* CBA MVP Michael Beasley is joining the Houston Rockets. If nothing else, the Rockets will be interesting to follow the rest of the season.
* The Celtics reportedly tried to acquire Jimmy Butler at the trade deadline. Bulls’ management is not that crazy yet, so Butler stayed in Chicago.
* Pau Gasol talks free agency, basically says it’s now Chicago’s turn to make an effort. Gasol is No. 5 in salaries on the team this season.
* Which 2016 free agents deserve a max contract? Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Durant and LeBron James, HoopsHype readers say.
* Seen on Reddit: The Philadelphia 76ers’ are now younger than the Delaware 87ers, their D-League affiliate.
* Former All-Star Danny Granger weighs in on three-point line debate.
* Sam Amick: The Thunder have an identity crisis at the wrong time.
* Astronaut grew two inches in space. Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas wants in on that.
* Take a look at the 2001 NBA Finals website, where the Lakers win.