July 6, 2000 |
The 76ers, scanning the NBA's free-agent market, have contacted Mark Bartelstein, the agent for power forward Brian Grant. The 6-9 Grant opted out of the final four years of a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, but still could re-sign with the team. Published reports have said the New York Knicks have expressed major interest. Bartelstein confirmed he spoke with Sixers general manager Billy King and coach Larry Brown. Teams have been able to negotiate with free agents since July 1, but cannot consummate deals until Aug. 1. "We've talked to [the Sixers]
October 30, 2009 |
The Flyers tried to push defenseman Randy Jones through reentry waivers, but one of his former coaches wouldn't let it happen. Jones, 28, was claimed yesterday by the Los Angeles Kings, whose head coach, Terry Murray, was a Flyers assistant in charge of the defense when Jones was part of the team. The Kings and Flyers will share Jones' $2.75 million cap hit - $1.375 million apiece. Jones spent parts of five seasons with the Flyers and is in the final year of a two-year, $5.5 million deal.
February 16, 1999 |
In June 1997, the 76ers were able to shed their excess baggage and create salary-cap space to overhaul their roster. The cost was Keith Van Horn, the No. 2 pick in the '97 draft. Was it worth the price? Sixers fans know that Tim Thomas came aboard in the Van Horn trade. They know that the Sixers got cap space by sending Michael Cage, Lucious Harris and Don MacLean to New Jersey with Van Horn. And they know that the Sixers used that cap space in the past off-season to sign center Matt Geiger as a free agent for six years and $50 million.
July 15, 2010 |
Though it's not an official transaction and it took three years to complete, the 76ers and Nets, two of the three worst teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference last season, effectively have swapped general managers. New Jersey on Wednesday hired Billy King, the man Ed Stefanski replaced in Philadelphia in 2007, to be its general manager. The Nets' new owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, said he and new coach Avery Johnson interviewed several candidates for the position held by Rod Thorn, who decided last month to leave the team that finished the 2009-10 season with an NBA-worst 12-70 mark.
November 29, 2011
ASSUMING THE NBA and its players aren't stupid enough to deep-six the handshake agreement that will get the season under way, I don't care much about the particulars of the deal. Unless you're a family member or close friend, who gets what percentage of a huge pot isn't something that should concern you. The bottom line is that the players are going to stay rich and the owners are going to stay even richer. But with an amnesty provision included in the agreement, the Sixers need to take a step back from the progress they made last season under coach Doug Collins with the intent to move forward toward the future.
February 25, 2011
THE FEDERAL mediator has sent the NFL owners and players home until Tuesday. After 7 days of negotiations - noteworthy, mediator George H. Cohen said, for the mutual respect shown by the parties - there was some progress on some stuff "but very strong differences remain on the all-important core issues that separate the parties. " That is to say, there is now pretty much no way this thing can be settled in time for the March 3 deadline. That is to say, the NFL either will extend the deadline or we all can strap in for a spirited game of Take No Prisoners.
June 14, 2000 |
If the Eagles really want Kansas City Chiefs guard Dave Szott, it appears it's going to cost them more than just a chunk of their salary-cap space. The Eagles had hoped Szott, like recently signed Brian Mitchell, would become available in the NFL's post-June 1 fire sale as teams scramble to clear salary-cap space to sign their draft picks. But that hasn't happened yet, and Chiefs president Carl Peterson continues to insist it won't. He said if the Eagles, or any other team, want the 32-year-old offensive lineman, they're going to have to trade for him. And he's not talking about a K mart price tag. Peterson is asking for a third-round pick in exchange for his starting left guard.
August 1, 1996 |
Saying the Miami Heat exceeded the salary cap by signing Juwan Howard, the NBA rejected the contract yesterday, sending the issue to arbitration and leaving the team - for the moment - unable to sign additional free agents to bolster a depleted backcourt. Although the Heat does not appear in danger of losing Howard, the matter might force the team to try to restructure the contracts of Howard, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway or P.J. Brown. It also might leave the Heat with no cap space to fill out its roster with any players earning more than the league's minimum salary ($247,500)
September 17, 1994 |
When he was hired in June as the coach, general manager and vice president of basketball operations for the 76ers, John Lucas said he would hire an assistant general manager to watch the fort while he was on the road this season. But at a news conference yesterday to introduce the new uniforms, owner Harold Katz said that director of player personnel Gene Shue would fill the role as assistant general manager. "Gene is more experienced than anyone we could hire," Katz said.
August 28, 1993 |
Eric Leckner spent all week scrimmaging against Shawn Bradley, the 76ers' 7-6 rookie center. Now, the 6-11 Leckner - a four-year NBA veteran - will get to work against Bradley even more. The Sixers yesterday signed Leckner, an unrestricted free agent, as a projected third center behind Bradley and the recently signed Moses Malone and as a power forward. "He has really done a good job here this week, showing a work ethic and competitiveness," Sixers coach Fred Carter said.