Monthly Archives: June 2010

‘Friendly’ dinner for Bosh and Wade

Dwyane Wade has confirmed he had dinner with Chris Bosh during a
gathering in Los Angeles last week, but denies any notion he tried to
recruit CB4 to South Beach as the July 1 free-agent frenzy approaches.

“Some of my closest friends happen to be certain guys up in this
free-agent market,’’ Flash told reporters in Miami during a weekend
promotional event.

“We’ve been friends since we came into the NBA. We signed with the same
agent. So, we can’t eat together? No worries. Just friends eating
dinner.”

Raptors Cleaning House?

he past few weeks I’ve been calling around to every team in the league
gathering draft info. Out of all those conversations, one thing that is
becoming clear: The Raptors have been the most aggressive team in the
league this summer in seeking out all sorts of trades. At this point
it’s conceivable that the team could end up trading three of its five
starters this summer.

Basketball Trade Rumors for June 14th

1. Source: LeBron James ’100 percent’ behind Cleveland Cavaliers’ bid to hire Tom Izzo

2. Wade wants best player to join him in Miami

3. Bulls could be leaders in competition

4. Bickerstaff joining Trail Blazers?

5. Lakers’ Jackson to make decision by month’s end

Tom Izzo visits with Cleveland Cavaliers, but leaves town without making decisio

Tom Izzo came, he saw, he dined. What he’ll do next, however, remains
uncertain.

The Michigan State coach and his family spent all Thursday afternoon and
evening with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, General Manager Chris Grant,
and assistant general manager Lance Blanks.

According to multiple sources, the visit went well and Izzo and his
family were impressed with the Cavs’ facilities and the city. But Izzo
left town after nearly nine hours without accepting Gilbert’s offer

Amar'e Stoudemire calls Phoenix Suns 'Plan A'

The Amar’e Stoudemire Basketball Academy ended Thursday in Gilbert.
Next, Stoudemire leaves Phoenix for Miami.

As much as that sounds like free-agent foreboding, there was nothing
about Stoudemire on Thursday to indicate that Phoenix has seen the last
of its All-Star power forward. Wearing a camp shirt with purple and
orange lettering, Stoudemire called signing a contract extension with
the Suns this month "Plan A."

"Camp colors are purple and orange and bloodlines right now are purple
and orange, until something changes," said Stoudemire, who plans to meet
teammates Jared Dudley and Earl Clark in Miami for training and
vacation.

Turkoglu rumour mill still churning

Two things were for certain the moment Hedo Turkoglu’s desire to leave
the Raptors became public last month.

There would be rumours all around and the Raptors would not comment on
any of them.

Reports this week that Turkoglu would welcome a trade to the Sacramento
Kings were not unexpected, nor was the no comment coming from Raptors
general manager Bryan Colangelo, who has consistently avoided discussing
the delicate issue.

Utah Jazz: Heat looking at Carlos Boozer if they can't get Bosh

Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer may yet get his wish to play for the
Miami Heat.

But it could come with a price, according to a suggestion Wednesday in a
Miami newspaper column.

According to the Herald item, an unidentified "official close to the
Heat said Miami wants to pursue Carlos Boozer if it cannot get Chris
Bosh (its top power forward choice), or, likely, Amare Stoudemire.
Boozer would love to play here but would need to accept below his $15.8
million maximum first-year salary."

Amar'e Stoudemire: 'No chance' of picking up option with Suns

With an officiating whistle and three games at his youth basketball camp
to monitor, Amar’e Stoudemire spotted familiar reporters courtside
Tuesday afternoon.

"Uh-oh, I know what you want to ask about," Stoudemire said.

But the kids at Premier Courts in Gilbert got to him first.

"What team do you want to go to?" one asked.

Andrew Bynum, Shannon Brown injury updates

With speculative rumors of Andrew Bynum possibly not playing Game 4 of
the NBA Finals spreading quickly, Pau Gasol practically sneered at the
notion after Lakers practice Wednesday.

“He wants to be out there, no matter what,” Gasol said of Bynum.

Bynum backed Gasol’s hunch later by saying: “I’m doing OK. Just finished
treatment, got a lot of the swelling out. Going to do another one in
about three hours. I’m going to be playing (Thursday night). I will be
playing.”

Nets, Avery Johnson agree

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has his first NBA coach in New
Jersey: ESPN analyst Avery Johnson.

After breaking into the coaching business under Mark Cuban in Dallas and
interviewing with New Orleans and Atlanta in recent weeks, Johnson on
Wednesday struck a verbal agreement to coach Prokhorov’s Nets.

Although the sides might need the rest of the week to finalize what
sources close to the situation say will be a three-year contract,
Johnson confirmed the agreement in a Wednesday afternoon interview with
ESPN’s Hannah Storm.