Houston Rockets WiretapDecember 2011 Houston Rockets Wiretap

Dalmbert Plays 20 Minutes Just Hours After Officially Signing With Rockets

Dec 27, 2011 10:35 AM

Samuel Dalmbert finally signed officially with the Rockest on Monday, just hours before their Opening Night debut.

Dalembert played 20 minutes, finishing the game with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

“I didn’t expect to (play so early in the game), but one of those fouls they called on Jordan was a little suspect,” Dalembert said. “As they say, you have to be ready. The first couple minutes were a little weird. They kept the plays a little simple and I was able to grasp some of it and we were able to do some stuff and improvise when the plays broke down. After the first few minutes, it kind of catches your breath. But after a while I got a little comfortable.”

Houston Chronicle

Tags: Samuel Dalembert, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Official Signing, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Claim Jeremy Lin

Dec 27, 2011 10:21 AM

The Knicks have claimed Jeremy Lin off waivers.

Lin was waived by the Rockets to make room to sign Samuel Dalembert.

Golden State waived Lin earlier in the offseason in order to sign DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Jeremy Lin, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Courtney Lee Points To Break-Up Of 2009 Magic As Starting Point For Howard's Trade Request

Dec 27, 2011 9:48 AM

Courtney Lee points to Orlando's decision to break up the team that went to the 2009 NBA Finals as the starting point in Dwight Howard's discontent that has led to a trade request.

Lee returned to Orlando as a member of the Rockets on Monday. After the Finals, Lee was traded to the Nets in a deal for Vince Carter.

“I’m not surprised (Dwight requested a trade),” said Lee. ”When they broke up the team in 2009, you could just see the frustration in Dwight’s face. We talked about it a couple of times and you could tell he was upset about it.

”Most franchise players are involved in the decision-making,” Lee added, “and Dwight’s  feeling like he’s not involved.  If you’re going to build around a player, you should communicate with that player and see who he’d like around him.”

The Lakers defeated the Magic in five games, but Lee missed a layup in Game 2 that would evened the series at one.

“It’s not like we got slaughtered in the Finals,” Lee said. “You’d have thought a team that went to the Finals would have stayed together. We got that far in 2009 and the next season we would have had another year’s worth of experience and playing together.”

Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Courtney Lee, Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Agree To Terms With Dalembert

Dec 22, 2011 12:12 AM

The Rockets have reached terms on a new contract with free-agent center Samuel Dalembert, according to sources close to the situation.

Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal worth $13.7 million -- $7 million this season and $6.7 million in 2012-13.

But the Rockets have a team option for the second season that would allow them to buy out of the contract for a fee of $1.5 million.

Marc Stein/ESPN.com

Tags: Samuel Dalembert, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Reach Out To Chuck Hayes

Dec 20, 2011 10:16 AM

The Rockets on Monday made inquiries about the prognosis of Chuck Hayes to determine if his medical condition might allow him to be a free-agent option again, a person with knowledge of the talks said.

The Kings voided Hayes' $21.3 million, four-year contract on Monday, days after Hayes failed a team physical.

The team had announced last week that an abnormality was found during a heart examination.

Jonathen Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Chuck Hayes, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

Source: Stern Lied About Finality Of Nixed Paul Trade

Dec 18, 2011 2:04 PM

Acting as the top executive of the Hornets, NBA Commissioner David Stern would not allow Hornets general manager Dell Demps to complete the deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers and Pau Gasol to the Rockets with Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic going to New Orleans.

Stern said in a media conference call last week that he was only "generally informed about the discussions with teams." He emphasized that Demps never thought the deal to be complete and that his decision as final say on the move was not unlike the customary role of owners during trade negotiations.

But according to two individuals with knowledge of the talks, Demps had assured Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak throughout the day that Stern and other NBA officials had been given all the details of the deal and had signed off on it.

"He said that David was briefed and that it was a done deal," one of the individuals with knowledge of the talks said. "He (Demps) said multiple times that he briefed both of his local officials, (Hornets president) Hugh Webber and (Hornets chairman) Jac Sperling, and they and Dell at regular intervals were updating (NBA vice presidents) Stu Jackson and Joel Litvin and that they told David himself throughout the day. Also, Hugh and Jac, who were updating the league office, understood it to be a deal."

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Sign Chandler Parsons To Four-Year Deal

Dec 18, 2011 1:48 PM

The Rockets signed rookie Chandler Parsons to a four-year, $3.7 million contract on Saturday, agent Mark Bartelstein said on Saturday.

The Rockets guaranteed the first two years of the deal with conditional guarantees the next two seasons.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Morey Declines Comment On Vetoed Trade, Cites Legal Reasons

Dec 16, 2011 10:39 AM

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey refused to answer questions Thursday about the three-team deal rejected by the NBA a week ago, citing legal reasons.

“On the advice of counsel, I can’t talk about it,” he said.

He also would not comment when asked why he had spoken to an attorney, nor would he reveal if the team was considering legal action against the league.

“I understand the focus,” Morey said, “but I just can’t comment right now.”

Associated Press

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

Rockets In Talks With Dalmbert

Dec 16, 2011 10:24 AM

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey acknowledged Thursday he is in negotiations with free agent center Samuel Dalembert.

The Rockets have been working the free agent market to add an impact big man to their roster.
Dalembert is 6-11 and 250 pounds.

"We have interest in Sam," Morey said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "If it makes sense for him and us, we would love to have him.

"It's in negotiations. Between the two of us looking for a fit. He's got a lot of options and we'll see if it makes sense here."

Mark Berman/MyFoxHouston.com

Tags: Samuel Dalembert, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

NBA Wanted Rockets To Also Include Lowry, Patterson For Gasol

Dec 15, 2011 8:01 PM

When the Hornets, Lakers and Rockets returned to the negotiating table after an initial Chris Paul trade was rejected, the NBA demanded that Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson be included in Houston's offer.

At that point, they would finally be given Pau Gasol.

Lowry, Patterson, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic, the NBA's asking price to route Gasol to the Rockets, would have represented five of their top six players.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kyle Lowry, Patrick Patterson, Pau Gasol, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jeff Adrien Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Rockets
Jeff Adrien was most recently playing in Italy for Benetton Treviso.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Marc Gasol Reaches Agreement With Grizzlies
Marc Gasol was strongly courted by the Rockets, who offered a maximum contract.

RealGM Staff Report

Nene Likely To End Up With Nuggets, Nets Or Rockets
The Nuggets, Nets or Rockets are the most probable landing spots for Nene.

Marc Stein/ESPN (via Twitter)

Rockets Claim Jeremy Lin Off Waivers
The Rockets claimed Jeremy Lin off waivers following his release by the Warriors.

Andy Stein/ESPN (via Twitter)

Grizzlies Expected To Match Marc Gasol's Offer Sheet With Rockets
Marc Gasol agreed to a four-year, $55 million offer sheet with the Rockets.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Rockets Close To Signing Marc Gasol To $55M Deal
Houston is working on a sign-and-trade with Memphis to secure Marc Gasol to a max contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

NBA Refused To Sign Off On Paul Trade Again On Saturday
After the NBA vetoed another agreed upon deal, the Lakers decided to pull out of the process of trying to acquire Chris Paul.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Lakers Pull Out Of Chris Paul Trade
The Lakers were unable to meet the NBA demands for Chris Paul and will instead deal Lamar Odom to Dallas for a TPE.

Marc Stein/ESPN (via Twitter)

New Paul Trade Submitted To NBA For Approval
Chris Paul may be headed to Los Angeles as part of a new proposed trade.


Lakers, Hornets Continue Paul Talks
A resolution to the Chris Paul situation could come on Saturday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Reconstructed Paul Talks Progressing Positively
Talks between the Hornets, Lakers and Rockets to reconstruct their three-way trade involving Chris Paul are progressing.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Dalembert Prefers Rockets But Warriors, Nuggets, Raptors Remain Possible
Samuel Dalembert confirmed that his top choice is to sign with the Rockets.

Chris Tomasson/FoxSports (via Twitter)

Demps: We've Been Given The Autonomy To Make Another Trade
Dell Demps addressed the media on Friday in regards to the killed Chris Paul trade.

RealGM Staff Report

Hornets, Lakers, Rockets Resume Chris Paul Trade Talks
The Hornets, Lakers and Rockets are back at the negotiating table less than 24 hours after the NBA killed their agreed upon trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Nets Close To Signing Nene
Tthe Nets will offer Nene a four-year deal worth between $60 million and $65 million.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Magic Won't Pursue Tampering Charge Against Rockets
The Magic will not pursue tampering charges against the Rockets.

Sam Amick/SI.com (via Twitter)

Stern Releases Statement On Paul Veto
David Stern said "final responsibility for significant management decisions lies with the Commissioner's Office in consultation with team chairman Jac Sperling."

Press Release

Stern: Paul Staying Put More Valuable Than Proposed Trade
A trade sending Chris Paul to Los Angeles was nixed by the NBA.

Scott Soshnick/Bloomberg News (via Twitter)

Magic May File Tampering Charges Against Nets, Rockets For Contacting Dwight
The Magic are considering filing tampering charges against the Nets and Rockets for illegal contact with Dwight Howard.

David Aldridge/NBA.com (via Twitter)

Lakers, Hornets, Rockets To Appeal Stern's Decision
The main argument is that Chris Paul would not be able to be traded to anybody if the NBA blocks this trade.

Marc Stein/ESPN (via Twitter)