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Joe Lago
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All of the top shooting guards have been snapped up. Now the best big men on the market are starting to go.

All eyes might be focused on Larry Brown's future with the Detroit Pistons, but the second week of free agency has produced some interesting developments.

Let's take a look at the latest (as of Thursday morning):

Brown
Brown

The Report
Los Angeles Times – The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a sign-and-trade that will bring Kwame Brown to SoCal and send Caron Butler and either Chucky Atkins or Devean George to the Washington Wizards.

The Reason
In Butler, the Wizards have a replacement for shooting guard Larry Hughes, who's leaving for Cleveland. In Brown, the Lakers get a former No. 1 overall pick who has struggled to become a consistent contributor, much less a star. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is gambling that a change of scenery – and the Zen powers of Phil Jackson – will do the trick.


James
James

The Report
New York TimesSeattle SuperSonics center Jerome James has agreed to a five-year contract with the New York Knicks.

The Reason
The Knicks needed a big man and James is indeed a big man at 7-foot-1 and 272 pounds. The $29 million question (the amount of James' deal) is which Jerome James will show up at Madison Square Garden. James continued to underachieve in the regular season, averaging 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds, before earning his free-agent money in the playoffs with averages of 17 and nine in Seattle's first-round win over Sacramento.


Abdur-Rahim
Abdur-Rahim

The Report
Newark Star-Ledger – The New Jersey Nets still want to do a sign-and-trade for Shareef Abdur-Rahim, but they're not willing to pay the Portland Trail Blazers' price of a first-round pick.

The Reason
The Nets are only offering a second-rounder to the Blazers and have told Abdur-Rahim's agent that they might only have the mid-level exception to pay his client. Abdur-Rahim would finally fill the hole at power forward created by Kenyon Martin's departure last summer, but the Nets will look to sign Stromile Swift if the stalemate with Blazers GM John Nash lasts into next week.


Curry
Curry

The Report
Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Bulls center Eddy Curry begins his free-agent tour Thursday by visiting the Atlanta Hawks.

The Reason
The Hawks have more than $20 million in salary-cap room. That's why Curry, who's a restricted free agent, is considering the ATL. Hawks GM Billy Knight might call the bluff of Bulls GM John Paxson, who said he will match any offer for Curry but might have to work out a sign-and-trade to avoid getting nothing in return.

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