“Dwightmare” made its triumphant return on Thursday when Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported a possible four-team trade, but the situation may soon be coming to a close. Find out what went down in today’s news, along with some entertaining video clips below:
- The four-team trade involving Dwight Howard could happen as soon as Friday, according to ESPN: “A four-team trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is “very close” to happening and could be agreed upon Friday, league sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard. In the proposed four-team deal, sources told Broussard that Howard and Denver Nuggets forward Al Harrington would go to Los Angeles, Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo would go to the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Iguodalawould go to Denver, and Lakers center Andrew Bynum would go to Philadelphia. A league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that the pieces in the potential trade are still very fluid and that Gasol has been in and out of the talks. The source, though, said the deal still is very close to happening and could go down Friday morning. Sources told Broussard that Philadelphia has not spoken to Bynum or his representatives and has no assurances he will sign a long-term extension with the club. “The Sixers are willing to take a shot (without Bynum’s commitment),” one source said.”
- Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated explains why it would be difficult for the Magic to acquire assets for Pau Gasol if they were to trade for him, and that the Rockets can readily offer better assets: “Orlando has engaged in extensive talks with Houston that remain alive as well, and a source with knowledge of the Rockets’ latest proposal said it would afford the Magic more assets to their liking than the potential four-team trade. With Orlando looking to clear salary cap space and rebuild via the draft, some have surmised that, if the four-team deal goes through, the Magic could trade Gasol for younger prospects or more draft picks at a later time. But given the current NBA landscape, with the new collective bargaining agreement and the devastating luxury tax set to kick in after next season, the interest in a 32-year-old forward with a combined $38 million on his deal for the next two seasons will likely be limited, if only because of the immense payroll implications.”
- Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the initial news about the Howard deal, and added the following about Jason Richardson:
- Kobe Bryant talked about how he is the best post-player on Team USA and that everyone wants to reach his level, from Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today: “When a news reporter suggested Bryant was the best U.S offensive player in the low post other than center Tyson Chandler, Bryant stopped the question. “No, no, no,” Bryant said. “Not other than Tyson Chandler. I’m the best post player on this team, period. Tyson Chandler is not in that conversation.” Asked what it’s like to be the old guy on the team, Bryant said, “I’m where everybody wants to get to. I just happen to be still playing.” “Can you learn anything from these young guys?” he was asked. Bryant: “No.” “You know everything?” Bryant: “I don’t know if I know it all, but I know more than they do.”
- Bryant was accused of cheating on his wife (again) with swimmer Stephanie Rice, according to Larry Brown Sports: “Liz Cambage became the first woman to dunk at the Olympics, and then she became the first athlete to go on record calling out Kobe Bryant and Stephanie Ricefor having an inappropriate relationship. Things between Bryant and Rice started cooking when the NBA MVP visited the Australian swim team before the Games began since the teams were staying at the same hotel in Manchester. Rice and Bryant took some pictures, including the one seen above which the swimmer shared on Twitter and Instagram, along with the message “First piccy with a “star” going to be hard to beat… Kobe.” Rice was also pretty excited about an autographed pair of sneakers Kobe gave her, and he received some signed swim caps as part of the trade. Fast forward to the second week of the Olympics and the closeness between the two continued. Bryant was spotted at the velodrome on Tuesday watching some cycling along with Rice”
- Marc Stein of ESPN reported that the Rockets have strong interest in acquiring Carlos Delfino:
- Carmelo Anthony has been nursing a sore hamstring while playing for Team USA, from ESPN New York: “Carmelo Anthony has reportedly been playing with a slight amount of pain throughout the Olympics. According to the New York Daily News, Anthony has been dealing with a sore hamstring for the past “several days.” But Anthony told the paper that the injury is minor. “I’m fine,” Anthony said on Thursday. “It’s nothing serious.” Anthony has been one of Team USA’s top scorers in the Olympics, averaging 17.4 points per game (second to Kevin Durant’s 18.6 ppg). In what appears to be a precautionary measure, the Knicks have sent a trainer to London to monitor Anthony’s injury.”
- Amare Stoudemire has a youtube channel and shared a video showing him and fellow NBA player JaVale McGee train with Hakeem Olajuwon. Just one question: what is up with the short shorts?
- Check out this impressive play by UNC’s P.J. Hairston, freezing the defender from the three-point line before driving to the basket to throw down a nasty dunk on Jerry Stackhouse. Stackhouse was none too pleased about the amount of attention the dunk received.
- Tim Grover’s Attack Athletics gym is headed into foreclosure, and Michael Jordan will lose plenty of money as a result, according to Andrew Greif of Dime Magazine: “Tim Grover made his name on makingMichael Jordan, well, Michael Jordan. As a trainer he was one of the elite because he trained the very best. But going in business together on a West Chicago basketball-focused gym apparently hasn’t been as successful for wooing the regular customer. According to the Chicago Tribune, Attack Athletics is headed into foreclosure because it owes more than $12 million from an initial $9 million loan — and both Jordan and Michael Finley are on the hook as creditors, too. MJ is in for $1.5 million, the report said, while leaving Finley’s investment unspecified.
- Rajon Rondo has hops as you will see in this video, from Slam Online.
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