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Links: Bradley Beal picks his favorite fan-submitted nickname

This right here is what a SuperBeal looks like.
This right here is what a SuperBeal looks like.

Not much news on the Wizards-front, as the team's beat writers evidently used the weekend to recover from the NBA Draft-induced sleep deprivation and rest up for the summer league, which begins less than two weeks from now. But there was plenty of activity yesterday as the NBA's free agency period got underway, so lets get to some links:

  • During his introductory press conference last week, Bradley Beal picked his favorite from a list of fan-suggested nicknames. I think Beal played it a little safe with his selection, but from a marketing perspective, it was probably a wise choice. [Ball Hogs Radio]
  • For the latest free agency news, keep it with SB Nation's StoryStream.
  • Sam Amick sums up the major free agency storylines thus far. [SI]
  • Dwight Howard is trying to force his way to Brooklyn by stating the Nets are the only team he will agree to re-sign with. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Tom Ziller on the string of misteps and epic fails that has left Howard, the Magic and the Nets in a sticky wicket. [SB Nation]
  • The Raptors have offered Steve Nash $36 million over three years. [ESPN]
  • Restricted free agent Omer Asik has agreed to a $25 million offer sheet with the Rockets, which if you're the Bulls is a lot of money to pay a backup center. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • As John Hollinger explains, Rockets GM Daryl Morey implemented the "Gilbert Arenas rule" in drafting Asik's offer sheet. [ESPN Insider]
  • The Trailblazers have offered a max contract to Roy Hibbert, who might be inclined to sign after receiving a less-than-the-max offer from the Pacers. [ESPN]