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Lakers, Cavs, Rockets, Celtics, Spurs Pursued Paul George Heading To Draft

Jun 25, 2017 8:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs were among the teams that pursued a trade for Paul George aggressively leading up to the draft.

The Rockets and Lakers remain determined to keep pushing for a George trade, while the Cavaliers also are attempting to construct three-way scenarios involving Kevin Love.

The Celtics are expected to revisit discussions for Paul if they're able to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency. 

The Cavaliers believe trading for George could convince him to abandon his plan to join the Lakers in 2018.

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Tags: Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Have 'Serious Chance' Of Signing Chris Paul

Jun 25, 2017 12:23 PM

The Houston Rockets are "aggressively" pursuing Chris Paul in free agency.

The Rockets are attempting to clear the necessary cap space to offer Paul a maximum contact of 35 percent of the salary cap. The Rockets are considering trading away Patrick Beverley and Ryan Anderson.

The Rockets have a "serious chance of luring Chris Paul away from the Los Angeles Clippers," said Chris Haynes.

Paul would have signed with the Rockets in 2013 had the Clippers not brought in Doc Rivers as head coach.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Continue To Pursue Trade For Paul George

Jun 22, 2017 6:54 PM

The Houston Rockets are in pursuit of a trade for Paul George.

The Indiana Pacers would like to trade George as he enters the final season of his contract.

George would prefer a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Rockets could attempt to convince him to re-sign with their team or flip him before the trade deadline.

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Tags: Paul George, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Looking To Unload Salary To Pursue Chris Paul, Griffin, Lowry, Millsap

Jun 21, 2017 1:28 PM

The Houston Rockets are shopping Ryan Anderson, Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley in hopes of clearing cap space for this summer's free agency class.

The Rockets have interest in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry and Paul Millsap.

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Tags: Ryan Anderson, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Chris Paul, Paul Millsap, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Daryl Morey Signs Four-Year Extension With Rockets

Jun 21, 2017 12:00 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed upon a four-year contract extension with Daryl Morey.

Morey had one season remaining on his current deal as general manager.

Morey joined the Rockets in 2006 and succeeded Carroll Dawson as general manager in 2007.

Morey was one of the founders of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

"Leslie (Alexander) wanted to secure his management team well into the future," said a source to the Houston Chronicle.

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Rockets Actively Looking For Patrick Beverley Trade

Jun 20, 2017 4:22 PM

Patrick Beverley is being actively shopped by the Houston Rockets.

Beverley is open to a trade from the Rockets and has been consulted about a possible move.

Beverley was considering seeking a trade last offseason when Mike D'Antoni was hired.

Beverley enjoyed playing for D’Antoni, he said multiple times last season. But other factors, the source said, have led the Rockets and Beverley to explore trade possibilities.  

Beverley is scheduled to make just $10.5 million over the next two seasons.

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Tags: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets To Offer Full Four-Year $168M Extension To James Harden

Jun 20, 2017 11:52 AM

The Houston Rockets plan on offering James Harden a full extension at the start of the offseason.

Harden is eligible for an extension worth as much as $168 million over four seasons. Harden is already due to make $58.7 million over the next two seasons. The extension would give Harden a starting salary of $37.5 million in 19-20.

Harden signed an extension last summer through at least the 18-19 season.

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Paul Expected To Meet With Clippers, Spurs, Nuggets, Rockets

Jun 15, 2017 2:15 PM

Chris Paul plans to meet with the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets in free agency.

Paul can earn $205 million over five years with the Clippers, or $152 million over four years with another team.

The Clippers have recently become “nervous” about the reports that San Antonio will make a big push to sign Paul.

The Spurs and Rockets finished with the second and third seeds in the Western Conference. Denver just missed out on the playoffs but they have a promising young core with a lot of depth.

In 2013, Paul informed the Clippers he was going to sign with the Rockets until they finalized their deal to hire Doc Rivers.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets May 'Up Risk Profile, Get Even More Aggressive' To Compete With Warriors

Jun 13, 2017 1:21 PM

The Houston Rockets exceeded expectations during the first season of Mike D'Antoni's tenure in which he maximized James Harden as an MVP candidate.

With the Golden State Warriors taking a step forward with the addition of Kevin Durant, however, the Rockets know they will need to be even better to get past them.

Houston signed Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson and Nene last year while adding Lou Williams at the deadline.

"They are not unbeatable," Morey said of Golden State. "There have been bigger upsets in sports history. We are going to keep improving our roster."

"We are used to long odds," Morey added. "If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeve."

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David Stern Thought Lakers Might Agree Upon New Chris Paul Trade After Veto

May 28, 2017 12:58 AM

David Stern further expounded on his controversial decision to veto a trade in 2011 for "basketball reasons" that would have seen the New Orleans Pelicans trade Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Pelicans and Lakers agreed upon a three-way trade with the Houston Rockets involving Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

"(My decision) was only based on what was good for New Orleans, or what was not good for New Orleans," said David Stern. "It had nothing to do with the Lakers at all. And in fact, in the course of the weekend, we thought we could re-do the deal. We really thought that Houston would be ready to part with Kyle Lowry; and we had a trade lined up for Odom that would have gotten us a good first round draft pick. Not we, but my basketball folks. But Mitch Kupchak at the time panicked, and moved Odom to Dallas. So the piece wasn’t even there for us to play with at the time. So that was it — just about what was good for the then New Orleans Hornets."

New Orleans soon thereafter traded Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Westbrook, Harden, Wall Join Curry In Eligibility For DPVE In 2017
Russell Westbrook, James Harden, John Wall and Stephen Curry will be eligible for the Designated Player Veteran Extension in July.

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Rockets May Rethink James Harden's Rest During Regular Season
James Harden missed only one game during the regular season and logged 2,947 minutes.

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James Harden Takes Blame For Rockets' Playoff Exit
James Harden scored 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting to go with seven assists and six turnovers.

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Mike D'Antoni Quit Knicks Following Carmelo Anthony's Ultimatum
Carmelo Anthony wanted to be traded by the Knicks in 2012 if they decided to keep Mike D'Antoni.

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Nene Ruled Out For Playoffs With Torn Adductor
Mike D'Antoni used Ryan Anderson as the backup to center Clint Capela with Nene sidelined.

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Mike D'Antoni, Erik Spoelstra Named Winners Of NBCA Coach Of The Year Award
The award goes to a head coach who helps guide his players to a higher level of performance on the court and shows outstanding service and dedication to the community off the court.

NBA.com

Nene Suffers Pulled Left Groin
Nene suffered a left groin injury in the opening minutes of Game 4.

NBA.com

Nene Fined $15,000 For Pushing Dewayne Dedmon
Nene was ejected for the incident in Game 1.

RealGM Staff Report

Recruiting From Harden, Ariza Helped Rockets Sign Eric Gordon
James Harden and Trevor Ariza played significant roles in convincing Eric Gordon to sign with the Rockets.

Reid Laymance/Houston Chronicle

Les Alexander Fined $100,000 By NBA For Confronting Referee
Les Alexander has fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action.

RealGM Staff Report

NBA Investigating Leslie Alexander For Yelling At Ref During Game 5
Leslie Alexander is typically mild mannered during games.

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Thunder Were +5 In Series When Both Westbrook, Harden Were On Floor
The Thunder were +15 when Russell Westbrook was on the floor and -58 with him on the bench in their five-game series

Matt Moore/CBS Sports

James Harden Reveals He Injured Ankle In Game 3
James Harden went 5-for-16 from the field (including 0-for-7 from 3-point range) and scored 16 points in Game 4.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Patrick Beverley Fined By NBA, Says League Needs To Protect Players Better
The Rockets asked the NBA to review the situation after Patrick Beverley told them of the fan's behavior.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

NBA Reviewing Incident Between Patrick Beverley, Son Of Thunder Minority Owner
Patrick Beverley got knocked down after attempting a layup and landed at a fan's feet, identified as Stuart Scaramucci.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Daryl Morey Subtweets Russell Westbrook On Rebounds
Daryl Morey appeared to subtweet Russell Westbrook when replying to a Tweet by Matt Bullard about how Hakeem Olajuwon made it clear that he wanted every available rebound.

RealGM Staff Report

Daryl Morey: Warriors, Spurs, Rockets Have Best Indicators To Win Title
The Rockets have the third best net rating in the NBA but questions remain about their defense.

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Draymond Green Admits Retaliating To James Harden By Punching His Wrist
James Harden jammed his left wrist on March 18th.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

RealGM Staff Report

Ryan Anderson Out Two Weeks With Sprained Right Ankle
Ryan Anderson's tests came back negative.

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