After the Westbrook and Paul trade, now what?

The NBA is still reeling from the blockbuster trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets. As a reminder, here is who and what were involved in the trade The Thunder received: Chris Paul 2024 first round draft pick 2026 first round draft pick pick swap rights in 2021 and 2025 The Rockets received: Russell Westbrook Last evening Shams Charania broke down the protections surrounded the traded picks. For both these teams, the trade has lead to even more uncertainties. It’s clear that Sam Presti and the OKC…

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Rockets to meet with JaVale McGee

The Houston Rockets plan on meeting with free agent center JaVale McGee when free agency begins Sunday at 6 p.m according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. It may not garner the attention that some of the other free agent meetings and signings that will happen on Sunday but McGee is no slouch. Last year as a member of the LeBron James Experience, errr Los Angeles Lakers, he averaged 12 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

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Rockets are the new face of NBA disfunction

Move over Los Angeles Lakers, there is a new sheriff of disfunctionality in town. I submit to you the present-day Houston Rockets. After a successful 2017-18 that saw them come within one game of a trip to the NBA Finals, expectations were so high heading into this season, as the thought around the team was that they could be the team to dethrone the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.  It was thought their defense would take a step back, namely because of the loss of wings Trevor Ariza and…

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Chris Paul and James Harden relationship termed “unsalvageable”

The Houston Rockets may have come to the end of the road with the Chris Paul/James Harden pairing. According to a resort by Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, the rapport between the two has degraded to the point of being “unsalvageable”, as told by league sources. Apparently both players have expressed to management their displeasure with the current situation, with Paul demanding a trade while Harden gave the club a “him or me” ultimatum following their six game ouster from this year’s playoffs , once again, at the hands of…

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Trouble in Space City, Paul and Harden not on same page

As cliche as the phrase “Houston, we have a problem is”, is it actually quite apropos in this instance. It seems there is a developing schism between two of the Houston Rockets’ most notable players- James Harden and Chris Paul. Sources told Tim MacMahon of ESPN that the issues stem from “differences in preferred playing styles and personality”, which comes as little surprise to me. Chris Paul wants to play more system oriented basketball, which is the complete antithesis of the way James Harden plays basketball. Harden’s playing style is…

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NBA Trade Rumours: Heat to inquire about Chris Paul and other Rockets players

The Houston Rockets have made it known that essentially no one their roster, including James Harden, is untouchable as they look to make major changes to their roster to try to get past the monster in the Bay Area. Chris Paul is one of the most obvious targets to be moved, along with big man Clint Capela, but considering Paul’s age (34) and the massive amount he has remaining on his contract ( he signed a four-year $160 million deal last July), it seemed Houston might be hard pressed to…

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Mike D’Antoni and Rockets back in extension talks

The Houston Rockets may be looking to make major changes to their roster before next season but it seems that head coach Mike D’Antoni. The two sides may be close to agreeing on an extension. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Saturday Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta removed the buyout language that ultimately proved to be a deal breaker in the last round contract discussions. Without a deal in place D’Antoni is entering the upcoming season on lame duck status as he is in the final year of a four-year deal.…

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D’Antoni ends extension talks with Rockets

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has cut off contract extension talks with the club and will coach out the final season of his deal. D’Antoni signed a four-year deal back in 2016; the upcoming 2019-20 season is a team option. Charlotte Carroll of Sports Illustrated reported recently that D’Antoni relayed to management that he wanted to coach three more years and that he felt “energized.” In his three seasons in Houston, D’Antoni has compiled a regular season record of 173-73.

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Rockets putting out feelers on Capela and others trade market

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey is “showing an aggressive desire to improve roster” and that “all players and picks available.” While James Harden is likely all but untouchable, but the same may not hold true for Chris Paul as “even Chris Paul could be moved in the right deal.” Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that center Clint Capela “is among the players Houston has gauged the market for in recent days.” As Houston lacks cap flexibility, moving some of their more prominent…

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Austin Rivers says he will play in Game 2

Austin Rivers was out for game 1 against the Golden State Warriors with an illness, he is expected to play in game 2 Tuesday, according to Fox 26’s Mark Berman. Without Rivers in the lineup, Iman Shumpert played 21 minutes, scoring just three points and missing three of the four shots he put up. The Rockets could definitely use his shooting, as the only went 14-47 from three in game one. He is a capable defender, something that will be needed against the the myriad of perimeter weapons Golden State…

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