Rumor Mill: August 11th 2005

Nets Lose Interest in Brian Grant, Is he on his way back to Miami?

Tyronn Lue: The Lakers or the Hawks….

Troy Hudson to the Cavs?

Dale Davis all but a 76er?

And More The Lakers are talking to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about hiring him to tutor their big men. A Laker official on Wednesday confirmed the team’s interest. Abdul-Jabbar’s agent, Harlan Werner, confirmed Abdul-Jabbar’s interest.

— Los Angeles Times

Doug Christie wants to sign a one-year, $3 million contract offer from the Mavericks when he becomes a free agent next week, according to a league source. He won’t do anything, though, before he and his wife visit the area.

— Fort Worth Star-Telegram

When the 76ers traded Marc Jackson to the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday, president and general manager Billy King said the team would go after a frontcourt player and a perimeter player. One player the Sixers have apparently targeted is Phoenix unrestricted free-agent center Steven Hunter.

— Philadelphia Inquirer

There also is reason to believe that if the Sixers are unsuccessful in their pursuit of Hunter, they will turn their attention to Dale Davis, a 14-year veteran who split last season between the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers.

— Philadelphia Daily News

Rumors are that Cleveland General Manager Danny Ferry has some interest in making a trade with the Wolves for point guard Troy Hudson. One player the Wolves have interest in is point guard Earl Watson of Memphis.

— Minneapolis Star Tribune

NBA and the Atlanta Hawks’ owners were working behind the scenes Wednesday night to find a resolution to the ownership battle that has become an embarrassment for the league as well as the team, several people familiar with the situation said.

— Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NBA Commissioner David Stern did not make a ruling Wednesday on eight Atlanta Hawks owners’ Tuesday request to remove dissident ninth partner, Steve Belkin, as the team’s NBA governor. There are hopes that a ruling may come midday today and an expectation that Stern will render a decision by Friday.

— The Arizona Republic

The Nets are going to back off on their original plans to pursue Brian Grant, who was cut by the Lakers on Tuesday as part of the amnesty provision in the new collective bargaining agreement. While Thorn made his perfunctory call to agent Mark Bartelstein “just to show our interest,” he now admits Grant is no longer the priority.

— Newark Star-Ledger

Rumors persist that Tyronn Lue is waiting in the wings to join the Lakers. A number of reports came out that the Atlanta Hawks might make a run to keep him. It would seem he’s been “back-burnered” by the Lakers.



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