25th August 21:30
Blazers can't work it out
The Nets' aversion to assuming Ruben Patterson's rack of baggage, as
well as his $25 million, four-year guarantee, coupled with the
Blazers' unwillingness to take on Dikembe Mutombo's full ($37.6M)
two-year guarantee, appears to have terminated talk of a Kenyon
Martin-Rasheed Wallace exchange.
A last-ditch offer by Jersey to accept Jeff McInnis ($3.3M/$3.6M) in
the package instead of Patterson was rejected by Portland, divulges a
source. McInnis may be a knucklehead but the Blazers can ill afford to
surrender him in light of Damon Stoudamire's enduring marijuana issues
that may very well earn him starter's minutes in the slammer. Without
Stoudamire - as well as free-agent defectors Scottie Pippen and
Antonio Daniels - McInnis would be the last point guard standing;
unless you think walk-on Robert Pack can make a difference.
Stephen Jackson, having unwisely rebuffed a three-year, $10M Spurs'
offer soon after becoming a free agent (following the rejection
notice, Gregg Popovich swiftly snared Hedo Turkoglu and Ron Mercer),
must now settle for the best non-profitable situation. A team, in
other words (we're talking Hawks or Clippers), that can provide the
most performance-enhancing exposure. In case you weren't paying
attention, Jackson led the league last season in receiving uncontested
jumpers, one of the many advantages of playing off Tim Duncan.