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  • Robert Covington
    SF, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets have traded Robert Covington to the Blazers for Trevor Ariza, a 2020 1st round pick and 2021 protected first-round pick.

    With all of the smoke around James Harden and Russell Westbrook wanting out of Houston, this might be the match that signals the fire sale the Houston Rockets are about to hold. Scared money doesn’t make money and it looks like the fact that Tilman Fertitta has no money is going to be the reason the Rockets are blowing it up this offseason.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, James Harden declined a two-year contract extension from the Rockets worth $103 million.

    Harden has three years remaining on his current deal but reportedly wants to be traded to the Nets. While the Rockets have spoken with the Nets' front office, no major dialogue has occurred. This has all the makings of the offseason's biggest story, so stay tuned.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Per Shams Charania, James Harden wants to be "on a contender elsewhere" and his top two destinations are the Nets and the Sixers.

    Things seem to be escalating quickly in Houston as it seems Harden has now officially made it known he'd like to be traded. Shams reports that the Rockets would be happy to keep both him and Russell Westbrook however, though that could just be trade posturing. Both the Nets and the Sixers have excellent trade packages they could throw together at a moment's notice. If Harden does end up getting dealt to one of these two teams, it will more than likely be the biggest move of the offseason.

    Source: Shams Charania on Tiwtter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, the Nets are rising up James Harden's list of destinations should he ultimately decide to leave the Rockets.

    There were some rumors floating around that the Nets were preparing a large offer for Harden, and this lends some credibility to the idea, though Woj did add that no talks have taken place between the two teams and that the Rockets are preparing to run it back with Harden next year. The league would have a new superstar trio, as the appeal of playing with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant is reportedly resonating with The Beard. It would certainly throw a wrench into the plans of fantasy GMs, who have been able to pencil Harden in as a top-two selection since he rose to MVP form as the lead man in Houston. This is all just speculation for now, but the Rockets' season of changes may just be getting started.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The NBA has informed teams that the trade moratorium for the 20-21 season ends on Monday at 12:00 PM EST according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    This signifies the official start to the NBA offseason, as GMs will now be able to make roster transactions for the first time since early March once we hit lunchtime on the east coast. While it seems likely that a few trades could be made before Wednesday's NBA draft, we'd expect talks surrounding big names such as Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Jrue Holiday to continue thoughout the week and beyond.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Russell Westbrook trade market is "slow developing."

    That shouldn't come as a shock given Westbrook's history of knee/leg issues, the fact that he's 31, his massive contract and the questions about whether or not he is in the league's top tier of players when it comes to impact and general winning basketball. The Hornets and Knicks have been floated as possible suitors but those leaks haven't come from those teams themselves. Houston could be looking at a very small market here, as teams would likely need to do a fair amount of roster tweaking to accommodate Westbrook's style of play.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Marc Stein is reporting that the Knicks are one of the few teams that would be a viable destination for Russell Westbrook.

    Being viable — which in this case means being able to absorb the over $130 million on Westbrook's deal — does not equate to full-fledged interest, mind you. The Knicks have reportedly weighed it, and there is a potential deal to be made should they decide to build their team around Westbrook, but the exact level of interest is yet to be determined. It's been said that the Knicks are operating in a more pragmatic manner since Leon Rose took over, so this trade might not fit the team's new vision despite feeling like a very Knicks-y idea.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Marc Stein of The New York Times is reporting that the Rockets are hiring Will Weaver as an assistant coach on Stephen Silas' staff.

    Weaver was last on an NBA staff back in 2018 with the Nets and he also served as the head coach for their G League affiliate for the 2018-19 campaign. His latest job was in the NBL of Australia as he was the head coach for the Sydney Kings.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Robert Covington
    SF, Houston Rockets

    The Bucks are pursuing both Robert Covington and PJ Tucker in trade discussions, per Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

    This news comes down after Russell Westbrook's trade request has cast a new light on the Rockets, who may be ready to retool and find themselves without a pick in the draft. Milwaukee owns No. 24 and could work out some kind of package deal to help Houston get younger while also remaking their roster in a more traditional mold. The Bucks are said to be looking for more shooting to complement Giannis Antetokounmpo, and both Covington and Tucker are also elite defenders when they're at their best. Despite Milwaukee's recent playoff failings, adding either of those two to the team would be a nightmare for the rest of the league.

    Source: The Ringer

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Shams Charania is reporting that the Hornets have emerged as a suitor for Russell Westbrook following his trade request.

    The Rockets have reportedly been "protective" of Westbrook in trade talks so far but they don't really have much of a choice if he wants out. Charlotte is definitely out of left field as a landing spot considering they have two solid guards already in Devonte' Graham and Terry Rozier, but the franchise is missing some star power and would certainly give Westbrook the total control on the court that he desires. Charlotte's movable veteran contracts make a deal possible, but it certainly wouldn't elevate them into the Eastern Conference's top seven teams.

    Source: Shams Charania on Stadium

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    In a deep dive on the Rockets' apparent culture issues over at The Athletic, it's been reported that PJ Tucker is "irate" about his contract situation.

    Tucker has been a vital part of Houston's small-ball attack and is almost certainly underpaid given the deals that 3-and-D forwards have received around the league. The Rockets' scheme simply wouldn't work without Tucker, and he reportedly feels insulted by the organization dragging its feet when it comes to a contract extension. Houston's last season was described as a "mess" and Eric Gordon, Danuel House and Austin Rivers were also named as players who weren't overly thrilled with how things went down. Russell Westbrook's recent trade request stems from a disconnect with the team's culture and his role, so the Rockets appear to have a whole lot to figure out this offseason. The new brain trust may be pivoting away from Daryl Morey's vision, and given Tucker's apparent discontent the Rockets may entertain moving him to rebalance the roster with some traditional frontcourt players. That's just speculation but it looks like we'll see another roster overhaul for in Houston.

    Source: The Athletic

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Shams Charania and Kelly Iko of The Athletic are reporting that James Harden remains committed to the Rockets for next season.

    This news comes just minutes after a report that Harden's teammate, Russell Westbrook, informed the media that he wants out of town. Luckily, the team appears to be dealing with just one disgruntled star as opposed to two. It is also worth noting that some players choose to use the media to advance their agenda while others prefer to work with their organization behind closed doors. Stay with us as we learn more in the coming weeks.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook wants out of Houston, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    There has been a lot of talk around the dynamic duo of Westbrook and James Harden over the last 24 hours and it seems like things are only just heating up. With the changes that have already occurred in the front office as well as the coaching staff, it isn't surprising to hear this news. We will have to wait a bit longer before we see if anything comes to fruition or if the Rockets are able to convince Westbrook that he should stay. Stay with us for what should be an exciting offseason in Houston.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    In the wake of the departures of head coach Mike D'Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey, James Harden and Russell Westbrook have expressed concern about the direction of the franchise, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    The report by Woj adds that both have already communicated their worries to the Rockets’ front office even though neither has requested a trade. Harden and Westbrook were consulted during the Rockets' coaching search and were on board with hiring Stephen Silas but they remain skeptical about the team’s ability to continue being a contender. This is a major development since, if the organization is fearful that the superstars' commitment to remaining with the Rockets is wavering, they could be looking to move them and plenty of suitors would emerge.

    Source: ESPN

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer is reporting that Russell Westbrook could be moved again this offseason following the second round exit of the Rockets and the departure of Daryl Morey.

    “It is interesting the last 24 hours I did have multiple sources that I trust tell me that teams believe Russell Westbrook could be had," said Kevin O'Connor. "And I've heard the Clippers and Knicks have interest. Whether anything materializes there, who knows?" With a weak free agency this year it makes sense for teams to explore alternative avenues of improving their roster and Westbrook isn’t an exception regardless of his enormous contract. The Clippers are reportedly looking to upgrade at the point while the Knicks are desperate for a superstar so both teams make sense as a speculative destination. Expect more rumor talk in the next few weeks.

    Source: The Ringer