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Report: Chris Paul, Rockets Have Tension On Contract Situation

Jun 22, 2018 12:22 PM

Chris Paul orchestrated an opt-in-and-trade to the Houston Rockets last offseason to delay his free agency by one season. Paul had an excellent season but injury issues plagued him.

Since then, the Rockets were also sold to Tilman Fertitta, which could complicate contract discussions with Paul.

"From what I'm told, there is tension now between Houston and Chris Paul. There was definitely some type of handshake, wink-wink, we're going to max you out last summer. Now, they're not so sure. Houston, with good reason, doesn't want to do that. They have an out because they have new ownership. So Daryl Morey can go to Chris Paul and be like 'I want to do it, but we've got the new owner and he doesn't want to give you five years.'

"Could Chris and LeBron go to the Lakers? Can Chris Paul go elsewhere? Which would open up Houston.. I don't think LeBron would go there with them doing that to Chris Paul and he doesn't want to be there long-term.

"I'm told LeBron hasn't made a decision yet because there are so many moving parts."

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Rockets Sign Gary Clark To Two-Way Contract

Jun 22, 2018 8:36 AM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to sign Gary Clark to a two-way contract.

Clark went undrafted out of Cincinnati.

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Cavaliers, Lakers Believed To Be Frontrunners For LeBron James

Jun 21, 2018 8:56 PM

LeBron James is reportedly zeroed in on signing either with the Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.

The Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers were initially on James' list, but the comfort of his family in Northeast Ohio or Los Angeles appears to be a factor.

"I don't think Houston is in the running," said Brain Windhorst. "I don't think his family feels comfortable going to Houston. I think where his family is going to be qualifies the teams. You have to get by his wife, Savannah. And his sons to say "yes."

"I think L.A. and Cleveland pass that and that's why their in the driver's seat right now."

Windhorst expects James to not use the opt-in at this point.

"It sounds like the opt-in won't be the way he goes," said Windhorst.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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2018 NBA Draft: Full Results

Jun 21, 2018 7:37 PM

The 2018 NBA Draft is underway in Brooklyn.

1. Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton 

2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley

3. Dallas Mavericks (via Atlanta): Luka Doncic

4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr.

5. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas): Trae Young

6. Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba

7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn): Collin Sexton

9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox

10. Phoenix Suns (via Philadelphia): Mikal Bridges

11. Los Angeles Clippers (from Charlotte: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

12. Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit via Clippers): Miles Bridges 

13. Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson

14. Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr.

15. Washinton Wizards: Troy Brown

16. Philadelphia 76ers (from Phoenix/Miami): Zhaire Smith

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo

18. San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker

19. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota): Kevin Huerter

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City): Josh Okogie

21. Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen

22. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans): Chandler Hutchison

23. Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons

25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland): Moritz Wagner

26. Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet

27. Boston Celtics: Robert Williams

28. Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans

29. Brooklyn Nets (from Toronto): Dzanan Musa

30. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston): Omari Spellman

Second Round

31. Phoenix Suns: Elie Okobo

32. Memphis Grizzlies: Jevon Carter

33. Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson

34. Charlotte Hornets: Devonte Graham

35. Orlando Magic: Melvin Frazier

36. New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson

37. Portland Trail Blazers (via Sacramento): Gary Trent Jr.

38. Detroit Pistons (via Philadelphia): Khyri Thomas

39. Los Angeles Lakers (via Philadelphia): Isaac Bonga

40. Brooklyn Nets: Rodions Kurucs

41. Denver Nuggets (via Orlando): Jarred Vanderbilt

42. Detroit Pistons: Bruce Brown

43. Orlando Magic (via Denver): Justin Jackson

44. Washington Wizards: Issuf Sanon

45. Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn): Hamidou Diallo

46. Houston Rockets: De'Anthony Melton

47. Los Angeles Lakers: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

48. Minnesota Timberwolves: Keita Bates-Diop

49. San Antonio Spurs: Chimezie Metu

50. Indiana Pacers: Alize Johnson

51. New Orleans Pelicans: Tony Carr

52. Houston Rockets (via Utah): Vince Edwards

53. Oklahoma City Thunder: Devon Hall

54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Dallas): Shake Milton 

55. Charlotte Hornets: Arnoldas Kulboka

56. Dallas Mavericks: Ray Spalding

57. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Hervey

58. Denver Nuggets: Thomas Welsh

59. Phoenix Suns: George King

60. Dallas Mavericks: Kostas Antetokounmpo

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Rockets Receiving Trade Interest In Eric Gordon

Jun 21, 2018 3:33 PM

The Houston Rockets have received trade calls this offseason on the availability of Eric Gordon.

Gordon signed a four-year, $53 million deal with the Rockets in 2016 and has two seasons remaining. If the Rockets are to pursue a max free agent, they will likely need to move both Gordon and Ryan Anderson.

After several injury-plagued seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, Gordon has been one of the NBA's most productive scorers off the bench.

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Chris Paul Will Re-Sign With Rockets, Focused On Recruiting LeBron James

Jun 19, 2018 11:09 AM

Chris Paul is expected to re-sign with the Houston Rockets this offseason and he has become more focused on recruiting LeBron James to the franchise.

"His focus has been to stay in Houston all along," said Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN's Monday night draft coverage. "Unless Houston blinked and sort of changed course on the kind of financial commitment, length of deal, that I think they thought they would do all along. They have shown no indication in Houston of not following through on the kind of big deal Chris Paul expected when he opted in and got traded there.

"You know, Chris is going to return there. Right now, his focus isn't so much on his own free agency, he's trying to recruit LeBron James to Houston. Somebody close to him said to me, 'He is as focused on recruiting LeBron as anything he's done in this league. He wants to find a way.'

"You know Daryl Morey in Houston is always big game hunting. They love the ability to make changes with their roster and cap, be creative. If LeBron said he wanted to come to Houston, they can find a way to make it happen."

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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DeAndre Jordan Has Expressed Interest In Joining Rockets

Jun 8, 2018 10:23 AM

DeAndre Jordan has interest in joining the Houston Rockets this offseason.

Jordan has a player option for next season for $24.1 million that he is undecided about.

According to a source, Jordan spoke to multiple Rockets throughout the 17-18 season to express his desire to join his hometown team. Jordan also spoke to multiple Rockets on their team bus following their postgame locker room altercation expressing his frustration with the Clippers and desire to leave.

The Rockets, however, want to re-sign restricted free agent Clint Capela.

Kelly Iko/USA Today

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Warriors Could Pursue Trevor Ariza

Jun 7, 2018 6:36 PM

The Golden State Warriors could pursue Trevor Ariza this offseason.

The Warriors tried to bolster their wing depth last summer with Nick Young and Omri Casspi, but neither player has worked out like they hoped.

"That's a name I'm hearing that could be intriguing," said Chris Haynes on Tim Kawakami's podcast.

Haynes also referenced how the Rockets pursued Andre Iguodala to take away from the Warriors last offseason.

Ariza would likely need to take a substantial pay-cut in order to join the Warriors in free agency.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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Raptors Mentioned As Potential Dark-horse For LeBron James

Jun 7, 2018 6:25 PM

Chris Haynes was asked for his gauge of LeBron James' free agency plans.

"I don't think it's anything serious to where he will actually think about signing there," said Chris Haynes of James and the Warriors during an appearance on Tim Kawakami's podcast. "I reported back, I believe in February, out of respect if Golden State showed interest, he would talk with them and have a conversation.

"He looks at that organization as the new era of the San Antonio Spurs. He respects them tremendously. I think that's what's going to happen if Golden State decides if they want to go in that route.

"I don't see him coming here at all."

Haynes was then asked which teams have the best odds of actually signing James.

"Houston has been linked a lot," said Haynes. "I've been told that's not a realistic option. 

"Philly of course, that's legit.

"The Lakers are still in play but they're not as hot as it was before, but you're going to grant Magic Johnson a meeting. You're going to do that and listen. The Lakers have been setting up for two years for this summer.

"Then I'm going to throw out a dark horse, the Toronto Raptors. And let's not overlook the Boston Celtics. I think the Celtics are in that realm with Golden State where if Boston reached out and said 'We're serious', LeBron would listen."

Haynes then added that the Celtics having Kyrie Irving on the roster would be problematic.

"I think those are some of the real firm options out there as well as re-signing with Cleveland."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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Rockets To Be Aggressive Pursuing Paul George

Jun 5, 2018 11:03 PM

The Houston Rockets will be aggressive in trying to acquire Paul George this offseason.

The Rockets would have to be creative to acquire George, as they were last offseason with Chris Paul, due to their limited cap space. Chris Paul, Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza will be free agents for the Rockets as well.

George has a player option for the 18-19 season.

“But Oklahoma City’s done a great job of selling him on a future there, and he liked playing with Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams and Billy Donovan,” Adrian Wojnarowski said. “They have a real opportunity to keep him, but the Lakers are home. He grew up in L.A., and when he left Indiana his plan was that he would be in L.A. in a year. So you have to credit Oklahoma City for really turning his head on that.”

The Rockets are also expected to pursue LeBron James.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN (via Brett Dawson/Oklahoman)

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Jeff Bzdelik: Defending Warriors Like Being In Boat With Three Holes In Bottom But Two Pegs
The Rockets practiced how and when to help off Golden State's non-shooters and had rules for specific situations.

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Rockets' 27-Straight Three-Point Misses Had 1-In-72,000 Chance Of Occurring
The Rockets were a combined 7-for-44 on their three-point attempts in the game.

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Warriors-Rockets Game 7 Had Lower Rating Than Warriors-Thunder Game 7
For Game 7 in 2018, TNT averaged 14.8 million viewers compared to 15.9 million in 2016.

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Tillman Fertitta: Rockets Gotta Sign Chris Paul, Want To Keep Clint Capela
Chris Paul and Clint Capela are the Rockets' top free agents.

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Chris Paul Ruled Out For Game 7
Chris Paul has been ruled out of Game 7 with a hamstring injury.

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Chris Paul 'Less Likely Than Likely' To Play Game 7
Chris Paul suffered the injury in the closing seconds of Game 5 and sat out Game 6.

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Chris Paul Ruled Out For Game 6 With Hamstring Strain
Chris Paul has been ruled out of Game 6 with a right hamstring strain.

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Chris Paul Could Miss Game 6 With Hamstring Injury
The Rockets will update Chris Paul's status once he's evaluated on Friday.

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Chris Paul Dealing With Right Foot Soreness
Chris Paul responded well to treatment before Game 4.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mike D'Antoni Regrets Not Having Steve Nash Score More
With James Harden and Chris Paul playing more isolation basketball with the Rockets, we are seeing the evolution of D'Antoni's process.

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Rockets Were Optimistic About Trade For Carmelo Anthony Before Phil Jackson's Exit
When Phil Jackson was fired by the Knicks, the possibility of Houston trading for Carmelo Anthony decreased.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Daryl Morey: James Harden Makes My Job Easy On Floor, Off Floor
James Harden helped convince Chris Paul to join the Rockets last offseason.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mike D'Antoni Calls Houston's Offense 'James & Chris Seconds Or Less'
The Rockets' average time of possession is 12.45 seconds, which is slightly faster than the NBA average of 12.67 seconds.

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Andre Iguodala Dodges Question About Meeting With Rockets In Free Agency
Andre Iguodala met with the Rockets in free agency last offseason before eventually re-signing with the Warriors.

Drew Shiller/NBC Bay Area

Stephen Curry: Chris Paul Was A Great Mentor
When Stephen Curry entered the 2009 NBA Draft, he worked out with Chris Paul.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

RealGM Radio: David Locke
Host Danny Leroux and David Locke of the Utah Jazz and the Locked on Podcast Network break down the Western Conference Finals, the Jazz season and much more.

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Mike D'Antoni Outlined Clint Capela's Rise Resulting In $80M Contract
Clint Capela will be a restricted free agent this offseason and figures to receive a contract in excess of $80 million.

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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 18): Cavs/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder, Rockets/Wolves
On Cavaliers/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder and Rockets/Wolves.

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules
The ranking in the three efficiency metrics for all eight playoff matchups.

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James Harden On OKC Trade: How Do You Give That Up?
James Harden thinks about what could have been with the Thunder on a daily basis.

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