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  1. Rockets officially sign Aaron Brooks and Reggie Williams

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks

    Now that the Rockets have Dwight Howard, the goal is to surround him and the rest of the team’s core with enough talent and depth to build a contending team. With that goal in mind, the Rockets have officially added two perimeter threats that should be able to take advantage of the space Howard creates…

  2. NBA to pay a portion of Kevin Durant’s max contract

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    NBA teams were operating under uncertainty entering the 2010-11 season. The Collective Bargaining Agreement was scheduled to expire the next summer, and there was no telling what terms the new deal would include. Teams might have to drastically shed salary to get under a hard cap. Trade exceptions could expire during a lockout. Existing contracts…

  3. D’Antoni said Howard didn’t play his role on Lakers, questions fit in Houston

    Jul 17, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Dwight Howard

    How Houston incorporates Dwight Howard into their offense is going to be interesting. Here are two facts to dwell on: 1) The Houston Rockets played at the fastest pace in the NBA last season. They averaged 98.6 possessions per game, which was faster than the Nuggets (97.8), faster than the Warriors (96.8), faster than everyone.…

  4. Nash says no Howard means Lakers offense will be “more fluid”

    Jul 16, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard wants touches in the post — and he’s pretty good in the post despite not having a lot of counter moves to fall back on. He shot 44 percent on post up situations last season despite the injury, 49 percent and 50 percent the two years before that. But in Mike D’Antoni’s style…

  5. James Harden throws down alley-oop from The Game (VIDEO)

    Jul 15, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    The Drew League is so much fun — ballers (pros and amateurs) and rappers and a whole lot of the Los Angeles basketball scene show up and just have a good time playing the game. Which leads to highlights like The Game throwing the alley-oop to Los Angeles’ own James Harden for the dunk. Harden…

  6. Howard says it was “very tough” to play with Kobe, but that’s not why he left L.A.

    Jul 15, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Lakers fans don’t want to hear this, but Dwight Howard handled the mechanics of his free agency pretty well. He met with teams but relatively quietly, not with media really camped outside the meetings. He made his decision quickly. He called the teams personally to inform them. Word leaked out faster than he and his…

  7. Rockets to hire Olajuwon to work with centers (we’re looking at you, Dwight)

    Jul 15, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    Hakeem Olajuwon was the center who took the Houston Rockets to two NBA championships. They want to return there again, albeit with a center who is plenty athletic but not nearly as polished and The Dream was back in the day. So the Rockets are about to hire Olajuwon to mentor Dwight Howard… and you…

  8. DeMar DeRozan throws down two monster jams at the Drew League (VIDEO)

    Jul 15, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan goes to the basket against Bucks forward Tobias Harris during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    Summer League in Las Vegas is happening right now, and it’s where rookies, second-year players, and undrafted guys looking to catch on with a professional squad play a serious brand of basketball in front of NBA executives, coaches, and league personnel. But in terms of pure entertainment value, it doesn’t come close to what happens…

  9. Dwight Howard makes friends, buys breakfast for entire Houston restaurant

    Jul 9, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard will not put his signature on his new four-year, $88 million contract with the Houston Rockets until Wednesday, but he’s not exactly light in the wallet. He’s cleared $100 million in earnings already, and that doesn’t count endorsements. So he can afford to pick up the tab for a few friends… or a…

  10. Kevin McHale on Rockets: “We can play with anybody”

    Jul 8, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Mchale

    Kevin McHale should feel pretty confident right now. He’s the coach of the team that just added Dwight Howard, pairing him with James Harden — instantly a very dangerous pick-and-roll combo and potentially the best duo in the NBA. Add in some solid role players around them (starting with Chandler Parsons) and you have a potential…

  11. Winners and losers to this point in NBA free agency

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Teams began entering into agreements with free agent players shortly after midnight Eastern on July 1, but due to a league-imposed moratorium on activity, no deals can be officially signed until July 10. We’re almost there, and plenty of the top names available have indeed been swooped up by teams looking to make a splash…

  12. Phil Jackson calls Dwight Howard an Astro, says Lakers will be fine

    Jul 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Jackson speaks during a ceremony to retire jersey #34 in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers player O'Neal during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    Reflection on DHoward’s exodus. He left a distaste in Lakerland The Lakers will be fine. Pau fits MDA’s style of Off-it was about the future — Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) July 7, 2013 What DH brings to the game is power and D. This past year didn’t show due it to rehab and confusion. If he…

  13. One of the next big summer questions: How big an extension for John Wall?

    Jul 7, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    John Wall

    Agent Dan Fegan has been a tad busy at the start of free agency, what with being one of the agents and key advisors to Dwight Howard and all. But now that is basically done and Fegan can move on to another client and one of the other interesting questions of the NBA Summer: What…

  14. Chandler Parsons went Nick Saban to help recruit Dwight Howard to Houston

    Jul 6, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Four

    Rockets fans, you can thank Chandler Parsons. Well, it was certainly a lot more than that which helped Dwight Howard decide to land with the Rockets. Daryl Morey’s smart handling of assets and cap space played a big role, as did the acquisition of James Harden. Having Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming in on the…

  15. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

  16. Dwight Howard made his choice for basketball reasons

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Dwight Howard can be a goofball. He savors having fun, joking around in the locker room, being a bit of a clown prince. That can play poorly if you’re not winning and not always giving maximum effort on the court. That image has haunted Dwight Howard for a while now, especially after the awkwardly-handled exit…

  17. Report: Dwight Howard chooses Houston Rockets

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s not been confirmed by Howard himself, but it is where all signs have been pointing for days — Dwight Howard has selected the Houston Rockets as his next team, something first reported by Sam Amick of the USA Today. This has now been confirmed by other sources including David Aldridge of NBA.com, Ken Berger…

  18. Report: Mavericks told they are out of Dwight Howard running

    Jul 5, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    And then there were three… The Atlanta Hawks really never stood a chance to get Dwight Howard in free agency (he was only going home if Chris Paul went with him, and that chance died). Now the Dallas Mavericks have been told they are out of the race, something first reported by to Marc Stein…

  19. Rockets GM Morey says he’s not trying to trade Lin, Asik

    Jul 3, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    Rule No. 1 of trying to trade a player is to deny you are trading him, otherwise you lose all your leverage. So when Rockets GM Daryl Morey was asked about reports that he was shopping Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, particularly in a possible deal for Josh Smith, of course he denied it to…

  20. Report: Rockets trying to land Dwight Howard AND Josh Smith

    Jul 3, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Josh Smith, Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard wants the Rockets to add a third star, and Josh Smith is Houston’s backup plan to Howard. It was only a matter of time until these plans merged. Sam Amick of USA Today: According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the Rockets’ Monday meeting with free agent forward Josh Smith in…

  21. Report: Timberwolves to sign Kevin Martin to four-year, $28 million deal

    Jul 2, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Kevin MArtin

    The Timberwolves shot 30.5 percent on 3-pointers last season, dead last in the league. The difference between Minnesota and the 29th-place Magic was great than the difference between the third-best 3-point shooting team and the 21st-best 3-point shooting team. Not only did the Timberwolves need someone capable of making shots from beyond the arc, they…

  22. Report: if Rockets don’t land Howard they may chase Josh Smith

    Jul 2, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    UPDATE 5:01 pm: Talking on Houston Radio today, they said this may not be a plan to have a fallback for Dwight Howard so much as to unite Howard and Smith — offer the Hawks a sign-and-trade with Omer Asik and other pieces or contracts the Rockets want to unload. The Hawks might take that.…

  23. Late night And-1 links: A few free agency rumors, more

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:39 AM EDT

    Nick Young shirt

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than NBA fans love free agency…. • Not long after free agency opened,…

  24. Report: Thunder aggressively pursuing Dorell Wright

    Jul 1, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    Dorell Wright, Mike Dunleavy, Monta Ellis

    Signing James Harden to a long-term extension proved too costly to the Thunder, so they traded him for Kevin Martin. Now Martin is a free agent, and he might be too expensive, too. So, once again, Oklahoma City is ready to downgrade. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Oklahoma City has begun an aggressive pursuit of…

  25. Report: Dwight Howard asked Rockets about adding another max player

    Jul 1, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Houston Rockets just moved heaven and earth and Thomas Robinson to have room so they could sit down with Dwight Howard and offer him a four-year, $87 million max deal. So what did Howard ask them? How they could add another max guy. That according to the Houston Chronicle. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey…

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