Updated: May 30, 2003, 10:40 AM ETBy By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Denver Nuggets: The asking price for Golden State Warriors point guard just turned free agent Gilbert Arenas has just gone up. Just ask his agent. "If you're asking whether a starting number of $7 million is enough to sign Gilbert Arenas, the answer is unequivocally no, it's not," Dan Fegan said in the Denver Post. "Gilbert has the same potential as any of the other top young point guards in the league, like Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis and Baron Davis," Fegan said at his downtown Denver hotel. "I want you to name a point guard at 20 years of age that puts up numbers that were better." Teams can begin negotiating with free agent on July 1 and can sign them as early as July 16. Cleveland Cavaliers: While the NY Daily News is reporting that Cleveland is set to offer Jeff Van Gundy the head coaching job any day now, the Cleveland Plain Dealer is saying that Pau Silas is still in the hunt while Larry Brown and others may not even be interviewed. "I've really enjoyed my time at Turner," Van Gundy said in the Daily News. "I still don't know what is going to happen. Right now I'd say it's a 50-50 proposition whether I'll be coaching next season." Portland Trail Blazers: Reports from Europe indicate that center Arvydas Sabonis is leaving the Blazers again and will join his Lithuanian team, instead. Portland officials, however, dispute this news. "From our standpoint, and from his agent's standpoint, it is as if this report never happened," Bob Whitsitt said in the Oregonian. "If he had made up his mind, he would have called his agent and talked with him immediately." The 38-year-old Sabonis has two years left on his contract but has neither told his agent nor any Blazer official of his intentions next season. "I have pondered well for a while, and now I can tell you the result," Sabonis was quoted as saying to the council on the Euroleague Internet site. "It is time for me to end my time in the Americas, I have to help my dear Zalgiriukas next season by playing on the team."