Archive for June 7th, 2008

Max money for Michael Redd a mistake

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Michael Hunt) writes: The Bucks also erred in bestowing a maximum contract on Michael Redd. Do that, and the player had better be able to carry a team. Redd is one of the league’s premier scorers - mitigated by the fact the points have to come from somewhere on a bad team - but he could not lift the Bucks to even mediocrity. For the $17 million a year they pay him, the Bucks could’ve finished last without Redd. Eighty games below .500 and one playoff victory. Of course, you can’t pin all that on Redd, who was stuck here while Glenn Robinson got a ring in San Antonio, and while Allen and Sam Cassell might get one in Boston. Management failed miserably to surround Redd with a supporting cast once the decision was made five years ago to dismantle one of the NBA’s better teams.

The San Antonio Express-News (Jeff McDonald) reports: Spurs general manager R.C. Buford acknowledged that Tiago Splitter has indeed informed the team that he won’t be coming to San Antonio next season (2008-09). Splitter, a first-round draft pick a year ago, has instead decided to sign an extension with Tau Ceramica that would keep him in the Spanish League through 2012. This would seem to make acquiring a power forward a priority for the Spurs this offseason. It would also seem to make Kurt Thomas, who is due to become a free agent July 1, an even more valuable commodity.

Ty Lawson arrested for driving offense

The Winston-Salem Journal (Bill Cole) reports: Ty Lawson, a point guard at North Carolina, was arrested in Chapel Hill early yesterday for a driving offense that involved alcohol. Lawson was stopped by Chapel Hill police at 2:33 a.m. on North Columbia Street, according to the arrest report. Officers were concerned about loud music coming from Lawson’s vehicle but determined that he had been drinking. Lawson, 20, was charged with driving after drinking. He was not charged with DWI. He was charged also with a noise ordinance violation and for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

The Oregonian (Joe Freeman) reports: Rudy Fernandez, a high-ceiling shooting guard with an accomplished international resume, announced his intentions to join the Blazers next season (2008-09) during a news conference Friday in Badalona, Spain, a promise that will net the team yet another talented young player. The 23 year-old 6-foot-6 Spaniard, whom the Blazers acquired in a draft-day trade with Phoenix last season, said he expects to join the team sometime after the upcoming summer Olympics, assuming the Spanish National Team he plays for is a competitor. “(The Blazers) have pushed hard for me to join them and have assured me I will be an important figure for them,” Fernandez said at the news conference, according to Reuters. “It wasn’t an easy decision to take but it is the time for a new challenge after a fantastic year with Joventut.”

Calvin Booth exercises player option

Philadelphia 76ers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski announced today that Calvin Booth has exercised the player option on his contract.  Per team policy, terms of the contract are not disclosed.

The Penn State product signed as a free agent with the Sixers on September 11, 2007.  He appeared in 31 games last season, averaging 0.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.58 blocks in 6.6 minutes per game.  Booth averaged 4.24 blocks per 48 minutes played last season, which was the 11th highest average by any player in the league.  He recorded four of his season-high five blocks in the first quarter vs. Miami on December 12, 2007.  Booth is approaching his 10th season in the NBA.

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