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  1. Rockets say meeting with Dwight Howard went well

    Jul 1, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    There are going to be a series of these reports in the coming days — no team is going to come out of its free agent meetings with Dwight Howard and say, “well, that sucked.” But the Rockets went into the first meeting with free agent Dwight Howard feeling confident and they put on quite…

  2. It’s midnight, let the Dwight Howard madness begin

    Jul 1, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Like a Disney fairy tale, when the clock struck midnight Dwight Howard has gotten what he always wanted, what he has earned the right to by playing out his contract: He is a free agent. As of this moment. For the next 48 hours — starting with the Rockets just after the official start of…

  3. Report: Kevin Martin to draw interest from Thunder, Bucks, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Mavericks, Pistons

    Jun 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Martin reacts after hitting a three-point shot as Thunder fans celebrate in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game against Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City

    The only players to average more points per minute on a higher effective field-goal percentage than Kevin Martin last season were LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Obviously LeBron and Durant bring much more to the table as all-around players, but as a scorer, Martin was elite. Even as we better understand that a good scorer…

  4. Report: Rockets trade Thomas Robinson to the Blazers

    Jun 30, 2013, 8:51 PM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    The Rockets have made the final deal in order to ensure they’ll have enough space under the league’s salary cap to offer Dwight Howard a max contract when they meet with him Sunday night. Houston needed to clear the $3.5 million-dollar contract of Thomas Robinson off of its books without taking salary back in return…

  5. Rockets continue to clear cap space, release Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks

    Jun 30, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Looking up and down the roster of the Houston Rockets, there are a lot of guys there with smaller deals or team options. That’s by design, of course, in order to maintain maximum financial flexibility with the hopes of landing a top-level free agent — like Dwight Howard, for example. The latest moves, announced by…

  6. Jeremy Lin drops 45 points in a San Francisco Pro-Am game (VIDEO)

    Jun 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Normally when a pro player hits the courts during the summer to play against a bunch of non-NBA guys, their exploits aren’t all that impressive. The level of competition matters, after all, and so ringing up big numbers should be the expected result in games where the defense is questionable, and the overall talent level is…

  7. Rockets to get first free agent meeting with Dwight Howard

    Jun 29, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard speaks during a press conference at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California

    Once the free agency period officially opens after midnight Eastern on July 1, the most coveted player on the market will be with one of the teams he is strongly considering signing a max contract with for the next four years. That meeting has been set, and the team that will get the first crack…

  8. Report: Rockets looking at Cavs at 19, Bulls at 20 for Thomas Robinson

    Jun 26, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    There are going to be a number of draft day trades this year and the situation will be fluid and unpredictable. But if you can bet on one thing, it is the Rockets trading Thomas Robinson. They need to move his $3.5 million to offer Dwight Howard a max contract and the Rockets are certainly…

  9. Report: Rockets near deal to trade Thomas Robinson… but to whom?

    Jun 25, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

    The Houston Rockets have planned to move Thomas Robinson for a while — they need him off the books to make a full max-contract offer to Dwight Howard come July 1. And getting Howard is the top priority. The Rockets are very close to getting that deal done, reports the Houston Chronicle. The question is…

  10. Chandler Parsons talks daily with Dwight Howard about signing with the Rockets

    Jun 22, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard goes up to shoot under pressure from Houston Rockets Chandler Parsons during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Rockets are trying to clear cap space in order to pursue Dwight Howard, and he reportedly views that favorably. It’s one of the subtle ways teams are allowed to communicate, indirectly obviously, with free agents before July 1. Of course, teams can use impermissible methods, too. But there’s also another way Houston is getting…

  11. Lakers unlikely to sign and trade Dwight Howard to the Clippers, Rockets, or anyone else

    Jun 16, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    When the reports started flying of a possible deal that would net the Clippers Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers from the Celtics, Dwight Howard‘s name got thrown in the mix at some point as someone that L.A.’s historically junior team would then like to pursue. Talks have stalled between the Celtics and Clippers…

  12. Irving, Lillard highlight guys heading to Team USA mini-camp this summer

    Jun 12, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    This summer is when USA Basketball brings in its prospects — guys it wants to get a closer look. Next summer Team USA will be heading off to Spain for the World Championships with a roster that could include a handful of the guys from this camp (mixed with some big name NBA stars). USA…

  13. Serge Ibaka says he ‘knows nothing about’ whether or not Kevin Martin will be back with the Thunder next season

    Jun 9, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — A rumor surfaced recently that the decision of whether or not Kevin Martin would be back with the Thunder had already been made by either the team or the player, and it originated from something that Serge Ibaka said during an interview with a foreign media outlet. Martin replaced James Harden as…

  14. Roster is set for 2013 adidas Eurocamp

    Jun 4, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 2

    The roster is in place for this year’s adidas Eurocamp, the annual event where the top international prospects get the opportunity to practice, compete and interview with NBA teams and other professional leagues leading up to the NBA Draft. From the official release: “More than 45 early entries and NBA Draft-eligible participants, including projected 2013 NBA…

  15. Young Pacers on verge of history

    Jun 2, 2013, 1:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    Larry Bird was the reigning MVP. David Robinson hadn’t yet been drafted. Julius Erving was still an active player. That’s how long it’s been since a team as young as the 2012-13 Indiana Pacers made the NBA Finals. Thanks to their 91-77 win over the Miami Heat tonight, the Pacers are only one win from…

  16. Rockets receiving ‘hopeful signals’ that Dwight Howard is seriously considering signing in Houston

    Jun 1, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard All-Star

    Once the report came out that Dwight Howard was “most intrigued” by the Rockets in free agency, it was guaranteed that the Houston franchise would begin to put plans in motion to do everything in its power to give itself the best chance at landing the All-Star center this summer. The Rockets let teams around…

  17. Report: Rockets trying to trade Thomas Robinson to clear cap space in pursuit of Dwight Howard

    May 30, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Patrick Beverly attempts to steal the ball from Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Rockets were expected to be heavily involved in the pursuit of Dwight Howard this summer, and that was even before Howard was reportedly intrigued with the opportunity of playing in Houston moving forward. Now, with July’s free agency period rapidly approaching, the Rockets are in the process of trying to create enough space under…

  18. Rockets’ Carlos Delfino has foot surgery, out 4 to 6 months

    May 30, 2013, 9:11 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Carlos Delfino was having a nice playoffs for the Rockets, averaging 9 points a game, knocking down 35.5 percent of his three pointers and dunking all over Kevin Durant. Then he fractured a bone in his foot and was out. Turns out that fracture required surgery that could keep him out through training camp reports…

  19. Report: Cavaliers eying scoring forward if they trade No. 1 pick

    May 29, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics

    DeMarcus Cousins’ talent would tantalize any team, but according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Cavaliers have a different profile in mind if they trade the No. 1 pick: The Cavs have acknowledged that they will listen to offers for the top overall pick, and rival executives say they are looking for an established…

  20. Mike Conley on verge of stardom as Grizzlies on verge of elimination

    May 26, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Where is the line between the NBA’s stars and the league’s merely good players? Star is such a loaded term – full of reputation and production and marketing and talent and style – that, occasionally, it can be useful to sort through all the distractions and look at objective measures. Let’s examine players in order…

  21. Dwight Howard reportedly adds Hawks and Warriors to his free agent list

    May 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    As the Dwight Howard free agency news cycle rolls on, the latest report has him expanding the list of teams he’ll consider signing with this summer. It’s been previously reported that Howard is most intrigued by the Houston Rockets, thanks in no small part to a young star already in place there in the form…

  22. LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

    May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak. But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time. The two veterans round out the All NBA Team…

  23. Report: Dwight Howard will consider multiple teams in free agency, is said to be most intrigued by the Rockets

    May 19, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    We already know what we’re in for in terms of the steady stream of reports and rumors that will flood us leading up to the free agent decision of Dwight Howard this summer. It even has a nickname,  and although he’s technically not a free agent for another six weeks or so, the Dwightmare has…

  24. LeBron James, Chris Paul teach and motivate future NBA stars at a 2008 camp (VIDEO)

    May 19, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    This video was recently released by the folks that run the website for LeBron James, and it gives us a glimpse into the types of motivational words and teachings that young NBA prospects received from James and Chris Paul five years ago. The highlights come from a 2008 summer camp that took place before the…

  25. Thunder enter summer with one big goal: Get healthy

    May 16, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant walks with his head down after a teammate fouled a Memphis Grizzlies player in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs in Oklahoma City.

    It’s this simple: If Russell Westbrook were playing the Oklahoma City Thunder would be on their way to the NBA Finals. Instead, there was disappintment as they fell in the second round to a very good Memphis Grizzlies team 4-1. This was not some blowout, Memphis was just +18 for the entire series. No game…

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