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Knicks File Protest Disputing Loss To Rockets

Feb 14, 2024 1:35 AM

The New York Knicks are filing a protest with the NBA to dispute their 105-103 loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Officials acknowledged that a foul against Jalen Brunson at the end of the game should not have been called. 

Aaron Holiday, who was originally judged to have been fouled by Brunson, hit two-out-of-three free throws to win the game.

The two teams are not scheduled to play again this season. The Knicks are hoping that either the game restarts with overtime or they are not penalized with a loss.

A protest must prove a "misapplication" of a rule, not just a missed call.

Only six protests have been upheld in league history. 

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Officials Say They Got Call Wrong At End Of Knicks-Rockets

Feb 13, 2024 7:50 AM

The New York Knicks had staged a comeback to tie their Monday game against the Houston Rockets at 103. After a scramble play, Jalen Brunson was called for a foul against Aaron Holiday. The Rockets guard hit two-of-three free throws to give Houston a 105-103 victory.

The only problem? The foul on Brunson shouldn't have been called.

Crew Chief Ed Malloy admitted the mistake in a postgame pool report interview. Malloy said that during live action, it appeared that there was illegal lower-body contact. Upon a postgame review, Malloy said that wasn't the case.

"After seeing it during postgame review, the offensive player was able to return to a normal playing position on the floor. The contact which occurred after the release of the ball therefore is incidental and marginal to the shot attempt and should not have been called," Malloy said.

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Rockets Interested In Pursuit Of Trade For All-Star Such As Donovan Mitchell, Zion Williamson

Feb 5, 2024 3:50 PM

The Houston Rockets have interest in trading for an All-Star should one become available with Donovan Mitchell, Joel Embiid and Zion Williamson mentioned by sources that spoke with Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports

During a podcast appearance with Zach Lowe on Monday, Tim MacMahon also linked a pursuit of Mitchell to the Rockets. 

With the Cleveland Cavaliers surging over the past few weeks, the future of Mitchell with the franchise isn't likely to be determined until at least this coming offseason.

Houston has also pursued a trade with the Brooklyn Nets for Mikal Bridges.

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Tags: Donovan Mitchell, Zion Williamson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets May Have Offered Jalen Green To Nets As Part Of Mikal Bridges Trade Package

Feb 5, 2024 3:40 PM

The Houston Rockets are believed to have offered Jalen Green to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a pick heavy package for Mikal Bridges, sources tell Marc Stein of The Stein Line.

Yahoo's Jake Fischer also had a similar report on Monday about the availability of Green. Talks between the Nets and Rockets didn't gain traction.

Houston's ability to trade the Nets back their future first round picks is thought to be compelling as it would allow Brooklyn to rebuild in a way they can't current since they do not control their own picks. The Nets, however, view Bridges as the type of player other stars would like to play with and at this point too valuable to consider dealing. 

When the Rockets interviewed head coaching candidates last offseason, sources tell Fischer that they wished to discuss which of their young players they would consider trading for a bigger star.

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Tags: Jalen Green, Mikal Bridges, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jalen Green Has 'Generated Some Trade Buzz' Ahead Of Deadline

Feb 2, 2024 1:49 PM

Jalen Green has "generated some trade buzz" leading to the deadline, sources tell ESPN's Zach Lowe.

The Houston Rockets are seeking their first playoff berth since trading away James Harden after the 19-20 season. The Rockets are plus picks and have enough good young players that it could be difficult to pay them all long-term.

Green is averaging 18.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season as his role has decreased after they reshaped their roster. 

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Rockets Acquire Steven Adams From Grizzlies For Victor Oladipo, Three 2nd Rounders

Feb 1, 2024 7:05 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to acquire Steven Adams from the Memphis Grizzlies for Victor Oladipo and three second round picks.

Adams is out for the season following his October knee surgery, but the Rockets expect him to be recovered for next season. Adams will serve as a backup center behind Alperen Sengun. 

The Rockets also had interest in trading for Robert Williams III.

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Celtics, Suns Interested In Jae'Sean Tate

Feb 1, 2024 8:47 AM

The Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns have registered interest in Houston Rockets wing Jae'Sean Tate. Both Boston and Phoenix have been looking for rotation upgrades but are limited in what they can offer via trade.

Tate makes $6.5 million this season, with a $7.1 million team option for 2024-25. That reasonable salary for this season is how Boston and Phoenix could deal for Tate.

The Celtics could combine the contracts of minimum-salary players to match Tate's $6.5 million. The Suns could offer a similar deal or could offer Nassir Little as the matching salary in a trade.

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Rockets Have Made Aggressive Offer To Nets For Mikal Bridges

Jan 31, 2024 2:28 PM

The Houston Rockets have expressed a tremendous amount of interest in trading for Mikal Bridges, sources tell The Athletic. The Rockets have made an offer of multiple first round picks to the Brooklyn Nets for Bridges in recent weeks.

The Nets have zero interest in trading Bridges, who is part of their core moving forward.

Ime Udoka is driving the Rockets' push to improve the roster to make the playoffs this season.

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Knicks Reportedly 'Covet' Tari Eason

Jan 31, 2024 1:38 AM

The New York Knicks reportedly "covet" Tari Eason, according to David Vertsberger of SNY.

The Knicks have been rumored with several players ahead of the trade deadline, including Bruce Brown and Daniel Gafford

Eason has been out since January 1 with a leg injury. 

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Rockets Interested In Robert Williams

Jan 28, 2024 5:31 PM

The Houston Rockets have interested in Portland Trail Blazers big man Robert Williams III. Even though Williams is out for the season due to right knee surgery, teams have shown interest in trading for him.

Rockets coach Ime Udoka is fond of Williams from their time together with the Boston Celtics. Houston has been looking for frontcourt reinforcements around and behind breakout center Alperen Sengun.

Williams is expected to make a full recovery for next season. Williams is owed $11.6 million this year and has two years and $25.7 million left on his deal through 2025-26.

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