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Mark Murphy, Boston Herald: "Glen Davis now understands why the term 'restricted free agent' is an oxymoron. The Celtics forward, discouraged by the lack of progress in talks with the team as well as shrinking options in the free agent market, posted his frustration Tuesday night on Twitter. As evidenced by his tweets, Davis’ angst was tweaked in part by the C’s signing of free agent power forward Shelden Williams(notes) to a veterans minimum contract earlier this week. A league source also confirmed the Celtics finally started discussing numbers with Davis in the past week and made an offer that was considered disappointing by the player’s camp. Davis started free agency with the hope of earning mid-level money ($5.8 million) but has yet to draw any offers beyond the one recently made by the Celtics."

UPDATE: Spears reports via Twitter that "Glen Davis says Twitter words of him talking FA [are] not him." I hope that made sense.

Marc Berman, New York Post: "Not sure which is the bigger Knick story today. That Jerry Stackhouse(notes) is working out for them or a Guinness record-setting 200-pound matzoh ball is being wheeled to a Lower East Side deli in Manhattan this morning in honor of the Knicks-Maccabi Tel Aviv exhibition in October. In truth, I think the matzoh ball has a better jumper than Stackhouse right now. Last night's Post slot editor, the venerable Kevin Kenney talked about combining the two news events if only Jerry's name was Jerry Stackowitz. The 3-foot-high matzoh ball is another publicity stunt to trump up ticket sales for Maccabi-Knicks, with proceeds of ticket sales going to Migdahl Ohr — the important Israeli charity for disadvantaged kids. Not sure if the Stackhouse workout is a publicity stunt either. He looks older than Donnie Walsh. Are the Knicks playing the field to get guys like Nate Robinson(notes) and Ramon Sessions(notes) to sign with them?"

RealGM: "Alan Hahn of Newsday reports that the Knicks could shed a 2010 contract as part of the team's pursuit of the unrestricted free-agent Jerry Stackhouse. The only non-rookie contracts remaining on the Knicks' payroll for the 2010-2011 season are that of Eddy Curry(notes) and Jared Jeffries(notes). Presumably the Knicks are seeking a trade of one of the two. It was reported earlier this week that the Knicks are intent on clearing more cap room for next summer before the team would sign restricted free-agent Ramon Sessions to an offer sheet."

Beth Kasaab, Orlando Sentinel: "Orlando Magic Chief Operating Officer Alex Martins said Wednesday that the team would begin as early as next week to try to sell ads on players' practice jerseys. The news comes after NBA officials said last week that they would begin to allow the ads this season, a welcome rule change for many teams struggling with attendance and revenue. Martin suggested that corporate logos on uniforms could open up a major revenue stream, especially once the rules are expanded to allow game jerseys — a move that is not yet certain, but anticipated and welcomed by team managers such as Martin. 'The day we get to game jerseys, that's more valuable than the building,' he said, referring to naming rights for a team's venue."

Marcus Thompson II, ContraCostaTimes: "With the Amare Stoudemire trade nowhere near happening — according to multiple sources — the Warriors are left with few options. It may not be the worst thing in the world, though. If this were the roster heading into the season, the Warriors would get a chance to play their young studs big minutes, getting them the experience they need. Also, the Warriors might be setting themselves up to be players next offseason, when a wealth of talent is expected to be available. It isn't too far fetched to think the combination of free agents aplenty and rough economic times could land the Warriors a good player at a good price. Sitting on $9 million in expiring contracts, with players who will be even more tradable next season, the Warriors just might be able to make a run at an All-Star who wound up with fewer options than anticipated."

Kate Fagan, Philadelphia Inquirer: "It appears Donyell Marshall's(notes) first season as a Sixer will also have been his last. With the summer in its final weeks and the NBA season quickly approaching, the Sixers are putting the final touches on their 2009-10 roster. Both sides — Marshall's agent, Andy Miller, and Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski — confirmed yesterday that the Sixers' re-signing the veteran power forward did not appear to be on the agenda. 'He did a wonderful job for us last year,' Stefanski said. 'But right now we feel like we are going to go in a different direction. Right now our thought process is to bring a couple of guys into camp to compete for that spot.'"

Phil Jasner, Philadelphia Daily News: "Randy Ayers could have been bitter. He could have been angry. He says he is not. He doesn't look back at the 2003-04 season, when he lasted only 52 games as the successor to 76ers coach Larry Brown. 'You move on, you move forward,' he said last night, after being named as an assistant on new Sixers coach Eddie Jordan's staff, joining associate head coach Mike O'Koren, Jim Lynam and Aaron McKie(notes). 'If you don't, the game will pass you by.' Ayers spent six seasons as Brown's lead assistant, becoming then-president/general manager Billy King's choice after an interview and contact process that included, of all people, Jordan, Tubby Smith, Jeff Van Gundy, Mike Fratello, Mike Woodson and Terry Stotts."

Mike Fisher, "The Mavs are not in the hunt for Milwaukee restricted free-agent point guard Ramon Sessions, NBA sources tell However, we are told, that’s not necessarily a result of a fit of frugality and it's not necessarily reflective of a general unwillingness to use 'The Buck Shot.' Sessions is seeking the full MLE (five years, $33.9 million) from a new team, and the Knicks seem to be the only serious suitor. New York is apparently calculating how little it can offer and still both get Sessions to sign the offer sheet and preclude the Bucks from matching. Reports suggest that Milwaukee — with a budget and with a new PG in rookie Brandon Jenkins — is unwilling to exceed $3 million per season. [...] Good player. Get-able player. Affordable player. Still, the Mavs aren’t in."

Ailene Voisin, The Sac Bee: "Obtaining a visa to play in the United States remains a major irritant for the non-Americans in the league. Most of the time the NBA teams turn their attorneys loose on the immigration matter. But as Omri Casspi(notes) is learning — as did Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic(notes) and Hedo Turkoglu(notes) back in the day — the process is not hassle-free. Multiple time-consuming meetings at the U.S. Embassy remain common. In Casspi's case, the Kings rookie appeared for a 7:30 a.m., appointment on Tuesday and was required to return again Wednesday to finalize the paperwork. He sounded relieved to have the matter resolved. 'Done, over,' he said afterward. 'I'm ready to go.'"

Alex Kennedy, RealGM: "C.J. Watson is looking for a multi-year contract and an increase in playing time, two things he likely won't receive from the Golden State Warriors. Watson is testing the free agent market and could sign an offer sheet with another team or be dealt in a sign-and-trade. 'Next season, Kelenna Azubuike(notes) is a free agent and is represented by the same agent as C.J. Watson(notes). If the Warriors screw over Watson, I guarantee that Azubuike will leave. No question, they'll return the favor,' a source close to the situation tells RealGM's Alex Kennedy. Last season, Azubuike averaged 14.4 points and 5.0 rebounds while starting fifty-one games for the Warriors. Azubuike has a player option for the 2010-11 season worth $3.3 million."

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