HoopsHype Free Agency rumors

April 18, 2014 Updates

You’re heading into the final year of your contract with the Celtics. What’s the ideal situation for you? What could the Celtics do to entice you to stay? Rajon Rondo: I don’t know. I don’t really want to talk about being a free agent right now or [about] my contract year, because I’m going to get 1,000 questions next year. I’ll just save it for next year. Boston Globe

The only murky part is Bledsoe has not committed himself publicly to the idea of wanting to come back to Phoenix. He deflects repeated questions on the matter, providing answers about spending time with his family and working on his game in the summer in Birmingham, Ala. He makes slight occasional references to a Phoenix future, as he did when talking about missing the playoffs: "It was a failure that we didn't make it. We've got a little bit of experience going into next year to know what it takes." Arizona Republic

His teammates seem to have a better feel, especially his neighbor this season on team flights. "He wants to be back," Smith said. "He likes it here." Arizona Republic

Humphries, 29, who left town on Thursday to travel, says that Boston has been the right place for him, both professionally and socially. He was able to make a home for himself near Chinatown. He shopped at Restoration Hardware and became a regular at restaurants such as Trade and Scampo. He spent much of his free time at home watching “American Pickers” and “Pawn Stars.” Boston Globe

According to Humphries, who finished his season with the Celtics on Wednesday night, Boston was a place for normalcy, anonymity, and sports. Locals were interested in what he did for the team and little else. An injury kept him out of the lineup late in the season but he was praised by the coaching staff for his effort all season long. He averaged 8.4 points per game. “He always stays positive,” McCarty said. Boston Globe

Once Boston fans trust that you’re working for them on the court, “they embrace you,” Humphries said after a team practice, as the season wound down. “It’s also easier to stay focused here. It’s not New York City,” he added. “There’s something going on in New York every single day. It’s just harder to focus on basketball.” Boston Globe

Speaking at the team’s locker cleanout day Thursday, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey stopped short of promising the team would bring Hayward back. But Lindsey made it clear Hayward is in the plans. "We look forward to him being a career Jazz member," Lindsey said. Salt Lake Tribune

Jackson coached Gasol with the Lakers from 2007-10. Since being hired as the Knicks' president, Jackson has signed former Lakers forward Lamar Odom to a contract and met with former Lakers forward Metta World Peace. The Knicks would be interested in Gasol in free agency, a source said. Yahoo! Sports

Gasol, however, also said he had "misunderstandings" with D'Antoni the past two years and was uncertain if the status of the coach would affect his decision. D'Antoni has one more year and a team option remaining on his Lakers contract, but his future with the organization is in question. The Lakers might also want to part ways with Gasol to save money for better free agent classes in 2015 and 2016. Yahoo! Sports

Pau Gasol felt nostalgic in what he admitted might have been his last day with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. He's also excited about his impending free agency and is open to a reunion with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who now runs the New York Knicks' front office. "I'm happy for him and the position that he got," Gasol said. "I'm always going to be a big fan and a friend. I would listen." Yahoo! Sports

April 17, 2014 Updates

With the Knicks expected to play Jackson's triangle offense and more of a half-court, such a style of play could be attractive to Gasol. Gasol, however, also said he wanted to play on a championship-caliber team and the Knicks didn't make the playoffs this season with Carmelo Anthony. "I want to enjoy the moment and not be too stressed about it, even though at some point I'm going to have to make a decision," said Gasol, who is improving from his recent bout with vertigo. "It will be exciting. I look at this as an opportunity. For the first, and maybe only time, I will be a free agent where I can choose. It's exciting. It's nothing that I've experienced in the NBA." Yahoo! Sports

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