Posted on: February 11, 2010 10:52 am

Many teams show interest in Bulls' Thomas

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports : The New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets are among the multiple teams who’ve spoken to Chicago about (Tyrus) Thomas. The Bulls are telling people that they have several teams willing to offer first-round picks – in 2010 or beyond.

Bulls management is telling teams they expect to take the bidding right to the Feb. 18 deadline. The Bulls want to avoid the possibility of Thomas accepting a $6.2 million qualifying offer on the eve of this summer’s free agency, which would deliver a major dent to their salary-cap space. Thomas, 23, will be a restricted free agent this summer.

The Bulls are desperate to recruit Miami’s Dwyane Wade back to his hometown, but one source familiar with Wade’s thinking says he’s ”far less” inclined to bolt Miami unless Chicago has the ability to sign a ”significant” free agent to join him.

Posted on: November 16, 2009 11:53 am

Hornets already shopping Okafor?

By John Reid, The Times-Picayune : Meanwhile, a report on the Sacramento Bee's Web site said the Kings and Hornets are discussing a trade for Hornets center Emeka Okafor, the team's biggest offseason acquisition. But a Hornets source, said the team has not been involved in any trade discussions concerning Okafor.

The Sacramento Bee report mentioned the Kings would send Kenny Thomas and his expiring $8.7 million contract for Okafor, who has five years and $62.5 million left on his deal.


Category: NBA
Posted on: November 13, 2009 11:20 am

Paul caught off guard by Scott firing

By John Reid, The Times Picayune : As New Orleans Hornets players gathered at the Alario Center on Thursday morning, team president Hugh Weber met with captains Chris Paul and David West to inform them that Coach Byron Scott was fired and his replacement would be General Manager Jeff Bower.

Paul wasn’t happy with the decision, and he certainly wasn’t pleased with being caught off guard by the announcement. He said the Hornets should have sought his and West’s input before the decision was finalized.

"I felt like, maybe somebody would have at least consulted with me and asked how I felt before it happened," Paul said by telephone Thursday night. "It’s not to get my approval, but we feel we should know about the decision before it takes place."

The Hornets have struggled this season, getting off to a 3-6 start. Weber said the organization didn’t see enough improvement, which necessitated the move.

Category: NBA
Posted on: November 2, 2009 3:01 pm

Paul and Rondo continue action off court

By Gary Washburn : Boston.com - Chris Paul is wily enough to understand when he’s being prodded and provoked, and that happened twice in a 30-minute period last night at TD Garden.

First, Paul walked over to shake hands and exchange congratulations with Paul Pierce following the Celtics’ rugged 97-87 win over Paul’s New Orleans Hornets. In the midst of that conversation, Paul was approached by Celtics guard Rajon Rondo - less than 24 hours away from signing a long-term extension in Boston or staying perhaps only one more season - who said some unkind words to his point guard counterpart.

Paul shot back at Rondo and the two had to be separated. Rondo was ushered to the tunnel by Celtics director of security Phil Lynch, while Paul continued his testy conversation with Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, and the two were seen yelling at each other while Paul slowly walked to toward the Hornets’ tunnel.

Category: NBA
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