NBA Rumors for Saturday, July 2
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After a three-hour-plus dinner meeting Friday night with Knicks president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and coach Jeff Hornacek at a posh Orlando resort hotel on the Disney property, Noah is living his fantasy. The former Bulls center, raised in New York City and whose father is former French tennis star Yannick Noah, agreed to terms on a four-year, $72 million contract that will average nearly $18 million per season, all guaranteed, an NBA source confirmed. NY Post
True, Wade is longtime friends with Carmelo Anthony. And the Knicks are in the market for a starting shooting guard, but they are said to be targeting Eric Gordon and Courtney Lee. Multiple reports have the Knicks offering Lee a four-year deal, which will all but end the fantasy of Wade in a Knicks uniform the same way the Kevin Durant pipe dream ended. NY Daily News
The Atlanta Hawks have reached a verbal agreement to re-sign wing Kent Bazemore on a four-year deal worth $70 million, his agent, Austin Walton, said. The fourth year of the deal is a player option, league sources told ESPN. ESPN.com
Bazemore declined four-year, $72 million offers from the Rockets and Lakers, a source told ESPN, confirming an NBA.com report. ESPN.com
Combined with their agreement with Dwight Howard on a three-year, $70.5 million deal earlier Friday, the Hawks have nearly exhausted their available salary-cap space, while All-Star free agent and nine-year team veteran Al Horford has yet to pick a team. ESPN.com
Kevin Durant and the Los Angeles Clippers met for approximately four hours Friday night in the Hamptons, and sources close to the situation say Durant was "blown away" by the Clippers' presentation. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, president Doc Rivers, executive vice president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were present at the meeting. ESPN.com
According to a source, Durant was incredibly impressed by the vision and direction of the Clippers and made a strong connection with those at the meeting. Chris Paul did not make it to the meeting but spoke to Durant beforehand and made his pitch over the phone; the two have talked throughout the process, including last week, sources told ESPN. ESPN.com
Durant met with the Golden State Warriors earlier Friday, sources said, a pitch that was scheduled to include Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, coach Steve Kerr, general manager Bob Myers and owner Joe Lacob. ESPN.com
After missing Phoenix while in three NBA cities in three years, Jared Dudley has agreed to come back to the Suns. Dudley was a trade accessory when he first came to Phoenix in 2007, but that 4 ½-year stay made him a better player and the subsequent three-year absence made him want to come back to the Suns. Arizona Republic
Dudley will give the Suns 11 guaranteed contracts for next season once first-round picks Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss sign as the roster's other power forwards. If the Suns sign second-round pick Tyler Ulis and keep center Alan Williams and guard John Jenkins, their roster would grow to one shy of the 15-man roster maximum. Teams are allowed to only negotiate with free agents during the first six days of July. Dudley and other free agents can sign contracts on Thursday. Arizona Republic
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