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Friday And-1 links: Another report Brandon Roy looks good


Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Packers fans like bratwurst.

• We are in the “everyone looks good working out” portion of the summer, so take all those reports with a grain of salt. But hey, Brandon Roy looks good working out.

• Good read for Jazz fans as the Salt Lake Tribune caught up with Tyrone Corbin.

The Pacers signed Sam Young, Sundiata Gaines and Blake Ahearn to contracts. Those are likely make-good contracts but they might have a real shot at the roster.

• The Timberwolves were “encouraged” by Hassan Whiteside’s workout. Don’t confuse that with them offering him a deal, however.

• The Hawks have signed second round pick forward Mike Scott. GM Danny Ferry said he is going to make the roster this season.

• The Heat are bringing in Mickell Gladness and Jarvis Varnado to training camp on make good contracts. Which means they are basically camp foder.

• The Nets are going to bring in Dominic McGuire and Josh Childress will work out for them next week.

• Chris Wright will get a make-good camp invite from the Raptors.

• The Nuggets have another free agent they may want to deal with and lock down before next summer — GM Masai Ujiri.

• Javaris Crittendon has been charged with murder and is almost out of the NBA, but he’s still all over TMZ.

• The more I read about how Mike Gillispie treated people and players at Texas Tech, the more I am sickened. Some people just don’t know how to handle power and feel the need to demonstrate it all the time. Just to show they have it.

Details of potential Dwight Howard trade leaking. Magic get Lopez, picks.

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UPDATE 4:54 pm: The Clippers may be the fourth team in the deal, reports both Ken Berger at CBSSports.com and Chad Ford at ESPN. The Clippers would send a first round pick to the Nets for MarShon Brooks, then the Nets would ship that pick to the Magic as part of the deal.

This appears to be getting very close.

Here is the deal as ESPN describes it now:

According to sources the Nets would receive Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark in the proposed deal. The Magic would get Brook Lopez in a sign-and-trade, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks — two from the Nets and a lottery protected first from the Clippers. The Cavs would get Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick from the Nets and three million in cash. The Clippers would receive MarShon Brooks.

2:26 pm: We start with this disclaimer — this deal is not yet approved. And complex deals can fall apart fast.

But this one is picking up steam and details of what the Dwight Howard three-team trade involving the Nets and Cavaliers might be are starting to leak out.

The deal remains in flux, but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (and who you can see on the NBC Sports Network tonight) broke down the details of the trade as of right now.

In the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets’ Brook Lopez, Damion James, Sheldon Williams, Cleveland’s Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando’s Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn’s Sundiata Gaines, Kris Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also would send (MarShon) Brooks to a fourth team to get them an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic.

Both teams will want their doctors to examine the other key people in this trade — the Nets want to look at Howard’s back, the Magic at Lopez’s foot.

Even after that there are a lot of questions. Will Humphries sign a one-year deal in Cleveland or will he demand the security of a multi-year deal. Will Brooks agree to sign wherever he might land? What kind of picks can the Nets get for MarShon Brooks?

Then the big one, is this the best the Magic can do?

It’s a whole lot less than the Hornets were able to get back for Chris Paul.

You never get equal value trading an NBA superstar. There are maybe 10 (Bobcats GM Rich Cho will say less than that) in the NBA and you need one or more to win. When you get one, you fight not to let him go. And if you have to move him you never get equal value because you’re not getting another franchise anchor back.

But the question becomes, how much can you get back? What is enough?

That’s the question Orlando’s front office is weighing.

The Nets are pushing for it because if they land Howard to go with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, they are a powerhouse title contender.

Deron Williams, Kris Humphries out for Nets vs. Celtics


We knew it was going to be a few more days before fans could get back to booing Kris Humphries due to a sprained shoulder, but now another key Nets player will be out Wednesday against Boston.

Deron Williams will sit out the game due to sore ribs, reports Stefan Bondy at the New York Daily News. That stampede sound you just heard was gamblers trying to get a bet in before the line changes.

“It’s not my ribs, it’s the muscle – obliques,” Williams explained. “It’s pretty sore. Coach and (the trainer) thought it was best for me to sit out. If I got hit on it again, it wouldn’t be good. We’ll see how it goes. I woke up this morning and it was a little more sore than yesterday. I thought it would be better today.”

The injury occurred when Williams was elbowed in the ribs Monday by Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough, a seemingly incidental play that clearly hurt Williams at the time as he fell to the floor (he got up and finished the game). X-Rays were negative.

So, facing a hot Boston side the Nets will be without Williams, Humphries and Brook Lopez. Instead they will start MarShon Brooks and Sundiata Gaines in the back court with Damion Jones, Mehmet Okur and Shelden Williams up front. Yes, we pretty much expect the game to look like this.

The Nets are off Thursday and play again Friday in Toronto.

Sundiata Gaines almost died from gunshot at age 4

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Sundiata Gaines is a bit of an NBA cult hero for his game winning shot in Utah. He’s one of those guys who has fought hard (and won fans) the past few seasons as he tried to find stable footing in the NBA. He was last with the Nets and the team may pick up his option whenever the lockout ends, but Gaines has free agency staring him in the face. Again.

But that is nothing like the fight he had as a child just to survive.

In a freak accident Gains was shot in the neck on a Brooklyn street at the age of four. It’s a powerful story he retold to the New York Daily News.

He’s 4 years old, decades from becoming a point guard on the Nets. He’s standing in front of a photocopy store, looking in the window while waiting for his brother to return from the supermarket. The family needs groceries, or maybe something else. Gaines can’t remember. A man with a suitcase walks up to the store. He’s an off duty police officer, an NYPD detective, but that’s not understood until later.

The suitcase drops.

“I knew something was wrong. I knew I was bleeding,” Gaines says. “I didn’t want to touch it, but my mother was over there panicking. It kind of felt like a quick sting. I was kind of alert at the moment. I was calm. And then my mother started panicking, then I’m in a state of panic – what’s going on, what’s going on.”

Gaines was shot in the neck. The bullet went through the right side and out the back under his hairline. One inch in another direction and it would have ripped through his jugular vein, killing the toddler. Somehow the impact between the sidewalk and the suitcase triggered the gun inside, and apparently Gaines was standing in the wrong place.

Gaines obviously survived and just won a lot more fans around the NBA, I think. Let’s hope he stick with the Nets — the Brooklyn native getting to help the team open the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn in 2012 seems the ultimate poetic reward.

Nets Quinton Ross done for season with herniated disk

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Quinton Ross has barely touched the court lately for the Nets — just four minutes total in the team’s last seven games — but now it is official, he is done for the season.

He has a herniated disk in his back and the Nets are shutting him down, reports the New York Post.

“Unfortunately he has another disk situation,” (Nets coach Avery) Johnson said. “We’re going to confirm that when we get home, but based on preliminary discussions with Tim and our doctors, he’s out.”

The Nets aren’t headed to the playoffs but they are banged up none the less. Deron Williams is dealing with sore wrists and Sundiata Gaines is out for the season as well.