Happy Fourth of July to all of our American readers! Even though it's a holiday, we're expecting more free agent developments, so we'll be providing our usual updates all day long. Here are a few of Wednesday's more minor free agent rumors, with the latest items added to the top of the page throughout the day….
- Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweets that Grant Hill will either join Steve Nash in signing with the Lakers or retire.
- Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic tweets that the Suns are unwilling to offer Goran Dragic the $10MM per year he is reportedly seeking.
- Ken Berger of CBSSports.com (Twitter link) hears that negotiations between JaVale McGee and the Nuggets are "going well."
- Alexey Shved will travel to the U.S. next week to visit the Timberwolves, Cavs, and Grizzlies, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. All three teams have offered deals, according to Shved's agent, though the Cavs said earlier this week they hadn't made an offer.
- The Suns are pushing for a commitment from Michael Beasley today and are meeting with Raymond Felton tomorrow, tweets Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
- Having become an unrestricted free agent yesterday, Courtney Lee will probably find a four-year, $25MM+ contract, says Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld. However, Kyler notes that the Rockets, who still hold Lee's Bird Rights, may have the framework in place for a five-year, $32MM deal.
- Mike Naiditch, the agent for Greg Stiemsma, tells Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the Celtics and Timberwolves are his client's top two choices.
- Four teams have called to express interest in Mickael Pietrus, but the Celtics aren't one of those four, says Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, adding that Pietrus "desperately" wants to re-sign with Boston.
- While their top target is Ray Allen, the Grizzlies are "casting a wide net" in free agency, writes Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. GM Chris Wallace says the team has talked to "about 15 players" already. Randy Foye and Kirk Hinrich are believed to be among Memphis' other targets, according to Tillery.