Monday, February 28, 2011
Sources: Dan Gadzuric, Nets eye buyout
By Chris Sheridan
NEWARK, N.J. -- Dan Gadzuric was inactive for the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday, and he was questionable to make it onto their late-night flight to London as the team was in discussions with the 6-foot-11 center on a contract buyout.
Acquired from the Golden State Warriors in last week's Troy Murphy-Brandon Wright trade, Gadzuric logged nine minutes for the Nets in their loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, missing both of his field goal attempts.
The center, who spent his first eight NBA seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, has played in only 29 games this season and has committed 65 fouls while scoring only 81 points. But he is a rare commodity -- a center with legit size -- in a league where big men are in demand among playoff-bound teams.
One source said the chances of Gadzuric reaching a buyout agreement were "less than 50 percent," and a second source said the Nets wanted to have the matter resolved before they boarded their flight to London, where they will play the Toronto Raptors on Friday and Saturday.
A Celtics source told ESPNBoston.com's Jackie MacMullan that Boston will look into Gadzuric should he be bought out.
Gadzuric is earning $7.5 million in the final season of a six-year contract he signed with the Bucks in the summer of 2005. He appeared off the bench in all seven of the Bucks' playoff games against Atlanta last season as Andrew Bogut was sidelined for the postseason.
Chris Sheridan covers the NBA for ESPN.com and is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.