Free Agents Claxton, Novak Hint at Playing Together in 2010

The blockbuster free agent summer of 2010 is almost upon us, and rumors are already flying about which NBA players are going where. The latest rumor that has fans buzzing has impending free agents Speedy Claxton and Steve Novak joining forces to play together in 2010.
The powerful pairing could shift the balance of power in the NBA.
“I’m not saying it’s a definite, but it’s something we’ve both talked about,” Claxton told reporters on Monday. “Just thinking about what me and Steve can accomplish together is pretty exciting. That being said, nobody knows what’s going to happen in the summer so it’s really pointless to speculate. Sorry to tease you like this, guys. I’m sure I just caused mass hysteria on the blogosphere.”
Claxton said he isn’t worried about how his legacy would be affected by having to share championships and accolades with another player.
“I don’t worry about those kinds of things,” he said. “I’m fine with sharing the glory with Steve. The only thing standing in the way of this whole thing is the front offices. It’s hard to believe any owner or GM would want to let me and Novie play on the same team together. There will probably be lots of collusion and stuff to prevent it, and who could blame them?”
Adding to the already frenzied Novak-Claxton speculation was Novak’s comment that he and Claxton had already privately committed to playing together in 2010.
“We’ve had conversations. We’ve made plans. I’d say it’s fairly obvious that both of us want to play together,” Novak said of the rumors. “The only thing I wonder: would the crushing media attention and non-stop hype be overwhelming? Probably. But you can’t run from that kind of thing. It’s part of what we do.”
A day later, Novak said he regretted making the comments and vowed not to talk about free agency again for the rest of the season.
“I shouldn’t have opened my big mouth and started all this speculation,” Novak said. “Right now my main focus is on this team and getting us to the playoffs. All this free agent stuff is starting to be a distraction, especially when I go to a place like New York and people are holding up signs and chanting my name. It’s embarrassing.”


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