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September 23, 2014 Updates

Caldwell "Pops" Jones, who played six seasons in Philadelphia and helped the 76ers reach the NBA Finals in 1977, '80 and '82, died Sunday from a heart attack. He was 64. The 6-foot-11 center and forward averaged 7.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game over his 17-year pro career, which also included stints in the ABA and with the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. USA Today Sports

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Papanikolaou is expected to sign next week once his buyout makes its way through the FIBA approval process. Drafted by the Knicks in 2012, the Rockets acquired his rights in the space-clearing deal that sent Thomas Robinson to Portland in 2013. He is expected to compete for playing time off the bench, likely at small forward initially (though at 6-9, he could get time in the stretch four role Omri Casspi played last season). But the Rockets cite his room to grow as much as how far he has already come. Houston Chronicle

“Actually, what I was thinking was I didn’t want to be thinking like five years later that I had this opportunity and didn’t do it,” Papanikolaou said. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I didn’t want to miss it. I thought, ‘This is the time.’ I spoke with the GM (Daryl Morey). The coach himself (Kevin McHale) called me. That means a lot to a player. But I just didn’t want to be stupid and lose this opportunity to be here, to live this dream to go to the NBA.” Houston Chronicle

Houston Rockets star James Harden is really good at basketball, but he's apparently not a very good dancer. While hanging out with Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Harden learned the "Carlton Dance." Unfortunately, he struggled. For those who aren't familiar with it, here is Carlton dancing on the show, as always, to Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual." Bleacher Report

September 18, 2014 Updates

It should be noted that though I have no idea what other items would be on that list, there were two “interesting” things that happened around that time — the Rockets hired Howard’s former trainer with the Orlando Magic and they later added Dwight’s brother to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, though it was largely believed that he wasn’t a good enough prospect to make that jump. See JR Smith-Chris Smith for how nepotism package deals can work. Clutchfans

September 17, 2014 Updates

Sam Amick: Kings announce Houston trade that lands them Gee, Hopson & - last but not least - trade exception in exchange for Jason Terry & two 2nds. Exception, I'm told, worth $5.85 million and one of largest in the NBA. Third, perhaps, behind Minny's K. Love & Rox' Jeremy Lin exceptions? Twitter @sam_amick

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has acquired Jason Terry from the Sacramento Kings. In addition to the veteran guard, the Rockets will acquire Sacramento’s 2015 2nd round pick if it falls between 31 and 49, and New York’s 2016 unprotected 2nd round pick. In exchange, the Rockets will send forward Alonzo Gee and guard Scotty Hopson to the Kings. NBA.com

Alessandro Gentile spoke with Leggo about his future and the NBA. The captain of the “Men in Red” was selected by the Rockets in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. “NBA? I am not interested right now. I am happy in Milano. Maybe in the future I’ll go to the NBA. Maybe yes, maybe no” said Gentile. “I am just focused on improving my game” added Gentile. Sportando

September 16, 2014 Updates

The driver's licence of Houston Rockets eight-time All-Star centre Dwight Howard has been suspended in Florida for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show. Howard, who played for the NBA's Orlando Magic from 2004 to 2012, racked up 10 tickets for running red lights while in the Orlando area. He also has on his Orlando court record four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one for failing to change his address on his license, all civil traffic infractions. The 28-year-old, five-time NBA rebounding leader resolved all the traffic cases except for the last, a $285 fine for running a red light in April in Winter Park, Florida. Court records show his license has been suspended since at least Aug. 15. Toronto Sun

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