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Mourning buys out contract with Raptors

 

By Chris Perkins

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Friday, Feb. 11, 2005

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Alonzo Mourning has negotiated a contract buyout with Toronto and was waived by the Raptors at 10 a.m. Friday, moving him a step closer to possibly re-signing with the Heat as early as Tuesday morning.

 

Jeff Wechsler, Mourning's Miami-based agent, confirmed the buyout and said he is awaiting word from Mourning on the former Heat center's intentions.

 

"I have a call in to Alonzo," Wechsler said.

 

Mourning, 35, must go through the waiver process, which takes 48 hours. But because league business can be conducted officially only on weekdays, Mourning can't clear waivers until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

 

Asked if Mourning plans to sign with the Heat, Wechsler said, "I don't want to speculate on anything until he clears waivers."

 

The waiver-claim process, a draft of sorts, works in reverse order of the standings, meaning last-place New Orleans would have the first shot at Mourning.

 

However, any team that claims Mourning would be responsible for the balance of the four-year, $22 million contract he signed with New Jersey last season, which makes him unattractive to potential suitors.

 

If no team claims Mourning, the buyout he negotiated with Toronto kicks in, and he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He then could sign with any team for as little as a pro-rated portion of the $1.1 million minimum salary for a player of his experience.

 

Wechsler said Mourning will evaluate his options if he clears waivers, but added, "He loves Miami, he loves South Florida, this is his home."

 

Mourning, shipped from New Jersey to Toronto in December in the Vince Carter deal, averaged 10.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in 18 games this season. He also averaged 2.28 blocked shots in 25.4 minutes per game.

 

Mourning, who played seven seasons for the Heat (1995-96 through 2000-01), is competing despite having had a kidney transplant.

 

The Heat is in Charlotte to play the Bobcats tonight.

 

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/panthers/cont...s/0211heat.html

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It would be ghey if someone waiver claimed him.? It would also be pointless, since he wouldn't show up.? But it would keep him from going to the Heat.

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So in other words it would be smart for someone to do that

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Who is going to drop 4/22 on him though? It wouldn't be like a trade, it would be under the rules of the cap. No one short of the Yankees and Red Sox would both have the ability to do that and do it just to spite someone (mainly, each other). The Knicks back in the day would be the only team to do it, but now not only do they not care as much, have their own problems to solve, but also they are incredibly over the cap.

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No one is goign to claim Zo because he wont play for them. I am not sure how that works, but a team would have to go through the headache of waiving a player to take a chance on Zo - or just block the Heat from getting him - and he wouldnt sign anyway.

 

This is a done deal and we have been expecting this for some time (at the other Heat fan site :mischief ). This is awesome...cant wait, it is goignto be a hell of a ride.

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No one is goign to claim Zo because he wont play for them. I am not sure how that works, but a team would have to go through the headache of waiving a player to take a chance on Zo - or just block the Heat from getting him - and he wouldnt sign anyway.

 

This is a done deal and we have been expecting this for some time (at the other Heat fan site :mischief ). This is awesome...cant wait, it is goignto be a hell of a ride.

 

 

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Only the Bobcats, Rockets, and Nets have the cap room to even consider claiming Zo.

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