Houston Rockets guard James Harden said Friday he’s got no issues with former teammate and current Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard, whom he’ll face Saturday night. Harden and Howard were teammates for three seasons with the Rockets until Howard declined to pick up his player option this summer. Howard signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with Atlanta.
During a disappointing 41-41 2015-16 season, a source told ESPN the relationship between Howard and Harden was “cordially bad.” It’s something Harden disputes. “Yeah we’re cool,” Harden said.
Source: Calvin Watkins of ESPN
76ers Considered Trading Markelle Fultz To Move Up In Draft
The Philadelphia 76ers had internal discussions about packaging the No. 10 and 26 picks, along with former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, to move into the top five, league sources told The Athletic.
The target was Porter during these discussions. However, that thinking dampened with Porter’s back remaining a major question mark. If JJ Redick leaves in free agency, Fultz is the favorite to start at shooting guard.
Source: Michael Scotto of The Athletic
Sources: Dwight Howard, Nets to Negotiate Buyout
Karl-Anthony Towns Has Not Asked For A Trade
According to several people familiar with the situation, there has not been an impasse between the two. Towns has not asked for a trade and the Wolves are not considering trading him. As contract extension talks kick off for Towns this summer, the communication only figures to increase.
Source: Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic