Larry Hughes signed by Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats signed veteran guard Larry Hughes to help with depth in the backcourt as they attempt to reach the playoffs for the first time.
Also, an MRI exam on forward Gerald Wallace’s left ankle Saturday revealed no fractures or ligament ruptures. But Wallace likely will miss Sunday’s game at Orlando after being injured on Friday.
General manager Rod Higgins announced this month they wouldn’t sign Hughes because of his broken finger. But the injury has healed sooner than expected, and Hughes could be ready to play in about a week. He walked through plays and participated in shooting drills in practice Saturday.
Charlotte has been looking for help in the backcourt after trading Flip Murray to Chicago last month in a deal that brought forward Tyrus Thomas to the Bobcats. Coach Larry Brown coached Hughes in Philadelphia after the 76ers took him with the eighth pick in the 1998 draft.
The 31-year-old Hughes, who has averaged just over 14 points in his career, was traded by New York to Sacramento last month, then waived by the Kings. He’s also played for Golden State, Washington, Cleveland and Chicago.
The Bobcats are hopeful Wallace could return within the week after he rolled his ankle on a hard foul in the closing seconds of the first half in Friday’s 106-98 win against the Clippers. Wallace is averaging 18.5 points.
February 24th, 2010 · 9 Comments
The Kings waived guard Larry Hughes today after they agreed to a buyout, according to a source close to Hughes.
Hughes never played a game for the Kings after he was acquired from the Knicks in three-team deal with the Rockets.
Hughes was scheduled to make $13.65 million this season.
The Kings announced that Hughes had been waived this afternoon.
Larry Hughes headed to Sacramento
St. Louisan Larry Hughes was traded to the Sacramento Kings, as part of a seven-player NBA trade-deadline deal involving three teams today (Thurs., Feb. 18).
Hughes was part of the blockbuster deal which sent perennial All-Star guard Tracy McGrady from the Houston Rockets to the New York Knicks and young standout Kevin Martin from Sacramento to Houston. The move was made before the end of the NBA’s trade deadline, which was this afternoon at 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Sacramento becomes the seventh team that Hughes will play for during his 11-year NBA career. Hughes has also played for Philadelphia, Golden State, Washington, Cleveland, Chicago and New York.
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The Chicago Bulls made their second big trade in two days on Thursday, agreeing to send Larry Hughes to the Knicks for Jerome James, Tim Thomas and Anthony Roberson.
“I think Chicago was very honest with Hughes and made him aware that when [Kirk] Hinrich came back, he wasn’t going to play,” Knicks president Donnie Walsh said. “I’m not saying he was happy or unhappy, I think he was looking to go somewhere because he knew he wasn’t going to play once Hinrich got back.”
The move comes just one day after the Bulls agreed to send Andres Nocioni and Drew Gooden to the Sacramento Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons.
Hughes has been in the Bulls’ doghouse for some time and the two sides had agreed to seek a trade weeks ago. With Salmons coming to the Bulls on Wednesday, there was even less need for Hughes.
The trade is a wash financially for both teams. Hughes makes $12.8 million this year; James and Thomas make $12.2 million combined.
This one rids them of the moody Hughes, who was acquired last year from Cleveland at the deadline but has been a non-factor in Chicago’s crowded backcourt. He hasn’t played since Jan. 12, watching one game from a club restaurant, and is averaging 12 points in 30 games this season.
“Obviously with Larry Hughes’ situation, we had been looking to move him,” Bulls vice president John Paxson said. “The deal we made today was, basically, I told him and his agent, Jeff Wechsler, I would do everything in my power to move him.”
Hughes fills a need for the Knicks. They thought they had their replacement by acquiring Cuttino Mobley from the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal that same day, but he was forced to retire because of a heart condition.
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According to Larry’s Wikipedia page:
Received the nickname “Big Shot Larry” after hitting a game winning shot against the Utah Jazz on November 24, 2008.