Daily Rumors: August 2nd 2005

Joe Johnson Sign and Trade Deal with the Hawks

Antoine Walker on his way to Miami and with Jason Williams?

Brian Grant out of LA?

Griz the Mystery Team in the Damon Stoudamire sweepstake?

And More

The Atlanta Hawks are poised to land Phoenix restricted free-agent guard Joe Johnson in a sign-and-trade deal for Boris Diaw and two future lottery-protected first-round draft picks.

– Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Asked by Suns brass whether he would rather be in Atlanta starring on a losing team or a cast member in Phoenix on a winning team, Joe Johnson picked the Hawks. He will get his wish Tuesday in a sign-and-trade deal.

– USA Today

The Atlanta Hawks likely will not offer Eddy Curry a contract, league insiders say, partly because of lingering suspicions about his irregular heartbeat.

– Chicago Sun-Times

There’s a possibility Atlanta could trade for Eddy Curry if he were willing to accept a modest deal. Or he could take one from the Bulls, though he has said he will not.

– Chicago Tribune

The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are close to a deal that would send a newly signed forward Antoine Walker to Miami. The Heat might not be giving up much more than its $1.9 million trade exception, a minimal-salary player and draft picks.

– Miami Herald

Memphis point guard Jason Williams still looks like he’s headed to Miami via trade, but just how the transaction will occur also remains cloudy. There might be at least one other team involved and possibly more players, but sources maintain that Williams and his Grizzlies, swingman James Posey, will end up in Miami and Eddie Jones will leave the Heat.

– Miami Herald

The Heat also is expected to announce the re-signing of Shaquille O’Neal to a deal that one NBA source said is a five-year contract worth $25 million each year.

– Miami Herald

The Lakers shortly will reach a decision on forward Brian Grant — they are leaning strongly toward waiving him to save almost $30 million in luxury taxes.

– Los Angeles Times

The Cavaliers hosted unrestricted free agent Damon Jones on Sunday and Monday.

– Akron Beacon Journal

While Jason Williams is likely to join the Heat, the team is still in negotiations with point guard Damon Jones.

– Miami Herald

The Grizzlies negotiated with Damon Stoudamire, but no deal had been finalized as of late Monday.

– Memphis Commercial Appeal

The Mavericks are among the teams pursuing Phoenix free agent Steven Hunter, according to Hunter’s agent, Mark Bartelstein.

– Dallas Morning News

The Sonics have shown interest in guard Rick Brunson, who played with the Clippers last season. He may agree to terms as early as today.

– Seattle Times

Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan and Knicks’ team president Isiah Thomas have until Aug. 15 to decide whether to keep Allan Houston or release him and save $40 million in luxury tax.

– New York Daily News

Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said “less than 30 and more than one” NBA teams had expressed interest in trading for guard Michael Finley.

– Dallas Morning News

A loose Rottweiler belonging to Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett bit a 66-year-old man last week outside the basketball player’s Orono home, police said.

– St. Paul Pioneer Press

-Z

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