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Report: Denver contract extension talks with Lawson slow

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Ty Lawson was one member of the draft class of 2009 contract where a contract extension was thought to be a lock. The two sides were talking and the assumption around the league has been that the Nuggets would not let the speedy young point guard that seems born to run George Karl’s offense go.

Or… maybe not. Interesting tweet from Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.


Previous reports were that the Nuggets had offered four years, $44 million as an extension. Which seems a fair price and I can’t imagine the two sides are all that far off. So most likely this is one side (player or team) trying to put pressure on the debate by leaking that things have slowed.

The Nuggets are a team willing to pay JaVale McGee $10 million this season, you have to think they will pony up for Lawson. So long as Lawson isn’t being unreasonable.

If no deal is reached by the Halloween deadline, Lawson becomes a restricted free agent next summer. Then we’ll see what the real market for him is.

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.