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NBA roundup: Tolliver, Blatche, Timberlake


NBA roundup: Tolliver, Blatche, Timberlake

Free agent forward Anthony Tolliver to the Wizards? Is that buzz still kicking despite the team being nine deep up front?
According to this FOXSports writer's tweet, the Wizards are indeed one of five squads in the mix for the 6-foot-8 power forward. Hmmm, label me highly skeptical, though admittedlythe addition of Martell Webster was a touch surprising considering the Wizards frontcourt depth and small forward options.
At least in that case, the roster needed another shooter, but it's hard to fathom where Tolliver fits in. Unless Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld hasa trade in the works, signinganother forward would be a true stunner.Even though the reports of Andray Blatche signing with the Nets have not been publicly confirmed by the team or player and there is at least outlet saying it's not done yet, apparently John Lucas thinks it's a done deal. Seeing as Blatche spent the summer training with the ex-NBA point guard so he might have some insight, perhaps. (ProBasketballTalk)Interesting data regarding the importance of making 3's and taking wise shots from beyond the arc - which further illustrates why the Wizards drafted Bradley Beal, signed Webster and kept Cartier Martin. (SBNation)This is no rookie hazing, but Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is back carrying bags and doing grunt work - as an intern for GQ magazine during Fashion Week.Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos is recovering after suffering whatis described as a mild stroke last month. (Associated Press)Justin Timberlake may be bringing sexy back to the Memphis Grizzlies ownership box. (ProBasketballTalk)

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 



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