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Kent Bazemore Meeting With Rockets

Jul 1, 2016 12:03 AM

Kent Bazemore will meet with the Houston Rockets at the start of free agency.

Bazemore had planned on waiting until July 5th to meet with any teams.

Mike D'Antoni was hired by the Rockets this offseason and he gave Bazemore his first big opportunity in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers.

James Harden will be in on the Rockets' meeting with Bazemore.

Zach Lowe of ESPN reports Bazemore could command a deal at $19 million or $20 million per season.

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Tags: Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Seeking Starting Salary Of $24M On Open Market

Jun 30, 2016 11:08 PM

Dwight Howard is seeking a contract starting at $24 million per season.

Howard is expected to conduct his meetings in his hometown of Atlanta with the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics securing the first meetings.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets are also interested in Howard.

Howard declined his $23.2 million player option for 16-17 with the Houston Rockets to become a free agent.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs, Rockets, Heat, Warriors, Spurs Interested In Timofey Mozgov

Jun 30, 2016 1:10 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are among the teams interested in signing Mozgov.

Mozgov had an excellent 14-15 season after coming over to the Cavaliers in a trade from the Denver Nuggets, but he struggled to get all the way healthy in 15-16 after offseason knee surgery.

The Cavs primarily used Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Channing Frye at the center spot in the playoffs.

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Tags: Timofey Mozgov, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Tender Qualifying Offer To Motiejunas, Not Terrence Jones

Jun 30, 2016 11:48 AM

The Houston Rockets have tendered a qualifying offer to Donatas Motiejunas, making him a restricted free agent.

The Rockets, however, have declined to offer one to Terrence Jones.

Houston traded Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons at the trade deadline but the deal was rescinded due to injury concerns.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Terrence Jones, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets, Knicks, Grizzlies Interested In Eric Gordon

Jun 30, 2016 12:38 AM

The Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks are interested in pursuing Eric Gordon in free agency.

The Pelicans also have interest in re-signing Gordon, who has had injury issues over the past few seasons.

Gordon is coming off a four-year, $58 million deal signed in 2012.

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Tags: Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mavs, Nets, Lakers, Pelicans, Rockets Interested In Mike Conley

Jun 30, 2016 12:06 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have secured a meeting with Mike Conley for July 1st.

Dallas has made Conley one of their top priorities in free agency.

The Memphis Grizzlies can sign Conley to a five-year deal while rival teams like the Mavericks can only offer four-year deals. Conley is seeking the fifth year from the Grizzlies.

The Mavericks largely played Deron Williams and J.J. Barea at point guard last season.

The Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are also interested in Conley.

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Tags: Mike Conley, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets, Blazers Interested In Dwight Howard

Jun 29, 2016 7:51 PM

The Houston Rockets have interest in re-signing Dwight Howard on a non-maximum contract.

Howard opted out of his contract with the Rockets and hasn't been expected back as his previous stint with Mike D'Antoni was contemptuous. 

The Portland Trail Blazers also have interest in Howard on a short-term deal, while he's scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics.

Howard has interest in signing with the New York Knicks, though it is unclear how much interest Phil Jackson has in the notion.

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Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard To Meet With Hawks, Celtics

Jun 29, 2016 1:28 AM

Dwight Howard has scheduled free agent meetings after July 1st with both the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics.

Howard is a free agent three seasons after signing with the Houston Rockets in 2013. Howard declined his $23.2 million player option with the Rockets for the 16-17 season.

The Celtics have pursued Howard in the past via trade.

Howard is a native of Atlanta and has received interest from the Hawks previously. Paul Millsap is under contract at power forward for the Hawks, while Al Horford will be a free agent.

Howard could meet with as many as five teams in free agency. The Miami Heat have yet to book a meeting with Howard but could emerge after showing preliminary interest.

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Tags: Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Al Horford To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, Celtics, Nets

Jun 28, 2016 11:57 AM

The Atlanta Hawks will compete to re-sign Al Horford with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.

Horford is a free agent for the first time in his career.

The Hawks can offer Horford a fifth season and more lucrative raises than any rival team. Atlanta's offseason goal appear to be to re-sign Horford and Kent Bazemore.

Horford has been an All-Star in each of the past two seasons.

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Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Some Teams View Kevin Durant Meetings As Chance To Lay 2017 Groundwork

Jun 27, 2016 11:17 AM

Kevin Durant is expected to ultimately re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a one-plus-one contract and become a free agent again in 2017.

Teams meeting with Durant feel like they're laying the groundwork for his 2017 offseason as they anticipate that probable outcome.

The Thunder nearly reached The Finals in 2016 and the ability for Durant to re-sign on a short-term deal and then take a longer view when Russell Westbrook is also a free agent is appealing.

Even if Durant left the Thunder in free agency this summer, he would look for a one-plus-one contract in order to maximize his salary.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Adam Kaufman/CBS Sports)

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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant
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