|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM|
The Houston Rockets have joined the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets as the most serious potential trade partners with the Orlando Magic on a Dwight Howard deal, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets are discussing a multitude of trade scenarios with the Magic, offering to serve both as the team that would acquire Howard in a direct trade between the clubs and also as a third team that would participate in a trade that lands Howard with the Lakers and brings All-Star center Andrew Bynum to Houston.
The Rockets, in the latter scenario, would push to acquire Bynum from the Lakers while furnishing the Magic with a package of future draft picks and cap-friendly contracts to set Orlando up for a full-fledged roster reload. Sources confirmed a HoopsWorld.com report that the three-team trade construction that sends Bynum to the Rockets instead of the Magic -- with Orlando said to be concerned about its ability to re-sign Bynum for the long term -- gained traction Tuesday.
If the Lakers get Howard, than I will crawl in a hole. I have an odd feeling that Howard ends up in LA. If he does, than the Lakers will be looking at another title or two. Nash with Howard, would be very similar if Howard hooked up with Rondo in Boston. Either way, Howard may decide if the Nets, or Lakers contend for a title this coming season. If Jason Richardson goes to the Lakers as well, than the NBA is a sham.
Lou Williams, Hawks agree
The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a multiyear contract with free agent guard Lou Williams, a league source told ESPN.com.
Williams, an Atlanta area native, averaged a career-high 14.9 points and 3.5 assists per game with the Philadelphia 76ers this past season, when he finished second in the Sixth Man of the Year voting.
"...happy to be apart of a team that's similar to the Sixers...Young, athletic, and hardworking," Williams wrote on his Twitter feed Tuesday evening.
After talks with the 76ers broke down, Williams announced last week that he wouldn't be returning to Philadelphia. The 76ers, who originally drafted Williams out of high school in the second round of the 2005 draft, later filled Williams' spot by agreeing to a contract with free agent guard Nick Young.
Williams, who can play both guard positions, opted out of the final year of his contract worth $5.3 million. The Hawks are believed to be signing him with their $5 million midlevel exception.
After the Hawks have traded Joe Johnson, it's still unclear what the hell they are doing, one thing is for sure. Their not a threat in the East anymore. This team has lost Hinrich, Marvin Williams, and of course Joe Johnson. Please trade Smith to the Celtics, than I'll be okay.
Finals pain remains for Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant can't hide from the hurt this summer.LeBron James is right there every time he steps on the basketball court now. The NBA Finals ended in Miami only about three weeks ago, with James' victory celebration interrupted only briefly to embrace his opponent in a consoling hug.
Durant admits it bothers him coming to the gym and seeing James every day.
"It does. It does, but what can I do?" Durant said Tuesday. "He's my teammate now. I'm a team player. I can't let that affect this. This is bigger than that. It's tough to lose in the Finals and play the guy you've been going up against for five games who beat you. So me, I'm just going to get over it, still be a great teammate, come out and play hard."
Kobe Bryant was in Durant's shoes four years ago, having to shake off the disappointment of a Finals loss to the Boston Celtics and get back out on the court for the Olympics. He said it's normal to not want to play for a few days, but figures Durant has had enough time to get over it by now.
"But then again, I wasn't playing on the Olympic team with, you know, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce and (Kevin) Garnett," Bryant said. "He's got to look at LeBron every day. I didn't have to do that. So I don't know if I could do that. I'd probably be trying to destroy him every single day in practice to try to, I don't know, take a little of the edge off maybe."
Kudos to Durant, because I would be going insane if I had to see the enemy, or the guy who just beat me for a championship. But today's NBA is much different than the 90's, or even the 80's. I don't know if Bird, or Magic would have played on the same team if they just had played in an NBA finals. I think after the first Dream Team. The league changed in many ways, not only did it change with international players. But players became more friendly with one another. Hell, the 2008 Olympic team helped form the current Heat team.
Heat, Rashard Lewis agree
The Miami Heat have added another veteran player at a discount.
Rashard Lewis has agreed to a two-year, $2.8 million deal, sources told ESPN.com. Lewis had other suitors and might've been able to get a higher offer elsewhere but was sold on a role with the defending champions after meeting with team president Pat Riley on Sunday in Miami.
Agent Tony Dutt said the free agent forward and the Heat agreed to terms on Tuesday, and Lewis is expected to sign his contract Wednesday in Miami. Lewis' decision comes just four days after Ray Allen agreed to accept an offer from Miami.
Lewis became the Heat's top priority when free agent center Marcus Camby agreed to a sign-and-trade to go to the New York Knicks.
Lewis recently agreed to a $13.7 million buyout from the New Orleans Hornets after they traded for him last month. The 6-foot-10 shooting specialist and former All-Star averaged 7.8 points in just 28 games for the Washington Wizards last season after being bothered by a right knee injury.
The rich keep getting richer. Lewis is a good add of course, but how much game does he have left in the tank. I bet enough to help the Heat. The Heat are about ten deep now, but they still don't have a true center, but that doesn't matter I suppose.