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Wizards Won't Use Amnesty Clause On Lewis

The Wizards will not use their amnesty clause on Rashard Lewis, according to his agent Tony Dutt.

Lewis is due a prorated portion of $21.1 million in 11-12 and $22.6 million in 12-13.

Because the Wizards are under the cap and therefore the luxury tax, there is no financial incentive for the club to use their amnesty clause on Lewis at this time. However, the Wizards could create substantial cap room by using their amnesty on Lewis at a future date.

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

Tyson Chandler Expects To Leave Mavericks

Tyson Chandler is anticipating his one-season tenure with the Mavericks may be over.

"I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp," Chandler told ESPN.com in a telephone interview Wednesday night. "I'm really taking a hard look at all of my options, trying to see what best suits me."

Chandler admitted for the first time that he's disappointed by the club's decision not to offer him a contract extension.

NBA front office sources list New Jersey, Golden State, Houston and Toronto as the teams pursuing Chandler hardest.

Via ESPN

Warriors Approach Grizzlies On Monta For Gay Deal

The Warriors have reportedly approached the Grizzlies about a deal centered around Monta Ellis and Rudy Gay.

Golden State would also offer a second asset in the deal.

The motivation for Memphis would likely be financial if they were to consider agreeing to a move of Gay.

Via Ric Bucher/ESPN

Oden Could Be Ready To Play In January

Blazers president Larry Miller is hopeful that Greg Oden will play this season for the club.

But he may not be physically fit to play in games until January.

Miller said he hopes Oden will be in training camp. "Don't know how much activity he'll be able to participate in, but he should be here," Miller said.

Via Oregonian

Blazers Reach Out To Roy's Agent, No Decision Reached On Amnesty

Blazers president Larry Miller adamantly denied a report from John Canzano of the Oregonian that the team has decided to use the amnesty clause on Brandon Roy.

"We have not, and regardless of what's been said by John Canzano and others out there, (made a) decision on amnesty as of yet," Miller said.

Miller said interim general manager Chad Buchanan called Roy's agent at 6 a.m. this morning to arrange a meeting with Roy.

"With everything that Brandon has done for this organization, there's no way we would make a decision like that without having conversation with him, without evaluating where he is," Miller said.

Via Oregonian

Nets Will Offer Contract Extension To Williams

As expected, the Nets will make a contract extension offer to Deron Williams which he could sign as early as December 9.

Billy King said he has not talked with the Magic since February, in answering questions that follow from ESPN's Wednesday report that the Nets are preparing a trade offer for Dwight Howard.

Via Howard Beck/New York Times (via Twitter)

Paul Uninterested In Signing Extension With Celtics

Chris Paul is not interested in signing an extension with the Celtics, according to a source close to the situation.

Boston has been mentioned as a team that is angling to execute a trade for Paul.

Chris Broussard reported on Monday that Paul's preference is to end up with the Knicks and that he would also consider the Clippers.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Pacers Exploring Trade For Rondo

The Pacers have emerged as a suitor for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

Officials from the Pacers have been making calls to gather insight into Rondo's reputation over the past few days.

While Indiana and the Celtics have talked about the preliminary framework of a deal, two sources say a third team would be needed to consummate the deal.

Boston is likely attempting to acquire enough pieces to eventually land Chris Paul.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Nets Preparing Trade Offer For Dwight Howard

The Nets are prepared to offer Brook Lopez and two future first round picks to acquire Dwight Howard before he becomes a free agent next summer, according to sources.

In order to improve the offer, the Nets are willing to absorb the contract of Hedo Turkoglu, who has three seasons and $35 million remaining on his contract. The Nets would be able to acquire his contract due to cap space created by the expected release of Travis Outlaw.

The Lakers and Knicks are widely presumed to be Howard's preferred destinations.

Despite their interest in Howard, the Nets are expected to make offers to Nene and Tyson Chandler.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Boston Shopped Rondo, Green To Thunder For Westbrook, Perkins

Following the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the Celtics offered Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green to the Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins, according to sources.

Oklahoma City was not interested in the offer.

The two teams completed a trade in February where Perkins and Nate Robinson were shipped to the Thunder in exchange for Green and Nenad Krstic. Perkins subsequently signed an extension with Oklahoma City.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Celtics Offering Rondo For Paul

The Hornets would need a third team to get involved in order to acquire young talent to help in their rebuilding efforts.

Nene Could Leave Nuggets Due To Lack Of Respect

The Nuggets should have the inside track to re-sign Nene, but their decision to not offer an extension until shortly before the lockout could cost them.

Paul: My Heart Is In New Orleans

Chris Paul was in Brooklyn on Tuesday in support of a Carmelo Anthony charity event at the Boys & Girls Club.

Singler To Replace Fernandez On Real Madrid

Kyle Singler has decided to remain in Spain instead of attempting to make the Pistons' roster.

Grunwald Likely To Serve As Interim GM Of Knicks

Glen Grundwald has been with the Knicks since Isiah Thomas hired him in 2006.

Raptors Likely To Wait On Amnesty Clause

Linas Kleiza and Jose Calderon are the most likely amnesty candidates for the Raptors.

Carmelo Would Have Lost $5.8M Without Extend-And-Trade

Some members of the media predicted Carmelo Anthony could lose as much as $40 million if he tested free agency.

Bid System May Be Used For Amnesty Players

If teams independently put in the same offer to the NBA, the waived player goes to the team with the worse record last season.

Celtics Would Consider Dealing Rondo

Boston believes they need more scoring to assist Paul Pierce.

Jazz Shopping Jefferson, Millsap

The Jazz appear eager to build their frontcourt around the younger combination of Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.

Blazers Expected To Use Amnesty On Roy

The Blazers are expected to use their amnesty clause on Brandon Roy immediately.

Warriors Interested In Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy’s former agent, Bob Myers, is now the assistant GM for the Warriors.

Clippers, Celtics Will Pursue Dwight Howard

The Clippers will do everything they can to acquire Dwight Howard short of trading Blake Griffin.

Chris Paul's First Choice Is To Sign With Knicks

Chris Paul is willing to wait until becoming a free agent next summer to sign with the Knicks.

Kurt Thomas Likely To Pick Between Knicks, Bulls, Heat, Mavs

Kurt Thomas could end up with either the Knicks, Bulls, Heat or Mavericks.

Carmelo, Billups Cancel Camp Amar'e

Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups were not in favor of the idea of holding a camp in Florida, according to sources.

Players Who Signed In China Won't Be Released From Contracts

Many players were reluctant to sign in China after a rule was established that there would be no provision to allow them to opt out if the NBA lockout was resolved.

Grizzlies Expected To Match Any Offer To Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol is a restricted free agent this offseason and is one of its most coveted commodities.

Biedrins Not An Amnesty Candidate

The Warriors are not interested in using their amnesty provision on Andris Biedrins.

Jamal Crawford Signs With Agent Andy Miller

Andy Miller is an agent based in New Jersey.
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