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It was a little more than two weeks into the season, but this was a crucial game for both sides: Friday night on ESPN, their first meeting since the defending-champion Pistons had knocked Indiana out of an emotionally charged Eastern Conference finals that was best remembered for a vicious flagrant foul by Artest on Rip Hamilton in Game 6. Jermaine O’Neal and Jamaal Tinsley had played hurt in the deciding sixth game and Indiana had stewed all summer, believing it had the better team. Both sides had tinkered with their rosters — Detroit subtracting reserves Corliss Williamson, Mehmet Okur, and Mike James and adding Antonio McDyess, Carlos Delfino, and Derrick Coleman; Indiana trading Al Harrington and adding Stephen Jackson — but the bad blood persisted. (Grantland)
The San Antonio Spurs have emerged as the leader in the courtship of free-agent forward Antonio McDyess, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
San Antonio is one of three teams offering the full mid-level exception over two years, sources said. No deal is imminent, but it’s believed McDyess has offers from the Orlando Magic and possibly the Cleveland Cavaliers.
McDyess is considered one of the best unrestricted free agents on the market, and could complete a terrific offseason makeover for the Spurs as they retool for another championship run.
“He’s definitely been wrestling with this [decision],” one league executive said.
Detroit president Joe Dumars still wants to re-sign McDyess, but needs to clear more space to make a competitive offer.
A couple of weeks ago, coach Michael Curry said he was thinking about moving Antonio McDyess into the starting lineup for the final stretch of the season.
He made that move a reality Monday.
“I just think it makes us more stable starting games off,” Curry said. “It makes us more solid defensively, especially when we have to help.”
McDyess will replace Amir Johnson, who had struggled in the weeks leading up to the All-Star break, beginning tonight against the Bucks.
Bobcats coach Larry Brown says he’s reluctant to call Antonio McDyess directly, to lobby the veteran big man to sign with the Charlotte Bobcats.
But there’s no maybe how much Brown would like to reunite with McDyess, whom he coached with the Detroit Pistons.
“He would be perfect for this team,” Brown said pre-game Tuesday. “He’s an underrated defender, he can make a shot and he is the best teammate.”
Is Antonio McDyess necessarily returning to the Detroit Pistons? His agent says it isn’t a sure thing.
“There are three other situations we’re discussing right now and sifting through,” says Andy Miller. “All are teams that have significant midlevel space, either partial or in total for him.”
League sources believe the three bidders to be Cleveland, San Antonio and Boston. The team offering the most money to McDyess is the Cavaliers, according to one league source. They could offer McDyess multiple years starting at more than $5 million this season.