Report: Hornets Lied About Luther Head's Ankle
o Tom Ziller
o NBA Blogger
Luther Head, former guard for the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers, has agreed to a non-guaranteed one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. If Head is on the Kings' roster on Dec. 1, his $992,000 salary will become fully guaranteed. He is expected to compete for a roster spot with undrafted rookie Donald Sloan out of Texas A&M, former Celtic J.R. Giddens and 1-2 other fringe NBA players.
More interesting is how Head got here.
In July, Head reached a two-year, $2.5 million agreement with the Hornets. But before Head could sign the contract, the Hornets withdrew the offer, claiming the guard failed the physical on account of his surgically repaired ankle. Wojnarowski reports that this was a cover story for New Orleans.
Woj reports that when GM Jeff Bower was fired after the verbal agreement on Head's contract but before pen met paper, Hornets president Hugh Weber decided he didn't want Head's deal on the cap for the next personnel boss. Failing Head on his physical was an easy cover story, so the guard's deal was canceled.
Nothing happens in a vacuum, and sources tell Woj this greatly affected Head's ability to win a guaranteed contract from any team, leaving him heading to camp with the Kings.Head's agent Mark Bartelstein saw this coming back in July, then telling NBA.com's Art Garcia that his client wouldn't have had trouble passing any other team's physical.
The good news is that he has the early pole position on a Kings' roster spot. Sacramento has sought role-playing shooters in free agency, and Head, who has hit nearly 39 percent of his long-range attempts in the NBA, fits the bill more so than Sloan or Giddens. Head, 27, had a pretty rough year in Indiana last season.