Dallas Is Breaking Up The Champs; Dwight Howard Names His Price

By: 12.08.11

Jamal Crawford

The dominoes are already beginning to fall with training camps right around the corner. Yesterday, we saw that Richard Jefferson was on his way out in San Antonio (amnesty clause) and Tracy McGrady was set to join Atlanta. The Jefferson thing is cool if you’re a team in need of another wing player, but don’t expect to be getting the guy who used to put up big numbers in New Jersey. It’s probably not just us, but what he was doing in San Antonio – or what he wasn’t doing – was a big warning sign. As we mentioned earlier, Caron Butler has already been out there to see about the opportunity. But the real conversation starter is T-Mac – a Dime and fan favorite – going to Atlanta for a veteran minimum. The Hawks have second round issues, and knowing Tracy’s luck, this’ll be the year they don’t even get out of the first. Either way, do you think this is only backup in case Jamal Crawford leaves? Or is this a sign Crossover is out? … The long, drawn-out, arduous journey of the Chicago Bulls search for a two guard might finally be coming to an end. They want Crawford. JC wants them. According to HOOPSWORLD, the Bulls are trying to dangle Ronnie Brewer and one other unnamed player in a sign-n-trade to get that coveted extra scoring punch. If it doesn’t work out, Crawford will go with any number of teams – outside of perhaps Indiana – who have a ton of money to offer but very few wins … Marc Stein reports that Sacramento has offered a four-year $20 million deal to Chuck Hayes, and they’re optimistic the former Rocket will accept. Why couldn’t the Chuck Wagon stay in Houston? Putting him on a terrible squad just takes away from everything he does well … And for those of you who hate the Heat, don’t turn on the TV today. Rich Bucher is tweeting that Shane Battier could be signing with the league villains as early as sometime today … An Israeli study published in the journal Nature Communications recently tried to debunk the myth of the “hot hand.” Basically, what they found was after a made shot, a player was more likely to shoot the same shot a second time than if he had missed, and that he was no more likely to hit it either way. That doesn’t sound terribly convincing. We just thought it was funny they focused mainly on Kobe Bryant. Any Laker fan will tell you that any time Bryant makes even two threes in a row, the next time he gets it out there, you might as well just book the shot attempt and start running back the other way … 50 Cent is signing DJ Pauly D to his new record label, G-Note Records. We’re guaranteeing this dude will be almost as annoying as Tony Yayo (once thought to be an impossibility) … And did you see Washington’s new court? Almost as hot as their jerseys … We’re out like RJ.

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