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.
James Harden missed his first 15 field goal attempts and then scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help put the Rockets on the brink of sweeping the Jazz.
Kenneth Faried has agreed to a contract buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, clearing the way for him to sign a free-agent deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told ESPN.
With the Rockets down 14 in the first half, Chris Paul called for a players-only huddle during a timeout and said “enough is enough,” sparking Houston to a come-from-behind win Friday against the Nets.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the Rockets’ supposed edge because they’re the hungrier team doesn’t change his opinion on his team’s chances heading into the Western Conference finals.
Draymond Green was quick to dismiss the notion that the Warriors wanted badly to play the Rockets in the conference finals, reminding reporters that the Warriors are the defending champs and “it doesn’t matter who we play.”
The Houston Rockets bounced back from an uneven Game 2 performance by making the second half of Game 3 in Salt Lake City irrelevant.