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Chris Bosh Admits Money Was Factor In Choosing Heat Over Rockets

Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets, but ultimately decided to remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.

Bosh would have returned to his home state of Texas to form a Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden.

"I still had to finish conversations with the Heat," Bosh said of those hectic hours on July 11, when he handled his negotiations by phone from Africa, where he was on a vacation and promotional tour. "Everybody was aware, all parties were aware. It was always continuing conversations. I never made any commitments. I never wanted to put anybody in the position to make them feel like I said something and I reneged on the whole thing. So I just kept it open.

"LeBron (James) made his choice and then that kind of cleared things up, as far as negotiations are concerned."

Bosh had spoken with management and players on the Rockets.

"I talked to everybody," he said. "I like to get a feel for everybody, feel them out, see what they're thinking and just hear it from them."

Bosh admits that money was a factor in his decision to stay with the Heat.

"It's always business," he said. "Nothing is ever personal. I think 100 percent of those dudes would have taken the deal I took.

"It's not always about money," Bosh said. "But you do want your full market value. If you work your butt off to get to a certain point, you want to be rewarded for that."

Via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Rockets To Rely On D-League Growth For Clint Capela, Nick Johnson

The Houston Rockets plan to utilize the NBA Development League heavily this season for their two draft picks, Clint Capela and Nick Johnson.

“The Vipers have been great for us,” Kevin McHale said. “We sent guys down here. It helped them. D-Mo was down here. Terrence came down for a while. It really helps their game a lot. I like it. Like this year, will be a huge year for Clint Capela down here. That will be fantastic. Nick Johnson will be able to uses this to improve. It’s been fantastic for us."

Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas developed in the D-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2012-13, while Isaiah Canaan and Troy Daniels played with the Vipers most of last season.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Chase Budinger Made Available By Wolves In Trade Talks

Chase Budinger has been made available in trade talks by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets have shown an interest in Budinger, among several other teams.

Houston and Detroit are reluctant to take on the $5 million player option on Budinger's contract.

The Wolves have an excess of forwards and minutes may be limited for Budinger.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rockets Parting With Robert Covington

The Houston Rockets have decided to release forward Robert Covington while continuing to listen on trade interest, league sources told RealGM.

Covington and the Rockets will part either way, allowing the 23-year-old to play for another organization.

The Rockets had been impressed with Covington’s development within the franchise a season ago, a skilled 6-foot-9 product using his shooting and slashing to average 23.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in the NBA Development League. Covington appeared in seven regular-season games for the Rockets in his rookie year.

Covington was awarded with several honors with Rio Grande Valley in the D-League — including the All-Star Game MVP, Rookie of the Year and the All-First team.

After going undrafted out of Tennessee State, Covington received interest from several teams as a free agent before signing a multi-year contract with Houston.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Rockets Plan On Having Harden Serve As Lead Recruiter For Durant

The Houston Rockets chose to take a step back in 14-15 by letting Chandler Parsons sign with the Dallas Mavericks in order to preserve cap space for 2015 and 2016.

Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo are free agents in 2015, while Kevin Durant will hit the open market in 2016.

Sources say the Rockets would like to give James Harden an opportunity to serve as their lead recruiter in pursuing Durant.

"We are always going to be swinging big," Morey said. "We're only about trying to win championships and how to make that happen. We take big swings at things. Obviously, it worked out the last two summers, but the only way you can land a James Harden or a Dwight Howard is by taking big swings. Sometimes, you hit. Sometimes, you miss. Bosh chose to stay in Miami, but that's not always going to be the case.

"If that had worked out, everyone is obviously writing a very different story about the Rockets, but it didn't work out. And we had to choose the best path when it didn't work out.

"I'm very comfortable we made the right decisions all along given the info we had. It's only the scenario where you know all the information at the end where you can go back and say 'This was a good decision or this was a bad decision.'"

Durant and Harden were previously teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder and remain close friends.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Mavs Were Fully Committed To Parsons Before Receiving Word From LeBron

The Dallas Mavericks committed to signing Chandler Parsons to an offer sheet even before they were officially told by LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony that they wouldn't sign with the club.

"I told Chandler from the start [of free agency]: 'Do you want me to be brutally honest with you?'" Mark Cuban says now. "And he said yes. So I told him with as much granularity as I could that I think it's a 10 percent chance at best that we could get Melo, but we had to try. Then, we started hearing our percentage was getting higher, and I told Chandler that, too.

"But then, when we weren't hearing a whole lot from the Melo camp, we knew we were pretty much out. So I told Chandler [on July 9]: 'I could end up being the dumbest idiot in NBA history, but even if LeBron comes back to us and says he's choosing us, I'm committing to you.'"

The Cleveland Cavaliers also strongly pursued Parsons while waiting on a decision from James. Sources say the Cavs told Parsons he was "Cleveland's guy" if James signed elsewhere.

Sources say Parsons' camp tried to convince the Rockets to agree to a four-year, $48 million deal before signing an offer sheet with the Mavericks.

"LeBron and Melo, those are long shots," Cuban concedes. "But you do 'em because you have to run things out. People give you a hard time when you don't get this person or that person, but you never win any games you don't play. And in the worst case you develop a relationship for the next time something comes up. It's as much about trying to develop relationships as it is about trying to hit the home run.

"When it comes to restricted free agency, you look at what it takes to get the player away and you can't pay less than that. We went through and looked at all the numbers and all the permutations, and we realized that the pricing for free agents in this market was going to be far more than anybody expected, just because of how cap room was playing out and who the free agents were."

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Dwight: Lakers' Experience Made Me Develop Thicker Skin

Dwight Howard's experience with the Los Angeles Lakers was a rough one, but he doesn't consider it unproductive.

Howard began his tenure with the Lakers returning from back surgery.

"I probably should've waited longer," Howard told Yahoo Sports, "but I don't regret playing right away. I wish the information could've come across to the world about how hurt I really was, how serious the back injury was, but I never thought it really did.

"The good thing about it, I didn't develop any other major injuries. The torn labrum eventually healed itself. But coming back early from the back, I believed it helped me out in the long run. It made me really develop a thicker skin, going through all the things that I went through because of the injury.

"I was always taught never to show pain, never to show weakness, never to show fear. Always put a smile on your face. But I'm glad it did happen. It made me a better person. The world coming down on you, saying you weren't playing as hard as you could … "

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

McHale: Final Season Of Contract Has 'No Bearing' On Coaching

Kevin McHale is entering the final season of his coaching contract with the Houston Rockets and appears as unaffected by the situation in his last year as he was in his first.

"That has no bearing on me," McHale said. "I never believed that. If you're going to play better in the last year of your contract because it's the last year of your contract, I question who you are. If you are going to coach better because you're in the last year of your contract, I question that guy.

"I'm going to do the same thing I've always done. I'm going to work as hard as I possibly can with these guys, try to get these guys to be the best possible team we can be and you know what, like as a player, you do the best job you can. If it's not good enough, it's not good enough."

McHale is referred to as a "players' coach."

"We're all in this together," McHale said. "The crazy thing about coaching is I've had players say I'm way too hard, I'm way too strict. And then you have guys that say, 'You need to get on that guy.' I always laugh at the guy that says, 'You need to get on that guy more.' I say, 'Do I need to get on you more?' They say, "No.' When you've had 14, 15 guys on the team, and I learned this a long time ago, I'm not going to connect with everyone. But they're going to play the system we're playing. And I'm not playing. I have to give them the ability and the confidence so they can succeed."

The Rockets' other head coaches hired by owner Leslie Alexander, Jeff Van Gundy and Rick Adelman, never received a second contract after completing their four-year term on the Rockets' bench.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Morey Responds To Criticism From Cuban

Mark Cuban has made a series of comments about Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets over the past few months, which has 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 and 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.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Houston Rockets Archives

Rockets Sign Akil Mitchell For Camp

The Rockets have signed Akil Mitchell.

Rockets Officially Acquire Terry For Gee, Hopson

In exchange for Jason Terry, the Rockets will send forward Alonzo Gee and guard Scotty Hopson to the Kings.

Rockets Acquire Jason Terry, Second Round Picks From Kings For Gee, Non-Guaranteed Players

The Rockets have agreed on a trade to acquire Jason Terry from the Kings.

RealGM Radio: On The Southwest Division With Maisonet, Tjarks

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.

Rockets Unlikely To Acquire Ramon Sessions

The Rockets have limited interest in Ramon Sessions.

Colangelo: James Harden Has Become USA's Leader

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.

Tarik Black Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Rockets

The Rockets signed Tarik Black to a two-year, partially guaranteed contract, a league source told RealGM.

Francisco Garcia Re-Signs With Rockets

Francisco Garcia will sign for one season at the veteranís minimum, worth $1.32 million.

Harden: I'm The Best All-Around Player In The NBA

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.

Kostas Papanikolaou Agrees To Deal With Rockets

Kostas Papanikolaou most recently played for Barcelona.

Bosh: Leaving Heat For Rockets Was Close

Chris Bosh was close to leaving the Heat for the Rockets before ultimately deciding to re-sign on a five-year, $118 million contract.

Parsons Left Rockets In Part For Bigger Role

Chandler Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.

Francisco Garcia Discussing Deal With Rockets, Others

Francisco Garcia will likely make a decision in the next few weeks.

Rockets Sign Clint Capela

The Rockets had considered keeping Clint Capela in Europe this season in hopes of using cap space to sign Chris Bosh.

Nick Johnson To Sign Guaranteed, Three-Year Rookie Deal With Rockets

Nick Johnson will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year rookie contract with the Rockets, a league source told RealGM.

Dwight Howard: Chandler Parsons' Departure Won't Affect Rockets At All

Dwight Howard praised the Rockets' addition of Trevor Ariza.

Mike Miller Agrees To Two-Year, $5.5M Deal With Cavs

Mike Miller received better offers from the Nuggets and Rockets.

Nowitzki Rejected Max Offers From Lakers, Rockets To Re-Sign With Mavs For $25M Over Three

Dirk Nowitzki accepted a three-year, $25 million contract to re-sign with the Mavericks.

Jeff Adrien Agrees To One-Year Deal With Rockets

The Rockets have agreed upon a one-year, veteran's minimum deal with Jeff Adrien.

Rockets May Have Accelerated Parsons' Payday As Unofficial Part Of Dwight's Deal

Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons are both represented by Dan Fegan.
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