HoopsHype Free Agency rumors

December 21, 2014 Updates

Suns guard Goran Dragic left open the possibility of going to any team in free agency when talking before Saturday's game and stuck to the idea after the game when asked again about being an unrestricted free agent in July. "It's still early to talk about that," Dragic said. "Right now, I want to be 100 percent focused on the team and try to help the team and players. In the offseason, I'm going to probably sit down with my family first and with my agent and try to explore all the options. From there, I'll try to choose the one best for me." Arizona Republic

December 20, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns, who visited the lowly Knicks on Saturday, are in a bit of a quagmire with free agent-to-be Goran Dragic, rival executives say. Multiple teams already are inquiring as to what it would take to break up the Suns' three-headed guard rotation of Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas -- with Dragic, a prospective free agent, garnering the most attention. Coincidentally, executives have gotten the impression that Dragic is the one Phoenix would most like to keep if they do, indeed, decide to make a move. CBSSports.com

The team to watch here is Houston, which has been after Dragic since he left as a free agent in 2012. Dragic can, and will, opt out of his $7.5 million contract for next season. CBSSports.com

Dragic insisted he would not be turned off by the prospect of teaming with the grumpy Kobe Bryant. “I’m never intimidated. I don’t believe that’s the case that they’re intimidated, that nobody wants to come to LA,” Dragic said. “He’s a great basketball player, one of the best in NBA history, and they didn’t have luck with picks and some situations that they’re in, but everything can change for next season.” New York Post

Cavs General Manager David Griffin did consider trading for Corey Brewer, but decided that he wanted to hang on to his $5.3 million trade exception. Minnesota traded Brewer to Houston on Friday for Troy Daniels and two second-round picks. It's mostly a salary dump, as Brewer has the right to become a free agent after the season. Houston used its trade exception to take on Brewer's $4.7 million contract. Cleveland Plain Dealer

But the surprising move to waive Mekel freed up a roster spot and may have been a financial decision. And it might not mean Mekel is gone for good, Williams said. "We just felt like it was a move that we wanted to take a look at him," Williams said. "We thought he did a good job, (but) there are some particulars financially that I am not going to discuss, that's for Dell and his staff (to discuss). They do a good job of keeping the organization in a good place. We like (Mekel) a lot. That doesn't mean we won't bring him back. But at this point we felt like we were going to go in a different direction." New Orleans Times-Picayune

Sources told ESPN.com that O'Neal, who opted to spend the start of this season with family and focusing on business interests while deciding whether to come back for what would be his 19th season, is "highly intrigued" by the idea of joining the Mavericks as a free agent in the wake of the Rondo deal. ESPN.com

“Well he’s had a terrific year, had a real solid year last year for Golden State despite having some injury issues,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “I have not talked to him yet myself. “It’s a possibility, but I don’t want to jump the gun out of respect to him and his family, so we’ll see. It’s certainly one option.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Mavericks acquired Rondo from the Celtics for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick. Meanwhile, a Lakers official downplayed reports the team had offered Steve Nash’s expiring $9.8 million contract and a first-round pick from Houston to Boston for Rondo. “We haven’t talked about anything as far as trades are concerned,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said about recent conversations he had with general manager Mitch Kupchak. “We talked about our players and how we can get them better.” Los Angeles Daily News

Durant said some nice things about him earlier this week, commending Bryant's often abrasive leadership style and saying he would love to play alongside him. Scott answered with a laugh when asked about it Friday. "I would love for him to play with Kobe too. Especially from a coaching standpoint," Scott said. "I don't want the NBA to think I'm tampering or anything like that. I'm just answering questions." Los Angeles Times

The Sixers will free up a roster spot by waiving Turiaf, who has an expiring contract. The source said the team was considering re-signing power forward Malcolm Thomas. Thomas was waived Nov. 10 to free up a roster spot while he had knee surgery. Philadelphia Inquirer

All that wasn't enough for Ainge to keep the star point guard who could have left as a free agent after the season. Or to reject a Dallas Mavericks offer that gave Ainge more assets to continue shaping the young roster into a contender. "There was definite uncertainty into what may happen this summer," Ainge said before Friday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, "So that was a big factor." USA Today Sports

December 19, 2014 Updates

In order to facilitate the transaction, the Houston Rockets have waived Francisco Garcia and the roster now stands at 15. Garcia (6-7, 195, Louisville) has 3.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 14 appearances with the Houston Rockets during the 2014-15 season. The tenth year player and product of the Dominican Republic was re-signed by the Rockets this past offseason on September 29, 2014. NBA.com

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