NBA Rumor Roundup – AUGUST 25, 2009

No deal yet, but Iverson-to-Bobcats viable

Long road to the top

Shaquille O’Neal going back on trading block?

No deal yet, but Iverson-to-Bobcats viable

Dime Magazine’s web site reports that Allen Iverson and the Bobcats already have agreed to terms on a contract that will be signed within a week.

I’m told by a great source that’s not true. However, that doesn’t mean Iverson won’t be a Bobcat. It sounds like there’s a good chance that will happen. My source says definitively that Iverson’s first choice is to play for Larry Brown again in Charlotte, and that there have been serious discussions about making that happen.

However, there are complications. As Brown told me and ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan, the team’s payroll and roster both stand in the way. With the Bobcats inching toward the luxury-tax threshold, it’s problematic to make Iverson a fair offer, even in a depressed economy. Minutes are another issue: With Raja Bell, D.J. Augustin and restricted free agent Raymond Felton on the roster, where would Brown find sufficient playing time for a nine-time All-Star who averaged nearly 42 minutes his first 12 NBA seasons?

If any guard is traded, I’m guessing it would be Bell, whose contract expires following the coming season.

http://blogs.charlotte.com/inside_the_nba/2009/08/no-deal-yet-but-iversontobobcats-viable.html

Long road to the top

File this under the “Hot Rumor’’ category. Ray Allen’s contract is up at the end of the season and Celtics president Danny Ainge reports that no serious talks have taken place regarding an extension. But there is considerable chatter in Wellesley, where Allen lives, that his teenage daughter may move in with him. Tierra Allen has lived with her mother in South Carolina and plays volleyball and basketball in high school. She would be a junior at Wellesley High (and why would she come if dad wasn’t planning on playing beyond this year? Just an observation). Needless to say, the Wellesley basketball community is watching all this with great interest. With volleyball starting this week, one would think something has to break pretty soon.

http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/articles/2009/08/23/long_road_to_the_top/?page=3

Shaquille O’Neal going back on trading block?

When the Cleveland Cavaliers brought on big man Shaquille O’Neal(notes) this off-season, most folks figured this was the key to a championship. But if it doesn’t appear to be working, O’Neal will be right back on the trading block at the deadline in February, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It isn’t clear how far out of it the Cavaliers would have to be in order for this to happen or exactly how the team would go about making such a decision, but the word is that there has been some talk amongst team execs that they can always put O’Neal on the trading block in February since his contract is up next summer and another team that thinks it has a strong chance to wint it all would likely trade for him. Obviously, it doesn’t seem likely to happen.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/post/Shaquille-O-Neal-going-back-on-trading-block-?urn=nba,184353

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