The reportedly preference for Dwight Howard is to sign with the Nets in the offseason as a free agent, which would allow the franchise to retain the assets they do have.
Howard is enthused about teaming up with Deron Williams and he could likely receive a more lucrative adidas extension in Brooklyn.
The Magic have not given up on keeping Howard and are interested in a trade for either Steve Nash or Monta Ellis, but both possibilities are remote.
Michael Jordan’s longtime personal residence in suburban Chicago is for sale for $29 million.
The sprawling estate is in Highland Park, along Lake Michigan, and has more than 56,000 square feet of living space.
That includes nine bedrooms, 15 baths and five fireplaces.
There’s also a three-bedroom guesthouse, pool area, outdoor tennis court and three climate-controlled multi-car garages.
An indoor basketball complex features a full-size regulation court with specially cushioned hardwood flooring and competition-quality high intensity lighting. It has a sound system set up to provide perfect acoustics within the court space.
The property was put on the market Wednesday by Katherine Chez-Malkin of Baird & Warner Real Estate.
Nate McMillan heard about a report Brandon Roy is considering a comeback fro reporters at Portland’s practice on Tuesday.
“I haven’t seen that, I haven’t heard that,” McMillan said. “But that would be surprising.”
Crawford saw Roy in Seattle over the All-Star break, but the recently retired former All-Star did not mention the possibility.
“I read it on HoopsHype like everybody else,” Crawford said. “It caught me off guard, too.”
Roy is not eligible to return to the Blazers until his current contract, which the team used their amnesty clause on, expires in 2015.
“I think a lot of us made a lot of selfish decisions that day. I made a selfish decision to stop trying to break it up and to confront Lindsey Hunter and Richard Hamilton. That was my selfish decision. Ron made a selfish decision by going into the stands. We all made selfish decisions, but at the same time, we were protecting each other. It’s kind of hard to see if that’s right or wrong.”
— Stephen Jackson
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According to sources with the Warriors, there is little to the trade rumors involving Monta Ellis going to the Nets for Brook Lopez.
Sources that spoke with Marcus Thompson said the Warriors would want more than Lopez in exchange for Ellis.
Golden State still believes they have a shot to acquire Dwight Howard.
Howard has made it clear that he is not interested in playing for the Warriors long-term.
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he can dance, but that he does not feel as if the All-Star Game is the right venue to showcase those skills.
“I can dance,” Rose said after Sunday night’s All-Star Game. “But there’s a time and place for that and I don’t think it was right, then and there.”
“I don’t care,” Rose said.
“You just know that’s me, man. If you would have saw me out there dancing, you would have been looking at me different. I’m just me. I can’t be anybody else. I think that’s what people see.”
Deron Williams does not want to address the subject of possibly playing in his hometown on a permanent basis during this trip to Dallas, but his coach acknowledged that the Mavericks are a major threat to sign the free agent-to-be.
New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson has a lot of respect for his former boss, Mavs owner Mark Cuban.
The billionaire has teamed with Dallas president basketball of operations Donnie Nelson to give the Mavs the financial flexibility this summer to attempt to sign Williams and/or Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.
Luol Deng wore a T-shirt honoring Africa during pre-game introductions at the All-Star Game, raising awareness while also risking a potential fine.
“If I get fined, I’m OK,” he told ESPN. “To me, what I did is worth it for me. I wouldn’t do something that’s negative. I’m not advertising anything.
“I just felt like being where I’m from and where I came from, it’s something that I always wanted to see as a kid. I’m sure there’s a kid out there, or a lot of kids, who really enjoyed it and made them happy to see that.”
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture during the Western Conference’s 152-149 win over the East on Sunday night, the team announced on its website.
Bryant was bloodied by a hard foul from Miami’s Dwyane Wade and stayed in the game, but he left to be evaluated afterward. A CT scan revealed a broken nose.
He was expected to be examined and re-evaluated by ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Monday when he returns to Los Angeles. He didn’t attend the postgame media session Sunday.