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Basketball: NBA Rumors (June 04)

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TRD

posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 03:41 PM
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Bulls could trade first rounder
Daily Herald


The Bulls may be willing to trade the No. 3 pick in the draft. Daily Herald columnist Mike McGraw writes that the Bulls could use the pick to acquire Al Harrington, James Posey, Caron Butler or Antoine Walker.


Kobe could benefit from move
San Jose Mercury News


Re-signing with the Lakers may not be the best move for Kobe Bryant. Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami believes that Bryant may be better off joining the Clipper or Suns.


Poor play could cost Okur dearly
Palm Beach Post


The Post's Chris Perkins reports that Mehmet Okur's lackluster performance in the playoffs could allow the Pistons to re-sign both he and Rasheed Wallace. Although the Jazz, Suns, Nuggets and Hawks could all make bids for Okur, he may have to settle for the Pistons' mid-level exception.


Kittles could help Bobcats
Charlotte Observer


Observer columnist Rick Bonnell thinks that the Bobcats should consider selecting Nets guard Kerry Kittles in the expansion draft. Bonnell writes that Kittles is "someone with a real name and proven skills to entertain folks sampling the new product next season".


Sonics' McMillan a lame duck
Seattle Times


The Times' Percy Allen reports that the Sonics aren't in any hurry to offer coach Nate McMillan a contract extension. Although McMillan is entering the final year of his contract, Sonics president Wally Walker says that re-signing his coach "simply hasn't come up".

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TRD

posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 01:24 PM
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Bryant may force out Jackson
Los Angeles Times


It doesn't look like Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson will be able to coexist in Los Angeles. Times columnist Bill Plaschke writes that "if Bryant stays, Jackson probably goes".


Bulls, Wizards may trade picks
Chicago Tribune


Sources told the Tribune's K.C. Johnson that the Bulls are talking to the Wizards about a deal involving Jarvis Hayes. The Bulls could trade the No. 3 pick, Chris Jefferies and salary cap fodder to the Wizards for the No. 5 pick and Hayes.


Magic waiting for word from McGrady
Orlando Sentinel


Magic GM John Weisbrod told the Sentinel's Brian Schmitz that he should find out "pretty soon" if Tracy McGrady plans to opt out of his contract. A source also informed Schmitz that the Magic are shopping the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.


Bobcats could save Suns some money
Azcentral.com


Azcentral.com columnist John Gambadoro writes that the Bobcats could get a first-round pick from the Suns if they select Jahidi White in the expansion draft. The Suns would then have enough cap room to try to sign Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash or Mehmet Okur.


Pavlovic may be bound for Charlotte
Deseret News


The News' Tim Buckley reports that the Jazz's decision to leave Sasha Pavlovic off of their protected list may mean that they're planning to make a trade with the Bobcats. Pavlovic could be headed to Charlotte as part of a deal for the Bobcats' first-round pick or the Bucks' Brian Skinner.

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TRD

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 05:16 PM
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Bryant still planning to opt out
Orange County Register


The Register's Kevin Ding reports that Kobe Bryant hasn't changed his plans for this summer. Bryant is still expected to opt out of his contract with the Lakers and become a free agent.

Will Lakers bring Shaq back?
Los Angeles Daily News


Kobe Bryant isn't the only Laker who may want out of town. The Daily News' Ross Siler reports that Shaquille O'Neal has hinted that his future with the Lakers is uncertain.


McGrady hasn't closed door on Magic
Orlando Sentinel


Tracy McGrady may not be dead set on leaving Orlando. The Sentinel's Brian Schmitz reports that McGrady, who is expected to meet with Magic owner Rich DeVos this week, still has an "open mind".


McGrady would be welcome in Indiana
Indianapolis Star


Star columnist Bob Kravitz thinks that the Pacers should try to trade for Tracy McGrady. Kravitz suggests that the Pacers offer the Magic Al Harrington and either Jonathan Bender or Ron Artest for McGrady


Sonics should deal for big man
Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Post-Intelligencer columnist David Locke has some ideas on how the Sonics could improve their frontcourt. Locke thinks that the Sonics should make bids for Elton Brand, Chris Wilcox, Tyson Chandler, Jonathan Bender, Kwame Brown and Nene.


TRD

posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 03:35 PM
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McGrady won't come cheap
Orlando Sentinel


Teams may have to pay a king's ransom if they want to acquire Tracy McGrady. The Sentinel's Brian Schmitz and Tim Povtak report that the Magic could deal McGrady for the Pacers' Ron Artest, Al Harrington, Jamaal Tinsley and Jonathan Bender, the Rockets' Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Catoget or the Suns' Shawn Marion, Joe Johnson and Jake Voskuhl.


Lakers may give Bryant say on coach, roster
Los Angeles Daily News


The Daily News' Howard Beck reports that Kobe Bryant could soon be calling the shots in L.A. The Lakers may allow Kobe to choose who will be on the roster and who will coach the team.


Tomjanovich a candidate to coach Lakers
New York Daily News


The Daily News' Frank Isola reports that the Lakers could hire Rudy Tomjanovich to coach their team if Phil Jackson decides not to return. Sources told Isola that Tomjanovich is "emerging as a top candidate" for the job.


Pistons hoping to re-sign Wallace, Okur
Detroit News


Keeping the Pistons together won't be easy. The News' Chris McCosky reports that re-signing both Rasheed Wallace and Mehmet Okur "might be tough".


Should Warriors sign Payton?
Oakland Tribune


Tribune columnist Dave Del Grande wonders if the Warriors will try to sign Gary Payton. Luring Payton to Oakland would likely cost the Warriors $5 million per season.

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TRD

posted on Jun, 18 2004 @ 02:25 PM
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Lakers may keep Kobe, trade Shaq
Los Angeles Times


GM Mitch Kupchak told the Times' Tim Brown that the Lakers are "not going to trade Kobe [Bryant]". Shaquille O'Neal's future with the team is far less certain, however. Kupchak says that he may be willing to deal O'Neal if he asks to be traded.


Lakers may say goodbye to Jackson
Los Angeles Times


The Times' Tim Brown reports that Lakers owner Jerry Buss will likely tell coach Phil Jackson that he doesn't want him to return next season. The Lakers could replace Jackson with Pat Riley, Rudy Tomjanovich, George Karl, Jim Cleamons, Kurt Rambis, Brian Shaw or Michael Cooper.


McGrady could meet with Magic owner today
Orlando Sentinel


The Sentinel's Brian Schmitz reports that Magic owner Rich DeVos could have his long awaited meeting with Tracy McGrady today. The Magic are expected to trade McGrady if he informs DeVos that he is going to opt out of his contract.


Hawks want Clippers' pick, Howard
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The Journal-Constitution's Michael Lee reports that the Hawks would like to acquire the Clippers' first-round pick so that they can select Dwight Howard. Sources told Lee that the Hawks have offered the Clippers the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in exchange for the No. 2 pick and a veteran player.


Knicks could pursue Bryant, Wallace
New York Daily News


Isiah Thomas and the Knicks have several big names on their free agent wish list. The Daily News' Frank Isola reports that the Knicks could sign Kobe Bryant, Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby, Jamal Crawford or Stromile Swift.

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posted on Jun, 18 2004 @ 07:05 PM
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I saw on sportscenter that Shaq was upset with those comments about being considered for a trade, and didn't attend his exit interview. Shame.


TRD

posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 06:41 AM
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McGrady, Shaq going to Mavs?
Florida Today


"McGrady and O'Neal are part-time neighbors in suburban Orlando and friends to the point that McGrady often refers to Shaq as 'my big brother.' Now, the two have discussed in depth a plan that would unite them in Dallas while playing for owner Mark Cuban. 'We talk all the time about it,' McGrady told FLORIDA TODAY on Saturday. 'Me and the Big Fella are trying to get to Dallas together now.'"


Dallas, NY may be in best position to land Shaq
Dallas Morning News


"It's too early to say where O'Neal will go or if he'll remain in Los Angeles once the testosterone settles. But his demands for a trade have sent teams around the league scrambling to achieve the unthinkable. Precious few franchises have the players or owner it takes to get a deal of this magnitude done. Dallas happens to be one of them."

Jackson Raising Knicks' Speculation
New York Times


"Holzman is dead and the franchise is far different from the one (Phil) Jackson left. But Jackson's abrupt departure from the Los Angeles Lakers raises the question of whether he will ride off into the sunset or coach again. His longtime assistant coach Tex Winter said during the playoffs that he could not see Jackson surfacing anywhere except New York, if he surfaces at all."

If Orlando Wants Him, Okafor Is Ready
Hartford Courant


"Few argue that Okafor is the player most prepared to make an immediate contribution in the NBA, but that doesn't mean he is a lock to be the No. 1 pick Thursday in New York. The Orlando Magic had him in for a workout Friday and most think the Magic will select Okafor, but a trade remains a possibility."

Frugal Ratner may cost Nets
New York Daily News


"Bruce Ratner spent $300 million to purchase the Nets and will dish out millions more to relocate tenants in Brooklyn to make way for a new arena. However, there is growing speculation that the real estate developer may not be willing to pay millions more to keep Kenyon Martin."


Abdur-Rahim likely to land in Jersey
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel


"Those close to the situation insist it practically is a given that New Jersey will trade guard Kerry Kittles (if he is not selected by Charlotte in the expansion draft) and the No. 22 draft pick (possibly along with forward Aaron Williams) to the Trail Blazers for forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim."



posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 10:52 AM
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damn T-Mac and Shaq in Dallas with Dirk could be deadly



posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 01:11 PM
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Shaq and T-Mac in Dallas, depending on who is left after trades, could be a dominate team. But, they would probably have to give up too much for these guys.

I could see Phil landing in NY, give Lenny one more year there first, though.


TRD

posted on Jun, 21 2004 @ 05:20 PM
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Magic could trade McGrady to Clippers
Chicago Tribune


The Magic may be able to draft both Dwight Howard and Emeka Okafor if they trade Tracy McGrady. Tribune columnist Sam Smith writes that the Magic could ship McGrady to the Clippers for the No. 2 pick, Corey Maggette and either Predrag Drobnjak, Melvin Ely or Chris Wilcox.


Howard or Okafor? Magic still undecided
Orlando Sentinel


If the Magic fail to strike a deal with the Clippers, they may have a tough time deciding who to select with the No. 1 pick. The Sentinel reports that Magic GM John Weisbrod has called the race between Howard and Okafor a "dead heat".


Who will win Shaq sweepstakes?
Chicago Tribune


Tribune columnist Sam Smith writes that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is rumored to have been told to trade Shaquille O'Neal "at any cost". The Lakers could deal Shaq to the Mavericks, Grizzlies, Knicks, Magic, Pacers, Kings, Spurs, Suns, Sonics or Blazers.


Lakers to talk with Tomjanovich
Los Angeles Times


The Times' Tim Brown reports that former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich is expected to meet with the Lakers tonight. Tomjanovich is rumored to be the Lakers' "first choice" to replace Phil Jackson.


Okur willing to sign with Nuggets
Rocky Mountain News


The Nuggets may have a shot at luring Pistons center Mehmet Okur to Denver. Agent Steven Heumann told the News' Chris Tomasson that Okur would consider signing with the Nuggets.

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TRD

posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 01:27 PM
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Mavericks could choose Nowitzki over Shaq
Dallas Morning News


The Mavericks may balk at a deal for Shaquille O'Neal if the Lakers ask for Dirk Nowitzki in return. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the Morning News' Eddie Sefko that he "would be hard-pressed to see us trading Dirk."


Raptors' Carter may have asked for trade
Toronto Sun


Sources told Sun columnist Bill Harris that the Raptors have talked to the Sixers about swapping Vince Carter for Allen Iverson. Carter is rumored to have "quietly... demanded a trade".


Attention K-Mart shoppers
Rocky Mountain News


News columnist Dave Krieger thinks that the Nuggets should try to sign Nets forward Kenyon Martin. The Nets may let Martin walk rather than sign him to a maximum contract.

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posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 06:24 PM
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Originally posted by TRD
Mavericks could choose Nowitzki over Shaq
Dallas Morning News


The Mavericks may balk at a deal for Shaquille O'Neal if the Lakers ask for Dirk Nowitzki in return. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the Morning News' Eddie Sefko that he "would be hard-pressed to see us trading Dirk."


Raptors' Carter may have asked for trade
Toronto Sun


Sources told Sun columnist Bill Harris that the Raptors have talked to the Sixers about swapping Vince Carter for Allen Iverson. Carter is rumored to have "quietly... demanded a trade".


Yeah, why make the trade if they have to give up dirk?

Carter for Iverson? straight up, definately. Will it help either team? Doubt it.


Ben

posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 10:18 PM
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i woudl take dirk over shaq, dirk is much younger and is more verstile.



posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 10:51 PM
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Originally posted by Gibbs Baby!!!

Originally posted by TRD
Mavericks could choose Nowitzki over Shaq
Dallas Morning News


The Mavericks may balk at a deal for Shaquille O'Neal if the Lakers ask for Dirk Nowitzki in return. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the Morning News' Eddie Sefko that he "would be hard-pressed to see us trading Dirk."


Raptors' Carter may have asked for trade
Toronto Sun


Sources told Sun columnist Bill Harris that the Raptors have talked to the Sixers about swapping Vince Carter for Allen Iverson. Carter is rumored to have "quietly... demanded a trade".


Yeah, why make the trade if they have to give up dirk?

Carter for Iverson? straight up, definately. Will it help either team? Doubt it.


I would definately take DIrk over Shaq, because the Lakers would want more than just him, and I can see Dirk being better in the near future.

As for Iverson and Carter, I don't really think that Iverson would appriciate Toronto. The fans would get pissed off at him too often because he has more of an attitude. Philly wouldn't like it either because Carter doesn't score as much, and I think that he is injured more often



posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 12:52 AM
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Iverson really scores more because he gets 30 shot attempts a game plus 10 or so free throws...a lot of people would score a lot if they had that many opportunities, Carter included.


TRD

posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 05:39 PM
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Magic may still be taking bids for McGrady
Houston Chronicle


Steve Francis' reluctance to join the Magic could kill the Rockets' chances of landing Tracy McGrady. Although they have been trying to smooth things out with Francis, sources told the Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen that Orlando "considers the bidding open again".


Suns have shot at McGrady
Arizona Republic


The Republic's Paul Coro reports that the Suns are talking to the Magic about a deal for McGrady. The Suns could swap Shawn Marion and the No. 7 pick for McGrady.


Will Lakers trade Shaq?
Los Angeles Times


Several teams appear to be interested in trading for Shaquille O'Neal. The Times' Tim Brown reports that an O'Neal deal could bring the Lakers Elton Brand, Dirk Nowitzki, Zach Randolph, Pau Gasol or Jermaine O'Neal.


Celtics could trade Pierce to Bulls
Daily Herald


Paul Pierce could soon be a Bull. The Daily Herald's Mike McGraw reports that the Celtics could ship Pierce to Chicago for Tyson Chandler, the No. 3 pick and salary cap fodder.


Hawks still looking to trade up
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The Journal-Constitution's Michael Lee reports that the Hawks are still hoping to move up in the draft and select Dwight Howard. Hawks GM Billy King has talked to the Magic about the No. 1 pick, but a deal is unlikely to go down.

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Ben

posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 09:04 PM
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there are so many questions....but no answers.



posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 10:00 PM
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Phoenix will be out of the running for T-Mac now that they've sent the no. 7 pick to Chicago. they seem to do some very odd trades out there...but I would have liked to see my tragic Magic pick up Marion, particularly with a lottery pick and fodder.

As for Dirk being better than Shaq - you gotta be kidding me. Whether you like him or not (and I certainly ain't a Lakers fan), Shaq's dominance over more than a decade of the sport says he's one of the great centres of all time. Dirk is good - but his Mavs team crumbles when it counts. He needs a ring before he can be compared to Shaquille...

p.s. Anyone know whether Grant Hill will be physically fit this year? Or as fit as he gets, anyway.


Ben

posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 09:48 AM
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i think Hill will be fine, i just hope that his ankle holds up...if he gets another ankle inhury this season he is done.


TRD

posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 02:49 PM
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Mavs may include Nash in deal for Shaq
Dallas Morning News


The Mavericks' decision to draft point guard Devin Harris could mean that Steve Nash's days in Dallas are numbered. Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw writes that the Mavericks could try to land Shaquille O'Neal by offering the Lakers Nash, Antoine Walker, Christian Laettner and Josh Howard.


Ilgauskas may make short stop in Dallas
New York Daily News


Daily News columnist Mitch Lawrence writes that the Mavericks are talking to the Cavaliers about a trade involving Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The Mavs could then ship Ilgauskas, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley and Christian Laettner to the Lakers for Shaquille O'Neal.


Francis willing to join Magic
Orlando Sentinel


It looks like GM John Weisbrod has sold Steve Francis on the Magic. The Sentinel's Tim Povtak reports that Francis "has dropped any objections to coming to Orlando".


Will Nets trade Kidd?
New York Daily News


The Daily News' Ohm Youngmisuk and Darren Everson report that the Nets may do the unthinkable and trade Jason Kidd. Sources say that the Nets could explore dealing Kidd if they fail to reduce their payroll.


Cost cutting Nets may unload Martin
New York Post


The Nets may also look to cut their costs by dumping Kenyon Martin. The Post's Fred Kerber reports that the Nets could decide to deal Martin to the Nuggets for Nene or to the Grizzlies for Stromile Swift.

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