SH Blog: Derrick Rose’s brother rips Bulls, Rockets remain interested in Howard

  • Deron Williams explained why he is unable to dunk these days, from Tim Bontemps of New York Post: “Williams has dealt with issues with both ankles all season, which he said originated over the summer from overuse. Williams got a cortisone shot in his left ankle back in October towards the end of training camp. Williams has admitted he’s felt a step slow because of the ankle issues, and said earlier this week that he can’t dunk because of them. For the season, the point guard – who signed a five-year contract worth nearly $100 million to re-sign with the Nets back in July – is averaging 16.9 points and 7.6 assists this season.
  • The Knicks weren’t very involved during the deadline because of the belief that they are good enough to beat the Miami Heat, according to Marc Berman of New York Post: “The reasons are partly because of their awkward mix of contracts and partly because the franchise feels it can topple the defending-champion Miami Dream Team without a deadline deal. Nevertheless, that sentiment was put to the test last night when they were humiliated out of the All-Star break in a 125-91 horror show against the Pacers. “We had early success against Miami,’’ coach Mike Woodson said, whose team whipped the Heat twice by 20 points earlier this season. “That’s all well and good. But when you get in a seven-game series, that’s different. Anything can happen. Injuries can occur, guys can lose confidence. But if we’re healthy, yes, we have an opportunity to beat Miami or anybody in the East.’’
  • Mitch Kupchak believes big things will happen for Dwight Howard in a Lakers uniform, from Janis Carr of The OC Register: “”He belongs to have his name on the wall (with a retired jersey) and a statue in front of Staples at some point in time,” Kupchak said. “Dwight is our future. Kobe has one more year on his deal (one year after this season). … This team’s window to win is this year and next year.”… “Players in this league are not going to get their due until they win a championship, and until they do, they’re under the microscope, and they’re going to be criticized for every single little thing,” Kupchak said.
  • No one was particularly interested in trading for Eric Gordon due to his continued health issues, but the chatter for a possible Gordon for Klay Thompson deal could resurface over the summer. Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune has details: “There has been universal doubt around the league about Gordon’s health, according to numerous sources, and that will increase the difficulty of making a trade. The most prevalent speculation Wednesday centered around a possible Gordon deal to the Golden State Warriors in return for Klay Thompson. But Ric Bucher, the Warriors’ sideline television reporter, wrote Wednesday night that a trade wouldn’t be forthcoming before the Thursday deadline, but it could be revisited during the summer.”
  • The Rockets are still interested in acquiring Howard, according to NBA insider Ric Bucher: “Source: Rockets have not abandoned their hope of landing Dwight Howard and the deals made today, which could clear even more cap room for Houston, are part of a plan to continue their pursuit of him. Nothing will happen before Thursday, but this summer is a different story. The question still remains: will DH change his mind about playing there? The success of James Harden in particular, and the Rockets in general, certainly can’t hurt.
  • Houston will still keep its tabs on Josh Smith, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Remember, Houston has the space to sign Smith as a free agent this summer. They're not going to overpay to trade for him now.
Adrian Wojnarowski


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