Thursday 24 August 2017 / 03:20 AM

Howard in Houston; Bynum in Cleveland

News From This Past Week:

 

  • Lakers amnesty Metta World Peace
  • Dwight Howard chooses Houston over Los Angeles, others. Let the lashing out begin…wait, it already has. Famous figures like Ice Cube have already come out and said something about the situation, calling Howard Dwight “Coward”
  • Sources: Howard wanted Kobe to pass torch. Wasn’t going to happen, Dwight. That sounds like a cop-out to me, and he knew that Kobe isn’t about passing down any torch. For what it’s worth, Shaq says Kobe could play at a high level until he’s 40. Basically, Kobe isn’t going anywhere soon and Howard’s camp should have realized that
  • Andrew Bynum agrees to sign with Cavaliers. Good move for the Cavaliers and Bynum because he will be out of the spotlight. If he can stay healthy (big if), Bynum gives the Cavaliers a nice piece to go along with their young talent
  • Former Atlanta guard Jeff Teague signs four-year offer sheet with Bucks
  • Frustrated with offers, Monta Ellis parts with agent, according to reports
  • Chauncey Billups returns to Pistons on two-year deal. He’s back, Detroit. Your NBA Finals MVP and NBA champion is back, but virtually over the hill. On a contending team, Billups makes sense. On this team, however, we know that his career will end in Detroit where he made the most noise of his career. Fitting
  • Warriors acquire Andre Iguodala from Nuggets as part of three-team trade. Miss out on Dwight Howard and receive Iguodala; not a bad situation for Golden State
  • Stu Jackson to step down as Executive VP of Basketball Operations, according to sources
  • Josh Smith signs with the Detroit Pistons on a four-year deal
  • New Orleans Pelicans acquire Tyreke Evans and Jeff Withey in Three-Team Trade
  • Clippers-Suns trade of Redick, Dudley, Bledsoe is official

Biggest Takeaways From The Week:

 

  • Howard choosing Houston and the backlash he is receiving. I have said all along, what Howard has done to the Orlando Magic organization and now the Lakers is worse than what LeBron did to the Cavaliers. It’s worse for the game and damages his image further. Howard has been so wavy in his thought process. One day he’s all for being a Laker and being in Los Angeles, and the other he wants a fresh start. It’s unreal that Los Angeles fell for his bologna last offseason, and it’s fitting that they are in this situation now
  • Monta Ellis is a second-tier NBA star. He doesn’t have all the qualities that make him a top 10 or 15 talent, but he has one thing that sets him apart from other players: he can score. In a big sample size, Ellis has averaged 19 points per game throughout his career. Some team will take a chance on him and he’ll be a great sixth man on a winning team, if he can buy in to that role
  • Keep an eye out on Andre Iguodala and the Warriors. They gave San Antonio all they could handle in the postseason, and we saw what the Spurs were able to do against Miami in the NBA Finals. Golden State is a team on the rise

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