It's Day 1 of the 2012 NBA free agency period, and already there has been a lot of fireworks outside of the Wizards. As discussed yesterday, you shouldn't expect to see too many fireworks with Washington this summer. The trades for Nene, Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor essentially acted as the Wizards' big free-agent moves.
The Wizards do have a few free agents they could re-sign: Roger Mason, Maurice Evans, Cartier Martin and James Singleton. The first two are going to be coaches on the Wizards' Summer League team, while the final two were key cogs in the Wizards' late-season success. The Wizards currently have 12 roster spots filled, though that could drop to 11 if they release Andray Blatche via the amnesty clause. The first day to do that is July 11.
Here's a quick recap of everything else so far. You can follow all free-agency news in SBNation.com's StoryStream.
- Gerald Wallce signs back with the Nets for four years and $40 million.
- Dwight Howard is doing another dance, saying he'd only want to be traded to the Nets. Meanwhile, the Nets are instead looking to trade for Joe Johnson.
- The Raptors are making a hard push for Steve Nash, and their offer is expected to be for $12 million a year for three years.
- The Timberwolves are preparing an offer sheet for Nicolas Batum that'll be for four years and somewhere between $45-50 million. For those wondering: the Wizards couldn't offer this deal pre-trade because the window to amnesty Blatche wasn't until July 11, and even then, this would have eaten into their entire cap space. The Wizards would have had to renounce the rights to all their free agents too.
- The Blazers, meanwhile, offered Roy Hibbert a max contract. Another team did too.
- Eric Gordon has a lot of meetings.
- The Rockets are going hard after Omer Asik.