Laker Trade Rumor – Finally, after months of speculation, false rumors and wild guesses, Dwight Howard appears to be traded. The former Orlando Magic center, who has some serious reputation rebuilding to do, landed in the right place to do it: In Los Angeles with the Lakers.A blockbuster four-team deal is expected to be approved today by the NBA, a trade that bolts the Lakers right back into the championship conversation.According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who spoke to Howard Thursday, the perennial all-star center from Atlanta is ecstatic about being out of Orlando and a new member of the storied Laker franchise.Now, Los Angeles has a powerhouse lineup that includes future Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant, recently acquired point guard Steve Nash and Howard, along with forwards Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace. That starting group matches up with or is better than any in the NBA.The deal that got him there was this: the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets get all-star and Olympian Andre Iguodala from Philadelpha; the 76ers will receive center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers and Jason Richardson from the Magic; and Orlando acquires Arron Affalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic from Denver and one protected future first-round pick from each of the three teams. In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless.Howard has been living in Los Angeles since the end of the NBA season, recovering from minor back surgery. He’s grown to “love” L.A., according to Smith. And while he intends to become a free agent after the upcoming season, the Lakers are convinced he will re-sign with them.If approved, he’d be the fourth mega-center traded to the Lakers, following Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal. Those Hall-of-Fameers (O’Neal is a lock to be inducted) have nine NBA titles between them with the Lakers.This trade would end a saga that has damaged Howard’s reputation. He’s changed his mind more than once about wanting a trade, putting Orlando in a tough situation. Howard, after opting for another year with the Magic, turned around later and told the team of his desire to be moved, specifically to the Brooklyn Nets. However, Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan turned down several offers from Brooklyn that included center Brook Lopez and three first-round draft picks, among other compensation.Talks with the Nets went on for months, until the team just finally got exasperated and ended all discussions with Orlando. Brooklyn then re-signed Lopez, making him untradeable until January.Meanwhile, Hennigan more than once asked Howard to reconsider his stance on wanting out of Orlando. Howard refused to budge, telling Perrigan as much during a one-on-one meeting in Los Angeles last month.Finally convinced they could not get Howard to reverse his position, the Magic – led by president Alex Martins, according to ESPN and not Hennigan – gave in to Howard’s wishes. What Orlando received for the consensus best center in the NBA is far less than they could/would have received if it had made the Nets deal long ago.Meanwhile, Bynum is shipped from L.A. after finally establishing himself as a prominent big man. Philadelphia is willing to gamble that the free agent after next season will re-sign with the team.
Charon, taken by New Horizons late on 13 July 2015. Credit: NASA (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from several institutions in Japan has found evidence that suggests Pluto’s distinctive red spot may have developed after a massive collision with a comet or other object. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the researchers detail experiments they conducted that showed that the red spot on Pluto may have come about due to pools that developed on the dwarf planet’s surface after a collision. © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers then used conclusions from their experiments to create computer simulations. They found that such a collision appeared possible, and that if it were large enough to create the amount of material found on Pluto’s surface, it would have been big enough to give Pluto its current tilt; it might also have spawned Pluto’s moon Charon. They also suggest similar collisions occurring throughout the solar system could explain the wide color variation seen on large bodies in the Kuiper belt. Ever since the New Horizons probe passed by Pluto back in the summer of 2015, space scientists have been curious about the nature of a very dark reddish patch (subsequently nicknamed Cthulhu Regio) that could be seen on its surface in the new images. Some suggested it was likely due to an impact and the red material was the remains of the other object. But subsequent study has revealed flaws with that theory. In this new effort, the researchers started with the assumption that if an object such as a comet struck Pluto, it likely had some organic compounds in its makeup—as did Pluto itself. In such a collision, they reasoned, the huge amount of heat generated would have resulted in pools of liquid forming on the surface. As time passed the liquid would have cooled into rock—dark red rock due to the organic compounds in it.To test their theory, the researchers conducted experiments in which they heated different “soups” they made with various organic materials for several hours and then let them cool to see if they might resemble the material seen on Pluto. The team reports that several of their soups did cool to resemble the images of the red spot on Pluto—soups that had been heated for over 1,000 hours and to temperatures of 122F° or higher. Video: A colorful ‘landing’ on Pluto Map of Cthulhu Regio, Pluto. Credit: NASA Journal information: Nature Astronomy More information: Yasuhito Sekine et al. The Charon-forming giant impact as a source of Pluto’s dark equatorial regions, Nature Astronomy (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-016-0031AbstractPluto exhibits complex regional diversity in its surface materials. One of the most striking features is the dark reddish material, possibly organic matter, along Pluto’s equator coexisting with the H2O-rich crust. Little is known, however, about the surface process responsible for the dark equatorial regions. Here, we propose that Pluto’s dark regions were formed through reactions in elongated pools of liquid water near the equator, generated by the giant impact that formed Charon. Our laboratory experiments show that dark reddish organic matter, comparable to Pluto’s dark materials, is produced through polymerization of simple organic compounds that would have been present in proto-Pluto (for example, formaldehyde) by prolonged heating at temperatures ≥50 °C. Through hydrodynamic impact simulations, we demonstrate that an impactor, one-third the mass of Pluto, colliding with proto-Pluto—with an interior potential temperature of 150–200 K—could have generated both a Charon-sized satellite and high-temperature regions around Pluto’s equator. We also propose that high-velocity giant impacts result in global or hemispherical darkening and reddening, suggesting that the colour variety of large Kuiper belt objects could have been caused by frequent, stochastic giant impacts in a massive outer protoplanetary disk in the early Solar System. Explore further Citation: Experiments suggest red spot on Pluto may have come about from impact that formed Charon (2017, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-red-pluto-impact-charon.html