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March 25, 2015 Updates

Alessandro Gentile's three-year contract with Olimpia Milano doesn't include an NBA out in 2015 and there's no buyout clause in his deal, source tells HoopsHype. A 53rd pick in the 2014 draft, Gentile is averaging 13.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.5 apg in the Euroleague this season. HoopsHype

“The fifth Italian in the NBA is going to be Alessandro Gentile. He will move to the Rockets this summer” said Hackett. Alessandro Gentile signed a contract extension with EA7 last summer and he was supposed to remain in Europe for two more years before moving overseas. But his plans seem different now and he is ready to join the Rockets in 2015. Sportando

The Houston Rockets are targeting Wednesday night's game in New Orleans as the return for center Dwight Howard. The Rockets, barring any late audibles, intend to bring Howard back from a 26-game absence in Wednesday's road game against the Pelicans and limit him to 20 minutes per game in the early stages of his return from season-long knee troubles. Howard officially is listed as questionable on the team's injury report. ESPN.com

March 24, 2015 Updates

Jenny Dial Creech: Pat Beverley is listed as out with a left wrist sprain. Coach McHale was hoping he would get some news soon on Beverley’s status. Twitter @jennydialcreech

Dwight Howard will play on Wednesday against New Orleans if “he’s feeling good,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. Howard said he was feeling good after a practice session in Indiana. So expect to see him in New Orleans after being out since Jan. 25 (26 games) with a knee problem. He missed another 12 games earlier in the season with other maladies (flu, ankle, knee). Houston is 25-13 with Howard on the bench. Houston Chronicle

Candace Buckner: #Pacers lose 110-100 and the final words Vogel has for officiating crew: "(Harden) had more free throws than our whole team." Then walks off Twitter @CandaceDBuckner

 

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