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A great season of the NBA just finished. The Los Angels Lakers deserved to win a great title after losing the finals last year against the mighty Celtics.
There’s a lot of questions regarding the future of the Lakers. What’s gonna happen now ?
Kobe Bryant said he plans to stay with the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers even if he opts out of his contract this summer. Phil Jackson said his health will dictate whether he returns as coach. Jackson will decide about next season after he gets some health issues checked out. He signed a two-year contract extension last season and holds the option on a second year. The contract contains a date by which he is required to tell the Lakers of his intention to return, but Kupchak said the team is willing to give Jackson the time he needs to see a doctor.
Bryant wants Lakers management and owner Jerry Buss to bring back starter Trevor Ariza and sixth man Lamar Odom, who both become unrestricted free agents on July 1. Jackson also wants to see the team remain intact, including Ariza and Odom.

There’s a lot of rumors on the other teams too. A a possible move to Cleveland for center Yao Ming Houston ROckets) have swirled since a group of Chinese investors signed an agreement last month with the Cavaliers to become minority owners. The move is expected to boost the team’s popularity and marketing opportunities in China, where Cleveland star LeBron James is very popular.

Talking about the Rockets – another interesting news came out.  The Rockets are engaged in “very preliminary” discussions about offers the team may get for Tracy McGrady , and that the New York Knicks are one of the teams that could be vying for his services. The story also notes that the Knicks’ interest in McGrady is at the due dilligence stage, and is not serious at this point.

Another undecided player now , Carlos Boozer recently indicated on a national cable TV program that he is undecided about whether he’ll opt out of the final year of his Utah Jazz contract to enter the free agent market this summer, or if he’ll stick around in Utah to play out the final year.
Boozer has until June 30 to make his decision. The final remaining season on his Jazz deal would pay him $12,657,233.

Jason Kidd from  Dallas is among the free agents the Blazers are expected to pursue this off season – a few newspapers have speculated.

The Detroit Free Press reports the Knicks might be interested in a sign-and-trade deal involving forward David Lee to shed some salary, and the Pistons might be willing to listen. The Knicks are considered to be one of the teams angling to have a lot of salary-cap space for the summer of 2010 when the highly touted free-agent class of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amare Stoudemire are among the players expected to hit the market. But the Knicks might have to get rid of Lee, who could be in line for a big raise after averaging 16 points and 11.7 rebounds last year.

There’s a lot of movement from the Toronto Raptors court also. After The Philadelphia 76ers have traded forward Reggie Evans to the Toronto Raptors for shooter Jason Kapono seems that the Raptors are looking to resign shooter Carlos Delfino.

Stay tuned for NBA news and other information.

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