Posey Cashes in With Hornets, Camby (and Azubuike?) to the Clippers
James Posey. A great role player who has won championships in Miami and now Boston. A career average of 9.2 points per game and 31 years old. A four-year deal for $25 million to help New Orleans’ league-worst bench.
This may be a great short-term add for the Hornets but no way does Posey contribute whatever he does now for four years. I’ll let my man, John Hollinger provide the argument as to why Posey was rewarded just for being at the right place at the right time.
The Clippers, the most active team this offseason, traded a 2010 second-round draft pick for Marcus Camby, the 2006-07 Defensive Player of the Year. Camby has two years and $20 million left on his contract and at 34, is coming off of a career year.
So after all of the signs and trades, this is what it came down to for the Clippers: Elton Brand and Corey Maggette for Baron Davis and Camby. I like what the Clippers have done, and as immediate a response as Camby was to replace Brand, on Thursday, they found Maggette’s replacement with Kelenna Azubuike of the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have seven days to match the offer sheet of 3 years, $9 million but are expected to let him go due to their depth at the shooting guard position.
Are the Clippers playoff-bound?
Jackson on a Rampage
Quinton Jackson was arrested Tuesday in Costa Mesa, CA after a five-minute police pursuit, where Jackson ran red lights, hit three cars and drove on the sidewalk, causing pedestrians to flee. He is being charged with felony evading, reckless driving and hit and run. Jackson, who lives in Irvine, admitted in an interview the day before that he was depressed from his July 5 title fight loss to Forrest Griffin. On Wednesday, he was detained by Irvine police and hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after his friends were concerned about his behavior and remarks he was making.
Geez, talk about an emotional guy.
Pistorius Fails to Qualify in Individuals
Remember Oscar Pistorius? Yeah, he didn’t make the 400-meter qualifying time for South Africa despite running(?) his fastest time at 46.25 seconds, below the Olympic individual qualifying standard of 45.55 seconds. South Africa can still select Pistorius this weekend to join the six-man roster for the 1,600-meter relay.
Mediate Shares Lead After First Round of British Open
Remember Rocco Mediate, that guy who had the U.S. Open in his hands in June, only to succumb to Tiger Woods‘ unbelievable feat yet again? Yeah, he’s got a piece of The Open Championship lead in England with two others after shooting a 1-under 69 amid unfavorable weather conditions. I actually buy the recent talks of the sport surviving sans Tiger, as a Mediate win here would provide some quasi-sweet redemption for the 45-year-old.
Sexson Signs With Yankees
Richie Sexson, who was released last week by the Seattle Mariners after signing a four-year, $50 million contract in 2004, signed with the New York Yankees for the prorated minimum of $390,000.
Finally, a great signing by the Yankees organization to get something for nothing, as Sexson hit 34 home runs with 107 runs batted just two years ago. The reason for Sexson’s release in addition to his .218 batting average as well as striking out every 3.3 at-bats this season? Sexson was on the bench with the relievers and not in the dugout during a game. Talk about indifference toward the game.
The 33-year-old first baseman took over for Jason Giambi Friday and batted fifth against Oakland.