July 12, 2003
The 7th annual Battle of the South basketball tournament rolled into Albany Saturday bringing with it two former South Georgia standouts turned NBA veterans.
Donnell Harvey and Jumaine Jones were among several hoopsters hanging above the rims at Albany State's HPER Gymnasium today as the 16 team tournament got underway.
Both Harvey and Jones ironically find themselves in the same boat this offseason. The duo are free agents as they get set to lace up for their 5th year in the NBA. Not only that they both are in a situation where the team they are currently with just drafted a young superstar.
Jones, a native of Camilla and Mitchell-Baker graduate, has spent the last 2 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the same team that just used the number one overall pick on high school star LeBron James.
Harvey, a Shellman native that played his high school ball at Randolph-Clay, just finished his second season in Denver. The Nuggets selected Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony with the third pick in last month's draft. But despite the club's move Harvey says he and the Nuggets are currently working on a deal.
"I really don't want to talk about my basketball situation or my free agent situation. Me and my agent we're talking it over, we're trying to negotiate a deal but things are looking well. But I just come home right now to enjoy myself and my people," Harvey said.
As of July 1st teams were allowed to negoiate with free agents, but they are not allowed to sign them until Wednesday July 16.
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