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Pistons acquire Trevor Ariza, No. 16 pick in NBA draft in trade with Rockets

The Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons have settled to a trade ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft. Houston will send Trevor Ariza and the No. 16 overall pick in this year’s draft to Detroit in exchange for a future first-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. 

That future pick from the Pistons will be heavily protected, however, according to The Athletic’s James Edwards III, and it’s likely it will eventually turn into multiple second-round picks.

In addition, the Rockets will obtain the Pistons’ 2021 second-round pick — via the Los Angeles Lakers — for $4.6 million.  Earlier this week, the Rockets acquired Ariza and two first-round picks — one of which was No. 16 overall — from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Robert Covington.

With their own first-round pick already owed to the Denver Nuggets, the Rockets now do not have a first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. 

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This was, first and foremost, a cost-cutting move by the Rockets, which isn’t surprising given their ownership situation.

It will also give them a bit of cap flexibility by allowing them to use their mid-level exception now that Ariza is off the books. Whether they’ll do so, however, remains to be seen.

There are obviously bigger issues at hand for the Rockets, with both James Harden and Russell Westbrook agitating to move elsewhere.  As for the Pistons, this was a savvy bit of business to take advantage of the Rockets’ financial desperation.

Barring the unlikely scenario that the pick they owe the Rockets conveys, they essentially got a free first-rounder for taking Ariza off the Rockets’ hands. And they’ll probably be able to move Ariza elsewhere for even more future assets.

Even though this isn’t the best draft class of all time, the Pistons need all the young talent they can get, and another shot at the draft surely doesn’t hurt. 

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Mike D’Antoni tells Houston Rockets he won’t return as coach

Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has informed the franchise that he’s becoming a coaching free agent and won’t return to the Rockets next campaign, D’Antoni told ESPN on Sunday.

“It’s with tremendous sadness and gratitude that my wife Laurel and I announce that our incredible journey in Houston has ended for now and that we’ll be moving to a new chapter,” D’Antoni told ESPN in a statement.

D’Antoni, whose contract expired with the end of Houston’s season in the Western Conference semifinals on Saturday, turned down extension offers prior to the season. He will be considered among a group of candidates for the Philadelphia 76ers coaching opening, sources tell ESPN.

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D’Antoni was 217-102 in his four campaigns as Rockets coach, advancing once to the Western Conference finals and three times to the conference semifinals.

D’Antoni, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, led the Rockets to the highest winning percentage in the Western Conference over the last four years (.682), trailing only the Toronto Raptors (.695) in the entire league.

Only the Golden State Warriors (46), Boston Celtics (33), and Raptors (31) have more playoff triumphs than the Rockets (28) in D’Antoni’s four-year run in Houston.

The Athletic reported Sunday morning D’Antoni had not “completely ruled out the possibility of a return.” None of these answers or reports were definitive and the reports all season were that D’Antoni wasn’t likely to stay in Houston.

For the Rockets, it will be difficult to find a replacement that is on par with the impact that Mike D’Antoni provides. He has been key in James Harden emerging as a superstar and that’s why the former MVP expressed he wanted D’Antoni to be brought back.

It’s early in the process but the Rockets have been linked to Jeff Van Gundy as a potential candidate. He has been in the broadcast booth for years as he last coached in the NBA in 2007 when he was in Houston. There should be plenty of other candidates to enter the mix, too.

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Houston Rockets to sign verterans Green, Carroll

The Houston Rockets are keeping busy during the All-Star break, with plans to sign veteran forwards DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Green, according to multiple media reports Monday.

Green, who has been a free agent since Utah Jazz waived him on December 24, is estimated to sign a 10-day contract as early as Tuesday, according to league sources at ESPN.

Sources indicate he will be offered a deal for the rest of the season if he feels comfortable enough to commit to it.

Carroll, who took a buyout from the San Antonio Spurs on Monday after playing only 15 games (averaging 2.2 points, 2.1 rebounds a game), needs to clear waivers before signing with the Rockets.

“I don’t know what went wrong, what happened,” Carroll said via the San Antonio Express-News about his short stint with the Spurs after signing as a free agent last summer.

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“I felt like San Antonio was going to be a great place for me, for my talents, but it didn’t work out.”

Carroll, 33, is in his 11th NBA campaign, having started his career with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009 after they made him a first-round pick in that year’s NBA draft.

During the 2010-11 season, he played for the Rockets, and also had stints with the Denver Nuggets (2011-12), Utah Jazz (2011-13), Atlanta Hawks (2013-15), Toronto Raptors (2015-17) and Brooklyn Nets (2017-19). In 569 career games, he has averaged 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds.

The six-foot-eight Green, also 33, has career averages of 13.0 points and 4.4 rebounds a game while playing for eight NBA franchises, beginning his 13-year career with the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007-08.

During his time with the franchise that became the Oklahoma City Thunder, Green was team-mates with current Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook. His other stops included the Boston Celtics, Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards.

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Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs

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The San Antonio Spurs come into tonight’s game coming off their worst loss of the season, one of ESPN’s patented “Game of the Century of the Week”s against the Golden State Warriors. As the Dubs like to do, they ran through the Spurs to the tune of a 30-point win. Luckily for the Rockets they will get a pissed off Spurs squad looking to get back on track.

Houston comes into the game on a 3-game winning streak, coinciding with Josh Smith’s return to the team. Smoove’s presence has been noticeable in every area except the points column in the box score. He’s doing everything else for Houston that the Rockets don’t normally do, including nurturing ball movement and actually playing defense.

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The Houston Rockets look to stay red hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.7 points and seven assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. Terrence Jones is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 2.6 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have split their last 10 road games. Dwight Howard is questionable with an ankle injury.

The San Antonio Spurs haven’t lost back-to-back games since February. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 103.9 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 90.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 20 points and 2.6 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 15.6 points and 8.7 rebounds. Tony Parker is dishing five assists and David West is grabbing four rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Spurs are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs haven’t lost a home game since March 12th. Tim Duncan is questionable with a knee injury.

The Spurs last played the Rockets earlier this month in a win that coincided with the first scoreless game of Tim Duncan’s career. Duncan’s sitting out a second straight gamedue to his knee, suggesting his DNP against Golden State was likely not part of a calculated mindgame by Gregg Popovich.

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Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets

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Detroit Pistons (22-19) vs. Houston Rockets (22-21)
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Toyota Center.

These two teams have similar records and are both the seventh seeds in their respective conferences, but have taken different routes to get there. The Pistons are trying to end the longest playoff drought in the Eastern Conference and are taking their lumps (Monday’s loss to Chicago) while making an impact on the national scene (Saturday’s win over Golden State). The Rockets were in the Western Conference finals a season ago, but stumbled out of the gate and head coach Kevin McHale paid for it with his job. James Harden, Dwight Howard and crew have since rebounded.

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The 140 points scored by the Clippers on Monday were the most the Rockets have allowed since the Mavericks scored 156 in April, 1995. … The Rockets are 6-9 against Eastern Conference teams after going 23-7 last season. … After scoring a season-low 77 points against the Cavaliers, the Rockets averaged 122 in back-to-back games against the Lakers and Clippers. … Guard Pat Beverley left Monday’s game with soreness in his sprained left ankle. He had sat out Sunday against the Lakers and missed the only two shots he took against the Clippers. … The Rockets trailed by 28 points against the Pistons in November, cutting the lead to as few as four points before the Pistons pulled away for a 116-105 win.

The Pistons have lost 3 of their past 4 games and are 8-12 on the road. … They rank 28th in field goal percentage and 30th in free throw percentage. … The Pistons are ninth in defensive rating, allowing 100.3 points per 100 possessions. … The Pistons starting lineup — Ersan Ilyasova, Marcus Morris, Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Jackson — has played nearly 300 minutes more together than any starting lineup in the NBA. Every starter is averaging in double figures.

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Houston Rockets at Memphis Grizzlies

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WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (21-18, 13-6 Home) vs. Houston Rockets (19-19, 7-10 Away)
WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee
WHEN: 7:00 PM CT

After delivering stirring comebacks to extend their winning streaks, the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets each hope they’ve finally put their sluggish starts behind.

One of the Southwest Division rivals will be able to maintain momentum when the teams square off Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies will be looking for a third straight win tonight after sneaking past the Celtics in a 101-98 win on Sunday. Zach Randolph led the team in scoring with 25 points off the bench, Mario Chalmers had 18 points and Tony Allen had 15 as the Grizzlies won despite falling behind by 34-16 after the first quarter. The Grizzlies shot just 37 percent from the field and they committed 21 turnovers, but they dominated the boards by 58-39 and connected on 35 of 40 free-throw attempts. With the hard-fought win, Memphis improved to 21-18 on the season and 13-6 at home.

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The Rockets will be gunning for a fourth straight win after their thrilling 107-103 overtime win over the Pacers on Sunday. Trevor Ariza led the scoring with 24 points while Dwight Howard and James Harden added 21 points each as the Rockets rallied from a 12-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter to force overtime and steal the unlikely win. With the victory, Houston improves to 19-19 on the season and 12-9 at home.

INJURY REPORT:

Memphis: Mike Conley (Achilles)- QUESTIONABLE. Jordan Adams (Knee), Brandan Wright (Knee), Jarell Martin (Foot)- OUT

Houston: Ty Lawson (Suspension), Sam Dekker (Back), Donatas Motiejunas (Back)- OUT

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Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets

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Game #33: Rockets (16-19) @ Jazz (15-17) 
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena • Salt Lake City, UT
Time: 7:00 p.m. (MT) 

The Rockets look to end a 4-game losing streak when they take on the Jazz in Utah.

The Jazz will be eager to avoid a third straight loss after getting thumped by the Spurs in a 123-98 rout last night. Trey Burke led the team with 21 points in just 24 minutes off the bench, Gordon Hayward added 18 points while Jeff Withey had 10 points, but no other player finished in double figures as the Jazz were just no match for the Spurs last night. With the loss, Utah falls to 15-19 on the season overall and 5-11 on the road where they’ve lost six straight.

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The Rockets had lost four straight before sneaking past the Jazz in a 93-91 win at Utah on Monday. James Harden led the way with 30 points and seven assists, Dwight Howard added 16 points and 13 rebounds while Trevor Ariza had 13 as the Rockets fought back from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Jazz and improve to 17-19 on the season and 7-10 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games playing on zero days rest, while the Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.

The key for Houston tonight will be rebounding once again. In the first leg, Houston outshot the Jazz 49% to 40%. They outshot the Jazz from 3 and shot a higher percentage from the free throw line as well. Turnovers and assists were basically the same as well. So what was the difference? Rebounding. The Jazz grabbed 10 extra boards, including 15 offensive rebounds. Basically, the Rockets were better or equal to the Jazz in every way except taht one. We’ll see if JBB and the team understands that tonight.

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Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks

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The Houston Rockets are looking for their first win of the season against the Dallas Mavericks when they visit the American Airlines Center on Friday night. The Mavericks defeated the Rockets in their first meeting of the season, but both teams are coming off wins and are looking to gain some momentum.

The Houston Rockets could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 102.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 29.5 points and 6.6 assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. Ty Lawson is dishing 4.5 assists and Clint Capela is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets have allowed 100 or more points in 18 of their 19 games this season. The Houston Rockets have split their last 10 regular season road games. Dwight Howard is out due to rest.

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The Dallas Mavericks also look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 100.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 43 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while Deron Williams is averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 assists. Zaza Pachulia is grabbing 10.2 rebounds and Devin Harris is dishing 2.1 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Mavs are shooting 28.4 percent from deep in their last five games but have won five of their last six when topping 100 points. The Dallas Mavericks have won five straight home games. Jose Barea is out with an ankle injury.

The Rockets are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Rockets are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Dallas and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.

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Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons

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The Detroit Pistons play host to the Houston Rockets tonight at The Palace.

The Pistons have lost four of their last five and are coming off a painful 87-83 loss at Brooklyn. Andre Drummond has been the best player for the Pistons all season and he showed up again with 20 points and 18 rebounds but that’s everyone else struggled like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who led the scoring with 21 points but shot just six of 17 and Reggie Jackson who shot a horrible four of 20 for his eight points. As a team, the Pistons shot a miserable 33.7 percent from the field but they were actually leading 83-81 with 0:59 left in the game until the Nets closed with a 6-0 run to steal the game. With the loss, Detroit falls to 8-9 on the season and 4-7 on the road.

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the Rockets will be going for a third straight win tonight after beating the Knicks by 116-111 in overtime last night. James Harden led the scoring with 26 points and nine assists, Clint Capela and Marcus Thornton added 18 points each while Trevor Ariza had 16 as the Rockets rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime where they would complete the comeback. Despite the win, Houston is still under .500 with a record of 7-10 on the season and 3-3 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Rockets are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record, while the Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest.

Head to head, the Rockets are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings and the over is 6-0 in the last six meetings in Detroit.

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Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

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The Memphis Grizzlies invade the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets tonight.

The Grizzlies had their four-game win streak snapped at San Antonio on Saturday and responded with a dominant 110-96 win over the Mavericks last night. Mike Conley led the way with 21 points and six assists, Jeff Green added 19 points and Marc Gasol had 15 points as the Grizzlies suffocated the Mavs with excellent defense, holding them to just 36 points in the first half to set up the easy win to improve to 8-7 on the season and 5-2 at home.

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The Rockets have lost six of their last seven and are coming off a 107-102 loss to the Knicks. James Harden led the way with 24 points and 10 assists, Terrence Jones added 18 points while Clint Capela added 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to get past the Knicks who were led by Kristaps Porzingis’ 24 points and seven blocks. Dwight Howard was rested for the game since it was the second game of a back to back set, but he is expected to return tonight.

In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest, while the Rockets are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 0-6 ATS in their last six home games.

Head to head, the Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last meetings and the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Houston

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