Gooden likely to receive buyout

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Drew Gooden was included in the Mavericks/Wizards trade to make the salaries work, but he may not end up playing basketball for Washington. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Gooden will “likely negotiate a buyout” with the Wizards. Wojnarowski reports that the Nuggets, Bucks, and Bobcats are the most likely suitors for Gooden, and that a return to the Mavericks is still in play. 

Gooden is capable of scoring in a variety of ways and has shown flashes of strong play, but the former #4 overall pick has never quite put all of his skills together. He’s never been a very efficient scorer at the NBA level, and his defense has been somewhat of an issue. Gooden’s greatest strength is his rebounding. Gooden has been effective on the boards, and is currently in the top-10 in rebound rate among power forwards. It makes sense that teams helmed by Larry Brown and Scott Skiles are looking at Gooden, as both coaches value the ability to control the boards. 
Gooden will never live up to his potential as a top-5 pick. However, he can still contribute to a quality team, and could be a nice discount pickup amidst all the big trade rumors. 

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.