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Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder Considered NBA's Only True Sellers Entering Deadline Period

Feb 25, 2021 10:21 PM

With the NBA expanding its playoff format and a crowd of teams right around .500, there are only a limited number of teams that will look to sell pieces ahead of the trade deadline. 

"They're selling," said Tim MacMahon regarding the Houston Rockets. "They're definitely selling."

"The only teams that are truly selling are Houston, Cleveland and Oklahoma City," interjected Tim MacMahon. "Everybody else is ether not going either way, like probably a team like Detroit, or trying to make the playoffs."

The Cavaliers are aggressively shopping Andre Drummond, while the Rockets could make Victor Oladipo available. The Thunder, meanwhile, have traded away a number of their veterans over the past few months as they begin a full rebuild.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Unlikely To Pursue DeMarcus Cousins, Identify Hassan Whiteside As Target

Feb 24, 2021 9:07 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are not expected to sign DeMarcus Cousins if he clears waivers after his release by the Houston Rockets.

Cousins signed with the Lakers before the 19-20 season but never appeared in a game with the team after tearing his ACL in the offseaon.

The Lakers, however, have identified Hassan Whiteside as a possible target.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Hassan Whiteside, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Hope To Turn Kevin Porter Jr. Into Point Guard

Feb 23, 2021 7:04 PM

The Houston Rockets plan on converting Kevin Porter Jr. into a point guard.

The Rockets are having Porter work on his development with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the G League bubble.

Porter is averaging 23.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game on 44.1 percent shooting from the field while shooting 29.1 percent from 3 and 76.2 percent from the free throw line.

Porter's game has been compared to James Harden and the Rockets hope he can follow a similar career arc in more of a point guard role.

The Rockets also hope John Lucas can make a difference as a mentor for Porter.

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Tags: Kevin Porter, Jr., Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Rockets Release DeMarcus Cousins

Feb 23, 2021 8:58 AM

The Houston Rockets have released DeMarcus Cousins.

The Rockets guaranteed Cousins' $2.3 million salary for the season last week.

Cousins will find another team to sign with when he clears waivers.

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James Harden, Damian Lillard Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Feb 22, 2021 5:26 PM

James Harden and Damian Lillard have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 9.

Harden averaged 31.8 points, 10.8 assists and 9.0 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets went 4-0.

Lillard averaged 36.3 points, 12.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers went 2-1.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Award

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Bucks Remain Interested In Trading For P.J. Tucker

Feb 22, 2021 8:23 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks remain interested in trading for P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets, sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

Milwaukee's interest in Tucker dates back to at least November.

The Bucks are incredibly limited in what they can trade in terms of future draft picks, which complicates any potential for a trade.

Donte DiVincenzo is widely considered Milwaukee's most valuable tradable asset. 

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Tags: P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets, DeMarcus Cousins To Part Ways In 'Coming Days'

Feb 20, 2021 6:18 PM

The Houston Rockets are planning to part ways to DeMarcus Cousins in the "coming days," sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Rockets are looking to go smaller and younger in the front court once Christian Wood returns.

Cousins is averaging 9.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 minutes.

Cousins' professionalism has received positive feedback during his time in Houston. 

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

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Rockets Sign Justin Patton To Two-Way Contract

Feb 19, 2021 1:46 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to sign Justin Patton to a Two-Way contract.

Patton was the 16th overall pick in the 2017 draft out of Creighton. 

Patton has only played nine career games in the NBA due to a number of foot injuries. 

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Tags: Justin Patton, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Rockets Guarantee DeMarcus Cousins' Contract For Remainder Of Season

Feb 19, 2021 1:13 PM

The Houston Rockets have guaranteed the contract of DeMarcus Cousins for the remainder of the season.

Cousins is on a $2.3 million non-guaranteed contract.

Teams have until February 27th to make decisions on non-guaranteed deals.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA Postpones Friday's Game Between Rockets-Mavericks Due To Texas Weather Emergency

Feb 18, 2021 3:29 PM

The NBA has postponed Friday's game between the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston due to severe weather conditions.

The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

Millions of people in Texas are without power and usable water.

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James Harden Doesn't Like How Exit From Rockets Played Out

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Ray Spalding Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Rockets

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Knicks Believed To Still Have Interest In Victor Oladipo

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Christian Wood Is Week To Week With Sprained Right Ankle

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Christian Wood Could Be Sidelined For 'Extended Period' Following Right Ankle Injury

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Rockets Receiving Trade Interest On P.J. Tucker, Danuel House

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DeMarcus Cousins Following 28-Point, 17-Rebound Game: 'Proof That The Work Is Working'

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John Wall Probable Versus Mavs, Victor Oladipo Out Due To Injury Management

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Rockets Plan To Have John Lucas Work With Kevin Porter Jr.

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Rockets Acquire Kevin Porter Jr. From Cavaliers

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Rockets Asked 76ers For Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, Three First Round Picks

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76ers 'Ultimate Purpose' In James Harden Trade Talks Was To 'Provide Rockets Leverage'

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Rafael Stone: Assets From James Harden Trade Give Rockets 'Flexibility'

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James Harden: I Wasn't Trying To Be Disrespectful To Rockets

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Timberwolves Expected To Re-Engage P.J. Tucker Trade Talks

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Rockets Receive Interest From Multiple Teams On P.J. Tucker

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Victor Oladipo Still Prefers To End Up With Heat

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76ers 'Just Fine' With Not Trading Ben Simmons For James Harden

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Danny Ainge: Price For James Harden Was Really High For Us

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