Found June 09, 2013 on
According to a report from Brian Kotloff of Sports Illustrated via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicles, the Rockets are going all in when the free agent period gets underway, as they have targeted not only Dwight Howard as a possible acquisition, but also Chris Paul.
“They are targets No. 1 and 1A,” a source told Feigen.
While Howard has expressed interest in playing for Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, has spoken with Rockets starters James Harden and Chandler Parsons, and would be open to accepting the max four-year deal as opposed to the Lakers’ five-year max, wooing Paul appears to be a bigger challenge.
The team’s best option to create cap space is trading 22-year-old power forward Thomas Robinson, acquired from the Sacramento Kings in a February deal, but a source told Feigen “there are about 20 other ways” to create enough room.
Houston could pay Howard $20.5 million and Paul $18.7 million in their first seasons to make the moves work.
If the Rockets could pull this off, they would definitely have to be considered the favorites in the Western Conference. It’s nice in theory but making it happen will involve a lot of luck and one hell of a sales pitch.
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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard's poor free throw shooting was mocked on a recent episode of the game show 'Jeopardy' as part of the category "Science in Sports".
The $1600 answer: "Geometric arch that's the natural path of a projectile; a narrower one helps free throws, Dwight Howard."
In case you were wondering...
Much was made of Dwight Howard including the Golden State Warriors on his list of five teams that are on his wishlist to sign with in free agency.
It’s a major step forward for the Warriors just to be considered by Howard, one of the league’s best centers. A surprisingly successful season and a trip to the second-round of the NBA Playoffs has changed the landscape a bit and turned...
The Houston Rockets plan on pursuing Dwight Howard, but they will simultaneously go after Chris Paul as well.
"They are targets No. 1 and 1A," said a source.
Both Howard and Paul are free agents, but the former has expressed more interest in signing with the Rockets.
The Rockets need to complete a few moves to offer a max contract, something they feel is likely. Houston...
Just using common sense, it is highly unlikely that Howard will get another max deal after this one, let alone two. Doesn’t matter if he takes a four or five-year deal, this will be his last monster contract.
He has already peaked as a player, so the percentages say that he is only going to get worse as the years go on. For a long time he never got hurt, but lately his body has...
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Just to keep things in perspective, free agency doesn’t even officially begin until July 1st and Dwightmare 2 is only picking up steam. The latest report comes via Blacksportsonline, as we read that Dwight is still leery of teammate Kobe Bryant and head coach Mike D’Antoni. “People close to [Howard] say he’s still leery of [...]
The NBA has fined three teams for tampering, according to an internal memo.
The Atlanta Hawks are one of the three teams, as the marketing department sent out a letter to season ticket holders mentioning Chris Paul and Dwight Howard by name.
The identity of the other two teams and the amount of the fine has not been disclosed.
The Atlanta Hawks and two other teams have been fined an undisclosed amount by the NBA for tampering.
A league spokesman says a memo was sent to teams informing them of the penalties, but didn't say which clubs were punished or provide the amount of the fines.
However, the Hawks say Monday they were one of them, saying that they ''fully understand and respect the NBA...
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul hit the links with one of the country's most esteemed political figures on Thursday.Seen here is the perennial All-Star standing beside the 42nd president of the United States: Bill Clinton. The two were flanked on the sides by former pros Amy Alcott and Jon Davidson.Perhaps the most notable observation about this picture is the fact that...
Why yes. Yes he did.
Former President Bill Clinton took to Twitter today to tell the world that he hit the links with Chris Paul, and is a big fan of CP3′s charity work. The former President is not a stranger to the golf course, and I wonder if he was as good of a partner for Chris Paul as Tiger Woods and Kid Rock were. I would pay a very large sum of money to play some golf with Bill.
Kobe Bryant, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Andre Iguodala, Matt Barnes, Metta World Peace and Shaq take part in the hilarious Jimmy Kimmel segment ‘Mean Tweets’ which consists of celebrities reading mean tweets written about them on the popular social media site.
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