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Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George

Jul 21, 2017 6:55 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers believe they could have turned Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love into Chris Paul and Paul George in June.

Cleveland kept both Irving and Love in June as they were unaware Irving would soon be requesting a trade before the end of July.

Paul orchestrated an opt-in and trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets before the start of free agency.

George was traded on June 30th by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Interested In Trading Carmelo Anthony, Future First Picks To Cavs For Kyrie Irving

Jul 21, 2017 6:28 PM

The New York Knicks have strong interest in trading for Kyrie Irving.

New York is willing to include Carmelo Anthony and future first round picks but Kristaps Porzingis is considered untouchable.

Irving has listed the Knicks as one of the teams he would have interest in being traded to following his request to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving can become a free agent in 2019 and grew up in New Jersey.

Anthony has a no-trade clause and has recently preferred a trade to the Houston Rockets but he's previously expressed interest in the Cavaliers.

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

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Rockets Offered J.J. Redick More Money Than 76ers

Jul 21, 2017 10:44 AM

Before the start of free agency, J.J. Redick was recruited by Chris Paul to join him with the Houston Rockets.

“Five days before free agency, I didn’t think Houston was even a possibility,” Redick said on his new podcast on Uninterrupted. “Then, the night before free agency started, I’m getting a call from CP [Chris Paul] telling me how much I need to go there.”

Redick claims the Rockets offered him more money in total than the one-year, $23 million deal he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.

“Houston offered me more total money than Philly,” he said. “I knew in Houston I was going to come off the bench. Me and Eric Gordon do a lot of the same things. We were going to play some minutes together. He would get to finish some games; maybe I would get to. But it wasn’t necessarily going to be what I wanted in this point in my career for the court part of it. Now certainly, it was a contender and all that stuff, so that’s probably the main reason I wanted to do it.”

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Tags: J.J. Redick, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Troy Williams Agrees To Three-Year Deal with Rockets

Jul 20, 2017 3:07 PM

Troy Williams has agreed upon a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets.

Williams played six games for the Rockets last season after signing from the G-League.

Williams averaged 22 points in 26.8 minutes per game in the Summer League.

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Carmelo Anthony Won't Waive No-Trade For Blazers

Jul 20, 2017 10:18 AM

While the Portland Trail Blazers have interest in trading for Carmelo Anthony, he won't consider waiving his no-trade clause to join them.

Anthony has been recruited by C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard.

Anthony remains committed to ending up with the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers while recently prioritizing the Rockets.

Steve Mills said earlier this week Anthony could remain with the team this season. The Knicks are not interested in engaging in buyout talks.

Anthony continues to expect a trade to the Rockets.

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

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Rockets Placed For Sale By Leslie Alexander

Jul 17, 2017 4:10 PM

Leslie Alexander has put the Houston Rockets up for sale in a surprise announcement.

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

The Rockets recently signed James Harden and Daryl Morey to extensions.

"It's been my great joy and honor to own the Houston Rockets for the past 24 years," Alexander said in a statement. "I've had the incredible opportunity to witness true greatness through the players and coaches who have won championships for the city, been named to All-Star and All-NBA teams, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and done so much for our franchise and our fans.

"And the Houston community has been home to me; I will continue to support the charities I have made commitments to throughout the years. I'll always have a special place in my heart for the fans, partners, city officials and employees who care so deeply for this team.

"I've made this decision after much deliberation with my family and friends, and do so knowing the franchise is in great shape with the players, coaches and management team in place. CEO Tad Brown will oversee the sales process with the league office, supported by my management team."

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Rockets Looking Forward To Playing James Harden, Chris Paul Off-Ball

Jul 16, 2017 11:42 AM

James Harden is looking forward to sharing the floor with Chris Paul. Both players have grown accustomed to playing with the ball in their hands but they will each have less responsibilities playing with each other.

"The last 13 years, he's had to dominate the ball so much because he didn't have somebody to help create plays for him," Harden said. "I know how I felt the last five years the same way, having to dominate the ball. It feels good to get a catch-and-shoot opportunity or to just run the floor and not have to worry about having to make a play every possession.

"It's going to be fun. There's no point guard, no shooting guard. We just go out there and make plays and make our team better."

Harden played a big role in convincing Paul to join the Rockets.

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James Harden: Everything Is Going To Happen In Houston

Jul 16, 2017 11:39 AM

James Harden will be paid $228 million over the next six seasons with the Houston Rockets.

"It's rare that you feel so welcome, that you feel like you're at home and feel like every single day you wake up to go to work and have people around you to motivate you, that push you to be better, that you love to be around," Harden said. "That's another reason I signed the extension.

"I don't want to go anywhere. I don't want to deal with free agency. I know where home is. I know where I want to be. I know where I want to retire ultimately. And I know where I want to win a championship. Everything is going to happen in Houston."

Harden's relationship with Daryl Morey, Leslie Alexander and Tad Brown has grown over the years.

"The relationship we have here in terms of him pushing me to make the team better and his ability to recruit all these players ... is the modern way I think teams are going to be built," Morey said. "To get a cornerstone player like James and have him bring everybody to the party in Houston. We think next year is going to be the best team we've had, and it's all thanks to this guy."

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Blazers Interested In Trading For Carmelo Anthony

Jul 16, 2017 12:02 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have interest in trading for Carmelo Anthony.

The Blazers were previously believed to be a team that could help facilitate a trade of Anthony by the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets.

The Blazers believe Anthony would give the team as much depth to compete in the second tier of the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors.

Portland has little desire to help Anthony be traded to the Rockets.

Anthony hasn't expressed a willingness to expand his list of teams he'd accept a trade to beyond the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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

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Carmelo Anthony Hopes Knicks Fulfill Plan To Trade Him To Rockets

Jul 15, 2017 11:56 PM

Carmelo Anthony continues to count on the New York Knicks to fulfill their previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets.

Steve Mills and Scott Perry are pursuing a meeting with Anthony.

Anthony expects the Knicks to rebuild without him.

Over the past few weeks, Anthony has begun to prioritize a trade to the Rockets to join Chris Paul and James Harden over the Cavaliers and LeBron James. Houston is determined to trade for Anthony and believes he only has interest in playing for them next season.

Mills and Perry are evaluating whether it's worth allowing time for Anthony's standing around the NBA to be rebuilt.

Perry has history with Anthony and strong relationships with some in his inner circle.

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

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Rockets Agree To One-Year Deal With Tarik Black
Tarik Black began his career with the Rockets before joining the Lakers in 2014 on a waiver claim.

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Carmelo Anthony, Rival Teams Dismayed By Knicks Pulling Him From Trade Talks
Carmelo Anthony had expected to be traded to the Rockets for the past two weeks.

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Knicks Break Off Carmelo Anthony Trade Talks
It is unlikely Carmelo Anthony is going to respond with eagerness about remaining with the Knicks.

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Rockets, Knicks Discussing Four-Team Carmelo Anthony Trade Scenarios
While both sides are motivated to agree upon a trade centered on Carmelo Anthony, no agreement is imminent.

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Chris Paul Suggests Clippers Also Were Ready For Change
Chris Paul spent six seasons with the Clippers.

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Austin Rivers, Chris Paul Cleared Air Following Nepotism Report
Chris Paul refuted a report that suggested the way Doc Rivers treated Austin Rivers contributed to his departure from the Clippers.

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Carmelo Anthony Confident He'll End Up With Rockets
With the Knicks not wanting to take back the contract of Ryan Anderson, the Knicks and Rockets will likely need to involve a third team.

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James Harden Agrees To $228M Extension With Rockets
James Harden is eligible for the Designated Veteran Player Extension, which can pay up to 35 percent of the salary cap.

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Knicks Renew Willingness To Trade Carmelo Anthony
The Knicks do not envision a scenario where Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. share the floor next season.

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Carmelo Anthony Open To Waiving No-Trade For Rockets, Cavs
Carmelo Anthony is now open to waiving his no-trade clause.

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Nene Agrees To Revised Three-Year, $11M Deal With Rockets
Nene and the Rockets have agreed upon a revised deal.

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P.J. Tucker Agrees To Four-Year, $32M Deal With Rockets
The Rockets have agreed upon a deal with P.J. Tucker.

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Rockets, Cavaliers Discuss Iman Shumpert Trade
Iman Shumpert has been inconsistent since re-signing with the Cavaliers in 2015.

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Nene Returns To Open Market After Contract Length Not Allowed
Nene can only sign a three-year deal due to the over-38 rule.

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Carter-Williams Receiving Interest From Rockets, Knicks, Thunder, Pelicans, Hornets
Michael Carter-Williams received a call from the Rockets as free agency opened.

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Rockets Agree To Three-Year, $10.9M Deal With Nene
Nene had an excellent with the Rockets after signing a one-year, $2.9 million deal in 2016.

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Knicks Not Interested In Ryan Anderson For Carmelo Anthony Trade With Rockets
Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause but the presence of Chris Paul with the Rockets could compel him to waive it for that opportunity.

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Rockets Interested In Signing Zhou Qi To Long-Term Deal
The Rockets would like to sign Zhou Qi to a long-term deal by using a portion of the mid-level exception.

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Mavericks Trade Jarrod Uthoff To Rockets For Cash
Jarrod Uthoff signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Mavericks on March 9 and 19, and then a multi-year deal with the club on March 29.

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Paul Millsap Has Discussed Sign-And-Trade With Hawks
Paul Millsap is unlikely to return to the Hawks this offseason as they pivot towards a rebuild.

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