Houston Rockets Rumors
As reported by Gigantes del Basket, Spanish powerhouse Barcelona is interested in bringing back Pablo Prigioni to Spain. The point-guard, recently waived by the Rockets, could be the right addition for the team, considering that they have lost Pau Ribas. Prigioni is considering the proposal and will take time to make a decision.
Bogut believed the Mavs were the better fit for him, saying he wanted to go to a team where he might be able to stay long term as he entered his contract year. “I’m not saying Houston has a bad culture by any means, but my agent has a familiarity here,” said Bogut, whose agent, David Bauman, represented Peja Stojakovic, among others. “I’ve known a lot of players that have been pretty happy here when they were here. Richard Jefferson was one of them. And then the city — I like the city, so it all made sense. Rick Carlisle is also one of the best coaches in the league. He knows how to get the best out of his players. He’s very, very smart and makes great adjustments. He’s a guy you want to play for. Obviously, [Mark] D’Antoni is a pretty good coach, too, but probably not suited for my style of play. I would have probably had to drop about 20 pounds to play in his system. They play a tough system, get up and down the court.”
Bogut said on media day that he would have forced a buyout if the Warriors would have traded him to a team he did not approve. He clarified Friday that he was not referring to the Rockets. “That was a different team, not Houston,” Bogut said, acknowledging that the Philadelphia 76ers were the other team that engaged the Warriors in serious trade talks. “I’m not saying I would have forced a buyout. It would have been an option.”
No, I see no indication they are interested in Jameer Nelson, the 35-year-old point guard for the Denver Nuggets. Keep an eye on Houston’s Patrick Beverley, who’s currently out after minor knee surgery.
Harden loved passing this preseason so much that D’Antoni expressed some concern about him not being aggressive enough with his own shooting. Still, D’Antoni foresees a transformation ahead for Harden. “Hopefully, he’ll double his number of assists, and he had seven or eight [7.5] last year,” D’Antoni said. “I hope he can average double that. He’s one of the best passers I’ve been around.”