HoopsHype Free Agency rumors

October 30, 2014 Updates

Jermaine O'Neal: My biggest issue now is I'm not sure what team to cheer for as a new fan? Or is it ok to have multiple teams? What do yall think? A lot of memories in some many great cities this is going to be a tuff decision. But I can say If I don't do well with this "being a fan" thing then I will think about playing again this year! To be continued on this! But as of right now I'm enjoying working out, being a business man, watching my daughter volleyball games, and training my son! Perfect. Twitter @jermaineoneal

KC Johnson: Regarding Butler talks, any beat writer knows nothing gets done without a deadline. So this can change. But as of now, large gap remains. Twitter @KCJHoop

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Kemba Walker to a multi-year extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Today is a great day for the Charlotte Hornets,” Cho said. “To be able to retain such an important piece of the core we are building here in Charlotte is exciting. Kemba is an integral part of the culture we’re trying to create within our organization and we are excited that he will continue to be a part of our team for years to come.” NBA.com

“It’s rewarding to continue my career with the team that drafted me,” Walker said. “Since my first day in Charlotte, I knew that this was where I wanted to be. I am excited about the direction in which this franchise is headed and I’m confident that we will only get better. I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent this organization, our fans and this city moving forward.” NBA.com

This is a perfect time for Jordan to be the key piece of a contender. He’s coming off the best season of his career. He’s in better shape than he’s ever been in. And he’s in the final year of four-year, $43 million contract. “It’s just another season. I don’t want to think about it like that,” Jordan insists. “I don’t think about it like that.” Orange County Register

David Pick: Mavericks owe Gal Mekel $1.7M if he clears waivers tomm. No thoughts of heading back overseas, I'm told. Twitter @IAmDPick

With the 2014-15 NBA season already underway, former Miami Heat star Ray Allen is still home, and seems to be enjoying it. "I've just been home, taking my kids to school," said Allen, who has been contemplating whether to retire after 18 seasons in the NBA. "I'm working out, taking care of my body. I'm in great shape. I'll just watch how the season progresses, and if I do feel the desire to continue to play, then I'll decide what situation is viable for me." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The clock continues to tick toward Friday’s deadline for the Thunder to come to terms on a contract extension for guard Reggie Jackson. But as the deadline nears, a deal appears unlikely to get done and talks will have to resume next summer when Jackson becomes a restricted free agent. Oklahoman

Next summer, Grizzles center Marc Gasol, a versatile and supremely talented 7-foot center, will be a free agent. The Knicks, with more than $20 million of cap space, are expected to make a run at him. Pau, in town with the Bulls, his new team, said it is “possible” his 29-year-old brother could wind up in New York and mentioned he has talked to Marc about Knicks president Phil Jackson in the past. “We’ll see what happens next year, what he decides. Hopefully he’ll have a strong year and all the options in the world, because he’s one of the top centers, interior players in the league, so any team would be fortunate to have him,” the 34-year-old Spaniard said of his younger brother, before the Bulls demolished the Knicks, 104-80, Wednesday night at the Garden. “It’s a personal decision. I talked to my brother enough about Phil that he knows what he brings to the table. New York Post

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