HoopsHype Peja Stojakovic rumors

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Pretty deeply rooted, even on the left coast. Leaving Cleveland was sad for Cavs fans, but sorry, folks, completely understandable. The organization had years to build a dynasty around the game's best player. That's on them. But then there was LeBron's ESPN debacle, the party before there was any reason to party, the bump-and-grind with classy Erik Spoelstra, and you can see where this is going. "Ah, I just hope I get a ring before Peja does," Bibby said Saturday when asked about all the drama, evading the issues and punctuating his remarks with his throaty, one -syllable laugh. "I just want to win. When I saw him awhile ago and asked him, 'So, how many teams have you played for since the Kings?' I made fun of him. I told him I had him beat because this is only my third team. He laughed. We talked a bit, caught up on stuff." Sacramento Bee

May 22, 2011 Updates

Coach Rick Carlisle declined to comment directly about big man Brendan Haywood’s pointed criticism of the Mavs’ perimeter D – and particularly Peja Stojakovic’s work – in the first two games of the series. “I just don’t think that would be wise,” Carlisle said, noting that he had not heard the quotes or seen Haywood’s body language while delivering them. Carlisle also declined to discuss whether it’s accurate to pinpoint perimeter defense as one the Mavs’ biggest problems against the Thunder, who have lit it up for an average of 109 points against a team that didn’t give up triple digits in the first two rounds of the playoffs. “Instead of getting into a [expletive] throw about whose fault it is,” Carlisle said, “what we’re going to do is circle the wagons and find a way to be better.” ESPN.com

May 9, 2011 Updates

The Mavericks sweeping the Lakers in four games in this Western Conference semifinal series was especially satisfying for two players. Peja Stojakovic, while playing for the Sacramento Kings, was knocked out of the playoffs for three consecutive seasons by the Lakers, who would go on to win the title in those years. The Kings lost to the Lakers in five games in the first round in the 1999-00 season and were swept in four games in the conference semifinals the following season. In 2001-02, the Kings lost in seven games to the Lakers in the conference finals. "It's nine years ago," Stojakovic. "We had our chance. It was very emotional for us over there, but it's been so many years we all have to move on with our lives and our careers. I'm a different player and that was years ago. I'm on a different team." ESPN.com

May 7, 2011 Updates

But neither Terry nor Nowitzki might have had their heroic chances without Peja Stojakovic, who had three fourth-quarter 3-pointers and drilled 11 of the Mavericks’ first 20 points in the period to keep them within range. Through it all, they played tough defense. “The key to the game, aside from Dirk being the guy who facilitated everything on offense, was that Peja did a great job on Lamar Odom the last six or seven minutes,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “As great as Kobe Bryant is, and he is unguardable, Odom is right there with him as one of the most difficult matchups in all of basketball. We needed Peja’s shooting out there, but the job he did defensively was equally important.” Dallas Morning News

May 1, 2011 Updates

Stojakovic is shooting just 41.7 percent overall, but 41.9 percent from 3-point range (13-of-31), which accounts for 64.6 percent of his shot attempts. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said Stojakovic's presence on the floor -- he ranks fourth on the NBA's all-time 3-point list -- changes the appoach of defenses. "He's like Reggie Miller and Dirk [Nowitzki]," Carlisle said. "He's got to be guarded everywhere he is on the floor; otherwise he's going to be a threat to score." ESPN.com

April 10, 2011 Updates

Shinn: One of those questions was the team’s financial condition. Shortly after the NBA takeover, reports indicated the team was burdened with a great deal of long-term debt (about $111 million). How did the team get into that long-term debt that seemed to be prevalent? I think our long-term debt situation came when we started to try to build a team. When we first signed Peja (Stojakovic) and we signed him to a big (five years, $64 million) contract, and for the next year we wanted to take another step forward and the way to do that was to sign another free agent. And Morris Peterson was there (four years, $23 million). I talked to our GM at the time, Jeff Bower. We wanted to sign him, and it was going to cost money. We had to get rid of some other players to get our payroll down. During that time, we didn’t get rid of those players. New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 8, 2011 Updates

Regardless of the pending lockout, Dallas Mavericks veteran Peja Stojakovic prefers to finish his pro career in the NBA and not overseas, he told Yahoo! Sports. The 13-year forward is a free agent this summer. Yahoo! Sports

February 23, 2011 Updates
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Peja Stojakovic doesn't want to retire. He doesn't want to finish his career in Europe. He hopes to stay in the NBA. While there is no guarantee an NBA team will want to sign Stojakovic when he becomes a free agent this summer, he let that desire be known in an interview with FanHouse. "That's my preference,'' said the Dallas forward, a 13-year veteran. "I would like to finish in the NBA. But it depends on how I feel physically. If I can play another year (in the NBA), that'd be great.'' FanHouse.com

The Raptors were willing to take Stojakovic, who had been making $14.26 million in the final year of a five-year, $64 million deal, because they also got young guard Jerryd Bayless in the deal and they had no problem parting with Marcus Banks, Jarrett Jack and David Andersen. Stojakovic said there was an understanding he wouldn't be long for the Raptors. "When I got traded, we were very open with everything,'' Stojakovic said. "Either they were going to trade me (by the Feb. 24 deadline) or buy me out ... I didn't know about Dallas until the buyout happened ... I thought it was a good fit for me.'' FanHouse.com

February 9, 2011 Updates

His legendary offensive abilities were such that, according to former PAOK general manager Steve Costalas, the favorite sports joke among Greeks went as follows: "What is an assist?" "When Peja passes from his right hand to his left." "What is the cross offense?" "When someone gives the ball to Peja and everyone crosses themselves." Sacramento Bee

Peja was a huge fan of rap music and Mafia movies, and according to his PAOK teammates, fancied himself quite the dancer. Sacramento Bee

February 6, 2011 Updates
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Cuban said before Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks that the Mavericks would have no qualms whatsoever making a deal - big or small - before the deadline. And such a deal might also include perusing players who are bought out or waived by their teams, a la Peja Stojakovic. "It's not a ... secret list,'' Cuban said. "We speculate like anybody else about depending on the performance of this team, they might make a change. Every team goes through that. You're in love with your team on Nov. 1 and on Feb. 23, you may not be as in love with your team or players and you make a change. Dallas Morning News

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