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Nets Considering Pursuit Of O.J. Mayo

The Nets are considering a 'significant offer' for O.J. Mayo if they are unable to trade for Joe Johnson, according to sources.

Mayo is an unrestricted free agent after four seasons with the Grizzlies.

The Celtics, Pacers and Suns will also be in the mix for Mayo, according to Ken Berger..

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Scola Trade Talks Between Rockets, Nets Fall Apart

The Nets and Rockets held deep trade talks on Saturday centered around Luis Scola, according to sources.

But talks fell apart before a deal could be reached.

Houston has been working to trade Scola this offseason and selected several forwards in this week's draft.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Sources: Nets Losing Hope For Howard

The Nets are losing hope that they can acquire Dwight Howard from the Magic, according to multiple sources.

Howard met with new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan on Friday, however, and requested a trade to the Nets.

Brooklyn is working to build a roster suitable to keeping Williams and that will likely mean they could not put together an attractive offer for Howard.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Nets, Hawks Discussing Joe Johnson Trade

The Nets and Hawks are discussing a trade centered around Joe Johnson, according to sources.

Brooklyn would pair Johnson with a re-signed Deron Williams.

With no deal is close to completion, sources say the teams are discussing trade on multiple fronts.

Trading for Johnson would likely eliminate the Nets from their pursuit of Howard.

For Atlanta, trading Johnson would effectively be a salary dump of his $90 million over the next four years.

The Nets would have to piece together several contracts, including those of Jordan Farmar, who opted into the final $4.2 million year of his deal on Saturday, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro and a sign-and-trade with one of the Nets' free agents to make the exchange of salaries work for Johnson’s contract.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Howard Requests Trade To Nets During Hennigan Meeting

New Magic GM Rob Hennigan met with Dwight Howard on Friday in Los Angeles.

Sources say that Howard informed Hennigan he wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Hennigan did not inform Howard of his intentions.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Warriors Interested In Jordan Hill

The Warriors are interested in signing Jordan Hill, according to sources.

Hill had a successful run during the end of the season after joining the Lakers.

Both the Lakers and Hill have expressed interest in working on a deal.

Via Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News

Farmar Opts In For 12-13 With Nets

Jordan Farmar has opted in for his $4.25 million contract in 12-13 with the Nets.

The Nets still retain approximately $44 million in cap room excluding cap holds.

Via Howard Beck/New York Times (via Twitter)

Cavaliers Extend Qualifying Offers To Erden, Gee, Harangody

The Cleveland Cavaliers have extended qualifying offers to center Semih Erden, guard/forward Alonzo Gee and forward Luke Harangody.

Cleveland owns the right to match any offer sheet they may sign with another team.

Erden, 25, averaged 3.5 points on .527 shooting and 2.6 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game in 28 games (nine starts) during the 2011-12 season.

Gee, 25, averaged career highs in points (10.6), rebounds (5.1), assists (1.8) and steals (1.3) in 29.0 minutes per game in 63 games (31 starts) this season.

Harangody, 24, averaged 2.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game in 21 games (one start).

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wolves Decline Qualifying Offers To Beasley, Randolph

The Wolves have announced that Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph will not receive qualifying offers.

Beasley and Randolph were once considered two of the more talented players from the 2008 NBA Draft, but have failed to meet expectations while with Minnesota. 

Beasley was traded to the Wolves by the Heat in order to create additional cap space in 2010.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Roy To Meet With Bulls, Pacers, Mavericks, Warriors, Wolves

Brandon Roy has narrowed his list of free agent options to the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors, according to sources.

Roy expects to meet with those teams over the next few days in Seattle.

Each of the teams have a special intrigue for Roy.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Calderon Would Prefer To Sign With Lakers If Amnestied

Jose Calderon would have to clear waivers through the amnesty process before he is free to choose his next team.

Rashard Lewis Waived By Hornets

The buyout of Rashard Lewis is for $14 million, but the Hornets receive approximately $9 million in savings.

Williams To Meet With Nets, Mavericks On Monday

A source with business ties to both Deron Williams and Jason Kidd said the two have already decided to play together with the Nets.

Thunder, Brooks Working On Contract Of Four-Year Deal

The Thunder continue to work through contract language on a new four-year deal with Scott Brooks.

Rockets Searching For Trade Of Luis Scola

Houston stockpiled big forwards, Royce White and Terrence Jones, in the draft as part of a plan to trade Luis Scola.

Jazz Exercise Option On Tinsley, Extend Qualifying Offer To Evans

Utah has exercised its option on Jamaal Tinsley for the 2012-13 season, and has tendered a qualifying offer to Jeremy Evans.

Suns Unlikely To Offer Third-Year, Eight-Figure Annual Salary To Nash

Steve Nash earned $11.7 million last season, but the Phoenix offer is likely to be for less than that.

Suns To Pursue Eric Gordon

The Suns are expected to pursue Eric Gordon with their $23 million in cap space.

Dallas To Offer Two-Year Deal To Nash If Williams Stays With Nets

The Mavericks are prepared to offer Steve Nash a two-year deal if they are unable to secure Deron Williams, according to sources.

Raptors Expected To Offer $12M Annually To Nash

The Raptors are unlikely to be beat financially in their offer to Steve Nash.

Nash Hasn't Established Favorite, Can Envision Leaving Suns

The Suns, Raptors, Mavericks, Knicks and Mavericks are the favorites to sign Steve Nash.

Garnett Agrees To Three-Year, $34M Deal With Celtics

Kevin Garnett and the Celtics have agreed upon a three-year, $34 million deal.

Turiaf Declines To Pick Up Player Option With Heat

Ronny Turiaf signed with the Heat after being bought out by Denver in March.

Thunder Intend To Blend Talents Of Perry Jones

Sam Presti was looking for a player who would mesh well with an already successful team.

Nowitzki Optimistic About Chance Of Landing Williams

Dirk Nowitzki has already reached out to Deron Williams about the possibility of joining the Mavericks.

Lakers Extend Qualifying Offers To Ebanks, Morris

The Lakers have extended qualifying offers to forward Devin Ebanks and guard Darius Morris, making them both restricted free agents.

Odom, Williams Four-Team Trade Completed

The Los Angeles Clippers acquired Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks as part of a four-team trade also involving the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.

Players Claimed From Waivers Will Retain Early Bird Rights

The rule will now be that players who are claimed from waivers will have the same "Early Bird" rights as if they had been traded, but will not have full "Bird" rights.

Courtney Lee Receives Qualifying Offer From Rockets

The Rockets have extended the $4.3 million qualifying offer to Courtney Lee.

Mo Williams Agrees To Trade To Jazz

Mo Williams has decided to pick up his player option for the 12-13 season and accept a trade to the Jazz.
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