JULY 28, 12 P.M.: Brian, [Grant's agent] Jimmy Sexton and I all talk. I think that the confidence that Sexton and Grant have in the Magic organization is very impressive to Brian.
JULY 28, 12:30 P.M.: I call JG back and tell him that we would accept $690K with one year out [clause].
JULY 28, 12:45 P.M.: John Nash says he will come out with Jim Lynam to visit us next week. I want to see how this plays out.
JULY 28, 5 P.M.: BS tells how much he wants to play in Orlando. "Get me there, winning is most important. I will make my money." When player is that clear, all you can do is execute his directive.
JULY 28, 5:30 P.M.: JG calls—decides not to have us call Nash. Says that he feels guilty for having BS blow off someone who wants him so much. I sit on Washington phone calls, do not accept them.
JULY 28, 6 P.M.: JG calls—says that he feels that he is close to sending Skiles to Wash.
JULY 28, 10:30 P.M.: BKS calls my house, wakes me up and tells me that someone called saying that Spud was traded for Skiles. He is depressed, so am I.
JULY 29, 11 A.M.: Talk to John Nash—he admits that he is close to doing deal with Orl. for Skiles. I tell him to do what is best for his team.
JULY 29, 2:45 P.M.: John Nash called saying that he did the Skiles deal. He is really sorry about that, but he wishes us well and hopes we don't mind. We can live with that.
JULY 31: JG calls—wants to make sure everything is O.K. I am concerned because now comes tough part, $ discussion.