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5hCalvin Watkins

Rockets exec to work for USA Basketball

Rockets executive VP of basketball operations Gersson Rosas has been named international player personnel scout for USA Basketball.

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Adidas trying to pry James Harden from Nike (2:59)
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Harden, an expensive shoe salesman

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, adidas has made a 13-year, $200M offer to James Harden, whose Nike deal recently expired. Nike has until the end of next week to match the deal. Adidas needs a splash

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Sources: Adidas makes $200M bid for Harden

Adidas has submitted a bid of $200 million over 13 years to sign Rockets forward James Harden, whose deal with Nike recently expired, sources told ESPN.com.

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ICYMI: The Dream's dream sequence

Hakeem Olajuwon's time on the floor for Team Africa in Saturday's Basketball Without Borders included a blocked shot -- and a finger wag on his behalf, courtesy of Dikembe Mutombo -- and a "Dream Shake."

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Sources: Howard to attend USAB minicamp

Rockets center Dwight Howard is the latest marquee name to commit to attend the upcoming USA Basketball minicamp, according to league sources.

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Dekker's lost summer no loss

Houston Rockets small forward Sam Dekker sat out summer league play with a back injury. However, Kevin Pelton says Dekker, 21, will be well prepared for the coming season. Most effective NBA rookies (Insider)

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Pelton: Projecting the most effective rookies

Frank Kaminsky and Delon Wright might not turn out to be the best players from this draft class, but they project to be among the most ready to make an immediate impact this season.

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5dCalvin Watkins

Rockets agree to one-year deal with PF Hayes

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.

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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)

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Happy birthday to #VFL and NBA Draft pick Howard Bayne, who starred for the #Vols from 1963-66!

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8dCalvin Watkins

Source: James Harden to attend Team USA minicamp

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.

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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)

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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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ICYMI: Missing the NBA? You're in luck

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.

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2014-15 Team Stats

Points Per Game103.96th
Rebounds Per Game43.714th
Assists Per Game22.29th
Points Allowed100.517th

Team History

YearWLPCT
2014-155626.682
2013-145428.658
2012-134537.548
2011-123432.515
2010-114339.524

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