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Old 08-13-05, 12:19 PM
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Michael Finley wants to play in Miami as Mavs still trying to trade him.

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns...3suns0813.html

The delay will overlap Monday's deadline for teams to waive players under the amnesty rule but likely won't affect Michael Finley's decision. He knows Johnson is being dealt but insiders believe Finley already has settled on Miami if he is waived.

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Finley's fate? He'll have to wait


01:29 AM CDT on Saturday, August 13, 2005

By CHUCK CARLTON / The Dallas Morning News

With Monday's luxury-tax amnesty deadline approaching, the Mavericks continued to field calls Friday from teams interested in Michael Finley.

No trade is expected until just before Monday's deadline, if one happens.

While rumors circulated – most undoubtedly unfounded – a few teams have players and contracts that could satisfy the requirements for a deal.

A few to watch include:

•Indiana. Team president Larry Bird has long been a Finley fan. Indiana could use a shooter off the bench with Reggie Miller now retired. The Pacers also have a bloated roster with interesting names: Scot Pollard, Jonathan Bender, Anthony Johnson and even Miller's expiring contract.

•Portland. The Trail Blazers have a veteran shot blocker in 6-10 Theo Ratliff. He and the $35 million remaining on his contract would be a key component in any deal. Portland could also play a role if the deal expands beyond two teams. New York and Minnesota could be possibilities.

If the Mavericks cannot work out a deal, then they almost certainly will waive Finley and save $51 million on luxury tax.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....21976f1b.html


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Denver Expects to make run at Finley

The Nuggets won't make any moves until after Monday's amnesty deadline. Denver is expected to make a strong pitch for shooting guard Michael Finley, likely to be released by Dallas. A possible consolation prize could be shooting guard Allan Houston, expected to be waived by New York.

After the amnesty deadline passes, the Nuggets will get a better idea how they want to progress with their own free agents. They have expressed interest in re-signing shooting guards Greg Buckner, DerMarr Johnson and Wesley Person.

"After next week, we'll be able to know better," Vandeweghe said.

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...999882,00.html
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Old 08-13-05, 12:35 PM
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Let's gitt'r done!

Finley to Indy!!

Miami is QUICKLY becoming a championship caliber team. I don't know how well the pieces will fit together on the court, but on paper the Heat have upgraded BIG TIME...so, I don't want to see a shooter of Finley's caliber added to the mix as well. While we're at it, let's whisper to Antoine Walker that the way to improve his game -- and the team -- is to shoot more.
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Old 08-13-05, 12:44 PM
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IMHO, the best thing that could happen for Spurs fans is that Finley DOES go to Miami. He doesn't play D worth a lick anymore and as his Mavs teammates say, "the guy can't dribble five times without bouncing the ball off his feet."
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^^^ You don't have to dribble 5 times to knock down a wide open three.

Also, less-than-stellar individual D is compensated for when you have a 280+lb big man down in the paint.
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Old 08-13-05, 01:12 PM
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finley could be the most dangerous player in the NBA with the way shaq will open things up for him..finley is still a 40% shooter and with shaq could increase.

people keep forgetting finley averaged like 16,4 and 4 last year on 40% from three...finley going to dallas does not help the spurs..no way on earth could it help the spurs at all
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Old 08-13-05, 01:32 PM
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Finley would be a good pickup for Miami. Certainly an upgrade over their current SG/SF bench guys. As has been said, they're really improving on paper. It's very likely the Spurs could face them in the Finals next year, considering LB left Detroit.
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Also, less-than-stellar individual D is compensated for when you have a 280+lb big man down in the paint.
I didn't know you were a David Harrison fan, too!
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everyone wants to play in miami.
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Well of course they do!!!! Didn't you hear... they won the championship and they will win the championship for the next 5-6 years!



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•Indiana. Team president Larry Bird has long been a Finley fan. Indiana could use a shooter off the bench with Reggie Miller now retired. The Pacers also have a bloated roster with interesting names: Scot Pollard, Jonathan Bender, Anthony Johnson and even Miller's expiring contract.

^^^ My kind of trade.
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Miami looks good enough to win it all on paper, but look at the Lakers of 1999 that the Spurs beat, the Kings that got beat by the Lakers in 2002, The Trailblazers team that got beat in 2000 by the Lakers, the Lakers team of 2004, all on paper looked good enough to win it all.

They didn't.
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Well of course they do!!!! Didn't you hear... they won the championship and they will win the championship for the next 5-6 years!

Players want to go where they can play. Ain't much room on the Spurs right now for new established players, either because of the talent we already have or the dollars we can pay.

I think the Mavs have no choice but to keep Finley and hope for a trade by Feb. trading deadline. The amnesty thing is a joke since they still have to pay the money. It's only good if the player is completely broken down from injuries age or drugs and you simply want to have some room at the end of the bench.
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IMHO, the best thing that could happen for Spurs fans is that Finley DOES go to Miami. He doesn't play D worth a lick anymore and as his Mavs teammates say, "the guy can't dribble five times without bouncing the ball off his feet."
Come on man it helps the team out alot if they get him, they have no shooters now and with Shaq he would be even better from trey land, he always killed us anyways in Dallas. Sometimes people downplay stuff in here and make it better by saying well this and that, but this is an upgrade and makes the Heat better, there is no doubt about that at all and we can't downplay that. Spurs fans do this often, they are right at times but to downplay this like no big deal is a mistake.

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Miami looks good enough to win it all on paper, but look at the Lakers of 1999 that the Spurs beat, the Kings that got beat by the Lakers in 2002, The Trailblazers team that got beat in 2000 by the Lakers, the Lakers team of 2004, all on paper looked good enough to win it all.

They didn't.
99 Blazers team too, that team was good enough to win it all and the Spurs took it from them, they were hot going in... You can add a few blazers teams to that actually man
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Old 08-13-05, 07:18 PM
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LEts hope he goes to Indy. Especially if we want a chance at James Jones.
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yea obviously its incredible on paper, but can you imagine if all the pieces fit, its gonna be spurs vs heat in the finals.
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....I think the Mavs have no choice but to keep Finley and hope for a trade by Feb. trading deadline. The amnesty thing is a joke since they still have to pay the money. It's only good if the player is completely broken down from injuries age or drugs and you simply want to have some room at the end of the bench.

Noooo! The "amnesty thing" was put in the help team in the luxury tax threshold like the Mavs, who are trying to free themselves of having to pay an extra $51 million in luxury tax. They would like to rid themselves of Finely by trading him and not have to pay anything. The only problem is, really what's the chances of a team actually trading for him? Or put it like this, if there is a team willing to trade for him, why not just wait until after 8/15 then make the trade before the Feb trading dealine?
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yea obviously its incredible on paper, but can you imagine if all the pieces fit, its gonna be spurs vs heat in the finals.
Don't say that yet, injuries can happen again and neither may happen, nothing is set in stone man.....
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