Suns are meeting with Eric Gordon on Tuesday. Will have to offer the max, and would likely be matched by New Orleans.

On the first day of free agency, rumors are sprouting like wildfires around the country and quite soon there will be a flood of actual signings. As with every year, the first few days of the wooing period are filled with crazy overpayments, fueled by surprising demands from agents who want to cash in on desperate GMs.

Agreed in principle (no signings till July 11): Nets sign Gerald Wallace 4/$40.

Offers reportedly out there (via reliable reporters on twitter) to restricted free agents: Rockets offered C Omer Asik $8 mil/yr, Wolves offered SF Nicolas Batum $10 mil/yr, Blazers offered C Roy Hibbert a MAX deal (4/$58).

"Opening salvo" demands from agents of players on Suns radar: Steve Nash wants $12+mil/yr, Goran Dragic wants $10+ mil/yr, Eric Gordon wants a MAX contract (4/$58)

The biggest fish the Suns contacted on Saturday night was SG Eric Gordon. They will meet with Gordon on Tuesday of his whirlwind tour, sandwiched in the middle of at least 5 teams wanting to offer him a MAX contract (4 yrs, $58 million). New Orleans is already floating that they would match any offer and, per Sam Amick of si.com including up to the max, to try to dissuade teams from getting excited about their client. So, this might be a lost cause but you never know if you don't try. The Suns said they would match any Joe Johnson offer back in the day too. Likely, the only way Gordon leaves is via a sign-and-trade, and the Suns don't have great assets to offer.

Players contacted so far by the Suns, according to the wonderful world of twitter:

PG: Nash ($12+ mil/yr), Dragic ($10+ mil/yr), Ray Felton

SG**: Gordon (MAX), O.J. Mayo (3-5 teams interested), Jamal Crawford (6+ teams interested)

SF: Michael Beasley (gulp)

PF: Jared Jeffries (3-5 teams interested), Jordan Hill (5+ teams interested)

C: Chris Kaman

**per Paul Coro via twitter, Suns have no interest in Ray Allen.

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THAT's their first reported in-person visit??!?! Supercool Beas???

Check back all day for updates as news breaks.

No reported interest in PF Ersan Ilyasova at this point, or in SF Nicolas Batum. I would have thought the Suns would show interest in these two. Both are young (25 and 23, respectively) and just now growing into their games. Ilyasova is a tough rebounder and good shooter, while Batum can lock down all 3 perimeter positions and hit the 3-ball.

You might as well cross Goran Dragic off your radar. Dragic's agent is asking for $10 mil/yr for 4 years as guaranteed starter. No way the Suns block Kendall Marshall for 4 seasons. Better to re-sign Nash for $12+ mil/yr for 2-3 seasons.

As a stopgap 2012-2014 starter at PG, I'd much rather have Andre Miller than Ray Felton. Marshall most resembles Miller, except that Marshall is a better passer. He would do well to learn from Miller for a year or two.


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The actual day that free agents can sign with another team is July 11. However, all 2011-12 contracts expire at 9PM AZ time tonight. Those players without 2012-13 contracts become free agents, to some degree, on July 1. At 9PM tonight, each free agent can be courted by any and every NBA team.

Unrestricted free agents (like Deron Williams and Steve Nash) can agree to contract terms whenever they want, though they can't actually sign on the dotted line until July 11. Most of the best unrestricted free agents will be committed to new teams by then.

Restricted free agents, though, cannot commit to anyone until they can sign an "offer sheet" and those cannot be offered until July 11. So those teams who want to make an offer to Eric Gordon or Nicolas Batum have to wait until July 11 to make their move. The Suns, for example, will likely wait until July 11 before making any free agent moves to fill their shooting guard position, since their top target appears to be Gordon.

Who will sign where? Will anyone agree to contract terms right after the bell rings?

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