Eastern Notes: Knicks, Kidd, Wizards, Wall, Rose

The Heat signed Juwan Howard for the remainder of the season after the big man completed his second 10-day contract with the team.  “He brings credible, veteran leadership [to the team],” coach Erik Spoelstra said, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel (on Twitter).  While a team in Miami’s position would typically be in cruise control at this stage of the season, there’s a winning streak to protect, so we may not see Howard on the hardwood anytime soon.  Here’s more from the conference that people once dismissed as the JV portion of the league..

  • Several people close to Knicks guard Jason Kidd wouldn’t be surprised if he calls it a career after this season, writes Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.  The future Hall of Famer, who says that he hasn’t made up his mind yet, will celebrate his 40th birthday tomorrow.  Kidd’s deal with the Knicks runs through 2014/15.
  • Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com (Insider sub. req’d) asks how much Wizards guard John Wall is worth.  Wall only has one more year on his rookie scale contract, meaning that Washington can work out an extension with him this summer.  The Wizards could give him a five-year deal with the designated-player exception but they may instead decide to hold on to it for Bradley Beal.
  • In his latest mailbag, NBA.com’s Sam Smith writes that he doesn’t see Derrick Rose making the Bulls title contenders if he returns this season.  The star guard would have to ease his way back into playing and likely couldn’t be as much of a factor in limited playing time.

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