Dec 5, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Zaza Pachulia (27) reacts to a play in the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agency Update, July 2nd, 2013

The Blazers have yet to make any significant moves, though they are in talks with Atlanta center, Zaza Pachulia, with whom there is a mutual interest. Around the league, however, available free agents are selling like hot cakes.

The Clippers have re-signed Chris Paul to a 5 year deal, reportedly worth $107.3 million.

Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler will be traded from the Clippers to the Suns.
Jared Dudley will be traded to from the Suns to the Clippers.
JJ Redick will be acquired by the Clippers via sign-and-trade.
The Bucks will receive two future 2nd round picks from the Clippers.

The Spurs are nearing a 4 year deal with Tiago Splitter, reportedly worth $36 million.

Eric Maynor has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Wizards.

Andray Blatche will re-sign with the Nets – 1 year, $1.4 million.

David West will re-sign with the Pacers – 3 years, $36 million.

The Pacers have rescinded Tyler Hansbrough’s qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

CJ Watson has agreed to a 2 year deal with the Pacers.

Nazr Mohammed will re-sign with the Bulls.

Chase Budinger has agreed to a 3 year, $16 million deal with the Timberwolves.

Rip Hamilton will be waived by the Bulls, becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Martell Webster will sign a 4 year deal with the Wizards.

The Pelicans have offered Tyreke Evans a 4 year, $44 million deal. Kings unlikely to match.

Kings to pursue Andre Iguodala as top priority.

The Lakers, Rockets, Mavericks, Warriors, and Hawks continue to debase themselves for the Dwightmare sequel. He’s worth it, but the drama is reminiscent of ‘The Decision.’

The Blazers are playing this one pretty close to the chest. Though it would appear they are off to a slow start, it is more likely the case that they are pursuing their targets quietly and carefully. There are still plenty of good players to go around. If nothing else, Portland’s interest in backup center, Zaza Pachulia, indicates that they may be leaning toward developing Meyers Leonard alongside a decent veteran, instead of essentially replacing him with a big name.

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