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James Harden: Chris Paul Didn't Seem Happy Heading Into Free Agency

Aug 19, 2017 7:31 PM

James Harden played a critical role in recruiting Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets this offseason.

Paul decided not to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and agreed to an opt-in and trade to the Rockets.

“I just knew that in the summertime obviously (Paul) was a free agent, and I wanted to see where his head was,” Harden said of Paul. “He didn’t seem happy, so after that we just took it from there.

“Obviously Golden State has been in the Finals and won two out of three, so that’s what everybody is trying to build up against. But we’re right there. We’re right there. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do, but it definitely puts us in a better chance.”

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Tags: Chris Paul, James Harden, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dan Friedkin Interested In Purchasing Rockets

Aug 17, 2017 7:53 PM

Dan Friedkin is interested in purchasing the Houston Rockets.

Friedkin's wealth primarily comes from owning Gulf States Toyota Distributors. Toyota already has the naming rights to the Rockets' arena.

“Over the years we have enjoyed a close partnership with the Rockets and Les(lie Alexander) through Toyota’s naming rights of the arena,” Friedkin told Fox 26 through a statement. “As a Rockets fan and Houstonian it would be exciting and a privilege to build on the storied legacy of NBA basketball in this city.”

Friedkin is worth approximately $8.4 billion.

Friedkin becomes the second billionaire to enter the race, after Houston native Tilman Fertitta announced his interest. 

In July, Les Alexander announced he intended to sell the Rockets.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA CBA

Daryl Morey: James Harden Is An Unbelievable Recruiter

Aug 17, 2017 11:29 AM

Daryl Morey was asked about how James Harden factored into the recruitment of Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets acquired Paul in an opt-in-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"There's no coaching there. He's not naturally an extroverted guy," said Morey. "He's a worker, a quiet guy who just wants to win. His first job if he wasn't doing this wouldn't be like the lead sales guy somewhere. He'd probably be the strategic guy because he's so smart.

"With that said, one-on-one he's so good with people. Obviously the great guys are all together. Whether it be USA Basketball or weddings or whatever it is. They get together and they talk. And one-on-one I can say James is an unbelievable recruiter because he's smart. He understands the plan. He wants to execute for the team he's leading. It makes my job easy, frankly, to have him."

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks, Rockets Resume Carmelo Anthony Trade Discussions

Aug 10, 2017 5:28 PM

The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets have returned to the negotiation table on a deal centered upon Carmelo Anthony. The two teams are seeking a third party to help facilitate a trade.

Anthony will only waive his no-trade clause for the Rockets and refuses to expand his list.

The Rockets are looking to send out Ryan Anderson in a trade but his $60 million owed over three years has been a stumbling block.

The Knicks are willing to begin training camp with Anthony still on the roster.

The Portland Trail Blazers remain interested in trading for Anthony as well.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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

Donatas Motiejunas Agrees To One-Year, $3M Deal With Shandong

Aug 8, 2017 4:38 PM

Donatas Motiejunas has agreed upon a $3 million deal with the Shandong Golden Stars of China.

Motiejunas spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans after his extended restricted free agency with the Houston Rockets.

Motiejunas hired Octagon Sports as his agent following the free agency issues.

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Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony 'At Peace' While Waiting On Trade

Aug 2, 2017 6:34 PM

Carmelo Anthony said he is now "at peace" with his future amid continuing trade talks between the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.

“You know I can’t comment about all that,” Anthony said about his desire to be traded to the Rockets.

With Scott Perry becoming general manager of the Knicks, he wants to revisit his wish list of teams he'd accept a trade to.

“I’ve talked to him,’’ Anthony said. “We’ve communicated. I’ve known Scott for maybe 10 years. I’ve known him for a while back to his Detroit days, the draft, 2003, all that. I’ve reminded him of [bypassing me].’’

Anthony also commented on Phil Jackson's dismissal from the Knicks.

“I thought it was a business decision,’’ Anthony said. “[James] Dolan’s got to run his organization.”

Anthony also said the past 12 months have featured highs and lows.

“An emotional roller coaster, an emotional roller coaster,’’ Anthony said. “But I had to find peace. I had to come to peace with myself and come to peace with kind of the situation I’m in and kind of try to find happiness. I kind of lost that a little bit, but I’m finding it now and it feels good.”

Marc Berman/New York Post

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

Carmelo Anthony Not Interested In Trade To Cavaliers

Aug 1, 2017 11:19 AM

Carmelo Anthony has zeroed in on the Houston Rockets as the only team he has interest in being traded to.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause and he won't waive it for the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Kyrie Irving requesting a trade and LeBron James one season away from free agency, the Cavaliers are no longer attractive to Anthony.

The Knicks are waiting for the Rockets to improve their offer for Anthony. Houston is offering a package centered on Ryan Anderson.

Phil Jackson began a public campaign last season to compel Anthony to waive his no-trade clause.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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

Rockets Waive Jarrod Uthoff

Jul 31, 2017 10:43 AM

The Houston Rockets have waived Jarrod Uthoff.

Uthoff's contract would have become guaranteed at $200,000 on Sunday.

Uthoff averaged 4.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 12.8 minutes over nine games last season with the Mavericks.

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Tags: Jarrod Uthoff, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Rockets Agree Upon Two-Way Deal With Demetrius Jackson

Jul 28, 2017 6:47 PM

The Houston Rockets and Demetrius Jackson have agreed upon a two-way deal.

Jackson was a second round pick by the Boston Celtics in 2016 and played primarily in the G-League as a rookie.

Jackson was waived by the Celtics on July 15th.

Jackson averaged 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 25.8 minutes per game in Summer League.

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Tags: Demetrius Jackson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony Continues To Prioritize Trade To Rockets

Jul 26, 2017 9:58 AM

Carmelo Anthony continues to place the Houston Rockets as his top priority trade destination despite Kyrie Irving's request for a trade.

The Cleveland Cavaliers presumably have a clearer path to trading for Anthony due to the Irving request, but Anthony prefers the Rockets.

Some in the Knicks organization would trade Anthony and multiple first-round picks for Irving.

With the Rockets trading for Chris Paul and James Harden already signing an extension, their situation is more stable and attractive for Anthony than the Cavaliers.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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

Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George
The Cavaliers believe they could have acquired both Chris Paul and Paul George had they known Kyrie Irving wanted out.

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Knicks Interested In Trading Carmelo Anthony, Future First Picks To Cavs For Kyrie Irving
Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause and has recently preferred a trade to the Rockets.

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Rockets Offered J.J. Redick More Money Than 76ers
Before the start of free agency, J.J. Redick was recruited by Chris Paul to join him with the Rockets.

Jonathan Tannenwald/Philadelphia Daily News

Troy Williams Agrees To Three-Year Deal with Rockets
Troy Williams played six games for the Rockets last season after signing from the G-League.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Won't Waive No-Trade For Blazers
Carmelo Anthony has been recruited by C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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

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Rockets Looking Forward To Playing James Harden, Chris Paul Off-Ball
James Harden and Chris Paul have carried a big load as ballhandlers in the past.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Harden: Everything Is Going To Happen In Houston
James Harden feels great about committing his future to the Rockets.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Blazers Interested In Trading For Carmelo Anthony
Portland has little desire to help Carmelo Anthony be traded to the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Hopes Knicks Fulfill Plan To Trade Him To Rockets
Steve Mills and Scott Perry are pursuing a meeting with Carmelo Anthony.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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

Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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.

Sam Amick/USA Today

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.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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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