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Parsons is also sitting down with the Grizzlies Friday morning, where his former coach JB Bickerstaff is on the coaching staff.
KENT BAZEMORE CHANGES MIND, MEETING WITH ROCKETS A few hours after it was reported that Kent Bazemore would wait until after the July 4th holiday to begin negotiations with his suitors, The Vertical's Shams Charania reports that the Rockets have secured a sudden meeting with Bazemore Friday, with James Harden scheduled to join the pitch. Woj reported that the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to terms with center Timofey Mozgov and for a remarkable 4-year/ million deal.
Notably absent from that list are the Celtics, who only hold early bird rights for Turner.
The Celtics are expected to get a chance to compete with Turner's best offers, a source told Celtics Blog.
As earlier speculated below, Bazemore will be looking for around million a year. The most surprising news to come out of this story is that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak's first call was to Mozgov, a center who toiled at the end of a bench for the champs.
Locking up Beal is a crucial early step for the Wizards, who can utilize his low cap hold to save his contract for the back BLAZERS, GRIZZLIES SITTING DOWN WITH CHANDLER PARSONS Woj has just about every story, including Chandler Parsons sitting down with the Blazers Friday morning in what will reportedly result in a 4-year max offer for the swingman.
Parsons has insisted he is all ears this offseason and may find himself a great fit in Portland, who already have two great perimeter scorers in Damian Lillard and CJ Mc Collum.
MORE AINGE MAGIC: JOHNSON & JEREBKO MOVE GUARANTEE DATE BACK ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported earlier today that the Celtics have made a mututally agreed upon amendment to the contracts of Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko to move their '16-'17 contract guarantee to July 7th.this opens up the chance for the Celtics to get a commitment from Kevin Durant at their meeting and still have a chance to waive Johnson and Jerebko's million off the books to pursue a max deal for a player like Al Horford or Dwight Howard.BEAL GETS HIS BIG DEAL Woj reports that the Wizards are closing a 5-year 8 million max deal with Bradley Beal, without any partial guarantees or team options as had been expected.It is a huge victory for Beal, whose max talent has been overshadowed by his shaky injury history.
Follow @CLNS_Jared Weiss EVAN TURNER HOT ON THE MARKET Evan Turner is proving to be a hot commodity on the free agent market after a resurgent season with the Boston Celtics.Sporting News' Sean Deveney reported minutes before free agency began midnight Friday that six teams will pursue Turner: New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.