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July 23, 2014 Updates

He recently engaged in a brief, but controversial Twitter tussle about the Israel-Gaza conflict with his friend and former Houston Rockets teammate, Dwight Howard. But the worst of it? Casspi, 26, is standing on the corner of the latest Middle East conflagration, running to bomb shelters when sirens sound and incoming rockets shake his boyhood home in Yavne, a Tel Aviv suburb about 45 miles from the border with Gaza. “Everyone is scared and on edge,” Casspi said in a lengthy phone conversation. “My dog (Butch) follows me everywhere, even into the bathroom. I tried to sleep last night, but then the sirens go off, and you can hear when the Iron Dome missiles connect with an incoming rocket. The whole house trembles. My sister and my parents, we just run to the nearest bomb shelter. Believe me, this is just terrible.” Sacramento Bee

Howard, who has the same agent as Casspi, appeared to start the mini-controversy with a #FreePalestine tweet. Casspi quickly responded with his own tweets, including one that read, “600 missiles been fired from GAZA by Hamas in last 4 days. NUMBERS DON’T LIE. STOP LYING.” Howard quickly retracted his remarks and called his former teammate to apologize. Casspi, who has received his own share of criticism for venting, regrets sharing his thoughts so publicly and acknowledged that his emotions are raw and unfiltered, increasingly so since his return to Israel. Sacramento Bee

“We were talking again today about (how) much different it felt back then,” Casspi said. “Dwight (Howard) all the time talked about coming to visit me in Israel. J.T. (Jason Thompson) came over and had a great time. Then, two years ago, Yavne started getting hit a lot. Now we are in the middle of this, and it’s so hard to see, it’s heartbreaking. Kids dying in their parents’ arms? I think of the people in Gaza … they think Jewish people are monsters with three heads. But Hamas is using humans as shields and building tunnels under people’s houses. What do we do?” Sacramento Bee

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After the Dallas Mavericks signed restricted free agent Parsons to a three-year, $46 million offer sheet, the 6-foot-9, 227-pound small forward was sure the Rockets were going to match it . But Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Parsons’ contract under the deal was “untradeable,” so he didn’t match it, making Parsons a member of the Mavs. “I definitely was a little surprised that they didn’t match,” Parsons said. “I thought that was the plan going forward that they were going to [match]. “But I think [agent] Dan Fegan and my agency ... did a great job with this contract and really put pressure on them. They decided what they thought was best for their future and they told me to go get my best individual contract, and we both did what we thought was best for ourselves.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 19, 2014 Updates

Tony Jones: Jazz would like one more shooter on the wing as well. Name I keep hearing is Francisco Garcia Twitter @Tjonessltrib

July 18, 2014 Updates

The Rockets did not expect to land Carlos Boozer on Thursday. This was only partly because they did not make a bid for him. The Rockets did have reason to carefully watch the bid process, won Thursday by the Los Angeles Lakers. Had Boozer, who was made an amnesty waiver by Chicago this week, not been claimed, the Rockets would have moved in to land him as a free agent. Houston Chronicle

The Rockets had reason to be confident they would have been his choice, a person with knowledge of their planning said, though they considered it unlikely he would clear the bid process. Houston Chronicle

Potentially following in the tradition of diminutive scoring point guards like C.J. Watson, John Lucas III, D.J. Augustin and fellow Seattle native Nate Robinson, free agent Aaron Brooks could be next in line to fill the role of the next Bulls' instant-offense scorer off the bench, CSNChicago.com has learned. CSN Chicago

July 17, 2014 Updates

The Milwaukee Bucks have been mentioned as a team with interest in Bledsoe, and Sacramento and Houston, which recently traded away Jeremy Lin, could be in the market for a point guard. ESPN.com

 

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