Truth + Rumors
Posted: Friday July 9, 2004 10:44AM; Updated: Friday July 9, 2004 12:38PM
The Mavericks, Pacers and Heat are making the biggest push to acquire Shaquille O'Neal. The Pacers are not on O'Neal's list of preferred destinations and the Mavericks are in the Western Conference, so the Heat could have the best chance. It's rumored that Miami could deal Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, a first-round draft pick and another low-budget player for O'Neal.
Having missed out on other targeted free agents, the Nuggets are focusing on signing Kenyon Martin. The Nuggets could offer Martin a contract today. Martin's visit to Utah was cancelled.
Kobe Bryant has eliminated the Nuggets and Knicks and will choose between the Lakers and Clippers this weekend.
The Nets have discussed a deal with the Cavs that would send Kerry Kittles to Cleveland for Dajuan Wagner, Erick Williams and Kedrick Brown.
The Nuggets are pursuing Al Harrington. But Harrington wants to start and Denver already has Carmelo Anthony.
The Clippers will only match Phoenix's six-year, $50 million offer to Quentin Richardson if they are unable to sign Kobe Bryant.
Randy Johnson said he'd waive his no-trade clause to play for a contender, preferably the Yankees. With the Astros struggling, it is also rumored that Roger Clemens could return to the Yankees. It would be hard for the Yankees to get either ace pitcher because of their limited talent in the minor leagues.
With the heat turned up on the Randy Johnson sweepstakes, the Red Sox seem to be using every resource. Yesterday, Major League Baseball fielded a request from Curt Schilling's wife, Shonda, that her seats for Tuesday's All-Star Game be placed next to Johnson's wife, Lisa.
Even after a solid start last night, Jose Contreras could be headed to the bullpen in the near future. The Yankees are pushing to sign Randy Johnson. If that doesn't work out New York's ready to give Orlando Hernandez a shot in the rotation.
The Mets have discussed a trade that would send Ty Wigginton and a few prospects to the Pirates for Kris Benson.
Tom Glavine will try to bring ex-teammate John Smoltz to the Mets for 2005. Smoltz has expressed that he'd like to be a starting pitcher next year.
If the Astros continue to struggle, they could be dealing Carlos Beltran and Jeff Kent.
Mike Ditka could be a prime republican candidate for an Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate.
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova is being left off Russia's Olympic team.