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New move will look like a travel; it’s not

[ad_1] James Harden says he tries to come up with something innovative every offseason, something more creative than his latest move.Two years ago, Harden perfected the step-back jumper. Last summer, the Houston Rockets guard then perfected the side step-back jumper. In a Q&A session Friday with young fans at a promotional event attended by local Houston media, Harden said he will be working on yet another move this summer, and
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New move will look like a travel; it’s not

[ad_1] James Harden says he tries to come up with something innovative every offseason, something more creative than his latest move.Two years ago, Harden perfected the step-back. Last summer the Houston Rockets guard then perfected the side step-back.In a Q&A session Friday with young fans at a promotional event attended by local Houston media, Harden said he will be working on an another move this summer and it will "look
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Harden passes on World Cup to focus on Rockets

[ad_1] James Harden has decided to withdraw from playing with the U.S. National Team at this summer's FIBA World Cup in China.Harden is the second top player to pull out of a previous commitment to Team USA in the past week, joining Anthony Davis.Harden told the Houston Chronicle on Friday that he has informed coach Gregg Popovich of his decision and that he'd use the extra time to focus on
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Russ-to-Rockets official; Presti gives fond farewell

[ad_1] It's official: Russell Westbrook is now a member of the Houston Rockets.The long-reported deal that has the Rockets acquiring Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Chris Paul, two future first-round picks (2024 and 2026) and the rights to two first-round swaps (2021 and 2025) was announced by both teams Tuesday evening.1 Related"Russell Westbrook is the most important player in the brief history of the Oklahoma City
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Westbrook ‘eternally grateful’ to Oklahoma City

[ad_1] Russell Westbrook thanked Oklahoma City fans Friday night in a heartfelt Instagram post, saying he was "eternally grateful" for the 11 years he spent in a Thunder uniform.The Thunder agreed Thursday night to a blockbuster trade to send Westbrook to Houston, reuniting him with former Oklahoma City teammate James Harden. The Rockets will send Chris Paul, two protected first-round picks (2024 and 2026) and two pick swaps (2021 and
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Tyson Chandler, Rockets agree to one-year deal

[ad_1] Free-agent center Tyson Chandler has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets, agent Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management tells ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.Chandler, 36, spent most of last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he averaged 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 points in 16.4 minutes per game.A 17-year veteran, Chandler was an effective defender and rebounder last season and has a reputation as a great locker room
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Are the Rockets better? The pressure’s on Russ and Harden now

[ad_1] As discussions between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder on a blockbuster deal for Russell Westbrook grew serious Thursday, Daryl Morey, Houston's general manager, called James Harden to discuss how both stars might work together. Harden gently cut Morey off and reminded him: "I know how to play with Russ and he knows how to play with me," Morey recounted to ESPN.com late Thursday in Las Vegas.They
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What the massive Westbrook-CP3 trade means

[ad_1] What's next for the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder after agreeing to swap All-Star point guards Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul?The Rockets are reuniting Westbrook with James Harden in a talented backcourt that has some question marks, while the Thunder continue to stockpile draft assets for the future following the Paul George deal.How will Harden and Westbrook work? Should OKC hold on to CP3? And what is the
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Best league ever? NBA players react to Westbrook-CP3 trade

[ad_1] The most unpredictable NBA summer ever continued Thursday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and a bevy of first-round picks, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.In Houston, Westbrook will be reunited with James Harden. The two were teammates in OKC in 2012, when the Thunder lost to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, and
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OKC trades Russ to Rockets for Paul

[ad_1] The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources told ESPN.Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti worked with Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, to deliver the former MVP to his preferred destination: a reunion with James Harden, sources said.Westbrook and Harden played together in Oklahoma