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Trade Rumor: Monta Ellis for Rudy Gay

Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis

Updating…

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 trading the perennial All-Star forward.

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Rajon Rondo to Indiana Pacers?

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

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 CP3.

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Warriors Interested in Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy

The Warriors would be interested in signing Brandon Roy if he is waived by the Blazers, according to sources.

Roy’s former agent, Bob Myers, is now the assistant GM for the Warriors. Roy would also prefer to stay on the West Coast. Golden State would prefer to sign a big man, but Roy makes sense for them to add depth as a playmaker.

The Oregonian reported on Monday that the Blazers intend to use their amnesty clause on Roy immediately.

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Jazz Shopping Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

The Jazz are shopping Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, according to league executives.

Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

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

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Source: Chris Paul’s First Choice is Knicks

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

The New York Knicks are Chris Paul’s preferred destination, according to sources.

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

Paul would also consider signing with the Clippers, but their first is to sign Dwight Howard with their cap space.

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Former NBA Players Have to Honor Chinese 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.

Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin, Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith are amongst the players who signed in China and there appears to be no willingness on the part of their teams to release them from their contact, according to sources.

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Grizzlies Will Match Any Offer to Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

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

But people with knowledge of owner Michael Heisley’s thinking believe the Grizzlies will match any offer sheet Gasol signs with another team.

Memphis would have three days to match under the proposed CBA.

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Aaron Brooks Signs with Chinese Team

Aaron Brooks has agreed to a one-year deal with Guandong of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to sources.

Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks

Brooks is a popular player in China due to his tenure as a teammate with Yao Ming on the Rockets.

Brooks is a restricted free agent in the NBA and therefore will be able to fulfill his contractual obligation to play in China for the entire season. Brooks was traded to the Suns in February.

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David Stern Proposes 72-game Season

In what was widely presumed to be the league’s last and best proposal in a labor standoff now into its fifth month, NBA commissioner David Stern on Thursday offered his locked-out players a 72-game season that would start Dec. 15.

Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher

Yet the league’s latest pitch, according to sources briefed on its contents after adjustments were made Thursday night, contained what the union regards as miniscule financial inducements for the players after nearly 24 hours of negotiations this week.

And that clearly disappointed union leaders who were expecting more after they made a commitment earlier in the week, for the first time since the lockout began, to accept a 50/50 split of annual Basketball Related Income.

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David Stern Issues Ultimatum to Union

The New York Times obtained a copy of the letter from David Stern to his counterpart, Billy Hunter, detailing the league’s ultimatum to the players: Accept our current offer by Wednesday or face much less friendly terms.

David Stern

David Stern

“Rather than simply proceeding, as we could have, to offer a less favorable proposal at this time, the N.B.A. is providing an additional period of time for the players association to consider our 50/50 proposal,” Stern wrote.

The “reset” proposal that the league would revert to after Wednesday includes a flex-cap system with a salary cap set at $5 million above the average team salary and rollbacks on existing contracts “in proportion to system changes in order to ensure sufficient market for free agents.”

Stern ends the letter, “Billy, I sincerely hope that we can reach an agreement over the next few days.”

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