Updated: June 6, 2003, 12:06 PM ETBy By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Washington Wizards: The wooing of Jeff Van Gundy continues. With everyone expecting the former Knicks coach to end up in Houston, the current TV analyst actually was in Washington, D.C., discussing the Wizards. "Yesterday I spoke to the Wizards for a good length of time," Van Gundy told the Washington Post. "We'll just wait and see how everything works out." Of course, the story didn't run without a quote on the Houston situation. "I was talking to somebody I really trust in basketball," Van Gundy said. "He said the biggest plus about Houston is every day Yao Ming wakes up, he's 7-foot- 5. Ain't that the truth." Chicago Bulls: As our own Chad Ford suggested Wednesday, the Bulls are trying to put together a package to get Shane Battier from the Memphis Grizzlies, reports The Chicago Sun Times. Currently, The Bulls are said to be offering Marcus Fizer and their No. 7 pick for Battier and Memphis' No. 13 pick, precisely the swap Ford discussed earlier this week. Meanwhile, in the Jamal Crawford vs. Jay Williams debate, Crawford may have scored a huge victory off the court. The lithe point guard parted company with Seattle-based agent Aaron Goodwin, made famous of late by his signing of LeBron James, and hitched up with Arn Tellem who, the Chicago Tribune reports, "has a strong business relationship with Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, also represents Eddy Curry and free- agent guard Fred Hoiberg, among many other NBA players."