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Daryl Morey: LeBron James Is Greatest Ever 'By A Bit Of A Big Margin'

Aug 15, 2018 8:36 PM

Daryl Morey believes LeBron James is the best player in the history of the NBA "by a bit of a big margin."

"You look at his ability to generate wins and championship probability over time, and you basically break that down. You don't need all the numbers. You can watch as well and see that.

"But if you basically isolate that and also look at the career he's had, frankly I think at this point it's become a bit of a big margin, actually, where he's come out ahead. I know that's a little controversial."

James has won three titles and four MVPs to six titles and five MVPs by Michael Jordan.

The Houston Rockets had interest in signing James but he instead signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Scottsdale Police Investigating Incident Involving James Harden

Aug 14, 2018 12:25 AM

Police in Scottsdale confirmed they are investigating an incident that occurred this past weekend at a nightclub.

The incident happened at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Scottsdale police spokesman Officer Kevin Watts said.

It was "far too early in the investigation" to confirm what Harden's involvement in the incident was, Watts said.

According to TMZ, a woman said she was at a nightclub in Scottsdale when someone with Harden got into a fight. The woman was recording the scuffle when Harden walked up, grabbed her wrist and phone before throwing her phone onto a roof.

The woman was treated for a wrist injury at an area hospital, TMZ said. 

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Mike D'Antoni Feels Carmelo Anthony Will Be Better Fit With Rockets Than Knicks

Aug 13, 2018 11:28 PM

Mike D'Antoni believes Carmelo Anthony will be a better fit playing for him with the Houston Rockets than he was with the New York Knicks during his prime.

“Well, at different points of people’s careers or lives or circumstances, things are different," said D'Antoni. "In New York, when they gave away half the team (to Denver in the February 2011 trade that brought Anthony to the Knicks) and everybody expected us to win a championship, it really wasn’t realistic. It put a lot of pressure on everybody, and it kind of burst the pipes. I think this is totally different. We’ve got a team that is a whole bunch of veterans that really, we’ve got one thing in mind, and that’s to win a championship, and we have the possibility. We never had a blow-up before, so it’s not he wanted to play a certain way and I kind of wanted to coach another way.

“Back then, there wasn’t even analytics. I was going by my gut, and he was going by (his) gut, and it’s just, you know, styles clash. And I think now, things have changed and everybody is playing the same way. I think it’s a lot better fit and I think we have a really good chance to be really good.”

D'Antoni envisions Anthony playing a different style.

“The style that we want to play, and we go through that process, it kind of sorts itself out. It’s like USA Basketball. If you’re committed to doing it, and committed to, ‘OK, this is how we’re playing, and then when it’s your turn it’s your turn, but if it isn’t then we’re still within these guidelines.’ Then the more talent you can have, the better the guys are, the better the team is going to be. Look at Golden State, how they had all those guys and you fit in (Kevin) Durant, I mean if you are committed to a certain style, and everybody is committed to the team, it works itself out. ... 

“It’s like having Chris and James together (last season). It was relatively noneventful …and I think it’ll be the same thing. ... We’ve just got to make sure we don’t get too far away from taking threes and layups and foul shots. It’ll be a little bit of a learning process. But again, if everybody is committed, then I have no doubt it can work. Whether we can all get it to work? We’ll see.”

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Carmelo Anthony Officially Signs One-Year, $2.4M Deal With Rockets

Aug 13, 2018 9:37 AM

Carmelo Anthony signed his one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Anthony has traveled to Houston and is completing his physical.

Anthony was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks this offseason and was subsequently bought out.

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Carmelo Anthony Agrees To Sign With Rockets

Aug 7, 2018 8:12 PM

Carmelo Anthony has verbally agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets.

Anthony cleared waivers last week following his trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Rockets prioritized Anthony after the loss of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Anthony opted in to the final year of his five-year maximum contract worth $27.9 million before free agency.

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Rockets Trade Chinanu Onuaku To Mavericks

Aug 1, 2018 4:40 PM

The Houston Rockets have traded Chinanu Onuaku and cash to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2020 second round swap.

Onuaku is due $1.5 million this season.

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Rockets Consider Trade For J.R. Smith

Aug 1, 2018 11:28 AM

The Houston Rockets have been searching for trade possibilities using the dead contract of Ryan Anderson.

The Rockets have expressed interest in J.R. Smith as he is owed $30.4 million over the next two seasons, though the 19-20 season is partially guaranteed.

The Rockets lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute this offseason.

"I've heard they kicked the tires on J.R. Smith," said Zach Lowe on The Lowe Post.

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Rockets, Pelicans Interested In Kent Bazemore

Jul 30, 2018 10:48 PM

The Houston Rockets are exploring a trade for a wing defender with Kent Bazemore a gettable target.

The Rockets attempted to sign Bazemore during the 2016 free agency.

The Hawks like Bazemore but would be willing to move him for the right offer as they rebuild their roster.

For the Hawks to take back a contract like Ryan Anderson, they would need a draft pick and/or a young player. Houston has been attempting to trade Anderson for months.

The New Orleans Pelicans are also interested in Bazemore, but the Hawks aren't interested in taking on Solomon Hill.

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Tags: Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James 'Thought Long And Hard' About Signing With Rockets, 76ers

Jul 30, 2018 6:48 PM

LeBron James said he strongly considered joining the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets before deciding to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I definitely thought long and hard about the possibilities of lining up alongside Ben [Simmons] and [Joel] Embiid or lining up aside [James] Harden and Chris [Paul],'' James said.

James never formally met with the Rockets or 76ers, though his representatives did meet with Philadelphia on July 1st.

The path for James to join the Rockets would have been difficult in terms of the salary cap.

James said his decision involved where his family would feel comfortable as well.

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Carmelo Anthony Gives Back $2.4M In Buyout With Hawks

Jul 30, 2018 10:41 AM

Carmelo Anthony has agreed to a buyout of his $27.9 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

Anthony is giving back $2.4 million of his deal. Anthony will recoup that amount by signing with the veteran's minimum.

Anthony will officially commit to the Houston Rockets once he clears waivers.

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Hawks To Waive Carmelo Anthony On Monday
Carmelo Anthony will become a free agent and is expected to sign with the Rockets.

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Clint Capela Agrees To Five-Year, $90M Deal With Rockets
Clint Capela has been a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Carmelo Anthony: Oklahoma City Wasn't A Good Fit
Carmelo Anthony believes winning "rewrites everything."

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Isaiah Hartenstein Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Isaiah Hartenstein's first season is fully guaranteed.

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Carmelo Anthony Agrees To One-Year, $2.4M Deal With Rockets
Carmelo Anthony met with the Rockets in Las Vegas during Summer League.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Rockets Expected To Sign Isaiah Hartenstein To NBA Deal
Isaiah Hartenstein played for the Rockets' Rio Grande Valley affiliate last season.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

76ers Unsuccessful Trying To Hire Daryl Morey As GM
Daryl Morey has been with the Rockets over the past 12 seasons.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Rockets Considered Strong Frontrunners To Sign Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has also considered signing with the Heat.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

James Ennis Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Rockets
James Ennis will have a player option in the second season of the deal.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Carmelo Anthony Granted Permission To Meet With Rockets, Heat
Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder are working towards a buyout.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Rockets Initially Offered Four-Year, $60M Deal To Clint Capela
Clint Capela is seeking a deal similar to Steven Adams' four-year, $100 million deal.

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Tilman Fertitta Denies Suggestions Luxury Tax Impacted Rockets' Moves
Daryl Morey said the franchise's focus this summer is to acquire players who will outperform their contracts.

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Rockets Determined To Sign Carmelo Anthony
The Rockets have lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency.

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Luc Mbah A Moute Agrees Upon One-Year, $4.3M Deal With Clippers
Luc Mbah a Moute spent last season with the Rockets.

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Carmelo Anthony To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Heat
The Lakers and Rockets are considered more likely landing spots for Carmelo Anthony than the Heat.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Luc Mbah A Moute Remains Interested In Re-Signing With Rockets
The Rockets are limited to their mid-level exception to re-sign Luc Mbah a Moute.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Rockets Waive Aaron Jackson
Aaron Jackson is expected to pursue a contract in China.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Michael Carter-Williams Agrees To One-Year Minimum Deal With Rockets
Michael Carter-Williams spent last season with the Hornets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

LeBron James Spoke With Kobe Bryant On Saturday By Phone, Invited Magic Johnson To House
LeBron James asked Rich Paul to research the Lakers, Cavaliers, Rockets and 76ers ahead of the start of free agency.

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Lakers Meeting With Clint Capela
Clint Capela is a restricted free agent.

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