NBA News and Rumors – Tuesday June 26, 2009

Sources say Hornets center Tyson Chandler again subject of trade talks

Stoudemire reportedly heading to Warriors

Activity all around themSources say Hornets center Tyson Chandler again subject of trade talks

John Reid, The Times-Picayune

Four months after his trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder was rescinded, the New Orleans Hornets have apparently resumed trade talks for center Tyson Chandler.

According to multiple league sources, the Hornets were involved in trade talks this week with the Cleveland Cavaliers regarding Chandler, but no agreement was reached. Instead, the Cavaliers reached an agreement with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night to obtain center Shaquille O’Neal.

On Thursday morning, Hornets officials declined to say if they had been in trade discussions with Cleveland or the Suns to possibly obtain O’Neal.

"I’m not going to discuss trades," Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower said last week. "I could spend hours discussing trade rumors with you."

Chandler was traded this past February to Oklahoma City, but after he failed a physical examination due to a previous toe injury that required surgery in 2006, the deal was rescinded.

Stoudemire reportedly heading to Warriors

The Suns will trade Amare Stoudemire to the Warriors for No. 7 overall draft pick Stephen Curry, among other players, the Arizona Republic reports on its website.

The trade cannot be completed until Wednesday because Golden State would receive Andris Biedrins, a base-year compensation player until June 30, according to the report.

Other Warriors players, like power forward Brandan Wright or shooting guard Marco Belinelli, might be part of the deal, according to the report.

Part of the Suns’ motivation for doing the deal is almost certainly payroll and luxury tax relief. Biedrins is set to make $9 million in the coming season, while Stoudemire’s contract is for $16.4 million.

Activity all around them

Marc J. Spears – Globe Staff

For the Celtics, last night’s NBA draft felt like they walked away from Christmas empty-handed, while several other Eastern Conference powers were happy to have new toys to play with, after trades and selections.

So, what are the Celtics going to do? Well, Boston has its eyes on free agency. The Celtics are willing to use the midlevel exception (expected to be $5.6 million-$5.8 million) for the right player. Expect the Celtics’ top priority in free agency to be landing one or possibly two big men, not including the re-signing of restricted free agent forward Glen Davis.

An NBA source said the Celtics will keep an eye on such free agents as Detroit forward-center Rasheed Wallace, Phoenix forward Grant Hill, and Toronto swingman Anthony Parker. Denver center Chris Andersen (likely to re-sign), Detroit forward Antonio McDyess (likely to re-sign), Denver forward Linas Kleiza, Detroit forward Francisco Oberto (expected to be bought out), and Milwaukee forward Bruce Bowen (expected to be bought out) are also considerations.

“We will try to improve,’’ Rivers said. “That’s what we should do. We are going to keep trying to make our team better without reshuffling the deck.’’

Despite many wild trade rumors of late, including those involving Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen, Ainge and Rivers say they expect the core members of the Celtics to be back. That means Rondo, Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Kendrick Perkins.–%20+Boston+Celtics+news

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