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October 7, 2014 Updates

In one of his first interviews after Houston elected not to match the Mavericks' offer sheet to Parsons, Morey told SportsTalk 790 AM in Houston: "That structure of that [contract] is literally one of the most untradeable structures that I've ever seen." The wrinkle that made it so: Parsons signed a tricky three-year deal with the Mavs, with an option to return to free agency after Year 2, as opposed to the four-year offer sheet Dallas, or any other external suitor, could have lavished on him. Quite a difference that one year made. Parsons and his agent, Dan Fegan, were convinced they'd receive a meaty offer sheet as early as July 1 or, by the latest, July 5. But the four-year pitches being presented in those early days of free agency were all coming in well shy of max territory, thanks to Houston's effective campaign to convince the outside world the Rockets were going to match whatever came their way. ESPN.com

About a week into the process, Fegan decided it was time to try to propose something different. And that led him to the three-year construction, featuring the Year 2 player option and a maximum 15 percent trade kicker. He then took to it Cuban, convinced that the new formula would put the most pressure on Houston to let Parsons go if the Rockets hoped to maintain the utmost flexibility. For the following reasons: Players in the first year of a matched offer sheet can't be traded without their consent. With the ability to become a free agent after the second year, Parsons would likely have diminished trade value to small-market teams fearful he'd simply leave at the first opportunity ... while also potentially dissuading big-market teams that prize flexibility from trading for him and then seeing Parsons decide to opt in for the third year. The trade kicker in this contract could also prove to be even more expensive than usual, were Parsons to be dealt, if the salary cap rises as dramatically as some are projecting thanks to the TV money expected to pour into the league in the near future, as ESPN.com's Larry Coon explains in greater detail here. And in the Rockets' case specifically, Parsons' possession of an option to become a free agent in July 2016 meant he and Howard would likely be returning to the open market at the same time, which figured to be uncomfortable for Houston. ESPN.com

"It created the most amount of problems for them," Cuban said. "The trade kicker not only made [the contract] more expensive, but the opt out [after Year 2] could create a Kevin Love-type situation for any teams interested in trading for him, where you don't know if he's gonna opt in or opt out." The impact this three-year pact and its various complications had on Parsons' fate has some league observers wondering now if shorter contract offers from big-market teams to future restricted free agents, such as the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard and Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio if they make it to the open market next July, will become more commonplace. "The contract structure was extremely creative," Cavs general manager David Griffin said. "I think it will be a significant moment in the way restricted free agency discussions are handled in the future." Said Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace: "The concept of a short-term offer sheet is intriguing and could be the wave of the future. With the reduction in the decision time to match reduced to three days, the team who writes an offer sheet is only out of action for a short period of time. [So] there is no downside. If the sheet is not matched, you have your player, and if it is matched, then the player will be back on the market soon, which increases the pool of players in free agency two or three years down the road." ESPN.com

Cuban, mind you, insists that those expecting fisticuffs, or anything close, would have been disappointed anyway. Says Cuban: "Is it competitive? Yes. Do I hate Daryl? No. I have a lot of respect for Daryl. Daryl's not one to hate at all. That's not his mode. He's very, very logical. "Daryl Morey is the Spock of the NBA. I didn't originate that; someone else told me that. He's the Spock of the NBA because he's talking about logic all the time." ESPN.com

Cuban likewise hasn't forgotten how Morey took the step of letting Parsons and the Mavs know, on the afternoon of July 13, the Rockets wouldn't be matching, when he could have dragged the drama out for several more hours. "Because Daryl's a good guy," Cuban said when asked why he thinks Morey didn't keep everyone waiting. "Because he's not a jerk." "Whether we won or lost the deal for Dwight Howard, it was a logical thing for him to call about Dirk," Cuban says now. "I took it as taunting initially, but the more I thought about it, it was the logical move to make. And when you're logical, it's hard to have animosity." ESPN.com

October 6, 2014 Updates

McHale said he would also continue to give guard James Harden rest throughout the preseason, since Harden played the summer with Team USA. Harden did have a fall in practice on Friday, but was back on the floor Saturday and Sunday and said he was fine. “We have been giving him time on and off,” McHale said. “He worked hard all summer and we want to make sure he gets enough rest before the regular season.” Houston Chronicle

Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that he plans to play “a bunch of guys” in the upcoming exhibition games. The Rockets play two games this week, starting Tuesday night in Dallas. One player that won’t be participating this week is Jason Terry. The guard, who hasn’t been able to go through a full practice due to a pulled hamstring, said he will be sitting out one more week. “I am a guy who wants to get out and go,” Terry said. “(The training staff) is holding me back a little and strengthening the leg, getting me in condition before I go out and get after it. I have another week of slow progression but then I should be ready to go next weekend.” Houston Chronicle

October 5, 2014 Updates

Rockets rookie Clint Capela has been unable to practice this week because of a groin injury. After a film session Saturday morning, he said he wasn’t sure when he would be able to return. He did say that the recovery was coming along well and that the plan he is on now will take six weeks. Houston Chronicle

October 4, 2014 Updates

Around the Rockets, they'll tell you: Howard was deferential to Harden a year ago. Howard eased his way into the franchise, never trying to cramp Harden on offense, never chastising him much for his absentee defense. Harden has promised to make a greater commitment on that end, and only time will tell. Together, they'll make the Rockets a contender – or they won't. Yahoo! Sports

Heading into his second season with of all of 22 NBA games under his belt, Isaiah Canaan had no quarrel with giving up his number to Trevor Ariza, who had worn No. 1 in half of his 10 NBA seasons, including his one previous season with the Rockets. But Canaan has been around long enough to know there could be some reward coming his way for his understanding. "I mess with him from time to time," Canaan said. "Maybe he'll come through for me throughout the year. He can have it. He wore it when he was here. It's a veteran thing. I understand. But ask him about it." Houston Chronicle

Howard returned a different physical specimen, his old Orlando Magic self – only maybe better with the benefit of trial and error, the benefit of learning hard lessons. If the Los Angeles bridge between Orlando and Houston had been unpleasant for Howard, he'll never consider it unproductive. "I probably should've waited longer," Howard told Yahoo Sports, "but I don't regret playing right away. I wish the information could've come across to the world about how hurt I really was, how serious the back injury was, but I never thought it really did. "The good thing about it, I didn't develop any other major injuries. The torn labrum eventually healed itself. But coming back early from the back, I believed it helped me out in the long run. It made me really develop a thicker skin, going through all the things that I went through because of the injury. Yahoo! Sports

October 3, 2014 Updates
October 2, 2014 Updates

Rookie Clint Capela not only is the one Rockets player with no NBA experience, even in Summer League, he also has missed the week with a groin injury. The Rockets have not given a timetable for when he could begin workouts. “He’s got a groin pull and I’ve seen him work on that foam roller on his back,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “Every once in a while he moves over and does the thigh foam roller, so he’s kind of doing the Jane Fonda workout. I haven’t seen him on the floor yet. But I’m sure it’s been strenuous.” Houston Chronicle

October 1, 2014 Updates

Jenny Dial Creech: Pat Beverley and Kostas Papanikolaou played together in Greece - Pat said it was great to have him back on the same team. Beverley: "Me and Kostas were in Greece riding the bench together and now we are in the NBA battling together." Twitter @jennydialcreech

 

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