Jan. 6, 2010STANFORD PAGE Scott Reiss
According to a source close to Stanford, football coach Jim Harbaugh met Thursday morning with top university officials -- including president John Hennessey -- so that they could make their absolute best offer to try and retain him.
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The source did not divulge details of the discussions and the offer, but said that while there's no way to match the rumored 7-8 million annual figure that could come from an NFL team, the school can offer things like greater security and work environment.
Harbaugh met with 49ers team president Jed York and new general manager Trent Baalke for several hours on Wednesday and reportedly appeared close to accepting the 49ers offer. But Harbaugh later met with Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who flew to the Bay Area in hopes of hiring Harbaugh.
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The Denver Broncos have also expressed interest in the Orange Bowl-winning coach and former NFL quarterback.
OAKLAND -- Though Kevin Durant is eager to get back to the court, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and his assistants are in preliminary stages of planning his return.
One thing is certain: There will be restriction on the number of minutes Durant is plays in the first few games after he receives medical clearance.
“It’s something we’ll consult the training staff on,” Kerr said Saturday after practice. “I imagine we’ll ease him back by playing him shorter minutes to start, so he can build up his rhythm and his conditioning.”
Durant has been out since Feb. 28, when he sustained a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) and bone bruise to his left knee. After several days of strict immobilization, he has over the past week progressed to the point where he is engaging in vigorous workouts and shooting sessions.
Yet Durant will not be re-evaluated until next Thursday, which means he likely will not be cleared before the week of April 3. Not until then will the coaching staff devise a plan to reintegrate Durant.
“That obviously has a domino effect on the entire rotation,” Kerr said. “When we get to that point, we’ll figure that out. But it’s not something I’m giving a lot of thought to right now because he’s still at least a couple weeks away.”
The Warriors lost five of seven in the immediate aftermath of Durant’s injury but have recovered to win the last six in a row.
Rudy Gay has been MIA since leaving the locker room on crutches following the Kings loss to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 18. He’s posted a few instagram videos of his recovery from a devastating left Achilles rupture, but until Friday night in Oakland, he had been away from the team.
“I’m out of the boot, second stage of my rehab, ahead of schedule and feeling good,” the 30-year-old wing told CSN California’s Kayte Christensen.
According to Gay, he is able to due weight bearing exercises, including some light squats. The 11-year NBA vet is still a ways away from returning to the court, but if he’s ahead of schedule, that means he might be ready for training camp come late September.
It’s not the same group he left behind. DeMarcus Cousins is gone, as is Matt Barnes and Omri Casspi. If he were still playing, Gay would likely be sitting out games for planned rest like most of the Kings’ veterans, but he doesn’t have that luxury.
Gay is entering the final year of his contract in Sacramento. He is due $14.3 million next season, but he has a player option and can become an unrestricted free agent if he so chooses. His recovery will likely dictate whether he opts in to his contract or whether he looks for a long-term deal either with the Kings or elsewhere.
Before the injury, Gay was the Kings’ second leading scorer, posting 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33.8 minutes per night.