Free Agency Notes: Smith, Evans, Blazers, Kaman

It's officially the start of free agency!  Here's the latest as we enter July..

  • A source tells Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News (Twitter link) that the Pistons will absolutely not offer Josh Smith a max deal.  We learned earlier today that Detroit is among the teams targeting the Hawks free agent.
  • The Pelicans will have a sizable offer sheet ready for Tyreke Evans when they meet with him tonight, tweets David Aldridge of  We learned earlier tonight that New Orleans was set to be the first team to meet with the Kings guard.  Meanwhile, sources tell Marc J. Spears of Yahoo (Twitter link) that while the Pelicans got the first meeting with the 23-year-old, he will still do his due diligence on teams and the Kings are still in the mix.
  • The Blazers and the reps for center Chris Kaman are expected to meet face-to-face now that free agency is underway, tweets Joe Freeman of The Oregonian.  Both the unrestricted free agent and the club feel that it would be a "great fit" (link).
  • The Jazz and Lakers were the first two teams to inquire on Knicks free agent Chris Copeland tonight, tweets Jared Zwerling of
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