This interview was conducted prior to the Daryl Morey presser when it became clear that Fisher most likely would never don a Rockets uniform.

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Assessing the deadline deals

In light of three months of rumor-filled speculation, today’s acquisitions of veterans Marcus Camby and Derek Fisher can only be described as disappointing and underwhelming.  Yet stepping away from that backdrop, this team today is much improved from the one that took the floor last night at Toyota Center.

In acquiring Marcus Camby, the Rockets have addressed their greatest weakness, adding a player who ranks amongst the tops in the league in rebounding and shot blocking per 48 minutes.  Often forced to play forward Luis Scola at center, coach Kevin McHale can now rest assured knowing he will have a rim protector at his disposal for all 48 minutes (Samuel Dalembert).  Jordan Hill, despite his energy and  activity on the glass, simply could not maintain the defensive focus necessary to help a team with playoff aspirations.  The veteran Camby is a massive upgrade.

Sitting now at 8th, the Rockets have a nucleus which should ensure a playoff berth this season and very well could shock a top-seeded team in a series.  The neutral reports I’ve seen of this trade now rate the Rockets as rather dangerous, with a solid interior quartet of Scola, Dalembert, Patterson, and Camby.  There is no star on this roster, but after today, there really are no holes.  After some of the rumors and reports about this group, McHale must be beyond thrilled to be adding the 37-year-old to his lockerroom, heading into April.

At that cost, while not sacrificing financial flexibility, this was a very good move by Daryl Morey.

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Houston Rockets acquire Derek Fisher

The Los Angeles Lakers have traded veteran guard Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Jordan Hill, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Rockets also will receive the 2012 first-round pick the Lakers acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in the Lamar Odom trade.

via Lakers trade Derek Fisher to Rockets – NBA – Yahoo! Sports.

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The Houston Rockets have agreed to terms on a deal to acquire veteran center Marcus Camby from the Portland Trail Blazers, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

The deal that has been submitted to the league office for approval, sources said, calls for Houston to send guard Jonny Flynn, center Hasheem Thabeet and a future second-round pick to the Blazers for Camby, who has maintained an offseason residence in Houston for some time and has always liked the idea of playing for the Rockets.

via Houston Rockets have deal to acquire Marcus Camby, sources say – ESPN.

I like this deal a lot.  Camby leads the league in rebounds per 48 minutes and is a massive upgrade to our bench.  I’ll have a full writeup later today with my thoughts once all the deals are in.

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The latest on Dwight, trades

For those of you just getting into work, Dwight Howard apparently has shifted course once more, telling RealGM in an exclusive interview that he plans to opt-in.  This has just been beyond bizarre and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the story take yet another turn in the next ten hours.  But for now, Howard is staying with the Magic and the Rockets will turn to their other options.  As the saga develops, the whole situation reeks to me of a man conflicted by emotions of greed and loyalty with matters made more complicated by other parties within the inner ranks.  I also don’t think Dwight fully understood the financial/legal ramifications of various potential routes of action.

Jonathan Feigen’s latest this morning is filled with various nuggets of information, chiefly that the Rockets are certain to make a deal.

Among the highlights:

The Magic, however, had not shown much interest in the Rockets’ roster. The Rockets have been among the most aggressive teams in trying to work a deal, but the Magic have generally looked the other way.

The Rockets have insisted they would not move Lowry even in a deal for Pau Gasol, their preseason target. One front office executive said he believed the Rockets would make that deal, arguing that they had to hold out something to offer at the last minute and Lowry is the only way to up the ante.

With Martin’s contract expiring next season, the Rockets believe they would be best served to get him going again, at least to some degree, and they have handled negotiations that way for weeks.

There was expected to be more talk about Lee and Martin today than anyone on the roster, with much of that heating up on Tuesday. The Bulls and Clippers have sought a shooting guard. Rick Adelman’s Timberwolves would love Martin, but will likely wait for him to become a free agent.

The Rockets still want to upgrade inside and went hard after Andrew Bogut, but their inability to close that deal might show an unwillingness to move Martin, and maybe Lee.

Goran Dragic seemed the most likely player to be moved in a deal like last season’s.

Finally, via Adrian Wojnarowski, with the news on Howard, the Nets now have turned to efforts to surround Deron Williams with talent.

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