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#1MavsFan
07-30-2002, 07:57 PM
Davis agrees to contract extension with Hornets

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Associated Press


NEW ORLEANS -- Baron Davis is sticking with the Hornets after all, signing a contract that will bring him to New Orleans for the next seven years, the team said Tuesday.


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Hornets executive vice president Bob Bass said the contract adds six years to the one year left in Davis' old contract.


The team, which recently moved from Charlotte, reportedly had offered Davis an $84 million deal. While not confirming the compensation details, Bass said Davis would earn an annual salary equal to about 25 percent of the NBA team salary cap. The cap is $40.271 million for the 2002-03 season and is adjusted annually.


Bass called the agreement "a terrific long-term commitment to the city of New Orleans.''


"Our owners' intention is to sign the best possible players and bring the best possible team to New Orleans,'' Bass said.


Earlier this month, the All-Star point guard said he was weighing what direction the team was headed, and wanted to find out more about the Hornets' new home.


At Tuesday's news conference, Davis said he decided to stay with the Hornets because he did not want to start over again on a new team.


"I'm not greedy, I'm not selfish, I just wanted to make the right decision. This was the biggest decision I've had to make in my life,'' he said. "It's been a long, tough process.''


Davis, 23 and a Los Angeles native, said he was also taken by New Orleans' "Southern hospitality.'' Hoping to lure Davis to New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin invited Davis earlier this month to dinner at Antoine's, a historic upscale French Quarter restaurant.


Davis said he had been thinking about playing for a team in a bigger market than New Orleans.


"Everybody wants to play in a big market, and that's what I wanted,'' Davis said. "I'm happy it's over with and I'm ready to start playing.''


Davis averaged 18.1 points, 8.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds last season.


Team co-owner George Shinn said the contract "solidifies our team for years to come since he's already an All-Star at the young age of 23.''


Coach Paul Silas said Davis had shown "maturity and leadership on and off the court.''


"We can't wait to show our fans in New Orleans what a quality team we have as we continue to make strides and contend for a championship,'' Silas said.

Just211
07-30-2002, 08:46 PM
don't you think New Orleans should get a new nickname and colors.

Drbio
07-31-2002, 08:54 AM
Just211- absolutely. I think the plan is to do that after one season.

djb
07-31-2002, 08:54 AM
Wonder why the Jazz never changed their name..

Nellie
07-31-2002, 10:01 AM
Actualy, I heard that the Hornets want to buy back the Jazz name from Utah and become the New Orleans Jazz again which definitely sounds right. Utah would make up something else more appropriate for them.

djb
07-31-2002, 10:08 AM
<< Actualy, I heard that the Hornets want to buy back the Jazz name from Utah and become the New Orleans Jazz again which definitely sounds right. Utah would make up something else more appropriate for them. >>



&lt;insert joke here&gt;

#1MavsFan
08-01-2002, 09:25 PM
Thursday, August 1
Marion agrees to six-year, $80 million extension
ESPN.com news services

The Phoenix Suns have reached an agreement on a six-year, $79 million contract extension with forward Shawn Marion, ESPN's David Aldridge reported Thursday.
The deal makes Marion a key part of the Suns' rebuilding plan, which includes first-round picks Amare Stoudemire and Casey Jacobsen. The deal also is the maximum allowable contract extension for a player in Marion's category, as determined by the collective bargaining agreement.

Marion, the ninth overall pick in the 1999 draft, averaged a career-high 19.1 points per game for Phoenix last season. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound UNLV alum also led the Suns in rebounding (9.9), steals (1.83), field-goal percentage (.469) and free-throw percentage (.845).

Marion will represent the United States at the World Championships, which begin August 29 in Indianapolis. The 24-year-old also played for Team USA at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Australia, starting all five games and averaging 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds for the gold medal winners.

Drbio
08-02-2002, 08:41 AM
Possible Utah names if they sell the rights to the Jazz back to New Orleans. Anyone want to add on?

1. Utah Mormons
2. Utah Bore
3. Utah Caucasians
4. Utah Harem
5. Utah? We live in Utah?


or what about changing the name to Salt Lake City something or another.

MavKikiNYC
08-02-2002, 10:00 AM
Utah Saints.

Dooby
08-02-2002, 10:53 AM
The Utah &quot;We are the entire african-american population of the State + John Stockton.&quot;

Hoopsmeister
08-02-2002, 12:37 PM
<< Possible Utah names if they sell the rights to the Jazz back to New Orleans. Anyone want to add on?

1. Utah Mormons
2. Utah Bore
3. Utah Caucasians
4. Utah Harem
5. Utah? We live in Utah?


or what about changing the name to Salt Lake City something or another. >>



Salt Lake Lickers?
Salt Lake Ducks?

I don't think that works much better than Utah.

MavKikiNYC
08-02-2002, 01:51 PM
Utah Polys

David
08-02-2002, 07:12 PM
What was it Dirk said? Something about Utah being a nice city or somesuch? The Utah Nice-citie's.