Emiliano Carchia: Chinese star & former Rockets forward Zhou Qi has hired European agent, Tadas Bulotas, with the goal to play Europe next season, I am told. Qi, who has played 19 games for Houston, is drawing interest from top European teams and he’s turning down offers to return to China
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Zhou Qi has decided to join Chinese team Liaoning, but he won’t able to play this season.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets waived center Zhou Qi today. Writing was on the wall when they moved him to probable yesterday. Had been out with sprained ankle. Players waived while hurt are still paid. He had a non-guaranteed contract. Well behind Hartenstein as a prospect. @Shams Charania 1st on move.
Alykhan Bijani: Zhou Qi getting waived has nothing to do with Carmelo Anthony and his situation, per source. #Rockets still working on finding a solution on Melo, including possible trades or outright waiving him.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Houston Rockets have waived Chinese center Zhou Qi.
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July 18, 2019 | 7:50 am EDT Update
Shane Larkin has informed Anadolu Efes that he’s going to stay with the team in 2019-20 by signing a lucrative 1+1 deal according to Eurohoops sources.
Boston recently signed Fall to an Exhibit 10 contract, which essentially means he would receive a $50,000 bonus if he agrees to join the Celtics’ G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, if he is waived after training camp. But since summer league, fans have been clamoring for Fall to be added to the Celtics’ 15-man roster, and when Guerschon Yabusele was waived last week, there was suddenly an open spot. On Wednesday, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was asked about Fall’s standing. “We want to take his development very, very seriously,” Ainge said. “He’s a high priority for us to try to really develop into a player.”
“Tacko is fun to watch,” he said. “He makes me laugh. Some of the plays he makes are hilarious, because you just don’t see them. Guards get in a bind and they just throw the ball up in the air, then Tacko grabs them and makes tip-toe dunks from under the basket. It’s just like a senior in high school playing against fourth graders sometimes out there. He’s a great kid. He’s working really hard.”
Crvena Zvezda center Ognjen Kuzmic is planned to be slowly awakened from the medically induced coma he’s been since he sustained head and chest injuries in a car accident Sunday (14/7), the Serbian club announced.
July 18, 2019 | 3:25 am EDT Update
Barry Jackson: Next significant event for Heat could be re-engaging with Wizards if Beal rejects three year, 111 M extension he’s eligible to sign after July 26. For now, Wizards have rejected all trade overtures on Beal, a potential 2021 free agent
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the team, league sources tell ESPN.
Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the season with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.