Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:53 am
Edited on: February 18, 2010 8:54 am

Stoudemire maybe safe, but Heat still chasing

By Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

With the Cleveland Cavaliers no longer an option for Amar’e Stoudemire, the Phoenix Suns are prepared to keep their All-Star forward through Thursday’s trade deadline, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Unless a trade materializes before Thursday afternoon, Stoudemire very well could spend the rest of the season in Phoenix.

“I think it’s 50-50 at best with Cleveland out of it,” said Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters.

The Suns weren’t enamored with the Cavs’ offer for Stoudemire – Zydrunas Ilgauskas, J.J. Hickson, Danny Green and a first-round pick – which spurred Cleveland to instead acquire Antawn Jamison from the Washington Wizards for a much smaller package.

The Miami Heat have continued to express interest in Stoudemire, and have offered Udonis Haslem, Quentin Richardson, Daequan Cook and a first-round pick.


Posted on: February 14, 2010 3:03 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 1:10 pm

Cavaliers dominating Stoudemire trade rumors

By Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer

Right now, multiple sources have said, the Cavs are still working hard to assemble three-team trades. They have been in direct talks with the Phoenix Suns about Amare Stoudemire, the Indiana Pacers about Troy Murphy and the Washington Wizards about Antawn Jamison.

But they also are involving the Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers in trying to set things up. In recent weeks the Cavs have also had expanded talks with the Chicago Bulls about making them a partner. If that seems like a wide net, it is supposed to be.

There's often such expansive talks at this time as teams attempt to satisfy numerous needs with bigger deals. Usually, though, if anything gets done it is just between two teams. General Manager Danny Ferry did pull off a three-team deal at the deadline two years ago, however.

Sources have indicated the Cavs have gotten "pretty far down the tracks" in talking to the Suns about Stoudemire. It has even gotten to the point that the sides have discussed small details like payment schedules and salary reimbursement options. At this time of year, because many contracts are pro-rated differently, there are such things to work out in a trade.


Posted on: January 25, 2010 12:56 pm

Suns heat up Stoudemire trade talk

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports : After recent discussions with Amar’e Stoudemire’s agent that didn’t appear to destine a contract extension, the Phoenix Suns have increased their efforts to trade the All-Star forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday night.

League executives say the Suns have become more active initiating talks over the past few days, and believe the franchise will take the best offer for Stoudemire before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. The Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons are among multiple teams that have a strong interest in Stoudemire, sources say. The Arizona Republic reported Sunday night that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have also inquired about Stoudemire.

Suns general manager Steve Kerr met with Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, on Thursday, and league sources say there was little sense an agreement could be reached before the trade deadline. With Stoudemire able to opt out of the final $17.7 million season of his contract, the Suns don’t want to risk losing him for nothing in free agency this summer.

Posted on: January 14, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: January 14, 2010 11:40 am

Howard doubts he or LeBron in 2010 dunk contest

By Chris Tomasson, NBA FanHouse : In an interview with FanHouse before Wednesday's game at Denver, Dwight Howard was asked if there's any chance he will take part in next month's event in Dallas. Howard said last month he didn't expect to compete.

"I don't think they're going to announce my name (as a participant)," he said.

Asked if he was sure about that, Howard said, "Yeah."

The NBA did announce Wednesday that TNT will reveal two dunkers Thursday night. The two will battle in a inaugural one-round competition at halftime of the Feb. 12 Rookie Challenge. Fans will then vote by text message or on NBA.com for which one will advance to the Feb. 13 main event.

Monday's announcement will reveal the three dunkers assured of being in the main contest. According to Howard, who has been talking with LeBron James, don't hold your breath waiting for the participation of Cleveland's superstar, who vowed last year to dunk for the first time but since has been wavering.

"Me and him are talking," Howard said. "I don't know if he wants to do it. We do a lot of dunking during the season so those dunk contests take a lot out of you ... I would love to see him get in one. But I doubt he does. I don't think he's going to do it."


Posted on: December 7, 2009 12:28 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2009 12:31 pm

Wade unsure of Olympic commitment

By Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel : Miami's Dwyane Wade previously had vowed to follow the leads of friends and 2008 Olympians LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. But with James and Wade to be free agents next summer, there is some hesitancy to add to what already could be a hectic offseason.

"It's tough," Wade said. "I've made a commitment. I'm committed to USA-B. It's tough this summer. I have to wait. And it's not just because of the contract. It's a long season. I've got to wait to see how my body feels, as well. So it's not as easy as other summers."

Should the United States take gold at the World Championships, which are scheduled for Aug. 29 through Sept. 12, it automatically would qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Otherwise, there would be a round of regional offseason qualifying in 2011.

"I'll talk to the guys that are on the team," Wade said, with Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, opponents just this past week, already agreeing to participate this summer.

Colangelo has structured an offseason schedule that would allow free agents to handle their business before getting down into the meat of the national-team schedule. A minicamp the third week of July could be made optional for those involved in free agency, with the national team then to begin training the second week of July in Las Vegas. The 2010 free-agency signing period begins July 8, with negotiations allowed to begin July 1.

With the Heat's personnel decisions on hold until 2010 free agency, Wade senses it could be a particularly grueling year, even without a national commitment.


Posted on: October 29, 2009 3:53 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2009 11:46 am

Prokhorov plans to woo Jay-Z

Adrian Wojnarowski , Yahoo Sports : As soon as Mikhail Prokhorov reached agreement on the $700 million purchase price for the New Jersey Nets , sources say his emissaries were relentless in securing something they believed to be of the highest importance for the Russian billionaire: a sit-down with Jay-Z.

It is rare that an owner with such a small controlling interest in a franchise could inspire such dogged pursuit, but Jay-Z is no silent partner with the Nets. Immediately, insiders understood Prokhorov’s plans to woo Jay-Z pushed far beyond the music mogul’s global celebrity and Brooklyn roots. This was part of the Russian’s ambition to become intimately involved in the summer of 2010 and the most valued free agent in professional sports history: LeBron James (notes) .

As the Nets floundered with legal red tape and financial issues that threatened the proposed Brooklyn arena, the threat of Jay-Z and a flashy new building would come and go over the years. Now, it could be a far more real threat than the blah New York Knicks and historic Madison Square Garden.

Suddenly, the Russian’s staggering $9.5 billion fortune and alluring charisma threaten to transform the fledging Nets into a fully loaded weapon again.


Category: NBA
Posted on: October 26, 2009 1:08 pm

More trouble for Delonte West

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Cavaliers player Delonte West and his wife reportedly got into a spat Saturday evening that ended with West's wife filing a domestic violence report.

The two reportedly fought at their apartment when Delonte tried to take her wedding ring off. Mrs. West left their home and headed to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, where she filed a domestic violence report.

Cleveland Police tell 19 Action News there were no signs of abuse or injury. Mrs. West then got on her flight and flew out of Cleveland.

Tad Carper, Vice President of Communciatons with the Cleveland Cavaliers tells 19 Action News "the team was contacted and is aware of the situation but declined any further comment."


Posted on: October 20, 2009 11:13 am

Knicks to buyout Hughes?

Sam Smith - Bulls.com - Larry Hughes was 0-for-17 in the preseason before Sunday’s game against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Hughes was one of three Sunday in eight minutes in the game which was delayed when the Maccabi coach was ejected and refused to leave even after a rabbi came out of the stands to ask the referees to allow the coach to stay.

Hughes, meanwhile, said he’s not worried since, “I’m a proven scorer in this league.” When did we hear that one? Hughes also offered that he doubts former teammate LeBron James will leave the Cavs and for James it’s not about playing in a big market like New York. The Knicks had to love that.

The speculation in New York is the Knicks will try to buy out Hughes , who then could return to the Cavs with the Cavs uncertain about the status of Delonte West.

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