The Houston Rockets are aggressively trying to make trades in conjunction with Thursday’s NBA draft to create the needed financial flexibility this summer to pursue a marquee free agent, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN on Wednesday that the Rockets have at least four top-tier free agents in their summer sights: Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and the LA Clippers duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
May 17, 2021 | 7:55 pm EDT Update
James Ham: According to a league source, Luke Walton will continue as head coach of the Sacramento Kings next season.
James Ham: Kings finished the season strong with a 9-7 record over the final 16 games, despite injury and illness.e\ Walton also has a strong working relationship with Kings GM Monte McNair and the front office.
Jason Anderson: Multiple sources now confirming Luke Walton will return to coach the Sacramento Kings next season. Walton told us he was confident he would return, but sources said he didn’t know for sure until today.
Sean Cunningham: And one more thing…. According to numerous sources I’ve spoken to over the course of the past couple of months, Luke Walton’s job also became much more safe when then Timberwolves hired Chris Finch.
James Ham: “I appreciate my working relationship with Monte and I am excited to continue on this journey. I understand that every aspect of our team must be better, and this offseason is the time to take that next step.” -Luke Walton to @NBCSAuthentic on returning for a third season
Kellan Olson: Chris Paul told Maria Taylor on ESPN+ that he has a few friends in town to spend some time with before the playoffs. Made me realize how cool these next few days must be for everyone in the league to see some family/friends after how crazy the regular season was.