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OutletPass
02-19-2003, 09:34 PM
Can the Lakers land Jason Terry?

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Jason Terry
Hawks
Lakers? Feb. 19 - Remember when the Hawks were supposed to be the team most likely to make a deal before the deadline? Things seems to be cooling off rapidly. The biggest rumor still out there has Jason Terry and Nazr Mohammed heading to the Lakers in return for cap space, Kareem Rush and some future No. 1s. That's a great deal for the Lakers. Not so sure what it does in the long run for the Hawks.


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Eddie Jones
Heat
T-Wolves, Bulls Feb. 19 - The Heat, by all accounts, need to move either Brian Grant or Jones by the trade deadline if they're going to have any chance this summer in the trade market. The most prominent rumor has the Heat and T-Wolves talking about an Terrell Brandon-for-Jones swap. Two Eastern Conference GMs told Insider that they felt that this trade was the most likely to happen before the trade deadline.
"I don't think Riley is going to find anyone willing to give up a player in the last year of his contract for either of these guys," one GM told Insider. "I think this is the next best thing. The Wolves need a player like Jones. If they land him, I'd put them up there with the other top teams in the West."

That's not the only Jones rumor getting attention. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls have been talking to the Heat about a trade that would send Jones to Chicago for Jamal Crawford, Marcus Fizer and Eddie Robinson. Again the holdup, from the Heat side, is that Crawford's and Fizer's contracts don't come off the books until the summer of 2004. Robinson has three years remaining on his deal. Another variation of this deal has Crawford staying in Chicago and Fred Hoiberg and Corie Blount (both in the last year of their contracts) going instead.



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Nick Van Exel
Mavs
Heat, Knicks Feb. 19 - The other Heat rumor making the rounds late Tuesday has the Mavs and Heat talking again about a Nick Van Exel-for-Brian Grant-and-Travis Best swap. This move is more questionable on both sides. Van Exel has three more years left on his deal. However, after next season, he needs to reach certain performance benchmarks to make the deal fully guaranteed for the 2004-05 season. Van Exel has no salary protection for the 2005-06 season. So theoretically, at least, the Heat could clear Van Exel's salary off the books after next season. Combine that move with the Jones-for-Brandon swap and Riley would be looking at major cap room in the summer of 2004.
However, would the Mavs be willing to pull the trigger on that deal? Owner Mark Cuban continues to state that there's a 99.9 percent chance that the Mavs will do nothing before the deadline. Even though Grant would give them the low-post muscle they've been searching for, you have to wonder how he'd fit into the Mavs' offense. By all accounts, the chances of a Van Exel-for-Grant swap are pretty slim.



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Latrell Sprewell
Knicks
Sixers, Mavs, Spurs? Feb. 19 - The only Spree rumor that appeared to have any real legs was the rumored Keith Van Horn-for-Spree deal. However, two NBA GMs with knowledge of the situation told Insider that talks ended Tuesday with both sides claiming they were the ones that walked away from the table.
According to Newsday, which is also reporting that the talks are dead, 76ers coach Larry Brown told reporters he expects to have the same team when the deadline passes. "We've been talking to people for months, but only if it would improve the team," Brown said. "I would anticipate having our team intact."

The Mavs have shown some interest, but can't convince the Knicks to take Nick Van Exel off their hands. And then there's a bizarre report coming out of San Antonio. According to the San Antonio Express News, the Spurs have been talking to the Knicks about landing Sprewell. That's very odd considering that it would take a ton of Spurs cap room, thus keeping them from signing Jason Kidd or another maximum player this summer. But what's more bizarre about the whole thing is the presence of Spurs assistant P.J. Carlesimo, who was choked by Sprewell when he was Golden State's coach. According to the Express News, the incident wouldn't stop the team from making the deal.



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Erick Dampier
Warriors
Sixers, Pacers, Knicks, Hornets?, Blazers?, Magic? Feb. 19 - League sources told Insider Tuesday night that the Warriors have called several other teams trying to work out a last-minute deal. They've talked with the Hornets about an Elden Campbell-for-Dampier swap. They've also called the Magic about a deal that would send Darrell Armstrong and Andrew DeClercq to Golden State for Dampier.
Finally, one Western Conference executive told Insider that the Warriors have also called the Blazers about possibly sending Dampier, Fortson and Chris Mills for Scottie Pippen. That deal, if the Blazers were interested, would give the Warriors all the cap room they need for next season in one fell swoop. It would also allow them to keep Foyle, one of Musselman's favorite players. The big question right now is whether any of those teams are actually interested in making a deal.

Despite the Warriors' winning ways of late, Dampier wants out of Oakland in the worst way. After Sunday night's loss to the T-Wolves, Dampier ripped into coach Eric Musselman. Dampier loudly referred to his coach as "Mussel-head" in the locker room after the game and then challenged Musselman's coaching strategies. The Warriors would love to move Dampier, but his contract is much tougher than Foyle's to dump. Dampier makes $6.9 million this season and has three years and over $24 million remaining on his contract.



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Danny Fortson
Warriors
Sixers Feb. 19 - The Warriors are trying to make a deal, but no one is excited about the five years remaining on his contract. Their biggest hope is to package him and Adonal Foyle to the 76ers for Derrick Coleman. They hate to lose Foyle, but right now, having the cap space to re-sign Gilbert Arenas this summer is more important.
Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Post both hinted that an even larger, multi-team deal is in the works. The specifics of that deal, according to the Post, would send Erick Dampier and Austin Croshere to the Knicks; the Pacers would get Charlie Ward, Brian Skinner and Mark Pope; the Magic would get Fortson and Othella Harrington; the Sixers would get Foyle and Bob Sura; and the Warriors would get Andrew DeClercq, Darrell Armstrong, Travis Knight and Derrick Coleman.



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Elden Campbell
Hornets
Spurs
Knicks Feb. 19 - The team continues to work the phones in search of a center. "We've looked," one team source told the San Antonio Express News. "But there's a 90 percent chance nothing gets done." According to the paper, the team has talked to the Hornets about swapping Steve Smith for Elden Campbell. The Spurs also have inquired about Washington's Brendan Haywood and Seattle's Jerome James, but aren't optimistic about landing either player, according to the Express News.


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Gary Payton
Sonics
Knicks, T-Wolves, Warriors Feb. 19 - The Knicks' latest offer of Charlie Ward and Kurt Thomas for Payton laughable. According to the N.Y. Times, the Sonics quickly shot down the offer. Other teams looking for a Glove fire sale are likely to get the same response.
A source inside the Sonics told Insider this weekend that it's highly unlikely that the team will move point guard Gary Payton by the deadline. "We really haven't heard an offer that comes even close," the source said. While some inside the Sonics' front office have been pushing for the team to get something now in return for Payton before he bolts this summer, others think he isn't going anywhere.

"I think Gary wants to stay in Seattle, bottom line," the source told Insider. "We could probably work out some sort of trade with his cooperation, but he sounds like a guy who, when all is said and done, will retire here. I don't think that's a bad thing if we can make a few other moves to shore up our future."

Payton is in the final year of a seven-year deal and becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season. Payton's agents made claims before the season about their unwillingness to re-sign with Seattle after overtures for a contract extension were denied. Even though team owner Howard Schultz has reiterated that he wants Payton to retire a Sonic, the writing on the wall is becoming clear in Seattle -- the Sonics aren't ready to compete right now for a championship. That means anyone not named Rashard Lewis and Desmond Mason is expendable.



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Andre Miller
Clippers
just about everyone Feb. 19 - On Tuesday, Miller didn't sound thrilled to be a Clipper. "I thought that this was going to be an improved year individually, with the type of players and the coaches here," he told the O.C. Register. "But I don't think that I've gotten any better. I think I've taken a step back in my eyes in what I wanted to accomplish and what I wanted to do to help the team. We haven't played good team ball. There's been no consistency shown by the players. Other teams are getting better as the season has gone on. We haven't improved."
However, for those of you itching to get your hands on Miller, Elton Brand, Lamar Odom or Corey Maggette . . . forget about it. Several NBA GMs told Insider over the past few days that the Clippers weren't doing anything.

"They're not having serious talks with anyone," one Eastern Conference GM told Insider. "They believe that come this summer, the market will allow them to re-sign most of their players for cheap. I don't think that is going to happen, but Donald [Sterling] is always the optimist."



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Marcus Camby
Nuggets
Sonics?
Lakers?
Bulls? Feb. 19 - Is Marcus Camby back on the trading block? The New York Daily News reported today the Nuggets are still trying to shop him. But with just four games under his belt this season, is anyone interested? However, GM Kiki Vandeweghe told the Rocky Mountain News that he isn't looking to trade Camby. "I don't expect us to do anything unless something unforeseen comes our way."


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Tyrone Hill
Cavs
Magic, Sonics, Sixers, Lakers Feb. 19 - Tyrone Hill's agent, Mark Bartelstein, is pushing the Cavs to get Hill moved before the deadline. But right now, the Cavs aren't budging. GM Jim Paxson is only willing to accept a player in the last year of his contract in return for Hill. There are a few teams that are interested (read the Lakers, Sixers and Magic) but right now the odds don't look good.


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Wally Szczerbiak
T-Wolves
Sonics, Knicks Feb. 18 - Szczerbiak thought the trade rumors would stop once he signed a six-year, $63 million extension this summer. He was wrong.The latest rumor making the rounds this week has the Sonics and T-Wolves talking about a Gary Payton for Wally trade. It's bogus.
Not only do the T-Wolves have no intention of trading Wally, "We're not going to trade Wally," coach Flip Saunders said earlier this year. "We didn't sign him [to a contract extension] with the idea of trading him," but trading Szczerbiak is virtually impossible. Szczerbiak, because of the extension he signed this fall, has what is called a "poison pill" contract. Basically, for trade purposes, a player's contract is averaged over the life of his deal. That means that Szczerbiak's salary would be $9.42 million for trade purposes. However, the T-Wolves could only take back the salary he makes this season, $2.93 million. That $6.49 million disparity is an almost impossible number to make up.



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Hakeem Olajuwon
Raptors
??? Feb. 18 - Raptors GM Glen Grunwald can't find anyone interested in Hakeem Olajuwon and his potential expiring contract. According to the Toronto Star, that may mean the Olajuwon will be waived and sent off into official retirement after the trade deadline passes.


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Pau Gasol
Grizzlies
Heat, Blazers, Pistons Feb. 17 - The Grizzlies have been quietly putting out word for the past few weeks that they're willing to part with Gasol. However, there's a catch. The team interested in Gasol must be willing to agree to a package deal that rids the Grizzlies of the long-term contracts of Lorenzen Wright and Jason Williams. Jerry West is tired of being hamstrung by the salary cap and is apparently ready to pay a big, big price to get some flexibility this year or the next.
There are really only threecandidates -- the Heat, Blazers and Pistons. If the Heat want to offer Alonzo Mourning, or if the Blazers want to give up Scottie Pippen, and their $20 million in expiring salaries, they can get Gasol and a host of the Grizzlies' bad contracts, including Lorenzen Wright, Jason Williams and Wesley Person's.

The Pistons may have a little more leverage, they own the Grizzlies first round pick this year as long as it's not the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. West reportedly wants it back. Given the number of expiring contracts the Pistons have this year, would a Clifford Robinson, Jon Barry, Don Reid, Pepe Sanchez and the Grizzlies first round pick for Gasol, Wright and Williams satisfy both teams?



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Terrell Brandon
T-Wolves
Heat?
Blazers?
Knicks?
Bucks? Feb. 3 - Timberwolves fans take heart. Team vice president Kevin McHale sounded this weekend like he may have something brewing, "Are there maybe some things that maybe make some sense right now? Are we exploring some stuff?" McHale told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Yeah."
Most of the talk centers on Terrell Brandon. If Brandon were to retire (a very good possibility), a team would be able to dump his contract from its payroll next February. Teams have also inquired about Anthony Peeler, who doesn't have a guaranteed contract after this season.

The good news is that Taylor said he'd be willing to fork over the cash for a player with several years left on his deal if the player could really help the team. McHale told the Pioneer Press he's looking to add a slashing, defensive-minded shooting guard to the roster. Can anyone say Eddie Jones?



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Alonzo Mourning
Heat
??? Feb. 17 - We know Miami is facing serious cap issues this summer. Is trading Alonzo Mourning and his $20 million expiring contract the answer to all of their problems? The team is still trying hard to move either Brian Grant or Eddie Jones. Trading Alonzo Mourning is a last resort. The problem is there are still no serious suitors for either player.
Talk of Dallas, Philly or Chicago having any serious interest seems far-fetched at the moment. One report, that the Blazers may be willing to swap Scottie Pippen for both Grant and Jones, also seems a bit out there. While the Blazers have a history of overloading their roster, this borders on the ridiculous. The move would give them three shooting guards -- Jones, Derek Anderson and Bonzi Wells -- along with three power forwards -- Grant, Dale Davis and Rasheed Wallace.



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Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Hawks
Knicks, Spurs, Sonics, Lakers, Bulls Feb. 17 - It looks like the Hawks are having a tough time finding takers for Theo Ratliff. If they can't convince Philly, or someone else for that matter to take Ratliff off their hands, it makes little sense to move Abdur-Rahim for cap space. Trading only Rahim for some expiring contracts would get them out of luxury-tax land, but it wouldn't give them any cap flexibility to sign free agents.
GM Scott Layden made another inquiry about Shareef Abdur-Rahim during the weekend, the Newark Star Ledger reported. With all of the talk about moving Spree, can the Knicks get a deal done? "I don't think they have anything to offer Atlanta but Spree, and the Hawks don't want that," one Eastern general manager familiar with Atlanta's business told the Star Ledger. "I don't think the Knicks will be able to trade Spree at this point. They'll keep trying, but if they want a young All-Star in return, I don't think they'll get it."

Last week the hot rumor had the Hawks talking to the Spurs about Abdur-Rahim for Steve Smith and Danny Ferry. However, Spurs coach Gregg Popovitch said the team doesn't want to make any deal that would compromise the salary-cap space they have cleared to sign free agents this summer. "We're not giving it up," Popovich told the San Antonio Express News on Thursday. "We're not." Popovitch said the team is unwilling to take on his contract as long as they believe they have a shot at landing free agent Jason Kidd this summer.



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Derrick Coleman
Sixers
Warriors, Sonics, Heat, Hawks Feb. 17 - The Sixers continue to talk to the Hawks about a Theo Ratliff-for-Derrick Coleman swap, but talks have cooled of late, league sources tell Insider. More likely to happen is a Danny Fortson-and-Adonal Foyle-for-Coleman swap. The Warriors need to cut cap room in the worst way in order to make a run at Gilbert Arenas. While this move won't get them all the way there, it would be a start. Of course, the Warriors would immediately waive Coleman, making him a free agent once he cleared waivers.
One more juicy Coleman rumor ... the Chicago Tribune's Sam Smith is reporting that the Sixers and Sonics are talking about a Brent Barry-and-Vitaly Potapenko-for-Coleman trade. The Sonics are working hard to clear cap space, and moving Barry and Potapenko would put them at around $17 million under the cap this summer. The move makes less sense for the Sixers. While Potapenko can be serviceable in the middle, where do you play Barry? Allen Iverson, Aaron McKie, Greg Buckner, and, if the other trade goes down, Latrell Sprewell, all play the same position.



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Kurt Thomas
Knicks
Sonics, Mavs Feb. 17 - Several teams, including the Mavs, would love to add his interior toughness to the team. However, the Knicks aren't doing anything with Thomas unless they can get some size in the middle and a young prospect as part of the deal.
The most interesting rumor has the Knicks talking to the Sonics about a deal that would send Yugoslavian stud Vladimir Radmanovic, Calvin Booth and Vitaly Potapenko to the Knicks for Charlie Ward and Thomas. The move would give the Knicks a young, talented small forward with size and some tall post players. In return, the Sonics finally get a tough power forward and would get an extra $7 million in cap space next summer to pursue a top flight free agent like Jason Kidd. In addition, the team gets the long-term deals of Booth and Potapenko off the books.



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Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Cavs
Knicks
Blazers
Jazz Feb. 17 - Ilgauskas has teams licking their chops for one reason -- when he's healthy, he's one of the two or three best offensive centers in the league. The big question, though, is how much longer he can stay off crutches. After missing two full seasons with foot injuries, Ilgauskas made a miraculous comeback midway through last season. Is there a team out there willing to take the risk?
He has been phenomenal for the Cavs through the first half, which is partly why Cleveland wants to trade him -- his value has never been higher. Cavs GM Jim Paxson is also concerned that the heavy minutes he logged under John Lucas's tutelage will eventually catch up with him. Add three young centers -- DeSagana Diop, Chris Mihm and Michael Stewart -- to the mix and you can understand the Cavs' motivation. They need their young bigs to get more playing time and would love to be out from under the remaining two years and $28 million of Ilgauskas's contract.

So, who is rumored to be interested? The Knicks could put together a package of Charlie Ward, Travis Knight and Othella Harrington that would put them in the picture. Ward only has $2 million worth of salary protection on his contract next season, Knight has just one more year left on his deal, and Harrington's salary won't do any major cap damage. The move would allow the Cavs to clear about $5 million in additional cap room for next summer and $11 million of cap space for the summer of 2004.

The Jazz could also be interested, possibly shipping Greg Ostertag, John Amaechi, Jason Collins and a No. 1 draft pick. And the Blazers, always willing to wheel and deal, have looked at moving soon-to-be free agents Scottie Pippen and Antonio Daniels to Cleveland for Ilguaskas, Tyrone Hill and Michael Stewart.



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Robert Horry
Lakers
Grizzlies
Bucks
Heat
Pacers Feb. 17 - Shaquille O'Neal's toe is hurting. So is his knee for that matter. Kobe Bryant had to be helped off the court Sunday night after his "jumper's knee" -- the same thing that has grounded Vince Carter the last two seasons -- flared up again. With the Lakers looking as fragile as ever, will the team make a move or two for some insurance?
Lorenzen Wright and Stromile Swift are still on the block in Memphis. Nazr Mohammed is available in Atlanta. And given the recent turn of events in Golden State, would Erick Dampier be a good fit in L.A.?

Despite all the commentary to the contrary, the Lakers do have assets. Robert Horry is basically in the last year of his contract because of a team option on his final season. Samaki Walker, Tracy Murray and Mark Madsen are also in the last year of their deals. In the NBA, there is no better currency. Combine their salaries and the Lakers have $11.3 million in very marketable assets.



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Jamal Crawford
Bulls
Cavs
Warriors
Magic
Sonics
Knicks
Wizards Feb. 17 - It looks like Jamal Crawford will be stuck in Chicago, at least for the rest of the season. GM Jerry Krause is asking for a lottery pick, or a top young stud in return for Crawford and at the moment, few teams are interested. The Wizards, Sonics, Magic and Hawks have shown the most interest in Crawford. However, right now none is willing to pay the high price Krause is asking.
That comes as bad news to gent Aaron Goodwin who has been pushing for a Crawford trade ever since he lost his starting job to Jay Williams. "I know Jerry [Krause] doesn't want to trade Jamal, but it could be in everybody's best interest," Goodwin told the Chicago Tribune. "They clearly are showing favoritism. Jay is a great player, but he should be allowed to compete like anybody else. Jamal has had to compete to get playing time. Jamal has outperformed him as a starter and he has from Day 1. It's not like the rest of the league isn't watching what's going on. It is."

For the record, Krause says he won't be bullied. "I'm not doing what's in their best interest," Krause said. "I'm doing what's in our best interest. I told him if I don't get an offer I like, nobody's getting traded."



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Austin Croshere
Pacers
Lakers, Warriors, Sonics,Sixers Feb. 17 - The Pacers are working the phones trying to find a home for Croshere or Ron Mercer. They need to get at least one of those salaries off the books to have a realistic shot at signing Jermaine O'Neal, Reggie Miller and Brad Miller this summer. They'd prefer to move Croshere, who has struggled to get playing time because of the team's depth at forward. O'Neal, Artest, Al Harrington and Bender are eating up all of his minutes right now and the Pacers would love to clear that logjam. They'd also love to dump the five years and $38 million remaining on his contract. If the Pacers could move Croshere this fall, they'd clear an additional $7.6 million from the cap.
However, the talks aren't going well. Several teams are interested in Croshere, a source inside the Pacers told Insider. However, none of them are willing to work out a deal that sends back a player in the last year of his contract.

centrlpark08
02-19-2003, 09:45 PM
AGAIN THANKS OP!!! WOW this is the best artcile I have ever read throughout this board. I like the eddie jones going to minny for brandon. Jones, garnett, wally, hudson , smith and strickland. If i was mark cuban I would do the trade now. NVE and a cap filler for grant and best?

jayC
02-19-2003, 10:31 PM
Those teams would get a steal for bigz.

OutletPass
02-19-2003, 10:34 PM
My hunch is that Cuban will do something...and it WILL involve NVE...I'm not betting money on it or predicting...it's just a hunch.

I just don't think he's going to let the rest of the league "party" without him.

LRB
02-20-2003, 12:18 AM
Thanks for the articles OP. I'm still betting that we stay pat. If we do make a move, I would say it would mostlikley not involve one of the Big3, NVE, Bradley, or Raef.