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Jul 14 2004
By: T-Mac_MVP~ Survivor 2966 posts
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Clippers reportedly trade Ely & House to clear cap room for Bryant

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When the NBA announced the new salary cap figure for the upcoming season, the Los Angeles Clippers found themselves $11.65 million below it.

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Needing another couple million to offer Kobe Bryant a maximum-salary contract, the Clippers apparently found a way to do so.

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The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday the Clippers will trade Melvin Ely and Eddie House to the expansion Bobcats in exchange for future second-round draft picks, clearing another $2.5 million in cap space.

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Bryant is eligible to receive a starting salary of almost $14.2 million, 105 percent of his 2003-04 salary of $13.5 million. But the Clippers would have only $11.65 million of cap room if they don't deal Ely and House. ,

Clippers vice president Joe Safety said Wednesday he had ``no comment at this time'' on the reported deal with Charlotte. A Bobcats spokesman did not immediately return a phone call.

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Spokesmen for the Lakers and Clippers said they had no news to report on what Bryant might do. And with Bryant continuing to maintain a public silence -- his agent, Rob Pelinka, said ``I'm not commenting to the media at this time'' -- there was no telling when the 25-year-old might decide his future.

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So while Bryant kept everyone in Los Angeles waiting, the process of trading Shaquille O'Neal was being set in motion.

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat were expected to complete a deal Wednesday sending O'Neal to the Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant and a first-round draft pick.

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A few restricted free agents were expected to sign offer sheets in the hours after the moratorium expired, while a handful of unrestricted free agents -- most notably Steve Nash going from Dallas to Phoenix -- would finally be allowed to sign the deals they agreed to during the first two weeks of this month.

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Among the top free agents whose plans were not yet known were Rasheed Wallace of the NBA champion Detroit Pistons, Erick Dampier of Golden State, Karl Malone of the Lakers, Vlade Divac of Sacramento, Derek Fisher of the Lakers, Darius Miles of Portland and Kenyon Martin of New Jersey.

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Martin was weighing an offer sheet with Atlanta or Denver after sign-and-trade discussions between the Nuggets and Nets broke down. The Nuggets were considering giving Martin a front-loaded deal that might give pause to incoming Nets owner Bruce Ratner.

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Malone, puzzled by the breakup of the Lakers, was being courted by the Spurs.

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``Without a doubt I'm serious (about the Spurs),'' Malone told the San Antonio Express-News. ``I've had serious dialogue with them, and more than once. I've talked to coach (Gregg) Popovich two or three times and (general manager) R.C. (Buford) one or two times. They call about every other day. I've had great dialogue with them.''

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Malone, however, said he will not make a decision on next season until he knows whether he can perform at 100 percent of his capability. He recently underwent surgery on his left knee, which he sprained twice last season.

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The Utah Jazz were expecting Carlos Boozer to accept their six-year, $68 million offer sheet. The Cleveland Cavaliers believed they had an understanding with Boozer when they did not pick up the third year option on his contract. But Boozer denied any agreement was in place and accepted $27 million more than Cleveland could pay him.

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``For (the Cavaliers) taking shots at my character is incredibly wrong, and I don't understand that,'' Boozer told The Plain Dealer for a story Tuesday. ``I thought I had a great relationship with them. Maybe they're trying to save face or trying to make up stuff and kill my character. And if that's the road they want to take, that's OK.''

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Among other free agents and the deals they reportedly agreed on during the moratorium were:

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-- Miami guard Rafer Alston going to Toronto for $28 million over five years.

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-- Seattle guard Brent Barry joining San Antonio for four years and $23 million.

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-- Boston center Mark Blount staying with the Celtics for $42 million over six years.

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-- San Antonio forward Bruce Bowen staying with the Spurs for $12 million over three years.

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-- Denver center Marcus Camby agreeing to return to the Nuggets.

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-- Golden State forward Brian Cardinal joining the Memphis Grizzlies for $38 million over six years.

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-- Dallas guard Marquis Daniels staying with the Mavericks for six years and $38 million.

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-- Denver center Michael Doleac joining Miami for four years and $12 million.

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-- Warriors center Adonal Foyle re-signing with Golden State for six years and $42 million.

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-- Manu Ginobili agreeing to stay in San Antonio for six years and $52 million.

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-- Troy Hudson opting to stay in Minnesota for five years and $31 million.

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-- Stephen Jackson of the Hawks set to go to the Indiana Pacers in a sign-and-trade deal for Al Harrington.

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-- Antonio McDyess leaving Phoenix to join the Pistons for four years and $23 million.

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-- Pistons forward Mehmet Okur joining the Jazz for six years and $50 million.

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-- Clippers guard Quentin Richardson expected to receive a $48 million offer sheet from Phoenix.

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-- Milwaukee Bucks forward Brian Skinner rejoining one of his former teams, Philadelphia, for five years and $25 million.

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-- Washington center Etan Thomas joining the Bucks for $38 million for six years.

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-- Spurs swingman Hedo Turkoglu signing an offer sheet with the Orlando Magic for six years and $38 million.

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Re: Clippers reportedly trade Ely & House to clear cap room for Bryant

Jul 14, 2004
why didnt the Clip trade 3 prospects for nexts years first round pick...its pretty much guranteed to be a lottery pickk....nice find T-Mac thanks for the news


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Re: Clippers reportedly trade Ely & House to clear cap room for Bryant

Jul 14, 2004
Kobe will be a LAker......and I will be a Clipper
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Re: Clippers reportedly trade Ely & House to clear cap room for Bryant

Jul 14, 2004
do you guys think they are giving up too much for Kobe?
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Re: Clippers reportedly trade Ely & House to clear cap room for Bryant

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do you guys think they are giving up too much for Kobe?

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ya concidering hes going to stay a laker
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