On the last day for trades (last Thursday) the Mavs had worked a trade
deal with Utah for Derek Harper [Harp for Jamie Watson, Greg Foster, and a
draft pick], but Harp nixed it and said that he didn't want to go to Utah.
Congrats to George McCloud who went from hell to heaven. McCloud was
traded Thursday by New Jersey to the LA Lakers for Joe Kleine, a 1st round
draft pick, and a conditional 2nd round pick. McCloud will be filling in
for the injured Robert Horry.
The Paul Schauffer award goes to the Mavs music man for playing New
Attitude prior to the tip off for the Milwaukee and Toronto games.
Here's how the Mavs' salary structure looks
Player 96-97 Last year of contract Amount in that year
Erick Strickland $247,500 96-97 signed to 10-day
Greg Dreiling $247,500 96-97
Sasha Danilovic $1,892,000 opt-out this year
Michael Finley $723,000 97-98 $816,000
Kurt Thomas $1,238,000 97-98 $1,390,000
Ed O'Bannon $1,303,000 97-98 $1,470,000
Derek Harper $1,300,000 97-98 $1,560,000
Martin Muursepp $401,000 98-99 $765,000
Samaki Walker $1,246,000 98-99 $1,619,000
Khalid Reeves $1,752,000 98-99 $2,000,000
A.C. Green $4,315,000 98-99 $5,125,000
Robert Pack $2,700,000 00-01 * $4,320,000
Shawn Bradley $5,130,000 01-02 ** $8,370,000
*Pack as opt-out after 98-99 season tied to minutes and games played
*Bradley has opt-out after 98-99 if he statistically ranks among the top
3 centers in the league
Michael Finley has been performing magnificently since the trade and
enjoying his starting role. And the thing I love the most is that when
interviewed after the Phoenix victory, he wasn't that happy with his
performance saying that the key 3-pointer near the end of the game was one
of the few things he did that night. When reminded that he had 20 points
[and also had 5 assists], he shrugged and said that he was his own worst
critic and is never totally happy with his performance. In the 5 games
since the trade (all starts at small forward), Finley has averaged 22.4
points on 48.9% (43-88) FG, 10-21 3-pointers, and 16-19 FT, 5.2 rebounds,
and 4.8 assists in 42.8 minutes.
Sasha Danilovic sprained his left ankle at the end of the Toronto game and
will be out 7 to 10 days.
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