After becoming a free agent last summer, Brian Shaw had one wish: to play for Orlando. This is a behind-the-scenes log kept by his agent, Jerome Stanley, chronicling events leading to Shaw's signing.
JULY 1: J.G. [ Orlando player-personnel director John Gabriel] calls and expresses interest in Shaw. I reply, We are not interested in being backup.
JULY 2: Talk to Shaw—he likes Orlando, wants me to try to get him there.
REST OF WEEK: Talked to Lakers, Sacramento, Washington, Charlotte, Denver, San Antonio, Cleveland. Mild to moderate interest. Really surprised about Charlotte's lack of interest, they must already have great point guards. Shaw has one twinkle in his eye, Orlando.
NEXT WEEK: Conversation with [ Washington general manager] John Nash moves briskly. He wants Brian Shaw as his point. BKS [ Shaw] wants Orlando because 1) winning, 2) weather, 3) taxes ( Fla.) and 4) likes Florida. Doesn't want to play in cold-weather city and is not sure about winning in Washington. I point out Wash, has more $, you are the starting point guard and it is helluva city for a single, young black professional. He agrees, but still prefers Orlando.
We schedule meeting with [ Washington coach Jim] Lynam, Nash, Shaw and me. I let Orlando know this so that we don't lose deal. Orlando wants both Horace [Grant] and Shaw; however, they need [Scott] Skiles to go so that they can use his [salary cap] slot for Horace and then have minutes and need for Shaw. The Bullets are interested in Skiles if they can't get Shaw. Orlando suggests that to do deal, we need to let Wash, know that we are not interested. Orlando does not offer us anything to do this, so we must weigh the cost, bird-in-hand theory.
Orl. moves forward with Sacramento to get slot. Sac's slot...and Spud Webb [to Orlando] for Skiles plus No. 1 pick. Darn!—This would mess up everything. Deal reported on radio as done. [In fact, it was never completed.] I speak to Brian and he sounds depressed. I keep talking to Gabriel about staying on Shaw.
JULY 27, 9:15 A.M.: Shock-John Gabriel calls and says that they are going another direction that will help get Horace signed. They are in pursuit of salary slot. New NBA game Salary Slot Pursuit.
JULY 27, 5:45 P.M.: John Gabriel calls—asks if we might take $700 [$700,000] slot. I doubt it and I tell him that, but I don't close door. I know if Brian does well and team does well, $ will take care of itself.
JULY 28, 11 A.M.: JG calls and says Sacramento [deal] is close. Will Brian accept $690K to sign. Says no agreements will be made on side. I again express doubt.