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Rockets Prepared for Blockbuster Trade

Daryl Morey has positioned the Rockets for a blockbuster move after amnestying Luis Scola and selecting Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones with the Nos. 12, 16 and 18 picks of last month’s draft.

Daryl Morey

Daryl Morey

Beyond Lamb, White and Jones, the Rockets could use a combination of 2011 draft picks Marcus Morris, Donatas Motiejunas and Chandler Parsons in a potential trade for Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum.

“It’s very similar to what Boston did,” Morey said in reference to the Celtics’ 2008 trade for Kevin Garnett. “Hopefully, it will yield the same result.”

Houston is likely to have at least one lottery pick next summer, and could have another from Toronto as well.

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Seven Teams Have Never Paid Luxury Tax

There are seven NBA teams that have never had a luxury tax payment since it came into existence with the 1999 collective bargaining agreement.

James Harden, Serge Ibaka

James Harden, Serge Ibaka

The Bulls, Warriors, Clippers, Wizards, Bobcats, Hornets and Sonics/Thunder have always been on the receiving end of tax distributions.

While the Clippers, Wizards and Hornets have taken on salary during the 2012 offseason and the Thunder face tax issues if James Harden and Serge Ibaka are signed to new deals, the Bulls and Warriors continue to be tax conscious in their decision-making.

Golden State has just one playoff appearance over that stretch.

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Andrei Kirilenko to Minnesota Timberwolves?

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko

A multi-team deal has emerged that could serve to clear cap space for Andrei Kirilenko to return to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kirilenko has spent the last two years in Europe playing for CSKA Moscow where he was named the 2012 Euroleague MVP.

The potential deal comes amid reports that the Timberwolves are interested in signing the 31-year-old Kirilenko.

In the deal, the Phoenix Suns would send Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to New Orleans, and the Suns would get Wesley Johnson and a future first-round pick from Minnesota. The source said New Orleans would trade Brad Miller to the Suns. It is unclear what Minnesota would get from the deal.

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Amen to New York Knicks by Kirk McMurray

Raymond Felton getting in the best shape of his life.

Kidd avoiding light poles.

JR continuing to defend and knowing when to pull the trigger (and when NOT to).

Shump getting healthy.

Melo learning to share the ball, consistently defend and rebound, and sticking that pull-up jumper every time.

Novak getting enough space to nail three after three after three.

White surprising us.

Amar’e developing some low post moves, hitting that jumper, and regaining his bounce.

Chandler just being Chandler, with an extra low post move here and there.

Camby just being Camby.

Thomas leading from the bench.

The Knicks nabbing another big man who can contribute and another shooter!

If you would like to connect with Kirk, you can find him on Twitter – @mcmurrak

Lakers to Trade for Dwight Howard without Extension Assurance

While the Los Angeles Lakers continued to engage the Orlando Magic in discussions to acquire All-Star center Dwight Howard, there was no face-to-face meeting between Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan on Tuesday, a league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

The Lakers remain committed to pursuing Howard even without assurances he would sign a long-term extension with the club. What is unclear to both sides is whether Orlando would accept Andrew Bynum without assurances he would sign a long-term extension.

If a Howard trade is not feasible, the Lakers would quickly turn their attention to resuming extension talks with Bynum and re-signing forward Jordan Hill. If Bynum agrees to an extension, it would start the clock on a deal for Howard in much the same way Brooklyn’s extension with Brook Lopez did.

Jeremy Lin Preferred to Stay with Knicks

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin is now a member of the Rockets, but admitted that he would have preferred to remain with the Knicks.

“Honestly, I preferred New York,” Lin says.

“But my main goal in free agency was to go to a team that had plans for me and wanted me. I wanted to have fun playing basketball. … Now I’m definitely relieved.”

Lin received a call from Glen Grunwald at 11 PM EST to inform him that the Knicks wouldn’t match his offer sheet with Houston.

“We wanted to keep you, but it couldn’t work out,” said Grunwald. “Tell your family I say hello, and good luck the rest of the way.”

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O.J. Mayo Signs with Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks and shooting guard O.J. Mayo have agreed to a multiyear deal, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

O.J. Mayo

O.J. Mayo

Mayo, 24, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 15.2 points a game. He is set to join a radically revamped Mavs roster around Dirk Nowitzki that includes center Chris Kaman, forward Elton Brand, shooting guard Dahntay Jones and point guard Darren Collison, all added in the last five days.

The third overall pick in the 2008 draft broke the news on his Twitter account, saying, “I will be signing with dallas! #Mavsnation.”

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Aaron Brooks Signs with Sacramento Kings

Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks

The Kings have signed Aaron Brooks to a two-year, $6.6 million deal. The second option is a player option.

Brooks played last season in China.

Sacramento waived Hassan Whiteside to create room for Brooks.

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Blake Griffin Injures Knee at Team USA Scrimmage

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin injured his knee during Team USA’s Wednesday scrimmage and is returning to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctors.

Anthony Davis has been asked to return immediately to Las Vegas for training camp.

Griffin reportedly ‘twisted’ his knee and the extent of the injury is unclear.

Griffin will undergo an MRI as soon as possible.

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Video: Carmelo Anthony Helps Blake Griffin with Jump Shot

Professor Carmelo Anthony gives Blake Griffin pointers on how to incorporate a step-back and pull-up jumper into his game during a USAB practice in Las Vegas.

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