NBA Rumor Round Up For Tuesday, July 7:
Amar'e Stoudemire: As the 7th day of free agency begins, Stoudemire has yet to finalize a new deal. He is linked with the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and his current team, the Dallas Mavericks. Regarding Stoudemire, Arizona Sports 98.7 FM's John Gambadoro tweeted Monday: "Stoudemire could be a possibility as a backup power forward (for the Suns) but word out of Dallas is he struggled with reduced playing time." The Clippers are desperate for size after losing DeAndre Jordan to Dallas, so they might be the best spot for Stoudemire.
Milwaukee Bucks: On Monday, head coach Jason Kidd denied a report that he is planning to assume the role as head of basketball operations this week, with John Hammond losing that position. "I think sometimes sources can be wrong, media can be wrong, coaches can be wrong," Kidd told the Journal Sentinel. "With this report that came out yesterday, it was totally wrong. Hammond has been in the league I think a little bit longer than I have, so this is another source for me to learn. This is a great opportunity for me to be the best coach I can be, being surrounded with Hammond and his staff." Hammond's contract is set to expire in 2016 and while his future is uncertain, the ownership group also refuted the report as "unequivocally not true."
Kevin Garnett: There has been no doubt that Garnett will come back for his 21st NBA season and that has been confirmed by a Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com: "Quote from KG sent to me: 'I'm incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be a part of this talented, committed team.' #twolves." Garnett may sign his new deal on Thursday.
Kristaps Porzingis: The New York Knicks took the Latvian with the No. 4 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and many followers of the team are looking to see what he can do in Las Vegas, but he may not play, according to the New York Post. Porzingis is currently dealing with a hip issue.
Mo Williams: The Cleveland Cavaliers now have an upgrade at the backup point guard position after they agreed to terms with Williams. His deal will pay him $4.3 million over two years, if he exercises his player option for 2016-17, according to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst. The Cavs will use the Taxpayer Mind-Level Exception to sign Williams.
Leandro Barbosa: The Golden State Warriors will bring back most of the 2014-15 roster and Monday night came with news from Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com that Barbosa has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The Warriors will sign Barbosa using the Taxpayer Mind-Level Exception.
Julius Randle: The Los Angeles Lakers forward did well in his first practice with the Las Vegas Summer League on Monday, per Baxter Holmes ESPNLosAngeles.com. Randle is in great shape after rehabbing his broken leg over the last eight months and he should see action during the games in Las Vegas.
Alexey Shved: The New York Knicks want to bring back Alexey Shved and they may offer the guard their entire "Room" exception worth $2,814 million, according to the New York Post. While the Knicks consider options for the exception, Shved will do the same as his agent will talk to other teams in the NBA and Europe.
Boston Celtics: Forward Colton Iverson, No. 53 pick in 2013, faced long odds to make the Celtics next season, so he has left the Summer League team to look at options overseas, according to ESPNBoston.com.