St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
tampabay.com

printer version

NBA briefs

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 8, 2001


Grant seeks a reunion with Magic

ORLANDO -- Horace Grant went to the NBA Finals once with the Magic, playing alongside Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway in 1995.

He wants to do it again, this time with Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill in 2002.

Grant, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound power forward, said he is ready to leave the NBA champion Lakers and return to Orlando, providing the frontcourt presence and veteran leadership that the Magic will need next season.

"Who's to say the Magic can't make it to the final from the East next season if they can add a right piece or two?" Grant said. "And I can still provide the defense and muscle they need on the frontline. It would be a perfect fit."

Grant, who turned 36 this month, became a free agent July 1. He started 77 regular-season games and all 16 playoff games for the Lakers, who won consecutive NBA titles.

Although he has lost some quickness and jumping ability, Grant still did an admirable job defensively in the playoffs, working against Western Conference power forwards Rasheed Wallace (Trail Blazers), Chris Webber (Kings) and Tim Duncan (Spurs).

The Lakers have expressed some interest in re-signing him but are asking him to take considerably less than the $6-million he made last season.

If Orlando opts to sign Grant, it could keep much of its team intact, using all or part of the $4.5-million salary-cap exception.

Grant is scheduled to meet with Magic coach Doc Rivers today to talk about what role he would play. Free agents can begin signing July 18.

KNICKS: Barring the unexpected, Allan Houston will sign a six-year contract worth close to $100-million on July 18. That will make him the highest-paid player in franchise history.

Back to Sports

Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright
 

From the Times sports desk

Hubert Mizell
  • Dream World Series: Cubs-Red Sox

  • Terry Tomalin
  • Never take risk with lightning

  • Darrell Fry
  • Williams pushes, but not enough

  • Rays
  • Lopez pitches like ace at last
  • Rays' Tyner rises above expectations
  • Club MVP not satisfied
  • Rays Tales: At the All-Star Break

  • Arena football
  • Backup QB leads Storm to 70-47 rout

  • Mutiny
  • Mutiny rallies, then falls 3-2

  • Tennis
  • Ivanisevic closes in, then so does rain
  • Clinton entertains soggy crowd

  • Sports Etc.
  • Son also rises to occasion
  • Rays blame game should include McRae
  • Week in sports
  • Highs and lows
  • Baseball this week on TV
  • Baseball briefs
  • Adversity gives Phelps new life
  • Truth, justice and Torre's way
  • First half in review
  • Soccer briefs
  • NBA briefs
  • WNBA briefs
  • Daily fishing report
  • Outdoors calendar
  • Around Pinellas
  • Masset's progress coming along fine
  • Around Hillsborough
  • Juncal, Bennett shine for Florida
  • McManus, Schmidtput rest to good use
  • Four West Pasco teams shining at state tourney
  • NBC finishes well in debut
  • Drivers' thoughts also turn to Irwin
  • Race strikingly resembles Big E's last


  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts