Posted on: July 15, 2010 8:28 pm
LAS VEGAS -- The Rockets won't have to worry about anyone trying to steal Luis Scola with an offer sheet. Not that it was much of a concern, anyway.
Scola, a restricted free agent, agreed to a five-year, $47 million extension with Houston Thursday, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to CBSSports.com.
The agreement was first reported by the Houston Chronicle .
Scola, 30, averaged 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds last season with the Rockets. The fifth year of his extension is partially guaranteed and includes performance bonuses that would bring the total value to $47 million, the person with knowledge of the deal told CBSSports.com.
The Rockets were expecting the Nets and Bobcats, among others, to tempt Scola with an offer sheet, which owner Leslie Alexander was completely committed to matching, sources said. That's now a moot point, as is the offer sheet guard Kyle Lowry signed with the Cavs, which Houston GM Daryl Morey already has announced that the team will match.
Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:31 am
The Rockets' Ron Artest and Shane Battier held LeBron James to a mortal 21 points on 7-for-21 shooting, one lousy rebound, and no assists -- the first assist-less game of LBJ's career -- in Houston's 93-74 victory Thursday night.
Here is a ridiculously detailed and fantastic analysis of how they did it from Kevin Arnovitz at TrueHoop. (I continue to be amazed on a daily basis by the quality of work being produced in the basketball blogosphere. It's a great place to work.)
Amid all the great detail of the Rockets' defensive strategy, which was fascinating in its own right, here's what stood out to me: Rockets GM Daryl Morey stating emphatically that, yes, LeBron is the best player in the NBA "by a wide margin." Morey knows what he is talking about, so you Kobe fans can take that to the bank.
These days, just be careful which bank.
Posted on: February 18, 2009 10:12 am
Edited on: February 18, 2009 5:22 pm
Every time I asked a general manager implicated in a Ponzi-like scam to acquire Tracy McGrady, the general manager reacted as though I were insane. I'd say, hey, it wasn't me who reported that.
Now we know why the GMs reacted with astonishment to T-Mac rumors. McGrady told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Tuesday night that he's done for the year and will need microfracture surgery on his ailing left knee.
Of course, it was prematurely reported last week that McGrady was out for the year, so it's best to wait for the official word from Rockets GM Daryl Morey.
UPDATE: Or, official word from T-Mac, who just made the announcement in his blog. "I’ve met with numerous doctors and gotten a number of opinions, and unfortunately, I will be undergoing microfracture surgery on my left knee immediately," McGrady wrote. "Microfracture surgery is a serious procedure, but I’m confident that I will be able to return next season with the same strength and explosiveness you are all used to seeing from me."
Earlier Tuesday, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander asserted that McGrady wouldn't be traded before Thursday's deadline, but reiterated what Morey was saying in Phoenix during All-Star weekend -- that results of second and third opinions on McGrady's knee would be back sometime this week.
UPDATE: But it was news to the Rockets, who are none too pleased that McGrady announced his plans to have surgery without consulting with the team.
"There should be a protocol, there should be a procedure where we have a chance to sit down and talk about the situation and not be announced in the press," Rockets coach Rick Adelman told reporters Wednesday. "I don't know why that happened, why he did that. Certainly, that is not the way things should be handled."