Rafael Stone Rumors
Mark Berman: #Rockets GM @RafaelStone12 on decision to waive DeMarcus Cousins (@DeMarcus Cousins): “DeMarcus worked really, really hard for us and we’re very appreciative.We’ve been talking to him about this for a little while. The timing we think is good for him to best explore opportunities..” pic.twitter.com/lkeSV4MSJw
But when asked if he would have done anything differently, Harden said, “No,” adding that the Rockets front office knew of his desires early on. Still, he noted, “I did what I had to do to get where I wanted to go.” and that was Brooklyn. “Credit to Houston. They didn’t have to trade me to Brooklyn. They could have traded me anywhere,” he added, calling the Rockets front office, “stand-up guys.”
Emiliano Carchia: Hearing that the Houston Rockets are looking to add an additional Assistant GM-type position to their front office under Rafael Stone
People around the league wonder what Rockets general manager Rafael Stone will do next following the Harden blockbuster. As I reported last week, Victor Oladipo, an impending free agent, has eyes for Miami. Could the Heat, or another team looking to contend—such as the Nuggets or Celtics—try to acquire him? And how about P.J. Tucker? Numerous teams have already inquired about the stout versatile defender, and league sources say Houston is currently demanding three second-round draft picks for the upcoming unrestricted free agent.
Alykhan Bijani: I asked Rafael Stone: Does the occurrence in recent years of players moving teams with multiple years left on their contract change the calculus or affect roster construction as a GM? “The publicity around it and the public perception has changed more than the reality.” pic.twitter.com/HSaKKYwFMn