The NBA's free agency period opened last night at 12:01 a.m. EST, and surprise -- no one signed a contract after being on the phone with one team for one minute.
Free agency is always highly anticipated and this year's should offer no shortage of exciting new destinations for players looking to broaden their horizons and careers. It just doesn't all happen within minutes or hours of the opening bell.
Sacramento, Charlotte, Minnesota, Orlando and the champs from San Antonio all calling, I'm told, about Brooklyn free agent Shaun Livingston— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
The rest of the scuttlebutt that mentions the Hornets is mostly speculation.
The Jazz anticipate Charlotte making an offer to Gordon Hayward. However, Jazz beat reporter Jody Genessy says the team is prepared to match any offers to their restricted free agent.
It's worth noting a lot of the information that comes out this early (ie. "Team A, Team B, Team C all called Player X to register their interest) is from the players' agents, who are happy to reveal it to help drive up interest and send teams bidding against one another.
Thankfully free agency doesn't end in one day and contracts can't even be signed until July 10 (though agreements can be made), so we'll just have to wait like everyone else to see who signs whom.