Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

Antawn Jamison and Jerry Stackhouse change cities; Jeff McInnis to remain in Cleveland for next year; George Karl makes run at OSU job; and more ...


* The Dallas Mavericks sent Antawn Jamison to the Washington Wizards last week in exchange for Jerry Stackhouse, Christian Laettner and Devin Harris, the No. 5 pick in the draft from Wisconsin.

After stints with Philadelphia, Detroit and Washington over nine years, Stackhouse is now a member of a Western Conference team for the first time in his career. Stackhouse will try to bounce back from a dreadful 2003-04 season in which he was limited to playing in 26 games due to a variety of injuries.

Donnie Nelson, Dallas president of basketball operations, says Stackhouse is "excited and accepting of the sixth man role" and "he's a guy who can score with the best of them."

Jamison is headed back to the starting lineup with Washington after coming off the bench for Dallas last year and earning the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year honors.

Washington president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld thinks Jamison will complement the Wizards' young players. "Sometimes younger players have a tendency to be up-and-down. [Jamison's] been a very solid, very consistent player throughout his career," Grunfeld said regarding the decision to give up the fifth pick in the draft.

Stackhouse has three years and $22.5 million remaining on his contract. Jamison is under contract for four years at $58 million, according to AP.


* The Akron Beacon Journal reported last week that point guard Jeff McInnis would be on the roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 1, thus having his $3.6 million salary guaranteed for 2004-05.

According to the report, complex contract rules prohibited the Cavs from offering McInnis a contract extension. That result did not leave McInnis happy, since he had been talking at the end of the season about wanting a contract extension.

July 1 is the date NBA teams can begin talking to free agents about contracts. Former Tar Heels Hubert Davis, Rasheed Wallace, Scott Williams and Shammond Williams go into the offseason as unrestricted free agents and are able to sign with any team starting on July 14.


* According to The Racine Journal Times, George Karl is ready to turn his attention from coaching pros to coaching in the college ranks. "Karl is vigorously pursuing the vacant Ohio State job, and he appears to be the front-runner," the paper reported on Friday.

The story went on to say Karl has had former Ohio State star Michael Redd and former Marquette coach Rick Majerus contact Ohio State officials on his behalf.

The search committee hopes to have a new coach within two weeks, according to the Journal Times report, with Karl the apparent leading contender and Marquette's Tom Crean also getting serious consideration.


* Former Tar Heel Doug Moe was back to rattling off jokes last week, just five days after suffering a heart attack and having surgery to widen clogged arteries. "They said, 'You had a heart attack,'" Moe told the Denver Post. "I said, 'Oh, that's how it feels.'"

Moe, 65, went to a San Antonio hospital on June 17 after his arm and shoulder began to hurt while walking in from his yard. Moe, Denver's all-time leader in coaching victories (432) and currently a team consultant, is in the middle of a two-week rest and recovery period to be followed by a rehabilitation program.

Moe was unable to travel to Denver for the NBA Draft on Thursday, but he plans to be with the team during summer league games in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City in July.

"Everything happens so fast," Moe told the Post, realizing how serious his situation was. "I was feeling so bad when they got me in there that when they were doing the operation I wasn't worried or anything."


* July 2: Brian Reese (33) ... July 4: Jeffrey "Geoff" Crompton (born 1955, died January 7, 2002) ... July 6: Cherie Lea (23) ... the rest of July next week.

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