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A couple quck questions

When does the nba fantasy start on espn.com? When can u join a legaue & around what date do the drafts start?

What happened to all the espn insiders? They used to post stuff all the time now I cant find anybody to post all the latest free agent buzz.

Who will Glen Davis sign with? Spurs, Hornets, Celtics, Grizzlies, or other?

Who will Brandon Bass sign with? Spurs, Hornets, Magic, Mavs, or other?

Who will Ramon Sessions sign with? Bucks or other?

What team that is currently staying very quiet do you think will make a quality free agent pickup?


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FANTASY LEAGUE

what kind of fantasy league do you do on espn.com? I did my first one this past season and it was an 10 team 8 category rotisserie league. 13 man rosters with 10 active on any given day.

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Marvin Williams

Where will Marvin Williams end up? Back in Atlanta?
Or are there other temas interested?

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NBA Rumor Central: EXTENSIONS: Kobe willing to wait
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EXTENSIONS: Kobe willing to wait
Kobe Bryant | Lakers
Kobe Bryant told the Los Angeles Times Monday that he's willing to wait on signing a three-year extension until the Lakers take care of all their free agents.
"Mitch Kupchak has a lot on his plate," Bryant said. "I'd rather him take care of those pieces first. He'll get around to me."

FREE AGENCY: No pressure to keep Gortat
Marcin Gortat | Magic
Orlando general manager Otis Smith has said he won't match a deal worth more than $5M per season for a backup to Dwight Howard and he hasn't budged.
Smith told the Orlando Sentinel Monday that he doesn't feel any more pressure to match the offer sheet Marcin Gortat will sign Wednesday with the Dallas Mavericks just because the Boston Celtics reportedly have an agreement with Rasheed Wallace.
"I have to round out the roster; that goes without saying," Smith said. "But I'm not so sure that you feel any more pressure to [re-sign Gortat]. I mean, he's still playing behind my best player. I'd like to have him back at a number that's reasonable."

DEBUNKED: No offers for Glen Davis
Glen Davis | Celtics
There was a report Sunday that the Spurs were prepared to offer Glen Davis a contract. The San Antonio Express-News says that's not true and that Davis, a restricted free agent, is not particularly close to signing an offer sheet with any team.
According to the newspaper, the Spurs will pursue players at the top of their free agent list, like Antonio McDyess, before looking elsewhere.
•Count Orlando as another team that won't offer Davis a contract. Magic general manager Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel Monday that the team isn't interested in Davis.
"I think we like who we like," Smith said. "You can't make us like who we don't like. There's a lot been written about who we like, and most of them were not true. We have a tendency to like who we like. Every franchise does. So, right now, he's just not on our radar."

FREE AGENCY: Offers on table for Hill
Grant Hill | Suns
The Knicks met with Grant Hill Monday and have an offer on the table for a one-year contract using a portion of the Mid-Level exception reports the New York Post.
"We think we have a chance, but you never know," a team source told the newspaper.
Hill spoke with the Celtics over this past weekend and The Arizona Republic reports Suns general manager Steve Kerr, agent Lon Babby and Hill will speak today.

NEGOTIATIONS: Big meetings for Sund
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Sekou Smith's blog reports Hawks general manager Rick Sund is on his way to Washington D.C., where he will sit down with the representatives for free agents Marvin Williams, Zaza Pachulia and Josh Childress.
Smith also reports the team and Mike Bibby have agreed to a new contract and the only thing Bibby has to do is sign it.

NEGOTIATIONS: Nothing to report
Lamar Odom | Lakers
The Los Angeles Times reports there has been no movement between the Lakers and Lamar Odom, who is asking for more than $10M per season.
"There's really nothing to report," a source told the newspaper.

FREE AGENCY: Blazers may use cap room on a trade
After being spurned by Hedo Turkoglu, general Manager Kevin Pritchard may decide to use the Blazers estimated $7.5M cap room on a financially uneven trade reports The Oregonian.
The newspaper also reports Pritchard has spoken to Andy Miller, the agent for Andre Miller and that the Blazers have no interest in David Lee's price tag.

Andy Miller thinks Andre Miller is a good fit for Portland.
"It's a good fit, and I think Andre Miller puts them over the top," Andy Miller said. "They desperately need a starting point guard to take the pressure off Brandon Roy. Andre would be able to control the floor and give that team better direction in the open court. It's their team, and they've made great progress, but at some point, you have to make a leap forward."

TRADES: Six teams ask about Miles
C.J. Miles | Jazz
The Salt Lake Tribune reports there is talk from the Orlando Summer League that six teams have inquired about the availability of C.J. Miles. Three of the teams are Toronto, Boston and New Jersey.
Miles cannot be traded without his consent through July 25, the one-year anniversary of the Jazz's decision to match the offer sheet Miles signed with Oklahoma City.

TRADES: Rockets pass on Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert | 76ers
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski contacted the Rockets to see if they had any interest in acquiring center Samuel Dalembert. The Rockets did not.
The Sixers have been trying to trade Dalembert since before last season's trading deadline. But his high salary and 15 percent trade kicker make his contract (2 years, $23.6M) one of the NBA's hardest to deal.

NEGOTIATIONS: Getting closer, but no deal yet
Brandon Bass | Mavericks
The Dallas Morning News reports negotiations are ongoing between president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and Brandon Bass' agent, Tony Dutt.
The Mavericks offer is believed to have been upgraded recently, perhaps to the $3.5M neighborhood annually, while Bass wants something in the $5M range.
"Brandon's still very interested in Dallas," Dutt said. "We're making headway. We're just not there yet."
•One option for Bass is the Detroit Pistons. Dutt told the Detroit Free Press Monday that the Pistons have inquired about Bass and there is mutual interest.
"We see it as a great situation that we would like to explore at some time," Dutt said. "It's an organization that has the respect of players."

FREE AGENCY: Cavs meet with Frye
The Plain Dealer reports the Cavaliers hosted free-agent power forward Channing Frye on Monday and Frye thinks he would be a good fit.
"I do think I'm a good fit. I think having a big that can create space for LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal and Mo Williams can't hurt," Frye said. "I feel like all the teams have a great opportunity for me to play and for me to contribute, especially in Cleveland -- to be a part of history."
The Cavaliers still want to re-sign Anderson Varejao and have interest in Antonio McDyess and Denver Nuggets restricted free agent Linas Kleiza.

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i read on hoopsworld that

i read on hoopsworld that big baby agreed to terms with the spurs...anyone else say that anywhere else?

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im just happy kobe decided

im just happy kobe decided to opt in instead of opting out and asking for more money

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NJnetskidd...Thanks man

NJnetskidd...Thanks man Hey could you also post the "Chad Ford: Top FA's" article & the "Market Trends" article by John Hollinger. If you have time to post these I would appreciate it..I have been wanting to read these. Go to the nba page on espn and you have to click on free agency 09 to find the articles. You will see a picture of David Lee & Jason Kidd...click on that. Once again THANKS

I expect Marvin Williams to stay in Atlanta.

I have never played nba fantasy on espn...that is why I was curious about it

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David Lee is better than Jason Kidd, but you'd never know it from their contract talks this summer. Despite averaging a double-double while shooting 54.9 percent from the floor, Lee ultimately may be forced to take a qualifying offer to play for barely more than the biannual exception.

On the other hand, Kidd turned down a hefty offer from Lee's current employer because he got a better one from Dallas, one that would pay him about 12 times as much as Lee's qualifying offer -- which is still the only concrete one Lee is known to have received.

Those two examples sum up everything you need to know about the NBA free-agent market, illustrating the three defining trends of this offseason:

1. Rumors of tightening wallets around the league have been greatly exaggerated.
2. Contending teams in particular are locked in a massive arms race.
3. Despite all of this, restricted free agents still can't get squat.

Let's start at the top, because NBA owners are a funny lot.

All through the season they pleaded poverty and talked gloom and doom about the tight wallets in the upcoming offseason. Then the offseason came, and they started spending like drunken sailors on whatever wares Charlie Villanueva or Hedo Turkoglu flaunted in the window.

Of all summers, this was supposed to be the one in which teams began holding the line financially. Faced with declining attendance numbers and a recession so steep that it might produce the unprecedented result of a $6 million decline in the salary cap a year from now, we were warned that a looming financial Armageddon would restrict free agency to a shadow of its former self.

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San Antonio kicked off the offseason by trading for Richard Jefferson, which put it over the luxury tax.
Guess again. Already, moves by San Antonio, Washington, Orlando and Houston -- none of which have been huge spenders in the past -- have put them over the luxury tax for the coming season, though the Rockets may still be able to work their way under. Meanwhile, maneuvers by Dallas, Boston, Cleveland, New York and the Lakers figure to keep them well over the line, too, and it's possible the Nuggets and Heat will be joining them.

On the other side of the coin, the only team that seems to be actively cutting salary is Milwaukee, which traded Richard Jefferson for spare parts and didn't make a qualifying offer to Villanueva. Phoenix, Utah and New Orleans could be in the same boat by the end of the summer, but at the moment those three teams also project to be well over the tax line for the coming season.

Put it all together, and Billy Hunter has to be doing a jig right now. It's hard for the league to plead poverty when potentially 14 of its 30 teams will be going over the luxury tax threshold, giving the Players Association some much-needed ammunition heading into the next collective bargaining negotiation -- one that should begin in earnest in the coming months, since the current CBA expires in 2011. (The league has an option to extend it a year but seems likely to decline.)

The spending stands out so much because this was supposed to be the year when teams would hold back. Given that only one current free agent played in either of the past two All-Star Games, and even that one player (Allen Iverson) comes with a massive asterisk since he was voted in by fans, this hardly seemed like the summer for a big spending spree -- especially given the potentially star-studded free-agent class available in 2010.

Instead, teams are falling over each other to give A-list contracts to B-list players. Ben Gordon, Villanueva, Turkoglu and Kidd all agreed to deals for more than the midlevel exception. Even players with less extensive résumés (Trevor Ariza, Marcin Gortat) or more character flaws (Ron Artest, Rasheed Wallace) have been able to cash in for the full midlevel exception.

Which takes us to our second trend, because it's the contending teams that have been driving the bus on a lot of the spending we've seen. Sure, Detroit and Toronto have taken the lead in pursuing unrestricted free agents, but dig deeper into the trade and free-agent activity, and it's the prime contenders from last season that have done the most to add payroll.

The Spurs got it rolling by adding Jefferson in a move that put them over the luxury tax for the first time in eons, and things quickly escalated from there. The Cavs and Magic almost immediately followed with deals for Shaquille O'Neal and Vince Carter, respectively, and going into the luxury tax didn't slow their momentum one iota, either. San Antonio and Orlando both pursued Wallace, and the Cavs made a strong push for Artest; each has moved on to other targets with their midlevel exceptions.

Another team that was already looking at paying the tax -- Boston -- won the sweepstakes for Wallace, pushing the Celtics far beyond the mark even before the possibility of re-signing restricted free agent Glen Davis. As for the defending champion Lakers, they've been one of the few beacons of fiscal sanity this summer, cutting extraneous salary at the end of last season and using their midlevel exception on Artest -- but only after waving goodbye to Ariza. Alas, even they are going to be well over the tax thanks to Andrew Bynum's extension kicking in.

With the main players raising the ante so quickly, teams on the fringe of contention feel the need to splurge just to have a shot at contending. Detroit threw nearly $100 million at Gordon and Villanueva in hopes of regaining its perch at the top of the East, while Dallas made a similar push out West by offering a full midlevel deal to Gortat (he's expected to sign an offer sheet July 8) and re-signing Kidd to a $25 million deal. Even 19-win Washington got in the game, feeling it could threaten the East's elite with a couple of more pieces and going deep into the tax to add Mike Miller and Randy Foye.

Of the main contenders, only Denver has been quiet thus far -- but like all the others, the Nuggets are already in tax territory and will likely go deeper if they re-sign big man Chris Andersen and use some of their midlevel exception. (Grant Hill and Channing Frye have already come up as targets.)

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Restricted free agents like David Lee may have to wait for their big paydays.
Which takes us to trend No. 3. Because as much as teams are spending in pursuit of unrestricted free agents, it stands in sharp contrast to those of the restricted free agents on the market. Gortat struck a deal for an offer sheet from Dallas, but desirable commodities like Lee, Paul Millsap, Marvin Williams, Josh Childress, Ramon Sessions and Nate Robinson have barely gotten a sniff.

Moreover, the market for those players to get anything above the midlevel exception is basically gone. Unless they can persuade one of the above teams to join in the bidding, somebody like Lee or Millsap could end up settling for the midlevel exception or playing on a one-year deal for a scandalously low qualifying offer -- $1.03 million for Millsap, $2.68 million for Lee.

It doesn't get better for the others. Childress will likely have to head back to Greece if he can't work out a sign-and-trade with Milwaukee (it's possible, as a contract starting at $5.1 million in a sign-and-trade for Bruce Bowen and a draft pick works under the cap; the total value of a five-year deal with 10 percent raises would be $30.6 million), while Williams seems likely to play for the $7.3 million qualifier in Atlanta and try again a year from now. Robinson will likely have to leave New York and play for the midlevel exception somewhere, unless he gambles on playing for the $2.9 million qualifier and doing better next summer.

In turn, this has to be chilling news if you're Rajon Rondo, Luis Scola, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andrea Bargnani, Ronnie Brewer or Foye, all of whom will be restricted free agents next summer if they don't sign extensions by opening day. (Brandon Roy, who is all but certain to get a maximum extension, needn't worry.) The restricted free agents in the class of '09 couldn't get a sniff of big money even in a very underwhelming free-agent market; what can they possibly expect a year from now when the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki and Amare Stoudemire could be available unrestricted?

On the other hand, the unrestricted free agents could once again make out like bandits -- perhaps providing a carrot for the likes of Lee, Millsap and Williams to take the qualifier and play for a below-market-value price this season in hopes of recouping the difference next summer.

One thing is for certain: The spending spree of the past five days won't do the owners any favors in the next collective bargaining agreement. But with the remaining cap space essentially dried up and several productive restricted free agents still on the market, the rest of the summer could play out quite differently

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The annual free-agent frenzy has begun. But this year, things could get real ugly for free agents.

Free-agent dollars are expected to be tight, as the NBA suffers from the worldwide financial crisis. For the first time in a while, the NBA salary cap is projected to stay flat or go up only slightly. Same with the luxury-tax threshold. With owners feeling the pain, this market is looking like it will be one of the worst ever for free agents.

Only a handful of teams will be under the cap. And only handful of teams (including the Mavs, Cavs and Warriors) are expected to use their midlevel exceptions.

On top of that, a number of teams are trying to create salary-cap space for the summer of 2010, when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Tyson Chandler, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Redd can hit free agency. So for the first time in years, teams like the New York Knicks are being financially responsible.

Those factors could end up causing major problems for a solid if not spectacular free-agent class of 2009.

With teams now allowed to start negotiating with free agents, let's take a look at who's available and where they could land:

Key:
UFA = Unrestricted Free Agent
RA = Restricted Free Agent
(teams have seven days to match any offer for a restricted free agent)

1. Ben Gordon, Bulls (UFA)
Agreed to Terms With: Pistons
Salary: 5 years, $55 million

Gordon was the first free agent to strike gold. He turned down a slightly more lucrative offer in Chicago to play in Detroit. Gordon was upset at how his contract negotiations were handled in Chicago the past few years and wanted a clean break. The question is, did the Pistons spend their money well? Gordon is a terrific scorer who can take over games in the fourth quarter. The Pistons have lacked that. But he's undersized, doesn't play great defense and will likely come off the bench behind Rip Hamilton. So ... that's a lot of dough for a super sixth man. Considering the Pistons had much more urgent needs on the frontline, the signing is a little curious. However, there's no question that Gordon was one of the, if not the, top talent availalbe this summer.

2. Hedo Turkoglu, Magic (UFA)
Agreed to Terms With: Raptors
Salary: 5 years, $52 million

Turkoglu could've joined the Blazers and helped the best young team in the NBA make a run at a championship. Instead he chose the Raptors, who have a much cloudier future. The Raptors will have to renounce two starters just to make room for Turkoglu. And their star, Chris Bosh, is contemplating leaving next year. The rest of their core is Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon -- good players, but not the supporting cast Turkoglu would've had in Portland. I understand the move for personal reasons -- Toronto has a vibrant Turkish population -- but from a basketball point of view, I think Hedo chose comfort over a chance to win a championship.

For mourning Blazers fans, take heart: While Turkoglu would've been a nice addition, Portland would've been paying a lot of money for a 30-year-old.

3. David Lee, Knicks (RFA)
Teams Interested: Knicks, Blazers, Thunder, Raptors
Salary Range: $8-10 million per year

Lee is a double-double machine who has become a favorite among New York fans and coaches around the league. The Knicks have a stated goal of clearing cap space for 2010, which means they might not be in a position to match a substantial offer sheet. So Lee is the rare top-notch restricted free agent that an opposing team might be able to steal away.

4. Paul Millsap, Jazz (RFA)
Teams Interested: Jazz, Thunder
Salary Range: $8-10 million per year

With Carlos Boozer out for most of last season, Millsap proved he has the potential to be an All-Star power forward -- he is unstoppable on the boards and can put the ball in the basket. Detroit, Memphis and Oklahoma City are all potentially interested, though the Jazz will try to bring him back. But with Boozer not opting out, there's a small chance the Jazz won't be able to match another team's offer to Millsap, especially if it's a huge offer of $10 million-plus per year.

5. Anderson Varejao, Cavs (UFA)
Teams Interested: Cavs, Grizzlies
Salary Range: $8-9 million per year

The Cavs brought in Shaq to help in the middle, but they'll need Varejao's energy and toughness at the 4 if they expect to compete for a title next season. That should put Varejao in a better position to negotiate than he was in two years ago. That's why he opted out.

6. Trevor Ariza, Lakers (UFA)
Agreed to Terms With: Rockets
Salary: 5 years, $34 million

Ariza should be a nice fit in Houston. He's long, athletic and a terrific defender. More importantly he's starting to come into his own offensively. He just turned 24 and should get better and better. Given the direction the Rockets are heading, he's a much better long-term fit than Artest. I'm surprised the Lakers didn't make him a more lucrative offer ... Ron Artest seems like a pretty big risk for a team that just won a championship.

7. Lamar Odom, Lakers (UFA)
Teams Interested: Lakers, Cavs
Salary Range: $6-8 million per year

Odom is one of the most interesting free agents on the open market. With Kobe, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum on L.A.'s roster, the Lakers don't really need him, especially if they re-sign Ariza. Still, Odom is a great team guy who can rebound and initiate the offense, and he doesn't need the ball to be effective. If he doesn't stick in L.A., a line of teams should be waiting to snatch him up.

8. Shawn Marion, Raptors (UFA)
Teams Interested: Cavs
Salary Range: $6-8 million per year

Marion can still score, defend and rebound. But he turned 31 in May and has seen his production slip the past two years. He struggled a bit in Toronto, too, raising a legitimate question about how much a team will be willing to spend on him given his age and a reputation for being difficult. With the Raptors agreeing to a contract with Turkoglu, Marion's going to struggle to find a deal for more than the mid-level exception.

9. Andre Miller, Sixers (UFA)
Teams Interested: Sixers, Blazers, Mavericks, Rockets, Lakers, Pacers
Salary Range: $5.5-7 million per year

At age 33, Miller is coming off two of the best seasons of his career. Can the Sixers afford to lose him? Some GM who needs a veteran point guard will be willing to gamble on him this summer.

10. Jason Kidd, Mavericks
Agreed to terms with: Mavs
Salary: 3 years, $25 million

Kidd proved this year that he still has a some gas in his tank. How much is anyone's guess, but the truth is that Dallas didn't really have any better options. Kidd was the best shot the Mavs had at staying competitive in the West and Mark Cuban was willing to overpay to make it happen.

11. Marvin Williams, Hawks (RFA)
Teams Interested: Hawks, ???
Salary Range: $5.5-7 million per year

Williams has as much raw talent as anyone else in the Draft Class of 2005, but he has been frustratingly inconsistent in his first four years with the Hawks. While he'll probably stay in Atlanta, he hasn't played well enough to earn anything close to the $60-64 million over five years that fellow '05 classmate Danny Granger got last fall.

12. Charlie Villanueva, Bucks (UFA)
Agreed to Terms With: Pistons
Salary: 5 years, $40 million

Villanueva caught a few huge breaks this week. First the Bucks decided not to tender him a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. Second, Carlos Boozer decided not to opt out, pushing up Villanueva to one of the top free agent bigs on the market. Eight million a year is pretty rich for a player who's been very inconsistent so far in his career. Charlie V is a very good scorer facing the basket, but he's a so-so rebounder and a terrible defender. The Pistons clearly got two talents out of the free agent market, but both feel a little underwhelming giving the Pistons tough rebuilding task ahead.

13. Rasheed Wallace, Pistons (UFA)
Agreed to Terms With: Celtics
Salary: 2 years, $11.5 million

Wallace may be difficult to deal with, but he still has a lot of talent. Sheed gives the Celtics size, perimeter shooting and rebounding in an area they really needed some depth. Given that it's just a two-year deal, I think they got a bargain.

14. Raymond Felton, Bobcats (RFA)
Teams Interested: Bobcats, Hawks, Sixers
Salary Range: $5-6 million per year

Felton has been looking over his shoulder at Larry Brown's young protégé, D.J. Augustin, who performed well enough as a rookie that it's unlikely the Bobcats would match a big offer sheet for Felton.

Felton can dish out assists, but his poor shooting has hampered his career. If the Bobcats can get Felton for the midlevel exception, I think they'll keep him. If he gets a bigger offer somewhere else, I think he's gone. For what it's worth, Michael Jordan has said the Bobcats expect to keep Felton.

15. Mike Bibby, Hawks (UFA)
Teams Interested: Hawks, Sixers, Blazers, Mavericks
Salary Range: $4-6 million per year

Bibby had a solid season as the Hawks' point guard, but I doubt he has a long-term future in Atlanta unless he's willing to take much less money, especially when you factor in that the team traded for Jamal Crawford, drafted Jeff Teague and could be pursuing Jarrett Jack in free agency.

16. Marcin Gortat, Magic (RFA)
Agreed to Terms With: Mavericks
Salary: 5 years, $34 million

Gortat was as hot as any free agent on the market. There are few young bigs with his size and his motor. He hasn't been hugely productive yet, but in his defense, he was playing behind Dwight Howard. The big question right now, will the Magic match the Mavericks' offer? If they do, they'll pay a serious luxury tax penalty. But with no real big behind Howard, do they really have a choice? This is the second year that Mavs have thrown the full mid-level at a young center with questionable numbers. Last year's signee, DeSagana Diop, didn't last the year in Dallas. Hopefully Gortat will last longer.

17. Josh Childress, Hawks (RFA)
Teams Interested: Bucks
Salary Range: $4-6 million per year

Childress shocked many in the NBA by deciding to bolt for Greece last summer. He'll likely be back in the NBA eventually, but it's unclear whether he'll decide to return this fall. However, with bad blood lingering over how his negotiations went with Atlanta last summer, he probably won't return to the Hawks even though they still hold his rights.

18. Ramon Sessions, Bucks (RFA)
Teams Interested: Bucks, Warriors, Heat, Blazers, Pacers
Salary Range: $3-5 million per year

Teams are always in pursuit of point guards, especially ones that aren't going to break the bank, and Sessions has caught the eye of a number of teams. With the Bucks struggling financially, they may not be able to match.

19. Antonio McDyess, Pistons (UFA)
Teams Interested: Pistons, Cavs, Celtics, Spurs
Salary Range: $3-5 million per year

McDyess is getting up there in age, but he's still very productive and a model citizen on and off the court. If he bolts Detroit, it will be to chase a championship. I think every title contender would love to have him.

20. Ron Artest, Rockets
Agreed to Terms With: Lakers
Salary: 3 years, $18 million

Artest has always wanted to play for the Lakers. The surprise, to everyone I think, is that the Lakers wanted Artest to play for them. To sign Artest, the Lakers had to walk away from Ariza. Early in the negotiation period, the Lakers refused to offer Ariza more than the mid-level and then turned their attention to signing Artest. Soon after, Ariza agreed to a deal with the Rockets. Artest is a better player on both ends of the floor, but his off-court antics have hurt his value.

That the Lakers would choose Artest over Ariza, after winning a world championship, is either a stroke of genius or the move that will signal the end of what could've been a three- or four-year dynasty.

21. Allen Iverson, Pistons (UFA)
Teams Interested: Bobcats, Bulls, Heat, Grizzlies
Salary Range: $3-5 million per year

Iverson's late-season disappearance didn't help his reputation. He's still a good player, but two nagging questions will hurt his case for a big deal: One, with the exception of that magical season in Philly under Larry Brown, is Iverson a winner? Two, does he have much left? The answer to Question 1 seems to be no. The answer to Question 2 seems to be a qualified yes. But I can't find a team that is willing to stick its neck out for him. I think retirement for Iverson isn't out of the question.

22. Nate Robinson, Knicks (RFA)
Teams Interested: Knicks, Kings
Salary Range: $3-5 million per year

The Knicks probably can't afford to keep him as they try to re-sign David Lee and clear cap space for LeBron James (and/or others). Look for Sacramento, among other teams, to make a run at him, especially after the Kings made a big play for him at the trade deadline.

23. Jarrett Jack, Pacers (RFA)
Teams Interested: Pacers, Hawks, Raptors, Sixers, Warriors
Salary Range: $3-5 million per year

Jack beat out T.J. Ford for the Pacers' starting point guard position at the end of the season. He might get offers in the range of the midlevel exception, and it's not clear whether or not the Pacers can afford to re-sign him. One team to watch is the Hawks, who could bring him back to Atlanta, where he played college ball at Georgia Tech.

24. Linas Kleiza, Nuggets (RFA)
Teams Interested: Nuggets, Knicks, Raptors
Salary Range: $3-5 million per year

Kleiza is an up-and-coming forward who drew a lot of interest at the trade deadline. He's physical and can score and should land a deal around the midlevel.

25. Zaza Pachulia, Hawks (UFA)
Teams Interested: Hawks, Magic
Salary Range: $3-5 million per year

Pachulia isn't a dominant big man, but he's solid and young. With so many teams hurting for size in the middle, he should cash in somewhere

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Thanks Wow...David Lee may

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Wow...David Lee may have to take a one year deal worth 2.68million while Milsap may play one year for 1million...that is crazy
Restricted free agents are having bad luck so far.

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the thing about kid

the thing about kid is..although lee may put up better numbers or other players put up better numbers kidd makes others better thats why so many teams want him..he can put a contending team over the top or make a sorry team alot better..he controls the game without putting the best of stats up..lee is a good player but his games doesnt translate to wins..yes he puts up numbers and double doubles but most of his points are due to the system of run and gun..his half court game isnt really that good but he is a hard working player just not a game changer...its like garnett there could be other pf putting up his numbers but he does so many other things well and changes a game without really dominating it in the stats department

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I cut that ESPN insider right after the draft, i only got it to read draft insider articles.

That said, if you go to hoopshype.com/rumors, most of any important article posted on ESPN is covered daily. And, as an added bonus you get rumors from many other sources (newspapers, blogs, tweets, etc.)

True Hoop is also a could source (now under the ESPN-NBA tab). Henry Abbott runs a great blog and they now have the "true hoop network" which aggregates a blog from (almost) every NBA team into one drop down menu.

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josh I agree..about Lee not

josh I agree..about Lee not being a game changer. I would pay him $3 mill a year though in a heartbeat. This free agent market is rough.

xbadger- yeah I am slowly learning that espn insider isn't worth it...most of the articles aren't that good and like you say hoopshype has all the rumors anyways. I check that website out everyday.

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Anybody play fantasy

Anybody play fantasy basketball on espn? how is it & when does it start?

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3million a year??..id pay

3million a year??..id pay him 6 a year to get him for the lakers if we could offered it..hes a great pick up for them..to be honest a good spot for him would be wit the spurs or rockets (healthy yoa)or orlando...and team with a good big man to play next to where it can spot light his strenghts which is no plays called for him and just let him play hard and be a side kick to the star big man

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Ha I would pay him 6mil a

Ha I would pay him 6mil a year too...I just said 3 because that is what Hollinger said he will get. I think going to Orlando would be perfect for Lee.

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