Sep 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT
Mark Cuban has made a series of comments about Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets over the past few months, which have finally elicited a response.
Cuban has derided Dwight Howard's decision to sign with the Rockets, while also signing away Gersson Rosas as GM only to have him step down as return to Houston months later. The Mavericks also signed Chandler Parsons to a max contract.
"I think [Cuban's] pissed that we went after Dirk [Nowitzki] in free agency, however unsuccessful it was," Morey told Yahoo Sports.
"We've been pretty good, and I think he's doing a smart thing to take on a rival," Morey told Yahoo Sports late Sunday. "He should want to beat up on San Antonio, too, but it's hard to paint the Spurs that way. So he's directed his bully pulpit onto us. Our owner stays above the fray, so I'm outgunned honestly.
"But let's be clear: If the money's equal between the Rockets and Mavericks, I think players are picking Houston. Every time. For Dwight [Howard], I just don't think it was a hard choice between us and Dallas. If you want to win, you're going to want to join our organization. We have a first-team All-NBA player in his prime [James Harden]. They have an enormously talented superstar [Dirk Nowitzki] but he obviously isn't 24 years old.
"The choice was pretty obvious between the two teams. Dwight is the smart guy in this."
Cuban recently criticized the Rockets for not caring about chemistry.
"I completely reject it," said Morey.
"Our teams have had great chemistry, and it's something we believe in. Hey, if Mark believed so much in chemistry, he wouldn't have busted up a title team for cap room. He's trying to reunite a lot of those people now, bringing back the center [Tyson Chandler] from that title team. Maybe he's got some chemistry religion recently.
"He's tripled his analytics staff. If he's equating analytics with not caring about chemistry, well, he's tripling down on it. I think he's smart to paint a competitor in a negative light, but none of those statements are lining up. He says that we're the team that you sign with and then we will trade you, when that's what he said he would've done with Dwight.
"We don't care about chemistry, but he busted up a championship team for what he hoped cap room could do."
Like the Mavericks, Morey and the Rockets know the value of perception in free agency.
"We're fighting for the hearts and minds of free agents," Morey said.
Sep 26, 2014 2:04 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have signed Akil Mitchell, a participant on the team’s Orlando and Las Vegas Summer League squads.
Mitchell (6-9, 230, Virginia), appeared in 133 contests and held career averages of 6.9 points on 51.9% FG shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists as a Virginia Cavalier.
Sep 17, 2014 5:57 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have acquired Jason Terry from the Sacramento Kings.
The Rockets will also acquire Sacramento’s 2015 2nd round pick if it falls between 31 and 49, and New York’s 2016 unprotected 2nd round pick.
In exchange, the Rockets will send forward Alonzo Gee and guard Scotty Hopson to the Kings.
Terry spent the beginning of last season with the Brooklyn Nets before being traded to the Sacramento Kings.
Aug 31, 2014 8:07 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have agreed on a trade to acquire Jason Terry from the Sacramento Kings, according to sources.
The Rockets will send non-guaranteed contracts, including Alonzo Gee, to the Kings. Houston will acquire two second round draft picks, including one via the New York Knicks.
Terry was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Kings last season.
Aug 29, 2014 6:11 PM EDT
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) works through the Southwest Division with Ed Maisonet of The Sports Fan Journal and SBNation (@edthesportsfan) and Jonathan Tjarks of RealGM (@JonathanTjarks).
They review the events of the offseason including which teams improved and which teams got worse, with special attention for the overhauls in Dallas and Houston. After that, the group previews the upcoming season including ranking the teams 1-5 and predicting how many teams will make the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference.
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Aug 28, 2014 5:39 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have limited interest in Ramon Sessions.
Chances of the Rockets acquiring Sessions is "unlikely."
Houston currently has Patrick Beverley, Isaiah Canaan, Ish Smith and Troy Daniels in the point guard rotation.
Sessions played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets last season.
Aug 28, 2014 10:01 AM EDT
James Harden and Anthony Davis are the only holdovers from the 2012 Olympics team that will play for the United States in the World Cup.
“Right now, I think I would look to Harden as that leader,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said as his team continues to prepare for the tournament in which the winner earns an automatic berth in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “Harden is kind of a natural leader and he seems to be willing to accept that role. And you can just kind of feel it and sense. He’s the one.”
Harden's career trajectory changed dramatically after he was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets.
“It’s so many things these last couple of years that’s been thrown at me, from me being traded, to people talking, just everything,” Harden said. “I try to focus on myself and how can I be a better basketball player. It’s still basketball at the end of the day. I try to do it to the best of my ability and continue to work hard.”
Harden declared himself the best player in the world recently.
“I think everybody feels that way. Every NBA player. Even growing up, growing up youngins have dreams that they want to be the best basketball players in the world,” Harden said. “As a basketball player, or any athlete, you got to have confidence, you’ve got to have confidence the whole time. You just go out there and do your job and have confidence that your abilities are good enough. Whatever is thrown at me, I just try to take it for what it is and just have fun.”
Aug 27, 2014 7:42 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets signed Tarik Black to a two-year, partially guaranteed contract, a league source told RealGM.
The Rockets announced the signing on Wednesday afternoon.
Black, a 6-foot-8 forward, played 13 games for Houston in the July summer league.
After three seasons at Memphis, Black transferred to the University of Kansas where he averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a senior. He went undrafted in June.
Aug 22, 2014 12:41 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have agreed to re-sign Francisco Garcia.
Garcia will sign for one season at the veteran’s minimum, worth $1.32 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement said.
Aug 19, 2014 10:10 PM EDT
During a promotional event, James Harden declared himself the best all-around player in the NBA.
"I'm the best all-around basketball player in the NBA," said Harden.
While Harden has become one of the NBA's best scorers and was an All-NBA First Team selection in 2014, he has received criticism for his lack of commitment on defense.
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Aug 08, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Kostas Papanikolaou most recently played for Barcelona.
Chris Bosh was close to leaving the Heat for the Rockets before ultimately deciding to re-sign on a five-year, $118 million contract.
Chandler Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.
Francisco Garcia will likely make a decision in the next few weeks.
The Rockets had considered keeping Clint Capela in Europe this season in hopes of using cap space to sign Chris Bosh.
Nick Johnson will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year rookie contract with the Rockets, a league source told RealGM.
Dwight Howard praised the Rockets' addition of Trevor Ariza.
Mike Miller received better offers from the Nuggets and Rockets.
Jul 15, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Dirk Nowitzki accepted a three-year, $25 million contract to re-sign with the Mavericks.
The Rockets have agreed upon a one-year, veteran's minimum deal with Jeff Adrien.
Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons are both represented by Dan Fegan.
Joey Dorsey played for Barcelona this past season.
The Rockets gave Parsons an opportunity to explore free agency as a restricted free agent by opting out of the final year of his deal that would've paid him $964,750.
Jul 14, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Nuggets have given Mike Miller his best financial offer.
Troy Danielsí deal with the Rockets is fully guaranteed.
Chris Bosh received "strong" offers from multiple teams beyond the Rockets, as the Nuggets, Suns and Lakers were also interested.
Jul 14, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Rockets hope to acquire another star player via trade after Chris Bosh decided to stay with the Heat.
Chris Bosh admitted that there was a "shock factor" when LeBron James decided to sign with the Cavaliers.
The Rockets declined their team option on Chandler Parsons to help their chances of signing a major free agent while keeping him from unrestricted free agency next summer.
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Troy Daniels is in strong dialogue on a potential deal to re-sign with the Rockets, sources tell RealGM.
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