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NBA roundup: Boozer to Bulls, Durant re-signs with OKC
Posted By Jay Asser On July 8, 2010 @ 9:18 am In General | No Comments
‘The Decision’ that everyone is waiting for Thursday night on ESPN could be an hour-long waste of time if reports that LeBron James  wants to team up with stars Dwyane Wade  and Chris Bosh in Miami are true. Chris Broussard of ESPN wrote early Thursday morning that unless there is a change of heart by James, he’ll leave Cleveland and try to be a part of a dynasty with the Heat .
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, one executive whose franchise was among the initial suitors for James said Wednesday morning that the Akron product was only seriously considering Miami and Cleveland .
Meanwhile, while the LeBron hoopla builds to a crescendo, other notable free agents are making their move. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that Jazz  power forward Carlos Boozer will sign a five-year, $76 million contract  with the Bulls.
After various reports had New York big man David Lee  heading to Phoenix to replace Amar’e Stoudemire, it looks like the double-double machine could be heading farther west to California. Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times is reporting that the Warriors and Knicks are close on a deal which would send Lee in a sign-and-trade to Golden State for forward Anthony Randolph .
Already under contract, Kevin Durant  decided to extend his stay with the Thunder in a relatively quiet manner when he announced the deal Thursday via Twitter. Sean Sweeney of Dime Magazine writes that Durant signed a five-year, $85 million extension while showing humility amid the LeBron chaos .
The Celtics , meanwhile, have been busy this offseason as they look to bring back most of last year’s team for another run. After reaching an agreement with Paul Pierce  and reportedly agreeing to terms with Ray Allen  last Wednesday night, Boston reportedly is going after Jermaine O’Neal to replace the injured Kendrick Perkins  at center. According to Wojnarowski and Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics have offered O’Neal near the midlevel exception of $5.8 million over two years . O’Neal is expected to make a decision by Thursday night.
Another O’Neal whom the Celtics have targeted to replace Perkins has been Shaq, who has shown interest in both Boston and Atlanta. Now, Chris Tomasson of AOL FanHouse is reporting that O’Neal’s first choice to try to win his fifth championship is the Spurs . No matter where Shaq lands, Tomasson writes that sources have said that he won’t return to Cleveland for next season.
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URLs in this post:
 LeBron James: http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm
 Dwyane Wade: http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwyane-wade.htm
 leave Cleveland and try to be a part of a dynasty with the Heat: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5363055
 only seriously considering Miami and Cleveland: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AupEPCZzInM884ccTtubUBC8vLYF?slug=ys-lebronfreeagency070810
 Jazz: http://media.weei.com/basketball/utah-jazz.htm
 sign a five-year, $76 million contract: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-0708-bulls-carlos-boozer-chica20100707,0,7743279.story
 David Lee: http://media.weei.com/basketball/david-lee.htm
 the Warriors and Knicks are close on a deal which would send Lee in a sign-and-trade to Golden State for forward Anthony Randolph: http://www.contracostatimes.com/warriors/ci_15459741?nclick_check=1
 Kevin Durant: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-durant.htm
 signed a five-year, $85 million extension while showing humility amid the LeBron chaos: http://dimemag.com/2010/07/kevin-durant-signs-5-year-85-million-extension/
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm
 Ray Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm
 Kendrick Perkins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kendrick-perkins.htm
 offered O’Neal near the midlevel exception of $5.8 million over two years: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ys-freeagentbuzz070710
 O’Neal’s first choice to try to win his fifth championship is the Spurs: http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/07/07/source-shaq-prefers-spurs-wants-to-play-two-more-seasons/
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