With the trade deadline behind us, the next deadline to look forward to is next Friday. Players must be bought out or must clear waivers by March 23rd if they hope to change teams and be eligible to play in the postseason. A number of trade candidates who weren't moved could now become buyout candidates, so let's take a look at the latest rumors on a few of those players:
- The Cavaliers have no plans to buy out the remainder of Antawn Jamison's contract, according to Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Raja Bell won't attempt to negotiate a contract buyout with the Jazz, reports Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune.
- The Bobcats "want [Boris] Diaw gone yesterday" and are involved in buyout talks, says Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.
- While GM Dell Demps didn't entirely rule out a buyout for Chris Kaman, he said last night that it was very unlikely. I expect if the Hornets weren't owned by the league, the situation would be different, but the NBA probably doesn't want Kaman going to a team where he could potentially have an impact on the Finals.
- The Blazers don't plan to buy out Raymond Felton, as we covered earlier.