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  • Josh Smith signs with Rockets, expected to play against Grizzlies

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    The Houston Rockets have signed free agent Josh Smith after clearing a roster spot and will activate him to play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Smith participated in the Rockets' shootaround on Friday morning in Memphis.

    The Rockets waived center Tarik Black earlier Friday to free up room to sign Smith.

    Black had been a training camp and preseason surprise for the Rockets, an undrafted center out of Kansas who showed an ability to play in the NBA. More than one NBA team told Yahoo Sports they will have interest in claiming him on waivers. Black's $500,000 owed him for this season has a partial guarantee. There's a team option of $845,000 on his deal for the 2015-16 season.

    The Rockets had worked to trade a player to clear a roster spot for Smith, but ultimately decided to release Black on Friday. If the Rockets would've waived center Joey Dorsey and the two years, $2 million owed him, he would've likely gone unclaimed on waivers, leaving the Rockets to pay his salary.

    Black played in 25 games for the Rockets, averaging 15 minutes. He averaged 4.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 54 percent.

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  • Sources: Kings' trade talks for Deron Williams hit roadblock

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    The Sacramento Kings' insistence on a trade package for Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams that includes center Mason Plumlee has pushed talks into a hiatus, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    After the teams' front office officials again talked on Wednesday, both sides insisted they weren't budging on Plumlee's inclusion into a proposed trade and agreed there was no use discussing the deal further in the near future, league sources said.

    "Talks aren't dead, but nothing's going to happen with Plumlee involved," a league source told Yahoo Sports.

    Circumstances and stances can always change, especially closer to the NBA trade deadline in February. For now, the Kings and Nets seem to be holding ground.

    Sacramento point guard Darren Collison and forwards Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson were possibilities as part of a multi-player package for Deron Williams, league sources said.

    The combination of Williams' massive salary and declining health and production leave the Nets with little leverage to take back much more than spare parts for the one-time All-Star guard.

  • Sources: Josh Smith agrees to deal with Rockets

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    Josh Smith has agreed to sign a deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Detroit Pistons on Monday released Smith with two years and $26 million left on his contract, unable to find a trade partner and unwilling to move forward with him on the roster.

    Smith will sign a one-year deal with the Rockets for the biannual exception of $2 million after he clears waivers at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday. His agents, Brian Dyke and Wallace Prather, informed the Rockets of the decision on Wednesday afternoon, sources said.

    The Rockets believe Smith can step into the starting power forward spot. The Rockets are in trade discussions that could be complete late Wednesday on a deal to free a roster spot to sign Smith, league sources said. For the Rockets, the addition of Smith closes a several-year pursuit of the talented but enigmatic power forward and moves him onto a frontline with his childhood friend, center Dwight Howard. The Rockets had a history with Smith, including a free-agent pursuit in 2013 that factored significantly into Smith’s choice of Houston over the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies.

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  • Sources: Anderson Varejao to miss remainder of season

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The diagnosis came with an MRI on his left ankle on Wednesday morning.

    Varejao tore his left Achilles in the Cavaliers' victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

    For Varejao, it is another in a series of leg injuries that have curtailed his career with the Cavaliers. For the team, it is a devastating loss of its best interior defender and a tested playoff performer. The Cavaliers will intensify what had already been a determined search for a center who can help protect the rim.

    The loss of Varejao will move Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup for Cleveland.

    Varejao signed a three-year, $30 million extension in November, which includes a partial guarantee on the final year of the contract.

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  • Sources: Kevin McHale agrees to extension with Rockets

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has agreed to a three-year contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The three-year deal is worth nearly $13 million, league sources told Yahoo.

    McHale had been in the final season of his original four-year contract and completed an agreement on a new deal on Wednesday morning, sources said.

    Under McHale, the Rockets are 20-7 to start the season and stand fourth in the Western Conference standings.

    McHale, 57, was hired by the Rockets as coach in June 2011 and has a 153-104 record in three-plus seasons with them. He has reached the playoffs twice as Rockets coach, losing a six-game, first-round series in 2014 to the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Houston has improved considerably on the defensive end this season, an accomplishment with which assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff has played an important role.

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  • Sources: Despite player's reluctance, 76ers want Andrei Kirilenko to report and play

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    The Philadelphia 76ers are requesting forward Andrei Kirilenko report to the team and prepare to start playing in games, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    For now, Kirilenko and his representatives are resisting the Sixers' overtures, preferring the organization waive Kirilenko and let him become a free agent, sources said.

    After Philadelphia and the Brooklyn Nets completed a trade for Kirilenko on Dec. 11, Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie has repeatedly expressed to Kirilenko's camp that there are no immediate plans to cut him loose, league sources said.

    The Sixers have 14 players on their roster, including Kirilenko, and plan to re-sign forward Malcolm Thomas on Friday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Kirilenko, 33, wants the balance of the $3.3 million owed to him this season, and ultimately the freedom to sign elsewhere on a new deal this season, sources said. So far, he's been unwilling to join the rebuilding Sixers, who have the worst record in the league at 3-23, but he eventually could be mandated to report to the team to collect on his contract.

  • Sources: Rockets looming as strongest suitor to sign Josh Smith

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

    The Houston Rockets are emerging as the strongest suitor to sign forward Josh Smith, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    After the Detroit Pistons made the stunning move of releasing Smith, he's expected to clear waivers on Wednesday and become an unrestricted free agent. The Pistons owed Smith $26 million on his contract running through the 2016 season.

    Houston has aggressively pursued Smith for the past two years, failing in the summer of 2013 to agree to a sign-and-trade agreement with Atlanta to acquire him. Before ultimately signing a four-year $56 million deal with Detroit, Smith had long had interest in finding a way to join the Rockets, sources said.

    Houston briefly discussed trade possibilities with Detroit this season, but it was impossible for the Rockets to have absorbed his salary without giving up Dwight Howard or James Harden, sources said.

    Howard is a childhood friend of Smith's, dating to their days growing up in Atlanta, and is a strong advocate of signing Smith. He'll be part of recruiting Smith to sign with the Rockets.

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  • Sources: Kings discussing trade for Deron Williams

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    The Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings are discussing a deal centered on former All-Star guard Deron Williams, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Nets have been shopping their high-priced star players, and the Kings have been probing the market for an impact point guard.

    No deal is imminent, but the talks are ongoing, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The talks have centered on sending the Nets point guard Darren Collison and forwards Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson as part of a multi-player package for Williams, league sources said.

    Sacramento has significant interest with Williams, but a hurdle to a possible deal is the Kings’ desire to have center Mason Plumlee included into the package, league sources said. Brooklyn has considered Plumlee a significant part of its future core.

    The Kings have been thrilled with Collison, who has emerged as a strong leader and a popular teammate this season. There remains a reluctance for Sacramento to move him in a deal, sources said, but the Nets would need a point guard to replace Williams.

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  • Sources: Rockets acquire Corey Brewer from Timberwolves in three-team deal

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade Corey Brewer to the Houston Rockets in a three-team deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Houston will send guard Troy Daniels to Minnesota as part of the Brewer deal, sources said. The Rockets will also give Minnesota a 2015 second-round pick – via Sacramento – and a future second-round pick, along with cash.

    The 76ers also will send guard Alexy Shved to the Rockets, sources said. To make room on the roster to complete the trade, the Rockets waived forward Francisco Garcia.

    Minnesota will send forward Ronny Turiaf and a second-round pick to the Philadelphiia 76ers, sources said. Turiaf recently had arthroscopic surgery on his right hip and will miss the remainder of the season.

    To acquire Brewer, the Rockets used their trade exception from the Jeremy Lin trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. They wanted to complete the deal on Friday because it leaves them 60 days until the Feb. 19 trade deadline when Brewer would be eligible to be traded again.

    Houston had been motivated to acquire Brewer especially for his ability to defend at the small forward position. He'll play behind starter Trevor Ariza.

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  • Sources: Celtics deal Rajon Rondo to Mavs

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    The Boston Celtics traded former All-Star guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Dallas wants to make a run at a championship with the aging Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler still playing at high levels. The Mavericks will pair Rondo with explosive guard Monta Ellis in the backcourt.

    Dallas will send forward Brandan Wright, guards Jameer Nelson and Jae Crowder, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick to Boston for Rondo and rookie forward Dwight Powell. There are lottery protections on the 2015 first-round pick headed to Boston, sources said.

    Rondo, 28, will be a free agent in July and his agent, Bill Duffy, gave the Mavericks a strong indication that Rondo would be inclined to sign a contract extension to stay with Dallas this summer, sources said.

    The Maverics and Celtics had a trade call scheduled with the league office on Thursday night to complete the deal, which includes Boston getting a $13 million trade exception that it has one year to use.

    The Celtics will release center Vitor Faverani in order to open a roster spot for the deal, sources said,