Tag:Houston Rockets
Posted on: July 20, 2010 8:13 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 9:59 am

Shootaround: 7.20.10

Posted by Royce Young
  • For whatever reason, Matt Barnes has become one of the most talked about free agents on the market this offseason. And yesterday, he appeared headed to Toronto in a sign-and-trade . However, because of some miscalculating, Marc Stein reports the deal is possibly dead : "Since Toronto recently spent the bulk of its $5.8 million mid-level exception to sign Linas Kleiza , it doesn't have the available funds to sign Barnes outright to a deal that starts in the neighborhood of $4 million. The Magic, though, are prevented by salary-cap rules from starting a sign-and-trade deal for Barnes at higher than $2 million, because Orlando doesn't have Barnes' full Bird rights after employing him for only one season. A sign-and-trade deal would also have to span at least three years, although only the first year is required to be guaranteed."
  • Henry Abbott with nine things to know about Cho : "Given the soap opera in Portland's front office over the last few months, Cho's law school focus on "dispute resolution" could prove to be the most valuable element in his time in Portland."
  • There's been some concern that Amare Stoudemire won't be able to produce quite the same numbers without primo setup man Steve Nash orchestrating the offense. But Knicks assistant Phil Weber told the New York Post that Amare will be fine : "Everybody's going to look very good playing with [Nash]. But Amar'e in his own right, he's got the versatility, quickness and shooting ability, he's going to wreck havoc on the defense.''
  • Shoals writing on Free Darko about DeMarcus Cousins and how he relates to other players with character issues : "Cousins might seem to call into question whatever it is that Arenas and Beasley represented. On the contrary, in his contradictions, he make more urgent than ever the need to develop a more psychologically sophisticated approach to assessing prospects. Arenas asserted the right to be kooky, unpredictable, and obsessive; Beasley , incoherent, compelling and loud. That was a fair description of each at their best, and if their stories ended today, each would serve as a cautionary tale against this kind of player. Cousins , though, makes the case for the development of something new, something that might actually better equip a team for an Arenas or Beasley —that is, anyone other than an outright bust."
Posted on: July 19, 2010 3:50 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 3:53 pm

The return of Ming may be postponed

Posted by Royce Young

Yao Ming missed the entire 2009-10 season with a broken left foot. You know, one of those dreaded foot injuries that absolutely destory big men's careers.

The Rockets expected his return to be set for the season opener and with Yao back, Houston's expectations for the season were obviously high. The Rockets spent money retaining Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola, plus signed an extra big man to team with Yao. But now, it's sounding like Yao might miss the first two months of the season.

Gery Woelfel of The Journal-Times says he's hearing the Rockets don't intend to rush their star back (smart), so missing up to two months might indeed happen.

It's up to the gods of speculation to guess whether or not the Rockets already knew this and thus offered $15 million to Brad Miller. But whatever the case, having Miller as an insurance policy is definitely a godsend at this point for Houston. Yao may never be the same. And if the Rockets have any inclination about getting back to the playoffs, at least one quality center is surely required on the inside. If they can get two, that's just bonus.

Posted on: July 17, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2010 2:39 pm

Report: Houston, Miller agrees to deal

Posted by Royce Young

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports Brad Miller has signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets worth around $15 million. Stein said the third year is partially guaranteed.

Miller, 34, reportedly had a bunch of interest from other teams. Atlanta, Boston, Miami and Cleveland all pushed pretty hard for Miller, but in the end teaming again with coach Rick Adelman and guard Kevin Martin probably was the kicker. While in Sacramento playing under Adelman, Miller made two All-Star teams.

Houston made a fairly public push for Chris Bosh, but obviously failed in that attempt. Just a few days ago, the Rockets re-signed power forward Luis Scola to a long-term deal. Now with Miller inside and recovering Yao Ming, the Rockets have a fairly formidable front line.

And the Rockets clearly aren't afraid to spend a little. The aforementioned signing of Scola, then matching on Kyle Lowry and now a near mid-level deal to Miller. Daryl Morey is obviously not taking this offseason lightly and intends for the Rockets to return to postseason play in 2010-11.

Last season Miller averaged 8.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game last season as a member of the Chicago Bulls.
Posted on: July 15, 2010 8:10 pm

Report: Rockets reach deal with Scola

Posted by Royce Young

Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle reports the Rockets have come to terms with power forward Luis Scola. Feigan reports the deal is for five years, worth $47 million.

There was never a lot of question whether or not the Rockets would keep Scola, who was a restricted free agent. General manager Daryl Morey was always pretty clear he wanted to keep both Kyle Lowry and Scola. A few other teams were rumored to be interested (Charlotte being one), but Morey was set on retaining his starting four.

Scola is older than most realize though. He's 30, though he just completed his third year in the league. But last season was his best. In 32.6 minutes a game, he averaged 16.2 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. He's also shot over 50 percent from the field all three seasons in the league.
Posted on: July 14, 2010 2:57 pm

Rockets will match Kyle Lowry's offer from Cavs

Posted by Royce Young

Houston general manager Daryl Morey tweeted at about 2:30 ET :
Congratulations to Kyle Lowry on signing his new deal. We plan to match the agreement and we are excited he will be returning to the Rockets The offer the Cavs gave was for three years with a fourth-year team option that could make the contract worth up to $24 million. Brian Windhorst said Cleveland tried to a sign-and-trade for Lowry before doing offer sheet. The Rockets obviously declined.

Lowry came to Houston from Memphis in a three-way trade that also involved the Magic. Last season as a backup, Lowry averaged 9.1 points per game and 4.5 assists per game in just 24 minutes a night playing behind Aaron Brooks.

Another Rocket, Luis Scola is also a free agent and has been considered by a couple teams. However, like Lowry, Morey said he intends on matching any offer that comes to Scola as well.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 4:23 pm

What the Bosh S&T proposal means for 'Cats

Posted by Matt Moore

As KB dropped on us a few minutes ago , the Charlotte Bobcats have been pulled into talks with the Heat and Raptors about the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade. With Miami clearing space to try and land you-know-who, the Bobcats have been pulled into talks to take on a player, which Toronto is unwilling to do.

(Read about the whole deal here from KB .)

The Cats would be taking on Mike Beasley under the proposed deal, one that is curious in many ways for Larry Brown's team. It means ditching Tyson Chandler leaving them perilously thin at center, and adding another SF/PF combo in the same vein as Gerald Wallace, only not as versatile, complete, or basketball-intelligent. It also may likely end Tyrus Thomas' time in Charlotte, though a combo of the two would be interesting... in a lot of ways.

Beasley is considered nearly radioactive at this point, but so was Tyrus Thomas when Larry Brown decided to bring him into the fold. This move echoes a continuing sentiment that Brown is undertaking players who are thought to be lost causes, players who he himself had no time for a few years ago. Ditching Chandler would clear quite a bit of space for the Bobcats who are up against the luxury tax wall pretty hard and getting shaken down, all for a roster nowhere close to title contention.

Beasle's a high-risk, low-reward type player from a basketball standpoint, but clearing Chandler may also leave them the ability to pursue a younger, more athletic center like Joel Anthony for a much lower price.

One thing's for certain. The Bobcats are continuing full-force with their reformation-through-trade strategy if they can worm their way into this deal.

Posted on: July 2, 2010 11:50 am

Free-agency layup line: Dinner reservations

All of the little free-agency stories that flow through. We'll have several of these throughout the day, updated regularly.

Yahoo Sports! reports that the Rockets are aiming for a sign and trade package featuring Luis Scola (also a free agent), Shane Battier, and Trevor Ariza. General Manager Daryl Morey is still trying to swoop in and snatch up a max free agent power forward, either Chris Bosh or Amar'e Stoudemire. If the Suns continue to be unwilling to provide that fifth year, then Morey is going to offer one of the more impressive packages for the Suns, with reasonable contracts and high end talent.

The Celtics have reached out to David Lee, according to the Boston Globe. A curious move considering the Celtics' cap space. With Paul Pierce considering a 4 year, $61 million offer and Ray Allen sure to attract his own substantial digits, you have to wonder where the Celtics are going to find room for Lee, who is arguably the third best power forward available (depending on how you feel about Carlos "I enjoy the feeling of being blocked" Boozer). That's a lot of dough the Celtics would have to provide, and figuring out how Lee and Kevin Garnett would occupy the same space on the floor would be a bit tricky too.

Hoopsworld reports that Real Madrid in Spain has inked Sergio Rodriguez. Have I mentioned the Knicks are going to need a point guard? Because they're going to need a point guard.

-Matt Moore
Posted on: July 1, 2010 10:36 am
Edited on: July 1, 2010 11:36 am

Free-agency layup line: LeBron's gift edition

All of the little free agency stories that flow through. We'll have several of these throughout the day, updated regularly.

A mystery team dropped a "small square box" containing a gift off at LeBron James' house at 11PM Wednesday night, according to the New York Daily News .  Our best guesses as to the gift are the heart of a lion, whatever was in the suitcase in "Pulp Fiction ", or a Russian doll containing $2.4 million in bonds.  (HT: FanHouse )

Richard Jefferson opted out of his contract, but that doesn't necessarily mean much for the team basketball-wise. Spurs blog 48 Minutes of Hell reports that with the team significantly over the cap still, Jefferson's opt-out doesn't clear them to make any significant moves and leaves them with a hole at small forward. You have to wonder if Tony Parker and his contract may be even more on the block.

Chris Bosh is predictably keeping track of his free agency exploits on Twitter. As of 4EST, he had met with the Bulls, Raptors, Heat, and Rockets (check out more on our discussion of Houston's chances ). You have to wonder if it's better to be early or late in these discussions. The Knicks seem to be taking the latter approach, since they went and visited Mike Miller first thing last night.

Darren Rovell of Sports Biz reports that part of the Nets' offer for LeBron James is a clothing line via Jay-Z . These are the kind of advantages teams have to pull out. There's so much more going on here than just money and a good core of players, though those things are up-front the most important.

Via Wizards blog Bullets Forever , Yahoo! Sports reports that Washington is looking to fill that whole at small forward quickly . They've already spoken to both of their expired small forwards (Mike Miller, Josh Howard) and are looking at Ryan Gomes, Travis Outlaw, Rasual Butler and even Josh Childress who is still in Greece. With the acquisition of Kirk Hinrich, the Wizards have to be thinking on the cheap with this contract, and likely won't want to commit to anything long-term. Then again, they traded for Kirk Hinrich and Yi Jianlian, so there's no telling what they're going to do next.

John Hammond is "cautiously optimistic" that the Bucks will be able to re-sign John Salmons. Then again, we think Hammond is "cautiously losing his mind" for giving Drew Gooden a 5 year, $32 million deal when he has Ersan Ilyasoava and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute along with rookie Larry Sanders to pair with Andrew Bogut. Hammond's either gone around the bend or is in pursuit of something...

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