Houston Rockets Rumors
Salman Ali: Mike D’Antoni’s agent Warren LeGarie on possible extension before the season (@Sirius XM NBA): “It’s not even something we’re even considering right now. Obviously the dynamics of the team have changed… We’re just happy to go into the season and see how things play out.”
Westbrook to the Big Apple? From what I was told, the Knicks never had interest in trading for Russell Westbrook when he became available. Yes, the Knicks missed out on big stars in free agency and had a few PR snafus. But they remained true to their word and were focused on their rebuild without giving up assets. They signed free agents to reasonable deals that still give them salary cap flexibility in 2020 and 2021.
Jonathan Feigen: Mike D’Antoni was effusive in his praise for Chris Paul. “I want to thank Chris and what he did for the organization and for me personally. He’s going to be sorely missed. At the same time, I’m excited about working with Westbrook and seeing what we can do.”
Mark Berman: When asked about Russell Westbrook the first thing Mike D’Antoni wanted to talk about was Chris Paul: “Chris Paul gave me some of my best years of coaching. Enjoyed every second of it. Can only thank him for all he did for Houston and what he does for the NBA every year.”
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni on Russell Westbrook: “Russell,obviously,we’re getting another great NBA player. To get a great NBA player u got to lose a great NBA player.Looking forward to being reunited w/him b/c we were together at the Olympics&looking forward to having some great years w/him”
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni on landing Russell Westbrook: “I think we’re gonna be, as we were and still are, one of the favorites in the West, if not the favorite. We’re going to go have a great year. I’m excited as heck.”
Jonathan Feigen: Thunder GM Sam Presti, in the statement on Chris Paul: “Getting a player of Chris’ caliber gives us another experienced playmaker and leader, while the additional draft picks continue to allow us to further commit to the long-term vision that we are embarking on for the Thunder.”