Nuggets hire assistant Grgurich
Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets on Tuesday hired Tim Grgurich as an assistant coach, signaling an end to Grgurich's legal battle with his former team, the Trail Blazers.
Grgurich had sought a temporary restraining order against the Blazers, asking that he be allowed to pursue a new job. A hearing had been scheduled for Oct. 12, but his lawyer, John Kaempf, said the litigation would be dropped as soon as the NBA approved his move to Denver.
"Tim is pleased with how everything is resolved and he's looking forward to a new chapter with the Nuggets," Kaempf said.
The Trail Blazers had earlier granted the Nuggets permission to talk to Grgurich, who was hired as an assistant in July 2004 under former coach Maurice Cheeks. He signed a two-year contract, with a base salary of $550,000, that expires in July 2006.
Grgurich was an assistant under Nuggets head coach George Karl in Milwaukee and Seattle, where the Sonics won four division titles and a trip to the 1996 NBA Finals.
Grgurich was in Portland in 1998-'01 and again last season. He was an assistant in Phoenix in 2002-04, Milwaukee in 2001-02 and Seattle in 1991-98.
Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe issued a statement thanking Portland "for working with us to make this possible so quickly."
The specifics of his assignment have not yet been finalized, but Hoiberg -- who had the operation in June to correct an enlarged aortic root in his heart -- will be working with the players, helping some of them with their shot, traveling with the team, offering advice and whatever else might benefit coach Dwane Casey and his staff.
"If guys are struggling with their role, I might be a guy that they can come talk to about that," Hoiberg said. "I'm just going to try to do anything I can."
Hoiberg's contract was placed under the NBA's new one-time amnesty provision, meaning he'll receive his $1.76 million salary from the Timberwolves this season -- but it won't count against the salary cap or cost the team when the luxury tax for exceeding the cap is calculated.
The 10-year veteran -- who led the league in 3-point accuracy last season -- can't sign with Minnesota again until next summer, though he would be free to join another team before then. But that doesn't seem to be part of Hoiberg's plan.
"I see myself playing next year, and I see myself in a Timberwolves uniform," Hoiberg said Monday, the day before training camp began. "I want to end my career here. I want to stay with this organization."
Portland Trail Blazers: The Trail Blazers signed forward Sam Clancy, the CBA Player of the Year in 2004-05, to a one-year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Clancy averaged 19.1 points and 10.8 rebounds with the Idaho Stampede of the CBA last season and recently played for Forum Filatelico Valladolid in Spain.
"Sam has demonstrated a toughness and tenacity at the college level in the CBA, as well as in Europe," Trail Blazers general manager John Nash said. "He will add to the intensity of our training camp and practice sessions."
Clancy was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2002, but missed the entire 2002-03 season rehabbing a left knee injury.
Clancy finished as Southern California's all-time leader in blocked shots (195), while placing third in points (1,657) and second in rebounds (839).
Terms of the deal were not released by the team.
"We're thrilled to have one of the top rebounders in the NBA back," general manager Rick Sund said in a statement. "Reggie is a tenacious rebounder and he has always found a way to have an impact on the court. He's like a bulldog around the boards."
Evans, who wasn't at the team's media day on Monday, agreed to the deal late Tuesday. He was expected to arrive in Seattle on Wednesday.
Evans averaged 4.9 points and 9.7 rebounds last season, his third with Seattle. He signed as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa before the 2002-03 season.
Seattle waived rookie free-agent guard Omar Thomas.
Woods had spent most of his career with the Trail Blazers, who picked him in the first round of the 2002 draft. Portland placed him on waivers, and the Heat signed him as a free agent in January.
In 118 career games, he has averaged 3.1 points in 8.9 minutes per game.
Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.
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