July 30, 2009 – NBA Rumor and News Roundup


Point guard Marcus Williams close to signing deal with Grizzlies

Odom keeps Lakers hanging in the balanceKNICKS MEET WITH TINSLEY


Knicks team president Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D’Antoni met with former Pacers point guard Jamaal Tinsley yesterday in what was described as a feeling-out meeting to gauge mutual interest.

Tinsley, released by Indiana last week, has drawn interest from the Heat and Sixers. He has a checkered history that includes two late-night incidents where guns were fired — once by then-teammate Stephen Jackson — in Indiana. So the Knicks no doubt were curious to chat with the 31-year-old Brooklyn product. Walsh drafted him for the Pacers so he knows why he would want Tinsley for the Knicks — and also why he wouldn’t.

No offer was made and money was not discussed, said one person close to the situation. Tinsley, who reportedly was bought out for $10.7 million of the $14.7 million he was due over the next two years by Indy, likely would be worth a veteran’s minimum to the Knicks, around $1.2 million. A one-year deal with the Knicks would have no effect on the 2010 summer free agency blueprint.


Point guard Marcus Williams close to signing deal with Grizzlies

Scott Cacciola

Marcus Williams, who opened some eyes playing for the Grizzlies’ summer league team in Las Vegas earlier this month, could be joining the team in a more official capacity within the next few days.

Calvin Andrews, Williams’ agent, said Wednesday that he feels confident that Williams will sign a one-year deal with the Griz.

"We’re very close," Andrews said. "They like some of the things he can do to help the team, to get the ball in the right places."

The Grizzlies have been searching for another point guard because their current roster includes just one, starter Mike Conley.

"I think it’s a great fit," Andrews said. "The guys love playing with him. I just think it’s the right situation for a lot of reasons."

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace could not be reached for comment Wednesday. During an afternoon radio interview on The Chris Vernon Show, Wallace would not confirm if a deal was imminent.


Odom keeps Lakers hanging in the balance

By Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports

Don’t be surprised if NBA executives and coaches throughout the league are quietly chanting, “Let’s go Heat, let’s go Heat.”

There is no debating that superstar Kobe Bryant(notes) and fellow All-Star Pau Gasol(notes) lead the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. But often forgotten in the Lakers’ title run last season was the versatile play of free-agent forward Lamar Odom(notes).

Odom is seriously considering Miami over the Lakers as his next destination. And if Odom opts for his old stomping ground of South Beach over Hollywood, forget about the Lakers being surefire title favorites in the NBA – and possibly even in the Western Conference.

“If he goes somewhere else, they’re vulnerable,” a Western Conference general manager said Wednesday. “With him, they’re the favorites.”

Said one West advance scout: “I definitely would think it’s unanimous in the league that if Lamar goes somewhere else, well at the very least in the West, that it gives you a glimmer of hope that even if Kobe plays great you’re right there with them.”

It’s been said that statistics don’t lie. Maybe not, but they don’t often tell the whole truth.

Odom, who has never been an All-Star, averaged 11.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Lakers last season – not justifying, at least on the surface, the 6-foot-10, 230-pounder’s $14.1 million salary.

But Odom impacts the game in many other ways. When center Andrew Bynum(notes) was injured, the Lakers didn’t miss a beat with Odom starting in his place. In fact, Los Angeles’ top two lineups in terms of plus-minus last season included Odom, not Bynum.


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