June 27, 1997
No matter what the outcome of the disputed Dino Radja trade, it was
abundantly clear last night that the veteran will not again wear a
The Celtics officially
contested Philadelphia's voiding of the trade (Radja for Clarence
Weatherspoon and Michael Cage) based on a failed physical Tuesday.
And Rick Pitino said that if the league finds that Radja is indeed injured, "that would mean he's not fit to play for the Boston Celtics."
The NBA last night confirmed that the Celtics had challenged Philadelphia's finding that Radja could not pass his physical.
to the league spokesperson, commissioner David Stern will rule on the
matter. Sixers coach Larry Brown said an arbitration hearing is
scheduled for tomorrow.
Stern has already said that until the matter is decided, none of the three players involved in the deal can be traded.
light of that, the Sixers' draft deal with New Jersey last night is on
hold. The rest of that trade has Utah's Keith Van Horn (taken with the
second overall pick), Don MacLean and Lucious Harris going to the Nets
for draft picks Tim Thomas (No. 7) and Anthony Parker (No. 21), as well
as Jim Jackson and former Celtic Eric Montross.
was continued talk of Philly sending Weatherspoon to New Jersey for
Jayson Williams, as reported in yesterday's Herald, but that deal was on
hold because of the Celtic challenge.
Pitino was having trouble understanding what had changed with Radja.
"When he left us two weeks ago, he was healthy," Pitino
said. "He was playing tennis, playing one-on-one basketball. He looked
fine to us. I just wish we had known he was in pain. He said he was
Celtic officials have some question
whether Stern will restore the deal and give them Weatherspoon and Cage.
If Radja again becomes Boston property, it is likely the club will try
to work out a settlement of the situation.
would be allowed to try to work out a deal for his services in Europe.
If he can get a reasonable contract there, he would be asked to re-do
his contract with the Celtics and give up the guarantees ($ 5.3 million
for each of the next three seasons).