|NBA free agency update: Knicks reportedly acquiring Andrea Bargnani from Raptors; Dwight Howard sweepstakes heating up||07.01.13 at 10:20 am ET|
He’s tall, he’s injury-prone, he’s expensive, and soon he’s going to be a Knick — maybe.
The Knicks and Raptors are close to finalizing an agreement that would send 7-foot power forward Andrea Bargnani to New York, ESPN reported, in exchange for center Marcus Camby and small forward Steve Novak.
However, the NBA refused to approve the deal Sunday night, so in order to complete the trade under 2013-14 cap terms, the Knicks are expected to sign-and-trade at least one player they had at the end of the season as part of the deal, according to ESPN’s Jared Zwerling. Earl Barron and Quentin Richardson are two candidates.
In his seven seasons since joining Toronto for 2006-07, Bargnani has averaged 15.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, with those marks down to 12.7 and 3.7 in 2012-13. Tommy Beer of hoopsworld.com points out that Bargnani was the first 7-footer to average both 28 minutes and fewer than four rebounds per game in NBA history this season.
The native of Italy has missed 98 games the last two seasons, including the end of this season after suffering an avulsion sprain of his right elbow. He is also set to make $23 million before his contract expires in two years.
The teams cannot officially complete the trade until July 10.
The Knicks aren’t the only team — or individual — preparing deals to be finalized in a week and a half.
The Rockets are pulling out all the stops as they enter the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Besides Houston brass, a dinner meeting with the free agent also reportedly featured former Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, plus Yao Ming Skyping in from China. The AP reports the team cut guards Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks in an effort to open up some cap space.
Howard will visit with the Warriors and Hawks on Monday, then the Mavericks on Tuesday, writes Sam Amick of USA Today. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met informally with the 6-foot-11 Howard Saturday and Sunday in an effort to get a head start on his competition.
The Lakers are using billboards and newspaper ads to woo Howard, and Dallas is getting some help from the community: Fast-food chain Raising Cane’s is offering Howard free chicken fingers for the rest of his life if he signs with the Mavs.
The Clippers’ acquisition of Doc Rivers, meanwhile, appears to be paying off. ESPN reports that Chris Paul, reportedly one of the driving forces in Los Angeles trading for the coach, is expected to accept a five-year, $107 million extension from the Clippers, and that it is such a sure thing that Paul’s agent told other teams to not bother with offers.
Forward Andrei Kirilenko, who averaged similar numbers to Bargnani with the Timberwolves in 2012-13, is turning down $10 million and opting out of his contract in favor of testing free agency again. His 12.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game were his best totals since 2005-06.
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Lions’ Ndamukong Suh under fire for latest questionable play||11.23.12 at 7:59 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Thunder at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Northeastern vs. Belmont, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Davidson, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Delaware, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Marist vs. Vanderbilt, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Pacific vs. St. Mary’s, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Michigan, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Clemson vs. UTEP, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Drexel, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Missouri-Kansas City vs. Ohio State, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Iowa State vs. Cincinnati, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke vs. VCU, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Gonzaga, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oakland at Michigan State, 8:15 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oregon at UNLV, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Missouri vs. Louisville, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Rice vs. Drake, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton vs. Wisconsin, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia Tech vs. California, midnight (ESPN2)
College football: Nebraska at Iowa, noon (ABC)
College football: Syracuse at Temple, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Ohio at Kent State, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Marshall at East Carolina, 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: LSU at Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
College football: Utah at Colorado, 3 p.m. (FX)
College football: West Virginia at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
College football: Washington at Washington State, 3:30 p.m. (Fox)
College football: South Florida at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arizona State at Arizona, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was suspended two games last year for stomping on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving Day game, might face disciplinary action again this year after his foot landed in the midsection of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during Detroit’s overtime loss Thursday.
On a first-quarter play, Suh was on the ground after being taken down by an offensive lineman when he extended his left foot and it landed below Schaub’s belt.
Suh let the locker room without speaking to reporters. Schaub, asked about the play, did his best to take the high road.
Said Schaub: “I really don’t have anything to say about that play or that person.”
Boomer Esiason, on CBS’ halftime show, had no doubt the kick was intentional.
“I would never shake this guy’s hand, because once again he has crossed the line,” Esiason said. “It’s obvious that it was on purpose.”
Added analyst Shannon Sharpe: “This was intentional. There’s a reason why he’s … voted dirtiest player in the NFL by his peers — because of plays like this.”
♦ Ravens running back Ray Rice took some heat for draping a Terrible Towel over his head while walking off the field Sunday night following a 13-10 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. However, Rice made it clear that he meant no disrespect.
“I actually asked a fan to trade like I’ve been trading jerseys with guys at the end of the game,” Rice told The Baltimore Sun. “So, I didn’t stomp it or do anything wrong. I actually walked out with it and I think I’m going to save it and put it in my basement to cherish the rivalry. It’s not like you get out there and do derogatory stuff and spit, no none of that stuff. If you think about it, where I’m at in my career, you cherish these rivalries, cherish the moments.
“I apologize to those who saw it as disrespectful. For me, I thought it was a pretty cool gesture, exchanging my gloves with a fan and walking out with it. Obviously, getting a victory there was cool. … To have something in your basement to know what the rivalry is all about is pretty cool. I’ve been exchanging jerseys with guys. My basement is getting pretty colorful down there with other teams’ stuff.”
Added Rice: “The other side, they don’t really like it, which I understand why like, ‘Nobody plays with the Terrible Towel,’ and I understand that. I respect this rivalry. I respect their organization. It’s not like you’re going to catch me on YouTube burning a Terrible Towel. I’ll keep it in my basement and when I get to grow up and my time is done you get to look back on these moments: ‘I got to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.’ This has actually been the first year I’ve started to collect other teams’ stuff.”
♦ There weren’t many people watching, because it was the Bobcats vs. the Hornets, but at the end of Wednesday night’s game in Charlotte, Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani air-balled a shot with two seconds left and his team trailing by a point. On Thursday, the NBA acknowledged that a foul should have been called on Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist that would have sent Bargnani to the free throw line.
The league did not indicate that any punishment would be due for officials Ed Malloy, John Goble and Violet Palmer.
♦ Former boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho is clinically brain dead following Tuesday night’s shooting in his home country of Puerto Rico. Family members initially disagreed whether to remove the 50-year-old from life support, although reports indicated the holdout family members agreed to pull the plug after two more days.
“We have done everything we could,” said Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. “We have to tell the people of Puerto Rico and the entire world that Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead.”
Camacho won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight titles in the 1980s. He had a career record 79-6-3. He also had issues with drugs and alcohol and served a brief jail term in Mississippi for a 2005 burglary.
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