NBA front offices were back in business on Wednesday, allowed to talk with player agents about available free agents while dealing with one another in order to shake up rosters.
The Indiana Pacers started the day with fresh rumors about working with the Boston Celtics to land point guard Rajon Rondo in a three-team deal involving Chris Paul. By lunch, reports of Paul not being interested in signing a contract extension with the C's squashed that story...for now. Kevin Garnett had the same reservations in 2007 before eventually joining the Celtics.
As for free agents, no surprise that the Pacers were linked among the teams talking with David West and former Purdue forward Carl Landry. Mike Wells also tweeted the common sense approach the Pacers plan to take with West.
Yes, the Pacers have interest in West, but don't expect them to pay big $$$ for a 31 yr old player coming off knee surgery.
Not bad for the first day. Thursday should be entertaining, as well with Larry Bird and David Morway scheduled to speak to the media at 11:00AM. As for the players, they are expected to be in town by this weekend to begin working out on their own at the Fieldhouse until the coaches can begin coaching on December 9th. Hopefully the labor deal will be finalized before then and the league just opens things up for everyone.