Adrian Wojnarowski

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Adrian Wojnarowski is the NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports. His book "The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty"; was a New York Times best-seller. He is a 1991 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he considers Butler Gymnasium's rims to be the most giving in the game.

  • Sources: Chris Kaman, Lakers interested in deal

    As Dwight Howard leaves Los Angeles, the Lakers and free-agent center Chris Kaman have a growing mutual interest, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Chris Kaman (L) is shown with Dirk Nowitzki. (USA Today)

    Several other teams have expressed interest in Kaman, including Golden State, Atlanta, Sacramento and New York, sources said.

    Discussions are still in the formative stages, but Kaman has a reputation as a hard-working, dependable 7-footer who can fill a needed role.

    Kaman played his first eight NBA seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers, and a return to Southern California to join the Lakers has strong appeal to him, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

    Kaman, 31, averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 20 minutes a game for the Dallas Mavericks in 2012-'13.

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  • Rockets give Dwight Howard what Lakers, Kobe wouldn't: unconditional love

    Dwight Howard could never be the biggest star of the Lakers with Kobe Bryant around. (USA Today Sports)

    Within the Los Angeles Lakers, there had been a belief that a late January team meeting in Memphis could've been the beginning of Dwight Howard's future with the franchise, or merely the beginning of the end. No restraints, no mercy, no holding back. Kobe Bryant had climbed into Howard in a way that was startling, sobering, a moment of penetrating and unpleasant truths.

    Every time you trash me to teammates, it gets back to me, witnesses said Bryant told Howard in the visiting locker room of the FedEx Forum. Every time you do one of your impersonations when I walk out of the room, I find out. Everything tumbled out of Bryant, one grievance after another, and the Lakers coaches and players sat watching the two biggest personas in the room push closer together, or irreconcilably apart.

    Bryant had come to rage against the idea that Howard's clownish disposition could overtake the locker room, the Lakers' culture, and had warned Howard that he would never, ever let it happen. He hated it

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  • Carl Landry agrees to $26 million deal with Kings

    Carl Landry has reached agreement on a four-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said.

    Carl Landry is moving from the Warriors to the Kings. (USA Today Sports)Landry will make $26 million over the course of the contract, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

    Landry opted out of the final year of his deal in Golden State and ultimately passed on a less lucrative offer to join the contending Los Angeles Clippers.

    Landry, 29, averaged nearly 11 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes a game for the Warriors last season.

    In seven NBA seasons with Houston, Sacramento, New Orleans and Golden State, Landry has averaged 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds a game. He had two productive seasons for the Kings from 2009-11, averaging 18 points and 6.5 rebounds in 2009-10.

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  • Omri Casspi signing two-year deal with Rockets

    Free agent Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born player ever selected in the first round of the NBA draft, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Omri Casspi played in 43 games for the Cavs last season. (USA Today Sports)Casspi's two-year, $2 million deal will include a team option in 2014-15, a league source said.

    Casspi, 25, played an increasingly diminished role with the Cavaliers the past two seasons. The Rockets had long been interested in signing Casspi and became even more interested in his shooting touch with the commitment of free-agent center Dwight Howard.

    Casspi averaged a career-best 10.3 points in his rookie season with Sacramento in 2009-10.

    Cleveland traded J.J. Hickson to the Sacramento Kings for Casspi and a protected first-round draft pick prior to the 2011 lockout.

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  • Josh Smith agrees to $56 million deal with Pistons

    Free agent Josh Smith has agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Josh Smith will strengthen the Pistons' already talented frontcourt. (Getty Images)The Pistons pursued Smith the hardest, with agents Brian Dyke and Wallace Prather reaching an agreement with Detroit general manager Joe Dumars on Saturday morning, sources said.

    Smith, 27, is one of the NBA's most unique and versatile talents, a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Atlanta Hawks last season.

    Smith joins a promising young frontcourt that includes forward Greg Monroe and center Andre Drummond.

    Atlanta had been hopeful of working a sign-and-trade agreement with Smith, but he ultimately was able to sign directly into the Pistons' salary-cap space.

    Dumars and coach Mo Cheeks met with Smith, Prather and Dyke shortly after midnight at the start of the free-agency period, and made a compelling case to Smith about a possible future with Detroit.

    For several teams, Smith was a secondary option once Dwight Howard made

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  • Blazers signing Dorell Wright to two-year deal

    The Portland Trail Blazers reached agreement on a two-year, $6 million deal with free-agent forward Dorell Wright, his agent, Greg Lawrence, told Yahoo! Sports.

    Dorell Wright spent last season with the Sixers. (USA Today Sports)The Oklahoma City Thunder had made Wright a priority in free agency, but ultimately Blazers general manager Neil Olshey secured Wright in the late stages of the courtship.

    For the Blazers, Wright brings strong perimeter shooting and size to the wing. Wright, who is 6-foot-9, averaged 9.2 points for Philadelphia in the 2012-13 season. He shot 37 percent on 3-pointers.

    Wright gives a boost to a Blazers bench that needs upgrading this summer. He could conceivably compete for a starting job, too.

    The Blazers have deepened their roster with deals for Robin Lopez and Thomas Robinson, as well as the drafting of C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe.

    Wright, 27, completed his eighth season in the NBA after being the 19th overall pick out of South Kent Prep in 2004 to the Miami Heat. After six seasons with the Heat, Wright had his best NBA

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  • Dwight Howard can become free agent in 2016

    Dwight Howard can go back on the free-agent market in 2016. (Reuters)

    Dwight Howard's four-year, $88 million maximum contract agreement with the Houston Rockets will include an early termination option after the 2015-16 season and a 15 percent trade kicker, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Howard, a seven-time All-NBA center, committed to signing with the the Rockets on Friday, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers after a tumultuous season. The luring of Howard to Houston makes the Rockets legitimate Western Conference championship contenders, and they could be NBA title contenders with further supplements to what's become a rapidly improving roster.

    The New Orleans Pelicans have expressed interest in making a deal for Rockets backup center Omer Asik, multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    The early termination clause – or opt-out – could make Howard a free agent again in '16, allowing him to re-sign a five-year, maximum contract deal with the Rockets or change teams again. In the event Howard is traded during the duration of this contract, he will be paid

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  • Spurs reach deal with Jeff Pendergraph

    The San Antonio Spurs have reached agreement on a two-year contract with Indiana Pacers free-agent forward Jeff Pendergraph, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Pendergraph, 26, averaged 3.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 10 minutes in 37 games for the Pacers last season. He was the 31st overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft and spent his first season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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  • Dwight Howard leaves Lakers for Rockets

    Superstar free-agent center Dwight Howard spurned the Los Angeles Lakers and informed Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that he plans to sign a four-year, $88 million contract with the Rockets.

    Dwight Howard spent one season with the Lakers after the Magic traded him a year ago. (AP)Howard's contract with the Rockets can't officially be signed until Wednesday.

    Howard called Morey on the phone Friday night after informing Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak he wouldn't re-sign with the franchise.

    "I screamed," Morey told Yahoo! Sports. "I wasn't very presidential."

    Howard later announced his decision on his Twitter account and replaced his Lakers avatar photo with one of him in a Rockets uniform:

    Howard is eligible for a four-year, $88 million maximum deal from the Rockets unless they negotiate a sign-and-trade deal with the Lakers. His final hesitancy centered on leaving a fifth guaranteed year and $30

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  • Pelicans re-signing Al-Farouq Aminu

    Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to a one-year, $3.7 million contract to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Aminu, 22, averaged 7.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 76 games for New Orleans last season. The Los Angeles Clippers made him the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft before sending him to New Orleans in the Chris Paul trade.

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