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Timberwolves owner, Glen Taylor, confirmed during a recent interview that he remains committed to trading away Jimmy Butler.

"I think [Butler has] made it very clear that he would not re-sign with us at the end of the year," said Taylor, "and therefore it is in our interest to get a trade so that we can get a player or two to replace him that helps our team." Taylor added that until that happens, Butler will be "a regular team player," suiting up for games and attending Timberwolves practices. Miami remains the frontrunners to land Jimmy, but Houston is also in the mix.
Oct 17 - 10:12 AM

The Timberwolves reportedly plan to open the 2018-19 season with Jimmy Butler on the roster.

Butler has not practiced with the team since training camp opened up on September 25, and he remains away from the club with an excused absence, but it doesn't sound like he'll be going anywhere any time soon. Butler remains adamant that he wants to be traded and sees no future with Minnesota, and while Tom Thibodeau has indicated he'll honor that request, opposing GMs have questioned whether he's truly invested in finding a deal. This will more than likely be a storyline that drags out all the way until the deadline.
Oct 9 - 5:10 PM

The Rockets reportedly remain interested in swinging a deal for Jimmy Butler.

Like Miami, Houston cannot afford to sign Butler as a free agent this summer without his Bird Rights, but it's unclear exactly what they'd be able to offer in order to entice Minnesota. Miami and Minnesota were reportedly on the verge of making a deal this weekend involving Butler and Josh Richardson, but further demands the Minnesota front office resulted in talks breaking down. There are rumors out there that Tom Thibodeau may not be all that invested in finding a deal for Butler, so this is something that could drag out until the deadline.
Source: ESPN
Oct 7 - 3:26 PM

The Bucks have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Kent Bazemore.

Milwaukee recently contacted Atlanta regarding a deal that would net them Bazemore, but those initial talks didn't progress very far. Bazemore is happy in Atlanta, but he'd be open to going to either Houston or Milwaukee as he has history with both those coaches and would be able to play for a contender. It doesn't make a ton of sense for the rebuilding Hawks to keep the 29-year-old wing around, so we'll likely hear numerous trade rumors regarding Bazemore throughout the year.
Aug 8 - 10:33 AM

Carmelo Anthony is fully expected to sign with the Rockets once he's back stateside, according to sources of Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Anthony officially cleared waivers on August 1, but he's been traveling with the NBA Players Association as part of the NBA's trip to Africa, so he hasn't officially been able to put pen to paper just yet. Melo will be entering his age-34 season next year, and with him coming off a down year, we wouldn't advise aggressively targeting him on draft day.
Aug 6 - 6:01 PM

The Rockets have reportedly expressed interest in J.R. Smith.

The 32-year-old really struggled to make much of an impact with the Cavs last season, churning out averages of 8.3 points, 1.8 triples, 1.8 assists and not much else on 40.3% shooting. He's also due a little over $30 million over the next two seasons, but the Rockets could use some help on the wings and they might be interested in grabbing Smith's contract if they're also able to part ways with Ryan Anderson and his $41.6 million deal (owed over the next two seasons).
Aug 1 - 9:14 AM

The Hawks and Thunder are reportedly discussing a trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to Atlanta in exchange for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala.

The Hawks are desperate to rid themselves of Schroder and the Thunder find themselves in a similar predicament with Melo, so this would be a deal that would make sense for both sides. The Hawks would waive Anthony upon his arrival, thus allowing him to sign with a team of his choosing (likely the Rockets), and Schroder's value would take a hit as he'd be relegated to being Russell Westbrook's backup. Muscala would remain a non-factor in OKC.
Jul 18 - 12:39 PM

Carmelo Anthony recently met with Houston and Miami management in Las Vegas, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Anthony has been given permission by the Thunder brass to begin meeting with prospective teams, and most reporting to this point indicates that the Rockets are the current frontrunners to land his services. Anthony's first stint with Mike D'Antoni didn't go all that well, and he struggled to effectively play a lesser offensive role with OKC last season, but Houston is desperate for a forward after losing both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. Additionally, the Thunder are exploring trade options where Melo would be moved, waived, and then free to sign with a team of his choosing.
Jul 10 - 3:16 PM

The Rockets are reportedly "determined" to sign Carmelo Anthony once he officially parts ways with the Thunder.

The Rockets have now lost both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute via free agency, so they're desperate for a starting small forward and it seems like they're laser focused on Melo. Anthony had a tough time adjusting to being a spot-up shooter in OKC last year, but that's what he'll need to do to be successful as he goes into the twilight years of his career.
Jul 9 - 6:24 PM

Carmelo Anthony is reportedly interested in joining LeBron James in Los Angeles.

It's unclear if the Lakers have any interest in grabbing Melo, but this wouldn't be the first time we've heard whispers of James and Anthony seeking a partnership. Anthony's good friend, Chris Paul, is also advocating to Houston management for him to join the Rockets, but Mike D'Antoni might not love that idea. After hitting just 40.4% of his shot attempts last season, it'll be tough to get too excited about Anthony in fantasy hoops next year, regardless of the name across his jersey.
Jul 8 - 4:42 PM

Free agent James Ennis reportedly met with the Rockets on Sunday.

Houston is also slated to meet with swingman James Nunnally, as they're wasting no time surveying the pool of possible replacements for Trevor Ariza. Ennis is being "actively target[ed]" by the Pelicans, while the Pistons also have "significant interest" in retaining him.
Jul 1 - 10:14 PM

The Rockets have reportedly scheduled a meeting with James Nunnally.

Nunnally has spent the past two years in Europe, but he's been garnering interest on the open market this summer, with reports of him also recently going through a workout with Portland and Minnesota. He wasn't all that impressive during his first NBA stint back in 2013, so he'd need to impress us at Summer League in order to put himself on the radar in fantasy hoops.
Jul 1 - 5:20 PM

The Rockets have a meeting set up with Michael Carter-Williams on Sunday, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.com.

Well, this isn't exactly the best fit. MCW is renowned for a lack of a jumper and he wouldn't exactly help spacing issues. Carter-Williams also had surgery this summer on his shoulder, so his value is extremely low.
Jul 1 - 1:45 PM

USA Today's Sam Amick is reporting that the Rockets will continue pursuing LeBron James until he makes a final decision.

Houston has no meeting set up, and they are well aware that it's an extreme longshot due to the cap ramifications that make a sign-and-trade very difficult. However, per Amick, "they have not waved the white flag on that front."
Jul 1 - 12:27 PM

Trevor Ariza has agreed to a one-year, $15 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Well, that is a mighty blow to the Rockets as Ariza opts to cash in for one season. The Suns getting Ariza on a one-year deal won't hurt them much as they look to make a major splash next year with some bad money coming off the books. This is also interesting for guys like T.J. Warren, who could be on the block with this news. Ariza could be at risk for some DNP-REST if the Suns struggle again this season.
Jul 1 - 12:42 AM

LeBron James reportedly does not want to play in Houston next season.

The Rockets still haven't had an opportunity to make their pitch to James, but according to Steven A. Smith, Chris Paul has begun telling people that he doesn't anticipate James landing in Houston and that he'd prefer to play in Los Angeles. The Lakers could realistically land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and King James this summer, which would surround James with the sort of star power necessary to combat Golden State. There's still a lot that can happen here, but right now, the Lakers look like the early favorites in the James sweepstakes.
Jun 19 - 3:53 PM

LeBron James is expected to speak with the Heat, Lakers, Cavs, 76ers and Spurs during free agency.

Chris Paul is a big factor here, as he's very close with LeBron James and was quoted saying he was already recruiting LBJ once the Rockets got bounced out of the Western Conference Finals. Daryl Morey would need to move around some contracts to make the numbers work, but it wouldn't be impossible for him to add James to the core of James Harden, CP3 and Clint Capela. James could also partner up with Paul in Los Angeles, or he could go to San Antonio to play under a coach he's openly admired.
Jun 10 - 5:27 PM

The Rockets will reportedly aggressively pursue Paul George as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

George reportedly enjoyed his time in OKC this past season, but the Thunder were quickly bounced out of the first-round in the playoffs, and it's tough to see them doing much better next year based on the cap situation. PG-13 has also been linked to the Lakers, and he'll reportedly have a conversation with LeBron James later in July regarding the possibility of suiting up together in Los Angeles. Houston would give George the best shot at competing for a championship, though.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 6 - 12:40 PM

The Kings waived Joe Johnson on Sunday.

This was an expected move and Johnson has already committed to signing with the Rockets. His real-world value will far exceed his fantasy value in Houston, though, and he belongs on the waiver wire.
Feb 11 - 6:33 PM

The Clippers reportedly haven't received many enticing offers for DeAndre Jordan.

The Rockets, Bucks, Trail Blazers and Wizards have all expressed interest in Jordan, but none of those trade talks have gotten "anywhere near serious," according to sources Zach Lowe. The Rockets got close in the past, but with how well Clint Capela has been playing this season, there's not much incentive to bring on DJ. Portland has reportedly "backed away" from Jordan for now, and the Bucks and Wizards simply might not have the pieces to get a deal done.
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 9:18 AM


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