NBA News and Rumors – August 6, 2009

Glen Davis upset with Celtics

Warriors’ trade winds die down to just George

Four on the Wizards’ radar

NBA notes: Bob Finnan’s three points and rumor millGlen Davis upset with Celtics

Mark Murphy

Glen Davis now understands why the term “restricted free agent” is an oxymoron.

The Celtics [team stats] forward, discouraged by the lack of progress in talks with the team as well as shrinking options in the free agent market, posted his frustration Tuesday night on Twitter.

As evidenced by his tweets, Davis’ angst was tweaked in part by the C’s signing of free agent power forward Shelden Williams to a veterans minimum contract earlier this week. A league source also confirmed the Celtics finally started discussing numbers with Davis in the past week and made an offer that was considered disappointing by the player’s camp.

Davis started free agency with the hope of earning mid-level money ($5.8 million) but has yet to draw any offers beyond the one recently made by the Celtics.

Here is Davis’ string of recent tweets:

“Why is this (thing) taking so long!!! I really don’t understand!!!!”

“Anybody know what’s going on with the Celtics? Cause I don’t!”

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view.bg?articleid=1189484&srvc=rss

Warriors’ trade winds die down to just George

Marcus Thompson II – Oakland Tribune

Veteran swingman Devean George never made it to the Toronto Raptors, who acquired him from the Dallas Mavericks in early July in a four-team trade involving Shawn Marion.

So you can understand his immediate reaction when he heard he was being shipped to the Warriors three weeks later.

"Is this it?" he said, sharing his first thought with local media at the Warriors’ downtown Oakland facility Wednesday.

Oddly enough, many Warriors fans have the same question. Not about George, but their squad, which they expected to undergo some major changes this offseason.

But early in August, the reality is the Warriors might be done with alterations. They certainly are unlikely to land the difference maker they’ve been after.

Rookie guard Stephen Curry, whom the Warriors are still salivating over, and George, acquired last week for guard Marco Belinelli, may have to suffice.

"I didn’t come here to sit on the bench," George said after taking his physical. "I can make open shots. I’m good at figuring out my niche, how to get playing time. A lot of the little things I can bring to the table that coaches like."

Early in the offseason, new general manager Larry Riley said to expect changes. He said he wanted a point guard, beef on the front line and experience.

Then, the draft-day rumors of trading for Phoenix Suns All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire teased fans. But as the offseason progressed, and NBA players moved around, reality began to set in.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/warriors/ci_13001530?nclick_check=1

Four on the Wizards’ radar

Mike Jones

We’re drawing close to the one-week mark in the NBA’s free agency period and so far, Detroit (Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva) and Toronto (Hedo Turkoglu) made the initial big splashes. And Boston, according to Marc Spears of the Boston Globe, has reached an agreement with Rasheed Wallace, and slightly lower profiled players are getting attention.

The Wizards continue to have conversations with the representatives of players, and according to a league source, they did put in an inquiry with Antonio McDyess’ camp, but the asking price (which would require them to use the mid-level exception, but because of the tax would total roughly $10 million) is too high.

League sources tell me that Rasho Nesterovic, Channing Frye, Jason Collins and Jamaal Magloire have all drawn interest from the Wizards.

All four are unrestricted free agents, who remain on the market and are expected to have to settle for paydays in the neighborhood of the veterans minumum.

Nesterovic is an 11-year veteran, who last season earned $8.4 million while averaging 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes a game with the Indiana Pacers. He’s a solid low-post defender and average rebounder, but is a smart veteran-type player the Wizards could count on for five to 10 minutes a game.

Frye, a 6-foot-11 fourth-year power forward, no longer is in the Portland Trail Blazers’ plans. Last season, he earned $3.16 million and averaged just 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.8 minutes a game. It’s believed that the Wizards would rather land a center, but Frye could come at a pricetag that would be in Washington’s wheelhouse.

Collins’ eight-year career has largely been a disappointment, but at 7-foot, 255 pounds, he definitely has the big body that could spell Brendan Haywood and JaVale McGee for a few minutes. For his career, Collins — who earned $6.2 million last season — has averaged 4.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 23.4 minutes of play. Last season, he mustered 1.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 31 games for Minnesota.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/outlet/2009/jul/05/four-on-the-wizards-radar/

NBA notes: Bob Finnan’s three points and rumor mill

Bob Finnan

Whenever Cavs forward LeBron James is asked about staying in Cleveland, he always says the same thing. He loves it here. Then why doesn’t he sign an extension with the Cavs this summer?

Does James realize what a distraction it’s going to be this season? Sure, the presence of Shaquille O’Neal might deflect some of that attention on James’ contract, but it’s going to be hanging over the team all season.

Of course, James can get more bang for his buck opting for free agency and then signing a maximum deal with the Cavs. But is it all about the money with James? He probably wants to see how the Cavs build their team. But his uncertainty might be hurting the Cavs chances of signing free agents.

Rumor mill

n At a recent NBA function, one source said NBA executives were freely discussing Cavs coach Mike Brown’s job security. Front-office execs said the Cavs might have only one year to shoot for a championship if LeBron James were to leave. If a certain NBA coach had been available, a source was told the Cavs might have replaced Brown. But the coaching candidate wasn’t interested. Many thought that person was Heat president Pat Riley. This was similar to a story that first appeared in Pro Basketball News. The Cavs vehemently denied the report.

n One rumor circulating is that Oklahoma City might make former Cavs forward/center Anderson Varejao an offer. That doesn’t add up. Sure, he would be a perfect fit for the emerging Thunder. But Thunder GM Sam Presti is best friends with Cavs GM Danny Ferry. They have a buddy-buddy system going strong, and the perception is Presti would not do anything to hurt Ferry’s team.

http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2009/07/05/sports/nh1129847.txt

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