HoopsHype Free Agency rumors

November 25, 2014 Updates

Asked if he has heard the growing social media buzz that that he might receive a max-type contract offer next summer, a la Klay Thompson, Butler nods and accepts the idea as both a challenge and an opportunity. “Why not have a [max contract] be a goal? When I hear ‘max player’ I just think about being able to take my family to Bora Bora or something, going on a nice vacation. Because I don’t really pay attention to the money,” Butler said. “I just love the game of basketball. As long as I’m happy and it’s my job, I’m good. Money has never been too much of a thing for me. I grew up without it. I can manage with the amount of money I have now.” Sports Illustrated

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Houston Rockets are considering signing 16-year veteran forward Al Harrington, who was recently cut in China in order to allow him to pursue a NBA return. Harrington played 34 games for the Washington Wizards last season, averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. With great experience and versatility, he could be an ideal fit on the Rockets’ frontline as they await Terrence Jones’ return from a nerve issue in his left leg. Basketball Insiders

That means he will enter next summer as a restricted free agent, joining a crowded group of point guards scheduled to hit the market. But league executives don’t expect Knight to go very far. Certainly, if Knight has his way, he will sign the kind of contract he was looking for this summer from the Bucks, and keep himself in Milwaukee. Even if he signs a free-agent deal elsewhere, because he is a restricted free agent, the Bucks can match the contract. “I don’t really have a choice anyway,” Knight told Sporting News. “Milwaukee has the right to match, so if they want me to stay, I am staying. But there are no ill feelings or bad blood, it just didn’t work out at the time. I am looking forward to this summer and sitting down after we have a better year than we did last year and working something out this summer.” Sporting News

Thus far, his relationship with Kidd has been good, and Kidd obviously likes him — Kidd has used every bit of his roster thus far this year, but Knight is the only Buck averaging more than 30 minutes per game. Surely a contract can’t be far behind. “Hopefully, at the end of this year, we will revisit it then, and it will work out how it was supposed to,” Knight said. “I like being in Milwaukee, I love my teammates, I love the staff, this is a great place to be. I enjoy it here, so hopefully this summer we can work it out so I can stay.” Sporting News

Fujian now has import forward DJ White training with the team. Source says Al Harrington has received an offer from NBA, so Fujian is going to sign DJ to replace him. Sohu.com

The Lakers, for instance, showed initial interest in Lowry, but told him and his agent, Andy Miller, that they simply could not offer Lowry a contract until they heard a final answer from Anthony and James, Miller says. They contacted the agents for some of those other B-level players with similar tepid overtures, per several league sources. Stephenson told me the Lakers contacted him early in free agency but never followed up. Thomas says he badly wanted to be a Laker, but that the team showed no interest. Grantland

November 24, 2014 Updates

Gino Pilato: NBA veteran Dahntay Jones will return to NBA D-League according to a source. Jones played 10 games in 2007-2008 with Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Twitter @DLeagueDigest

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed center Hassan Whiteside and waived guard Shannon Brown. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Whiteside has appeared in three games for the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League this season averaging 22.0 points, 15.7 rebounds, 5.33 blocks and 28.7 minutes while shooting 85.7 percent from the field, helping them to a perfect 3-0 record. He has appeared in 19 career NBA games averaging 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 5.8 minutes of action while shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Additionally, he has appeared in 64 career NBA Development League games (14 starts) and averaged 7.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.30 blocks and 13.5 minutes while shooting 57.9 percent from the field. NBA.com

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled guard Nick Johnson from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. Johnson (6-3, 200, Arizona), who was assigned to the Vipers on Nov. 18, appeared in three games for Rio Grande Valley and averaged 21.7 points, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.8 minutes per game. NBA.com

Additional help could be on the way, with still-unsigned Ray Allen weighing whether he'll return to the floor for what would be his 19th season. If he does, the Cavs are the undisputed favorites -- and have a gaping hole in their bench unit that is ready-made for Allen to fill. CBSSports.com

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