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DevinHarriswillstart
07-11-2006, 04:06 PM
Updated: July 11, 2006, 5:03 PM ET
Ex-Raptor James agrees to deal with WolvesBy Marc Stein
ESPN.com



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The Minnesota Timberwolves' willingness to make a four-year commitment to Mike James has landed them the best point guard still available on the free-agent market.

NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com that James on Tuesday agreed to sign a four-year contract with the Wolves worth an estimated $25 million. Wednesday is the first day free agents can officially sign contracts.

James had narrowed his choice down to Minnesota, Dallas and Houston -- where he maintains an offseason home -- and indicated over the weekend that the Mavericks had a slight edge, largely because of his relationship with Mavs coach Avery Johnson and their recent trip to the NBA Finals.

But the Mavericks and Rockets, according to sources, wouldn't commit to more than a three-year offer to the 31-year-old.

Minnesota's four-year pitch and the chance to team with Kevin Garnett won it for the Wolves, who have injected their backcourt with plenty of scoring potential by signing James and acquiring rookie Randy Foye on draft night.

Signing James alleviates Minnesota's need to start Foye as a rookie. James would likely team with Ricky Davis as the Wolves' starters in the backcourt, with defensive stopper Trenton Hassell at small forward and Foye coming off the bench.

If Foye can make an immediate impact and James can approach his production from last season's breakout performance in Toronto -- 20.3 points and 5.8 assists per game, as well as 44.2 percent shooting from 3-point range -- Garnett figures to be pleased.

The Wolves have resisted all trade interest in Garnett, vowing to take one more stab at building around their 30-year-old franchise player by finding scorers to play off him.

Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com. To e-mail him, click here.

derekc0ok
07-11-2006, 04:07 PM
Per espn 103.3 radio

DevinHarriswillstart
07-11-2006, 04:09 PM
Already posted it smart guy. Try reading before you post.

mattyd
07-11-2006, 04:11 PM
Free-agent guard Mike James, who had been courted by the Mavericks, will sign with Minnesota. Details to come.

On dallasnews.com at 4:10 pm.

Flacolaco
07-11-2006, 04:13 PM
Good. I hope they sign him for 5 years and are stuck with him forever.

frost5
07-11-2006, 04:13 PM
weak...looks like we were used as a bargaining chip once again

Five-ofan
07-11-2006, 04:14 PM
not that he was anyway but garnett is definitely not going anywhere now.

nashtymavsfan13
07-11-2006, 04:18 PM
Wow, what a bad decision by the big egoed Mike James.

nashtymavsfan13
07-11-2006, 04:19 PM
What a terrible decision, his big ego got the best of him. He took the most money and went to a team that has no shot at a title. What a loser.

DubOverdose
07-11-2006, 04:22 PM
ESPN - After a long courtship with a handful of teams, point guard Mike James has decided that Minnesota is the place for him, agreeing to sign a four-year contract worth an estimated $25 million. Other teams in the hunt for James were the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks .

James will now team with rookie Randy Foye and veteran Ricky Davis to form a formidable backcourt to help superstar Kevin Garnett.

Captain Disaster
07-11-2006, 04:22 PM
It is ALL greed!

DubOverdose
07-11-2006, 04:22 PM
KG + James = Ego Mania

Captain Disaster
07-11-2006, 04:23 PM
BTW,

We do not need to be this small anyway.

V2M
07-11-2006, 04:25 PM
How long before he gets punched by KG for showing him up in practice?

raefformvp
07-11-2006, 04:28 PM
How long before he gets punched by KG for showing him up in practice?

funny. James is an idiot and an a-hole. I really wanted him here. I'm glad he is with Minny instead of Houston though. Have fun not making the playoffs, James. loser.

Eman
07-11-2006, 04:28 PM
crap, he would have been a great upgrade!!! We should have offered him 4 years.

Dtownsfinest
07-11-2006, 04:29 PM
I was over this a week ago. When I found out Duffy was his agent I knew he wouldn't sign here. I will say i'm shocked we lost another player to Minnie that was a client of Duffy's.

chumdawg
07-11-2006, 04:30 PM
Crestfallen.

capitalcity
07-11-2006, 04:31 PM
sweet.

HexNBA
07-11-2006, 04:31 PM
Great news

Its also funny that he picked the team with the worst chance of even making the playoffs, just because they had a 4th year in their offer.

Cheap whore.

Five-ofan
07-11-2006, 04:49 PM
The west is so effing stacked.

Drbio
07-11-2006, 04:54 PM
Glory Glory Glory!!!!!!!!!!!

Woo Hoo!!!!!

Dtownsfinest
07-11-2006, 04:54 PM
If no one gets hurt significally next season you are going to have Houston, Mavs, Nuggetts, Clippers, New Orleans, Suns, Spurs, LA, Kings and T-Wolves all fighting for a spot in the playoffs next season.. And I wouldn't even dismiss the Grizzlies or the Warriors just yet. The West is going to be crazy. There are going to be several good teams in the West who won't make the playoffs next season.

capitalcity
07-11-2006, 04:55 PM
Cheap whore.Can't be overstated.

The dude has been around: Boston, Milwaukee, Toronto, Houston, Etc.

Dude's a Whore.

Five-ofan
07-11-2006, 04:57 PM
dtown add the jazz to your list. i made that point on another board. Looking at it the west is just so effing stacked its ridiculous. Think the nba would think about doing 12 west playoff teams and 4 east playoff teams? This does hurt my Hornets being better than the bulls bet but oh well.

some-dude
07-11-2006, 05:01 PM
Man, just after he supposedly has a good meeting with Avery he goes North to Minny (who already have Foye, Ricky D, and Mccants at guard)....

Prostitutes can be so unpredictable...

sike
07-11-2006, 05:03 PM
they ALWAYS take the money.

Five-ofan
07-11-2006, 05:04 PM
they ALWAYS take the money.
Which is why i dont understand why everyone is so bitter.

TripleDipping
07-11-2006, 05:05 PM
Didn't he said that winning a championship is his main criteria in selecting a team? How's signing with Minnesota gonna help?
He's not only a whore but also a lying whore.

MavKikiNYC
07-11-2006, 05:13 PM
Good for James, good for the Mavs.

Rarely will I begrudge a player getting the most out of a contract that he can. They have a limited number of years of high-earnings potential, and particularly a second- or third-tier player like James has to take it when it's offered.

Glad the Mavs didn't get screwed again trying to pursue the best bad/overrated/underperforming player available. Dampier was an understandable though regrettable situation, but James just wouldn't add enough to the team.

Would like to see them commit to developing Harris as the starter; look for a big guard with an outside shot who understands how to defend; and convince Terry of his value as a threat off the bench.

Five-ofan
07-11-2006, 05:14 PM
I would hope that since jet has his money now, he would be willing to come off the bench since it wont hurt his contract if that is what the mavs want

Edit-btw not saying he wouldnt have come off the bench anyway since he did when he first got here.

sike
07-11-2006, 05:16 PM
Would like to see them commit to developing Harris as the starter; look for a big guard with an outside shot who understands how to defend; and convince Terry of his value as a threat off the bench.
wow....its like a fresh breeze....hearing your thougts come out of someone else's mouth...its nice.

I completely agree, Kiki,....though I would not mind seeing how the DH/JT line handles a full season....

fluid.forty.one
07-11-2006, 07:13 PM
If no one gets hurt significally next season you are going to have Houston, Mavs, Nuggetts, Clippers, New Orleans, Suns, Spurs, LA, Kings and T-Wolves all fighting for a spot in the playoffs next season.. And I wouldn't even dismiss the Grizzlies or the Warriors just yet. The West is going to be crazy. There are going to be several good teams in the West who won't make the playoffs next season.


Why would you think of "dimissing" the grizzlies in the first place? They had the 4th best record in the west last year.