Zed's Quick Hits

Basically a collection of who is signing, who wants to leave, which coach is going where, which pick is not playing in North America and so on.

You general run of the mill rumor mill,

Former starter Jeff McInnis agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday, an NBA insider confirmed. The Cavaliers never considered re-signing the mercurial McInnis, but were in preliminary talks about sign-and-trade deals involving him. One target was Damon Jones, who opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat. The Heat were interested in McInnis, which made the teams potential trading partners, but they weren’t able to get anything done before the Nets swooped in and landed McInnis.

–Akron Beacon Journal

The Miami Herald reported the Heat plan to work out Dajuan Wagner, another Cavaliers free agent not expected to re-sign. It is possible the two teams could attempt to get a sign-and-trade deal done involving Wagner and [Damon] Jones.

–Akron Beacon Journal

[George] Karl offered his assistance in the June draft, oversaw Denver’s summer league team earlier this month, spoke Monday with Nuggets free-agent guard Greg Buckner and met Tuesday with Los Angeles Clippers free-agent guard Marko Jaric. Because Jaric is a restricted free agent, the Clippers can match any offer he receives.

–Rocky Mountain News

Denver’s chances of landing Dallas Mavericks guard Michael Finley under the new amnesty rule have diminished. The Mavericks reportedly are trying to work out a sign-and- trade with the Orlando Magic.

–Rocky Mountain News

I spoke to a source to tells me Damon Stoudamire isn’t going to Houston or Cleveland and will likely agree to terms with a mystery team sometime in the next 72 hours unless the Blazers get involved in a sign and trade.

–Oregonian

Houston offered Damon Stoudamire $1.8 million a year and also made a few sign-and-trade proposals to the Blazers — including Clarence Weatherspoon, [John] Nash said. Now, Stoudamire is thought to be ready to sign with another NBA team, Nash said.

–Oregonian

In a move surprising only because of its timing, the Rockets and free-agent forward Ryan Bowen agreed to terms on a two-year contract Wednesday. The deal becomes official when the NBA lifts its moratorium on signings, which is set to take place early next week.

–Houston Chronicle

The Orlando Magic were stunned Thursday to hear the decision by first-round draft pick Fran Vazquez that he will play this season in Europe instead of coming to the NBA. So was his agent. Vazquez, a 6-10 power forward from Spain, was expected to play a significant role as a rookie this season. Yet he suddenly decided he wasn’t ready for the rigors of the NBA.

–Orlando Sentinel

Desmond Mason isn’t fretting that the Milwaukee Bucks are spending a significant amount of money on free-agent small forward Bobby Simmons. Mason, the Bucks’ in*****bent small forward, sees it less as a threat to his position and more as a move to help the team climb back into the National Basketball Association playoffs.

–Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Enjoy

-Z

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