Jamal Crawford still wants an extension or trade, still nothing happening

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Thumbnail image for hawks_logo.gifWe said it before but it bears repeating, the Atlanta Hawks are in no rush to move or extend the contract of Jamal Crawford.

Crawford has pushed for one of those options, but the Hawks have not made a move, and according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution the team has not decided yet even if they want to do one of those things.

Crawford needs to be patient, he has no real leverage here. He’s a very good player — the NBA’s sixth man of the year — and there might be teams willing to take on his $10 million contract as an expiring deal that comes with some scoring, but he’s going to be hard pressed to get an extension right now. From anyone. It’s smart for him to try before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement lands, but it’s just as smart for the Hawks to wait. And the Hawks hold the cards here.

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.