Marion to Mavs. Stackhouse to Grizzlies in complex deal
DALLAS ó The way Jerry Stackhouse’s contract was structured, the Dallas Mavericks knew they could parlay him into a key player for next season. As it turned out, a lot of teams benefited.
The Mavericks, Raptors, Grizzlies and Magic combined in a massive swap that included eight players, a draft pick and stacks of cash. The deal sent Shawn Marion to Dallas, Stackhouse to Memphis and helped seal the transaction that moved Hedo Turkoglu from Orlando to Toronto.
Among the other pieces: Forward Kris Humphries, center Nathan Jawai and cash went from Toronto to Dallas; guard Greg Buckner moves from Memphis to Dallas; and swingmen Antoine Wright and Devean George go from Dallas to Toronto.
Memphis also received a second-round pick and cash from Toronto and cash from Dallas. The Mavs and Raptors both also sent cash to Orlando.
The Magic were going to lose Turkoglu anyway. After Orlando acquired Vince Carter, Turkoglu opted out of his contract and became a free agent. He’d already decided to go to Toronto, but turning his departure into a sign-and-trade glued together the rest of this complex puzzle.
“So many things were going on that I was like, ‘Just sit back and wait until it happens,’ ” Marion said. “I’m just happy to come to Dallas.”
PORTLAND, Ore. ó After losing out on Turkoglu, the Trail Blazers are considering Paul Millsap.
Millsap is a restricted free agent, meaning Utah would have seven days to match any offer the Blazers might make.
CHARLOTTE ó Bobcats chief financial officer Michael Behrman has resigned.
The team announced that Behrman is stepping down after four years on the job. He’ll be replaced on an interim basis by Bill Duffy of the Atlanta-based Aspire Group.
Behrman had one of the longer stints in a top management position for the Bobcats, who have seen a large turnover of staff under owner Bob Johnson. Behrman was responsible for all financial operations for the team and Time Warner Cable Arena.
Duffy has worked for the Bobcats in an advisory role for the past five months.
BOSTON ó Five-year-old Rashiyah Wallace sat on her daddy’s lap as he talked about joining the Celtics.
He laughed, smiled and joked. Not a single nasty word or stern look.
Fans who have watched Rasheed Wallace lose his cool and pick up technical fouls haven’t seen the lighter side of him very often.
“I will go off at times,” he said Thursday. “Overall, I’m a pretty good teammate.”
That’s one reason Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge pursued Wallace, even calling his agent, Bill Strickland, just after midnight on July 1, the start of the free agency period.
“He’s completely different than how he’s perceived in the public,” Ainge said. “You can see how much our guys respect him.”
Now he’s part of the Celtics family. New teammates Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen beamed as they sat beside Wallace.
“I know that we’re all looking at each other, feeling like teenagers again,” Garnett said.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó In his decade running the Detroit Pistons, Joe Dumars hasn’t been known for showing patience with head coaches. He insists that is about to change.
Moments after introducing Cavs assistant John Kuester as Detroit’s sixth coach in 10 years, Dumars said Kuester “might have the most job security of anyone in the NBA.”
“Bless you, Joe,” said Kuester with a laugh.
CLEVELAND ó The Cavs and Anderson Varejao reportedly have agreed on a six-year deal that could be worth as much as $50 million.
LOS ANGELES ó The Clippers have signed Blake Griffin, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.
TORONTO ó The Raptors signed DeMar DeRozan, the No. 9 pick.
NEW YORK ó The Knicks signed Toney Douglas out of Florida State.
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