Free agency has begun, and Dunking With Wolves is here to provide notes from around the league to keep you up to speed. Here’s a rundown:
– The Los Angeles Times reported early on Monday that the Oklahoma City Thunder were planning to meet with Lakers’ free agent big man Pau Gasol, although Marc Stein of ESPN has recently announced that it remains unlikely that a pact will be reached between the two sides.
– In unsurprising news, the Milwaukee Bucks are shopping vastly overpaid guard O.J. Mayo. That’s certainly one bullet that Flip Saunders and the Wolves unintentionally dodged a year ago.
– The Orlando Magic waived veteran guard Jameer Nelson and subsequently claimed Willie Green off of waivers from the Los Angeles Clippers.
– Chauncey Billups‘ option was not picked up by the Detroit Pistons, leaving the veteran guard to decide between a variety of options. He’ll no doubt have plenty of offers to continue his playing career, as well as broadcasting and coaching possibilities. Saunders is expected to attempt to lure Billups to Minnesota to be his understudy and potential coach-in-waiting.
– Another Wolves-related note: Othyus Jeffers and Robbie Hummel will become unrestricted free agents at 11:00 C.T. tonight after the Wolves elected not to extend qualifying offers for the 2014-15 season.
– There have been multiple reports suggesting that the Toronto Raptors will meet with Kyle Lowry shortly after midnight on the East Coast to offer him a mult-year contract from $11 to $14 million per season. The Miami Heat and a host of other teams are expected to make serious efforts to sign Lowry, too.
Many of the other media reports are simply confirmation that teams want to sign good basketball players. And even bad ones, believe it or not. From Sebastian Telfair, to Isaiah Thomas, to Trevor Ariza, to Marcin Gortat, to Carmelo Anthony, there are a number of players rumored to be headed to numerous locations.
Any Wolves-related news (don’t expect any) will be posted here as soon as it breaks. Enjoy the feeding frenzy.