Putting aside the unfolding Dwight Howard saga and rumors of David Lee trade offers, we kick off the free agency period that began last night at 9 p.m. with a look at teams that might have interest in Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack as well some other notes around the marketplace.
- Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest reported on Saturday that the Portland Trail Blazers are among six teams in the mix to sign Carl Landry. But he also notes that Landry and the Blazers have gone through this before. Read more >>>
- Gery Woelfel reported via Twitter that one of the teams Carl Landry is "definitely interested" in is the Milwaukee Bucks. Read more >>>
- Mitch Vomhof of Bucksketball suggests that Landry might be an interesting target for the Milwaukee Bucks but, "... the number of forwards the Bucks already possess make another signing less interesting unless it’s a precursor to a trade of some of that frontcourt talent." Read more >>>
- Chris Mannix of SI.com ranked Jack (#21) and Landry (#24) among the league's top 25 free agents, indicating that "Indiana, Oklahoma City and Memphis are among the many teams who will likely try to ink Jack for mid-level exception money." Read more >>>
- Terry Hutchins of the Indianapolis Star speculates that despite the Indiana Pacers are looking for backup point guard help, "Players such as Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack and Beno Udrih are more high-profile possibilities but may be too expensive." Read more >>> Update (11:15 am): Indiana signed top target C.J. Watson, as Hutchins suggested they would do.
- Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press looked at the Detroit Pistons priorities in free agency and listed Jarrett Jack as a potential target, but not at the top of their list: "Get the sense that the Pistons have their sights set higher, but Jack would be solid consolation prize." Read more >>>
- Rob Mahoney of CBS Sports listed Jack among his five players who could get overpaid, writing "He’s a fine supporting piece but could run his team into middling efficiency if the roster lacks suitable ball-handling alternatives." Read more >>>
Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the Warriors are one of eight teams with interest in Andre Iguodala although they are likely to wait for the Dwight Howard situation to pan out first. Read more >>>
- Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Warriors will be one of six teams that Andre Iguodala meets with today in L.A. Read more >>>
- Kevin Zimmerman of SBN summarized why the Rockets had to release Aaron Brooks and Carlos Delfino, who "could be the Rockets' biggest loss this offseason." Tim Kawakami has mentioned before that Delfino would be a good pick up for the Warriors. Read more >>>
- Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Atlanta Hawks have not extended a qualifying offer to forward Ivan Johnson, a player I know some folks around GSoM have had an eye on for some time. Read more >>>
Most of these links were gathered over the weekend so it's quite likely that things have changed a bit overnight before this got posted. Feel free to drop additional links or insights in the comments or expound upon the latest news in a fan post.
We'll try to stay up to date on Warriors-related free agent news, but Jason Walker of SBN's Peachtree Hoops has posted a free agent signing board where you can keep track of all the comings and goings of free agents this offseason and you should