Truth + Rumors
Posted: Wednesday August 4, 2004 9:38AM; Updated: Wednesday August 4, 2004 9:55PM
Having just acquired Jason Terry via a trade, the Mavericks -- according to many league sources -- are looking to deal for Jason Kidd. Through league rules, Dallas cannot trade Terry for 60 days, but this will give the Mavs a better chance to judge how Kidd recovers from left knee surgery.
The Hawks continue to wait on Erick Dampier. Atlanta offered the center a six-year, $50 million contract, but Dampier still wants the Warriors to pull off a sign-and-trade deal with the Knicks.
Having basically acquired Jamal Crawford -- the deal's supposedly done except for the paper work -- Isiah Thomas could look to trade Stephon Marbury for Vince Carter, who has reportedly expressed a strong desire to play for New York.
The Bucks are very close to signing unrestricted free agent Mike James.
Four days after he used his no-trade clause to nix a possible trade to Texas, Larry Walker still thinks he's on the block. The Yankees are interested, but their first-place status could kill the transaction as Walker would have to clear waivers before being dealt to the Yanks.
Cubs catcher Michael Barrett gave up his No. 5 jersey to Nomar Garciaparra, but Barrett said in return that Garciaparra would have to seriously consider re-signing with the Cubs once the season is over. Garciaparra agreed. It's rumored he'll seek a four-year, $50 million-plus deal.
Astros management has yet to even call Scott Boras -- Carlos Beltran's agent -- and therefore may not be interested in re-signing the free agent-to-be.
Barring a huge turnaround by interim manager Phil Garner, Houston will look to hire Mets bench coach/hitting instructor Don Baylor as the next Astros manager.
The injuries to Mark Bellhorn and Pokey Reese, who both may be out until September, the Red Sox are concerned about their infield depth. Two second basemen that could be available to Boston are Seattle's Bret Boone and Arizona's Roberto Alomar, but the Sox consider Boone too expensive and reports on Alomar have been less-than promising.
The Yankees may let go of Felix Heredia and replace him with Triple-A pitcher C.J. Nitkowski until they can trade for a lefty reliever.
Roger Clemens denied being ejected from his son's youth league game on Saturday, adding, in a post-game tirade to the press, that if he had spit a sunflower seed at the umpire (as news reports intially stated) "I guess I'm a champion seed-spitter," Clemens said. "I was probably a good 20 yards from the field."
Gary Uberstine -- Keenan McCardell's agent -- suggested the Bucs release his client, who is currently holding out for a new contract.
Redskins rookie safety Sean Taylor, whose brief career has been a mini-soap opera, has added his latest twist. Taylor, the fifth overall pick in this year's draft, has fired agents Eugene Mato and Jeff Moorad, stemming from unhappiness over his contract, and will rehire Drew Rosenhaus.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said his team has considered signing Stacy Mack to bolster a backfield that includes Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne. New York would use Mack as a short yardage back.