Posted on: February 8, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: February 8, 2010 10:51 am
By Ken Berger, CBSSports.com : Don't bet on every member of the Big Three being around beyond the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
Though team president Danny Ainge has publicly ridiculed the (Ray) Allen trade reports, several NBA executives told CBSSports.com that the Celtics have been actively trying to parlay Allen's $19.7 million expiring contract into an asset that could keep them in the mix during the upcoming playoffs and also help them for the next several seasons. The most recent inquiry, sources say, involved Sacramento sharpshooter Kevin Martin, who'd be a good fit with Boston's remaining core. Kings officials might be talked out of their reluctance to deal Martin if they could pry a prolific big man out of a third team brought into the discussions or in a separate transaction before the deadline.
The bottom line is that Ainge, who saved his job by pulling off the perfect storm of trades that yielded Allen and (Kevin) Garnett three years ago, has made it clear in private conversations that he's "not going back to the abyss," according to one person familiar with the discussions.
Posted on: February 5, 2010 11:54 am
By Sam Amick, The Sacramento Bee : League sources say the Kings continue to tell inquiring teams that they have no interest in moving (Kevin) Martin, especially in scenarios intended solely to create salary cap space by freeing them of his contract (three seasons and a combined $34.6 million remaining beyond this season). Houston is among those teams recently informed of that fact, with that possibility set to include Tracy McGrady and his expiring contract ($22.5 million) if talks had progressed.
They didn't, of course, but the chatter remains because of the chaotic context surrounding Martin and the team. Not only are the Kings losing, but Martin has struggled while failing to provide the lift Westphal and his staff hoped for upon his return.
Since he came back Jan. 15 from left wrist surgery, he is shooting 36.4 percent overall and 34.5 percent from three-point range in 11 games while averaging 17.2 points.
Posted on: February 4, 2010 11:06 am
Edited on: February 4, 2010 11:06 am
Posted on: December 5, 2008 10:54 am
In light of the chatter that Reggie Theus could be the next NBA head coach on the chopping block -- chatter that apparently began in the Sacramento Kings office itself -- many Kings players are speaking out in support of Theus, in comments published Friday by the Sacramento Bee.
Kevin Martin said it's "unfair" to put the blame for the Kings' lackluster start on Theus, citing injuries and other issues beyond the coach's control.
"It's not (the coaching staff) losing games," Martin said. "They're putting their hard hours in, giving us their scouting report night in and night out and they're not playing the games. It's on us.
"This talk about (Theus) being gone whenever just needs to go out the window, because we're all excited about playing for him. I want him here, Brad (Miller), the vets, they want him here. He's our coach."
Brad Miller also chimed in to support Theus.
"I told Reggie I'll stick with him; I'll ride or die with him with the relationship I have with him," Miller said. "I love Reggie, and he's a friend and everything."
The Bee also reported that Miller was planning a hunting trip with Theus for the near future.