The Akron Beacon Journal: A source close to Shareef Abdur-Rahim reports last week's 46-point thrashing by the Lakers was just about ``the last straw'' and he wants out of Atlanta.
New York Post: Atlanta sources disclose the Hawks' incoming owners have ordered GM Billy Knight to dump as much salary as possible mucho pronto.
A few days ago, the Hawks were unwilling to swap Shareef Abdur-Rahim ($13.5M/$14.6M) and throw-in Chris Crawford ($3M/$3.2M) for Rashweed. That's hardly true any longer. The Blazers would be able to justify picking up an extra year on both of those contracts, I submit, because they can sell Shareef's statistics (20.7 points/ 8.5 rebounds over seven seasons before this one) and his police record is spotless.
Trib net: One name that continues to surface in connection with the Sonics is Shareef Abdur-Rahim, a legitimate low-post scorer who would give the Sonics the third player for whom Sund is looking.
Sund's theory on an elite basketball team is to have three players who are among the top 10 at their positions.
They have that in Ray Allen, and though it is arguable, some would suggest that Rashard Lewis is among the top 10 small forwards in the league.
With averages of almost 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, it could be argued that Abdur-Rahim is among the top 10 players at power forward. Having all three players together, feeding off one another, likely would increase their value.
To get Abdur-Rahim, the Sonics likely would have to give up a package that includes Jerome James (could be in the final year of his contract because he has an option), Brent Barry (in the final year of his contract) and Vladimir Radmanovic (a talented young player with a small salary).
There are other combinations, like Ronald Murray and Reggie Evans instead of Radmanovic, or Potapenko instead of James.
Still, unless the Hawks come calling and want to offer some of their talent - Theo Ratliff and Franklin High graduate Jason Terry also are likely to be shopped - the Sonics are unlikely to do much.