Dwight Howard to sign with Lakers

Dwight Howard’s agent Charles Briscoe told Shams Charania of the Athletic and Stadium that the big man has finalized a buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies and plans to sign a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers the moment he clears waivers. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN notes that the Howard deal will be a non-guaranteed contract that the Lakers are proceeding “with caution.” More from Woj: “Howard had several meetings with Lakers officials, and they’ll give him a chance to show he’s made changes in how he conducts himself. Lakers players…

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Heat re-sign Udonis Haslem

Udonis Haslem has been a constant for the Miami Heat for the 16 seasons he has been in the league NBA and he will extend that to a 17th season, as reported by the AP’s Tim Reynolds. Haslem was undrafted in 2002 out of the University of Florida, he balled for French team Élan Sportif Chalonnais, and signed as a free agent with Miami in 2003 and since that time, the only jersey he has played in has been a Heat gamer.

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Draymond Green signs max deal with Warriors

Well it looks like the Warriors did not want Draymond Green’s looming free agency to be yet another distracting storyline as they attempt to shift into the next phase of continuing their dynasty post KD. According to Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN the Warriors signed their defensive captain and leader to a four-year $100 million maximum contract. With the signing of Green, the Warriors have the services of three stalwarts – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson – secured through at least 2022.

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Patrick Patterson agrees to buyout with Oklahoma City Thunder, plans to sign with Clippers

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Patrick Patterson has agreed to a buyout from the Oklahoma City and will join the Los Angeles Clippers after clearing waivers. When Patterson signed a three-year contract with the Thunder back in 2017, it was expected that he would provide sorely needed shooting as their stretch-four but that never materialized, as his minutes and production deteriorated in his two seasons in OKC. This past season he averaged 3.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.5 assists. The 13.7 minutes per game he logged , the 37% FG…

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Cavaliers waive JR Smith

JR Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers are no more. The team, unable to find a trade, decided to waive the colorful guard, according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania. The move comes as little surprise. The ballclub had been shopping Smith since the early part of the season and in fact shut him down November 19. Smith only appeared in a paltry 11 games this season. Smith’s contract was a unique one, as explained by Evan Dammarell of Forbes: Smith’s arrangement with Cleveland was unique, where a team could…

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Ben Simmons agrees to max contract with the Sixers

Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed on a five-year, $170 million dollar maximum contract. The deal was confirmed to The Athletic’s Shams Charania by SImmons’ agent Rich Paul. After missing his first year, Simmons have shown to be an impactful player, winning Rookie-of-the-Year in 2017-18 and then building on that by making his first All-Star team in 2018-19, where he averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. However the glaring hole in his game, his either inability or refusal to take and make any jump…

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Warriors waive Shaun Livingston

The Golden State Warriors waived guard Shaun Livingston Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. As the Warriors try to reform and remain a force in the Western Conference in lieu of the departure of Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins and the injury to Klay Thompson, the team had to recently trade stalwart and jack of all trades Andre Iguodala and now Livingston is the latest fixture to be shown the door. Though Livingston is only 33, he did not resemble the player we have seen for Golde State over the…

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Grizzlies not ‘Planning to Keep’ Swight Howard post trade

What should not come as a major shock, Dwight Howard does not fit into the Memphis Grizzlies’ long term plans. So little does he fit with those plans that according to Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic, the team doesn’t not plan on keeping the recently acquired eight-time All-Star. Sankofa II adds the acquisition was “purely money-saving maneuver.” Howard, appeared in a mere nine games this past season for the Washington Wizards, and averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per in that limited time. As Howard now moves through is…

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Ricky Rubio on Pacers’ radar

According to The Ringer, multiple league sources have indicated that unrestricted free agent point guard Ricky Rubio is a target of the Indiana Pacers. Point guards Darren Collision and Cory Joseph are both unrestricted free agents, so Rubio could immediately step in and fill that void. Finding a suitable replacement to start at the 1 in this draft seems unlikely, so this need will have to be addressed in free agency or the trade market. His defensive ability and playmaking prowess is not only an upgrade from both Collision and…

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