Mavs sign Greg Buckner …
Now, check this out: The Dallas Morning News claims that he got HUGE money:
Shooting guard Greg Buckner has agreed to return to Dallas in a deal that should be finalized today.
A source said Buckner agreed to a five-year deal for the mid-level salary-cap exception, which will be $5.125 million next season.
"I'm happy," Buckner told the Denver Post. "It was my first choice to go to Dallas. It's crazy it worked out."
There is no better way to get me to spray my frosted mini-wheats all over the computer than by saying that Greg-Freaking-Buckner was getting a “5 year deal for the mid-level salary cap exception”. (That would be 5-year, 31 million)…But, before you panic, here is The Fort Worth Star Telegram’s Dwain Price …
One day after losing out on guard Mike James, the Mavericks regrouped quickly Wednesday, agreeing to a four-year contract for approximately $10 million with
Denver Nuggets free-agent swingman Greg Buckner.
The contract, which will be signed today, is worth a little more than $3 million per year, with the fourth season partially guaranteed.
With all due respect to Tim McMahon, I think Dwain Price has this right. 4 years/10 million or 5 years/31 million? Let’s all hope the FW Star Telegram is right today. If they aren’t, the Mavericks need their heads examined, because I like Greg Buckner and all, but c’mon….
And, besides that, here is the biggest story I could find: Some Indy Car driver takes a shot at sweet Danica …
A fellow IRL driver says Danica Patrick has what it takes to succeed if she switches to the paint-swapping world of NASCAR and she's plenty aggressive in open-wheel racing when it's "the right time of the month."
Ed Carpenter, who trails Patrick by four slots in the IRL IndyCar Series points race, made the comment during a radio appearance Wednesday to promote Saturday night's Firestone Indy 200.
"I think Danica's pretty aggressive in our cars," Carpenter said on WGFX-FM. "I mean, you know especially if you catch her at the right time of the month, she might be trading plenty of paint out there. But I think she'll hold her own."
Carpenter later told the Associated Press he didn't mean to be disrespectful of Patrick by using a female stereotype. He said he was trying to make the point that
Patrick is competitive and already proven as a capable driver.
Zidane Speaks! …and believe it or not, he tells us he is not to blame!
Speaking for the first time since the incident, Zidane said during an interview on Canal Plus, a French television network, that Materazzi cursed at him and mentioned his mother and sister.
In an interview with the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Materazzi said: “I said nothing to him about race, religion or politics. I did not talk about his mother either.”
Video replays showed the two players exchanging words after Materazzi put his arm around Zidane while defending. In the TV interview, Zidane refused to say specifically what Materazzi said.
“I tried not to listen to him, but he repeated them several times,” Zidane said about Materazzi’s comments.
“Sometimes words are harder than blows. When he said it for the third time, I reacted.”
Zidane said that while he accepted that what he did was wrong, the blame lay with Materazzi.
“The reaction must be punished, but if there had been no provocation, there would have been no reaction,” he said. “Do you think that two minutes from the end of a World Cup final, two minutes from the end of my career, I wanted to do that?”
Fans of English Football, Everton is coming to town …we would all rather see a good team, but a so/so team in Frisco is worth the drive…
The Stars release their schedule ….all right.
And, things are so slow, that I offer you a time killing Bill Simmons web chat …
That is it. A weak, weak day. I am not to blame.
Don’t forget Fight Night is tonight in Dallas. Come see it! My favorite Ticket Event of the year!