And-Ones: Howard, Edwards, Wembanyama, Tax Payments

Free agent middle Dwight Howard desires to proceed his NBA profession, however apparently is thinking about becoming a member of the WWE if he is unable to discover a crew, as Kurt Helin of NBC Sports relays (hat tip to Arash Markazi of ESPN Radio).

An eight-time All-NBA member and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, again accidents have sadly slowed down Howard compared to his supremely athletic peak. Still, he is been a productive backup middle the previous three years for the Lakers and Sixers, profitable a hoop with Los Angeles in 2020.

In 60 video games (16.2 MPG) with the Lakers in 2021/22, the 36-year-old averaged 6.2 PPG and 5.9 RPG. He’s one in every of a number of veteran free brokers nonetheless in search of a crew this summer time.

Here’s extra from across the basketball world:

  • Fenerbahçe of Turkey is reportedly focusing on Carsen Edwards, per Basket News. Bugra Uzar of Eurohoops experiences that Edwards and the EuroLeague aspect are in “superior talks.” The No. 33 choose of the 2019 draft, Edwards spent his first couple of seasons with the Celtics, showing in 68 whole video games whereas averaging 3.6 PPG and 1.1 RPG in 9.8 MPG. He was traded to Memphis final September, subsequently waived, and spent the vast majority of final season within the G League, averaging 26.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.2 APG and 1.6 SPG in 31 common season video games for the Salt Lake City Stars, Utah’s affiliate. The 5’11” guard signed a contract with the Pistons on the finish of final season, showing in 4 video games with averages of 5.8 PPG and three.5 APG in 19.8 MPG. However, his crew possibility for ’22/23 was declined on the finish of June, making him an unrestricted free agent.
  • French phenomenon Victor Wembanyama will miss the upcoming EuroBasket match after sustaining a muscle harm, in line with a report from Eurohoops. The 7’3″ Wembanyama is the projected No. 1 choose of the 2023 draft and thought of by some expertise evaluators to be the most effective prospect the NBA has seen in a few a long time. The group part of EuroBasket ideas off on September 1.
  • One NBA crew proprietor tells Steve Bulpett of Heavy.com that he thinks groups receiving funds from taxpayers on the finish of the season ought to be required to reinvest that cash into rosters quite than pocketing it. The seven taxpaying groups in ’21/22, led by the Warriors, paid a mixed $481,021,386, shattering the outdated report of $173.3MM again in ’02/03. The 23 non-taxpaying groups obtained half of that whole, so every crew obtained a $10,456,987 fee. The league obtained the remaining $240,510,693 to assist fund its income sharing program.

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