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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. C.J. McCollum hits the floater after dazzling off the dribble at Summer League (VIDEO)

    Jul 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    C.J. McCollum

    LAS VEGAS – The overall quality of play in Saturday’s Summer League game between the Suns and the Blazers was among the best we’ve seen over the event’s first couple of days, and a quick look of the rosters makes it easy to understand why. Phoenix started four players that played heavy minutes in the…

  6. Rockets GM says Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik will stay in Houston

    Jul 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    The Rockets introduced Dwight Howard on Saturday, and while the free agent big man promised he’d keep on smiling on his way to trying to help his new team win a title, he’s also got some work to do to keep his teammates similarly engaged. Throughout the process, there had been rumblings in Houston that even…

  7. Royce White making 100 flights in a season? ‘Hell no,’ he says

    Jul 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rockets White Basketball

    The Rockets knew what they were getting when they drafted Royce White, and even more so, the 76ers knew what they were getting when they traded for him. White is, I think, a talented player, but I can’t say that with much certainty, because he’s never played in the NBA. His anxiety issues, which include…

  8. 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…

  9. Report: Bucks to trade Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to Kings

    Jul 9, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Mirza Teletovic, Jerry Stackhouse

    If Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s knees can hold up the Kings have found themselves a nice fit at the three. But that’s a big if. The Sacramento Kings have acquired Mbah a Moute from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a couple second round picks (2016 and 2018), something first reported by Ken Berger…

  10. Next big free agent questions: What about Brandon Jennings and the other restricted free agents?

    Jul 8, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings. Nikola Pekovic. Jeff Teague. Gerald Henderson. Timofey Mozgov. Gary Neal. These are the guys who could still make free agency interesting… if another team gets desperate enough to make a big offer. Now that the big name truly free — meaning unrestricted — free agents are off the market, we turn our attention…

  11. Monday And-1 links: Paul Pierce is relaxing, playing some poker

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    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 like basketball junkies love Summer League…. • Paul Pierce seems to be enjoying himself…

  12. 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…

  13. Report: Omer Asik asks for trade but Rockets have no such plans

    Jul 8, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Omer Asik might have been one of the losers in the Dwight Howard acquisition — he went from being the Rockets starting center (10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds a game) and defensive anchor to maybe their power forward or a big off the bench who is not going to get the same minutes or many touches…

  14. Report: Bucks reach deal to bring in Carlos Delfino

    Jul 8, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    How does an O.J. Mayo, Carlos Delfino backcourt sound, Milwaukee? It is possible Brandon Jennings is in that mix as well (that situation is unresolved) but the two guys above are in for the Bucks. Delfino is the latest, having reached a deal with Milwaukee on Sunday night, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Rockets agree to two-year deal with Francisco Garcia

    Jul 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Francisco Garcia

    Francisco Garcia was essentially a throw-in as part of the deal made at the trade deadline that sent Thomas Robinson from the Kings to the Rockets. Garcia was looked at as not  much more than an expiring contract,  because he had a team option for next season for $6.5 million that was out of line…

  19. Michael Carter-Williams impresses in Summer League debut with Sixers

    Jul 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    NBA Draft Basketball

    The NBA’s Summer League tipped off in Orlando on Sunday, where it will be held through July 12. Once that’s complete, the event shifts to a larger-scale operation in Las Vegas for 10 days from the 12th through the 22nd. It’s our first chance to see this year’s draft picks in action, and the player…

  20. Dorell Wright agrees to two-year deal with the Blazers

    Jul 6, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Dorell Wright

    Dorell Wright might have been a key veteran addition to the bench of a contender next season, but he chose to go to a team looking to continue its rebuild instead. Wright has agreed to a two-year deal worth $6 million to join the Portland Trail Blazers, according to multiple reports, including this one from…

  21. 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…

  22. Report: Rockets trade Royce White to the Sixers

    Jul 5, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Royce White

    This is almost better news for the Rockets than the report that Dwight Howard has agreed to sign in Houston. Royce White, the talented but troubled first round draft pick of the Rockets in 2012, has been traded to the Sixers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Philadelphia will receive the draft rights to international…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. Dwight Howard signing just the beginning for Rockets

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Darryl Morey has done the hardest job, getting Dwight Howard to sign with the Rockets. Now the Houston general manager has even more moves ahead. The Rockets don’t have cap room to give Howard a max contract, so Morey must either convince Howard to take less money, arrange a sign-and-trade with the Lakers or change…

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