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Stern Authorizes Contract Offer To Gordon

The Hornets have made Eric Gordon a four-year contract extension after receiving authorization from the NBA.

Gordon and the Hornets have until the end of Wednesday to reach a contract extension or he will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Gordon had told Yahoo! Sports on Monday that he was waiting to learn whether NBA commissioner David Stern would grant him a contract extension before the deadline. Gordon said he was informed by Hornets general manager Dell Demps that it was up to Stern to decide whether to extend an offer. The NBA owns the Hornets.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Robin Lopez Didn't Want To Discuss Extension With Suns

Lon Babby said Tuesday night the Suns would not offer Robin Lopez a contract extension, making him a restricted free agent at season's end.

"We reached out to (Lopez's agent) Arn Tellem and let him know that we were willing to engage in discussions to see if there was any common ground that might make sense," Babby said. "Their preference was to wait and see how things unfolded. We're perfectly fine with that.
 
"We just wanted to make sure we made the appropriate overture. Everything was completely amicable."

Via Tyler Lockman/FOXSportsArizona.com

Batum, Blazers Still Working On Extension

Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan and members of the front office met face-to-face with Bouna Ndiaye, Nicolas Batum’s agent, on Monday and the sides continued conversations intermittently Tuesday.

Neither Buchanan nor Ndiaye would offer specifics about the talks or reveal whether the sides were close to an agreement. But one source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday night that there was “nothing pending.”

Although Batum has repeatedly expressed a desire to remain in Portland and every key person in the Blazers’ front office has called Batum a building block of the future, there appears to be a difference of opinion as to what Batum is worth.

Via Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Magic Decline 12-13 Option On Daniel Orton

The Magic have decided not exercise their team option on Daniel Orton for the 2012-13 season.

Orton will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

"You have to look at the whole body of work and look at where we are," Otis Smith said on Tuesday.

"It's nothing against Daniel. He's done what he's supposed to do. He's gotten himself in good shape. He's worked his tail off. It's nothing against him at all. It's just the way everything fell this year."

"I haven't done anything on the court to prove that I can play or anything, so I understand why they did it," Orton said. "But I don't understand a lot of things, such as why I didn't get a chance maybe to showcase what I have."

"The kid's healthy, so that's not an issue," said Orton's agent, Ara Vartanian. "I just don't know why you would have a player and not give him a chance to show what he can do or even get someone in return who has some value."

The Magic still could re-sign Orton when he becomes a free agent in July.

Orton was eligible to earn $1,182,600 if the Magic had exercised their option for 12-13.

Via Orlando Sentinel

Love Extension Talks Remain Ongoing

Kevin Love has not not agreed to a contract extension with the Wolves and talks are ongoing, according to sources.

A report from the Pioneer Press earlier on Tuesday indicated that Love had agreed to a four-year, $62 million extension.

Love will become a restricted free agent in July if he is unable to come to terms on an extension with Minnesota.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN (via Twitter)

Grizzlies Exercise Third-Year Option On Quincy Pondexter

The Memphis Grizzlies exercised the third-year contract option on Quincy Pondexter, guaranteeing his contract through the 2012-13 season, Chris Wallace announced.

Pondexter (6-6, 225) has averaged 4.4 points and 2.1 rebounds on .469 shooting in 14.9 minutes in 16 games this season after being acquired by Memphis from New Orleans on Dec. 24 for Greivis Vasquez. The 23-year-old scored a career-high tying 14 points on Jan. 8 at LA Lakers, sinking a career-best seven field goals.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Hornets Pick Up 12-13 Options On Henry, Vasquez

The New Orleans Hornets announced that they have picked up the option for the 2012-13 season for Xavier Henry and Greivis Vasquez.   

Henry (6-6, 220), is in his second NBA season after being selected 12th overall by the Grizzlies in the 2010 NBA Draft out of the University of Kansas. 

Vasquez (6-6, 211), is in his second NBA season after being drafted 28th overall by the Grizzlies in the 2010 NBA Draft out of the University of Maryland. In 17 games with the Hornets this season, he is averaging 5.6 points and 3.1 assists in 18.6 minutes of play.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wizards Fire Flip Saunders, Name Randy Wittman Successor

Flip Saunders has been fired as head coach of the Wizards, according to a source.

Washington has talked to Randy Wittman, currently an assistant coach with the team, about taking the interim role.

The Wizards have a 2-15 start to the season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Beasley Expects To Become Restricted Free Agent

Michael Beasley is eligible for an extension from the Wolves and shares the same agent with Kevin Love.

"It looks like it's going to go into summer," said Beasley, who will be a restricted free agent next summer if he doesn't sign an extension now. "I'm not worried about it. Everything will take care of itself. I just want to get back on the floor."

Beasley (sprained foot) isn't expected to play for another week.

Via Jerry Zgoda/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Robin Lopez, Suns Unlikely To Reach Agreement On Extension

The Suns have until Wednesday to come to a contract extension with Robin Lopez but that appears unlikely.

Lopez would then become a restricted free agent on July 1, meaning the Suns still could match any other team's offer sheet to him.

Lon Babby said he has had several discussions with Lopez's agent, Arn Tellem, to inquire about an extension.

"We have talked to see if there was any common ground worth pursuing and I'd say it's unlikely at this time," Babby said. "It's been a completely amicable process. There really isn't any basis for doing a deal and we'll look at it again in the summer."

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Bulls Make Offer To Oberto

The Bulls offered a one-year deal to Fabricio Oberto, according to a report.

Sources Differ On Minnesota's Offer To Love

The Star Tribune writes that even if a deal is reached, GM David Kahn "hasn't won any brownie points with (Kevin) Love in this negotiation."

Stern Will Make Final Decision On Eric Gordon Extension Offer

Eric Gordon said he has been informed by Dell Demps that David Stern must decide whether to extend an offer.

Report: Magic Inquire About Howard For Stoudemire, Chandler Trade

A report from ESPN's Stephen A. Smith indicates the Magic have inquired about a trade of Dwight Howard to the Knicks for Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.

Mayo Becoming 'Mempho-Wave', Unlikely To Be Dealt

Amid trade rumors, O.J. Mayo has been rediscovered by Lionel Hollins and the Grizzlies.

Ainge: Cap Space More Valuable With New CBA

Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen will be free agents after this season, clearing $31 million in cap space.

Warriors Discussing Extension With Brandon Rush

Brandon Rush has been in contract-extension talks with the Warriors.

Pierce Ignoring Trade Talk, Banking On Internal Improvement

Paul Pierce is rumored to be at the center of Celtics trade discussions.

Magic May Allow Howard To Leave In Free Agency

The Magic are considering allowing Dwight Howard to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Adelman Wants Love's Contract Status Resolved

Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman weighed in on Kevin Loveís desire for a maximum contract extension.

Eric Gordon Open To Extension With Hornets

Eric Gordon is open to signing a long-term contract extension with the Hornets.

Batum's Agent To Submit Counter Proposal To Blazers

Nicolas Batum's agent is expected to give the Blazers their counterproposal in Monday's meeting.

Magic GM Says Nelson Is Struggling Because Of Howard Trade Demand

Magic general manager Otis Smith said the trade talk involving Dwight Howard is affecting Jameer Nelson.

Source: Williams' Future With Nets Completely Tied To Howard

Deron Williams is interested in playing for the Mavericks, Lakers or Knicks if he doesn't re-sign with the Nets.

Magic Haven't Ruled Out Pursuit Of Nash

The Magic have not ruled out making a run to trade for Steve Nash in the event the Suns decide to put him on the market.

George Hill, Pacers Talk Extension

George Hill has quickly become a productive member of the Pacers and both sides have interest in signing an extension before the Jan. 25th deadline.

Pistons Call-Up Walker D. Russell Jr. From Fort Wayne

Walker D. Russell Jr. has been playing for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and will be making his first appearance on an NBA roste

Brook Lopez Unconcerned About Contract Extension, Unaware Of Deadline

Brook Lopez said he hasnít thought about his contract status.

Love Prefers Staying With Wolves, Enjoys Twin Cities

The Wolves have until Jan. 25 to sign Kevin Love to an extension.

Lakers, Magic Haven't Recently Discussed Howard Trade

Kobe Bryant has had at least one in-depth phone conversation with Dwight Howard recently.
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