Again, tanking revisited

So many thoughts right now.  So many thoughts.  I don’t even know where to begin, from losing Chuck Hayes, to New Orleans actually wanting this deal, to Rockets fans actually thinking we were giving up too much.  So many thoughts, and this comes at the most inopportune of times as I actually have another final exam in less than 24 hours.  But I promise you, at the drop of a bell at noon this Wednesday, I will type like no man has ever typed before, recounting the strange, curious events of last week.  If anyone still cares at this point.

Where do the Houston Rockets even go from here?  Their free agency blueprints are destroyed and they’re stuck with an unhappy Kevin Martin.  (I think Luis Scola will be fine.)  Like that, they went from mere moments away from the league’s best frontcourt to hoping Hasheem Thabeet has a pulse.

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Gasol/CP3 trade off; Lakers pull out

In a shocking development, the 3-team trade has fallen apart with the Lakers pulling out, turning their attention towards Dwight Howard.

This is an absolute disaster for the Rockets who now, after having gone all in, are left with some pissed off players.  The dream of a Gasol/Nene frontcourt is now gone and we’re back to the drawing board.

Worst of all is that Les won’t let this team tank.

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Rank these frontcourt duos:

*Gasol/Nene

*Gasol/Randolph

*Amare/Chandler

*Dirk/whoever they end up getting

*Dwight/whoever

Rank these combos!  Go!

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OH NOES DON’T TAKE OUR KIDS!!!1 – A guide to the nation about Houston’s young players

Landing here from ESPN.com?  Not a Rockets fan but curious about Houston’s young players?  This article is a manual classifying Houston’s young players which should come as instructive to the casual NBA fan.Ed.

How’s that for a title?  I debated for a good ten minutes as to whether it’d be worth writing out this post and risking it becoming obsolete before I even got to hit publish.  But here goes anyways.  Too much to say over Twitter.

Yes, young players are being sent from Houston, contrary to the reports from a few hours ago.  I’d be doing it too if I were Stern.  (In fact I can’t believe that first manifestation of this looked like that.)  But noone knows who these “young players” are.  Never before has a group of 1,000 to 2,000 people sat painstakingly trying to decipher the meaning of that phrase.  Is it our good young players?  Is it our crappy young players?  Hell, they can have our young players  as long as its not our good ones.

This calls for a hierarchical classification of our young players.

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New Gasol trade submitted to league; huge sigh of relief – no further young players included

via ESPN’s Marc Stein:

Just filed to ESPN w/@Chris_Broussard: New trade framework of original three-team CP3 deal has been submitted to league office for approval

followed up by Woj:

In restructured 3 way deal, Houston still sending Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and 2012 picks to Hornets, sources say.
The structural changes in deal will come between Lakers and Hornets, source says.
I never realized how much I loved Patrick Patterson and Courtney Lee before we almost lost them.

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