Interesting. How do you guys feel about this? He could be solid, but is it what we need?
Detroit News: Robert “Tractor” Traylor, a former Michigan and NBA player who is serving time in a halfway house for preparing a false tax return, will ask a federal judge today to amend his probation conditions so he can try out for the Lakers.
In September, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn sentenced Traylor, 31, to three years of probation — to include three months in a federal halfway house — after Traylor recorded as his own two homes that were owned by his cousin, convicted drug kingpin Quasand Lewis.
Cohn earlier allowed Traylor to interrupt his sentence to play pro basketball in Puerto Rico and the probation department allowed him to attend a workout with the Cavaliers and play on their summer league team.
But when Traylor got a chance this week to try out for the Lakers, his probation officer denied him permission to leave his halfway house and make the trip.
Traylor’s Detroit attorney, Steve Fishman, filed a motion Tuesday asking Cohn to overrule the probation officer, saying the judge “clearly intended to give Mr. Traylor the opportunity to obtain an NBA contract and continue his professional basketball career.”
Cohn is to hear the motion today. Federal prosecutors are not opposed to Traylor making the trip to the West Coast, Fishman said.