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ko8e24
03-01-2010, 04:08 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4956729

The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to release former All-Star guard Michael Finley later Monday to allow Finley to pursue opportunities with other teams, according to sources close to the situation.

Finley was a key member of San Antonio's 2007 championship team after leaving the Spurs' longtime rivals in Dallas but has struggled to earn playing time this season from coach Gregg Popovich.

As long as the Spurs waive the 36-year-old before midnight Monday, Finley will be eligible to play in the playoffs for another team.

But Finley, who was earning $2.5 million in the final year of his contract with the Spurs, must clear waivers before choosing his next team. Finley appeared in just 25 of San Antonio's first 57 games, averaging 3.7 points in 15.8 minutes. He turns 37 on Saturday.




http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4956313

The Minnesota Timberwolves will waive veteran center Mark Blount on Monday, according to NBA front office sources.

Securing his release before Monday's midnight deadline means Blount will be able to play for someone else in the playoffs, if he can find a new job. Players currently on NBA rosters must be released by midnight in order to retain their playoff eligibility for another team.

Blount and the Timberwolves mutually agreed during the preseason that he would not join the team -- after being reacquired in an August deal with Miami for Quentin Richardson -- while Minnesota attempted to find a new home for Blount via trade.

Team president David Kahn has maintained all season that he would keep Blount through the trade deadline in case he needed his $8 million expiring contract to help facilitate a deal. But the deadline passed Feb. 18 with Blount still on Minnesota's roster.

JNA17
03-01-2010, 04:10 PM
t-wolves to release the GOAT mark blount....but why!?

kblo247
03-01-2010, 04:13 PM
They got their savior and the guy who was picked over Wade, Bosh, and Melo while leading his team to a title before Lebron in Darko of course

clehmun
03-01-2010, 04:20 PM
i want the lakers to sign finley. veteran presence, good shooter.

JLynn943
03-01-2010, 04:20 PM
They got their savior and the guy who was picked over Wade, Bosh, and Melo while leading his team to a title before Lebron in Darko of course

lol, define "leading" ;)

kblo247
03-01-2010, 04:21 PM
Off topic, but apparently the Bobcats weren't willing to pay the prorated vet min for Hughes as well

kblo247
03-01-2010, 04:22 PM
lol, define "leading" ;)


That boy led his team to the title like Magic led that Lakers as a rook

Chateamsfan
03-01-2010, 04:24 PM
Off topic, but apparently the Bobcats weren't willing to pay the prorated vet min for Hughes as well

Hmmm IDK I think there is still a chance! If not him then at least Mike James... anyway as far as Finley goes.... he should go to L.A. LAKERS!

Strumpy
03-01-2010, 04:24 PM
Celtics need to pick up Blount right away.
Any team + Blount = automatic contender.

JLynn943
03-01-2010, 04:26 PM
That boy led his team to the title like Magic led that Lakers as a rook



haha, I was joking

Giraffes Rule
03-01-2010, 05:35 PM
Finley isn't getting playing time because he was hurt and hasn't been able to hit a shot since coming back from it. If he wants to go somewhere else that's fine.

still1ballin
03-01-2010, 05:42 PM
Mark Blount is going back to the Miami Heat.

Watch out Cavs!

IRUAM #21
03-01-2010, 06:04 PM
:facepalm: to the Wolves

MikefromMars
03-01-2010, 07:30 PM
Blount/James to the Spurs

WSU Tony
03-01-2010, 08:16 PM
Classy move by Kahn with how he handled Blount.

zadora5
03-01-2010, 08:19 PM
**** i'll take him back with miami wade needs all the help he can get in gods name

JasonJohnHorn
03-01-2010, 08:28 PM
As I'm sure you've heard, Finley has been released by the Spurs upon his request. Is there a team he could help put over the edge?

The Cavs still have a whole at shooting guard and could use both a defensive presence there and a great shooter, Finley could provide both even though he has aged.

The Celtics could still use a defensive presence off the bench for the back court (like Posey a couple years ago). Woudl Finley be enough?

The Magic have an edge at shooting guard over the Cavs with Vince Carter, picking up Finley would give them even more depth at the position and keep the Cavs on edge at shooting guard for the full 48 minutes of each game.

The Suns could always use another weapon and seem to love old guys (Nash, Hill), but I'm not sure he could make a difference in Phoenix.

The Lakers are stacked, but their back court could always use another championship vet for when the playoffs roll around, especially one who has been such a storng defensive presence.

Which team might Finley make a differnce for? Or is he unable to provide that type of game? Thought?

twoearl
03-01-2010, 08:31 PM
Finley is 67 years old. I think no

Jays Claw
03-01-2010, 08:31 PM
He would be a perfect fit in Oklahoma City. :nod:

Kakaroach
03-01-2010, 08:32 PM
A really old guy who can knock down shots. Why not just go sign Wally Z or something instead?

Spurred1
03-02-2010, 01:05 AM
LOL at Finley being a defensive presence. I'm sorry, but he's not remotely that and can't hit a shot to save his life now, either.

Young2Kinsler
03-02-2010, 01:27 AM
Dallas needs to get Blount