Houston Rockets pursuing Marc Gasol

@WojYahooNBA: Houston’s close to signing Marc Gasol to max-contract offer sheet, working a sign-and-trade with Memphis to secure him, league sources say.

Wow.  Talk about a contingency plan!

UPDATE:

@WojYahooNBA: Memphis is probably inclined to match the sheet, but if not, they can work a sign-and-trade with Rockets to get something for Gasol.

UPDATE: I’d be shocked if Memphis doesn’t match this offer.

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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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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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