Tons of NBA Trade Rumors – Feb 17, 2010

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia could wine and dine LeBron James to N.Y. and Knicks

Knicks could be shipping Nate to Boston

Knicks, Bulls fighting for star McGrady

Lakers probably won’t be trading players

Stefanski: Trade possible

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia could wine and dine LeBron James to N.Y. and Knicks

Anthony Mccarron

Since CC Sabathia is a huge NBA fan and pals with LeBron James, the Yankee lefty might be in a position to change the New York hoops landscape. Joking with reporters Tuesday at the Bombers’ minor-league complex, Sabathia quipped that he’d start recruiting James to New York over the summer.

Get ready to dream, Knicks and Nets fans. James, who is from Akron, certainly seems to have an affinity for New York – he’s been spotted multiple times wearing a Yankee cap.

"I’m sure he’ll be up here in the summertime and come to a couple (Yankee) games," Sabathia said, laughing. "It’ll start then. Get him some good seats. Maybe buy some seats – nah, it’s too expensive.

"Just get him some good seats and take him out to dinner."

INK SPOT: The Yankees Tuesday announced the signing of 28-year-old righty Dustin Moseley, who made three starts for the Angels last year before being placed on the disabled list in April with right forearm tightness. He also had hip surgery in August. Moseley is 8-7 with a 5.41 ERA in 64 major-league appearances (23 starts), all for the Angels.

He was invited to spring training along with four other players – INF Brandon Laird, RHP D.J. Mitchell, RHP Ryan Pope and INF Jorge Vazquez. Laird made news in December when he was arrested with his brother, Gerald, a catcher for the Tigers, following a fight in the lounge area of Phoenix’s NBA arena after a Suns-Celtics game, the Associated Press reported.

Vazquez is a 10-year vet of the Mexican League who signed with the Yanks in December of 2008 and hit .329 with 13 homers in 57 games for Double-A Trenton last year before missing the last two months with a sprained wrist. Sixty-five players are set to report to spring training for the Yankees.

Knicks could be shipping Nate to Boston


Nate Robinson was suspiciously absent from the Knicks last night here, home with flu-like symptoms — but he might be absent, period.

Coming off his third slam-dunk title, Robinson again is being shopped, with the trade deadline approaching tomorrow and the Boston trade rumors resurfacing again yesterday.

The Knicks deem Robinson purely as a shooting guard, and his departure would open up more playing time for rookie Toney Douglas.

Since the Knicks have no plans to re-sign him, they hope a playoff-bound team such as the Celtics will pounce.

The Knicks and Celtics started talking trade in December, when Robinson was banished. Robinson can veto any deal, but Boston could be one he does not. Coach Mike D’Antoni loves Eddie House, who has an expiring contract.

In his last outing, Robinson got into a brief shouting match with D’Antoni. Robinson did not make the trip because the club did not want him to infect the club.

* Al Harrington could wind up either in Chicago for Tyrus Thomas or in Houston in a Tracy McGrady deal. A source said Harrington’s preference is Chicago.

Harrington gave some pointed remarks about his treatment by the coaching staff.

He was removed from the starting lineup earlier in the season for Danilo Gallinari.

Knicks, Bulls fighting for star McGrady


It’s D-Day for Tracy McGrady as the Knicks and Bulls compete for T-Mac’s services with the Rockets’ decision likely coming today, according to three sources.

Negotiations between the Knicks and Rockets over McGrady went back and forth yesterday — with early indications the Bulls were in the lead. But late last night a report from named the Knicks as frontrunners for McGrady and ready to finalize the deal today.

That deal would bring cap heaven for the Knicks, sending rookie Jordan Hill and veteran Jared Jeffries to Houston, along with Larry Hughes, and freeing an additional $9.4 million in cap space for the Knicks to sign two free agents to maximum deals this summer. Picks would also be involved, with the Knicks giving up at least their first-round pick in 2012, and the Knicks would take back Brian Cook and Joey Dorsey.

A day after the Knicks seemed on the verge of pulling off a T-Mac deal, the Rockets began mulling a serious offer from the Bulls, according to the sources.

The Chicago Tribune was reporting the Bulls are offering Tyrus Thomas, Brad Miller and either John Salmons or Kirk Hinrich for McGrady.

One of the sources suggested the Rockets were playing the Bulls and Knicks off one another. Coincidentally, they faced off last night, with the Bulls rolling 118-85 at United Center.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh is willing to let go of Hill in order to unload Jeffries’ contract. But Rockets GM Daryl Morey was getting cold feet in the afternoon about taking on Jeffries’ two-year deal and limiting Houston’s 2010 cap space, and it was thought a third team might be needed.

"I don’t think that would be enough for Houston," one source said early last night. "There’s no deal on the table that’s acceptable to all parties."

Lakers probably won’t be trading players

Mike Bresnahan

It’s the busiest week of the regular season, the cellphone-minute-burning, deal-making period from the All-Star game to the trade deadline.

The Lakers have been making and taking calls, but they’re still not expected to be big players before the Thursday noon deadline.

The Lakers and Chicago Bulls are at a stalemate in talks for reserve guard Kirk Hinrich. The Bulls want to part with Hinrich’s contract (two more seasons after this for a total of $17 million), but they will take back only expiring contracts. The Lakers, definitely conscious of how far they are over the luxury tax, have an expiring contract of note in Adam Morrison ($5.3 million) but they want the Bulls to also take Sasha Vujacic, who has one more season at $5.5 million.

The Bulls have turned their attention to other teams, leaving only a small chance of a trade with the Lakers. Hinrich, 29, was averaging 10.2 points and 4.4 assists coming into Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are well aware of what Dallas has done and what Cleveland might be doing with its roster. The Cavaliers have been rumored to acquire one of several power forwards: Indiana’s Troy Murphy, Washington’s Antawn Jamison or Phoenix All-Star Amare Stoudemire.

"We pay attention to it," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "If Stoudemire gets traded, that’s going to affect us."

As in, Cleveland will be tough to catch for the league’s best regular-season record.

Dallas, however, didn’t do so well in its first game with newcomers Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, acquired last week from Washington. The Mavericks lost to Oklahoma City, 99-86, with Butler scoring 13 points.,0,4469026.story

Stefanski: Trade possible

MARTIN FRANK • For the Courier-Post

Ed Stefanski, the president and general manager of the 76ers, insisted that he’s not looking to trade for an expiring contract, that it has to be a "basketball deal."

So with the NBA’s trade dea
dline a day away, Stefanski seemed to indicate that the Sixers would be buyers more than sellers.

"We are in the market to get better players, if possible, or equal value to make us better," Stefanski said.

Stefanski can hear the collective groan from fans who want the Sixers to "blow up" the team, get expiring contracts and start over.

That would indicate that Stefanski isn’t looking to trade for Houston’s Tracy McGrady and his $23 million expiring contract, or perhaps Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire, who can opt out of his contract after this season and become a free agent.

"I have talked to season-ticket holders, I’ve talked to fans and I’ve talked to the press," Stefanski said. "They all have theories and ideas of how it’d be better to blow it up. That’s not the case.

"You’re not always guaranteed that franchise player is going to be there (in the draft), and the year you may have the cap space, the player (might not) be there to help the team."

Stefanski said the Sixers need to improve defensively, and that the team is pretty well set at power forward. He would like to get a shooter if possible.

Stefanski reiterated that he’s "very active" in trying to work out a deal.

"It takes two teams, sometimes three teams, sometimes four teams to make a deal work," he said. "That’s one of the problems. It’s not easy to just trade player for player, with salaries and everything. But it can be done. We’re exploring every action. We’re still talking to a lot of teams."

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