June 23, 2004
Thomasville - It promises to be a very interesting off season in the NBA with big name stars like Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady expecting to be changing teams.
There are other free agents who are not getting the press that those two players are who are also hoping to find a new home next season.
Thomasville's Charlie Ward is a free agent for the first time in his ten year career.
The former Heisman Trophy winner is not thinking about the NBA this week.
Instead, Ward is once again giving back to his hometown with his annual basketball camp that is being held at four gyms around Thomasville over the next two days.
This is the first year of the Charlie Ward camp that former Thomas County Central standout has not been a member of the New York Knicks.
In the middle of his tenth season with the Knicks, Ward was traded to Phoenix who promptly released him.
Luckily, Charlie was signed by San Antonio for the rest of the 2004 season but the worry for Charlie is can he find a team looking for a veteran point guard.
Charlie Ward said "We are still just going through the process of waiting to see who maybe interested and vice versa for us. So, it is a process and we have a capable guy in Craig McKenzie who is talking with different teams and that type of thing. But in the meantime, we are enjoying family and doing basketball camps and all those things and the next thing you know it will be basketball season again."
NBA players will begin filing for free agency on July 1st.
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