Lakers lose Ariza, get Ron Artest, still trying to resign Odom. Great short term upgrade for the Lakers if they sign Odom. Not very good if they lose Odom.
Rockets lose Artest, gain Ariza, Yao to have probable season ending surgery in a week. Likely will trade T-Mac's one good knee either now or at Feb trade deadline.
Portland needs to sign Turk to keep up. Toronto is also rumored to be considering an offer for Turk.
Orlando has not given up on somehow signing Turk. Has talked to Bass of Dallas, and has an appointment with 'Sheed.
Boston sent it's owner, Danny Ange, Doc Rivers, plus its three superstars to Detroit to offer Sheed the full exception amount. He did not sign immediately like Boston hoped and is keeping appointments elsewhere.
Cleveland has missed out on Artest and Ariza. Is talking sign and trade with Toronto for Anthony Parker. They may also be interested in a sign and trade with Denver for Linas Kleiza. Regardless, Cleveland seems limited to working out sign and trade deals to improve their chances against Boston and Orlando.
Boston has let Leon Powe go. He was regarded as their best big off the bench last year prior to a major knee injury. Orlando was one of many teams to immediately call his agent. Big Baby Glenn Davis is being courted by Spurs, Knicks, Pistons, although he is a restricted free agent. Boston could have trouble matching an offer.
Otis Smith declared yesterday that he will match any offer for Marcin Gortat. Both Dallas and Houston are said to be interested. However, declarations such as Smith made often kill offers to restricted free agents. Dallas may move forward anyway, possibly with a sign and trade with Orlando that offers Brandon Bass. Should know more on this soon.