This year's amnesty period kicks off on Wednesday and this afternoon Larry Coon of ESPN.com (Insider sub. req'd) ran down his candidates for each of the 23 teams that did not use the provision last year. Among the most likely to go are Mike Miller of the Heat and Darko Milicic of the T'Wolves. After that, there are a number of "jump ball" candidates such as the Mavs' Brendan Haywood. The waiving of Haywood once seemed like a foregone conclusion but after striking out on Deron Williams, Dallas is no longer starved for cap room. Here's more from around the Association..
- Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek has emerged as a candidate for the head coaching job with the Magic, tweets Steve Luhm of the Salt Lake Tribune. Other known candidates for the job include Lindsey Hunter, Mike Malone, Brian Shaw, Quin Snyder, and Jacque Vaughn.
- The Knicks are now trying to wrap up a deal with guard J.R. Smith, tweets John Hollinger of ESPN.com.
- One General Manager tells Sam Amico of Sports Illustrated (via Twitter) that he expects Kris Humphries to sign off on the deal being offered as part of the potential Dwight Howard trade. "He'll be able to enter free agency again next summer. If he has another good season, it'll pay off. Maybe he's worried he's not any good," said the GM.
- Marc Stein of ESPN.com sat down with Steve Nash to discuss how he ended up with the Lakers. The point guard and his agent had to convince the Suns to pull the trigger on a sign-and-trade deal to send him to a rival club.
- Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said he and owner Mark Cuban have no regrets about their all-in strategy to try and lure Williams this summer, writes Jeff Caplan of ESPN.com. The GM told Chuck Cooperstein and Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM that the plan now is to fill the roster via free agency or trade with young players on short-term deals.