"Elden is going to report," Campbell's agent, Richard Howell, said in a telephone interview with The New York Times. "He never said he wasn't going to report. Never."
Campbell had hinted about retiring -- in which case he would have lost $2.2 million. Nets president Rod Thorn did not make a sales pitch, instead just presented the facts.
"The only thing I said was obviously our team was starting to play better and we have a need. With his size and low post presence and his physicalness, he's a player if he's ready to go could certainly help us," Thorn told the New York Post, stressing "we're three games out of first ... and we're trying to do everything we can to win as many games as we can and we think he can help us."
Nets sign Thomas for another 10 days: New Jersey has signed guard Billy Thomas to a second 10-day contract. Thomas, who was signed to an initial 10-day contract Jan. 20, has averaged 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in six games with the Nets.
If the Nets wish to retain Thomas after the second 10-day
contract, they must sign him for the remainder of the season.
The 29-year-old scored 12 points on consecutive nights against
Sacramento and Golden State last week. He shot 5-of-6,
including 2-of-3 from the 3-point arc, over 18 minutes in a
113-99 victory over the Warriors on Jan. 26.
Charlotte Bobcats: Rookie Emeka Okafor
will miss Tuesday's game at Utah after spraining his ankle Sunday
against the Lakers.
Okafor injured his left ankle while battling for a pass in the
paint with 2:34 remaining in the Bobcats' 101-90 loss to the
The second overall pick in the NBA draft has played all 41 games of his rookie season, averaging 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds. He
has twice been named rookie of the month and was selected last week
to play in the Rookie Challenge game during NBA All-Star weekend in
Guard Kareem Rush also sprained his ankle in Sunday's game but
is probable to play against the Jazz, the team said. Jamal Sampson
(back spasms) is also listed as probable.
Ekezie, 29, originally signed his first 10-day contract with the
Hawks on January 10 and a second January 20. According to
league rules, the Hawks had to sign him for the remainder of the
season if they wished to retain him after the expiration of the
In 10 games with the club, Ekezie has averaged 1.8 points and
2.3 rebounds. He had a season-high six points and grabbed three
rebounds in a 103-95 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on
A 1999 second-round pick of the Vancouver Grizzlies, Ekezie has
averaged 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 111 career games with
Vancouver, Washington, Dallas, the Los Angeles Clippers and
Arroyo broke his nose during a victory over New York on Saturday night, when he was accidentally hit in the face by the Knicks'
After likely missing games Tuesday at Washington and Wednesday against Atlanta, he will be re-evaluated for Saturday's game at New Jersey. The reserve will have to wear a protective mask when he
Arroyo was acquired from Utah on Jan. 21 for Elden Campbell and a future No. 1 pick. He is averaging 6.6 points, 3.4 assists and
19.2 minutes a game with the Pistons.
The Sonics signed the 30-year-old Kutluay to a $3.6 million,
two-year contract in September after losing free agent Brent Barry
to San Antonio. Kutluay played just 12 minutes this season and
didn't score a point, unable to break into the guard rotation of
Ray Allen, Luke Ridnour and Antonio Daniels.
Kutluay attracted interest from some NBA teams after scoring 19
and 26 points in exhibition games against the United States before
the Athens Olympics.
Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.