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James Harden says he's learning a new move that will look like a travel | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Jorge Sedano, and Tim MacMahon take a look at James Harden and Russell Westbrook with the Houston Rockets and how those two will pair together, also discussing Harden saying he is working on a new move that will look like a travel but won'

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Patrick Beverley thinks Russell Westbrook, James Harden will work in Houston

Los Angeles Clippers guard and former Houston Rocket Patrick Beverley thinks the Russell Westbrook-James Harden pairing in Houston is going to work. The Rockets acquired Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a blockbuster trade. Houston sent Chris Paul and draft picks to OKC. Beverley, who doesn’t have the best relationship with Westbrook, is happy […] The post Patrick Beverley thinks Russell Westbrook, James Harden will work in Houston appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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NBA Rumors: Miami Heat ‘Most Obvious Choice’ To Acquire Chris Paul From OKC Thunder, Per ‘Sports Illustrated’

After two seasons, the Houston Rockets decided to break the explosive backcourt duo of Chris Paul and James Harden. In a blockbuster deal, the Rockets traded Paul, two future first-round picks (2024 and 2026), and the rights to two first-round swaps (2021 and 2025) to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook. The Rockets pushed through with the trade to give James Harden a younger superstar teammate to maximize his championship window. Meanwhile, the deal allowed the Thunder to have a new point guard while acquiring future draft picks that will enable them to speed up the...

Chris Paul isn't elite anymore - Ryan Hollins walks off set | First Take

Ryan Hollins strongly disagrees with Domonique Foxworth's claim that Chris Paul is still an elite player that will rebound after playing in a less than ideal situation with James Harden on the Houston Rockets. #FirstTake ✔

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Damian Lillard not surprised by Russell Westbrook trade to Rockets, but ‘didn’t expect him to go to Houston’

While Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard wasn’t surprised Russell Westbrook got traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder, he didn’t expect the former MVP to land on the Houston Rockets with James Harden. Lillard had an idea Westbrook was going to be on the move after the Thunder traded Paul George to the […] The post Damian Lillard not surprised by Russell Westbrook trade to Rockets, but ‘didn’t expect him to go to Houston’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Rockets executive on Russell Westbrook trade: ‘It’s our job to bring in the most talented people, and make it work’

The trade for Russell Westbrook was one felt across the Western Conference, as another team loaded up ahead of this 2019-20 season while several executives questioned how it even came to be. The pairing of Westbrook and franchise star James Harden has been met with plenty of skepticism, with questions regarding whether a Harden-Westbrook partnership could […] The post Rockets executive on Russell Westbrook trade: ‘It’s our job to bring in the most talented people, and make it work’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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NBA Rumors: Former Knicks Teammate Reveals Main Reason Why Carmelo Anthony Is Still A Free Agent

It has been eight months since Carmelo Anthony played his last game in the NBA. After failing to build good chemistry with James Harden and Chris Paul earlier in the 2018-19 NBA season, the Houston Rockets decided to trade Anthony to the Chicago Bulls who didn’t let him play a single game and ended up waiving him in February. After becoming an unrestricted free agent, Anthony is expected to join a team where he has a strong chance of winning his first NBA championship title.Click here to continue and read more...

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NBA Rumors: Possible Reason Why Rockets Traded Chris Paul To Thunder Revealed By ‘Yahoo Sports’

Earlier this week, yet another blockbuster trade took place in the NBA offseason, as the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder swapped point guards in a deal that will send Chris Paul to the Thunder and Russell Westbrook to the Rockets. Much like how this transaction took place shortly after rumors started hinting that Westbrook may be the next Thunder superstar after Paul George to be traded, the deal also came on the heels of reports hinting at friction between Paul and his erstwhile Rockets backcourt partner, James Harden. In a report published on Friday, Yahoo Sports‘ Vincent...

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Rockets’ James Harden, Russell Westbrook already called each other the night of the Paul George trade

James Harden and Russell Westbrook — now both with the Houston Rockets — reportedly called each other the night after Paul George got traded. Per Brian Windhorst via The Hoop Collective Podcast, Harden and Westbrook “started working” on becoming teammates once again after George was traded to the LA Clippers. Russ and Harden were determined […] The post Rockets’ James Harden, Russell Westbrook already called each other the night of the Paul George trade appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Video: Rockets star James Harden reacts to Russell Westbrook trade

Houston Rockets star James Harden has made his first statement since the team agreed to a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire Russell Westbrook. You’ll have to watch the video, as Harden isn’t in America right now, so the Twitter caption isn’t in English. The former MVP says it’s “going to be a […] The post Video: Rockets star James Harden reacts to Russell Westbrook trade appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Can the Russell Westbrook-James Harden pairing work in Houston?

The Houston Rockets were one of the quietest teams in the NBA this offseason up until Thursday night, when they swung a trade to land Russell Westbrook, sending Chris Paul and some draft picks back to the Oklahoma City Thunder in return. Westbrook will now be reunited with James Harden, his teammate of three years […] The post Can the Russell Westbrook-James Harden pairing work in Houston? appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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The Rockets' Trade for Russell Westbrook Reeks of Desperation

Once you get over the shock Russell Westbrook landing on the Rockets and reuniting him with James Harden, the deal seems a little desperate on Houston's end. There's a chance Chris Paul and Harden could no longer work together, but this fix feels more impulsive than opportunistic.

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Report: Rockets were Russell Westbrook’s preferred trade destination due to James Harden

The Houston Rockets made a blockbuster trade for Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, and it appears James Harden was the main factor in the deal. While the trade speculation had ramped up after the Thunder traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, no one really knew what Westbrook’s preferred destination was. Well, it […] The post Report: Rockets were Russell Westbrook’s preferred trade destination due to James Harden appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Report: James Harden was ‘driving force’ in Rockets trade for Russell Westbrook

Houston Rockets star guard James Harden was reportedly the ‘driving force’ for his team’s acquisition of former teammate Russell Westbrook. Per Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the two wanted to reunite despite doubts on whether they can co-exist or not. The Rockets, meanwhile, believe that they can achieve more with Westbrook on their team rather than […] The post Report: James Harden was ‘driving force’ in Rockets trade for Russell Westbrook appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Chris Paul, James Harden rift wasn’t a factor in Russell Westbrook Rockets, Thunder trade

A recent report from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon claims the tension between James Harden and Chris Paul — which the Houston Rockets considered manageable and not unusual for alpha dogs of their kind — did not factor into the decision to deal for Russell Westbrook. “That would not have driven us to do something we otherwise […] The post Chris Paul, James Harden rift wasn’t a factor in Russell Westbrook Rockets, Thunder trade appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Rockets trade Chris Paul to acquire Russell Westbrook

In a summer of stunners that had rocked the NBA, the Rockets on Thursday might have pulled off the largest of them all, trading for 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to reunite him in a dramatically transformed backcourt with James Harden, two individuals with knowledge of the deal said.

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3 reasons the Thunder made the right Russell Westbrook trade

The biggest question being raised in the advent of the Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul trade deal between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder is how Westbrook will co-exist with James Harden in Houston. This is definitely a valid concern, considering these two are the league’s top two guys in terms of usage rate. However, […] The post 3 reasons the Thunder made the right Russell Westbrook trade appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Who won the Rockets-Thunder Russell Westbrook trade?

The final pieces of the domino appear to be falling into place in what is easily the most compelling offseason we’ve had in the NBA in the past few years. By successfully pairing two former MVP’s of the past three seasons in James Harden and newly-acquired superstar point guard Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets instantly […] The post Who won the Rockets-Thunder Russell Westbrook trade? appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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NBA Rumors: Chris Paul Could Be Headed To Miami Heat

There was yet another seismic trade in the NBA Thursday night, with the news that the Houston Rockets had traded Chris Paul, along with draft picks, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook. The deal, per The Inquisitr, reunites Westbrook with his former teammate James Harden, while also adding to the Thunder’s huge war chest of future first round draft picks. However, the NBA’s seemingly nonstop series of moves involving big-name stars might not be over yet, as Paul could be on the move again. Multiple NBA reporters said after the trade that Paul may be traded again,...

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Jalen Rose says Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul trade brings ‘parity’ to the NBA

ESPN’s Jalen Rose is fond of the new series of dynamic duos that have flooded the NBA to help create more parity, with Russell Westbrook and James Harden the latest to join the fray. Westbrook was just traded to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, allowing the 2017 NBA MVP to reunite with his former […] The post Jalen Rose says Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul trade brings ‘parity’ to the NBA appeared first on ClutchPoints.

SportsDay

Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Rockets for Chris Paul

LAS VEGAS -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a shake up of top point guards and a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden.The Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced.ESPN first reported the agreement.It is part of a massive shake up by Oklahoma City, which traded Paul...

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Houston still pushing to acquire Andre Iguodala

The Houston Rockets already pulled off one of the bigger moves of this offseason, reuniting Russell Westbrook with James Harden in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets don’t want to stop there, though. According to a report from The Athletic, the Rockets are actively pursuing former Warriors sixth-man Andre Iguodala. Via Sam […] The post Houston still pushing to acquire Andre Iguodala appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Analysis: Westbrook, Harden will need to change their games

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Everyone knows that Russell Westbrook and James Harden played together before, which automatically makes their reunion in Houston seem like the right fit. It won't be that easy. They've both changed since those days. But here they are, together again after the Oklahoma City Thunder decided to trade Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and another load of draft picks that Sam Presti is collecting in the same way that sneakerheads hoard vintage pairs of Jordans. On the surface, it's a shiny move for Houston — two of the last three NBA MVPs, the two guys with the...

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Russell Westbrook Traded To Houston Rockets, Reunited With James Harden

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s efforts to trade Russell Westbrook ended up taking less than a week. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder have agreed to trade the veteran point guard to the Houston Rockets, in exchange for another veteran point guard, Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025. The trade bring to an end Westbrook’s career with the Thunder, the only NBA team for which he has ever played, and adds two names to the long list of prominent NBA players who have changed teams this offseason. The deal represents a reunion of Westbrook...

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Chris Broussard admits Rockets ‘got more talented’ after trade for Russell Westbrook

FOX Sports analyst Chris Broussard believes the Houston Rockets are going to be scary with the addition of former Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook. The Rockets traded for Westbrook in exchange for Chris Paul and multiple first-round picks and swaps. The deal reunited Russ with former OKC teammate James Harden in Houston, who now […] The post Chris Broussard admits Rockets ‘got more talented’ after trade for Russell Westbrook appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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AP source: Russell Westbrook going to Rockets for Chris Paul

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a shake up of top point guards and a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden. The Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced. ESPN first reported the agreement. It is part of a massive shake up by Oklahoma City, which...

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NBA Rumors: Rockets Could Trade Clint Capela And Eric Gordon For Russell Westbrook, ‘CBS Sports’ Suggests

After suffering another massive defeat from the hands of the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets headed into the 2019 NBA offseason with the goal of finding a third superstar to pair with Chris Paul and James Harden. The Rockets tried to acquire Jimmy Butler in the 2019 NBA free agency, but the All-Star forward ended up joining the Miami Heat via a sign-and-trade deal. After failing to acquire Butler, the Rockets are now keeping an eye on other NBA superstars who are expected to be available on the trade market this summer. As of now, the Rockets are being linked to James Harden’s...

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NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets Pegged As ‘Likely Suitor’ To Trade For Russell Westbrook

The trade rumors surrounding Russell Westbrook are heating up in the wake of Oklahoma City’s blockbuster trade of Paul George, with reports indicating that Westbrook could be headed for a reunion with James Harden. The Thunder made the shocking deal shipping George to the Los Angeles Clippers in return for a record haul of draft picks along with promising young guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and veteran Danilo Gallinari. That sparked immediate speculation that the Thunder could be putting Russell Westbrook on the trade block as well, with the team apparently moving toward a full rebuild....

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Report: Rockets interested in Russell Westbrook, but trade is a ‘long shot’

It’s looking like a “long shot” when it comes to the possibility of reuniting former teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden. That’s according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, who reports the Houston Rockets do indeed have interest in acquiring the Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard following OKC trading forward Paul George to the Los Angeles […] The post Report: Rockets interested in Russell Westbrook, but trade is a ‘long shot’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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NBA Rumors: Rockets Could Trade Eric Gordon To Grizzlies For Jae Crowder & Kyle Korver, Per ‘Bleacher Report’

After suffering another massive defeat from the hands of the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets became more aggressive in the upgrading their roster in the 2019 NBA offseason. With the goal of surrounding James Harden with a better supporting cast, the Rockets have reportedly made most of their players and future draft picks available in trade discussions. In his recent article, Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report gave a list of several blockbuster trade scenarios that could happen early in the 2019 NBA free agency. For the Rockets, Swartz suggested that they could engage in a trade deal...

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Chris Paul, James Harden drama appears overblown

Let’s get to the bottom of this thing. Well, the offseason for the Houston Rockets just got real interesting. Yesterday’s report from Yahoo Sports that James Harden and Chris Paul’s relationship was “unsalvageable” and that Paul demanded a trade after Houston’s second-round playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors set off a firestorm. Where there’s smoke, there tends to be fire in these types of issues, right? And with Paul’s generally abrasive on-court demeanor and Harden’s occasional appearance of aloofness, it’s not that big of a leap to see how these two might...