The Rumor Mill: August 3rd 2005

Robert Horry Re-Signs with the Spurs

Shaq Takes a Pay Cut to Stay in Miami

Is Allan Houston’s time with the Knicks almost up?

Eddy Curry, Chris Duhon and Tyson Chandler alll back with the Bulls?

And More Shaquille O’Neal’s new deal gives the Heat the financial flexibility to surround him with quality talent and avoid paying a luxury tax next season. And the talent is already on the way in the form of a record-breaking five-team trade.

— Miami Herald

The Antoine Walker trade exception allows the Celtics to do a deal in the next year in which the money does not match by the percentages required by the collective bargaining agreement.

— Boston Globe

A Grizzlies front-office official has been criticizing new Heat point guard Jason Williams to other teams, noting his penchant for taking bad shots at key times and saying he isn’t as coachable.

— Miami Herald

TNT’s Steve Kerr said, “Jason [Williams] is exactly what Miami needs talent-wise [at] point guard.”

— Miami Herald

Whatever happened to the Jerry West that other general managers were afraid to deal with?

— Memphis Commercial Appeal

The Hawks’ pending deal for Joe Johnson hit a snag Tuesday because one of the team owners.

— Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Shawn Marion can breathe a sigh of relief if the Joe Johnson deal goes through.

— The Arizona Republic

Is Allan Houston’s time with the Knicks almost up? Isiah Thomas, the Knicks’ president of basketball operations, acknowledged that the team would most likely take advantage of a provision that allows teams to waive a player without have to pay the luxury tax.

— New York Times

People close to Houston say he would consider signing with Miami, Detroit or New Jersey if the Knicks release him.

— New York Daily News

It appears more likely than ever that Eddy Curry, Chris Duhon and Tyson Chandler will return to the Bulls.

— Daily Southtown

Free agent Walter McCarty has narrowed his choices to Philadelphia, Houston and Dallas.

— Boston Herald

Sixer Willie Green’s six-year contract is on hold after he was injured in a pickup game.

— Philadelphia Inquirer

Jerome James officially became the Knicks’ answer to Shaquille O’Neal yesterday.

— New York Daily News

The Lakers officially acquired forward-center Kwame Brown and swingman Laron Profit from the Washington Wizards for forward Caron Butler and guard Chucky Atkins.

— Los Angeles Times

The Spurs figure to exercise free-agent patience after re-signing Robert Horry and Fabricio Oberto.

— San Antonio Express-News

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