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@  rocketrick : (18 July 2018 - 03:40 PM) Terrible deal for Toronto IMO. Still, they needed to do something diiferent after firing the NBA Coach of the Year Casey and being demolished for the 3rd time in 3 years by Cleveland.
@  Mario Peña : (18 July 2018 - 01:35 PM) Thank the basketball gods that Leonard is out of the West. That’s a handful of less nights Beard and co. have to face his defense.
@  rocketrick : (12 July 2018 - 03:49 PM) I seriously doubt OKC will stretch Carmelo as that keeps them in the Luxury Tax going forward. Bite the bullet this year, then things begin to improve for OKC regarding Salary Cap next season and beyond.,,,, OKC will waive Carmelo, that is all but a given at this point. Deadline to do so is August 31 so they may try to play it out for awhile yet....
@  DenverRocket : (11 July 2018 - 10:15 PM) James Ennis 2 years according to Shams
@  rocketrick : (10 July 2018 - 06:57 PM) Only reasonable choice is that OKC waives Carmelo straight out. Then OKC saves over $100 million in luxury tax and salary. Again, I feign cluelessness
@  rocketrick : (10 July 2018 - 06:52 PM) It is only MONEY just like Pink Floyd back in the day. Anyway, the NBAPA states the obvious. If the Rockets pay Carmelo the minimum, OKC substracts that amount from their contract due him this year dollar for dollar. Why in the Hell would anybody pay Carmelo above the Vet min8mum because OKC absolutely 100% cover the difference no matter what...
@  rocketrick : (10 July 2018 - 05:03 PM) The Warriors chose to put Capela on the free throw line in the 4th quarter of Game 7 last month. 2-4 I think, maybe 1-4 I can't remember for sure
@  rocketrick : (10 July 2018 - 04:59 PM) Rockets have reportedly offered Capela $58 million for 4 years. Max per the NBAPA is like $80 million. Alternatively, Capela could accept like the $3.7 million qualifying offer for 2018-2019 and become Unrstricted after next season.
@  Mario Peña : (10 July 2018 - 02:56 AM) I’m pretty sure I’ll be in the minority but I think Melo could work.
@  thejohnnygold : (09 July 2018 - 11:01 PM) I wish LA had signed Melo instead :(
@  DenverRocket : (09 July 2018 - 10:49 PM) Mbah a Moute has apparently signed a one year 4.3m contract with the Clippers
@  rocketrick : (07 July 2018 - 05:02 PM) Remember the name Trevon Duval. I have no doubt Trevon is on the Rockets roster going forward. Once he figures out an outside shot....watch out!
@  rocketrick : (07 July 2018 - 04:52 PM) World Cup is getting interesting.... Russia (assuming they defeat Croatia) vs. England, France and Belgium...I digress.....
@  rocketrick : (07 July 2018 - 04:33 PM) I meant to say last year's version of Gerald Green who only saw like 10-12 minutes a game in the 2018 playoffs. Can Coach Bzdelik with more time impact Gerald Green on the defensive end moving forward?
@  rocketrick : (07 July 2018 - 04:30 PM) I agree with Cooper on MCW. We just have to remind ourselves he is making the minimum. Similar to Gerald Green. If Gerald Green can buckle down on Defense, he could be a real asset this season going forward....
@  Cooper : (07 July 2018 - 03:02 AM) Id be shocked if MCW sees non garbage time playoff minutes.
@  Mario Peña : (04 July 2018 - 01:50 PM) I think I’m starting to realize that maybe we overvalued Ariza and he was a weakness offensively. Williams could be a good counter to Livingston and Swaggy in those 2nd and 3rd string lineups plus he’s another defender to throw at Curry. The Rocket strategy is relatively effective versus Curry and maybe Williams can help.
@  DenverRocket : (04 July 2018 - 03:45 AM) Good switching defender as Mario mentions and we need a back-up guard to spot the main three. At the low price, it's surely a no brainer?
@  thejohnnygold : (03 July 2018 - 06:50 PM) I don't get it either... :(
@  Mario Peña : (03 July 2018 - 06:49 PM) Looks like he’s had a couple years where he has shot solidly from the corners (36% and one year 39%) and maybe Morey projects him to be a good switching defender. That’s all I can see at a quick glance.


Thought exercise-CP3 and Hayward

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 02:35 AM

Could the Rockets really get Gordon Hayward and Chris Paul? 

Yes,but it won't leave much.

(BTW,I believe the CP3 rumors of him leaving are to put pressure on Clips to get Carmelo.)


Get Hayward first as a Free Agent,requires @ $30mil of Cap Space.

As roster stands,they have @ $5.7mil in Cap.

1) trade Montrezl for Sac's #34 and part of their Trade Exception.

2) renounce rights,decline contracts for B Brown,K Wiljer,T Williams,I Taylor

3) between July 1 and July 7 trade Anderson to team w/Cap Space w/2018 First as price to pay for a Second Rd pick.(Hint,Philly needs shooters and has a ton of space.)

With Nene's Cap Hold and the 1 roster Cap Hold,this gives the Rockets a hair over $30mil,the amount needed to sign Hayward.

Sign Hayward


For Chris Paul,a sign-n-trade is required. Since he can sign for $35mil,the Rockets need to come w/in $5mil of that.

Ariza,Bev,Gordon,Lou Williams.

Clips get a SG who's younger and cheaper than Reddick,their first pro grade SF in ages and let Bev and Rivers fight it out for starting,back-up PG. Lou is easily tradeable.


What's left?



Capped out w/only the Seconds,minimums and Vet mins to fill out roster.

Note that while Harden,Capella,Dekker,Onuaku,Paul and Hayward comes out to @ $98.7mil in salaries and the Cap is @ $102mil,the NBA charges Roster Cap holds of @ $562,000 if the roster doesn't have some combo of 10 players under contracts,First Rd picks or player Cap Hold. Renouncing Nene's cap hold would allow the Rockets to keep Taylor and Williams-or Wiljer,but w/2 Cap Holds at @ $1.1mil,the Rockets would be over Cap.

Renouncing Nene along w/the 4 young'uns would still leave the Rockets at @ $101mil.


Conclusion,doable but not realistic. 1 yes,not both.

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