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NBA free agency transactions by team

Published: Wednesday, July 10 2013 4:32 p.m. MDT

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Robert Sacre (R)

Devin Ebanks (U)

Earl Clark (to Cleveland)

Andrew Goudelock (U)

Dwight Howard (to Rockets)

Antawn Jamison (U, Clippers speaking with him)

Darius Morris (U)

The Lakers are over the salary cap, even if they don't bring back any of their free agents, making the signing of Dwight Howard even more crucial to the future of the franchise.

The Lakers went full full-court press on Howard and had the ability to offer $30 million more than any other team. Despite it all, reports that Howard will not return to Los Angeles emerged Friday afternoon.

Without Howard, focus will switch to shoring up L.A.'s core of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol. Commentators and fans have also speculated that L.A. will seek to clear as much cap space as possible to sign LeBron James next summer.

Also, Cleveland agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Earl Clark, who played alongside Howard last season. Clark, who spent two days visiting with the Cavs earlier this week, is getting a deal worth $9 million.

Sources say the Lakers could be interested in signing free agent Chris Kaman, who played last year for the Mavericks, though other teams have shown interest, including Golden State, Atlanta, Sacramento and New York.

Other reports have surfaced that the team have had conversation in bringing Lamar Odom back to the Lakers.
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ApacheNaiche
PINETOP, AZ

I hope the Jazz know what they're doing.

Utah Valley Guy
Springville, UT

The Jazz clearly know what they're doing. They need to extend the contracts of Hayward and Favors this summer - and they have now done what they need to do to assure both that their best opportunity is with Utah. They have also created enormous flexibility for themselves, with two 1st round draft picks in the talent-heavy 2014 draft. While the young guys learn the ropes this year, if we make the playoffs - great start! If we don't, we could get Jabari Parker or another stud, and can be a big player in the talent-laden 2014 free agent market.

No lose scenarios all around, with a lot of flexibility and an eye to the future.

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