August 19, 1990 |
Michael Cooper signed a two-year contract with Il Messaggero Roma of the Italian League on Saturday, one day after he cleared NBA waivers following his release by the Lakers. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but Cooper should be making more than his 1989-90 NBA salary of about $600,000. Cooper is expected to join the team in the next few days. The Italian season opens in September. Cooper, 34, played 12 seasons for the Lakers and helped the team win five NBA titles in the 1980s.
August 11, 1990 |
Michael Cooper's 12-year career with the Lakers will be over in a week, if all goes according to plan. The team is planning to put Cooper on waivers Wednesday, and any NBA club would then have 48 hours to claim him at his salary of a little more than $600,000. Should all pass, Cooper would be free to accept a three-year, $5-million offer from Il Messaggero Roma of the Italian League.
July 17, 1990
A U.S. appeals court Monday ruled in favor of the Boston Celtics in the team's contract dispute with guard Brian Shaw. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston affirmed a lower court decision that Shaw, formerly a star for UC Santa Barbara, must terminate his contract with Il Messaggero, an Italian team. The agent for Shaw, who signed a five-year, $6.2-million contract with the Celtics Jan. 26, notified the Celtics June 6 that Shaw intended to honor the second year of his contract with Il Messaggero.