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.
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.
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.”
The Houston Rockets are actively looking to trade veteran power forward Luis Scola, according to league sources.
Although a specific trade partner for Houston has not yet emerged, sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets — stocked with big forwards after coming away with Royce White and Terrence Jones in the NBA draft — are working to find a new home for Scola.
Veteran guards Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin have also been made available in various trade scenarios by the Rockets as they continue to stockpile young assets as part of their well-chronicled intent to pursue Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard or another franchise player in trade scenarios.
The Los Angeles Clippers acquired Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks as part of a four-team trade also involving the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.
The Clippers sent point guard Mo Williams to the Jazz and the draft rights to Furkan Aldemir, the Clippers’ second round selection (53rd overall) in the 2012 NBA Draft to Houston while the Jazz conveyed the draft rights of Tadija Dragicevic, Utah’s second round pick (53rd overall) in the 2008 NBA Draft to Dallas.
To complete the trade, Dallas sent the draft rights of Shan Foster, the Mavericks’ second round selection (51st overall) in the 2008 NBA Draft to the Jazz with Houston sending cash considerations to Dallas.
Continuing to improve their draft assets, the Houston Rockets have traded the No. 14 pick and Samuel Dalembert to the Milwaukee Bucks for the 12th selection, Shaun Livingston, Jon Leuer and Jon Brockman.
The Rockets already had acquired the No. 18 pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Chase Budinger and the draft rights to Lior Eliyahu.
Sources have told ESPN.com‘s Marc Stein that the Rockets are hoping to acquire enough assets to entice the Magic to trade Dwight Howard to them.
The Thunder, Bulls and Heat are three teams that could end up signing Derek Fisher once he clears waivers.
Oklahoma City are looking to add point guard depth behind Russell Westbrook due to the season-ending injury to Eric Maynor. Fisher has interest in joining Chicago or Heat where he would be able to compete for a title.
The Clippers, according to sources, are not likely to pursue Fisher.
The Los Angeles Lakers traded longtime point guard Derek Fisher after acquiring Ramon Sessions earlier in the day, according to sources.
Fisher, who has spent 13 of his 16 NBA seasons with the Lakers, was dealt to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher.
The Lakers will also send a first-round pick, which was previously acquired from Dallas, in this year’s draft.
Kyle Lowry has been diagnosed with a bacterial infection after complaining of fever and abdominal distress and has been hospitalized in New York since Thursday.
Lowry will be administered antibiotic treatment for the infection and is expected out from two to four weeks.
“It’s tough, it’s tough,” forward Chase Budinger said.
“He’s definitely our leader and our go-to player on the team. Missing him for the next month or so is going to hurt us very much. The rest of us have to really step up because it’s a big hole to fill.”
According to sources, the Rockets still are interested in acquiring Pau Gasol and they would likely be willing to trade Kevin Martin and Luis Scola for the Spaniard.
But the Lakers are unlikely to move Gasol without acquiring a point guard back in return and Houston is not interested in trading Kyle Lowry.
The Houston Rockets have reached terms on a new contract with free-agent center Samuel Dalembert, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal worth $13.7 million — $7 million this season and $6.7 million in 2012-13. But the Rockets have a team option for the second season that would allow them to buy out of the contract for a fee of $1.5 million.
Dalembert told Fox Sports Florida on Tuesday night that he was on the verge of re-signing with the Sacramento Kings, but the Kings issued a news release Wednesday afternoon saying they had withdrawn their offer to Dalembert.