Tuesday January 26, 2010 Evening Rumors

Bulls planning to trade Hinrich or Salmons

Observations: Bobcats center Tyson Chandler says he’s pain-free

New Orleans Hornets may trade guard Bobby Brown to Los Angeles Clippers today

Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire not distracted by trade talk


Bulls planning to trade Hinrich or Salmons

By Mark J. Miller

“KirkThe Chicago Bulls traded 7-foot center Aaron Gray(notes) to the New Orleans Hornets for guard Devin Brown(notes) yesterday and it appears that the team isn’t done dealing. The Daily Herald predicts that the team will send Kirk Hinrich(notes) or John Salmons(notes) packing in exchange for an expiring contract.

The hope in Chicago, apparently, is to get as much salary-cap space as possible by the time the Feb. 18 trading deadline comes in order to have a good chunk of room to add a big free agent this summer.

Of course everybody else wants to clear salary off their books right now, too, in anticipation for the athletic smorgasbord that will be laid out this summer so such a deal won’t be easy to swing by the Bulls.

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/post/Bulls-planning-to-trade-Hinrich-or-Salmons?urn=nba,215704

Observations: Bobcats center Tyson Chandler says he’s pain-free

By Rick Bonnell

Bobcats center Tyson Chandler says he’s pain-free for the first time since being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left foot. He said his goal is to practice sometime this week and possibly play next week.

Chandler has missed 16 games. I’m sure he’d love to be back by Feb.6, when the Bobcats play his former team, the New Orleans Hornets.

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl is a big fan of Gerald Wallace:

"I hope he makes the All-Star team,” Karl said pre-game. "He fought the judgment and the criticism (that he) can’t do this and can’t do that. He’s proven a lot of people wrong the last few years.”

Funny line from Karl, when he saw ex-Charlotte Hornet Dell Curry talking to ex-Hornets assistant Bill Hanzlik.

"If you put the two of them together,” Karl joked, "you’d have a basketball player.”

Yes, that was a crack on Curry’s defense and Hanzlik’s offense.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/story/1204331.html


New Orleans Hornets may trade guard Bobby Brown to Los Angeles Clippers today

By Jimmy Smith, The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Hornets are poised to trade seldom-used backup point guard Bobby Brown to the Los Angeles Clippers for a future second-round draft choice, according to a league source, a move that will get the Hornets under the NBA’s luxury tax threshold.

The deal could be announced sometime on Tuesday.

A conference call with NBA league headquarters is necessary for the deal to be consummated.

After trading shooting guard Devin Brown to the Chicago Bulls on Monday for backup center Aaron Gray, the Hornets were about $425,000 over the limit of $69.9 million, a figure under which teams must be by the end of the regular season to avoid a dollar-for-dollar luxury tax penalty. Teams who are under the limit earn a $5 million bonus.

The Hornets would receive a future second-round draft choice in return for Brown, who was acquired this past summer, along with forward Darius Songaila, for point guard Antonio Daniels from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Bobby Brown hasn’t been part of the Hornets’ rotation of late and the trade of Devin Brown opened up additional playing time for rookie point guard Darren Collison, whom the Hornets wanted to utilize more on the floor with Chris Paul with Paul running as the off guard.

http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ssf/2010/01/new_orleans_hornets_may_trade.html

Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire not distracted by trade talk

by Paul Coro – The Arizona Republic

As interest in trading for Amar’e Stoudemire perks up this winter, it feels like a familiar blanket for the Suns forward.

He said nothing has changed for what he wants. He would prefer to find a way to remain with the Suns. If he gets an extension, he believes he merits a maximum-level deal. If he gets traded, he wants to play for a title contender.

"This has happened the last couple years so I’m used to handling it," Stoudemire said. "I was meant to be strong. Once I’m focused on something, I don’t lose focus on the goal and that’s to win basketball games. Nothing’s going to distract me."

Between Republic and Yahoo! reports, Chicago, Cleveland, Golden State, Miami, Minnesota, New Jersey and Philadelphia are at least exploring the idea of trading for Stoudemire before the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

Talks between Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, and the Suns began Thursday, and Stoudemire said he expects there to be some contract-extension talks in the coming weeks.

Trade talks close to the deadline often involve a team’s highest-paid player, leaving Jason Richardson next up for debate after Stoudemire. Richardson is making $13.3 million this season and gets $14.4 million next season.

"After that first trade from Golden State, I realized it’s a business," Richardson said. "After the trade from Charlotte (to Phoenix), I knew it was a business. You don’t really worry about it. You just focus on winning games. I’m a high-paid player. We’re struggling a bit. Unless you’re a guy like Steve (Nash) or LeBron (James), there’s always going to be rumors about being traded."

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/2010/01/25/20100125suns-amare-distraction.html

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