Not only is the Celtics’ Walter McCarty hellbent on heading to Phoenix (on the eve of his bobblehead night, no less), the Boston Globe’s Shira Springer reports that Gary Payton expects to be dealt to the Kings or T-Wolves in the weeks ahead.
Minnesota’s Latrell Sprewell continues to be the subject of trade rumors, this time on the heels of an ugly spat with coach Flip Saunders writes the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Sid Hartman :
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he wasn’t very happy when, during Monday’s game against Detroit at Target Center, Latrell Sprewell got into a name-calling situation with coach Flip Saunders after he took Sprewell out of the game.
Sprewell’s remarks were heard on press row and also by many fans sitting behind the Wolves bench. Taylor made a special trip from Mankato to Minneapolis on Tuesday, talked to Sprewell, and believes he got things straightened out.
Taylor said there is only one circumstance in which he would trade Sprewell, and that is if the player or players the Wolves got in return would be free agents and wouldn’t count in the 2005-2006 salary cap.
So keep tuned — there might be a Wolves trade after all.