Harrington says his agent told him the Pacers were working on a trade with Cleveland, which would have allowed him to play with LeBron James. Walsh says he doesn’t recall any such deal. Regardless, the trade was eventually made with Atlanta, for Stephen Jackson. Harrington says if he had known he would wind up with a non-contending team, he would have said never mind.
While it has been reported that the Cavaliers jumped to sign Mike Brown for fear of losing him to one of the other teams currently in need of a new head coach, a source tells me Brown planned to move back to Cleveland regardless and that the chance to coach the Cavs again simply dovetailed. Would he have pursued another job? Maybe eventually, but not for next season, the source said.
LeBron James will be helping his Ohio hometown during the upcoming holiday season, even while he plays for the Miami Heat. James and his family are coordinating the distribution of 700 Thanksgiving dinners to be handed out in Akron next week. The forward won’t be present for the actual distribution of the meals because of Heat games, though his mother and girlfriend will be attending the events.