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Links: Washington Wizards Play the Waiting Game in 2012 NBA Free Agency

Patience is a virtue.
Patience is a virtue.

The free agency insanity (Linsanity?) continues. Today's links:

  • The Wizards have sent out feelers to a number of mid-tier free agents, but they may have to wait for the remaining big names to pick landing spots before they can begin negotiating in earnest with their targets. [Washington Examiner]
  • Mike reads the tea leaves and figures the market for Courtney Lee has thinned a bit in recent days, leaving the Wizards one of a few teams seriously angling for his services.
  • One of those other teams is the Pacers, who would provide Lee a better chance to win next season and could potentially offer more playing time than the Wizards. [Indy Cornrows]
  • The always excellent BNIE thinks the free agent frenzy has only given further credence to the trade for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza.
  • The first five days of free agency haven't done anything to disprove the assertion by Ted Leonsis that "cap space is a bit over-valued in free agency." [Truth About It]
  • The guys over at Wizards Extreme answer five burning questions following the drafting of Bradley Beal.
  • As Mike noted, the Clippers probably took themselves out of the running for Courtney Lee by inking Jamal Crawford to a four-year deal and re-signing Chauncey Billups for one season. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • For those who were caught off-guard by the Lakers' trade for Steve Nash, Andrew Sharp has one question: What else did you expect? [SB Nation]
  • Sam Amick thinks Nash makes the Lakers title contenders once again. [SI]
  • Zach Lowe can't wait to see Nash bringing the ball up in L.A. [The Point Forward]
  • Could Nash help Dwight Howard put the Lakers on his "Willing to be traded to" list? [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Bill Plaschke thinks a Howard-for-Andrew Bynum deal makes too much sense to not happen, which means it will not happen. [LA Times]
  • The Knicks reportedly plan to match the Rockets' offer to Jeremy Lin of, according to this report, four years and $29 million. I'm guessing Lin won't be sleeping on anyone's couch next season. [SB Nation]
  • It makes sense that the Knicks plan to match Lin's offer, given that Jason Kidd agreed to a three-year, $9 million contract with New York based in part on the opportunity to mentor Lin. [ESPN New York]
  • The Celtics seem intent on keeping Ray Allen in Boston. [SB Nation, via Boston Herald]
  • The Celtics have also inked Brandon Bass to a three-year, $20 million contract. [CSN New England]
  • After striking out on Deron Williams, Steve Nash and maybe even Jeremy Lin and losing Jason Kidd to the Knicks, the Mavericks are now praying Ramon Sessions will come play point guard for them. I'd almost feel sorry for the Mavs, if Mark Cuban had not willingly gutted a championship team in hopes of cashing in during this free agency period. Epic. Fail. [ESPN Dallas]
  • Jameer Nelson is staying in Orlando. [SB Nation]
  • Man, Eric Gordon really does not want to play for the Hornets. [ESPN]
  • Brandon Roy is back, having reporting agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Timberwolves. Nice payday for a guy who had to retire thanks to FUBAR knees. [SB Nation]
  • The Rockets are set to receive a lottery pick within the next five years after trading Kyle Lowry to the Raptors. [SB Nation, via Jerome Solomon]
  • The Blazers have no intentions of letting Nicolas Batum get away. [SB Nation]
  • The Thunder have signed Hasheem Thabeet to a two-year contract, because if is there's anything the Thunder are lacking, especially after drafting Perry Jones III, it's length and athleticism. [Yahoo! Sports]