursday, it was the Lakers’ turn to draft. They added West Virginia forward Devin Ebanks with the 43rd pick and Texas El Paso forward Derrick Caracter with the 58th pick. Neither received a guaranteed contract, standard procedure for all NBA second-round picks.

The Lakers did not have their first-round pick, 28th overall, because they sent it to Memphis in 2008 as part of the Pau Gasol trade. They received the Grizzlies’ second-round pick in that deal and selected Ebanks, a rebounder-defender listed at 6 feet 9 who was projected in some mock drafts as a late first-round pick.

"We were surprised he was still there at 43, so we’re pleased," Kupchak said.

Ebanks played two years for West Virginia and saw his stock dip after struggling on offense in the Big East and NCAA tournaments, averaging 10.6 points in eight postseason games."

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6. Bosh knows day of reckoning is near

The Toronto sun is reporting As free agency draws nearer, Chris Bosh realizes the moment of truth will soon arrive.

With so many untruths and misinformation, with so many of his words being misinterpreted and spun to serve an agenda, Bosh’s radio appearance Thursday on ESPN was refreshing and enlightening.

He granted an interview to an ESPN affiliate in Los Angeles last week, but spoke Thursday as someone who genuinely does not know what direction he’ll take, as someone who can’t believe July 1 is right around the corner.

"Nobody really knows what’s going to happen and the draft is a key part of it and there’s going to be a lot of teams doing a lot of things,” Bosh said. "So, I mean, this is something we’ve kind of been talking about for four years now. And the day is finally here. It’s kind of scary but it’s exciting at the same time.”

In a bit of housecleaning that didn’t come as a surprise to anyone — or at least it shouldn’t have — Bosh did not inform the Raptors by last Sunday’s deadline that he was going to exercise a player option for next season.

Technically, that means Bosh is no longer property of the Raptors.

Technically, the best way Bosh can max out his contract is by working side by side with Toronto in a sign and trade, if he decides to play elsewhere.

Bosh hasn’t ruled out Toronto, but the Raptors are preparing for life without him should he decide to leave.

The city is the only pro home Bosh has known, but, deep down, he realizes that a change would be best for both parties.

What can’t be answered is what kind of sign and trade will be orchestrated, which will happen because a team will dole out the cash to acquire Bosh.

"It’s been a lot of fun,” Bosh said of all the free-agent speculation during the radio appearance. "I’ve just been trying to learn how to have fun with it. It’s been going well so far, but it’s getting closer. It’s just a week.”

Any team, any agent, anyone associated with a team can begin to talk with Bosh on July 1 without fear of being fined for tampering, which has happened this off-season when LeBron James’ name has been broached. While dialogue can be initiated on July 1, no deal can be made official until July 8."

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7. Raptors prepare for life without Bosh

The Toronto Star is reporting "As hints go, it was a sharp elbow to the ribs of Raptors fans: Faced with the possibility of the impending free-agent exit of Chris Bosh, their 6-foot-10 lefty power forward, the Toronto Raptors used their first-round pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft to select Ed Davis, a, um, 6-foot-10 lefty power forward.

But understand this: There was no crystal ball in the Raptors war room on Thursday night. Less than a week before the NBA’s highly anticipated free market opens for business after the stroke of midnight on July 1, Colangelo, like his fellow NBA GMs with free agents in play, is still essentially flying blind.

So with his all-star keeping his intentions to himself, Colangelo was doing the only intelligent thing he could do: preparing for life without Bosh by selecting North Carolina’s Davis, then making a late-night trade to acquire the rights to Solomon Alabi, a 7-footer from Florida State."

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