Josh Howard is a free agent that could be pursued by the Celtics. Howard was formerly one of the game's better small forwards, but has endured injuries over the past few seasons. Howard is believed to now be recovered from an ACL tear suffered in February of 2010. Via Boston Globe
John Wall Goes Off In The "Clash Of The Superstars"
Behind The Scenes At John Wall’s 21st Birthday At Greenhouse By Aron Phillips Besides getting some sweet new kicks from Reebok, John Wall celebrated his 21st birthday in NYC last Thursday with a star-studded party at Greenhouse.
The NBA owners have proposed adding a third round to the NBA draft, according to sources. The union has countered by offering a variety of changes to the draft that would help address the desire for owners to improve competitive balance. "Under one proposal," writes Sheridan, "the 15 teams with the worst records would continue to pick 1st through 15th, but then would also have the 16th through 30th picks. The teams with the top 15 records would have the first 15 picks of the second round, then would have the 44th through 60th picks. "Under another proposal, the teams with the eight worst records would get an additional first round pick, beginning with selection No. 22, and the teams with the eight best records would have no first-round picks but would select at the top of the second round (picks 31 through 38), then also would get the final eight picks of the second round." Via Chris Sheridan/SheridanHoops.com
By Dime Magazine Now obviously, winning Rookie of the Year last year was pretty much an impossibility for him. But no one ever gives John Wall the credit he deserves for his first season. Yeah, Washington sucked, but it wasn’t his fault. His numbers were legit, and that was even with a number of frustrating injuries. Early in the year, Wall was consistently putting up lines like 21 points, 11 assists, four rebounds, three steals. But then he hurt his left foot, and then bruised his right knee. The season ended quietly, and everyone forgot how good he was (if we hear one more person talk about Landry Fields like he was on Wall’s level, we might march). Wall is now telling the Washington Post that he’s completely healthy, and that he can blow by people again. click link up top to read more
Impact Basketball will host a pro league in mid-September with rosters entirely comprised of professional players. Nearly 70 NBA players are expected to participate Chauncey Billups, John Wall, Paul Pierce, Al Harrington, Corey Maggette, Kyle Lowry, Paul George, J.J. Hickson, Austin Daye, Jared Dudley, Dahntay Jones, Jermaine O’Neal, Craig Brackins, Marreese Speights, Eric Bledsoe, Matt Barnes and Manny Harris have been working at the two locations run by Joe Abunassar this summer. The league is expected to be at least two weeks long and feature two games per day. Via HoopsWorld (via Slam)
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MJ HIGHLIGHTS AS A WIZARD
Wizards assistant coaches Ryan Saunders and Sam Cassell visited with Nick Young, Jordan Crawford and JaVale McGee in Los Angeles for three days during the month of June in preparation of a lockout and provided a program that they intend for him to follow. "They gave us a little workout sheet, program and things they want us to work on. They broke it down pretty good, too. They put a lot of time in," said Young, who plans on improving his ballhandling and his ability to do more catch-and-shooting. "It’s going to be a lot of open shots with John [Wall] and Jordan and the players that we have. I’m staying ready. The only thing we can do is stay in shape and stay ready. You never know when you’re going to have to be ready. I’m just sticking to my same routine, the same things I’ve been doing and trying to build off the year I had." The Wizards have already tendered a $3.7 million qualifying offer to Young, giving them first right of refusal for any offer sheet he may sign, based on the previous rules of the collective bargaining agreement. "It means a lot. I put in some years and I got a chance. They are sticking with me, so that’s a sign of them sticking with me," Young said. "The Wizards are all I really know right now. I talked to the coaches, and Ernie [Grunfeld] and the people in the front office. You never know how it goes. It’s up to my agent [Aaron Mintz] and I hope they can work something out." Via Michael Lee/Washington Post
If you have Xbox360 you can go on ESPN3 and watch a couple of his games i seen some things that i liked and i seen some things that i don't like you be the judge his team in case you didn't know...
James Harden Drop 51 on Nick Young's team in the Drew League(Scores 27 in 1stQ)
While much of the pre-draft speculation has revolved around the teams in the top-3, the Washington Wizards, at No. 6, have the most at stake in the 2011 Draft...
If Jonas Valanciunas' buyout is completed before the draft, multiple sources indicate the Cavs are leaning toward taking the 245-pounder. However, if the snafu is still hanging over his head, then the 259-pound Kanter could be the pick. First of all, there’s an outside chance Kanter will be selected No. 2 by Minnesota or No. 3 by Utah. Kanter appears to be a safer pick than Valanciunas for the Cavs. He’s ready to play right now. His offensive skills and physical development are further along. Then why would the Cavs select Valanciunas? His ceiling appears to be much higher. Once it all comes together for the Lithuanian center, he could become an All-Star. "They’re both risks," ESPN analyst Chad Ford said. "They both have upside. I think if you picked Kanter, you’re picking because he is a bit more polished offensively right now, and he has a better NBA body right now. "If you pick Valanciunas, you’re picking upside. You’re picking a guy who I know many NBA scouts feel in five years could end up being the best player in this draft, but he’s got a long way to go to get there." Via Bob Finnan/News-Herald
Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony reported on his Twitter account on Thursday that the Wizards and Phoenix Suns are working hardest to move up get Derrick Williams, but one source with knowledge of the situation said "there’s not" any truth to the speculation, while another with knowledge of the Timberwolves’ plans said that the Wizards have yet to contact Minnesota about making a deal. The Wizards have the sixth pick in the draft and President Ernie Grunfeld has already stated that the team is willing to "see what other opportunities come up." But they likely don’t have the talented veteran pieces that it would take to get the No. 2 pick. Minnesota was the NBA’s youngest team last season and just signed 20-year-old Ricky Rubio -- whom the Timberwolves selected in 2009 with fifth pick acquired from Washington in the Mike Miller and Randy Foye deal -- to a contract earlier this week. Via Michael Lee/Washington Post
While Derrick Williams has been open about what he feels will be his success on the next level, Markieff Morris isn’t so sure. From the Washington Post: "I didn’t think he was as good as advertised," Morris said. "He got the benefit of the calls from the ref and we had to guard him different. He definitely had a good game against us, because we couldn’t guard him how we wanted to guard him, and that’s what happened." So when he hears that Williams is a lock to go in the top two, Morris said, "It’s still surprises me. What he did to Duke, he wouldn’t do that to me or my brother [Marcus]. I’m dead serious. He wouldn’t. At all. He’s good. But if we was to work out, I would go at him and I would be able to stop him more than people would expect, you know what I mean." Oof. Markieff, from Kansas, is projected to be drafted in the middle of the first round. Derrick William’s is the consensus number two pick. THOUGHTS????
John Calipari lauded would-be UK player Enes Kanter as worthy of the overall No. 1 pick. "Yeah, he is," the UK coach said. "And, I'm telling you, people are looking at him right now and saying, 'Oh my gosh! How can I pass on this?' He's a beast. He's skill and all of 6-11. And I'm not talking about an undersized 6-7. You're talking about real size. They'll see athleticism they haven't seen. "If you're asking me and I'm picking at 1, I'm taking Enes Kanter. That's no disrespect to Kyrie (Irving) or any of those other players. They're all worthy of that, too. That's just me, personally. Then again, I'm probably biased." Calipari likened Kanter to "a Karl Malone-ish kind of guy." Via Jerry Tipton/Lexington Herald-Leader
John Wall is optimistic that the Wizards will find the right pieces this offseason, but he has big plans for his team and himself. "Next year, I just want to be in the playoffs," Wall said. "Everything I didn’t do good this year, you’re going to see me get better at next season, making jump shots, being more confident, less turnovers. But studying a lot, being a better defender, all those things. That’s the same thing Derrick said, ‘I want to be MVP.’ It might not happen next year, but at least by my third year, I want to be in the race." Via Michael Lee/Washington Post
By Aron Phillips Not to get technical, but the real Rookie of the Year this season was John Wall. I mean, he was a rookie, and Blake Griffin was not. It’s that simple. Averaging 16.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.3 assists, Wall wasn’t able to follow in the footsteps of former John Calipari point guards Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans by winning ROY honors, but as Coach Cal said, "He was tremendous." So what does he have to do to keep up with the league’s youngest MVP? From Michael Lee of The Washington Post: "He’s got to know the steps Derrick took – a lot of it was shooting – because right now, they running to the rim on John, they are going under pick and rolls. They are jamming up the other players off his man," Calipari said. "But when he starts making that knock down jumper, a totally different game. It doesn’t have to be from one year. Derrick did it in progression. He went from very little threes to just a few more to  threes in three years. Just make that progression and it doesn’t happen overnight. Sometimes, it comes back and hits you in the face." There’s clearly room for improvement. Wall shot only 40.9 percent from the floor and 29.6 percent from three this season, while Rose shot 47.5 percent and 22.2 percent his rookie year. While his field goal percentage dipped this year, there was a noticeable difference in the MVP’s three-point accuracy, finishing the season at a 33.2 percent clip. With his freshman season in the books, expect Wall to subscribe to the Larry Bird workout plan this summer. One word: jumpers. What do you think Wall has to work on the most this summer? Can he ever catch Rose?
The Philadelphia 76ers are expected try and trade Andre Iguodala this summer, according the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Kate Fagan. Iguodala was non-committal when asked about playing for the Sixers next season. "I expect to be back in the NBA," Iguodala said after the team's season-ending loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs. "It's always been a dream of mine to play ball. This has been a great ride so far, not just with the Sixers, just playing basketball in general. I'm really looking forward to getting some rest this summer, just letting my body recuperate and get back to 100 percent, and I'm really looking forward to next year being my best year in the league." Iguodala has 3 years, $56 million remaining on his contract. Via Philadelphia Inquirer
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