Bulls’ Caffey Traded to Warriors
Jason Caffey was traded by the Chicago Bulls today and Brent Barry, Isaac Austin and Terry Cummings were the most likely to be dealt next as the NBA trading deadline wound down.
Caffey, who backed up Dennis Rodman at power forward for the Bulls, was sent to the Golden State Warriors for David Vaughn and second-round draft picks in 1998 and 2000. There were discussions about a three-way trade involving Caffey and Olden Polynice of Sacramento, but those talks broke down.
Cummings, in his 16th season, was being sought by the New York Knicks, who were believed to be offering a package including Herb Williams and Ronnie Grandison. At least one other Eastern Conference team was trying to get Cummings from the Philadelphia 76ers before the 6 p.m. EST deadline.
Barry, of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Austin, of the Miami Heat, were expected to be traded for each other. The Heat also would include Charles Smith to make the trade work under salary cap guidelines, according to several league sources speaking on condition of anonymity.
Rony Seikaly, traded from Orlando to Utah on Monday, had his trade nullified Wednesday night when he failed to report to the Jazz within 48 hours.
Two sources said the Magic and Jazz had renewed their Seikaly discussions today, but Utah director of player personnel Scott Layden refused to confirm so.
``If he wanted to be here, he’d be here,″ Layden said. ``If he doesn’t want to be here, why would we want him anyway. We’re all about winning.″
If no Seikaly trade is completed, the Magic could elect to suspend him without pay.
The Vancouver Grizzlies made two trades Wednesday, sending Otis Thorpe and Chris Robinson to Sacramento for Bobby Hurley and Michael Smith; and sending Anthony Peeler to Minnesota for Doug West.
Kenny Anderson was dealt from Toronto to Boston in a seven-player deal.
The Raptors also sent center Zan Tabak and forward Popeye Jones to Boston for guards Chauncey Billups and Dee Brown and forwards John Thomas and Roy Rogers.
Anderson was traded for the second time in a week. Last Friday, he was sent from Portland to Toronto in the six-player Damon Stoudamire deal, but Anderson never reported to the Raptors.
Many of the deals that have been rumored for a long time _ Stoudamire, Joe Smith, Anderson, Billups, Seikaly _ were completed in the days leading to Thursday’s deadline.
Barry has informed the Clippers that he has no intention of re-signing with them when he becomes a free agent next summer.
A trade of Austin was being considered by Miami because the Heat fear losing him as a free agent after this season. Because of salary cap rules, the Heat can offer him no more than the average NBA salary _ about $2.8 million. Austin will be commanding about twice that amount when he becomes a free agent.
In a trade late Wednesday, Dennis Scott’s disappointing stint in Dallas ended when the Mavericks traded him to the Phoenix Suns for Cedric Ceballos.
The Mavericks announced the trade after the Suns’ 110-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Ceballos did not play in the game.
Other names being mentioned included Will Perdue of San Antonio, Christian Laettner of Atlanta, Kendall Gill and Chris Gatling of New Jersey, Clarence Weatherspoon of Golden State and Lindsey Hunter of Detroit.
Toronto general manager Glen Grunwald said he won’t trade Doug Christie, who was to take over as the Raptors’ captain until going public Wednesday with a trade demand.