Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Heels: NBA Tar Heel salaries; Forte an all-star; Williams & Manuel on the ballot ...


* ... From a posting of NBA salary information by SI.com, here's a look at the salaries of the former Tar Heels in the NBA:

Vince Carter (Nets) and Antawn Jamison (Wizards) top the list for the 2006-07 season at $15,101,625 each. Carter and Jamison are listed at $16,360,094 for next year, although Carter has an option to terminate his contract and become a free agent.

Rasheed Wallace (Pistons) is next at $11,650,000 with increases to $12,790,000 and $13,930,000 in the final two years on his deal through 2008-09. Jerry Stackhouse (Mavericks) is currently on the final year of his contract at $9,296,784.

Brendan Haywood (Wizards) makes $4,500,000 this season with $500,000 raises each of the next three seasons when he will reach $6,000,000 in 2009-10. Marvin Williams (Hawks) is under contract at $4,174,800 this season, $4,466,040 next season and $5,636,142 for 2008-09 at the team's option.

Jeff McInnis is on the outs with the New Jersey Nets, but still brings in $3,600,000 on the last year of his contract. Raymond Felton (Bobcats) will collect $3,060,840 this season, $3,274,440 next, with a team-option for 2008-09 at $4,148,715. Shammond Williams (Lakers) is on a one-year deal at $1,750,000.

Sean May (Bobcats) is being compensated $1,740,720 for 2006-07, $1,862,160 for 2007-08 with a team-option in 2008-09 at $2,661,027. Rashad McCants (Timberwolves) is currently at $1,653,720, goes to $1,769,160 next season and to $2,620,126 in 2008-09 if the team-option is picked up. Rookie David Noel (Bucks) is working on a deal that pays $412,718 this season and jumps to $687,456 in 2007-08.

That brings the NBA Tar Heels to $70,635,802 for 2006-07, an average of $5,886,316.80 per player.


* ... The Italian League (Serie A) has added former Tar Heel star Joseph Forte as a reserve to the Import Players team that will take on the Italian National side in the 2006 All-Star Game on December 23 in Torino, Italy.

Other former NCAA stars on the club include reserves Joseph Blair (Arizona), Erik Daniels (Kentucky), Reece Gaines (Louisville), Michael Jordan (Penn) and Travis Watson (Virginia). The starters, selected by fan voting, are Rick Apodaca (Hofstra), Alvin Young (Niagara), Ron Slay (Tennessee), Michael Morandis (Colorado) and Harold Jamison (Clemson).

In 12 games with Montepaschi Siena (9-3), Forte is averaging 29 MPG, 13.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG and 2.8 APG while shooting at a .471 clip on 3-pointers (13-28) and a rate of .886 from the free-throw stripe (26-29).

Forte's Siena club, currently in second-place, trails Kris Lang's VidiVici Bologna (10-2) by one game and is one game ahead of Dante Calabria's Armani Jeans Milano (8-4) in the Serie A standings.

On Tuesday in Week 8 of ULEB Cup (a European club team competition), Forte and Siena (5-2) will host Ademola Okulaja's Russian team BC Khimki (4-3).


* ... Balloting for the NBA Development League All-Star Game has started and will continue through January 21, 2007. The ballot is now online and gives fans the opportunity to vote for the starters for the inaugural D-League All-Star Game, part of NBA All-Star 2007.

Former Tar Heel stars Jawad Williams, a forward with the Anaheim Arsenal, and Jackie Manuel, a guard for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, are All-Star candidates on the Western Division side of the ballot.

Players will be selected using a combination of fan voting via the Internet, which allows voters one vote per day (through January 21, 2007), in conjunction with the votes of D-League coaches.

The head coaches for the competing All-Star squads will come from the teams with the best records in each division following the games of February 3, 2007. Former Tar Heel Joe Wolf is the coach of the Colorado 14ers, the current leader in the Western Division with a record of 5-2.

The D-League All-Stars (East vs. West) will play on February 17, 2007 on Center Court at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET) and the game will air live on NBA TV.

NBA TV also offers a schedule of D-League games during the season and will provide playoff coverage.

News & Notes Extras: ... The Washington Post reported last week that Antawn Jamison and his wife Ione "will deliver the couple's second child any minute now." ... ESPN's "Monday Night Football" tonight features AFC clubs Indianapolis (10-3) and Cincinnati (8-5) at 8:30 p.m. (ET). Former Tar Heels Jeff Saturday ('99, center, No. 63) and Dexter Reid ('04, strong safety, No. 36) are with Indy. Cincy has former Tar Heel Brian Simmons ('98, linebacker, No. 56).

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