Monday, July 2, 2012

Morris re-signs - Barnes, Ebanks, Goudelock, Hill, Murphy, Sessions next?

Let the trading begin! As of this past Sunday, July 1, 12:00 AM ET, the 2012 NBA Free Agency has officially tipped off. Sports writers, TV analysts and even us itty-bitty bloggers will keep a close watch.
 
July 11th will be the day that all free agents may sign on the dotted line or forever hold their peace or for at least the length of their new contract. 
 
Lakers waste no time. Darius Morris has agreed to the teams qualifying offer of a reported $940,000. However I've found other sources that have the offer a tad bit higher.

Marc Spears from Yahoo!Sports.com initially reported via his Twitter account that the Lakers QO was $962,000 but then was corrected minutes later by Eric Pincus from HoopsWorld.com replying that the Lakers QO was actually $962,195. Hey every dollar counts and in this case its hundreds. 


Where does this move leave Barnes, Ebanks, Goudelock, Hill, Murphy and Sessions?

The Lakers have extended a qualifying offer to Ebanks for a little over a million dollars and await his fishing expedition.

Jordan Hill and the team share a mutual interest for his return and both representing parties are currently in contract negotiations.

Despite the Lakers reaching out to Sessions recently, Ramon is clearly wanting to take advantage of the free agency in hopes for a bigger payday. He - and agent Karnes - should be cautious as the Lakers are looking vigorously at other point guards and Sessions may be a quick after thought.

Andrew Goudelock is losing weight in hopes to be a little quicker and more explosive. The Lakers will most likely not exercise his $789,000 option until he plays in the Las Vegas Summer League from July 13-22.
  
Troy Murphy is taking some time off this off season but is reportedly not expected to return to the team.

Matt Barnes is testing the waters right now and is reportedly to have aspirations to play in Orlando again.
    
NBA.com has an easy to follow 2012 Free Agent Tracker. This is a great resource for those who get cluttered by all of the luxury tax, salary cap, Bird exception, amnesty and new CBA restriction talk. 

Top photo credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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