September 2005 Basketball Wiretap

Phoenix Completes Training-Camp Roster

Sep 30, 2005 11:34 PM

The Phoenix Suns signed rookie free agent Anthony Lever-Pedroza to a contract Friday, completing their 15-man roster for training camp.

Lever-Pedroza, the son of former Arizona State and NBA star Lafayette "Fat" Lever, has played two professional seasons in Mexico and averaged 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in four games for the Mexican National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship from Aug. 24-Sept. 4.

He also played for Sacramento's summer league team this year.

A native of Tucson, Lever-Pedroza played three years of college ball at Oregon, setting the school season record for three-point accuracy with 50 percent (53-of-106) in 2001-02.

USA Today

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Jazz Agree To Terms With McLeod

Sep 30, 2005 11:33 PM

The Utah Jazz and Keith McLeod agreed to terms Friday, giving the Jazz a third point guard.
McLeod, who made the Jazz as a free agent last fall and ended up as the starter much of the season, was a restricted free agent. McLeod started 47 of the 53 games he played for the Jazz, averaging 7.8 points and 4.5 assists.

Terms of the deal were not released.

McLeod, rookie Daron Williams and Milt Palacio will be Utah's point guards when the Jazz open training camp next week in Boise.

Before joining the Jazz, McLeod played in 33 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2003-04. He went undrafted out of Bowling Green in 2002.

USA Today

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Lakers, Divac Again Postpone Decision

Sep 30, 2005 10:03 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Vlade Divac agreed for a second time to postpone a decision on the status of the veteran center's contract.

The Lakers have the option of picking up a one-year, $5.4 million contract option or buying him out for $2 million. The decision was due Friday, but the parties put it off until Oct. 21. The original deadline was July 1.

"He's still under contract and he's still on our roster, so obviously there's a chance he might play," Lakers spokesman John Black said. "As was the case earlier this summer, this gives both sides more time to analyze the situation and weigh our options."

Black said Divac would not be with the team when it leaves Monday for 10 days of training camp in Honolulu.

Marc Fleisher, Divac's representative, said his client hasn't decided what he wants to do. Divac has said repeatedly he will retire if he doesn't return to the Lakers.

"He goes from feeling like he wants to play one day to not being sure the next," Fleisher said. "His back sometimes feels good, sometimes it's stiffer than others. That's what makes him swing back and forth."

USA Today

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Blazers Assistant Sues For Release

Sep 30, 2005 9:54 PM

Portland Trail Blazers assistant Tim Grgurich sued the team in a bid to coach elsewhere.

The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, also asks for $114,583 that Grgurich claims the team has withheld since July, as well as additional damages. It includes a temporary restraining order that would allow Grgurich to accept a job with another team.

The lawsuit contends that with training camp to start next week Grgurich will "suffer irreparable financial and professional harm" if not allowed to sign in the next few days with another NBA team for the 2005-06 season.

Blazers president Steve Patterson said the team has granted the Denver Nuggets permission to talk to the veteran assistant.

According to the suit, new Blazers coach Nate McMillan informed Grgurich on July 13 he was not wanted as an assistant. A day later, the team sent Grgurich a letter telling him he was suspended without pay because he did not work with the team's summer league team.

He reported to the summer league team in Las Vegas, but McMillan did not assign him duties, the affidavit said.

Grgurich was hired in July 2004 under former coach Maurice Cheeks. He signed a two-year contract, with a base salary of $550,000, that expires in July 2006.

Orlando Sentinel

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Sonics Re-Sign Mateen Cleaves

Sep 30, 2005 9:45 PM

The Seattle SuperSonics today re-signed guard Mateen Cleaves, Sonics General Manager Rick Sund announced. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

?Mateen is a quality individual and a great teammate,? said Sund. ?He had an excellent summer for us in Utah and last season was a pleasant surprise. We?d like to give him another opportunity this season.?

The Sonics also announced today they have invited six additional players beyond their existing roster to this season?s training camp, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 4. The players are Noel Felix (Fresno State), Roger Powell (Illinois), Alex Scales (Oregon), Tre Simmons (Washington), Omar Thomas (Texas El-Paso) and Ezra Williams (Georgia).

Press Release

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Nuggets Re-Sign Buckner

Sep 30, 2005 9:44 PM

The Denver Nuggets have re-signed G Greg Buckner to a contract, team General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

"We are extremely pleased to have Greg back," said Vandeweghe.  "He is one of our toughest defenders and played a key role for us last year."

Buckner, 6-4, 210, appeared in 70 games for the Nuggets last season, his first in Denver.  Starting 41 times, he averaged 6.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.07 spg in 21.7 minutes.  In addition, he shot .528 (160-303) from the field and .405 (49-121) from three-point range - both career highs.  

Over six NBA seasons, Buckner has averaged 5.6 ppg and 3.2 rpg.

Press Release

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Heat Sign Kapono To Offer Sheet

Sep 30, 2005 9:43 PM

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Jason Kapono to an offer sheet. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kapono appeared in 81 games (14 starts) for the Charlotte Bobcats last season, averaging 8.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game, while shooting 40.1 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from three-point range and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line. He scored in double-figures on 35 occasions and set many career-highs last season, including a career-high 25 point performance at Detroit on November 21. He also ranked 13th in the league in three-point field goal percentage.

Over the course of his two-year NBA career, Kapono has averaged 6.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game in Cleveland and Charlotte. He has shot 40.1 percent from the field, 42.4 percent from three-point range and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Kapono was originally drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 31st pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He was then selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA Expansion Draft (June 22, 2004).

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Kenyon Martin Wants No Piece of U of Cincinnati's Legacy

Sep 30, 2005 4:15 PM

Kenyon Martin no longer wants to be affiliated with the University of Cincinnati because the school forced coach Bob Huggins to resign.

The forward, one of only three players to have his number retired by the Bearcats, expressed his displeasure during a charity event honoring the coach Thursday night. Martin said he'd like to have his number un-retired and taken off the wall at the arena.


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Harrison Pleads No Contest To Misdemeanor Assault

Sep 30, 2005 3:18 PM

David Harrison of the Indiana Pacers pleaded no contest Friday to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history.

He was expected to be sentenced later in the day.

Teammates Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson entered the same pleas on the same charge last week and were sentenced to a year of probation, community service, anger management counseling and a $250 fine.


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Stern Supports Curry DNA Test

Sep 30, 2005 3:12 PM

NBA commissioner David Stern told he understands both sides of the Eddy Curry DNA testing controversy, but he said he doesn't see any harm in a team asking for the test, given the financial commitment given to the player.

The Chicago Bulls want to test the 22-year-old center who has been sidelined since March with heart arryhythmia, to see if his medical condition could be fatal. Curry has been negotiating a new contract with the team and declined the test on the grounds that it would enable the team to search for other pre-existing medical conditions that could hurt the value of his contract.

Stern suggested to that the teams do the testing in rookie camp: "Let's put it back in rookie camp. If you're thinking about drafting a player, you do blood [tests], you do X-rays, skeletal, you look for scars, for breaks, for weaknesses, for disease. I don't know what you would be looking for with DNAs, but given the size of the contract and the importance of the draft pick, I think that diagnostic testing that tells you whether you're making a good investment is not a bad idea."

Stern also said safeguards should be in place to ensure the results of DNA testing are controlled by the player.

"Always," Stern told "It should only be dispersed with the consent of the player. I guess the player, for limited purposes, can make it available to the team, but I'm a firm believer in medical privacy."

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Bass Signs Deal With Hornets

Press Release

Hornets And Celtics Complete Dickau Trade
The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets announced today that they have traded guard Dan Dickau to Boston in exchange for a 2006 second round pick.

Press Release

Pargo Accepts Bulls Deal
Guard Jannero Pargo has accepted the Bulls' one-year qualifying offer, and agent Mark Bartelstein said he will sign a contract Friday or Monday. Pargo will make $875,000.

Chicago Tribune

Buckner Expected To Sign One-Year Contract
The Nuggets' final roster moves should surprise few as the team prepares to start practice Tuesday. Greg Buckner is in and, at least for now, Wesley Person is out.

Denver Post

NBA Said To Be On Verge Of Formalizing Dress Code

Philadelphia Daily News

Jawad Williams Amongst Five Spurs Signings

Orlando Sentinel

Brown Counting On Houston To Bounce Back


Mitchell Has 'Learned To Communicate Better'

Toronto Star

Clippers Agree To Terms With McCarty

L.A. Times

Pinstripes Gone From Pacers' New Uniforms
With Reggie Miller no longer on the roster the Indiana Pacers have decided to go with a new look, choosing a "sleek look", according to Larry Bird.

Indianapolis Star

Golden State Signs Two Local Products

Warriors Press Release

Bo Outlaw Signs With Magic
The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Charles ?Bo? Outlaw, President/CEO Bob Vander Weide announced on Thursday.

Magic Press Release

Magic Bring In Freije And Felipe Lopez

Magic Press Release

Lakers Won't Bring In Spree
Although he likes Latrell Sprewell, Phil Jackson all but ruled out acquiring the free-agent guard.

L.A. Daily News

Curry Not On Knick Menu
According to the New York Post, the Knicks offered the Bulls a package that would start Eddy Curry at more than $13M and give Chicago cap relief after season, but the Bulls do not want to deal their center

New York Post

Oklahoma City Sellouts Predicted By Hornets Owner

USA Today

Celtics Extend General Manager's Contract

USA Today

Jerome Stanley Wishes DNA Testing Was An Option for Reggie Lewis


Sura's Future Clouded

Houston Chronicle

Magic Sign Terence Morris And Ken Johnson