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Posted by Jeff Dengate on July 15, 2005 11:45 p.m. ET


Will he or won't he? No, we're not talking about Larry Brown returning to Detroit -- more on him in a minute, though. Rather, we're talking Heat president Pat Riley. Will he be making a return to the bench? And if so, where does that leave Stan Van Gundy, who has tallied a 101-63 record over the last two seasons?

At the end of the 2003-04 season, Van Gundy's first patrolling the Heat sidelines, Riley said staying away from the court was very hard for him after being a coach for so long.

"I have no regrets about [stepping down as coach]," Riley said then, "and I was absolutely involved with what was going on with the team."

Now, Riley finds himself mired in a sea of media reports suggesting the lure of the bench is too strong for him to overcome.

(UPDATE: Over the weekend, Riley quelled any talk of him assuming head coaching duties in Miami.)
-- [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

ESPN is wondering whether Van Gundy will get his walking papers after Riley said he will take "a more active role in the coaching process."
-- [ Motion, video]

The Miami papers are have apparently tuned in to the same reports.
-- [South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Reg. req'd]

Van Gundy, however, maintains he hasn't heard anything from Riley which leads him to believe his job is in jeopardy.
-- [Miami Herald, Reg. req'd]

Down in Miami, it seems, they're thinking a move to Riley is both right and wrong.
-- [Miami Herald, Reg. req'd]

Meanwhile, at the other end of I-75, the coaching rumors continue to circulate. Larry Brown's agent Joe Glass told the Detroit News there is an "immediacy to this process now" and Brown's fate will be decided "in the next couple of days."
-- [Detroit News]

What that means? The New York rags will continue to wait and speculate. See more here, here, here and here.
-- [New York: Post, Daily News, Times and Newsday]

But, did Brown drop a hint to a few Detroit reporters?
-- [Newsday]

Posted by Jeff Dengate on July 14, 2005 12:00 p.m. ET


Yesterday, we reported on the rumors coming out of L.A. which had Kwame Brown involved in a swap that included Caron Butler and possibly another player.

Today, those rumors have picked up steam, to the point where the L.A. Times is reporting the teams have agreed in principle on a deal that sends Brown to the Lakers, with Butler and another player -- possibly Chucky Atkins or Devean George -- heading to the Wizards.
-- [Los Angeles Times, Reg. req'd]

The paper continued to say Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld declined comment on the deal, because teams are not allowed to announce deals until July 22, when the player movement moratorium is lifted.

If Brown is indeed out of the picture in Washington, will the Wizards turn their focus to Donyell Marshall? The Washington Post is suggesting the two sides are scheduled to meet this weekend.
-- [Washington Post, Reg. req'd]

More speculation out of the Beltway has the Miami Heat taking a look at Juan Dixon, if unrestricted free agent Keyon Dooling lands on a different roster for this season.
-- [Washington Post, Reg. req'd]

Dixon is just the start to the noise the Heat has been making in the dailies this week. Word is now coming out of south Florida that the team and Udonis Haslem have reached an agreement to keep the third-year player there for the next five years.
-- [Miami Herald, Reg. req'd]

And now the team's attention may be turning to a matter of, um, bigger proportions.
-- [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

The Knicks are getting bigger, according to reports today out of New York. Jerome James's agent, Marc Fleisher, is telling the New York Times that his client will be the new starting center for the Knicks.
-- [New York Times, Reg. req'd]

James isn't the only NBA-related rumor swirling around Gotham. The story that refuses to go away -- that of where Larry Brown will be coaching next season -- received nearly as much ink as the reported James deal.
-- [New York Times, Reg. req'd]

So, will Brown return as coach of the Pistons? According to Detroit writers, Joe Dumars isn't talking. Brown says he can't comment on the situation. But, as the press says, news could come as early as today.
-- [Detroit Free Press]

Posted by Jeff Dengate on July 13, 2005 11:45 a.m. ET


It's that time of year, when actual news of player movement is quiet and reports are prevalent, that we're left with a number of questions which will remain unanswered until the July 22 player movement moratorium is lifted. The questions we've asked ourselves today? Thanks for asking. Here goes:

Eddy Curry has been cleared to play basketball again, but could his heart hold up a new deal for the young center?
-- [Chicago Sun-Times]

One writer in the Bay area has asked himself, "How could Curry come to Golden State?"
-- [San Jose Mercury News, Reg. req'd]

So, with Curry in a holding pattern, Chicagoans are asking, "Who's this Eddie Basden fellow?"
-- [Chicago Sun-Times]

Across the Central Division, Cavaliers' GM Danny Ferry has been on the job only a short time, but what kind of big move does he have up his sleeve now?
-- [Akron Beacon Journal, Reg. req'd]

Could Ferry be working on importing Sarunas Jasikevicius?
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And if so, would the MVP of the European League and the reported re-signing of Zydrunas Ilgauskas spell the end for Drew Gooden in Cleveland?
-- [Akron Beacon Journal, Reg. req'd]

For those in Denver asking about Nene going anywhere in a sign-and-trade, Chris Tomasson of the Rocky Mountain News has an answer: Don't count on it. (Tomasson poses another question: Could Cuttino Mobley become a Clipper?)
-- [Rocky Mountain News]

Kwame Brown's name has been linked to a few different cities lately. Are the Pacers trying to swing a trade for him? Larry Bird says no.
-- [Indianapolis Star]

Or could he end up in a Lakers' jersey? Maybe in a deal that includes Caron Butler?
-- [Los Angeles Times, Reg. req'd]

I'll step aside to let the Star-Ledger's Dave D'Alessandro loft the next inquiry: Don't the Nets believe [Shareef] Abdur-Rahim is worth the price of a first-round pick, especially since they have two of them? Rod Thorn is ready with your answer.
-- [New Jersey Star-Ledger]

Question of different sorts: Remember Matt Walsh? The University of Florida guard who, along with backcourt mate Anthony Roberson, declared for the NBA Draft early and then went undrafted? Could he be feeling the Heat in South Florida for the next two years?
-- [Miami Herald, Reg. req'd]

And finally, an unrelated question. Isn't it the rookies who are supposed to fetch the donuts?
-- [Boston Herald]

Posted by Jeff Dengate on July 11, 2005 11:00 a.m. ET


With Ray Allen, Michael Redd and Larry Hughes all reportedly agreeing to deals -- Allen and Redd with their old teams -- it sounds like the top free agents are quickly being snatched up, as the July 22 end to the moratorium on free agent signings approaches.

The summer's hottest destination seems to be Milwaukee. The Bucks reportedly took care of business by re-signing Michael Redd after selecting Utah's Andrew Bogut with the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft.

The latest mumblings being put to ink in the fishwraps have Bobby Simmons wanting in on the action in the Central Division for the next five seasons.
-- [New York Times, Reg. req'd]

Not everybody, however, is sold on Milwaukee, as Shareef Abdur-Rahim supposedly said, thanks, but no thanks.
-- [New York Daily News]

Meanwhile, out West, some are suggesting Antoine Walker may end up in Sacramento.
-- [Sacramento Bee, Reg. req'd]

Cuttino Mobley and Maurice Evans, both Kings last season, are still looking to see where they'll play next year.
-- [Sacramento Bee, Reg. req'd]

Eddy Curry is most likely going to be playing in Chicago next season, as John Paxson has said the team will match any offers for Curry's services. Even so, it sounds like the Hawks are interested in talking with the center.
-- [Chicago Sun-Times, Reg. req'd]

So, while a number of teams weigh who's available and who's not, it sounds as if all's quiet on the Nuggets' front.
-- [Denver Post]

Players aren't the only bodies in motion in the NBA these days. Speculation continues about a few coaching positions. Such as, is Paul Westphal going to be Herb Williams' assistant in New York?
-- [New York Post]

Then again, could somebody else be roaming the sidelines for the Knicks?
-- [New York Daily News]

While out in Seattle, the vacancy, left behind by Nate McMillan's departure to Portland, is seemingly narrowed down to three candidates.
-- [The News Tribune]

Could Pat Riley be prowling the sidelines next season?
(Victor Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images)
Toronto's Joey Graham, on his experience at the Southern California Summer Pro League:

"A lot of the players I competed against in college (are) out here. I know when training camp comes around and we start competing in the league, the game is going to get a lot faster and a lot more physical."
-- [L.A. Press-Telegram]

2004-05 ARCHIVE
July 5 -- On The Move
June 28 -- Making the Grade
June 27 -- Confidence, Mate
June 7-23 -- The Finals Blog
June 3 -- Conf. Finals
May 27 -- Conf. Finals
May 20 -- Conf. Semifinals
May 13 -- Conf. Semifinals
May 5 -- Round 1
Apr. 29 -- Playoffs 2005 Begin
April 19 -- Giving It Away
April 12 -- Playoff Bound
April 5 -- Draw the Curtain
March 29 -- Battling for Position
March 22 -- Gone a Long Time?
March 15 -- Deja View
March 8 -- Top to Bottom
March 1 -- Dynamic Duos
Feb. 25 -- Much Adieu About
Feb. 16-20 -- All-Star Blog 2005
Feb. 15 -- Random House
Feb. 9 -- Reserves, Deserves
Feb. 1 -- All-Starters
Jan. 25 -- South by Southwest
Jan. 19 -- My Kind of Town
Jan. 11 -- 'S Wonderful
Jan. 4 -- Points Well Taken
Dec. 29 -- New Year's Wishes
Dec. 21 -- A Wonderful Life
Dec. 14 -- How Good is Good?
Dec. 7 -- Getting Medieval
Nov. 30 -- LeBron vs. Dwyane
Nov. 23 -- Playing Good Ball
Nov. 16 -- SuperbSonics
Nov. 9 -- Hitting the Blue Note
Nov. 3 -- Bling, Bang, Boom
2003-04 -- Archive