posted on Dec, 18 2004 @ 11:38 PM
Alonzo Mourning won't be reporting to the Toronto Raptors next week - and may never play for them.
Mourning, acquired from New Jersey in a trade for Vince Carter on Friday, is in Miami undergoing medical tests and will be there through Christmas,
Toronto general manager Rob Babcock said Saturday.
The 34-year-old center, who underwent a kidney transplant Dec. 19, 2003, does not have to report to the Raptors or pass a physical for the trade to go
Mourning stopped playing earlier this month because of what he said were hip, knee, hand and leg problems. He also was openly unhappy with the Nets'
offseason moves, and had demanded a trade to a contender. The Nets and Mourning discussed buying out his contract, but the two sides were too far
Nets president Rod Thorn said Friday there's a chance Mourning would not report to Toronto because he wants to play for a winner.
Babcock claimed Saturday he hasn't discussed a buyout with Mourning's agent, and won't until his medical situation becomes clearer.
If Toronto does buy Mourning out, there's been speculation he could sign with the Miami Heat, his old team, if a deal can be reached. The Raptors also
could trade him to the Heat.
Babcock said Mourning was only included in the trade so that the salaries would match up. Toronto also acquired forwards Aaron Williams and Eric
Williams, and two first-round draft picks for Carter.