This isn't the first rumor that has the Pacers interested in Magliore. Rumor was they were interested before the draft.
Sign Or Trade
by Peter Vecsey, NY Post
October 23, 2005 -- Hoop du Jour DUE to deadlines and (no) commitments, one or two major trades, possibly more, are almost guaranteed to ignite before a World Series winner is declared some time before stockings are hung with the greatest of care.
Actually, NBA teams only have until Oct. 31 to extend first-round draft picks with three years' service. The Suns and Rockets exhausted no brain power when choosing to lock up Amare Stoudemire and Yao Ming at max money for the next five seasons after this one.
Decisions regarding how much, if anything, to invest long-term in Nene, Tayshaun Prince, Mike Dunleavy, Fred Jones, Chris Wilcox, Melvin Ely, Drew Gooden, Caron Butler, Jared Jeffries, Jeri Welsch, Rasual Butler and John Salmons continue.
Nene headlines my list of the unsigned, because he's most likely to be ceded within the next eight days. The Nuggets already are softly flirting with this year's luxury tax level of $61.7 million. They're $4.8 million below, and that's far too close for comfort for owner E. Stanley Kroenke. Meanwhile, without Nene on next season's salary cap books, they'd be at $53,695,295.
Thus, it appears Denver cannot afford to sign its 6-11, 260-pound Man From Sao Carlos, Brazil. At the same time, they're afraid the forward formerly known as Maybyner Rodney Hilario will generate an offer too big to match next summer.
In other words, here today, gone later today.
Sad to say, your guess is as good as mine as to where Nene figures to wind up. All I know for sure is the Grizzlies, Bulls, Hawks and probably a dozen other teams have ample minutes for him in their starting lineup.
Another name on loose lips is Jamaal Magliore. Sources say the Pacers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Clippers, Hawks, and Blazers are all over the Hornets regarding their All-Star (two seasons back) center, who'd really rather leave but is keeping a low profile so his exodus can be handled professionally.
Supposedly, there's something semi-serious in the works involving Magliore and Corey Maggette, but my L.A. pipeline somewhat devalues that floating perception. While admitting there has been some talk along those lines, he states he can't see it happening — unless the deal is expanded mightily to include J.R. Smith.
It's inconceivable that the Hornets would even entertain such an impure thought. Barring a severely swollen ego (judging by Smith's unsavory shot selection, it's plain to see he's appreciably smitten with himself), J. R. and rookie playmaker Chris Paul, an inherent leader, are the franchise's backcourt for now and forever.
By the way, did you see where the Garden was overrun last night by sumo wrestlers? Fifteen of them were able to beat Eddy Curry back on defense.
Contrary to widespread reports, the Celtics and Clippers never have engaged in any conversation whatsoever re Maggette and Paul Pierce. It's almost amusing that one obscure publication can fabricate a story and how many established newspapers run with it without bothering (maybe they just don't have the necessary resources) to fact check.
Obviously that's too much to ask when everyone working for hoopshype.com evidently failed English comprehension. Last week I wrote that Charles Barkley encouraged Eddy Curry to take the DNA test even though it's not multiple choice. Naturally, the Internet site doesn't get it without sub-titles; Barkley's "message" to Curry became a hoopshype headline. For the edification of hoopshype.com these next items are fact, not facetious, from real sources, not pretend:
The Celtics approached the Mavericks a while back about Pierce but were rejected for two reasons. Dallas believes you can't have two official scorers and everyone's very satisfied with the one (Dirk Nowitzki) already on tap. Moreover, acquiring Pierce meant also having to take a bad contract or two off Boston's cap.
Darius Miles, who may very well be the Trail Blazers' point leader this season if Zach Randolph's surgically-repaired (mirofracture) knee (and attitude) doesn't improve any time soon was offered for Maggette last week; my Paper Clips weren't remotely interested.