MIAMI — A sign-and-trade deal that would send free agent power forward Brian Grant to the Miami Heat has not been completed, the player's agent said Thursday.
"Sign-and-trades are difficult," agent Mark Bartlestein said. "There's no deals done as of yet, nothing is completed. We're obviously talking with Miami."
The Palm Beach Post, however, in a story for Friday's editions, reported that an agreement in principle was reached among the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Heat for the three-way deal.
Portland plans to sign Grant to long-term deal, which will pay him as much as $9.2 million next season and $87 million over seven years, and then send him to Miami. Cavaliers Shawn Kemp will go to Portland. Cleveland will get forwards Clarence Weatherspoon and Chris Gatling from Miami, and Portland will throw in Gary Grant, after signing him to a three-year contract.
Gatling's inclusion in the deal would mean the trade could not be declared official until at least Aug. 26. The Heat obtained Gatling from Denver in June, and league rules do not allow a player to be traded twice within 60 days.
BARRY RE-SIGNS WITH KINGS: At Sacramento, Calif., Free agent guard Jon Barry re-signed with the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.
The Kings said Barry, the 31-year-old son of former NBA star Rick Barry, signed a multiyear contract but would not disclose details of the agreement. Barry, who originally signed with the Kings as a free agent in 1999, averaged a career-high 8.0 points last season, finishing ninth in the NBA in 3-point field goals.