Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 7/2/13
As the 2013 NBA free agency period opened on July 1, most of the chatter surrounded Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard. That has continued even as other teams make their moves and players start new journeys with different franchises. The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers have been active early in the process. Players can agree to contracts, extensions and offer sheets at any time, but cannot officially sign until July 10. Each new league season begins on July 1, but a moratorium period takes place during the first several days of the month during which transactions are on hold. The dates and length of the moratorium period vary each summer. Below are some of the early free agency moves and players we can expect to see in a new uniform for the start of the 2013-14 NBA season: Dwight Howard finishes up meetings Howard wrapped up his meetings with teams on Tuesday by hearing pitches from the Dallas Mavericks and the Lakers. He has already met with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors. Howard has now claimed he will take a few days off and leave Los Angeles for a bit of a vacation and think about where he wants to spend his future. Pacers retain David West As expected, the Pacers have agreed to terms with power forward David West on a new three-year deal worth $36 million. West is part of the core of an Indiana team that battled the eventual champion Miami Heat for seven games in the Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers also made an offer to C.J. Watson to become their backup point guard. Clippers get Redick, Dudley for Bledsoe and Butler Following a rare trade for a head coach (Doc Rivers), the Clippers and starting point guard Chris Paul have agreed on a max contract worth $107 million over five years. The Clippers were also involved in a three-team deal that sent guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns while acquiring sharpshooter J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks and forward Jared Dudley from the Suns. Milwaukee received two second-round draft picks. Knicks, Raptors finalize Barnani deal New York and Toronto have agreed to a trade involving multiple players. The Raptors will send former No. 1 overall draft pick Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks in exchange for veterans Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and Quentin Richardson. New York also included three draft choices in the deal. Timberwolves sign Kevin Martin Former Oklahoma City sixth man Kevin Martin agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The contract is reportedly worth $28 million over four years. Martin replaced James Harden as the Thunder’s sixth man this past season when Harden was traded to Houston in 2012. Tony Allen re-signs with Memphis Grizzlies One of the NBA’s premier defensive stoppers has decided to stay put. Late on Tuesday night the Memphis Grizzlies opted to re-sign guard Tony Allen to a four-year, $20 million deal.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pat Kelsey ditches UMass at last minute, plans to return to Winthrop

Report: Top GM candidates not interested in Redskins job due to Daniel Snyder

Carmelo Anthony: Knicks were more free-flowing before triangle emphasis

Report: Deal in works for Raiders to play at Sam Boyd Stadium in Vegas

Yoenis Cespedes: MLB would grow if they played with Latin culture

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Georgetown fires John Thompson III after 13 seasons

GGG, Canelo Alvarez reportedly resume fight talks

Shaq comes clean on flat earth talk: ‘I’m joking, you idiots’

NFL to discuss possibility of reviewing penalties

Report: Paul George wants to play with Gordon Hayward

Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias injures elbow, hip in shower fall

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

The 'Duke schadenfreude season came early this year' quiz

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Re-ranking the Sweet 16 for the NCAA Tournament

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/22: Team USA is heading to the championship

The 'With teammates like this, who needs rivals?' quiz

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Re-ranking the Sweet 16 for the NCAA Tournament

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Eastern Conference bottom feeders to watch down the stretch

The 'With teammates like this, who needs rivals?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker