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Basketball: NBA Rumors (July 04)

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posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 03:33 PM
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Dampier may be key to Shaq trade
Dallas Morning News


Morning News columnist David Moore thinks that the Mavericks will have to make at least one more move before they will be in a position to trade for Shaquille O'Neal. Moore writes that dealing for Erick Dampier would get the Mavs into "the Shaq sweepstakes".

Richardson, Miles, Ginobili to meet with Nuggets
Denver Post


The Nuggets are ready to begin wooing free agents. Sources told the Post's Adam Thompson that Quentin Richardson, Darius Miles and Manu Ginobili will visit with the Nuggets in the next few days.

Grizzlies may pursue Dampier
Memphis Commercial Appeal


Erick Dampier could sign with the Grizzlies. Dampier told the Commercial Appeal's Ronald Tillery that he "could be a very important piece for [the Grizzlies]".



Ben

posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 06:59 PM
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Nuggets are a whole lot better because of melo, look for them to add.


TRD

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 05:10 PM
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Ginobili to visit with Nuggets
Denver Post


The Post's Adam Thompson reports that Manu Ginobili will be in Denver today to meet with the Nuggets. Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles visited with the Nuggets yesterday.



Okur, Dampier may be on Jazz's list
Deseret News


The News' Tim Buckley reports that the Jazz's free agent wish list could include Mehmet Okur, Erick Dampier, Adonal Foyle, Mark Blount, Michael Doleac, Stromile Swift, Brian Skinner, Etan Thomas, Manu Ginobili, Marquis Daniels and Quentin Richardson.

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posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 05:50 PM
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I just hope that the Jazz do better this year than last, they just missed out on a couple guys last year.


TRD

posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 01:07 PM
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Weekend of Waiting for Lakers
Los Angeles Times


"Bryant's future with the Lakers could be tied to Krzyzewski's decision, which the organization expects shortly, perhaps by the end of the weekend. Neither Krzyzewski nor Duke Athletic Director Joe Alleva was in his office Friday, the day after news broke in Durham the Lakers had come calling."


Clippers-Bryant meeting not yet set
Orange County Register


"The Clippers continued their pursuit of Kobe Bryant on Friday, discussing an impending sit-down meeting by phone. 'It's tentatively set for next week,' Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said."

Mailman might return to Lakers
Los Angeles Daily News


" In the days between the funeral and the surgery, the whispers of Malone's retirement circulated. By the time they were reported in the media, however, Malone had already changed his mind. Retirement remains a possibility but, he said Friday, not an inevitability."

Boozer, Cavs deal nearly set
Akron Beacon Journal


"The Cavaliers have no intention of letting go of Carlos Boozer. According to NBA sources, the Cavaliers have come to terms with Boozer, who became a free agent Thursday, and will officially sign him to a contract as soon as the free-agent signing period begins July 14."

Pistons have $41 million for Okur
Detroit Free Press


"A source familiar with Okur's situation said Friday night that the Pistons have not made an official offer. But the 7-footer's representative, Marc Fleisher, realizes that a six-year contract worth nearly $41 million is all the Pistons can offer at this point in the negotiations."

Knicks interested in Williams
Newsday


" Agent Marc Bartelstein, who represents Cleveland free agent forward Eric Williams, said Friday that the Knicks' president expressed an interest in his client, who is an outstanding defender with the ability to score when called upon."



posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 01:17 PM
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Originally posted by TRD
Mailman might return to Lakers
Los Angeles Daily News


" In the days between the funeral and the surgery, the whispers of Malone's retirement circulated. By the time they were reported in the media, however, Malone had already changed his mind. Retirement remains a possibility but, he said Friday, not an inevitability."


Yeah, I can't see him decding to retire just so quick. If he does retire, the choice won't be made until just before the season starts, I'd think. Give the injury time to heal, to see how it affects his game.


TRD

posted on Jul, 5 2004 @ 02:00 PM
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Ginobili could pick team this week
Rocky Mountain News


The News' Chris Tomasson reports that Spurs free agent Manu Ginobili would like to decide which team he will sign with by the end of the week. The Spurs, Nuggets, Jazz and Hawks are all pursuing Ginobili.



Sonics' Barry should sign elsewhere
Seattle Times


Times columnist Steve Kelley doesn't think that Brent Barry should re-sign with the Sonics. Kelly believes that Barry would be better off joining the Spurs, Nuggets, Pacers or Lakers.



Pistons may make offer to Wallace today
Detroit News


The News' Chris McCosky reports that Pistons President Joe Dumars could make a contract offer to Rasheed Wallace today. Wallace could get a five-year deal worth around $10 million per season.


Mavericks hoping to sign Johnson
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Dwain Price reports that Avery Johnson has been offered a one-year deal by the Mavericks. The Spurs and Bobcats are also rumored to be interested in Johnson.

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TRD

posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 03:28 PM
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Lakers job could go to Tomjanovich or Williams
Los Angeles Times


The Times' Tim Brown reports that the Lakers could hire Rudy Tomjanovich or Roy Williams to be their next coach now that Mike Krzyzewski has turned turned them down.



Carter upset with Raptors
Globe and Mail


Although Vince Carter hasn't asked to be traded, the Globe and Mail's Michael Grange reports that the All-Star is "angry enough to imagine a future away from Toronto".



Pistons may not match Okur offer
Detroit News


It doesn't look like the Pistons can afford to keep both Mehmet Okur and Rasheed Wallace. The News' Chris McCosky reports that the Pistons may not be able to match the Jazz's offer to Okur if they re-sign Wallace to a four- or five-year deal worth over $10 million per season. The



Ginobili wants to re-sign with Spurs
San Antonio Express-News


The Express-News' Johnny Ludden and Mike Monroe report that Manu Ginobili has told the Spurs that he would like to stay in San Antonio. The Spurs are expected to begin "more substantive negotiations" with Ginobili's agent this week.

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posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 04:06 PM
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Pistons may not match Okur offer
Detroit News


It doesn't look like the Pistons can afford to keep both Mehmet Okur and Rasheed Wallace. The News' Chris McCosky reports that the Pistons may not be able to match the Jazz's offer to Okur if they re-sign Wallace to a four- or five-year deal worth over $10 million per season. The

Woo-hoo, the jazz finally get a good pickup from free agency!


TRD

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 02:01 PM
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Martin to meet with Nuggets, Jazz and Hawks
New York Daily News


The Daily News' Ohm Youngmisuk reports that Nets free agent Kenyon Martin is expected to meet with three teams this week. It remains to be seen whether the Nuggets, Jazz or Hawks will give Martin the max deal he is seeking.

Knicks working on deal for Crawford
New York Daily News


The Daily News' Frank Isola reports that the Knicks are talking to the Bulls about a sign-and-trade deal for Jamal Crawford. The Bulls could get Shandon Anderson, Kurt Thomas, Frank Williams or Othella Harrington in exchange for Crawford and one of their big contract players.

Raptors GM stands up to Carter
Toronto Sun


The Raptors are finally showing some backbone when it comes to dealing with Vince Carter.The Sun's Steve Buffery reports that new GM Rob Babcock has "subtly put the team's superstar in his place".

Hudson could sign five-year deal with Timberwolves
St. Paul Pioneer Press


Pioneer Press columnist Charley Walters writes that the Timberwolves have offered Troy Hudson a five-year contract that could be worth as much as $25 million.

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TRD

posted on Jul, 8 2004 @ 02:47 PM
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Kobe sits down with Clippers
Los Angeles Times


The Times's Tim Brown reports that officials from the Clippers met with Kobe Bryant on Wednesday. While Kobe was being wooed, the Lakers were working to finalize a contract with coach Rudy Tomjanovich.


Shaq would look good in Heat uniform
Miami Herald


Herald columnist Greg Cote thinks that the Heat should trade for Shaquille O'Neal. Cote writes that the Heat could put together a package deal that includes Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Eddie Jones or Brian Grant.


Martin still wants to be a Net
Denver Post


The Post's Marc J. Spears and Adam Thompson report that Kenyon Martin was in Denver to visit with the Nuggets yesterday. Unfortunately for the Nuggets, Martin says that re-signing with the Nets has been his "first choice from Day One".


Spurs in talks with Ginobili
San Antonio Express-News


The Express-News's Johnny Ludden and Mike Monroe report that the Spurs have made "modest progress" in their contract talks with free agent Manu Ginobili. The Nuggets could also make Ginobili an offer.

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TRD

posted on Jul, 9 2004 @ 01:41 PM
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Deal with Hawks could help Cavs keep Boozer
Akron Beacon Journal


Beacon Journal columnist Terry Pluto writes that the Cavaliers may have trouble freeing up enough cap room to match the Jazz's offer to Carlos Boozer. The Cavs may have to trade Dajuan Wagner and Kedrick Brown to the Hawks for draft picks if they want to keep Boozer in Cleveland.



Nuggets may make offer to Martin
Denver Post


The Post's Marc J. Spears and Adam Thompson report that the Nuggets could make an offer to Nets restricted free agent Kenyon Martin today. Martin has already been offered a six-year, $85 million deal by the Hawks.



Knicks working on deal for Bulls' Crawford
New York Post


The Post's Marc Berman reports that the Bulls may be close to acquiring Jamal Crawford from the Bulls. The Knicks could send Shandon Anderson, Othella Harrington, Dikembe Mutombo and Cezary Trybanski to the Bulls for Crawford, Jerome Williams and Eddie Robinson.



Sonics' Barry may already be fielding offers
Seattle Post-Intelligencer


The Post-Intelligencer's Danny O'Neil reports that Sonics guard Brent Barry is rumored to have received a four-year offer from a rival team. The Blazers, Warriors, Celtics and Rockets are all believed to be interested in Barry.


TRD

posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 04:19 PM
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Mavericks, Heat, Pacers lead hunt for Shaq
Los Angeles Times


"The Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat have become the front-runners and, along with the Indiana Pacers, are most aggressive, according to sources... Complicating potential trades, according to general managers, is that O'Neal has insisted there be someone with whom to play when he arrives in his new city."

Riley: Heat fans shouldn't dream too big
Palm Beach Post


"Then along come rumors of a deal for Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal in exchange for center Brian Grant, forward Lamar Odom and a first-round pick. Now it appears all that talk about building around guard Dwyane Wade and forwards Odom and Caron Butler gets thrown out the window. Or does it?"

Martin Hears Hawks Pitch, Says He's 'Open' To Challenge
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


"The white stretch limo pulled in front of a Midtown hotel Friday afternoon and Kenyon Martin stepped out, having just concluded his two-day rendezvous with the Hawks. The New Jersey Nets' restricted free agent dined with Hawks officials, toured Philips Arena and watched the new draft picks work out... Two people familiar with the situation said Martin likely will receive a contract offer before he leaves town today."

Kenyon prefers to stay with Nets
New York Daily News


"After meeting with Hawks brass for the second straight day yesterday, Kenyon Martin still made it clear that his intention is to remain a Net. Two days after visiting Denver, Martin seemed to be sending the Nets a message by saying that his future remains in their hands."

Crawford nearly is a Knick
Chicago Tribune


"After a 30-minute phone conversation with Knicks President Isiah Thomas on Friday, the excitement in Jamal Crawford's voice was palpable. And on a day when all parties reported progress on sign-and-trade talks, Thomas is poised to land his targeted goal."


TRD

posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 02:00 PM
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Garnett not available
Minneapolis Star Tribune


"Yes, if the Wolves wanted to trade Kevin Garnett and another player for O'Neal, they could match the salaries. But Wolves Vice President Kevin McHale made it very clear that he and team owner Glen Taylor have no interest in any deal that would involve Garnett... The Wolves have made what might be their final offer to guard Troy Hudson... Trenton Hassell, a restricted Timberwolves free agent, said he has several teams interested in him."

Blazers wait to go all in next summer
Oregonian


"If it keeps Abdur-Rahim for the coming season, Portland is sitting on roughly $53 million in expiring contracts... All that money comes off the books in the same summer when O'Neal, McGrady, Ray Allen, Tony Parker, Pau Gasol, Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Richardson, Latrell Sprewell and Antoine Walker could all potentially be free agents."

Celtics could sign McDyess
Boston Globe


"But the Celtics still have the mid-level exception (approximately $5 million) available to go after a free agent. Antonio McDyess may still be that guy. Both sides reportedly are interested."

Fans could forgive if Boozer returns
Akron Beacon Journal


"Can Carlos Boozer come back and play for the Cavaliers, assuming they find a way to clear salary cap room and match the six-year, $68 million contract offer from the Utah Jazz? Why not?"

Market might drive up cost to retain Wallace
Detroit News


"The Pistons initial plan was to offer Wallace a five-year package in neighborhood of $50 million. It’s a good bet that the deal will have to be sweetened by perhaps as much as another $10 million."

Nuggets eyeing Mailman
Denver Post


"Los Angeles Lakers forward Karl Malone is a surprise name the Nuggets contacted this month, though nothing has progressed since Denver contacted his representatives July 1, the first day of free agency."

Martin not worth big bucks
Denver Post


" Afraid of coming home from the free-agent market without anything to show for the bankroll in his pocket, general manager Kiki Vandeweghe panicked and tendered New Jersey's Kenyon Martin a deal that should make Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke blanch. Denver reportedly is willing to pay Neiman Marcus prices for a K-Mart. Stupid is as stupid does."

Pacers deal Harrington to Hawks for Jackson
Indianapolis Star


"The Indiana Pacers are close to a sign-and-trade agreement with Atlanta that would send Al Harrington to the Hawks for Stephen Jackson."



posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 02:06 PM
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I wouldn't really see malone in Denver, he's looking to win a championship, and they just aren't where they need to be to be in contention just yet. In fact, as much as I hate to say it, I'd rather he stays a Laker than go to Denver.


TRD

posted on Jul, 12 2004 @ 04:05 PM
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Lakers still waiting on Kobe
Los Angeles Daily News


The Daily News' Ross Siler reports that the Lakers still don't know if Kobe Bryant will sign with the crosstown Clippers. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak says that he has "no better feel today than I did yesterday" as to which L.A. team Bryant will end up with.



Spurs may sign Mailman
Los Angeles Times


The Times' Tim Brown reports that it "appears unlikely" that Karl Malone will be back with the Lakers next season and that the power forward could choose to sign with the Spurs.



Nets won't let Martin walk
New York Post


A sign-and-trade deal may be the only way for the Nuggets to land Kenyon Martin. A source told the Post's Fred Kerber that there is "no way [the Nets are] going to lose Martin and get nothing". The Nuggets aren't willing to part with Nene, so they will likely offer draft picks to the Nets for Martin.

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TRD

posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 01:37 PM
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Carter could go to Mavs in four-way trade
New York Daily News


The Daily News reports that Vince Carter could land in Dallas as part of a four-way deal with the Knicks, Warriors and Raptors. Antoine Walker and Erick Dampier would be headed to the Knicks, while Shandon Anderson would join the Raptors.



Cavs offer Boozer one-year deal
Akron Beacon Journal


The Beacon Journal's Brian Windhorst reports that the Cavaliers have made a last ditch attempt to keep Carlos Boozer in Cleveland. The Cavs have offered Boozer a one-year, $5 million deal, but a source says that he still plans to join the Jazz.



Bryant visits with Lakers, Clippers
Los Angeles Times


It looks as though Kobe Bryant still hasn't decided which L.A. team he will sign with. The Times' Tim Brown reports that Bryant visited with officials from both the Lakers and Clippers last night.



Spurs wooing Malone
San Antonio Express-News


The Express-News' Mike Monroe reports that Karl Malone has had "productive talks" with the Spurs. Malone says that he has "talked to coach (Gregg) Popovich two or three times and (general manager) R.C. (Buford) one or two times".

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TRD

posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 03:58 PM
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Mavs may strike deal for Carter
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The Mavericks could trade Antoine Walker to the Knicks as part of a three-way deal for Vince Carter. The Star-Telegram's Art Garcia reports that the rumored trade could also include Shandon Anderson, Dikembe Mutombo or Kurt Thomas.



Martin to sign Nuggets' offer sheet
Denver Post


The Post's Marc J. Spears reports that Nets restricted free agent Kenyon Martin is expected to sign a six-year contract with the Nuggets today. The "heavily front-loaded" deal could top out at $85 million.



Will Bryant sign with Lakers or Clippers?
Los Angeles Daily News


Kobe Bryant may take his sweet time deciding which team he will sign with. The Daily News' Ross Siler reports that it could be up to 10 days before Bryant signs a deal with the Lakers or Clippers.



Knicks pursuing Dampier
Newark Star-Ledger


The Star-Ledger's Dave D'Alessandro reports that acquiring Warriors center Erick Dampier is "now a very high priority for [Knicks president Isiah Thomas]".



Suns should swap Marion for Magloire
East Valley Tribune


Tribune columnist Scott Bordow thinks that the Suns should trade Shawn Marion to the Hornets for Jamaal Magloire.

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TRD

posted on Jul, 15 2004 @ 01:29 PM
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Carter rumors continue to swirl
Toronto Star


Are the Raptors shopping Vince Carter? The Star's Doug Smith reports that Raptors GM Rob Babcock issued a "non-denial denial" after rumors surfaced that he has talked to the Mavericks about a three-way deal involving Carter.


Warriors could deal Dampier to Pacers, Grizzlies or Hawks
San Francisco Chronicle


The Chronicle's Jorge L. Ortiz reports that the Pacers, Grizzlies and Hawks may all be interested in acquiring Erick Dampier. Scot Pollard, Austin Croshere, Jonathan Bender and Stromile Swift are among the players that the Warriors could get in return if they trade Dampier.



Knicks' Thomas to meet with Dampier
New York Post


The Post's Marc Berman reports that Knicks president Isiah Thomas is going to Oakland to meet with Warriors free agent Erick Dampier. The Knicks could get Dampier in a sign-and-trade deal for Nazr Mohammed and Dikembe Mutombo.

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TRD

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 01:11 PM
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Will Kidd ask Nets for trade?
Newark Star-Ledger


The Star-Ledger's Brad Parks reports that Jason Kidd could ask the Nets to trade him. Agent Jeff Schwartz says that Kidd is "going to be looking very closely at what the Nets' next move is".


Cuban hasn't talked to Raptors about Carter
Toronto Sun


The Sun's Steve Buffery reports that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has "poured cold water" on rumors that Vince Carter could be headed to Dallas. Cuban says that he has "not spoken to the Raptors".


Thomas, Knicks ready to deal
New York Daily News


The Daily News' Frank Isola reports that the Knicks' salary cap problems may not be enough to keep Isiah Thomas from orchestrating a "significant deal". The Knicks could land the likes of Antoine Walker, Erick Dampier, Jamal Crawford, Stromile Swift, Darius Miles, Rodney White, Toni Kukoc, Wesley Person, Vlade Divac or Greg Ostertag.


Four teams chasing Divac
Sacramento Bee


Vlade Divac told the Bee's Martin McNeal that the Kings, Lakers, Clippers and Suns are all interested in signing him.


Cavs could sign Baker
Akron Beacon Journal


The Beacon Journal's Brian Windhorst reports that the Cavaliers may try to replace Carlos Boozer with Vin Baker. The Cavs would likely sign Baker to a "short, reasonable contract".

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