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Wolves Seeking Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker From Rockets For Jimmy Butler

Oct 10, 2018 10:57 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves reached out to the Houston Rockets about a possible Jimmy Butler trade on Tuesday after talks with the Miami Heat fell apart.

The Wolves have remained adamant on receiving both Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker from the Rockets.

Houston, so far, has refused to include Tucker in talks.

Tucker is entering the second season of a four-year, $32 million deal.

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Tags: P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon, Jimmy Butler, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tilman Fertitta: Rockets Would Love To Have Jimmy Butler

Oct 9, 2018 3:35 PM

The Houston Rockets have reportedly been eliminated from a possible trade for Jimmy Butler due to reservations from the Minnesota Timberwolves on turning them into another Western Conference juggernaut like the Warriors.

Butler is a native of the Houston area.

“We already are at [that level],” Tilman Fertitta says in a phone call. “We’re an improved team over last year based on who we’ve acquired this offseason. And last year, obviously, we’re a game away from the Finals.

“We would love to see Jimmy come home to Houston. It’s not a financial decision, it’s an assets decision on our part. We’ve got a great basketball team. We think we’re as good as anybody in the league. We’re not going to give up unreasonable assets, to break up this team, to get Jimmy Butler. But we would love to have him.”

Fertitta purchased the Rockets a year ago.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Agree To Sign Brandon Sampson To Exhibit 10 Deal

Oct 9, 2018 3:12 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to sign Brandon Sampson to an Exhibit 10 deal.

Sampson went undrafted out of LSU.

Sampson played for the Atlanta Hawks in Summer League.

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Tags: Brandon Sampson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Rockets Approached Eric Gordon On Contract Extension

Sep 28, 2018 9:10 AM

The Houston Rockets approached Eric Gordon this offseason about his interest in a contract extension.

Gordon is in the third season of a four-year, $52 million contract.

The Rockets can only offer a raise worth as much as 120 percent of his $14 million salary in 19-20, followed by eight percent raises.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders

Sep 28, 2018 4:13 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award lines for the Kings (1:58), Suns (10:35), Mavericks (16:40), Grizzlies (25:51), Clippers (30:40), Trail Blazers (39:55), Spurs (46:39), Pelicans (54:25), Timberwolves (1:01:22), Lakers (1:13:21), Nuggets (1:24:22), Thunder (1:30:27), Jazz (1:37:59), Rockets (1:44:26) and Warriors (1:57:51).

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Rockets Trying To Conceive Of Creative Trade Ideas For Jimmy Butler

Sep 26, 2018 5:36 PM

The Houston Rockets have tried to be creative in trying to trade for Jimmy Butler.

Butler is a native of the Houston area.

The Miami Heat are considered the team that has engaged most seriously with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a trade for Butler.

The Wolves will likely need a third team to help facilitate a deal for Butler.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony Doesn't Rule Out Bench Role With Rockets

Sep 25, 2018 4:59 PM

The Houston Rockets have yet to discuss whether Carmelo Anthony will start or come off the bench, but he sounds more open to the idea than he did with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"At the end of the day, we're all going to camp to figure out what works in order for this team to try to win a championship," Anthony said at media day Monday. "If that time comes, we'll have that conversation. My goal is to go into training camp, be the best player I can be, be in the best shape I can be and do what I have to do to help this team get over the hump and win a championship. That's all it is.

"All the questions of coming off the bench, I don't want to answer those questions at the end of the day. Whatever I have to do to help this team win a championship, that's what's going to be done."

Mike D'Antoni was noncommittal when asked about Anthony.

"We'll see how it fits," D'Antoni said. "I don't know how they play together, they fit together. We have a great analytics team that will help [in addition to] gut feel. We do a lot of it scientifically, that this is the best way to go."

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Tilman Fertitta Repeats Warning Of Luxury Tax Concerns For Rockets

Sep 25, 2018 9:37 AM

The Houston Rockets will have a payroll of $143 million this season and will pay in excess of $25 million in luxury taxes. If the Rockets were a repeater team, that would instead cost them $88.8 million.

Tilman Fertitta admitted the tax will impact decision-making. Fertitta bought the Rockets a little over a year ago and is believed to have used his most of his wealth on the acquisition.

"I know we're in it a lot this year," Fertitta said of the tax penalties. "It's a horrible hindrance. It's just brutal. You can take $5 million and look up and it cost you $20 million. At some point, you have to be smart and you can't get in the repeater tax, which happens when you are in the luxury tax three years (of four).

"At some point, you have to do some things so you're never in the repeater tax. It's something you have to be cognizant of. At the same time a team is built on superstars. If you have the top four or five players, you can always see other players move in and out. It is a chess game playing with the luxury tax. This year, in order to get back to the Western Conference Finals, we're going to have to be in it many millions of dollars."

Fertitta said he will pay the luxury tax for a title contender but not a fringe playoff team.

"I am here to win championships," Fertitta said. "I'm not going to let five or 10 or 15 or 20 million dollars make the difference. If you do win the championship, that's easy money back. Now, if we are in the luxury tax every year and barely getting in the playoffs and a first-round game is a struggle, I'm going to find me a new general manager."

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Heat Most Aggressive In Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler

Sep 24, 2018 11:14 AM

The Miami Heat have been as aggressive as any other team in pursuing a trade for Jimmy Butler.

The Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings are among the teams interested in a deal for Butler.

Butler requested a trade from the Wolves last week.

Glen Taylor and Butler want a deal completed before the Timberwolves' first day of practice on Tuesday.

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76ers Plan Additional Talks With GM Candidates Gersson Rosas, Justin Zanik

Sep 17, 2018 4:57 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are planning additional dialogue with general manager candidates Gersson Rosas and Justin Zanik.

Rosas currently works in the front office of the Houston Texans while Zanik is with the Utah Jazz.

The 76ers are also considering internal candidates.

Philadelphia is searching for a replacement for Bryan Colangelo.

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Jeff Bzdelik Retires From Assistant Coach Position With Rockets
Jeff Bzdelik is credited as being the architect of the Rockets' improved defense.

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76ers Granted Permission To Interview Larry Harris, Gersson Rosas, Justin Zanik For GM Job
The 76ers are picking back up their GM search.

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Ryan Anderson Agrees To Reduction Of 19-20 Guarantee To $15.6M
Ryan Anderson could recoup some of that money if he's waived as teams enter 2019 with more cap space.

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Rockets Trade Ryan Anderson To Suns For Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss
Ryan Anderson is owed $41 million over the final two years of his contract compared to two years and $30 million for Brandon Knight.

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RealGM Radio: Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks On The Northwest Division
Host Danny Leroux, Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer and Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated go in-depth on the NBA’s Southwest Division.

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Rockets Waive R.J. Hunter
R.J. Hunter was on a two-way contract.

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Rockets Agree To Sign Bruno Caboclo To Exhibit 10 Deal
Bruno Caboclo was a first round pick by the Raptors in 2014.

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Tarik Black Agrees To One-Year Deal With Maccabi Tel Aviv
Tarik Black spent last season with the Rockets.

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Daryl Morey: LeBron James Is Greatest Ever 'By A Bit Of A Big Margin'
LeBron James has won three titles and four MVPs to six titles and five MVPs by Michael Jordan.

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Scottsdale Police Investigating Incident Involving James Harden
According to TMZ, a woman said she was at a nightclub in Scottsdale when someone with James Harden got into a fight.

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Mike D'Antoni Feels Carmelo Anthony Will Be Better Fit With Rockets Than Knicks
Mike D'Antoni and Carmelo Anthony will reunite with the Rockets.

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Carmelo Anthony Officially Signs One-Year, $2.4M Deal With Rockets
Carmelo Anthony has traveled to Houston and is completing his physical.

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Carmelo Anthony Agrees To Sign With Rockets
The Rockets prioritized Carmelo Anthony after the loss of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute.

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Rockets Trade Chinanu Onuaku To Mavericks
Chinanu Onuaku is due $1.5 million this season.

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Rockets Consider Trade For J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith is owed $30.4 million over the next two seasons, though the 19-20 season is partially guaranteed.

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Rockets, Pelicans Interested In Kent Bazemore
The Hawks like Kent Bazemore but would be willing to move him for the right offer as they rebuild their roster.

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LeBron James 'Thought Long And Hard' About Signing With Rockets, 76ers
LeBron James never formally met with the Rockets or 76ers.

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Carmelo Anthony Gives Back $2.4M In Buyout With Hawks
Carmelo Anthony will recoup that amount by signing with the veteran's minimum.

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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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