Archive for June 23rd, 2012

New Orleans Hornets General Manger Dell Demps said they cannot ignore the reality of not having a center currently on their roster after trading veterans Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards earlier this week.

Okafor was the Hornets starting center, although he missed 39 games last season with a knee injury. Chris Kaman filled in, but he will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and is not likely to re-sign with the Hornets, according to sources.

But Demps said it’s still too early to say who they may select with the 10th overall pick in the first round of next Thursday’s draft because they are looking at every possible opportunity.

“We’re looking at all options,’’ Demps said.

– Reported by John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Jazz still deciding on DeMarre Carroll

DeMarre Carroll

Jazz General Manager Kevin O’Connor confirmed to the Salt Lake Tribune on Saturday morning that the organization indeed has a team option on small forward DeMarre Carroll, an option the Jazz are still deciding on.

There had been some confusion on this issue. But Carroll emerged from his exit interview with the team confident that he will remain with the organization for next season.

“He should be confident,” O’Connor said. “He did a lot of good things for us this year. He hustled, he played defense and he provided a spark.”

The Jazz have until June 30th to decide their team option on back-up point guard Jamaal Tinsley.

– Reported by Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune

dwyane wade

Dwyane Wade played with knee pain throughout the playoffs. He’ll soon know exactly what was causing that problem, and if it could keep him out of the London Olympics.

One day after celebrating his second NBA championship, the Miami Heat guard told The Associated Press on Friday that he will soon have his ailing left knee examined, and acknowledges that surgery may be a possibility. Wade appeared in all 23 postseason games for Miami, averaging 22.8 points, and scored 20 in the title-clinching win for the Heat against Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

“I’ve got to make a decision on what my knee needs and what’s best, because my career and finishing my career strong is what’s important to me,” Wade said. “And I know, yeah, the Olympics are coming up. It’s something I really want to do. But at the same time, if I have to make a big decision, if something has to happen surgery-wise, that will have to be a step I have to take. My loyalty and my commitment to Miami Heat basketball is the No. 1 thing.”

– Reported by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press

A California court on Friday extended a restraining order against former basketball star Dennis Rodman and told him to stay away from his ex-wife who testified he showed up drunk at her apartment.

The decision comes as Rodman, 51, and his former spouse, Michelle, continue to battle in court over unpaid child support payments that her attorneys say total about $800,000.

It was a busy day for the former couple, who after the ruling on the restraining order also had a separate hearing on child support.

In the first hearing, Orange County Court Commissioner Renee Wilson extended a restraining order she first granted as a temporary measure on May 30. Wilson’s ruling keeps the restraining order in place at least until a child support trial scheduled for late October, when the matter is set to be revisited.

Wilson also ruled that Rodman, a Hall of Fame retired National Basketball Association player known for his great rebounding skills, will be allowed to visit his two children with Michelle. But Wilson ordered that an off-duty sheriff’s deputy must be present to monitor the visits.

– Reported by Dana Feldman of Reuters

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