While the Bulls will be involved in free agency, expect the team to take a more casual approach, says Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times. According to Hayes, Bulls GM Gar Forman and vice president John Paxson figure to be mostly spectators during the "fast-and-furious" portion of free agency. The team will still explore possibilities, but those possibilities are more likely to come at the back end of free agency than the front end.
Here are a few more odds and ends from around the NBA, as we count down to free agency….
- Discussing the Timberwolves' rumored interest in Pau Gasol, Brian Kamenetzky of ESPNLosAngeles.com says it's far too early for the Lakers to settle for less than full value for Gasol.
- Knicks GM Glen Grunwald isn't exactly sure how the first free agent period under the new CBA will play out, but he figures to be patient in the negotiations for Jeremy Lin, letting the market set Lin's price, says Marc Berman of the New York Post.
- The agent for Kostas Papanikolaou, the Knicks' second-round pick on Thursday, expects his client to play in New York in 2013/14, according to Berman.
- The Pistons will monitor the free agent market, but are unlikely to make a big splash, writes Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
- The Raptors, meanwhile, will be aggressive but not reckless in free agency, according to Eric Koreen of the National Post.