Archive for February, 2008

Pistons waive Flip Murray

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has requested waivers on guard Ronald “Flip” Murray.

Murray, who signed as a free agent with Detroit on 7/18/06, averaged 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 19 games this season (three starts).  In his first season with Detroit a year ago, he averaged 6.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 21.4 minutes in 69 games (18 starts).  The five-year pro has played in 309 NBA games with Milwaukee, Seattle, Cleveland and Detroit.  As a collegiate player at Shaw University, Murray was named NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, Division II First Team All-America and CIAA Player of the Year during his senior season where he averaged 23.5 points per game and led the school to a 28-5 record.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Kaniel Dickens and guard Billy Thomas from the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today. The signings of Dickens and Thomas mark the 13th and 14th D-league-to-NBA call-ups of the 2007-08 D-League Season.

In 29 games (28 starts), Dickens has averaged 20.4 points on .472 shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 31.3 minutes per game. Thomas is averaging 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 27 games (all starts).

Daniel Gibson out 4-6 weeks

Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson suffered a left high ankle sprain during the second quarter of last night’s game at Indiana. An MRI taken today at The Cleveland Clinic by Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker confirmed the injury. He is expected to be out four to six weeks. His status will be updated as appropriate.

Exact details of deadline-day trades

The NBA trade deadline was today (February 21) and several deals are official. They are listed below and include exact details of each trade. Click each link.

Sonics, Cavaliers, Bulls trade moves Larry Hughes, Donyell Marshall, Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak

Rockets trade Bonzi Wells, Mikes James to Hornets for Bobby Jackson; Grizzlies involved in trade, too

Raptors trade Juan Dixon to Pistons for Primoz Brezec and cash

Nuggets trade Von Wafer to Trail Blazers for Taurean green

Timberwolves trade Gerald Green to Rockets for Kirk Snyder, draft pick

Nene to have one chemotherapy treatment

Denver Nuggets F Nenê will undergo one treatment of chemotherapy on Tuesday, Feb. 26.  The treatment is preventative and essentially eliminates the odds of a recurrence.

Following chemotherapy, Nenê will have a short period of recovery, after which he is cleared by physicians to begin working his way back to the court.  However, there remains no exact timetable for his return.

Nenê had surgery on Jan. 15 to remove a malignant testicular tumor and has been out since taking a medical leave of absence on Jan. 11.

Daniel Gibson sprains left ankle

Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson left tonight’s game at Indiana in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain. X-rays at the arena were negative and he did not return to the game. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow in Cleveland and his status will be updated as appropriate.

Kyle Lowry likely staying

The Rocky Mountain News (Chris Tomasson) reports: Denver also had looked into acquiring Memphis point guard Kyle Lowry, but his agent, Andy Miller, said Wednesday his client is “staying put.” Point guards who could be had include Seattle’s Delonte West and the Clippers’ Sam Cassell. A source said Memphis also isn’t planning to deal forward Mike Miller, who has been linked to Denver.

Nuggets likely keeping Linas Kleiza

The Rocky Mountain News (Chris Tomasson) reports: With the NBA trade deadline at 1 p.m. MST Thursday, Nuggets coach George Karl called it a “1 percent chance” Kleiza will be moved. Karl said he’s “betting” against the Nuggets making any trade.
Kleiza, who returned after being hurt in the first half Tuesday against Boston and is expected to play Friday at Chicago, has been a possibility to be dealt with forward Eduardo Najera to Sacramento for forward Ron Artest.

Rumor: Hornets, Rockets trade talk (Chris Sheridan) reports: Sources have told that the Hornets and Houston Rockets were in serious discussions Wednesday night on a multi-player deal that would send Mike James and Bonzi Wells to New Orleans for Bobby Jackson and one or two other players.

Rumor: Suns want Quinton Ross

The East Valley Tribune (Jerry Brown) reports: With only second-round picks (or perhaps cash, or both) the Suns are trying to pry 6-foot-6 guard Quinton Ross away from the Los Angeles Clippers. Ross makes only $824,000 this year and will be a free agent at the end of the season. He is a strong defender and rebounder who started against Phoenix in the Western Conference Quarterfinals two years ago. His offensive capability is limited, but the Suns won’t be asking him to score.

Suns want wing

The Arizona Republic (Paul Coro) reports: Phoenix could know by the end of the night whether they can work out a deal for a player like the Los Angeles Clippers’ Quinton Ross, Denver’s Yakhouba Diawara or Seattle’s Mickael Gelabale. Golden State’s Mickael Pietrus is also an outside possibility but he would come at a costlier price tag with a salary this season of about $3.5 million, which would be prorated for the season’s remainder but would also add to the Suns’ luxury tax hit. Phoenix is seeking a wing player who is a versatile, strong defender and Ross fits that bill at a great price.

Suns may want Brent Barry from Sonics

The East Valley Tribune (Scott Bordow) reports: The Suns may not be done wheeling and dealing. A team source said that Phoenix would like to find a way to acquire veteran sharpshooter Brent Barry, who was traded Wednesday from the San Antonio Spurs to the Seattle SuperSonics. For Barry to become a Sun, the Sonics would have to buy out his contract, the source said.

Ron Artest may stay

New York Newsday (Ken Berger) reports: So much for the Spurs’ interest in Ron Artest, which created some buzz this afternoon but fizzled with the Thomas deal. Artest had been rumored to be going to San Antonio for Elson and Barry. No dice. Other than that, a person close to Artest says things are quiet. Clearly, though, he has to get out of Sacramento and the Kings have to get him out of there.

Sonics trade Kurt Thomas to Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they have obtained Kurt Thomas from the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for Francisco Elson, Brent Barry and the team’s 2009 first round draft pick.

“Kurt Thomas is a tough, physical player who can defend, score and rebound,” said Spurs General Manager RC Buford. “We feel he will be a great addition to our roster and will add depth to our frontcourt.”

“We feel very good about the trade that brings us the Spurs 2009 first round draft pick, Francisco Elson and Brent Barry,” said Sonics General Manager Sam Presti. “In particular, looking at the first round pick, in combination with our other future picks, we have great flexibility to add to our core or acquire another impact player in the future. At the same time, Kurt is a tremendous person and player, and I appreciate his contributions this season and wish him success.”

The 6-9, 235-pound Thomas has appeared in 789 regular season games in his 13-year NBA career. He has career averages of 9.9 points and 7.5 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per contest. He has also seen action in 60 playoff games, averaging 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 21.2 minutes in postseason action.

Thomas, who is 35-years-old, was acquired by the Sonics from the Suns on 7/20/07. During the 2007-08 season he is averaging 7.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in 25.2 minutes while shooting .513 (139-271) from the field. He earned 39 starts in 42 games with Seattle.

A Dallas native, Thomas was selected by the Miami Heat in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft, with the 10th overall pick. During his NBA career he has played for Miami, Dallas, New York, Phoenix and Seattle. For five straight seasons with the Knicks – from ’00-01 to ’04-05 – Thomas averaged over 10 points per game. He averaged a career-best 14.0 points – along with 7.9 rebounds – in 81 games in 2002-03. During the 2004-05 season he averaged a double-double, with 11.5 points and 10.4 rebounds, in 80 games.

During the 1994-95 season, as a senior at Texas Christian University, Thomas led the nation in both scoring (28.9 ppg) and rebounding (14.6 rpg).

Heat may stand pat

The Palm Beach Post (Chris Perkins) reports: Heat coach Pat Riley said his team “probably” won’t have any roster changes when the NBA trading deadline passes at 3 p.m. Thursday.

No pressure for Hornets to deal

The New Orleans Times Picayune reports: “We would make a move if we feel it could benefit our team,” Hornets Coach Byron Scott said Tuesday. “We’re not going to do it because of what Dallas has done, and Phoenix and Los Angeles. We’re not going to mess up our chemistry just because of other teams and what they’ve done to make their teams, in their minds, better. We think we’ve got a pretty good basketball team. Would we have liked to make a move? Yeah. But if it doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world.”

Suns signing, trade possibilities

The Arizona Republic (Paul Coro) reports: Nothing has changed in the past two weeks as far as the free agents Phoenix is targeting for its 13th man vacancy. Linton Johnson and Bobby Jones still top the list. The Suns are holding off because they have the time to do so, given that the 13th spot does not have to be filled until Friday, and because they are still exploring trades through Thursday’s deadline. Denver’s Yakhouba Diawara and Seattle’s Mickael Gelabele are among the names being mentioned.

Spurs may want Kurt Thomas

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Gary Washburn) reports: Former 76ers general manager Billy King of NBATV is reporting the Sonics and Spurs are working out a deal for Kurt Thomas. The Sonics likely would take back former favorite Brent Barry and perhaps Francisco Elson, another impending free agent.

Antoine Walker, Gerald Green want trade

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (Rick Alonzo) reports: The NBA trade deadline passes at 3 p.m. ET Thursday. It remains to be seen whether Antoine Walker and Gerald Green will still be on the Wolves’ roster. Both have expressed frustration with their lack of playing time, to the extent that they want to be traded. “He would love to be traded,” Walker’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said today. “He likes everything about the Wolves, the guys, the coaches. But they’re rebuilding, and he’s in the prime of his career here and wants to play. We understand there’s a divergence in the directions of where he’s going and where the Wolves are going.”

Mike Miller, Kyle Lowry available

The Memphis Flyer (Chris Herrington) reports: We’re about 24 hours from tomorrow’s trade deadline and the odds look pretty good that the Grizzlies could make at least one more deal, with Mike Miller and Kyle Lowry the most likely players to be dealt. People I’ve talked to who are connected with the team tend to think a deal is a 50-50 proposition at this point, but also say that there’s very little tangible information floating around the team offices.

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