Alonzo Mourning won't be reporting to the Toronto Raptors next week and may never play for them. Mourning, acquired from New Jersey in a trade for Vince Carter on Friday...
TORONTO Alonzo Mourning won’t be reporting to the Toronto Raptors next week and may never play for them.
Mourning, acquired from New Jersey in a trade for Vince Carter on Friday, is in Miami undergoing medical tests and will be there through Christmas, Toronto general manager Rob Babcock said yesterday.
The 34-year-old center, who underwent a kidney transplant Dec. 19, 2003, does not have to report to the Raptors or pass a physical for the trade to go through.
“We waived that because there was no way he’d probably pass a physical,” Babcock said.
Mourning stopped playing earlier this month because of what he said were hip, knee, hand and leg problems. He also was unhappy with the Nets’ offseason moves, and had demanded a trade to a contender. The Nets and Mourning discussed buying out his contract, but the two sides were too far apart.
Nets president Rod Thorn said Friday there’s a chance Mourning would not report to Toronto because he wants to play for a winner.
Babcock claimed yesterday he hasn’t discussed a buyout with Mourning’s agent, and won’t until his medical situation becomes clearer.
“He’s going through a lot of medical things with his kidneys, evaluations and so forth,” Babcock said. “Things they do on a regular basis, and some stuff that they may have concerns with.”
If Toronto does buy Mourning out, there’s been speculation he could sign with the Miami Heat, his old team, if a deal can be reached. The Raptors also could trade him to the Heat.
A Heat spokesman declined to comment about a reported deal.
Calls to Mourning’s agent, Jeffrey Wechsler, were not returned.
Cavaliers suspend Eric Snow for 1 game
CLEVELAND Eric Snow, Cavaliers backup point guard, was suspended for one game without pay for his sideline clash with Cleveland coach Paul Silas during Thursday night’s loss in Detroit.
Snow sat out last night’s game against the Boston Celtics. The suspension will cost him one game’s paycheck, about $54,000.
“It’s unfortunate,” Silas said following the team’s morning shoot-around. “But it’s over with and we move on.”
On Thursday, Snow was visibly upset when Silas pulled him from the game in the second quarter after a turnover on an eight-second call and he cursed while walking to Cleveland’s bench. Silas didn’t care for Snow’s display and angrily confronted him before sending him to the locker room for the rest of the first half.
Silas allowed Snow to rejoin his teammates on the bench after halftime but didn’t play him. Silas refused to comment after the game, and shot down a reporter’s question about what occurred.
Denver F Carmelo Anthony‘s sprained left ankle sidelined him for the Nuggets’ game against the Orlando Magic. The team reported Anthony is suffering from moderate discomfort and mild swelling and will wear a protective boot for the next two days. He is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game against Phoenix.
G Eddie House signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Phoenix Suns activated F Jackson Vroman from the IL and waived G Yuta Tabuse.