Basketball Rumors and Speculation for July 18th

New Orleans Hornets president Hugh Weber says there’s no way Chris Paul will be traded

Miami bids for Lakers free agent Odom

Utah Jazz listening to offers for Boozer

Trade likeliest scenario left for Blazers

New Orleans Hornets president Hugh Weber says there’s no way Chris Paul will be traded

John Reid, The Times-Picayune

While watching the Hornets’ summer league team play Thursday night in Las Vegas, Chris Paul told a reporter there’s chance he soon could be traded.

With the luxury tax threshold set this upcoming season at $69.92 million and the Hornets’ current payroll at $78.8 million, they are desperate to dump salaries to avoid having to pay the tax penalty next summer.Due to its financial limitations, New Orleans is the only team in the Southwest Division that has yet to acquire a player through free agency or by a trade to improve its roster this offseason.

"In this league, anything can happen,” Paul told Pro Basketball News. "I can be dealt. It’s possible. It’s possible.”

In response Friday, Hornets President Hugh Weber said the possibility of them trading Paul is zero.

"There is no chance of him getting traded,” Weber said sternly. "I don’t know how to say it any stronger, but there is just no deal we would contemplate for Chris. I can’t speak for Chris, but I think he was talking about the nature of the business and the fact that the question was asked the way it was.”

Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower said from Las Vegas Friday morning he is investigating many things in regard to free agency and possible trades to improve the roster, but he said trading Paul would not meet any of those objectives.

Miami bids for Lakers free agent Odom

Elliott Teaford, Staff Writer

he courtship of Lamar Odom has begun in earnest, with the Miami Heat reportedly offering the unrestricted free agent a five-year contract worth about $35 million. That’s more years, but not more money than the Lakers offered him.

Odom and his agent did not respond to the Lakers’ offer, which angered team owner Jerry Buss, who yanked it off the table earlier this week.

Actually, Odom had his choice of two offers from the Lakers. There was a three-year deal worth $30 million or a four-year contract worth $36million. Apparently, neither satisfied Odom and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, who seek a five-year offer.

Odom called Buss in an attempt to restart negotiations with the Lakers, according to a report Friday night on KCBS.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley hasn’t granted interviews with reporters since the NBA draft June25, but according to a South Florida newspaper he told a gathering of season-ticket holders Thursday night the team was interested in signing Odom.

The Heat offered Odom roughly $35 million over five years, according to a report filed by The Associated Press on Friday morning. Neither the Heat nor Odom could be reached for comment.

Six years ago, Odom left Los Angeles for Miami, signing a six-year, $65-million contract with the Heat after spending four seasons with the Clippers. The Heat sent the versatile 6-foot-10 forward to the Lakers in the Shaquille O’Neal deal in 2004.

Utah Jazz listening to offers for Boozer

Tim Buckley – Deseret News

On the same day they formally announced they will match the offer sheet restricted free agent Paul Millsap signed last week with Portland, the Jazz did not deny efforts to move fellow power forward Carlos Boozer are ongoing.

The match is dependent on a physical exam taken Friday, and Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said he would not comment on the matter — beyond a short statement contained in a news release — until he knows for sure that Millsap had passed all medical tests.

"It’s a relief, in a sense," Ara Vartanian, one of Millsap’s representatives, said of the decision.

"We know Paul fits in well with the way coach (Jerry) Sloan coaches," Vartanian added, "so there’s no mystery or question to it, so we’re excited about it."

As for Boozer trade talk, O’Connor was asked Friday afternoon if the Jazz were now in sit-and-wait or proactive mode.

It sounded as if they’re perhaps somewhere in-between.

"I don’t know what either one of those means," he said. "But I think we’re continuing to talk, and continuing to monitor things, and continuing to look at what we can do to make our team better."

Chicago, Miami, New York, Detroit and now New Jersey have been most prominently mentioned as possible destinations for Boozer ever since he decided late last month to opt in for the final season and last $12.65 million on his current six-year, $68-million contract with the Jazz.

Trade likeliest scenario left for Blazers

The Portland Tribune

The Jazz weren’t going to allow an over-the-top offer by a Northwest Division rival steal away the 24-year-old power forward.

It was strike two for the Blazers, who were spurned by free agent Hedo Turkoglu (Toronto) earlier this month.

What next?

Most of the top-tier free agents – Millsap, Mike Bibby, Jason Kidd, Ron Artest, Trevor Ariza, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Grant Hill and Rasheed Wallace – have been snapped up.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *