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Carmelo Anthony Expands Trade List To Include Cavaliers, Thunder

Sep 22, 2017 9:09 PM

Carmelo Anthony has expanded his list of teams he'd accept a trade to include the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to Ian Begley, the Oklahoma City Thunder are also on Anthony's list.

Throughout the summer, Anthony was zeroed in exclusively on the Houston Rockets.

The Knicks and Rockets have been at a stalemate for several weeks as they've been unable to find a trade scenario to satisfy both teams. The Knicks insisted they were unable to complete a deal with the Rockets and needed more teams to work with.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause in his contract with the Knicks.

While the Rockets remain Anthony's preferred team, he's worked to accommodate the Knicks to find a trade before the start of the season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Hire Sachin Gupta As Special Advisor

Sep 22, 2017 12:09 PM

The Houston Rockets have hired Sachin Gupta as a special advisor.

Gupta spent six seasons with the Rockets before joining Sam Hinkie with the Philadelphia 76ers as his No. 2.

While Daryl Morey was working for the Boston Celtics, he first met Gupta at a lecture he gave at MIT.

Gupta is credited with aiding the Rockets during this past season's trade deadline, draft and free agency periods, along with playing an important role in acquiring Chris Paul from the Clippers.

"Sachin's fingerprints are all over this time, from his first six seasons with the Rockets to contributions he's made this past year," said Morey. "Given what he brings to the table and how seamlessly he fits in with our group, we're excited to have him back into the fold."

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Carmelo Anthony Expected To Remain With Knicks At Start Of Camp

Sep 22, 2017 12:04 PM

The New York Knicks expect Carmelo Anthony to remain on their roster when training camp opens next week.

"Look, Carmelo's going to be back here," Perry said Friday at the team's training facility. "Carmelo has always been a professional. That's one thing I've always respected about him. I think he can set a good example for the young players. He's been a 10-time All-Star. If he's back here with the New York Knicks, we expect him to be the professional he's always exemplified throughout his career and move forward with him."

The Knicks have been unable to make progress on trade talks with the Houston Rockets centered on Anthony.

According to sources, both the Knicks and Anthony remain committed to finding a scenario where he ends up on another team.

"We've just been in constant contact with he and his representatives and I won't get into (the) weeds of the details of how far or how close we were to any type of deal," Perry said. "At the end of the day, what we set out and what we said (in July was), if there was something there that made sense both for him and the Knicks organization, then we would strongly consider it. Obviously, we sit here today and that did not happen as of yet."

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets To Sign Chris Johnson

Sep 21, 2017 10:17 PM

The Houston Rockets will sign Chris Johnson to a one-year contract.

Johnson has played briefly in the NBA with the Grizzlies, 76ers, Jazz and Bucks. Johnson had an impressive Summer League with the Rockets.

In four seasons with the Vipers in the G-League, Johnson averaged 14.6 points on 48.2 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Andre Iguodala Nearly Left Warriors For Rockets

Sep 20, 2017 11:09 AM

Andre Iguodala was disappointed by the Golden State Warriors' opening contract offer in free agency of $36 million over three years with a partial guarantee in the final year.

Rival teams believed Iguodala wanted a three-year deal close to $50 million that was fully guaranteed.

Iguodala felt as though he had already sacrificed financially when he signed with the Warriors on a four-year, $48 million deal and then accepted a lesser role when Steve Kerr became coach.

Bob Myers increased the Warriors' offer to $42 million over three years with a partial guarantee in the third year.

Iguodala ceased communication with the Warriors at that point.

When free agency began, Iguodala took a conference call with the Los Angeles Lakers and then met in person with representatives from the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio offered Iguodala a four-year deal that was fully guaranteed starting at the $8.4 million non-taxpayer midlevel.

The Sacramento Kings were the final team to meet with Iguodala on the opening night of free agency. They were committed to giving him the highest offer on the market but only if he accepted it on the spot.

The Houston Rockets' meeting lasted almost two hours and was termed as "the best recruiting presentation of all time," according to a source within Iguodala's camp. The Rockets offered a four-year, $32 million deal via their mid-level exception, but Daryl Morey also talked about various sign-and-trade scenarios that would be more lucrative. After the meeting, there was a strong sense Iguodala would end up with the Rockets.

Iguodala reopened communication with the Warriors later on July 1st and met in-person with Myers and Kerr. The objective from Iguodala's perspective was to personally say goodbye, according to sources. Iguodala wasn't budging from his request of at least $16 million per season and he was prepared to join the Rockets.

After the meeting, Iguodala's rep called Myers one last time to see if they could get a deal done. Myers then called Joe Lacob who approved a three-year, $48 million deal.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Jonathan Tjarks, Rob Mahoney

Sep 13, 2017 4:30 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer (@JonathanTjarks) and Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated (@RobMahoney) go in-depth on the NBA’s Southwest Division.

They discuss how the Spurs, Rockets, Mavericks, Pelicans and Grizzlies fared in the off-season, including which teams improved and what moves stood out. The three also predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Chris Paul Told Celtics, Warriors He Wouldn't Re-Sign During 2011 Trade Talks

Sep 8, 2017 6:57 PM

The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors pursued a trade for Chris Paul in 2011 when he was put on the trade market by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Paul preferred a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers but ended up being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"When Chris Paul was in New Orleans, there were two teams that wanted to be aggressive in trading for him and he said 'I will not re-sign with you,'" said Wojnarowski about the Celtics and Warriors.

The Celtics attempted to acquire Paul by trading Rajon Rondo to the Pelicans. The advanced age of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce was a significant reason why Paul didn't want to join the Celtics.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Chris Paul, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jabari Parker Was Briefly Discussed In Knicks-Rockets Trade Talks

Sep 5, 2017 1:35 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks emerged as a potential third team in discussions centered on a trade of Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets.

The name of Jabari Parker came up in those preliminary talks. It is unclear whether the Knicks or Bucks broached the idea of Parker in a package that includes a larger contract such as John Henson or Greg Monroe.

Parker is eligible for a contract extension and could become a restricted free agent in 2018. Parker is recovering from another torn ACL.

The Knicks remain committed to acquiring a combination of young player, draft pick or expiring contract in exchange for Anthony.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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Rockets Sold To Tilman Fertitta For $2.2 Billion

Sep 5, 2017 10:01 AM

Leslie Alexander has agreed to sell the Houston Rockets to Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta.

A deal could be formally announced on Tuesday.

One of Fertitta's competitors to buy the Rockets was another Houston billionaire, Dan Friedkin. Fertitta is the CEO and sole owner of Landry's.

Alexander owned the team for 24 years and the news of his interest in selling earlier this summer came as a surprise locally in Houston and across the NBA.

Daryl Morey was signed to a contract extension with the Rockets in June.

Mark Berman/FOX Houston

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James Harden Promises To Never Leave Houston

Sep 4, 2017 7:02 PM

James Harden has donated $1 million to assist in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. 

"Obviously, the city is devastated," Harden said. "We have to push forward. We have to find a way to get through it. We have to find a way to help the community out as much as possible. Reached out to the mayor. We wanted to help out and make sure we get the help where it needed to be."

Harden joined the Houston Rockets in 2012 and is one of the biggest sports stars of the city.

"This is home for me," Harden told media at the convention center. "I wanted to say thank you to J.J. Watt for what he's doing for the city. Thank you to the mayor for helping me. I just want to donate and give back to the community as much as I can.

"I'm going to donate $1 million to the city and areas that need it and people that need it to make the city stronger and put smiles on some faces."

Harden also said on Twitter that he'll never leave the Rockets.


Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Rockets Hire Chuck Hayes As Pro Player Personnel Scout
Chuck Hayes held a similar position with the Nuggets last season.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Harden: Chris Paul Didn't Seem Happy Heading Into Free Agency
James Harden believes the Rockets can close the gap on the Warriors with Chris Paul.

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Dan Friedkin Interested In Purchasing Rockets
Dan Friedkin's wealth primarily comes from owning Gulf States Toyota Distributors.

Igor Bosilkovski/Forbes

Daryl Morey: James Harden Is An Unbelievable Recruiter
Daryl Morey was asked about how James Harden factored into the recruitment of Chris Paul to the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Knicks, Rockets Resume Carmelo Anthony Trade Discussions
Carmelo Anthony will only waive his no-trade clause for the Rockets and refuses to expand his list.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Donatas Motiejunas Agrees To One-Year, $3M Deal With Shandong
Donatas Motiejunas spent last season with the Pelicans.

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Carmelo Anthony 'At Peace' While Waiting On Trade
Carmelo Anthony called the exit of Phil Jackson "a business decision" for the Knicks.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Carmelo Anthony Not Interested In Trade To Cavaliers
The Knicks are waiting for the Rockets to improve their offer for Carmelo Anthony.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Rockets Waive Jarrod Uthoff
Jarrod Uthoff's contract would have become guaranteed at $200,000 on Sunday.

Eric Pincus/Basketball Insiders

Rockets Agree Upon Two-Way Deal With Demetrius Jackson
Demetrius Jackson averaged 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 25.8 minutes per game in Summer League.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Carmelo Anthony Continues To Prioritize Trade To Rockets
The Cavaliers presumably have a clearer path to trading for Carmelo Anthony due to the Kyrie Irving request, but he prefers the Rockets.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George
The Cavaliers believe they could have acquired both Chris Paul and Paul George had they known Kyrie Irving wanted out.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Knicks Interested In Trading Carmelo Anthony, Future First Picks To Cavs For Kyrie Irving
Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause and has recently preferred a trade to the Rockets.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Rockets Offered J.J. Redick More Money Than 76ers
Before the start of free agency, J.J. Redick was recruited by Chris Paul to join him with the Rockets.

Jonathan Tannenwald/Philadelphia Daily News

Troy Williams Agrees To Three-Year Deal with Rockets
Troy Williams played six games for the Rockets last season after signing from the G-League.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Won't Waive No-Trade For Blazers
Carmelo Anthony has been recruited by C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Rockets Placed For Sale By Leslie Alexander
Leslie Alexander purchased the Rockets in 1993 for $85 million and the franchise is now valued by Forbes at $1.65 billion.

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Rockets Looking Forward To Playing James Harden, Chris Paul Off-Ball
James Harden and Chris Paul have carried a big load as ballhandlers in the past.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Harden: Everything Is Going To Happen In Houston
James Harden feels great about committing his future to the Rockets.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Blazers Interested In Trading For Carmelo Anthony
Portland has little desire to help Carmelo Anthony be traded to the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN