From all apparent indications, the Orlando Magic’s new GM, Rob Hennigan, is taking an uber cautious approach when it comes to trading Dwight Howard. It’s probably a wise choice, Howard being the biggest chip on his table by far. There’s some talk of any prospective deal being shelved until the deadline but what else is he going to say? If the right deal presents itself, he’ll take it. None of us knows what that really means, he has received plenty of proposals and none has floated his boat so far. As for the Lakers, management will have to decide on the best course of action with regards to Andrew Bynum, an elite big man who’s been with the team since the age of 17. My guess would be that there’s some sort of plan beyond waiting on Orlando. Then again, we all remember how last season played out with Pau. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that his happiness factor was compromised just a wee bit. Lessons learned, hopefully.
Janis Carr at the OC Register wonders if Andrew is here to stay.
Andy Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers, writes about Christian Eyenga and summer league play.
Mark Medina at the L.A. Times has five things to take from Team USA’s win over Spain.
Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie, examines Shaq’s displeasure with Orlando, as regards the coaching search and Brian Shaw.
LJ Hann at Clips Nation, looks at Adam Morrison’s summer stand, and urges the Clippers to pay the man.
James Herbert writes one of his typically fine articles for Hardwood Paroxysm, this time about Jerome Randle, a player on the fringe.
Ian Levy takes a look at the aging of basketball players, also for Hardwood Paroxysm.
For now, the week proceeds apace. Jordan Hill’s back in the fold, making for a nice, deep bench when it comes to the bigs rotations. There were some quick rumors about Delonte West before the Mavericks re-upped him. Here on the FB&G front, J.M. introduced a great best-of series, and will keep it rolling throughout the coming weeks. Other tasty features are looming as well. If anything of the urgent news variety comes across our feeds, we’ll break into the regularly scheduled programming. Y’all do the same, please.
– Dave Murphy