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January 9, 2015 Updates

A team source says the Rockets have yet to talk with the Nets about Williams, and constructing a potential deal is close to impossible. Even if the Rockets were interested, they simply don’t have the right assets to take on Williams’s contract under the collective bargaining agreement; two of their above-minimum players (Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved) can’t be traded in combination with another player. Secondly, the contract that would fit best to help make salaries match is Trevor Ariza’s, who is making $8.6 million in the first of a four-year deal, and the Nets have balked at adding salary beyond this or next season. The Brooklyn Game

Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report: Daryl Morey, no doubt, is burning up the phones, and the expectation is that he’s going to go hot and heavy after a point guard. They love Patrick Beverley, but ideally, he is the third guard in that rotation. And to give an indication of just how aggressive they might be, sources around the league are saying don’t count Deron Williams out from the Brooklyn Nets, even though he has that fat contract and right now has a rib injury Far more likely is that they go back to a guy that they already know – Goran Dragic, who is in a crowded backcourt with the Phoenix Suns and could be got with that New Orleans No. 1 pick that the Rockets have right now. NBCSports.com

Rockets coach Kevin McHale could offer little insight about how he felt with the rotation now that he has Josh Smith coming off the bench, usually checking in for Dwight Howard. That was because McHale said the move was not made based on his preference, but for Smith’s. “The biggest thing is about getting him comfortable,” McHale said before the Rockets faced the Knicks on Thursday, Smith’s ninth game since signing with the Rockets. “You can’t play basketball when you’re thinking and funky. He has to get where he’s comfortable. He felt more comfortable with that second team. “I didn’t know Josh. Really, honestly, he’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed him. He has a high basketball IQ, talking to him. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. I’ve sat him down and said, “Ok, are you more comfortable coming off the bench? Are you more comfortable starting? Where are you at, because this is about you being comfortable, not me being comfortable?’ I just sit … over on that bench. I don’t have to be comfortable.” Houston Chronicle

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The Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry and the Houston Rockets' James Harden on Monday were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December. Lowry ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference in scoring (22.3 ppg) and second assists (8.9 apg), as the Raptors went 11-4 to remain comfortably atop the Atlantic Division. He posted six point-assist double-doubles, the third most in the NBA in December. He scored at least 30 points in three contests, and averaged 25.8 points in nine road games. He was named the Eastern Conference's Player of the Week after averaging 29.3 points and 8.7 assists over three games from Dec. 1-7. He also scored a career-high 39 points in a 123-104 win at Utah on Dec. 3. NBA.com

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