Atta boy, Larry!
Larry Harris, in my opinion, is taking the correct public position in response to the intransigent Yi camp's trade demands: Forget it! According to SI.com, Harris isn't budging one iota from his earlier stated stance that the Bucks have no intention of dealing Yi's rights away to anyone.
In the SI.com story by Marty Burns, Harris says: "We're not trading him. We like him and we think this is a great opportunity for him. He'll get a chance to play a lot of minutes right away for a good team. What more could he want?" Indeed.
Maybe I was wrong
No one has echoed my concern that other teams talking with Yi's representatives about a trade to acquire his exclusive rights from the Bucks without the Bucks approval would constitute tampering under NBA rules. Of course, it might simply be that Yi's camp hasn't actually talked to anyone. I wouldn't put it passed them to blow smoke in the air.
Also, SI.com refers to Yi's agent as "Dan" Fegan. I've been calling him "Don". I would effort a correction, but I don't have enough respect for the guy, so I don't really care.
Mo on the move?
Hoopshype.com reports that Bucks guard Mo Williams is in serious negotiations with the Miami Heat. This could be trouble. If the Bucks let him get away, they better jump into the Chauncey Billups sweepstakes with both feet while its still going on. Because if both of them come off the board, I'm not sure where the team turns for a starting point guard. They certainly don't have any adequate options on the current roster. And the dropoff in talent in the free agent point guard market after those two is pretty steep. Smush Parker, Jacque Vaughn, Steve Blake, Travis Diener... do any of those names get you excited? Not me. Harris may have to show a bit more urgency on this front.
Correction: I checked and Yi's agents name is DAN Fegan, not DON Fegan as I've been referring to him in every other post until now. Where the hell did I get Don from? And why didn't anyone correct me on it? Not that it bothers me that much. Botching names is sort of my niche in the blogosphere. Plus I don't like Fegan enough to care whether his name is Dan, Don, or Dumb.