HoopsHype Peja Stojakovic rumors


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The Mavericks expect Peja Stojakovic to sign with them today after he clears waivers. Before that can happen, the NBA must sign off on the trade of Alexis Ajinca to Toronto. Despite some teams asking for the league to check out possible improprieties between the Mavericks and Raptors on the trade, the deal is expected to be approved today. If it isn’t, the Mavericks may just waive a player – probably Sasha Pavlovic or Ajinca – to make room for Stojakovic. Multiple sources said Stojakovic arrived in Dallas on Sunday. The Mavericks are hopeful he can take part in today's scheduled practice. Dallas Morning News

January 23, 2011 Updates

The Celtics had faint interest in sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic, who was bought out by the Raptors Thursday. Stojakovic (above) is headed to Dallas, according to a league source, because his family is close by in New Orleans, and the Mavericks desperately need small forward help with the injury to Caron Butler. The Celtics are keeping their eyes open for available players, and the pool will increase with the trade deadline upcoming. Boston Globe

Jackson, in fact, wants to stay in Charlotte and is not asking for a trade -- despite apparent interest from Dallas. A trade to the Mavs presumably would give Jackson a chance to be the missing piece on a championship-contending team in the West, but sources say it's more complicated than that. The Mavs first have to find out if they're still an elite team with a healthy Dirk Nowitzki and with Peja Stojakovic replacing Caron Butler, who may or may not return for the playoffs. If they're not, adding Jackson and the $19.3 million he is owed over the next two seasons wouldn't make sense for either party. CBSSports.com

January 22, 2011 Updates

Although the Mavericks and Raptors continue to express confidence that the trade sending little-used center Alexis Ajinca to Toronto will ultimately be approved, league officials spent Friday examining the deal for salary-cap compliance after postponing a trade call originally scheduled for Thursday night to ratify the deal. ESPN.com

Ajinca cleared the roster spot necessary for Stojakovic to sign with Dallas, but what’s considered against NBA rules would be a previously arranged buyout and promise to sign with Dallas coupled with Ajinca’s trade. Several other West contenders also were interested in signing Stojakovic. “We did not protest it, but it was clearly a side-arranged deal which is not supposed to be allowed,” one Western Conference executive told Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Sources said Stojakovic's fast commitment to go to Dallas was likewise greeted with dismay by multiple contending teams that had interest in signing him. But sources also confirmed Friday that the Mavericks were granted permission by Toronto to start speaking to Stojakovic's agent, David Bauman, shortly after Caron Butler's season-ending knee injury in anticipation of Stojakovic's eventual release. ESPN.com

January 21, 2011 Updates

As for a more substantial deal, Colangelo said he simply didn’t see one for Stojakovic in the offing. “We explored multiple (trade) scenarios and nothing looked promising whatsoever,” said Colangelo. Toronto Star

January 20, 2011 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks have quickly received a verbal commitment from the just-released Peja Stojakovic that he intends to sign with Dallas upon clearing waivers, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks, meanwhile, are closing in on a separate trade with Toronto by week's end -- sending little-used center Alexis Ajinca to Toronto -- to create a roster spot for Stojakovic without having to let newcomer Sasha Pavlovic go. ESPN.com

Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks secured permission from Toronto last week to speak to Stojakovic's agent, David Bauman, to see if the former All-Star sharpshooter would have interest in playing in Dallas after his eventual buyout, which had been anticipated since November when Raptors president Bryan Colangelo immediately raised the possibility of letting Stojakovic go after acquiring him from New Orleans in a Nov. 20 deal that landed Jarrett Jack and Marcus Banks with New Orleans. ESPN.com

Ajinca, meanwhile, will be dealt to the Raptors along with a 2013 second-round pick that Toronto had sent to Dallas in last year's draft in exchange for the rights to rookie center Solomon Alabi and cash considerations. In return, Dallas will receive the rights to 2007 second-round pick Georgios Printezis (who plays in Spain and is no longer considered an NBA prospect) and create a salary-cap exception equal to Ajinca's $1.5 million salary. ESPN.com

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Stojakovic is determined to return to the Western Conference and join a playoff contender once he clear waivers and becomes a free agent, with three teams at the top of his list: Dallas, New Orleans and the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN.com

The Mavericks, sources say, are considered the favorite to land Stojakovic. They have minutes to offer at small forward and a well-chronicled need for perimeter shooting. And joining the Mavericks would enable Stojakovic to live within short flying distance of his wife and children, who remained in New Orleans after he was dealt to the Raptors. ESPN.com

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