’s play has diminished. But one reason why he might have been traded was Howard partied so hard Jan. 19 he needed intravenous fluids and was unable to play a Jan. 20 game. Dallas officials announced Howard didn’t play that night because of a stomach illness.
→Orlando small forward Rashard Lewis
on Cleveland acquiring Antawn Jamison
: "It doesn’t scare me. We’re the team that knocked them out last year because of matchup problems. They’re trying to correct those things.”
was supposed to be the key addition in San Antonio. But behind the scenes Jefferson is being called Efferson (no J for jump shot). The Spurs reportedly shopped Jefferson before the trading deadline but found no takers.
→Shooting guard Kevin Martin
has been reunited in Houston with coach Rick Adelman
, who coached Martin his first two seasons in Sacramento. Interestingly, Martin averaged 7.8 points in two seasons under Adelman but has averaged 22.4 points the 3 1/2 seasons since Adelman was fired.
→Indiana reportedly was close to trading T.J. Ford
and shooting guard Brandon Rush
to Charlotte for D.J. Augustin
, Gerald Henderson
and center Nazr Mohammed
. Insiders say the Bobcats declined at the deadline.