Thomas Robinson may wind up being a casualty of The Decision, Part II. The Houston Rockets are determined to trade forward Thomas Robinson -- the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA draft -- to create salary-cap space for the pursuit of the Los Angeles Lakers' free-agent superstar Dwight Howard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Rockets have made clear to multiple rival teams that they plan to accept the best offer to move Robinson and eliminate his $3.52 million salary for the 2013-14 season. Without the salary of Robinson and others, the Rockets will have the space to offer Howard a maximum deal starting at approximately $20.5 million a season. Houston is competing mainly with Dallas -- and possibly Golden State -- to lure Howard once free agency commences. (Yahoo Sports!) Comment
In the eyes of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, the wideout has gone back on his word. [Coughlin] remains irritated and frustrated that receiver Hakeem Nicks has stayed away from the Giants' organized team activity practices. It was OTA No. 4 yesterday and, again, Nicks was a no-show. "At one point Hakeem told me that he was going to be here and then he was not here," Coughlin said after practice Thursday. "Now the strictest interpretation, as everybody knows, is it's a voluntary program." Voluntary means there are no financial repercussions for not attending OTAs. When players cannot make a practice on a certain day, usually they inform the coaching staff they will not be on the scene. Coughlin said he hasn't heard from Nicks. (New York Post) Comment
Malik Zaire doesn't lack for ambition, but will he have enough time to rise up the depth chart? Not that it's probable that Zaire will end up as Notre Dame's starting quarterback when the Irish open the 2013 season with Temple on Aug. 31, or sometime later in the season, but at least the possibility is in play in the mind that matters most -- ND fourth-year head coach Brian Kelly. ... So far, the mental side is where Zaire has made huge, almost unprecedented, strides, though he has been frustrated at times things haven't fallen into place faster. "I think coach Kelly feels awesome about Malik compared mentally to probably anybody hes coached," Irish offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Chuck Martin said. "He's made the comment to me, 'Wow, that kid really picks up things.'" (South Bend Tribune) Comment
Pacers star Paul George walks into the arena with an eye-catching outfit before the Pacers' loss to the Heat in Game 5 on Thursday. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Arvind Mahankali wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The final word was knaidel.