According to the Chicago Sun-Times, VCU head coach Shaka Smart has turned down Illinois’ offer to become its men’s basketball coach.
Rumors and Rants
The Los Angeles Lakers have been looking to upgrade their point guard rotation ever since the NBA rejected a proposed trade for Chris Paul back in December. On Thursday just before the NBA’s 3 p.m. trade deadline they did just that.
The Lakers swung a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire Ramon Sessions in exchange for their first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Cavs will also have the right to swap Miami’s first-round pick in 2013 (which they own) for Los Angeles’ if they so choose.
Oh Dwight Howard, will you ever make up your mind?
After originally demanding a trade, Howard claimed he would stay with the Orlando Magic through next season. Then yesterday he went back on that saying he wouldn’t give up the opt-out clause in hi contract.
Well today, just hours before the NBA’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, Howard has reversed course again, claiming he will not opt-out of his contract and will return to Orlando next season.
Got all of that?
Editor’s note: Expectedly, this post I wrote earlier this afternoon stayed relevant for all of about a few hours before, as I predicted, Dwight waffled again…or the reporters did. Who knows. (But the Disney thing…that’s still in play.)
Earlier today reports broke that Dwight Howard was willing to return to the Orlando Magic next season and wouldn’t opt out of his contract this summer.
That news has since been debunked and he is not willing to waive his opt-out clause. That means the Magic may have to move him before tomorrow’s trade deadline or risk losing him and getting nothing in return.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors started the NBA’s trade deadline bonanza to a rousing start Tuesday night by pulling off a five-player deal.
In the trade Golden State sent Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to Milwaukee in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.