Why Texans won't trade Andre 

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The buzz surrounding Andre Johnson's absence from offseason workouts with the Houston Texans picked up Thursday, as word came that he isn't sure if he will be with the team for training camp or Week 1 of the regular season.

Knicks plan to land Gasol brothers? 

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Phil Jackson wants to re-sign Carmelo Anthony and then follow that up by getting Pau Gasol to commit to the New York Knicks. Jackson has competition for both as Anthony could sign with the Chicago Bulls or Los Angeles Lakers, while the Lakers, Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder are options for Gasol.
While Pau is the target in 2014, Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher will likely go after his bother in 2015, reports the New York Post.

Marc Berman writes: "The Post reported one reason Anthony is close to re-signing is having a shot at the 34-year-old Gasol, who then could recruit his brother, Marc Gasol. The Memphis center is a free agent in 2015 when the Knicks should have plenty of cap space."

Marc Gasol has spent a lot of years in Memphis, but he might be willing to leave in 2015 with a chance to play with his brother whether it's in New York with the Knicks, or in LA with the Lakers. Of course the Gasol brothers won't have a chance to play together next year if Pau signs with Oklahoma City or Chicago. Pau could always sign with the Memphis Grizzlies, but that is an unlikely scenario.

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Veterans Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory top the New York Jets RB depth chart in what the team has said will be some sort of timeshare. For all of his faults, Johnson seems likely to lead the way, but time will tell exactly how they share carries.

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Curious case of Tibor Pleiss 

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Center Tibor Pleiss, 24, may want to sign with Oklahoma City this summer, however their 2010 (No. 32) draft pick pick won't be offered a contract until 2015. There was a report out of Spain two weeks ago claiming the Thunder want to bring Pleiss over now, but that is reportedly not accurate. With that said, Baskonia president Jose Antonio Querejeta continues to say Pleiss will be in the NBA this season.

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Anthony Morrow's FA market 

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Teams can never have enough shooting and as a result their is a solid market for New Orleans Pelicans' free agent Anthony Morrow.

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Suns visit with RFA Isaiah Thomas 

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The Phoenix Suns took care of some business on Thursday as the agreed to terms with restricted free agent P.J. Tucker for a reported three-year contract that could pay the small forward $16.5 million. According to The Arizona Republic, about $3.8 million in the third year year is is not guaranteed.

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Ted Thompson has been the Green Bay Packers general manager since 2005, and it sounds like president/CEO Mark Murphy is aiming to keep the GM around even longer.

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Lucas Nogueira final piece for Raptors? 

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The Toronto Raptors were busy on Thursday as Steve Novak was traded to the Utah Jazz for Diante Garrett, Kyle Lowry signed his four-year, $48 million contract, while three other players should sign deals soon. Greivis Vasquez has agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million contract, while forward James Johnson is returning to the Raptors for a reported two-year, $5 million contract. The third player who might sign is Lucas Nogueira.

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Blazers roster set for 2014-15? 

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The Portland Trail Blazers officially signed backup point guard Steve Blake and backup center Chris Kaman on Thursday. Kaman was signed via the Non Taxpayer mid-level exception, while the $2.07 Bi-Annual exception was used to bring in Blake. The Blazers will now have a hard cap of $80.8 million this coming season, which should not be a problem as the roster is likely already set for 2014-15.

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Having snagged WR Odell Beckham with the 12th overall pick in the draft, the New York Giants surely hope he will make an immediate impact for them. His playmaking skills as a return man could be on display early on, but his role in their WR corps is more complicated. Not only is he learning a West Coast system for the first time, but he will be behind at least Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle in the pecking order.

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Throughout the morning Thursday, rumors have been swirling of a potential sign-and-trade deal that would send Chandler Parsons from Houston to Dallas. What are the chances of that happening?

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Oklahoma City took somewhat of a gamble when it selected Mitch McGary with the No. 21 pick in last month's draft, banking that the big man will overcome the back troubles that plagued him as a sophomore at Michigan. If the back issues creep up again, McGary could very well end up struggling to carve out a career in the NBA. But if McGary stays healthy, there's certainly a place for him.

Here's the latest out of Summer League in Orlando.

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Most draft-day deals that involve second round picks end up being fairly fruitless, but in Jarnell Stokes the Memphis Grizzlies have acquired someone who may make an immediate impact in 2014-15.

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UPDATE: As noted below, Andre Johnson appears open to rejoining the Houston Texans. However, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Thursday that four teams have expressed interest in acquiring Johnson, who is not happy about being denied a $1 million workout bonus.

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Dallas' play for Mo Williams 

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Portland can offer $3.2 million to bring back Mo Williams, who proved to be a key part of the Trail Blazers' improved bench last season. Another team with interest in the veteran point guard is Dallas, which hopes he'll sign for the veteran's minimum. Why might Williams be willing to take less money to join the Mavs? Here's the latest on that.

From Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com, via Twitter:
"Mavs hope they can talk Mo Williams into taking minimum. Why would he do that? Lives in area and wants to be near wife and five sons."

Williams may end up waiting it out to see what the market bears, but after averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists as a reserve last season we have to believe it's unlikely the 31-year-old will accept the veteran's minimum. Time isn't on Williams' sign at this stage in his career, and he'll probably be looking for one last contract that lands him as much money as possible.

With backup point guard Greivis Vasquez commanding $13 million over two years from Toronto and Darren Collison getting $16 million over three years from Sacramento, Williams has to be thinking he's worth at least $3-5 million a year if not more.

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