Odds & Ends: Bell, Billups, Datome, Grizzlies

Knicks coach Mike Woodson is trying to convince Chauncey Billups to rejoin the club, sources tell Frank Isola of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).  However, the veteran is unlikely to accept a minimum deal.  The Knicks saw another one-guard target come off the board tonight when the Pistons agreed to a deal with Will Bynum.  Here's tonight's look around the Association..

  • Raja Bell worked out for the Knicks today and stood out to the point where he could receive consideration for a roster spot, a league source told Shams Charania of RealGM.  Bell, who sat out all of last year, shot well and outplayed New York’s incoming rookies in one-on-one drills.
  • Although an overseas report over the weekend suggested that the Grizzlies had made Italian forward Gigi Datome a contract offer, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal says the two sides aren't close to a deal. Datome doesn't seem inclined to accept a one-year offer with his potential playing time in question, according to Tillery, who adds that he expects the Grizz to sign someone like Anthony Morrow (Twitter links).
  • After checking in with the T'Wolves, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (via Twitter) gets the sense that Metta World Peace isn't a fit in Minnesota.  There's one caveat, however – Rick Adelman has yet to chime in and could conceivably fight for him.  But right now, there's no interest there.
  • The representatives for free agent center Jason Collins have only had preliminary discussions with teams, a source tells Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter).  It's still early for the reserve center market and Collins probably has to wait for the bigger fish to sign before he can.
  • C.J. Leslie's deal with the Knicks will be partially guaranteed until January 7th, even if he is cut or waived before that date and will be fully guaranteed after that date, tweets Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com.  New York signed the N.C. State product as an undrafted free agent.  He was widely regarded as a mid-second round talent prior to draft night.

Luke Adams contributed to this post.

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2 thoughts on “Odds & Ends: Bell, Billups, Datome, Grizzlies

  1. Wade Mac

    I wonder why the Miami Heat haven’t looked into Billups. Seems like he would be a huge upgrade from Norris Cole.

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