Free Agency Rumors
The Rockets, according to sources, planned for most of the season to part with Howard in the summer. However, Houston management decided at the 11th hour to attempt to persuade Howard into exercising the player option for the final season of his contract, which would have paid him a salary of $23.2 million this season.
The Indiana Pacers announced Sunday they have waived 6-9 forward Jeremy Evans and 6-6 guard Julyan Stone. Evans played in two preseason games and did not score. Stone played in five games, scoring one point and averaging two rebounds per game.
Marks fully realizes that the Nets are likely a few years from competing. The team needs premium free agents. It needs its younger players to flourish. It needs Atkinson to implement a winning culture. “There’s a ton of people who would have loved this opportunity,” Marks said. “I’m fortunate enough to have it. I love the market that it’s in. I love the opportunity and the challenge. There’s no doubt it’s a huge challenge and I think everybody that has joined with me — we’re a partnership here. We want to see it turn around in Brooklyn. We’re going to push each other.”