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My Thoughts on 2010 Free Agency | KD
Man, I can’t keep up with all the free agency talk and speculation. It’s all a big guessing game and we’re still weeks away! Really, it doesn’t come as a surprise because this is going to be one of the biggest years for free agents in a long time. Even my grandma is asking about it!

Obviously you’ve got arguably the best player in the game, LeBron James, set to be a free agent and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and Dirk Nowitzki right up there as well. There’s a lot of guys who are going to be free agents this summer that everyone’s going to want on their teams, but not just the big names. There’s Matt Barnes, Jason Kapono, Kyle Korver, guys like that. And you really can’t overlook those guys.

Twitter / Jonathan Givony: Anthony Randolph for Kevin ...
Anthony Randolph for Kevin Love? Heard some chatter about that from a pretty good source. Makes sense for both teams. Need to dig a bit more

Journal Inquirer | Men's basketball: Ollie considers all his options
"I’m definitely interested in coming to UConn," Ollie said Wednesday, "but nothing has been formulated — no contract or anything like that. They have to go through the due process — get resumes, interview people.

"I am sending my resume in, but I also have an opportunity to coach in the NBA, so I’m just still exploring my options … and I still may have an opportunity to play. That’s a longer shot than the other two because I have to wait until July 1 and knowing me, probably Aug. 1, once the big guys sign. That’s my third option right now."

Cleveland Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry out - ESPN
Danny Ferry is out as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, choosing not to re-sign his contract that was set to expire in June. The decision comes as a surprise but was made days ago, and complicates the most important offseason in team history.

'NBA Live' is dead. EA Sports announces 'NBA Elite 11' - ESPN
"NBA Live" is officially dead. After years of disappointing basketball products, EA Sports has not only decided to completely gut the "Live" franchise from the inside out, they've changed the name of their once popular game to "NBA Elite 11."

Source: LeBron James Plans Elaborate Free Agency Tour -- NBA FanHouse
According to a source with first-hand knowledge of James' plans, the Larry King interview that was shot Tuesday and will air Friday on CNN was only the beginning of his elaborate scheme to draw unprecedented attention to his courting. James, according to the source, is in discussions with Nike to create a new shoe for every visit along his free agent path starting July 1. The shoes would have the date of the visit printed, with James already having scripted his itinerary for the Free Agency Tour 2010.

The source insists that he'll head for New York first to visit with the Knicks, and then spend time with the Nets. Chicago will be next, with the Bulls hoping he wants to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan and become the Windy City's beloved star. Depending on the level of sustained public interest and the discussions with the teams in the respective cities, James will decide at that point whether to continue on to Miami and possibly Los Angeles to see the Clippers.

NBA draft 2010: Willie Warren, Jordan Crawford among prospects on first-round bubble - ESPN Insider
Trevor Booker, 6-8, Clemson Booker is an undersized 4 but has a great motor, good athleticism and toughness. He needs to prove he can be an energy player in the mold of Jason Maxiell, Carl Landry and DeJuan Blair. How can he do that? The same way Landry did, by going into every workout and physically dominating. In the late first round, teams are looking for toughness and the ability to help right away. Booker could fit that bill.

Top 50 2010 NBA Free Agents -- NBA FanHouse
Childress hasn't played NBA ball in two years now after fleeing in the False Alarm Foreign Flight of 2008. As troubling stateside finances and an infusion of cash in Eastern Europe heaved the summer into rumors of a mass exodus of America's star players, Childress ended up being the only American-born player of note to take the loot. Chills flirted with a return in 2009, meeting with the Bucks but finding himself unable to secure a deal in a skittish market in time to opt out of his Olympiakos pact. I suspect Childress will at least test NBA waters again this July, perhaps with more success. A rangy, hyper-efficient defender like Chills certainly has a place in the NBA

2010 NBA draft: Trevor Booker, Jordan Crawford could provide big returns - ESPN Insider
Jordan Crawford. When it is all said and done, the essence of the game of basketball is to put the ball into the basket more than your opponent does. Crawford is, easily, one of the best shot-makers in this entire draft and I see no reason why that won't translate to the NBA level. He is a better athlete than he appears, and he puts that athleticism to good use, snaking his way into the midrange and around the basket. And, as evidenced in the game against Kansas State in the NCAA tournament, he has the ability to hit from deep. His lack of conscience about shot selection can be channeled into an "instant offense" mentality.

Crawford's microwave capabilities may not be at the level of former Pistons star Vinnie Johnson, but more realistically, I think he can have a Bobby Jackson-like impact in the NBA. That would make for a very solid career for the Xavier star.

 

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