His agent says there's nothing to reports that Alonzo Mourning plans another comeback, the New Jersey Nets say they wouldn't be surprised if he tried and the man himself isn't saying anything.
On Tuesday, the Record of Hackensack, N.J., reported that the 6-foot-10 center, who 12 games into last season said he was retiring because of a kidney transplant, is expected to announce his return this week.
Citing a "league source," the Record reported that Mourning "wants to come back" and that he's "going to make an attempt."
On Wednesday, the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., quoted Mourning's agent, Jeff Wechsler, senior vice president of basketball for SFX, as saying, "There's nothing going on."
"Alonzo is out of the country right now," Wechsler said. "I don't know where this is coming from."
Nets general manager Ed Stefanski told the New York Times for Wednesday's editions that "I've heard the rumors, but I haven't spoken to Alonzo."
"He's part of the team. If he wants to come to camp, he's welcome," Stefanski told the Times. He's got to get medical clearance, but if he gets it, he's more than welcome. Nothing would surprise me, as competitive as Alonzo is."
On the other hand, the Star-Ledger indicated the Nets wouldn't want him.
Mourning is still owed $17.7 million from the four-year $22.6 million contract New Jersey gave him last summer. If he stays away, the Nets owe him the money but can take the charge off their salary cap. If he returns, they can't take the salary-cap break for an injury exception -- not even if he fails and quits after a few games.
In June, the Times reports, Mourning dismissed comeback thoughts, saying, "My intention right now is to continue to focus on making sure that this new organ that I have in me stays in me. I don't want to go through that procedure again."