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Report: Dwight Howard will negotiate buyout with Nets

Dwight Howard

The Brooklyn Nets acquired Dwight Howard as part of a trade with the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, but they apparently do not intend to keep the star big man on their roster.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports that Howard is expected to negotiate a buyout with the Nets and become a free agent.

Howard, 32, had a strong year with the Hornets last season, as he averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. However, he has a reputation for being a negative locker room presence. A report that surfaced after he was traded on Wednesday made it seem as though he lived up to that reputation in Charlotte.

Spurs, Lakers have reportedly had ‘no dialogue’ on Kawhi Leonard trade

Kawhi Leonard

It is widely believed that Kawhi Leonard wants to force his way to the Los Angeles Lakers and plans to sign with them after next season regardless of what happens, but apparently the San Antonio Spurs have not even discussed a potential trade with L.A.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Spurs are entertaining trade proposals involving Leonard but have not actively pursued any. They have also had “no dialogue” with the Lakers about a deal.

You would think the Lakers would have at least called the Spurs by now, so it’s possible there was a situation where they offered something San Antonio considered insulting and didn’t even bother to return the call.

Gregg Popovich recently met with Leonard to discuss the star forward’s future with the franchise, but reports indicate Leonard still wants out and is unhappy with the way one of his teammates criticized him publicly.

Report: Celtics unwilling to trade Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown to move up in draft

Jayson Tatum

The Boston Celtics are always a threat to make a big move before or during the NBA Draft, and they are reportedly interested in moving into the top five to add to a young core that may be the best in the league. The problem is, however, that they may not be able to make such a move without giving up one of their up-and-coming stars.

Sam Amick of USA Today said Thursday that he expects “fireworks” before the draft with Boston looking to move up, but he notes that any trade will be difficult to facilitate without Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown.

The Celtics may be willing to trade Brown in the right deal, but Tatum is about as close to untouchable as it gets. He proved in the absence of Kyrie Irving during the playoffs that he has the potential to be a franchise player and a legitimate star.

If the Celtics were to trade Brown, it would probably be for one specific player. It seems unlikely that team president Danny Ainge would give up proven young NBA talent just to draft a player like Mo Bamba or Luka Doncic.

Jets WR Robby Anderson gets six months probation for reckless driving

Robby Anderson

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson has been arrested multiple times in the past year or so, but he could not have asked for much better results in his cases given all the legal trouble.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Anderson pled no contest on Wednesday to charges stemming from a reckless driving incident on Jan. 19. He received six months of probation, which is the harshest of the consequences from his two arrests.

In the January incident, Anderson reportedly sped past a marked police car while driving over 105 mph. He then allegedly threatened to sexually assault an officer’s wife, and some of his charges included harm to a public servant/family, reckless driving, eluding police, and resisting arrest. The felony charges were dropped and Anderson was only facing one misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

Anderson was also arrested last year following an alleged physical altercation with an officer at a music festival. All of the charges from that case were dropped last month.

The Jets have stuck with Anderson despite his numerous off-field issues. The 24-year-old caught 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in a breakout season last year.

Oregon looking to extend time for fans to drink before games

The University of Oregon allows fans to consume alcohol in the parking lots outside Autzen Stadium starting four hours before kickoff, and apparently there is some concern that more time should be allotted for people to get their booze on.

According to Maggie Vanoni of The Register-Guard, Oregon has asked the Eugene City Council to amend the city code to allow alcohol to be consumed in tailgate reserved parking lots six hours before football games. Athletic department officials argue that extending the alcohol consumption period would “enhance the experience for fans and decrease traffic congestion before games.”

That’s one way of looking at it.

“Sixty percent of our current football season ticket base comes from beyond Lane, Linn and Benton counties,” UO Deputy Athletic Director Eric Roedl. “Which means they are driving a significant distance, often three to four hours round trip, to come to Oregon football games. So, it’s truly an all-day commitment to come.”

Naturally, city councilors have questioned whether the additional time to legally consume alcohol would result in excessive drinking. University of Oregon Police Chief Matthew Carmichael says it may actually have the opposite effect.

“It’s been my experience that by extending the time doesn’t increase the amount of alcohol one person consumes,” he said. “There are some arguments that say it would actually reduce that rush-feel to want to drink more in a short period of time.”

The City Council is expected to vote on the proposed change on July 9. As long as the additional boozing window doesn’t result in tailgating incidents like this, the impending change shouldn’t be regretted.

Watch: Mississippi State fan’s hilarious CWS interview goes viral

The College World Series is so important to some people that they are willing to go to great lengths to secure a trip to Omaha. One Mississippi State fan had the story to top all stories, but we have some bad news about it.

It appears the fan was joking.

On Wednesday, an interview from the CWS went viral that featured a Mississippi State fan explaining how his wife’s boyfriend — yes, you read that right — sold his prosthetic leg so the husband could afford the trip to Omaha.

The rabid Bulldogs fan is Terry Powell, and he was definitely joking about his wife having a boyfriend and the boyfriend selling his prosthetic leg. That much is evident when you watch the full interview, but Powell should probably look into stand-up comedy.

Since the hilarious interview went viral, Powell has received multiple requests for radio spots.

One guy who actually has a prosthetic leg even got in on the fun:

We’ve seen some crazy things happen at the College World Series already this year, so no one would have been shocked if Powell was telling the truth.

Terrell Owens would love to play for ‘favorite’ coach Andy Reid again

Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens has not played in an NFL game since the 2010 season, but the Hall of Fame wide receiver has hinted that he wants to attempt a comeback on numerous occasions over the past several years. He’s back to talking about it again, and it sounds like he has a specific team in mind.

One of T.O.’s Twitter followers said this week that Owens should walk into Arrowhead Stadium and demand that Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid give him a job. Owens, who played for Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles, is all for the idea.

T.O. is set to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame next month, and he has created a lot of controversy by refusing to attend the induction ceremony.

For what it’s worth, Owens has pitched himself to specific teams in the past. There’s no chance Reid is going to sign him, but it’s entertaining that the 44-year-old still has not ruled out the possibility of playing in the NFL again.

Stephen Curry defends wife’s Houston restaurant

Ayesha Curry

If Houston Rockets fans refuse to eat at Stephen Curry’s wife’s restaurant just because they hate the Golden State Warriors so much, the two-time MVP will be more than happy to compensate for their stubbornness.

International Smoke, Ayesha Curry’s restaurant, is set to open a location in Houston next month. While no one has had the pleasure of dining there yet, Rockets fans are already flooding the restaurant’s Yelp page with 1-star reviews.

On Wednesday night, Steph Curry defended his wife and gave the restaurant a plug.

There’s already an International Smoke location in the Bay Area, and it has been incredibly popular since it opened late last year. Given the way some Rockets fans treated Ayesha Curry after a playoff game this season, it’s no surprise they’re trying to sabotage her new restaurant.

Look: PNC Park tunnel floods due to storm

PNC Park has found itself in some murky waters … literally.

The park was scheduled to host a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, but a heavy downpour of rain in the area threw a wrench into those plans. After the contest was delayed for more than two hours by the weather, officials ultimately decided to postpone it instead.

In retrospect, it’s a good thing that they did because the rain got so bad that a tunnel behind the visitor’s dugout was completely flooded by a brownish pool of water that was nearly knee-high. Matt Freed of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shared video of the wild scene.

A makeup date for the game has yet to be announced. However, with PNC Park set to play host to another contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, hopefully they can get the flood waters cleaned up quickly (and before it starts to affect the fans, like we saw before at another ballpark).

Hall of Famer Kevin McHale spotted at Trump rally in Minnesota

Kevin McHale

Donald Trump has a Hall of Famer on his side.

Trump held a rally in Duluth, Minn. on Wednesday, and there was one attendee who stood out from the rest — literally. Basketball Hall of Famer Kevin McHale was spotted in attendance, and he was in quite close range to the president.

McHale’s wife is a vocal supporter of Trump but deleted her Twitter account after the photo of her husband at the rally began to circulate.

McHale’s support of Trump comes at a time when the president is under fire for leading a highly controversial border patrol policy that many deem unethical. That was among the subjects the president addressed at his rally.

McHale, who is from Minnesota and went to college at the University of Minnesota, was a seven-time All-Star for the Boston Celtics. He has worked in the NBA as a front office executive. He also served as the head coach of the Timberwolves and most recently, the Rockets.

McHale was involved in a beef with his former player James Harden last year.

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