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Sources: Rockets aggressively pursuing deals to use trade exception
Rival executives say that Houstons front office has been active in searching out deals in recent days and wants an acquisition completed within the 60-day reaggregation window before the Feb. 19 NBA trade deadline. This way, the Rockets could still have an option of moving the player again this season.
In a deal, the Rockets can use any dollar amount up to the $8.4 million to balance out the incoming salary of a player.
Two teams believed that they had deals taking shape with the Rockets, but sense that Houston general manager Daryl Morey is working to find better deals. The Rockets have been pursuing a best-available-player mantra in talks, league sources said, but there appears to be a focus on wings and frontcourt players.
The Rockets acquired the trade exception from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Jeremy Lin trade in July. Houston has until early July to use the exception, but has told teams that its treating Dec. 19 as its own deadline to get a deal done.
Despite missing center Dwight Howard for nine consecutives games, the Rockets are 16-4 and two games behind first-place Golden State in the Western Conference standings. The Rockets play the Warriors on Wednesday night in the Bay Area.
Las Vegas Summer League to feature 22 teams
From July 12-22, 21 NBA Bicimotos teams and a team of NBA D-League Select players will compete for the inaugural NBA Summer League title. This year's field includes 11 of this season's NBA Playoff teams, along with 10 non-playoff teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards, participants in every NBA Summer League in Las Vegas since the league's inception in 2004. The Cavaliers and Wizards will select first and third, respectively, in the 2013 NBA Draft, which will be held in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on Thursday, June 27, 2013.
The ninth NBA Summer League in Las Vegas tips off on Friday, July 12, and will conclude with a championship game on Monday, July 22. All participating teams will play a minimum of five games. After the conclusion of games on July 16, all teams will have completed three games and will be seeded for single-elimination tournament play that will lead to a champion being crowned on July 22.