Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for July 4th

1. Big deal for Big D: Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs agree to four-year contract

2. Ball’s in LeBron’s court after Bulls, Cavs make pitches

3. Sources: Joe Johnson to Atlanta ‘Barring a Major Change’

4. Bosh, Raptors feuding?

5. Stoudemire talks of Carmelo, Parker joining N.Y. party

6. Source: Bosh-Raptors deal losing luster

7. New Cavs coach: LeBron will stay home

1. Big deal for Big D: Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs agree to four-year contract

The Dallas Morning News is reporting "Dirk Nowitzki had a good day Saturday.

First, Germany waxed Argentina in the World Cup.

Then, he agreed to terms on a new four-year contract with the Mavericks.

Break out the vuvuzelas.

While everybody involved figured there was never a reason for concern, it still was a sigh of relief for Mavericks nation when Nowitzki and adviser Holger Geschwindner agreed to the deal that will keep the 7-foot power forward in Dallas until 2014.

"Yes, we have a deal," Geschwindner said late Saturday.

Though terms were not immediately known, the contract could be worth as much as $96 million over four years.

It was unknown if Nowitzki took less money to make it a little more owner-friendly and allow Mark Cuban to make serious pitches at key free agents via sign-and-trade scenarios. Nowitzki has said previously that he would do so if it helped land prime talent alongside him. "

To read more..

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/basketball/mavs/stories/070410dnspomavsearly.104ea3c5f.html

2. Ball’s in LeBron’s court after Bulls, Cavs make pitches

The Chicago Sun Times is reporting "On a sunny, holiday-weekend day better suited for a trip to the beach than hanging out on the concrete and asphalt of a downtown street, a couple of hundred fans gathered Saturday outside the IMG Building to greet prized free agent LeBron James as he arrived for his final day of meetings with the six NBA teams he allowed to woo him.

Most were holding placards handed out by the Cleveland Cavaliers that had the word ”home” in big white letters on a black background, and they chanted ”LBJ! LBJ!” when James pulled into the garage of the building.

Roughly five hours later, when James left the building after meeting with the Cavaliers and Bulls, there were still a little more than a hundred folks gathered outside the entrance to the garage.

As he did the previous two days, James left without talking with the media or even acknowledging the local fans. He sped away in a silver Audi with tinted windows and was gone before most could figure out which car he was driving."

To read more..

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/bulls/2462826,CST-SPT-bull04.article

3. Sources: Joe Johnson to Atlanta ‘Barring a Major Change’

AOL Fanhouse is reporting When Atlanta offered Joe Johnson a maximum contract worth $119 million over six seasons on Thursday, the mere fact that the Hawks were so exorbitantly generous was supposed to be the end of the surprise.

The double-shocker was that the 29-year-old guard didn’t immediately accept the deal.

But after some deliberation about whether it’d be better to play for New York or Chicago, two sources close to Johnson told FanHouse at 6 p.m. Pacific Saturday that he will make his final decision in the next day and that "barring a major change in the next 24 hours it’s Atlanta."

The second source said he was simply "leaning" toward the Hawks, which could give forward Amar’e Stoudemire and the Knicks a sliver of hope to ramp up their own recruiting efforts. "

To read more..

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/07/03/sources-joe-johnson-expected-to-stay-in-atlanta/

4. Bosh, Raptors feuding?

The Toronto Sun is reporting "ESPN was reporting Saturday night that growing animosity between Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors could wind up with Bosh leaving Toronto with nothing coming back in return and Bosh settling for less in contract years and dollars to leave.

At season’s end, both Bosh and Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo spoke about how the two sides would work together either to keep Bosh in Toronto or place him elsewhere where it would be most beneficial to both parties.

Sources now are telling ESPN that the Raptors are no longer so enthused with helping Bosh obtain a max contract with a sign-and-trade."

To read more..

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/basketball/2010/07/04/14601936.html

5. Stoudemire talks of Carmelo, Parker joining N.Y. party

The New York Post is reporting "Amar’e Stoudemire flew into New York yesterday, and he already is recruiting other stars around the league to join him on the Knicks.

"I’ve talked to Carmelo Anthony to come out here, I’ve talked to Tony Parker," Stoudemire said last night after seeing a Broadway show. "Both those guys are ready to join me if I decide to come here, so I’m gonna see if we can work it out."

Stoudemire said he also was hoping to play with the leader of this year’s historic class of free agents — LeBron James.

"That’d be great," he said, "but we’ve got to wait and see."

Whether the Knicks will be able to work out a way to get Anthony or Parker to join Stoudemire is another matter. Stoudemire and the Knicks will sit down tomorrow to continue negotiations on the organization’s five-year, $100 million contract offer for the free-agent power forward. Anthony and Parker both will be free agents in 2011.

The Nuggets reportedly have extended Anthony a three-year, $65 million extension to keep him in Denver, but the former Syracuse star has yet to accept. There have been rumors that the Nuggets will look to deal Anthony if he turns down the offer."

TO read more..

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/stoudemire_talks_of_carmelo_parker_WsmZN8l2lkWj3s7LcnkqrI

6. Source: Bosh-Raptors deal losing luster

Espn is reporting "Wherever Chris Bosh heads next, he’ll likely have to do so on his own — and at a slightly discounted rate.

The Toronto Raptors have become increasingly disenchanted with the idea of helping Bosh obtain a maximum contract via a sign-and-trade deal, according to a league source.

Because of the higher annual raises and additional year a "home" team can offer its own player, Bosh could make $125.5 million over six years if he re-signed with the Raptors and they moved him elsewhere; he could make $96.1 million over five years by signing outright with another team."

TO read more..

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5352236

7. New Cavs coach: LeBron will stay home

The Ny Post is reporting New Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott says he’s confident LeBron James will choose to contend for NBA titles near his roots, too. "There’s nothing like winning at home," Scott said Friday afternoon at the team???s practice facility. Scott said he didn’t try to contact James, respecting his privacy, but spoke to people close to him to gauge
what he’s like as a person. "I think at the end of the day, he’s going to make the right decision and he’ll be here in Cleveland for the rest of his career," Scott said. "His legacy of winning championships in his hometown will be like nothing he’s seen in his life."

To read more..

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/cavaliers_new_coach_lebron_will_i2uR81y6p0I6Vfuy1MS1ZO

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