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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3dKevin Pelton

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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4dCalvin 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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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.

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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)

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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.

2014-15 Team Stats

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

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