A look at what happened on July 2, the second day of the NBA's long-awaited 2010 free agent period:
THE BIG 3
LEBRON JAMES: Dressed casually in a T-shirt and shorts, James met for nearly three hours with Pat Riley and the Miami Heat, then held court with the Los Angeles Clippers for about another hour. James' take on how things are going: "Good," the two-time MVP said.
DWYANE WADE: He met with the New York Knicks for a little over two hours, then added a second meeting with the Chicago Bulls to his agenda for the day. Wade is due back in South Florida early next week, and it's unknown if he'll have any more formal talks with teams before then.
CHRIS BOSH: The Bulls started Bosh's day with a meeting, and he was preparing to sit down with the Knicks toward the end of the day. Bosh has talked with plenty of teams, but if he has a plan after two days of the free-agent period, he's not saying. "You've got to enjoy this," he said.
NEWS OF THE DAY
PIERCE STAYING: The Boston Celtics were closing in on a four-year deal with forward Paul Pierce, with the Boston Herald reporting it would be worth $61 million and include a mutual option for the final season.
SUNS SETTLING: Indications are that Amare Stoudemire's days in Phoenix might be over. A person with knowledge of the deals tells the AP that Hakim Warrick agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal on Friday, shortly after Channing Frye agreed to a five-year, $30 million offer to re-sign with Phoenix. That would suggest the team won't be giving Stoudemire as much cash as he wants.
BUCKS SPENDING: Going deeply into their checkbook for the second straight day, the Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a $40 million, five-year deal with free agent guard John Salmons, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The Bucks gave Drew Gooden $32 million for a five-year deal on Thursday.
MAVS SHOPPING: Dirk Nowitzki got a "significant" contract from the Dallas Mavericks on Friday. The team hopes Nowitzki responds when the sides meet Saturday.
HOLLYWOOD WEIGHS IN
TV Land's new show "Hot in Cleveland" has gotten involved in freeagentmania, and predictably, their efforts are focused on keeping James with the Cavaliers. Betty White, one of the show's stars, offers this in a video message to James: "I'll make it worth your while."
"Taking a quick break 2 get some lunch. Then 'back to the future'. L2ms," — Wade, using his new catch acronym, short for "laugh to myself."
"I don't film my meetings. I am a professional. Having control of your own media is a distraction, but when other networks do it, it's not?" — Bosh, responding to news that he may have a documentary on the free agent saga in the works.
AP Sports Writer Bob Baum in Phoenix contributed to this report.
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