NBA Rumors and News – June 27, 2009

Boston and San Antonio looking at Wallace

Next for Raptors: Marion

Magic to Pursue Rasheed Wallace, Brandon Bass

Still Needing Point Guard, Knicks Keep Interest in Rubio
Boston and San Antonio looking at Wallace

Joe Alexander reeports that

There were reports on local radio and the Internet on Friday that veteran NBA power forward/center Rasheed Wallace is in San

Antonio.

Wallace, who made $13,680,000 for the 2008-09 season (according to HoopsHype.com), becomes a free agent on July 1.

The Spurs are in a position to add a big man to their roster after giving up forward/centers Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas

in the trade for Richard Jefferson.

Wallace averaged 12.0 points and 7.4 rebounds this season. He averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in the playoffs.

The 6-foot-11 Wallace averages 15.0 points and 6.9 rebounds for his career in the regular season. He averaged 14.6 points and

6.7 rebounds in 153 playoff games.

Wallace is a four-time All-Star and was a member of the Pistons’ 2004 NBA championship team.

Read the full article from

http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblogs/spursworld/2009/06/looking-for-rasheed-wallace.html

Next for Raptors: Marion

FRANK ZICARELLI Reports that

All that is known about Shawn Marion is that he won’t be making the roughly $17 million US he earned last season in the final

year of his contract.

No one can say with any certainty what the future holds for Marion because there are too many variables and too few teams

with cap space this summer.

On paper, his presence on a Raptors roster that has addressed toughness with the addition of Reggie Evans and athleticism in

the form of rookie DeMar DeRozan is a perfect fit.

The Raptors have made nice strides this off-season, but the next step could very well turn into the most important move the

team makes, barring a trade involving one of the team’s core group of Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon, which is

not likely.

Toronto’s history of luring free agents hasn’t been good because the Raptors have overpaid to attract a perceived asset, the

price of doing business in the NBA’s only non-American market.

Marion said all the right things when he played in Toronto following his trade from Miami, but he left the door open for a

possible change, which is his right.

Following back-to-back seasons of not appearing in the post-season, Marion spoke about wanting to return to the playoffs.

Much like the way he plays, no one knows what Marion has in mind for next season.

With the NBA’s free-agent window about to open next Wednesday, the Raptors must be prepared for all possibilities, and no

doubt they are.

There has been talk about a sign-and-trade, which can be best engineered by using an agent as the conduit.

Read the full article from

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/basketball/2009/06/27/9951856-sun.html

Magic to Pursue Rasheed Wallace, Brandon Bass

Tim Povtak

Wallace, 34, is expected to be pursued by both the Magic and the Boston Celtics, who are competing with the Cleveland

Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Wallace has played 14 seasons in the NBA, earning a reputation as an

often enigmatic, but unselfish player with championship experience.

Wallace still could remain in Detroit, but he has expressed a desire to finish his career with a legitimate contender in the

East. He would help either Boston or Orlando counter Cleveland’s addition of Shaquille O’Neal.

Turkoglu wasn’t part of the deal for Carter, but his fate in Orlando became clear when the Magic traded for Carter. Turkoglu

earlier this week notified the league that he was opting out of his contract to become a free agent.

He is expected to be seriously pursued by Toronto, Portland and Sacramento. He is seeking a five-year deal worth an estimated

$10 million annually, which is more than the Magic were willing to pay.

Read the full article from

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2009/06/26/magic-to-pursue-rasheed-wallace-brandon-bass/

Still Needing Point Guard, Knicks Keep Interest in Rubio

HOWARD BECK

The Rubio discussion may be short, however.

Kahn is insisting that he intends to keep both Rubio and Flynn, despite a variety of obstacles. In an open letter to Timberwolves fans, Kahn raved about Rubio as “a virtuoso” — “like an orchestra conductor with the basketball.”

“He will be our starting point guard here the moment he walks through our front door,” Kahn wrote in the letter, which appeared on the St. Paul Pioneer Press Web site. “We may have to wait a year, or even two, but he is worth the wait. We must be patient.”

The Timberwolves can afford to wait. Under N.B.A. rules, they own Rubio’s draft rights in perpetuity. They may actually benefit from Rubio’s playing in Europe for another year or two.

Although Rubio is a playmaking prodigy — with passing skills reminiscent of Pete Maravich — he needs work. Rubio is regarded as inefficient with the ball and a poor shooter. At 6 feet 4 inches and 180 pounds, he needs to add some muscle to his lithe frame.

By this time next year, Rubio could be much closer to N.B.A.-ready, and an even more valuable trading chip, assuming he refuses to play in Minneapolis.

Knicks officials believe that Rubio wants to play in New York, although that will probably have little bearing on the Timberwolves’ decision.

The Knicks made several attempts to move up in the draft in the past week, hoping for a shot at either Rubio or Davidson’s Stephen Curry. They just missed on Curry, who was taken seventh by the Golden State Warriors.

Read the full article from

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/27/sports/basketball/27knicks.html?_r=1&ref=basketball

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