TOP News

Sport: LeBron James will let Dwight Howard shoot threes next season on one condition

Only one team viewed as ‘good’ option for Rockets’ John Wall

  Only one team viewed as ‘good’ option for Rockets’ John Wall Wall averaged 20.6 points last season on 40/32/75 shooting splits. Houston won 17 games with him. Clearly he no longer has what it takes to carry a squad. Nevertheless – he also obviously has enough in the tank at this point in his career to be a meaningful contributor somewhere.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.

Dwight Howard will have LeBron James’ blessing to let it fly next season … if he meets one condition first.

Dwight Howard has to work on his blocks before he can take threes. © Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Dwight Howard has to work on his blocks before he can take threes.

The Los Angeles Lakers center Howard said on Instagram Live this weekend that his superstar teammate will allow him to shoot three-pointers during games in which Howard records at least two blocked shots.

“LeBron said if I get two blocks, I can get a three-pointer,” said Howard. “I’m finna try to get NINE BLOCKS every game.”

James seemed to commit to a slightly different version of the agreement with Howard though.

Clippers president Lawrence Frank: 'No one knows' when Kawhi Leonard will return from injury

  Clippers president Lawrence Frank: 'No one knows' when Kawhi Leonard will return from injury Frank was quite clear that he's unsure of when the two-time NBA Finals MVP will play again. "Oh, we don't even breach that," Frank said when asked if he expects Leonard to play this season, per ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. "I think at this point, it's just no one knows when you're dealing with a recovery from an ACL [injury], the timeframe."Even just to save you guys [from asking] throughout the year, is no one knows. You just attack it day by day, he has a very detailed plan with a great group and we'll just let his body and the doctors tell us when it's the right time.

“Two blocks per half and he gets his Trey ball off,” the four-time MVP commented on SportsCenter’s Instagram post about Howard’s remarks.

The 35-year-old Howard will have to step up his game regardless. He averaged only 0.9 blocks a game last year with the Philadelphia 76ers. Granted, that did include 19 multi-block games out of 81 total appearances, regular season and playoffs.

Howard has made just 14 three-pointers in 17 career NBA seasons. But he has been working on the shot for years and now has an incentive to get both his block numbers and his three-point numbers up next season.

Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily. Always free! Sign up now ▸

Wizards GM: Russell Westbrook never asked to move on

  Wizards GM: Russell Westbrook never asked to move on The Wizards’ decision to trade Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles L akers this offseason may have been in the best interest of the star point guard, but Washington GM Tommy Sheppard attests that Westbrook was “professional” and never demanded a trade from the team. “I really have to make sure the record is straight on that,” Sheppard said in an interview with NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller. “Russell actually never asked to move on. He just said, ‘If I can get to the Lakers, that’d be something I would love to do. If not, I’ll be back here.’ I said, ‘What about the Clippers?’ He said, ‘Hell no.

More must-reads:

  • Carmelo Anthony isn't concerned about his role with Lakers
  • Russell Westbrook to prioritize 'unleashing' Anthony Davis
  • The 'NBA players with four or more championships' quiz

Related slideshow: The top 25 NBA duos of all time (Provided by Yardbarker)

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers 2021: One potential under-the-radar breakout from each NBA team .
The most exciting part of your fantasy draft is drafting top-tier superstars, but it's the potential under-the-radar breakouts selected in the later rounds who can really elevate your team. Check out our picks for one fantasy basketball sleeper candidate from every NBA team.Below, we offer up one potential sleeper pick from each NBA team, along with advice as to if you should spend a draft pick on them or wait until the waiver wire opens up.

See also