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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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