The Houston Rockets bolstered their bench by agreeing to terms on a one-year partial guaranteed veteran minimum contract with power forward Chuck Hayes on Wednesday night.
Carlos Boozer drawing interest
The free agent forward is reportedly being looked at by the Knicks, Rockets and Mavericks. Boozer, 33, may need to agree to a veteran's minimum contract to continue his NBA career. NBA rumors roundup
Free Agency Looms For Houston Forwards
Donatas Motiejunas displayed some highly-coveted versatility when he stepped in for the absent Dwight Howard. Meanwhile Terrence Jones, if he can stay healthy, could be making eight figures annually on his next deal if he steps up his defense, writes Kevin Pelton. Under-the-radar '16 FAs (Insider)
Happy birthday to #VFL and NBA Draft pick Howard Bayne, who starred for the #Vols from 1963-66!
The Rockets' star guard will attend the minicamp in Las Vegas that serves as a prerequisite for participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Harden back with Team USA
A source told ESPN's Calvin Watkins that James Harden will attend next month's USA Basketball mini-camp with the hopes of securing a spot on next summer's Olympic team. Harden, who played a key role on the World Cup team last summer, led the NBA with 2,981 minutes played during the regular season.
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Howard's projected value on FA market
Dwight Howard has a player option next summer. If he declines it, he'll be in line for a significant raise wherever he goes. 2016 free-agent Big Board 1.0 (Insider)
Players' Awards: James Harden is MVP
Although he placed second to Steph Curry for the NBA's MVP award, James Harden was named MVP at the NBPA and BET Players' Awards. Harden averaged 27.4 points and seven assists per game last season.
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Fan Brandon Armstrong followed his Russell Westbrook impersonation with an array of James Harden's signature moves to hold you over until the season starts.
James Harden won the MVP in the inaugural "Players' Awards" voted on by his peers. He finished second to Steph Curry in official MVP balloting.
Houston plays smart this offseason
The Rockets had an efficient offseason. Houston re-signed K.J. McDaniels and Patrick Beverley to reasonable deals, and they didn't have to cough up a rotation player for point guard Ty Lawson. Western Conference grades (Insider)
Curry vs. Harden: Playoff edition
The players voted James Harden over Steph Curry for MVP at the first "Players' Awards" Tuesday night. But Curry got the better of Harden in most respects when they went head-to-head in the Western Conference finals.
The Denver Nuggets dealt troubled point guard Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets on Monday as part of a multi-player deal. Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly says dealing away Lawson was difficult.
Harden named MVP at Players' Awards
James Harden finished 2nd for the traditional MVP, but the Rockets guard took home the top award in the NBPA's first ever "Players' Awards." Steph Curry was named "Clutch Performer" and "Hardest to Guard." Other winners
Houston's James Harden was named MVP at the NBPA's first Players Awards, and LeBron James won the award for "Player you secretly wish was on your team."
Houston appears close to signing veterans Jason Terry and Chuck Hayes to one-year deals.
Howard: Superman fears no snakes
Dwight Howard, via Instagram: "Yea I love snakes. Beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder."