HoopsHype Michael Finley rumors


January 6, 2012 Updates

Former face of the franchise Michael Finley sparked a bit of a stir himself sitting in a baseline seat next to longtime Mavs courtside fixture Neil Hawks for Dallas’ 98-89 victory over Steve Nash’s Phoenix Suns. Catching a Dirk vs. Nash duel, though, is not the only reason Finley’s in town this week. The 38-year-old has worked out for the past two days with newly signed Mavs forward Yi Jianlian under the watchful eye of Texas Legends coach Del Harris, as Finley continues his comeback after a year away from the game. ESPN.com

Yi’s time in Dallas will begin with a rehabilitation stint under Harris with the D-League’s Legends so China’s top player -- as he’s known in the wake of Yao Ming’s retirement -- can ease into his return from a knee injury sustained during the lockout while playing in a league game back home. But team sources say that the Legends are also trying to convince Finley to play a few games for them to show NBA teams that he’s fully shaken the ankle problems that restricted the two-time All-Star to a limited role with the Boston Celtics in the 2010 playoffs. ESPN.com

Finley, according to sources, is determined to land one last NBA job but is still weighing whether he wants to go the D-League route. If he does decide to submit his name into the D-League player pool, Finley is not guaranteed to land with the Legends, since they would not be at the front of the line to claim him. But it’s believed that Finley would eventually land in Frisco because his agent (Henry Thomas) would presumably inform teams ahead of the Legends in the waiver process that Finley is only willing to play in the D-League if he winds up with the team just 25 miles up the road from the American Airlines Center. ESPN.com

Finley, in an interview last week with HoopsHype.com, said, "When I went to Boston, my ankle wasn't 100 percent. So after that season, I got my ankle worked on. I've been working hard to get that at 100 percent. I feel a lot better than during my time in Boston. "With the lockout and the shortened season, I wouldn't be surprised if there's more injuries than usual since there's been not much of a training camp. I'm just working hard to be in shape and prepared in case an NBA team calls me." ESPN.com

January 1, 2012 Updates

Following up on the tweet, Finley told HoopsHype Friday that’s he’s feeling healthy now and ready to return to pro basketball - in the NBA or elsewhere. The 6-foot-7 last saw action during the Celtics’ Finals run one year and a half ago. Limited by ankle problems, he was little more than a bit player for the eventual NBA runner-up. HoopsHype

“I got offers from the D-League before (Ricky Davis or Greg Ostertag) ever thought about playing in the D-League,” Finley said. “My thing is, I want to play basketball, I would enjoy playing in the D-League, but at the same time I don’t want to take an opportunity away from a young guy to get exposure. I’m still thinking about it. If the right situation comes, where I could be something like a player-coach, maybe I would take that opportunity.” HoopsHype

November 4, 2011 Updates

Michael Finley, a two-time NBA All-Star and a former All-American at Wisconsin, is giving back to the university by establishing an endowed scholarship to benefit minority student-athletes, Finley and the UW Department of Athletics announced Friday. "Being a Badger means a lot to me," Finley said. "The University of Wisconsin helped shape me and prepare me for a successful career in the NBA and beyond. Now it's time to give back and help other kids realize their potential and benefit from the wonderful education and experience that UW-Madison provides." Wisconsin Badgers

March 4, 2011 Updates

Now that you're fully healthy (after offseason ankle surgery) do you think there's any chance someone might call to sign you before the playoffs start? Michael Finley: If a team calls, I'll be ready. And if a team doesn't call, I can handle that as well. Either way, I'll be OK. I still think I can help a team, but I'm not going to hold my breath or make it mandatory or anything. Even if I wasn't planning on coming back, I'd still be working out. That's just how I am. ESPN.com

July 27, 2010 Updates

The Celtics brought Michael Finley in late last season for his shooting ability and his championship experience. Whether they'll bring him back is another matter. “He’s keeping his options open," said Finley's agent Henry Thomas. "Boston is definitely one of them.” Boston Globe

July 20, 2010 Updates

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