Posted on: February 14, 2010 3:03 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 1:10 pm
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: October 5, 2009 12:13 pm
Posted on: October 1, 2009 12:18 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2009 12:19 pm
By John Reid, The Times PicayuneThe New Orleans Hornets’ biggest offseason acquisition, Emeka Okafor , was held out of contact work for the second consecutive day because of soreness below his knee, Hornets Coach Byron Scott said after Wednesday’s practice.
“We’re just trying to limit him right now, but we will find out a little more tomorrow,’’ Scott said. “We have some concerns of something that he did this summer, so we just want to make sure he’s OK before we try to put him through a full day of practice.’’
Scott did not rule out the possibility that Okafor could be held out for the remainder of training camp, which concludes Sunday at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Posted on: September 30, 2009 2:20 pm
The Denver Post reports:
Carmelo Anthony said he has made a decision to play for Team USA at the world championships in Turkey in 2010.
"Everybody committed to it," Anthony said, referring to many of his Olympic gold medal-winning teammates. "Jerry Colangelo cornered me one day. Can't say no to him. It'll be great."Full Article
Posted on: September 29, 2009 11:31 am
By Matt Steinmetz - Fanhouse NBA - OAKLAND, Calif. -- Most everyone came to the Warriors ' start of training camp on Monday to hear what forward Stephen Jackson was going to say about that trade demand he made a few weeks back.
But it was Monta Ellis who might have had the most interesting -- and perhaps the most troubling -- thing to say on Day 1.
Ellis was asked a relatively innocuous question about playing alongside rookie Stephen Curry , and responded emphatically that the two smallish guards weren't going to be able to play together.
"Us together? No," Ellis said. "Can't. We just can't. ... Just can't."
Someone then jumped in and said to Ellis: "Do you understand, they (the Warriors and coach Don Nelson) say you can?"
"They say you can?" Ellis repeated. "They say you can ... but you can't. I just want to win and you're not going to win that way."
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Posted on: September 28, 2009 3:28 pm
will start the 2009-10 NBA season at power forward for the Jazz.
It was news to Boozer.
"I feel like I'm the starter," the two-time NBA All-Star said Sunday, before the Jazz open their second day of two-a-days. "I think I've earned that. That's the only role I've been in my whole career."
Boozer has started each game he's played in four of his five seasons with the Jazz, and started 129 of 156 in during his two years in Cleveland.
"I think it's great to have competition," said Boozer, who during the offseason expressed eagerness to be traded to either Chicago or Miami. "You know, I think Paul is very good. I guess if we are competing, then we're competing for it. But I feel like I am the starter."
Boozer indicated he did not feel the fact he missed 45 games due to injury last season should be held against him in the season to come.
"Obviously me being hurt, that hurt us a little bit. I think if I was healthy we'd have a higher seed (than eighth in the Western Conference) in the playoffs," he said. "But, at the same time, maybe it does (have an impact on his status).
"You know, I can't control having knee surgery. I had to have it. I tried to avoid it, but I had to have it," added Boozer, who first sustained a quadriceps injury and later underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. "So if it affects me from that respect then that's (Sloan's) decision."
But Boozer did suggest he'd be open to yielding some of his minutes to Millsap, who in July signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet with Portland that was matched by Utah.
"If we're winning, and everybody gets out there and has a chance to help us win, I'm happy with that," said Boozer, who averaged 32.3 minutes last season and 34.5 in 2007-08.Full Article
Posted on: September 9, 2009 12:23 pm
In the latest update on the status of Knicks restricted free agents David Lee and Nate Robinson , Newsday reports that a one-year deal to keep Lee in a Knicks uniform could be finalized by the end of the week.
Newsday also reports that while Donnie Walsh would not confirm any forthcoming deals, he did state that the talsk with both Lee and Robinson (and their representatives) are "at the point where we should start talking real numbers."
Posted on: September 2, 2009 11:22 am
Amare Stoudemire had his first taste of on-court competition since Feb. 18 on Tuesday, participating in four-on-four half court games at a Suns voluntary workout at the US Airways Center.
After an injury layoff and perpetual trade rumors, Stoudemire said it felt great to get back to business, in quotes published by the Arizona Republic .
"Sometimes, I felt like it was going faster than I expected, as far as competition," Stoudemire said. "Other than that, I felt great. To finally be back out there with the guys and running sprints with them, I got my family back. It's almost like you ran away from home for a while. Now, you're back home and you feel how great it is to be around your family."