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July 1, 2004 - 6:41pm
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In a rare move by an NBA team, the Cavs choose an expensive option over a serendipitously cheap alternative.

Contrasting previous reports, Cleveland decided not to pick up a team option on power forward Carlos Boozer Thursday.

It means the Duke grad who averaged 15.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg - numbers good enough to earn Boozer a spot on the U.S. Olympic team - will become a restricted free agent.

But Boozer's agent says he already is in contract extension talks with...
June 30, 2004 - 11:41pm
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Chase Phillips' quest for big-league baseball continued Wednesday in Paducah, Kentucky.

The Maysville grad and former pitcher in the Orioles organization has been trying to get back to professional baseball.

Wednesday, Phillips attended a workout put on by Reds' scouts. National Scouting Report's Greg Hamilton was there, and he told WHIZ that Phillips threw the hardest of anybody there, reaching 91 mph.

However, with age no longer making Phillips as attractive...
June 27, 2004 - 1:34am
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Columbus fans knew that a stay-at-home defenseman with a mean streak was what the team needed.

Cam Barker fit the bill. It's just too bad that Chicago had the same need, and the third overall pick. The Blackhawks picked the Medicine Hat defenseman one slot ahead of the Jackets.

And so, Columbus decided to trade down in the draft... from number-4, to number-8... a swap with Carolina. While the Hurricanes picked Andrew Ladd, the Jackets landed Alexandre Picard, a left...
June 27, 2004 - 1:23am
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It's not everyday that a team can pick up a former All-Star.

But that's exactly what Cleveland did on Saturday. Aaron Boone officially signed a 2-year contract with the Indians with an option for a third year. Boone was an All-Star last season with Cincinnati, but was traded to the Yankees before the trade deadline. He then hit the home run that sent the Yankees to the World Series, only to hurt his left knee playing a pickup basketball game. He was then released, and has been...
June 25, 2004 - 10:44am
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Draft quotes from Sacramento Kings' website:

Why are the Kings your favorite team?

Kevin Martin: “They are now because they have faith in me to take it to the next level. I hear that from a lot of different teams that I have worked out with. I don’t remember saying it in public but it’s been getting around. They are definitely my favorite team now.”

Being an underclassman obviously you had a great year last year, what were the factors of you coming out...
June 25, 2004 - 1:09am
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Cleveland GM Jim Paxson didn't think one of the eight possibilities he deemed impact players would be available to the Cavs at pick number 10.

For that reason, Paxson said the Cavs were 50-50 on whether to trade the pick.

Turns out: Cleveland gets a guy who almost shot 50 percent from the field last year.

The Cavs select 6-7 guard Luke Jackson from Oregon with the 10th pick of the 2004 NBA Draft.

Jackson, a second-team All-America selection averaged...
June 24, 2004 - 10:05pm
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The decision with the most consequence for Zanesville native Kevin Martin: stay in the NBA draft or return to college?

Not necessarily. It may have been which flight to board.

WHIZ reported Wednesday that Martin cancelled a scheduled workout with the Indiana Pacers to work out for the Sacramento Kings instead.

The decision made Martin a millionaire.

The Kings selected the 6-7 shooting guard out of Western Carolina with the 26th pick of the 2004 NBA...
June 23, 2004 - 10:41pm
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Several NBA mock drafts put Kevin Martin (Zanesville) to Indiana with the 29th overall selection - the final pick of the first round.

However, Martin's father, Kevin Sr., tells WHIZ that the 6-7 shooting guard cancelled a workout Wednesday with the Pacers and flew to Sacramento instead.

"They (Kings) wanted to see him again," Martin Sr. said. "He was already out there too (for a workout Tuesday with the LA Lakers), so it's just a hop over to Sacramento rather than to fly...
June 23, 2004 - 12:41am
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It did not take the Cavs long to replace their best long-range shooter from last season.

The Charlotte Bobcats selected two-guard Jason Kapono from Cleveland in the expansion draft Tuesday night. But the 'Cats and Cavs reportedly made a deal for Sasha Pavlovic, whom Charlotte plucked from Utah in the expansion draft.

Cleveland will give up a future first-round pick for the Serbia-Montenegro native, who averaged just under five points a game in his rookie season last year...
June 23, 2004 - 12:31am
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Former Ohio State guard Nick Dials will transfer to play basketball at the University of Akron, Zips' coach Keith Dambrot said Tuesday.

Dials announced at the end of the 2003-04 season that he would leave the Buckeyes because they would not promise the former walk-on a scholarship for more than one year.

Dials, a former D-II Ohio player of the year at Willard High School, turned down several scholarship offers after high school to play for Ohio State. He earned a...
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