Afternoon Headlines: Dwight Howard to LA Lakers, and Andrew Bynum to Rockets?

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Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) stands in the pocket against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated New Orleans 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

 

 

As of now, Saints QB Drew Brees has no plans to report to training camp without a long-term deal in place by next Monday. Brees is one of the top 2 or 3 QBs in the NFL, and is the only QB in NFL history to have two or more seasons in which he completed 70% or more of his passes. Despite the teams recent success, the Saints have had one of the worst offseasons in franchise history up to this point. The bountygate scandal scarred the image of what was viewed as one of the classier franchises in the NFL, and it also led to the suspension of Head Coach Sean Payton for the entire 2012 NFL season.  They also lost stalwart MLB Jonathan Vilma for the year, and now are facing the real possibility of losing their franchise QB who helped lift them from the bottom feeders of the NFL to a Super Bowl victory in 2010. Hopefully for the sake of the city of New Orleans and its loyal fan base, a deal will be worked out before next Monday’s deadline.

 

After various three and four-team trade proposals fell through, the Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets are discussing a simpler two-team trade. The Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers have also been in contact with the Orlando Magic regarding a Dwight Howard trade., and a deal for the All-NBA center will likely be worked out soon, as the NBA’s moratorium period is set to end at 12:01 am on Wednesday.

Update:

The Magic, Lakers and Rockets are discussing a three-team deal that sends Dwight Howard to LA and Andrew Bynum to Houston.

 

Roger Goodell will receive the 2012 American Football Coaches Foundation CEO Coach of the Year Award(wow that was long).

 

The Raiders and franchised safety Tyvon Branch are making progress on a new contract 

 

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