NBA Rumors and News – July 21, 2009


Nets express interest in Davis

Stefanski reining in aggressive spending

Boozer keeps trade rumors swirling with Miami his latest love



With Steve Nash out of the picture for 2010 after he agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Suns, Knicks president Donnie Walsh is again zeroing in on young Bucks point guard Ramon Sessions. Walsh is on the verge of making Sessions a long-term, mid-level offer for roughly $26 million, the player’s agent told The Post yesterday.

Walsh met with veteran free agent point guard Andre Miller yesterday at the team’s Westchester facility, but the Knicks look at the 33-year-old Miller as a one-year rental, making him a longshot option.

On the other hand, Sessions, 23, now is being regarded by the Knicks as a point-guard-of-the-future type.

The Knicks became reluctant to get serious about Sessions earlier this month. They felt the Bucks would match a mid-level offer and didn’t want to be tied up waiting on Milwaukee.

Now they think the Bucks will pass because of their comfort level with first-round draft pick Brandon Jennings, who is the centerpiece of the team’s season-ticket marketing campaign on their Web site.

Agent Chubby Wells said Sessions is deciding between three teams, including the Knicks and the Clippers, who may be able to offer more than $5.8 million by working out a sign-and-trade with Milwaukee and using a trade exception.

The Bucks would have seven days to match a Knicks offer sheet.

Nets express interest in Davis

By Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports

The New Jersey Nets are among the teams who have expressed interest in Boston Celtics restricted free-agent forward Glen Davis(notes), a league source said Monday.

The Nets still have their $5.8 million mid-level exception to spend as they search through their options from a pool of free-agent power forwards that also includes Lamar Odom(notes) and Drew Gooden(notes). The Nets also are interested in Carlos Boozer(notes), whom the Utah Jazz are trying to trade.

The Celtics have said they would match any reasonable offer for Davis. The Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers, league sources said, tried to work a sign-and-trade deal for Davis only to be rebuffed by the Celtics. Boston did offer Davis and guards J.R. Giddens(notes) and Gabe Pruitt(notes) to the Pistons for forward Jason Maxiell(notes) and a first-round pick, but was quickly turned down.

Stefanski reining in aggressive spending

TOM MOORE – The Intelligencer

Some Sixers’ fans wonder if team president Ed Stefanski has changed his approach.

After shelling out $162 million on Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala a year ago, the Sixers appear to have moved on from veteran point guard Andre Miller and are reportedly only offering him a one-year deal for roughly $6 million. They also might not use all or any of the mid-level exception ($5.85 million) in 2009-10.

"We were aggressive last year," said Stefanski in a telephone conversation Monday. "It was a year we could be aggressive (because the Sixers had room under the salary cap). We went and made a big splash. It’s not like we could carry this money forward with us.

"We were very happy we did sign Andre Iguodala. (Elton) Brand was the best free-agent power forward on the market."

With the salary cap and luxury-tax threshold decreasing this year and likely to drop again in 2011, the Sixers have to spend their money wisely.

They are only about $10 million below the cap with just 10 players (counting rookie first-rounder Jrue Holiday) and must sign at least three more to fill out the roster. Three minimum-salary players would put them in the $62 million range.

One reason the Sixers may not use the mid-level exception is that, after the Hawks’ Mike Bibby turned down their one-year offer, the Sixers didn’t think anybody out there merited that kind of money in this economy.

Boozer keeps trade rumors swirling with Miami his latest love

If Carlos Boozer gets his way, he could soon be in a Miami Heat uniform.

Boozer told the Miami Herald on Monday that the Heat are his No. 1 choice for his next team once the Utah Jazz trade the power forward as expected.

"There are so many reasons I feel at home here, and I would love to be part of the Heat organization," Boozer told the Herald. "We first came here for tax reasons and fell in love with it. We love the palm trees, the laid-back attitude, the sun, quality of life. It’s like paradise here, and I would love to be part of the Heat. They’re a very good team, and I’m real close to some of the guys. Dwyane and I started to get close at the Athens Olympics in 2004, and I’d love to play on his team. Plus, I already live here. I’m just waiting to see what happens."

Boozer claimed that he and the Jazz have "mutually agreed" to a trade and openly welcomed a potential reunion with Olympic teammate Dwayne Wade.

The Miami Herald jumped the gun when it initially reported Boozer’s comments on its Web site Monday afternoon. A headline initially posted with the article indicated that a trade between Utah and Miami involving Boozer had already been completed. The Herald later pulled the errant headline from its site.

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