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Blazersedge Jun 22, 2016

Dwight Howard Likely to Visit Portland Trail Blazers in Free Agency

As Howard prepares to hit the open market, he has once again been mentioned in the same breath as the Trail Blazers. After declining his player option with the Houston Rockets, free agent center Dwight Howard has once again been linked to the Trail Blazers; this time by ESPN’s Calvin Watkins, who lists Portland among the cities Howard is likely to visit in July. There is utility yet left in the 30-year old big man, if he can find the right fit. A worsening situation in Houston has marred his numbers and obscured his value. His usage rate this season was 18.4, also his lowest output...
Blazersedge Jun 22, 2016

LeBron James Announces He'll Stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland.com reports that the biggest potential free agent this summer will remain with his current team. Cleveland.com is reporting that LeBron James intends to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. "I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates," James told cleveland.com, moments before he boarded a float at The Q for the Cavs' championship parade through downtown Cleveland. "Obviously my agent will take care of all the logistical things but, I'm happy. I've got no plans to go nowhere at this point." James is scheduled to enter unrestricted free agency, a by-product...
Blazersedge Jun 22, 2016

Trail Blazers Interested in Trading Into First Round of 2016 NBA Draft

Some quality players will be available in the mid-first round, and the Blazers are reportedly looking for an opportunity to snag one. Early Wednesday morning, reports came in stating that the Portland Trail Blazers are looking to get into the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. According to @WojVerticalNBA, the @trailblazers would like to get into the first round 'if the opportunity strikes' https://t.co/RJwbhUglO5 — Casey Holdahl (@CHold) June 22, 2016 According to Adrian Wojnarowski (via ForwardCenter.net) the draft looks set up for some movement in the post lottery and into the...
Silver Screen and Roll Jun 22, 2016

Report: Lakers in the mix for Al Horford

Get ready for a slew of "team X is interested in talented free agent X" rumors, as it's that time of year. Can someone pinch me, or something? Am I wake, or do I dream? Is the Lakers' front office making sense, or did I just jinx it? Dang it, I definitely just jinxed it. Well, for now, let's just revel in the smart decision making that's guided this offseason as just after we received news the Lakers plan on selecting Brandon Ingram second overall on draft night, Marc Stein of ESPN gave us a glimpse of their free agency plans. Al Horford, the skilled big man who's spent the last nine years...
Blazersedge Jun 22, 2016

Woelfel: Trail Blazers No Longer Interested in Greg Monroe

Sources close to the Trail Blazers indicate that trading for Greg Monroe is no longer a focus entering the forthcoming free agency period. With the NBA Draft on Thursday, teams are jockeying for position on trade commodities. One such asset that the Portland Trail Blazers were deeply interested in just one year ago is current Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe. According to Gery Woelfel, the Blazers have lost interest in acquiring him. "Multiple league sources said the Bucks are eager to move on from Monroe, so much so that one official emphatically stated, "They don’t want...
Silver Screen and Roll Jun 22, 2016

NBA draft news: In shocking twist, Lakers plan to draft Brandon Ingram second overall

What???????? In the biggest and most exciting twist of the lead up to the 2016 NBA Draft,  Chad Ford and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN report that "barring a last-minute blockbuster trade offer, the Los Angeles Lakers intend to select Duke freshman Brandon Ingram with the second pick in the 2016 NBA draft on Thursday night." The prior sentence was facetious of course, as nearly everyone paying attention to the draft has been predicting this is the scenario that makes the most sense. With a well plugged-in source like Shelburne now reporting it, Ingram to the Lakers seems like essentially a...
Peachtree Hoops Jun 22, 2016

NBA Mock Draft 2016: Damian Jones sent to Atlanta Hawks by FOX Sports

The Hawks pick up a college big man in this latest mock draft projection. The center position is chalked full of interesting prospects in the 2016 NBA Draft, and the Atlanta Hawks end up with one in the latest mock draft from Aaron Torres of FOX Sports. Torres leaves players like DeAndre Bembry and Taurean Prince on the board in his "3.0" projection, sending Vanderbilt big man Damian Jones to Atlanta with the number 21 pick. With Al Horford heading toward free agency, and Atlanta at least in discussions with Philly regarding a Jeff Teague for Jahlil Okafor trade, adding front-court depth...
Peachtree Hoops Jun 22, 2016

2016 NBA Free Agency: Pistons, Magic, Lakers expected to make run at Al Horford, per report

Al Horford is going to have no shortage of potential suitors on the free agent market The free agency buzz hasn’t quite shifted into high gear yet but teams are making preparations for what will be a wild month of July. The Atlanta Hawks figure to be at the forefront of a lot of that with two key players in Al Horford and Kent Bazemore hitting the open market. Horford in particular figures to be one of the most sought after free agents available this summer. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams that intend to...
Mavs Moneyball Jun 22, 2016

Three second tier free agent centers the Mavericks could look to sign

Taking a look at next tier of free agent centers -- or, as one might call them, "the good, the young and the injured." We've talked about Al Horford, for whatever it's worth. We've gotten into Hassan Whiteside, and the highest highs and lowest lows that come with...that whole situation. We've even talked about Dwight Howard.  Sorry. After that group, the next tier of free agent centers that Dallas will be able to legally talk to starting on July 1st features a mix of familiar faces, raw but promising youngsters, and the over the hill veterans Dallas almost always ends up with. Let's take a...
CelticsBlog Jun 15, 2016

Free agent Jared Dudley tells Celtics Beat he would come to Boston

In unconventional fashion a free agent has made an outright effort to make his way to the Celtics. However minor of a piece Dudley is on the court, this could be an important step for the organization. He even has a great alternate plan for the Celts if they don't land a Kevin Durant or Al Horford. Jared Dudley is a rare breed and one who is making waves early this offseason in the shadow of the NBA Finals. In a sports climate that has grown more business than casual, he has fired out tweets about his playing ability and worth as an unrestricted free agent this summer while also making the...
CelticsBlog Jun 15, 2016

Some outside the box free agent options for the Celtics to consider

Not just the usual suspects. By now we’ve heard all the usual free agent names tied to the Boston Celtics in rumors and speculation. Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Ryan Anderson, etc. But Danny Ainge will have to look under every rock in an effort to improve the talent level on this team. So let’s take a moment and look at some free agent names that haven’t been mentioned as often around here. CSN’s A. Sherrod Blakely stole my thunder a little here by posting Five Free Agents You May Not Have Considered (no really, I was planning on writing this post before ASB did his!). Here’s...
Blazersedge Jun 11, 2016

Beck, Bucher: Free Agent Al Horford Fits With Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers are rumored to be in the market for a big man. According to Bleacher Report senior writers, Al Horford would fit well with them. Bleacher Report senior writers Ric Bucher and Howard Beck circled up with host Stephen Nelson to discuss possible destinations for free agent big men Al Horford and Joakim Noah, given the following parameters: The team must have space The team must provide an on-court and cultural fits The player cannot return to their current team Likeliness is not factored in, as long as the above constraints are met Both Beck and Bucher had Horford agreed...
Mavs Moneyball Jun 8, 2016

Al Horford would be dreamy in a Mavericks uniform

The All-Star out of Atlanta would be a dream fit in Rick Carlisle's system and a great compliment to Dirk Nowitzki. Too bad he's another pie-in-the-sky free agent. Al Horford is the most unassuming superstar. He's really, really good. He's the linchpin of the Hawks defense, a great passer, cutter and mid-range shooter who's starting to extend his range out to three. Horford's overseen two eras of good Hawks' basketball -- the Joe Johnson underwhelmers and the pace-and-space Mike Budenholzer mini-Spurs. He's been the anchor of both teams, morphing his game to whatever the team needs....
Mavs Moneyball Jun 8, 2016

I had the cops called on me during Game 2 of the 2011 Finals

You can't make this up. This week and next, we'll be publishing stories about the 2006 and 2011 Finals in honor of their 5-year and 10-year anniversaries. Both are important, even if one is significantly easier to celebrate. Finals Week might mean something else to students, but for us, this will be a nostalgic look back. Let me tell you a story about the time the cops came to my apartment because my neighbors thought someone was dying. All Mavericks fans probably have stories of where they were for Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. You know, that epic moment in history where the Dallas...
Peachtree Hoops Jun 8, 2016

2016 NBA Mock Draft: CBS Sports projects Damian Jones to Atlanta Hawks

If you think the Hawks need size, this is the mock for you. The Atlanta Hawks have been tied to Vanderbilt center Damian Jones in at least one previous mock draft, but the potential marriage was discussed again on Tuesday. Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports released his latest mock projection, and with the number 21 overall pick, he sent Jones to the Hawks as Al Horford insurance. The Hawks could lose Al Horford this season, leaving them a bit thin at center. Jones would give them a bit of a different look in regard to Tiago Splitter and Walter Tavares, as he's more of an explosive athlete than...

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