Posted on: January 19, 2010 11:29 am
By Frank Isola, NY Daily News.com : Larry Hughes has expressed frustration over his limited role, calling it a "joke" following Saturday's loss in Detroit when Hughes played just nine minutes in the second quarter and didn't return.
Earlier this season, Hughes met with Knicks official to discuss the possibility of a buy-out. However, Hughes eventually worked his way back into the rotation and any discussions of a divorce ended.
But the Knicks and Hughes could be headed down that road, especially if Hughes continues to speak openly about not playing.
"There's frustration," Hughes said. "There's no anger. I'm just frustrated. There's no other way to put it. I want to be out there playing and helping the team win.
"I don't want it to look like I'm complaining. He's the coach of the team. It's his decision to put guys in the game and to take guys out. If my time comes again I'll be happy. But if not I'll just continue to do what I've been doing. But at the same time I'll still be frustrated because I want to play basketball."
As Hughes spoke to reporters before the Knicks win over Detroit, he was being monitored by three media relations employees. That type of paranoia was once the exclusive property of Latrell Sprewell and later Stephon Marbury when they played in New York.
Posted on: October 20, 2009 11:13 am
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.
Posted on: January 20, 2009 10:58 am
The Bergen Record reports that the Chicago Bulls and the New Jersey Nets have talked about a deal that would send Larry Hughes to the Nets in exchange for Bobby Simmons and Maurice Ager.
The story notes that Sean Williams was originally offered instead of Ager, but the Bulls weren't interested in Williams. While both sides are said to be mulling this trade, it's not considered a done deal by any stretch, with Chicago openly shopping Hughes to numerous teams. There is the possibility that the Bulls could field a better offer for Hughes than what the Nets have extended.
On the Nets' side, Hughes' contract would add about another $3 million to their budget. However, his contract is up after next season, so any budgeting plans the Nets have for the 2010 free agency bonanza would not be affected.
Posted on: January 9, 2009 12:45 pm
The Chicago Tribune reports that the Bulls are aggressively shopping Larry Hughes around for a potential trade. The story noted that Hughes' contract could be a hard sell, since the Bulls have been persistent in trying to unload him but have yet to find a taker.
Hughes' deal with the Bulls expires at the end of the 2009-10 season, and is worth $12.8 million for the remainder of this season and $13.65 million next season. The Bulls have been strict about not taking on any additional salary burdens or extra years of contract responsibility in order to trade Hughes, who is not against the idea of heading elsewhere if it means he'll get time on the court.
"If you get traded, obviously another team wants you, so it's always a positive in that way," Hughes said. "I definitely want to play minutes and contribute. That's a focus of mine. Hopefully, I'll get the opportunity to do that in the near future."