July 23, 2009 NBA Rumors and News


Source says Sixers looking at Tinsley, Watson

Lamar Odom and Lakers resume talks


Jazz won’t be bullied into trading Boozer


Source says Sixers looking at Tinsley, Watson

PHIL JASNER

The 76ers, continuing their search for a veteran point guard, are discussing former Indiana Pacers starter Jamaal Tinsley as a possibility. According to a source familiar with the Sixers’ situation, they also are considering taking a fresh look at Golden State Warriors restricted free agent C.J. Watson.

Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski was in Las Vegas last night, preparing to watch Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young in the U.S. National Team’s minicamp that will culminate with an intrasquad game Saturday night. Stefanski declined to comment on the situations surrounding Tinsley and Watson.

The Pacers waived Tinsley yesterday after not allowing him to play for the team last season, in part because of a Dec. 9, 2007, incident when shots were fired into Tinsley’s car, wounding the Pacers’ equipment manager.

The Pacers reportedly reached a settlement with Tinsley and agent Raymond Brothers over the $14.7 million owed to the player over the next two seasons. The settlement allowed both sides to avoid an arbitration hearing that had been set for Monday.

It remains unclear whether the Sixers will pursue Tinsley, but the source said Stefanski spoke yesterday with Michael Higgins, Watson’s agent. The Sixers, much earlier in the process, presented Watson with a 1-year offer for $2.3 million and were turned down. *

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20090723_Source_says_Sixers_looking_at_Tinsley__Watson.html

Lamar Odom and Lakers resume talks

Broderick Turner and Mike Bresnahan

Is the table being set again?

A week after the Lakers pulled a pair of contract offers to Lamar Odom off the table, the sides resumed talks Wednesday.

The discussions were labeled productive, but there was nothing to report "at the moment," according to a source familiar with negotiations who was not authorized to comment publicly.

It didn’t look great last week for Odom’s return to the Lakers after the franchise yanked its offers of three years and $30 million or four years and $36 million, with the fourth year only partially guaranteed.

But the sides began communicating in a more positive light Wednesday. Financial details were not immediately available, though the Lakers were not expected to have improved their initial offers. If anything, the offers might have dropped slightly.

Odom, who will be 30 in November, was a key part of the Lakers’ championship run, and his teammates, including Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, have unilaterally expressed a desire for his return.

On the other hand, the Lakers are conscious about veering too far into luxury-tax territory. They have already allocated $83.8 million to 12 players next season, which would mean an additional luxury-tax penalty of $13.9 million.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lakers-lamar-odom23-2009jul23,0,5117681.story

Jazz won’t be bullied into trading Boozer

David Aldridge TNT Analyst

While we all wait for Miami to finish up the summer by either signing Lamar Odom, matching or not matching Cleveland’s offer sheet on Jamario Moon and trying to goose Utah into a Carlos Boozer deal…

This just in: Utah is not going to be goosed into doing a Carlos Boozer deal.

All summer, we’ve been given breathless updates as to who is "ahead" in the Boozer "sweepstakes," with the two-time All-Star making his preference for wearing Heat Black next season clear. Three-way trades, two-team trades, all kind of trades–to the Bulls, to the Heat, to the Knicks, with the emphasis on a supposedly imminent deal, the Jazz not possibly being able to welcome Boozer back into the fold next season.

All wrong.

There’s a good chance Carlos Boozer is the starting power forward for Utah in November, with a slighly overpriced backup in Paul Milsap.

Let me say this one more time: Utah is not going to be bullied, rushed or otherwise forced into trading Boozer anywhere. The Jazz is not going to do a deal for a deal’s sake, and certainly isn’t going to do a bad deal. That doesn’t mean Utah isn’t listening to offers (it is) or won’t ultimately get a deal done for Boozer (though Miami will have to do better than combinations featuring Udonis Haslem and Dorell Wright; if the first words out of Riles’s mouth aren’t "Michael Beasley," forget it).

Whether Boozer or Utah has it right about a supposed "agreement" to trade him (General Manager Kevin O’Connor publicly denied there was an arrangement on Tuesday; a Utah official used a very popular, two-syllable word with me to describe that claim, beginning with "bull…"), the Jazz is going to take its time looking at offers. It is true that Utah has made it clear it’s not likely to re-sign Boozer to a huge contract extension after this season, but that’s a different topic.

http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/david_aldridge/07/22/aldridge.0722/index.html

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