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Morning Jolt: Will Knicks deal Amar'e for Howard?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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Would Knicks deal Amar'e for Howard?

Do they really want a big man this badly? It wouldn't be shocking at all if the New York Knicks -- the Magic's opponent Monday -- make a play for Dwight Howard next season, perhaps offering either Amar'e Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony at the trade deadline for the All-Star center. Howard can become a free agent after next season, and the Magic will be nervously waiting for the NBA's most dominant big man to make a decision. If they don't want to wait and risk losing him without compensation, the Magic could listen to trade offers for Howard next season. It's when they have some leverage. ... The Knicks are desperate for a center. You don't think they'd part with either Anthony or Stoudemire for Howard? Stoudemire has had to play the role of the Knicks' big man this season, and it has worn him down. (Orlando Sentinel)Comment

Rubio finally ready to join T'wolves

There aren't many cases of a courting taking as long as that of Ricky Rubio, who has already been drafted but also has shown some reluctance to take his talents to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. A little birdie says the Minnesota Timberwolves have received word from Rubio's family that he's open to signing with them for next season -- if there is a season. The NBA's labor agreement expires June 30, and that's an issue for Rubio, the Wolves' 2009 first-round draft pick who could continue playing for FC Barcelona in Spain if there is an NBA lockout. The 6-foot-4 point guard is averaging 5.5 points and four assists in 45 games this season. (Pioneer Press)Comment

Did Locker flunk audition for Niners?

Due diligence barely covers it. Jim Harbaugh has watched Colin Kaepernick work out. He's chatted with Cam Newton. He's been on hand for Andy Dalton's and Blaine Gabbert's pro days. But in terms of exposure to Harbaugh, there's one draft-eligible quarterback who stands out. Jake Locker has been Washington's starting quarterback the last four times the Huskies have taken on Harbaugh and Stanford. How'd he do in those contests? Not so well. His best outing came in 2007 when he showed the athletic skills Harbaugh values so highly. ... In the three games since, Locker and Washington were overmatched by Stanford's defense, and Locker struggled with the other criterion Harbaugh holds dearly -- accuracy. In four contests against Stanford, he connected on 51 percent of his pass attempts and threw only one touchdown against five interceptions. (Sacramento Bee)Comment

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Jason Richard and Carmelo Anthony battle for the ball late in overtime Monday night, a battle Anthnony and the Knicks eventually won 113-106 (AP)

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