HoopsHype Jason Kapono rumors

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NBA teams can't sign free agents until Friday, but the Lakers met with Kapono and were close to a deal for one or two years and about $1.3 million annually. The Lakers would sign Kapono for a minimum veteran's salary and wouldn't have to dip into their main free-agent tool -- a three-year, $9.4-million contract known as the mini mid-level exception. Kapono, who turns 31 in February, has career averages of 6.9 points and 43.7% from three-point range but averaged a career-low 0.7 points and 4.6 minutes last season with Philadelphia. Los Angeles Times

December 5, 2011 Updates

Wasserman Media Group's Greg Lawrence confirmed with ESPNNewYork.com that his client Jason Kapono is interested in the Knicks. Lawrence said Kapono, an unrestricted free agent who played for the 76ers last season, would be "a great fit in coach [Mike] Dantoni's system." "Jason has interest from several teams and we are in the process of trying to figure out the best situation for him," Lawrence said. ESPN.com

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Iguodala shadowed a venture capitalist and visited the New York Stock Exchange as part of a week-long internship with Bank of America Merrill Lynch arranged by his financial planner. If the lockout drags on, he’s also considering taking a separate internship with a hedge fund or an apparel company. “I always had an interest in what was going on in the market,” Iguodala said. “I have a couple of teammates, Jason Kapono and Spencer Hawes, who are into it. I always read USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and I have an E-Trade account, so the interest in finance has always been there. “Also, being an athlete I’ve been blessed with an opportunity to make a good living and be able to hold on to a good amount of wealth. I understand that this basketball thing is a small window. The things that I’m getting from basketball … I want to stretch it out my whole life.” Yahoo! Sports

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Diebler is a great shooter, and that ability will get him in the loop. "You look at Jason Kapono play," an Eastern Conference executive said of the Sixers guard. "I don't know why Diebler can't play. And Diebler's probably a little tougher and will mix it up a little more." Said a Southwest personnel director: "He's not the greatest athlete in the world, but he's a better player than most are giving him credit for. I think he'll get a lot of opportunities to get invited to training camps. Shooting's a funny thing. Nobody really wants to draft it or sign it or trade for it, but halfway through the year the coach is always saying 'we don't have enough shooting.'" NBA.com

March 24, 2011 Updates

Interviews with a half-dozen N.B.A. scouts and front-office personnel provide a portrait of Fredette as a professional prospect. He is generally considered offensively gifted, defensively challenged and destined to be a solid rotation player in the N.B.A. Stardom, however, is unlikely, the scouts and front-office personnel said. Comparative players that came up were Jeff Hornacek, Steve Kerr, Kyle Korver and Jason Kapono. “I think he’ll be a really good pro, but not great,” said a Western Conference executive, who would not be named because he is not permitted to talk about prospects. “He’ll be a guy who is a better Steve Kerr, a better Kyle Korver. A better Kapono. Both those guys can’t put the ball on the floor.” New York Times

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The basketball operations staff is keeping a close eye on the waiver wire and seeing which players are bought out by March 1 (the deadline for players to be free from their old clubs so they can be eligible for the playoffs with a new team). According to sources, the Celtics are hoping the talk of Troy Murphy being available comes true. They are said to have interest also in Dan Gadzuric, Sasha Pavlovic and Jason Kapono. Boston Herald

Meanwhile, Boston will continue to monitor the buyouts going on around the league with eyes toward adding as many as two more players with its available roster spots. All eyes seem to be on Troy Murphy, the sharpshooting big man who was traded to Golden State this week and could wind up available. The Cavaliers waived old friend Leon Powe, and the Celtics could add some beef up front if they desired another undersized power forward (but there seems little reason to rush into that). Boston's antenna will be up on wings like Philadelphia's Jason Kapono, who would add even more depth at that swingman spot (and a 3-point threat). Everyone's watching the volatile situation in Detroit to see whether the likes of Rip Hamilton hit the open market. ESPN.com

Kapono is expected to get a buyout from the Sixers, several sources said, after playing in just 18 games this season. Still, he’s expected to draw strong interest on the free-agent market from teams in need of another shooter. That includes the Celtics, who will have three roster spots available if they don’t sign Chris Johnson to a second 10-day contract. Yahoo! Sports

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