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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Rockets don’t have enough cap room to give Dwight Howard a max contract

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:12 AM 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 do not have enough cap room to give Dwight Howard a max contract. They could waive all four of their players with fully unguaranteed contracts – Greg Smith, Patrick Beverley,Tim Ohlbrecht and James Anderson – and they still wouldn’t have enough cap room. If Howard chooses Houston, perhaps as early as today, the…

  13. 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…

  14. Dwight Howard discussed wanting input on roster decisions during meeting with Rockets

    Jul 3, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Now that all of Dwight Howard‘s free agent meetings have concluded and we await his decision, some of the details about what went down in these presentations are beginning to come out. And at least in the case of the Rockets, Howard wanted front office input in addition to whatever else the franchise was trying…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Knicks pursuing Francisco Garcia and Matt Barnes

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Francisco Garcia

    The Knicks need another small forward. Chris Copeland is a free agent and could join the Pacers soon. Steve Novak was included in the original Andrea Bargnani trade, and Quentin Richardson was added to the revised version. James White was nearly waived during the season, and he’s probably headed to China. Iman Shumpert might play…

  18. 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.…

  19. While the Lakers wait on Dwight Howard, they’re pursuing outside shooters for Mike D’Antoni’s system

    Jul 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    Dwight Howard is the Lakers’ first (and second and third) priority in free agency. They’ll meet with the big man on Tuesday with the hope that their pitch seals the deal on his return to Los Angeles where he will anchor their franchise and lead them into the post Kobe Bryant era. However, as the…

  20. 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,…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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