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The latest NBA/NHL rumors

07.01.10 at 11:56 am ET
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The day has officially arrived: July 1, or as some are calling it, Lebron 1. At midnight last night, the NBA free agency market became officially open for business, and as is the norm, the rumors continue to swirl over the possible destinations of every free agent on the market, including the King himself, Lebron James.

Before we get to LeBron, though, a Celtics-related item. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on his twitter account that sources have told him that Boston has interest in Anthony Morrow. The Golden State swingman, who averaged 13.0 points and shot 45.6 percent on 3-pointers in 2009-10, is a restricted free agent.

ESPNNewYork.com’€™s Ian O’€™Connor writes that the Knicks absolutely need to sign James to a deal. The two have a meeting in northeastern Ohio scheduled for Thursday afternoon that was set up by James to discuss the possibility of him coming to the Big Apple. Even better for Knicks fans is this rumor that he is already begun shopping for a new place to live in New York’€™s West Village, according to the New York Post. His biggest concern in choosing his new place appears to be ‘€œceiling heights.’€

However, back at James’€™ home in Cleveland, the Cavaliers appear to be moving forward in their search for a new coach for LeBron should he choose to remain in Cleveland. Sources told Chris Broussard of ESPN.com that Cleveland is expected to announce Byron Scott as their newest head coach soon. This would be Scott’€™s third head coaching job after coaching both the Nets and Hornets in the past. He led the Nets to two consecutive NBA finals appearances in 2002 and 2003 and has an overall record of 352-355 during his time on the NBA sidelines.

Other free agents and teams aren’€™t just sitting idly by, though. Chris Bosh met with the Houston Rockets early Monday morning and seemed impressed by what they have to offer. Bosh listed the opportunity to play with big man Yao Ming as one reason he would put the Rockets high on his list of potential suitors.

Fellow superstar Dwyane Wade was also in the headlines for potential meetings, this time with the Bulls. Although Wade is widely expected to resign with the Heat, the Bulls want to at least talk it out with the native Chicagoan before he makes any decisions. James and Bosh are also expected to listen to what the Bulls’€™ presentation.

The big-name free agents aren’€™t the only ones teams are doing their due diligence on, however. Dallas and Cleveland are reportedly considering a dual sign-and-trade, but it doesn’€™t neither Dirk Nowitzki nor James. Instead, centers Brendan Haywood and Shaquille O’€™Neal, both free agents, would be swapped.

For the most off-the-wall news of the day, we turn to who else but Charles Barkley, who seems to want the Suns GM position left vacant after the firing of Steve Kerr. Barkley mentions one of the first things he’€™d do if he got the position would be to not resign Amar’€™e Stoudemire after he opted out of his deal to become a free agent.

The NBA isn’€™t the only pro league making some noise in its offseason. The NHL starts its own free-agency period Thursday at noon, and one of the big stars expected to test the waters is Ilya Kovalchuk. It appears that the Kings have become front runners for Kovalchuk’€™s services as they try to add a little bit of a veteran spice to a young, up-and-coming squad.

In other news, Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle believes he’€™ll finally be traded this offseason after years of rumors surrounding his name. He had been rumored to be part of a swap with the Bruins that would have also involved Marc Savard, but that was nixed week not long ago by Toronto GM Brian Burke.

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