Kelenna Azubuike RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
“You guys got the roster … You can do the math,” Nelson said when asked about Haywood. “[But] that’s not the only route to clear space.” The amnesty clause allows teams to waive a player and not have his salary count against the cap. However, the player would still receive his salary. The Mavs also could renounce the rights to guard Vince Carter, center Brandan Wright and guard Kelenna Azubuike to clear space.
Michael Dugat: On more positive news, Azubuiki was warming up and has a locker (not Odom’s old spot, which has nameplate removed)
The day that Golden State signed Kelenna Azubuike in 2006, Don Nelson was asked what he thought of Azubuike. “Love it,” he said. “One of my favorite drinks.”
“We like him as a player,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle told reporters in San Antonio on Friday morning following the team’s shootaround. “The hope is that he can possibly help us this year. “He’s an energetic, athletic guy that’s a very good 3-point shooter. (He’s) the kind of athlete that we’re trying to find for our team.”
The Dallas Mavericks signed swingman Kelenna Azubuike to fill the roster spot vacated by Thursday’s release of Sean Williams. Although Azubuike hasn’t played since early in the 2009-10 season because of a knee injury, Mavericks officials are intrigued by the progress Azubuike has made in his rehabilitation efforts, sources said. Azubuike will receive a deal for the rest of this season and a team option for next season, sources said. He will start his comeback with the Frisco-based Texas Legends, Dallas’ D-League affiliate. He is expected to practice with the Legends on Friday and could play for them as early as Saturday night against the Reno Bighorns at home, sources said.
The Mavericks are close to signing former Golden State Warrior Kelenna Azubuike, presuming he can pass a physical, a source close to the situation said.
Kelenna Azubuike: Whats happenin people? Rehab is goin really well. Night n day difference from the first time around. Hope everyones doing great! God bless
Marc Berman: Kelenna Azubuike, who has same agent as Barron, will undergo another surgery. Sources have said the first surgery was less than successful.
To make room for Jared Jeffries and another player, the Knicks are working on a buyout for Corey Brewer, an NBA source confirmed. They also announced Monday they have cut Kelenna Azubuike.
Steve Adamek: Azubuike waived for 1 roster opening (Jeffries), Brewer to go for a 2nd (prob a big). Too bad for ‘Buike. Worked hard, just not there yet.
Alex Kennedy: The Knicks asked Roger Mason and Kelenna Azuibuike if they were interested in a buyout. Neither wanted one so now Corey Brewer will go.
Ken Berger: For those interested in such things, @Carmelo Anthony will wear No. 7 in NY. Kelenna Azubuike will switch to 17.
Alex Kennedy: Also, good news regarding Kelenna Azubuike. Source says that Azubuike is doing well, and will make his Knicks debut “very soon.”
Kelenna Azubuike is always accomodating when it comes to granting interviews, but at this point he’s getting tired of the same question. “Very tired,” he corrected. After watching him in the practice scrimmage today, however, I don’t think you need to ask him how he and his surgically-repaired knee feels. It’s visually evident that it’s improved dramatically since the start of the season. He’s still not impressively explosive or noticably athletic, but he doesn’t stand out in a bad way, either. “I feel closer than I’ve ever been,” Azubuike said as he walked off the court. What’s more important is Mike D’Antoni, this time, agrees. “He’s getting closer, that’s for sure,” D’Antoni said. “I didn’t think he’d even get this close. We’ll keep evaluating him and we’ll see after the all- star break how he’s doing and see if there’s some opportunities to get him on the floor.”
Rookie guard Andy Rautins and Kelenna Azubuike’s expiring contract have been discussed as parts of the Carmelo Anthony three-team package, The Post has learned. The Knicks have to add more pieces to the reported three-team trade proposal for Anthony to make it work from a talent and financial perspective for the Nuggets, according to NBA sources.
As he iced the long scar on his left knee an hour before tipoff, Knicks guard and former Tulsa Victory Christian standout Kelenna Azubuike insists he is close to playing for the first time since Nov. 14, 2009, after major surgery on his patella tendon. “It’s all about patience, really. I’ll be back soon,” said Azubuike, who has been on the Knicks’ inactive list all season. “It’s been tough mentally. You’ve just got to stay with it. I feel myself getting better every day, I have people encouraging me. I’m good.”
Because Kelenna Azubuike, the guard acquired in the David Lee deal who’s still recovering from 2009 patellar-tendon surgery, did not play in the final game of the season’s first half, 80 percent of his $3.3 million salary now is picked up by insurance. And since his contract is up after this season, that makes him attractive as a trade chip, even if he doesn’t play.
The Knicks have little to offer in trade, with sources saying the Knicks have offered up Roger Mason Jr. ($1.4 million), Bill Walker ($854,000) and Kelenna Azubuike ($3.3 million) around the league and found limited interest.
The Knicks could release still-rehabbing Kelenna Azubuike, whose contract expires after the season, to open up a roster spot and sign a player from the D-League or a free-agent veteran. Walsh has to regret not inking center Earl Barron, a great fit last season with the Knicks. Barron recently signed with Phoenix, but the Knicks could have had him for a fraction of Roger Mason’s deal.
Kelenna Azubuike has tried to be patient with the arduous recovery process involving his torn left patella. Now he faces the frustration of having to wait even longer. Azubuike, 26, has been practicing with the Knicks since mid-November, but the knee has not responded well. It is likely he’ll be re-examined to determine the next step in his rehabilitation. “He’s not ready physically,” Mike D’Antoni said last night. “He’s not there yet.”
Azubuike will sit on the bench in a suit tonight when the Knicks (4-8) face the Warriors. He had patella tendon surgery Nov. 18, 2009, and Golden State sources believed it would take him one full year before he would play again. “It’s about that time,” Azubuike said. “It’s getting really close. I smell it. A couple of more scrimmages under my belt, get plays down more and I’ll be good to go. It’s just a matter of time.”
Steve Adamek: D’Antoni on Azubuike: “I’m not counting on him before Xmas.” Said it like a throwaway line, though, somewhat facetiously.
Kelenna Azubuike made the European trip as he continues to rehab his knee. He feels he’ll be cleared to practice in the next two weeks. “I’m closer than a lot of of people think,” Azubuike said. “I’ll just be out there and you guys will be like: “Who’s that?” Azubuike is still building strength in the knee’s patella tendon that was surgically repaired last November. “I have to do everything with 100 percent strength,” he said. “I keep working on getting more strength around the knee. It’s getting stronger and stronger.”
Kelenna Azubuike, who came to the Knicks in the David Lee trade and is rehabbing a patella tendon injury in his left knee, says he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season, which begins Oct. 6…. Danilo Gallinari, who is heading home to Milan, Italy, with the Knicks next week, is sporting a black eye that he suffered during pre-camp workouts.