HoopsHype Peja Stojakovic rumors

September 16, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings announced today that the #16 jersey of three-time NBA All-Star and NBA Champion Peja Stojakovic will be retired on December 16, when the Kings host the Oklahoma City Thunder at Sleep Train Arena. During his eight seasons in Sacramento, the fan-favorite small forward played more games for the Kings than any player during the Sacramento era and had an immeasurable impact on the community both on and off the court. “Peja Stojakovic was instrumental in putting Sacramento on the map on a global scale,” said Kings Owner Vivek Ranadivé. “As one of only a select group of Serbian players in the NBA, Peja helped carve out a place for basketball players from all over the world. Recognizing his leadership will be a special moment for fans and the entire Kings organization, as well as a great reminder of the kind of success we are building in Sacramento.” NBA.com

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Rookie Ben McLemore must be a little prescient. A short while ago on Twitter, he alerted Kings fans that he was changing his jersey from No.16 to No.17 "for a good reason." Like the fact the organization plans to retire Peja Stojakovic's No.16 jersey in the near future? No confirmation yet - and nothing is imminent - but that's very likely the plan. Meantime, McLemore will stick with No.16 at least for the upcoming season. "We have considered retiring Peja's number," said team president Chris Granger, "and he certainly deserves that honor. (But) at this time, that's all I will say." Sacramento Bee

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NBA Legends Horace Grant, Ron Harper and Peja Stojakovic, who collectively have won 10 NBA Championships, will participate in NBA Jam. The event will feature the largest 3-on-3 tournament ever held in India and include a National Finals televised on SONY SIX. The traveling interactive basketball festival combines exciting on-court competition with concerts by well-known local musicians and authentic NBA entertainment and experiences for fans of all ages. India Times

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After a few hugs and handshakes, Stojakovic had a brief talk with the media, where he discussed his retirement and why he wouldn't think to miss the ring ceremony the Mavs had prior to the game against the Timberwolves. "It's different than what I'm used to doing," Stojakovic said of his retirement. "I'm living more of a regular lifestyle. "Family. Kids. I'm enjoying it." Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Minnesota coach Rick Adelman was Stojakovic's coach in Sacramento from his rookie season in 1998 until 2006. So, he was more than happy to see one of his protégés receive a championship ring. "He's a great guy, too," Adelman said. "He's a terrific guy. He's had the back problems and stuff like that recently." Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 17, 2012 Updates

Every Maverick who was on the championship roster will get his ring in Dallas this season -- including Peja Stojakovic, assuming the Mavericks can work out travel arrangements for the recently retired gunslinger, owner Mark Cuban said Monday. The Mavericks will fly in the midseason acquisition who played a key role in the title run for the ring ceremony on Jan. 25 against Minnesota at American Airlines Center. J.J. Barea, now with the Timberwolves, will be on hand as a visitor. Stojakovic, who has retired but still probably could help a number of teams if he so desired this season, will be flown in from New Orleans, where his family lives. Dallas Morning News

December 19, 2011 Updates

Stojakovic told ESPN.com on Monday that the physical toll caused by a string of back and neck troubles, at age 34, convinced the three-time All-Star that "it's time" to step away from the game despite interest from a handful of contenders in signing the sharpshooter away from the Mavericks. "When you start competing against your body more than you're preparing for the actual game," Stojakovic said, "it's a wakeup call." ESPN.com

August 14, 2011 Updates

Peja Stojakovic is considering a proposal from PAOK to help them advance to the group stage of the Euroleague during the lockout period. Sport.gr

June 24, 2011 Updates

The arrival of Fernandez will create options for the Mavericks at the swing positions and most likely will have an impact on the free agency of Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson and Peja Stojakovic. All three spend at least part of their time on the court playing the same position as Fernandez, whom Nelson said has the “potential” to be a starter. “We’re hoping to get the same cast back, because the chemistry was so unique,” Nelson said. “You don’t ‘break up’ championship teams. That’s not something you do if you want to have a crack at it again, and we do. Hopefully, knock on wood, things will work out.” Dallas Morning News

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Indications from sources are the Mavericks want to at least bring back Chandler, Barea and injured forward Caron Butler. Brian Cardinal and Peja Stojakovic are the other two free agents. The Mavs currently aren't in position to lock up any of the free agents. The threat of a lockout and the new collective bargaining agreement will certainly change the financial parameters of future contract negotiations. Much has to be sorted out before next season's roster is constructed. ESPN.com

June 1, 2011 Updates

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