Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Transaction Wire

  • Cavs fail to pick up Carlos Boozer's option, effectively releasing him. Boozer is now a restricted free agent. This is actually a good move, though. Instead of letting him play one more year at $500,000, then losing him as an unrestricted free agent, the Cavs now can sign him to a new contract of $4-6mil a year for 4-6 years.

  • David Graves joins the Washington Wizards' summer league team. Like the Cavs, the Wizards were terrible from long distance last year. While the Cavs looked at Matt Carroll and Danny Miller before deciding on Jason Capono (now a Charlotte Bobcat), the Wizards look to yet another ND product in Graves.

  • Spurs release Matt Carroll. This is supposedly similar to Carlos Boozer's situation - the Spurs will look to resign Carroll with a new contract. That's probably a sign that the Spurs are taking Carroll seriously as a member of their team.

  • After helping out with Mike Brey's basketball camp, Torrian Jones is scheduled for a second tryout with "Jelly Bean" Bryant's Boston Frenzy of the ABA ("Jelly Bean" is Kobe's father, and I believe he is also a player-coach). All the lanky and long-armed Jones need is a fro to make him the perfect ABA player.

  • ND Baseballers Brennan Grogan, Chris Fournier, and Chris Vasami have decided to transfer. All three suffered from an overabundance of players at their respective positions - Grogan and Fournier in the outfield, and Vasami at pitcher.

  • Well, it now appears that Ruth Riley will not be playing for team USA in the Olympics this year. Earlier this year, I reported that she had made the cut. Now, it appears that, after Swin Cash and Diana Taurasi took roster spots 10 and 11 on the 12-woman team, the 12th spot was between Ruth and Yolanda Griffith. Unfortunately, Griffith, also a center, was chosen over Ruth to back up Lisa "Ruth Riley can't guard me" Leslie.

I'll see everyone this weekend. Weekend in Review returns on Monday night. Just in time for the MLB All-Star Game on July 13, I'll name the KankaNation All-Stars - the best starting lineup that can be made out of the 7 favorite teams of our KankaNation regulars.