Blake/Outlaw for Haywood swap rumored

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nba_haywood_small.jpgAccording to rotoworld.com, the Blazers may be interested in shoring up their depleted frontline by swapping Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw to the Wizards for center Brendan Haywood. 

Blake, Outlaw, and Haywood all have expiring deals, which would make this a fairly low-risk move for both franchises. Blake has been underwhelming in his third season with the Blazers, averaging 7.5 points and 3.8 assists this season while shooting 40% from the field. With Andre Miller currently playing well, the Blazers have little use for Blake’s services. The Blazers also have a harem of talented young backcourt players, including Jarryd Bayless, Rudy Fernandez, Martell Webster, and rookie Patrick Mills, so it is probably in the Blazers’ best interest to let those players develop instead of letting Blake take their minutes. 
Outlaw is a talented scorer and is still only 25 years old, but has been hit hard by injuries this season; the recent strong play of 21-year old swingman Nicolas Batum also makes Outlaw somewhat expendable. For the Wizards, acquiring Outlaw could give them more freedom to trade Caron Butler, who they are believed to have been shopping as they look to rebuild.
For the Wizards, Haywood is quietly having one of the best seasons of his career. He is currently averaging 9.7 points on a career-best 56.1% mark from the field to compliment his 10.3 rebounds per game, which also represent a career high. He provides good defense and tough play inside, something the Blazers have missed since losing Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla to injury.

Of course, with their recent run of centers, Haywood may want to check his insurance before heading to the Pacific Northwest.

This trade looks like a slam-dunk for the Blazers if they can get the Wizards to agree on it. For the Wizards, the decision they have to make is whether Haywood fits into their long-term plans or whether or not it’s worth giving him up for some goodwill around the league and some much-needed stability in their backcourt. 

Watch James Harden do the #DriveByDunkChallenge from a speed boat (VIDEO)

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The #DriveByDunkChallenge has been a fun distraction this summer. If you don’t know what it is, it essentially involves NBA players jumping out of their cars to dunk on regular folks on community basketball hoops.

Players like Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown have led the charge in the social media video fad, and now it appears that Houston Rockets guard James Harden is setting a new trend.

That trend? Doing the #DriveByDunkChallenge from dang boat.

Yup, seriously.

Via Twitter:

I can’t think of anything more baller than dunking on somebody from a speed boat, so congrats to Harden for winning the NBA offseason.

Photoshop no more: here’s Gordon Hayward in a Boston Celtics uniform (PHOTO)

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I suppose it will take some time to get used to seeing Gordon Hayward in a Boston Celtics jersey. This photo is the first step on that journey.

In a photo posted to Hayward’s Instagram on Wednesday, many of us got our first look at the former Utah Jazz forward in his new digs.

Specifically, the new Celtics Nike jersey in green with the GE patch on the left shoulder.

Via Instagram:

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There are still some serious doubts about whether the Celtics will be able to unseat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, but perhaps they won’t need to wait for long. Rumors are starting to trickle in about LeBron James leaving Ohio, so maybe by the time we are used to seeing Hayward in Celtics green next season they will have less competition out east.

Dikembe Mutombo says he is putting together a group to buy the Rockets

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It appears as though Houston billionaire Dan Friedkin will have some competition if he decides to bid for the Rockets. Namely, former NBA big man Dikembe Mutombo.

Mutombo played in the NBA from 1991-2009, ending his career with five seasons in Houston. The franchise apparently made an impact on the Hall of Fame center, as he is apparently looking to buy the franchise per an interview with USA Today.

Speaking with Adi Joseph over at FTW, Mutombo would not give out names of his partners but said that he will be able to make a bid in the coming weeks.

Via FTW:

“I’m putting together a group to buy the Houston Rockets, and we’re getting close,” he said. “Getting close in the next couple weeks, maybe I’ll have a chance. Lot of people, lot of people and good people with a lot of money.”

With Leslie Alexander’s decision to sell the team, it certainly would be interesting to get another NBA player as part of team ownership in this league.

Watch the 10 best 360 plays from last season (video)

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The NBA’s top-10 highlight packages have been pretty enjoyable. This one is oddly specific – but still dizzyingly fun.