In trading Charles Oakley to the Raptors for Marcus Camby last
week, the Knicks rid themselves of $10 million that counted
against the cap (though they'll pay the Raptors $8 million
toward Oakley's 1998-99 salary) and got a shot-blocking
center-forward 10 years younger than Oakley. But look for New
York to keep close tabs on Camby's willingness to play hurt and
to hit the weights....
Sources in Denver say that general manager Dan Issel would
prefer not to coach the Nuggets as well, but he's unimpressed by
the other candidates who are available. Issel is thinking about
giving the job to Mike D'Antoni, Denver's director of player
personnel and assistant coach....
Though the Celtics continue to deny it, they were shopping
forward Antoine Walker and talked to the Warriors about a deal
for Latrell Sprewell and the No. 5 pick in last week's draft.
But the Celtics also wanted Golden State to assume the hefty
salary-cap baggage of Pervis Ellison, Greg Minor and Dontae
Upon learning that NBA players wouldn't participate in this
summer's world championships, Rudy Tomjanovich and Del Harris
wanted to resign as coaches of the U.S. team, but they were
persuaded to remain by top league officials....
Add the Sixers to the list of teams curious about free-agent
center Matt Geiger. The Magic remains a strong suitor, but the
Celtics have backed off and are leaning toward re-signing Popeye
Issue date: July 6, 1998