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Jamal Crawford To Opt-Out Of 12-13 Contract

Jamal Crawford will be an unrestricted free agent for the second consecutive offseason.

A source confirms that Crawford will opt-out of his contract for 12-13 that would pay him $5.25 million.

Crawford signed with the Blazers last December after receiving offers from the Knicks, Wolves and Magic, among others.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Terrence Williams Hopes To Re-Sign With Kings

Terrence Williams is hoping for a quick resolution to his impending free agency.

After being unable to secure consistent minutes with the Nets and Rockets, Williams became a key player with the Kings during the final month of the season.

Sacramento values the ability of Williams as a passer.

Williams would prefer to re-sign with Sacramento.

"I don't want nothing to be drawn out until August, September or anything like that," Williams said of free agency. "I want to get it over with."

Williams averaged 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 18 games.

"I'm looking forward to (free agency), but at the same time, I want it to be over," Williams said. "I'm hoping me and Sacramento come to a good deal for a couple a years and just take it from there. At the end of the day, you want to be wanted."

Via Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Kings Likely To Re-Sign Jason Thompson

The Kings will extend the qualifying offer to Jason Thompson to make him a restricted free agent.

Thompson would receive a salary of approximately $4.1 million if he ends up accepting if he doesn't sign a multi-year offer.

Sacramento is most likely to keep Thompson out of their 2012 free agent lot.

Donte Green and Terrence Williams will also be free agents.

"I can't predict the future, but for now it's clear they want me to stay here," Thompson said.

Thompson began the season behind Chuck Hayes and J.J. Hickson on the depth chart, but his consistency eventually won him the job.

"Who knew what would have happened at the start of the season?" Thompson said. "Us signing Chuck, trading for J.J., having Cuz (DeMarcus Cousins) already on the team and maybe re-signing Sammy (Dalembert), and all that type of stuff. … I never put my head down and never tried to let it show on the court. I just tried to go out there with an open mind and be solid."

Via Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Williams' Top Priority Will Be To Put Himself In Winning Situation

Deron Williams said putting himself in the best opportunity to win will be his top priority in free agency.

“I want to win, that’s first and foremost,’’ said Williams. “So I’m going to go where I feel we have the best chance to win. I know we might not win a championship in the first year or two, but hopefully, (the place I go) has the chances of building something special, and has flexibility — just somewhere where I believe they’re headed in the right direction.’’

Williams will consider re-signing with the Nets ahead of their move to Brooklyn.

“I’m still looking at all the possibilities here,’’ he said. “I went to the arena a couple days ago and saw how it was, and it’s going to be an exciting arena. It’s going to be a great place to play. And I’ve always been confident in this organization. Even though I was opting out I always said that doesn’t mean I’m not re-signing with the Nets; and that still remains the same.’’

Training for Team USA begins July 6 while free agency starts on July 1. Williams hopes to make his decision by the time he leaves.

Via Colin Stephenson/Star-Ledger

Lopez Prefers To Remain With Nets

Brook Lopez's preference is to remain with the Nets as he enters restricted free agency.

Lopez missed most of the season due to injury while also being included in Dwight Howard trade rumors.

“This is really the place I want to be,” he said. “I was drafted here ... I love being a Net. It's the only thing I know. I like everyone in the organization. I have good friends here. I've enjoyed my time in this area, and would have no objections at all to continuing to be here.”

Via Roderick Boone/Newsday

Gerald Wallace Likely To Opt Out

Gerald Wallace has a player option worth $9.5 million for the 12-13 season, but he suggested that he plans to opt out to sign a four or five-year deal.

Wallace said the idea of playing in Brooklyn is appealing.

“It does,” Wallace said. “I was a part of Charlotte [Bobcats] when they first got started. Just the buzz and the atmosphere from the community around that was amazing. Brooklyn has never had a team. I can just imagine how excited and all of the buzz that's going to be around that situation."

The Nets acquired Wallace in exchange for their 2012 first round pick (top-3 protected), along with Mehmet Okur and Shawne Williams.

Via Roderick Boone/Newsday

Williams To Make Decisions Before Olympics

The Nets enter an offseason with the all-important question of whether Deron Williams will re-sign with the franchise as a free agent.

Williams will make his decision before late July when the Olympics' activities begin.

"I don't want to play in the Olympics without a contract," said Williams.

Williams is also expected to be pursued by the Mavericks. Williams was coy when asked about their potential interest this summer.

"I don't know why everybody just throws Dallas out there like they've heard something from me," he said. "I don't know."

Williams remains interested in making the move with the Nets to Brooklyn.

"Yeah, definitely, it would be great to be a part of that first game, that first team there," Williams said, "kind of start our own legacy in Brooklyn. So that's definitely enticing. That's definitely something I think about on a regular basis."

Via Roderick Boone/Newsday

Wolves Plan To Be Aggressive In Offseason

After previously stating that the Wolves didn't need to make "wholesale" changes, David Kahn plans to be aggressive this offseason.

Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are the two franchise 'cornerstones', but the remainder of the roster doesn't appear to be untouchable.

Via Jerry Zgoda/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Bayless Prefers To Remain With Raptors

Jerryd Bayless will be a restricted free agent this summer.

The Raptors can make the $4.16 million qualifying offer, negotiate a long-term extension or possibly match a competing offer from another team.

Bayless believes he can be an NBA starter, though some feel he is better suited in a combo guard role off the bench.

Bayless would like to remain with the Raptors.

“I kind of have an idea” (of what the future holds)," said Bayless about his agent speaking with Bryan Colangelo.

Bayless will carry a $7.6 million cap hit until he is signed.

Via Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Camby Would Prefer Return To Rockets

Marcus Camby will have no shortage of suitors as an unrestricted free agent.

Camby is targeting a return to the Rockets.

“I would like to be here, but I understand the NBA is a business,” Camby said. “A lot of suitors are going to be trying to reach out. This is where I want to be. So hopefully, we can make something work.”

Via Houston Chronicle

Source: Raptors Won't Pursue Vujacic

The Raptors are not interested in pursuing Sasha Vujacic in free agency this offseason.

Jamison Won't Re-Sign With Cleveland

Antawn Jamison will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Suns' Fans Close Out Season With 'We Want Steve' Chant

Steve Nash will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and intends to play three more seasons.

Spurs Sign Derrick Byars

The San Antonio Spurs have signed Bakersfield Jam guard/forward Derrick Byars.

Sixers Sign Xavier Silas For Remainder Of Season

Xavier Silas averaged 9.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.6 minutes per game while shooting 40.1% from the floor for the Red Claws.

Warriors Likely To Pick Between Robinson, Jenkins

Both Nate Robinson and Charles Jenkins have played relatively well in the absence of Stephen Curry.

Thunder Intend To Re-Sign Both Harden, Ibaka

Sam Presti said the Thunder are expecting to sign both James Harden and Serge Ibaka.

Source: Lou Williams To Opt Out, Become Free Agent

Lou Williams will reportedly opt out of the $6.4 million remaining on his contract and become a free agent.

Cavaliers Sign D.J. Kennedy For Remainder Of Season

D.J. Kennedy averaged 15.7 points on .447 shooting, 7.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 37.4 minutes per game.

Camby Prefers To Re-Sign With Houston

Marcus Camby is interested in playing up to four more NBA seasons.

Hudson Sought More Guaranteed Money From Cleveland's Contract Offer

Lester Hudson didn't want to sign Cleveland's offer of a contract with a team option for 12-13 without more guaranteed money.

Bulls, Celtics Had Been Pursuing Okur

Mehmet Okur is unable to play due to a bad back, but he intends to seek an NBA deal in the offseason.

Landry Interested In Re-Signing With Hornets

Carl Landry would like to return to the Hornets, but said he wasn't sure if the team would be interested.

Knicks To Sign Gadzuric, Waive Walker

The Knicks are expected to sign Dan Gadzuric.

Nets Sign Armon Johnson For Remainder Of Season

Armon Johnson has played in five games, averaging 4.4 points in nine minutes per game.

Terrence Williams Becoming Invaluable To Kings

The presence of Terrence Williams has made the need for a traditional point guard to lessen for the Kings.

Jazz To Sign Ahearn For Remainder Of Season

Blake Ahearn has appeared in three games with the Jazz while filling in for the injured Earl Watson.

Curry Unsure Of Future With Heat

Eddy Curry has appeared in just 13 games this season.

Hudson To Sign With Grizzlies

Lester Hudson will be eligible for the playoffs because he wasn't waived by the Cavaliers.

Celtics To Sign Sean Williams, Waive O'Neal

Sean Williams was waived by the Mavericks on March 22nd and is therefore eligible for the postseason.
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