Joe Johnson's Going To The Brooklyn Nets, Dwight Howard Isn't. Ever.
7.3 The Cooler

Joe Johnson Is Coming To Brooklyn; Chauncey Billups Interested In The Heat

By 07.03.12
Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups (photo. Jonathan Mannion)

Speaking of gigantic contracts, Rashard Lewis‘s obscene deal is now over, and he’s using Jedi mind tricks to entice the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat. Apparently, L.A., New York and Miami are the favorites. But Miami isn’t just going for 2005 treasures who can’t play anymore. They’re going for 2005 treasures who can still play. Chauncey Billups wanted to come to South Beach last year after New York stabbed him in the back, and now HOOPSWORLD reports he has interest in joining up with the NBA champs. This’ll be a nice test for CP3’s recruiting efforts. The Los Angeles Times reports the Clippers are set to offer Billups a one-year deal for $4 million. If you were Miami, would you rather go after Billups or Ray Allen? … Everyone else might be leaving the cornfields, but Indiana’s George Hill is staying put thanks to a five-year deal. If you needed any more proof that the Pacers had moved past Darren Collison as their future starting point guard, this was the last straw. Hill took over the position last year by averaging 13.9 points and 5.3 assists in nine starts, while spearheading a seven-game winning streak. More than likely, this will open up a possible DC trade in the future … As for other point guards looking for new deals, Jrue Holiday‘s agent says he’s looking for a max extension with Philly, while Houston’s Goran Dragic wants his new contract with the Rockets to start at $10 million next year. What are these guys drinking? In fact, what was the point of the lockout? And we thought giving Gerald Wallace $40 million was bad … And in one of the most bizarre scenarios in recent Team USA memory, the Olympic Team is running out of options. If this keeps up, they won’t even need a selection show. Yesterday, it was reported Lamar Odom withdrew his name from consideration. Then, Anthony Davis sprained his ankle during a workout at the Hornets practice facility, and as of yet, there’s no definitive word on whether he’ll have a chance to compete for a spot. Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler are nearly guaranteed to be on the team. The remaining three spots will be fought over by Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Eric Gordon, Rudy Gay, James Harden, and then possibly Davis. Who would you take? This Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV will air the USA Basketball Selection Show. While we still know many of the probable players, the final few spots should be very interesting … We’re out like Howard’s Brooklyn plans.

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