– The Bulls have signed G Ronnie Brewer to a 3-year/$12.5M deal. The Bulls are the new Jazz, with former Utah players Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and now Brewer in place. The Grizzlies made a mistake by not picking up Brewer’s option, but they were apparently already planning on dumping all their money on F Rudy Gay. Brewer’s a solid player, and already looks like the favourite to start at the 2-spot for the Bulls.
– The Celtics have re-signed G Nate Robinson to a 2-year/$8M deal worth $4M annually.
– According to the Orlando Sentinel, F Penny Hardaway, a 6-7 swingman who is nearing his 39th birthday, who hasn’t played pro ball since 2007 with the Heat, wants to return to Miami to play with all the young guns. “Mentally I was retired and physically I was retired. I was playing recreational ball. But when the decision happened with Chris Bosh(notes) and LeBron, I felt like I could really be good in that system.” Hardaway says the knees that ended his career are totally fine and that he’s working out four times a week and playing ball five times a week.
– Newly acquired Bobcats’ F Erick Dampier indicated Friday that Charlotte would get the first chance to re-sign him, presumably for a much smaller salary, if they decide to wipe out the non-guaranteed $13M due in the final year of his deal to clear salary-cap space. “I would obviously give Charlotte the first opportunity and see what they say, see if they’re interested in me or not. Then we’ll go from there. If they’re not interested in me I’m sure there are other teams out there that could possibly be interested.”
– FanHouse’s source “close to the situation” says that the Hawks aren’t interested in going past the luxury-tax threshold of $70.307M, which the team is only about $4M short of meeting right now, in order to sign F Shaquille O’Neal. The rumour had Shaq moving to Atlanta in a sign-and-trade that would have sent F Marvin Williams to the Cavs. But the source says the team doesn’t want to give up any of its starting five, even for Shaq.
– The NY Daily News reports that Isiah Thomas remains a potential candidate for the vacant GM position.
– G Luther Head thought he had a deal with the Hornets before it was rescinded Thursday due to a so-called failed physical. Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski called it a “slimy trick” by the Hornets to get out of a contract that the recently fired general manager Jeff Bower negotiated. “This is just so unbelievably wrong,” Head’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told Wojnarowski. “This is just not the way I do business in the NBA.” AOL FanHouse is reporting that the Bucks will be one of the teams interested in signing Head.
– The NFL has suspended Packers’ DE Johnny Jolly for at least all of the 2010 season. Jolly is accused of playing a major role in the Houston drug trade, so a long ban was expected. It is a bit surprising that commissioner Goodell was so quick to hand the suspension down without a conviction, however. The Packers knew Jolly wasn’t going to play much — if at all — this year, so they prepared by drafting DEs Mike Neal and C.J. Wilson in April. Last month, they demoted Jolly out of the starting lineup and replaced him with Ryan Pickett.
– Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson insisted Wednesday at the ESPY’s that “you can put to rest” the rumours that he’s unhappy with his contract. The fallout from absences during OTAs appears to have blown over as well. He’s due close to $7M this year and $11-13M next year (after incentives) before the final year voids in 2012 at age 27. At that time, he should have at least one more shot at a mega-deal with guaranteed money.
– The NFL has suspended Seahawks’ WLB Leroy Hill one game for violating the league’s Substance Abuse Policy. For a player who’s received no punishment to this point for multiple run-ins with the law, the latest of which being charges that he beat up his girlfriend, one game is an easy sentence. It is worth noting that Hill’s suspension is only for his substance-abuse-policy violation, which may be taking into consideration only his April guilty plea for marijuana possession. Further punishment may be coming for his numerous conduct code obstructions.
– The Indians have placed RHP Kerry Wood (blister on right index finger) on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 12. Bad timing for the Indians, who were looking to deal Wood before the July 31 deadline. Since he hasn’t pitched since July 11, though, Wood can be activated before the deadline passes. He’ll also surely pass through waivers after the deadline, so the possibility exists to trade him sometime in August. Wood is having a down season but still is one of the better bullpen arms on the market.
– The Red Sox have transferred RHP Josh Beckett to the 60-day DL.
– The O’s have placed C Matt Wieters (strained right hamstring) on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 10.
– The Brewers have placed LHP Doug Davis on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 10.
– The Padres have placed RHP Mike Adams (strained left oblique) on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 12.
– The Astros have placed RHP Brian Moehler (strained right groin) on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 8.
– The Pirates have transferred RHP Chris Jakubauskas to the 60-day DL.
– Rey Mysterio is expected to retain the WHC, and The Hart Dynasty are expected to retain the Unified tag titles at Money in the Bank.
– There is talk of pairing Melina back with John Morrison upon her return from injury. This would lead to the two feuding with Maryse and Ted DiBiase.
– In an interview with SLAM! Wrestling, Drew McIntyre addressed his work visa issue that led to him temporarily being written off television last month. “There was a process that had to be done, and a way it had to be done. It had to be done when it had to be done. I was always aware of the process that had to be done. It was blown out of proportion by so many people…what you saw on TV was exactly the truth. It had to be done at that time.
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