HoopsHype Nazr Mohammed rumors

July 23, 2012 Updates

Kenwood Academy product Nazr Mohammed will be signed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal to replace Asik, sources said. As for Hinrich, he turned down more years and money from the Milwaukee Bucks to return to the franchise that drafted him. Chicago Tribune

July 22, 2012 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Nazr Mohammed will likely sign a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls. He met with the Brooklyn Nets, but Bulls made late push to sign him. Twitter

Ira Winderman: With Nazr Mohammed leaning toward signing with Bulls as Asik replacement, Heat could become default option for Darko Milicic. Twitter

While the organization still hasn't seen the offer sheet Asik has apparently signed with the Houston Rockets, it seems they have decided to move on without him. A league source confirmed late Saturday night that the Bulls are on the verge of signing veteran center Nazr Mohammed. While the deal hasn't become official yet, veteran NBA writer Peter Vecsey tweeted Saturday night that Mohammed has decided to sign with the Bulls over the Brooklyn Nets and both teams have been notified about the decision. ESPN.com

July 21, 2012 Updates

"We're pretty much done. We only have two spots left. We're looking for a back up big, then we may hold off a bit," King told Anthony Gargano and Lincoln Kennedy, noting that his recent knee surgery is one reason for the hold. "We got a couple guys we're talking to. Nazr Mohammed is visiting now in New Jersey with his wife. We'd like to sign him as a back-up and then ... We're talking to Kirilenko." NetsDaily

When Gargano asked if Kirilenko can still play, King responded, "Yeah! I saw him in the Euroleague Final Four. Yeah, he still can play. He'd be a great piece to add to us. He'd give us more depth at the forward spot." In particular, King said AK-47 could help with defense against wings like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. "That"s why I'm looking at Kirilenko. You need players to run at those guys." NetsDaily

July 19, 2012 Updates
July 18, 2012 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Nazr Mohammed is close to signing with the Brooklyn Nets, according to source. He'll likely sign for the veteran's minimum in next 24 hours. Twitter

July 17, 2012 Updates

They still need a backup center, and a source told the News they're targeting unrestricted free agent Nazr Mohammed. Humphries' signing places the Nets at over $80 million in salary for next season, or $10 million over the luxury tax threshold. But by giving Humphries only a two-year deal, his contract becomes a trade-able expiring deal if the Nets want to avoid stiffer penalties when the more punitive tax starts in 2013-14. The Nets had targeted other power forwards during free agency, making a bid for Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova and flirting with the idea of prying Kevin Garnett away from Boston. They also tried to trade Humphries in a three-way deal to land Howard, but other teams balked at taking on Humphries on a large deal. New York Daily News

July 16, 2012 Updates

The signing would give the Nets 12 players under contract, as they also inked Jerry Stackhouse on Monday. They still need to re-sign Kris Humphries, which a source reiterated Monday was in the works, and find a center to back up Brook Lopez. They’re looking at veteran Nazr Mohammed, a source told the News. New York Daily News

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