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Posted by Jeff Dengate on July 5, 2005 1:30 p.m. ET


Michael Redd, Joe Johnson, Antoine Walker, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Antonio Daniels, Cuttino Mobley and the list goes on ...

Those are just a few of the players who could be filing change-of-address cards this summer through free agency. While no new deals can be signed until July 22, the two sides can reach verbal agreements as the Sonics and Ray Allen apparently did this morning. Allen's agent, Lon Babby, reportedly told's Chad Ford, the sides agreed to a five year deal to keep Allen in Seattle.
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Allen's re-signing is bad news for a number of teams who began making calls as early as 12:00 a.m. Friday morning. The Cavaliers had Allen in mind in case Michael Redd decides to return to the Bucks, who can offer Redd more money than any other team. Cleveland's hopes for Redd lie in the word "unrestricted" attached to his status, meaning he can pass on the extra cash for a change of scenery, if he wishes.
-- [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Another high priority for the Cavaliers is re-signing All-Star center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
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Just as the Cavaliers wasted no time making calls to free agents and Ray Allen wasted very little time deciding where he'd play next season, the Suns made a swift move, luring Raja Bell away from Utah.
-- [Salt Lake Tribune]

[Editor's note: Of course, you know, while the deal may be reported, no agreements are official until July 22.]

The Jazz, however, have turned their attention to the Sixers' Willie Green. He's a restricted free agent, though, and Philly is unlikely to let him walk.
-- [Salt Lake Tribune]

In Chicago, Eddy Curry has been cleared to return to the Bulls.
-- [Chicago Sun-Times]

But will he be headed to another team? Don't count on it. The Bulls plan on matching any offers for his services.
-- [Chicago Tribune, Reg. req'd]

New York and New Jersey are also active in soliciting help. The Nets made pitches to Keyon Dooling and Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
-- [New York Post]

Across the Hudson, the Knicks are in search of more size.
-- [New York Times, Reg. req'd]

It sounds like their plans include Stromile Swift.
-- [New York Post]

So, we'll watch the bidding battles over the next few weeks -- a competitive scene, to be sure, as the Nuggets are finding out.
-- [Denver Post]


While free agents around the NBA are signing new deals, a number of players around the league are inking their first contracts -- a mere formality in many cases because of the rookie salary scale laid out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The first-round picks who have already signed with their teams include: Andrew Bogut, Channing Frye and Nate Robinson, Martell Webster and David Lee.
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The Celtics signed high school star Gerald Green this weekend before sending him off to Las Vegas for summer league play.
-- [Boston Globe, Reg. req'd]

Hakim Warrick and Lawrence Roberts are both expected to sign with the Grizzlies before leaving for the Summer Pro-Am League in California.
-- [Memphis Commercial Appeal]

Joining them in Long Beach will be two undrafted rookies -- Illinois' Roger Powell Jr. and Darren Brooks from Southern Illinois -- the Mavericks recently signed.
-- [Peoria Journal Star]

And finally, with all the player movement, is second-rounder Dijon Thompson a lock to make the Suns roster?
-- [East Valley Tribune]

Rejoice Sonics' fans. It appears Ray will be sporting green again next season.
(Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Raja Bell, who, after agreeing to a deal with Phoenix, said he'll miss playing for Jazz coach Jerry Sloan:

""There are two people, my father [Roger] and Jerry, who when I grow old, I hope I'll be able to say that I lived with even half as much class and respect for other people."
-- [Salt Lake Tribune]

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