Rumor Roundup: Howard, Blazers, Manu

Dwight Howard going somewhere other than Portland was a good thing, says one longtime NBA coach.

Longtime NBA coach Herb Brown said it’s a good thing that the Trail Blazers didn’t land Dwight Howard.

Per the Oregonian: “Herb Brown on Dwight Howard ending up in Atlanta: ‘I was very happy that (Blazers GM) Neil (Olshey) didn’t sign Dwight Howard … I like guys that go out and play and practice hard all the time and don’t always defray and blame things on someone else. He’s a great talent. Howard’s a great talent, but his game has never really improved.” (Full report.)

Blazers coach Terry Stotts is keeping an open mind about the small forward battle between Evan Turner, Mo Harkless and Allen Crabbe, per the Oregonian.

The Blazers have also been impressed with new guard Shabazz Napier, the newspaper reports.

Per the San Antonio Express-News: “Though Tim Duncan decided to call it quits over the summer, Manu Ginobili said his future wasn’t influenced by his longtime teammate.

Ginobili told the Express-News: “Those type of decisions that defines your future … and family and all of that usually doesn’t depend on what Tim does. I just felt like I still wanted to do it. That I can help the team. That I enjoy it. That I’m healthy. That was the main key.”

Retired NBA forward Kevin Garnett attended Clippers practice Thursday and worked out Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and other big men, per the Orange County Register.

Garnett has an open invitation to join Clippers coach Doc Rivers at practice, the newspaper reports. He also has a standing offer with Tyronn Lue and the Cavaliers. (Full report.)

Per the Orange County Register: “Paul Pierce, who plans to retire at the end of the season, said he didn’t think he would have a farewell tour around the league this season. He did say, with a laugh, he would accept going-away gifts from any team that wants to offer.”

Hoops Rumors has rounded up the latest contract details for training camp invitees around the NBA. Full report.

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Free agent guard P.J. Hairston has agreed to a training camp contract with the Rockets, per Yahoo Sports.

Nets guard Jeremy Lin has said he rediscovered his joy for the game with the Hornets after losing it with the Lakers, per ESPN.

Free agent center and former lottery pick Hasheem Thabeet is drawing interest from several teams, per the Racine Journal Times.

The Spurs have waived free agent center/power forward Ryan Richards, per the team.

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Sergio Rodriguez has been very impressive at (Sixers) training camp.”

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The Nuggets have been offered first-round draft picks for Will Barton, but the team plans to hold on to the swingman, per The Denver Post.

Per the Orlando Sentinel: “In fact, if the team stumbles out of the gate and/or Serge Ibaka isn’t contributing as advertised, the Magic would even have to consider listening to trade offers for him at the deadline.” (Full story.)

The Magic are narrowing down locations for their D-League affiliate, per the Sentinel reports.

Hornets center Roy Hibbert is attempting to revive his career with the help of Patrick Ewing, per the Charlotte Observer.

Argentinian swingman Carlos Delfino is aiming for a return to the NBA, per HoopsHype.

Per USA Today: “The attorneys for Derrick Rose claimed in court documents that the woman who has accused the New York Knicks star of rape reported the alleged sexual assault to police more than two months after she filed her lawsuit. ‘Ms. Doe went to the LAPD in December 2015 and the LAPD opened a criminal investigation at that time that has not since resulted in criminal charges,’ Courtney Palko, one of Rose’s attorneys, wrote in the 28-page filing. ‘That separate investigation will independently run its course. It does not change the fact that no criminal charges have been brought.'” (Full report.)

The Kings don’t appear to have interest in trading center DeMarcus Cousins, per Brian Windhorst on ESPN’s Pacific Division preview.

Per ESPN: “The 2016-17 season is officially open, but the Cavs are still savoring their championship, specifically by repeatedly rewatching their historic upset victory in Oakland on June 19. They rewind the Kyrie Irving 3-pointer that broke the tie, they play the LeBron James block of Andre Iguodala in slow motion, and they half laugh, half well up when seeing Kevin Love move his feet like he’d never moved them before in defending Steph Curry. And then they tell each other about it.” (Full story.)

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue spoke to NBA TV about the state of the team. Watch the interview here.

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