This website said that a source said that the Grizzlies were going to take Nate Robinson, or that the Knicks wanted to trade him a few weeks ago but Nate shut it down.
Prokhorov's next moves remain a mystery
Last Updated: 8:09 PM, February 14, 2010
Posted: 3:22 AM, February 14, 2010
HOOP DU JOUR
* I have it on impeccable authority the Mavericks and Wizards will complete the following consequential trade before the Feb. 18 deadline:
Dallas will get Caron Butler (owed $10.56 million next season) and free agent-to-be Brendan Haywood, who immediately upgrade its currently wobbly chances of advancing more than a round in the playoffs.
Washington gets cap space. Josh Howard's $11.9 million salary is at the team's option (so he will become a free agent) and Drew Gooden's contract terminates on July 1.
Dallas also gets DeShawn Stevenson (owed $4.1M next season), and Washington takes Quinton Ross who has an additional year guarantee (1.146M) and James Singleton ($l.03M).
Based solely on this season's numbers, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, already exceeding the luxury tax by roughly $21M, this deal costs him an extra $3.34M in order to renovate on the run.
Don't think the Wizards are satisfied just to clear $15M off next year's cap. They continue to shop Antawn Jamison, who has two years left at $13.3M and $15M for an expiring contract, namely belonging to Zydrunas Ilgauskas ($11.5M). The Cavaliers are weighing Jamison's acquisition against the financial/personnel impact of obtaining Amar'e Stoudemire. A third option is Indiana's Troy Murphy.
Yesterday, after the All-Star practice, there was a media session. Seemed like Stoudemire and LeBron James purposely were doing their interviews alongside each other to fuel the idea they would soon be playing together and perpetually grinning at the prospect.
* Allen Iverson withdrew from the All-Star game (he missed the Sixers' last four) because his 3-year-old, Messiah, has a heart infection. I'm told doctors can't figure it out and her condition is worsening. . . . Another hospital report from Philadelphia: Earl Monroe underwent sinus surgery last week. He has gone under the knife 26 times in his life and needs two more in upcoming months to alleviate neck/vertebrae problems. Man, am I glad I couldn't play at Earl's level.
Sources say the Knicks could have moved Nate Robinson to the Grizzlies a few weeks ago, but he told them he wants to remain in New York. His contract gives him the right to make that call. . . . This just in from column contributor Richie Kalikow: Karen Sypher has endorsed Rick Pitino to Nets. Says he brings a lot to the table.
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WE CAN ASSUME THAT NATE WILL NOT BE BACK NEXT YEAR IF THE KNICKS WANTED TO TRADE HIM A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO.