The buyout game is a little like a game of chicken. Do you sign a guy right away? Or do you wait a bit to see who else becomes available? Sometimes the best names pop up at the last minute.
Right now it seems like one door is closing...
The Golden State Warriors have emerged as the frontrunner to sign J.J. Hickson after he clears waivers, according to sources close to the situation. Hickson was waived by the Sacramento Kings on Monday afternoon.
While other doors might swing open soon.
Sign me up for some Reggie Evans please. We could use a rebounding machine here.
Coach Doc Rivers said the team is "close" on signing a couple of free-agent centers but nothing is imminent
If something is imminent, don't expect it to be Ronny Turiaf, whose agent Mark Bartelstein indicated this afternoon that his client must still navigate the waiver process after being released by the Nuggets, then could take some time to assess his options with the goal of signing with a top contender.
The Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns are among the teams expressing interest in unrestricted free agent Josh Powell, according to sources close to the situation. The 29-year-old signed in China during the lockout, but now he’s back in the United States and weighing his options.
Free agent Ronny Turiaf to decide new team by Wed., agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN. Celtics & Heat lead pack of teams interested— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) March 20, 2012
Regardless of what the name is, the Celtics will have to make a move soon.
NBA players who have appeared in at least one game during the 2011/12 season must clear waivers by March 23rd to be eligible to play in the postseason for their new team. The lit of veterans who have received buyouts includes center Ronny Turiaf, point guard Derek Fisher, and swingman Terrence Williams. Combo forward Andres Nocioni and swingman Jason Kapono have also received buyouts in recent days.
Stay tuned! (and you thought rumors season was over)
Update: Confirmation of Warriors pursuit of Hickson.