Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for July 13th

1. Michael Jordan holding up Raptors trade

2. Mavericks show interest in Shaq

3. Jazz close to acquiring Minnesota big man Jefferson

4. Free-agent Barnes not likely to return to Warriors

5. Derek Fisher decides Kobe’s pull greater than LeBron’s, agrees to stay with Lakers

6. Raptor rebuild decidedly Sun-ny
1. Michael Jordan holding up Raptors trade

Yahoo! Sports is reporting "The sudden reluctance of Charlotte owner Michael Jordan has thrust the proposed Toronto-Charlotte trade into jeopardy, multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Monday night.

"Right now, Michael is having second thoughts," a source with knowledge of the talks told Yahoo! Sports.

The Bobcats had agreed to trade center Tyson Chandler and forward Boris Diaw to the Raptors for guard Jose Calderon and forward Reggie Evans. Players had been contacted earlier in the day and told they were traded. Yet now, everyone has been put into a holding pattern. Jordan, sources said, has been hesitant to trade Chandler."

To read more..

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AqUJ80H1famhoN8BTJ13lHS8vLYF?slug=ys-bobcatsraptorstrade071210

2. Mavericks show interest in Shaq

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting "Trade winds and free-agent speculation are blowing hotter than the 109-degree temperature at Glitter Gulch.The Mavericks are connected to many of the rumors, but many are not true.They are not at the top of the list for Al Jefferson because Utah has assumed that role. And the Mavericks, while having discussed Jefferson with Minnesota, have not decided how far they will go in terms of giving up future draft picks that the Timberwolves are seeking.But the Mavericks are still interested in a big man. And the newest name being considered internally by the Mavericks is a familiar one.Shaquille O’Neal.A source close to the situation said Monday that O’Neal has not yet committed to Miami, which was widely suspected after LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all landed there.Instead, he appears to be open to other options. The Mavericks are going through the pros and cons that would come with the future Hall of Famer.O’Neal would give the Mavericks a big body that is missing on a roster that includes mostly thin big people.On the flip side, he is not the Shaq of old. His mobility isn’t what it used to be and the Mavericks also would be getting much older.But he remains a force in the paint and the space he takes up defensively still causes trouble for opponents.The Mavericks apparently have rekindled the idea of acquiring O’Neal, which likely would take all, or at least a large chunk, of their $5.765-million mid-level exception."

To read more..

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/07/12/2330365/mavericks-show-interest-in-shaq.html

3. Jazz close to acquiring Minnesota big man Jefferson

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting "Back in the 2004 draft, the Jazz managed toKris Humphries one pick ahead of and Kirk Snyder one pick after Al Jefferson only to watch as the Mississippi high school center went on to become one of the NBA’s most promising young big men.

Six years later, Jefferson appears set to find his way to Utah after all. The Jazz were said to be closing in Monday night on a trade to acquire the 6-foot-10, 265-pound Jefferson from Minnesota, a move that could change the entire course of their offseason.

Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor declined to comment, but chief executive Greg Miller posted on his Twitter account: "I just approved a Jazz roster move that I’m very excited about. Planning to share details tomorrow."

A Jazz source confirmed the team was in talks for Jefferson while the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Jefferson was headed to Utah for the first-round pick the Jazz acquired from Memphis in the Ronnie Brewer trade, and possibly more.

Jefferson averaged 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in three seasons with the Timberwolves after being the featured player acquired in the 2007 trade that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston."

To read more..

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/49917431-87/jazz-jefferson-brewer-million.html.csp

4. Free-agent Barnes not likely to return to Warriors

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting Matt Barnes has contacted the Warriors, but sources said agreeing on a free-agent deal is probably a longshot.

The 6-foot-7, 226-pound forward averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds for Orlando last season and acted as the team’s defensive irritant. Barnes, 30, fits many of the Warriors’ needs, and general manager Larry Riley says the squad could add some maturity to its youthful roster.

However, "chasing that story is probably a waste of time" because of financial concerns, a league source with knowledge of the conversations said Sunday."

To read more..

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/11/SP2H1ECR2D.DTL

5. Derek Fisher decides Kobe’s pull greater than LeBron’s, agrees to stay with Lakers

The LA News is reporting "South Beach was nice, but Derek Fisher preferred Southern California.

Two days after getting a major sales pitch from Miami Heat president Pat Riley, team owner Micky Arison and even LeBron James, Fisher decided Monday he would reject their offer and agree to a new three-year contract with the Lakers.

Financial terms were not immediately available.

Fisher said his long-term friendship with teammate Kobe Bryant convinced him to re-sign and chase a sixth NBA championship together.

Fisher and Bryant won their fifth title in seven trips to the Finals with a gritty victory last month over Boston. "

To read more..

http://www.dailynews.com/lakers/ci_15502377

6. Raptor rebuild decidedly Sun-ny

The Toronto Star is reporting The Toronto Raptors are bigger and faster and entirely Bryan Colangelo’s as the latest roster re-jigging is close to completion.

In a major trading binge, the president and general manager got rid of the last playing link to the previous era on Monday and began charting a new course for the future.

By dealing away Jose Calderon — the last remaining player from the Rob Bab***** days — along with Hedo Turkoglu and Reggie Evans, and adding Leandro Barbosa, Boris Diaw and Tyson Chandler, Colangelo is now solely responsible for the entire roster."

To read more..

http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/nba/raptors/article/835043–raptor-rebuild-decidedly-sun-ny

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