« Archives in January, 2010

Tracy McGrady for Butler, Haywood?

Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady

The Wizards and Rockets have continued to discuss a possible trade centered around Tracy McGrady.

However, nothing is imminent and the two sides continue to talk with other teams ahead of the trade deadline.

The Rockets have expressed interest in acquiring Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood from the Wizards.

Real GM

Andre Miller Drops 52 on Mavericks

Andre Miller

Andre Miller

Andre Miller scored a career high 52 points as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-112 in overtime on Saturday.

Miller was 22 of 31 from the floor and hit 7 of 8 from the foul line as the Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak.

He hit 25 of his points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Real GM

NBA Tells Nike Ad is Inappropriate

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James

Just days after suspending Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the season for bringing pistols into the Washington Wizards’ locker room, the NBA is facing the handgun issue again because of Nike.

The new issues of Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine contain a two-page Nike ad with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in dramatic black-and-white photos for the company’s “Prepare for Combat” campaign.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games,” Bryant is portrayed as saying. “I don’t leave anything in the chamber.”

Tim Frank, a league spokesman, said in an e-mail message: “We had no prior notice of this ad. We think it is inappropriate.” He would not elaborate, but he added that the league gets advance notice about ads, and approval rights, only if they contain the NBA’s logo or trademarks.

HoopsWorld

Why Suns Want to Trade Amare Stoudemire

Amare Stoudemire

Amare Stoudemire

Nobody is incurring more internal disappointment than Amare Stoudemire, whose teammates wondered after recent games about his effort and focus.

Stoudemire has said trade talk would not affect him, but his energy on the court has made him look as though he is halfway packed and ready to leave.

It has reached the point that the Suns are more inclined to trade him before the Feb. 18 deadline if a good deal comes along. At least nine teams are exploring a trade for Stoudemire.

FanNation

LeBron James Fined for Kicking Water Bottle

LeBron James

LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been fined $25,000 for kicking a water bottle during last night’s game vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The incident occurred with 12.4 seconds remaining in the first quarter of Cleveland’s 109-95 victory over the Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena.

Inside Hoops

Blazers Talking Trade with Wizards, Bulls

Brad Miller

Brad Miller

There are only a few weeks left before the NBA trading deadline hits and the Portland Trail Blazers, with a few injuries to its front line, would apparently like to make a deal for a big man before then.

The Blazers inquired for Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood, who has an expiring $6 million contract. The Wizards asked for Rudy Fernandez and Nicolas Batum in exchange.

A backup plan for the Blazers is the Chicago Bulls’ Brad Miller, but it appears that Chicago is becoming increasingly less interested in moving Miller as time passes.

Yahoo Sports

Oracle CEO Wants to Buy the Warriors

Oracle Arena

Oracle Arena

Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison said Wednesday he is interested in buying the Golden State Warriors.

Ellison told financial analysts he is trying to buy the team but, he said, “unfortunately you can’t have a hostile takeover of a basketball team.”

The line got laughs because the business software maker is a serial acquirer and won a hostile takeover fight in 2005 for rival PeopleSoft.

“I’ve been hearing this for years,” team president Robert Rowell said. “At some point in time, the media speculation will become a reality. But right now, there’s not much to this.”

Inside Hoops

Sixers GM: All Players on Trading Block

Ed Stefanski

Ed Stefanski

When Ed Stefanski was asked yesterday about reports that have swingman Andre Iguodala involved in possible trades, the 76ers president and general manager did not rule out anything.

“I won’t talk about trades or rumors,” said Stefanski, who formerly was the general manager of the New Jersey Nets.

“I will say that we’re very active in talking to teams throughout the league, and we’re listening to any option to improve the basketball team. When I was in Jersey, and here, I don’t think there are untouchables.”

FanNation

Complete All-Star Reserves Leaked

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

Deron Williams, Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo will make their All-Star Game debuts next month in Dallas, sources said Thursday.

The names will not be made official until Thursday night, but we have obtained the list of all reserves.

The Eastern Conference reserves also include Boston’s Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Gerald Wallace and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson and Al Horford.

The Western Conference reserves also include Chris Paul, Pau Gasol, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Zach Randolph and Brandon Roy.

David Lee, Carlos Boozer, Marc Gasol, Josh Smith and Chris Kaman are amongst the most prominent All-Star snubs.

Real GM

Amare Stoudemire for Jermaine O’Neal?

Jermaine O'Neal

Jermaine O'Neal

There are apparently some who think Amare Stoudemire is starting to lay down and not give 100 percent for the Phoenix Suns so that he will get traded.

According to rumors from the Miami Heat front office, conversations have supposedly taken place about possibly sending Jermaine O’Neal and his $23 million expiring contract to Phoenix in exchange for Stoudemire.

Eight other teams are apparently interested in adding Stoudemire before the deadline as well.

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