On July 18th, amid reports that the relationship between James Harden and Chris Paul had become “unsalvageable,” Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey responded by saying that not only are Harden and Paul fine, but that Paul was not available in any prospective trade.
Just a few weeks later, after the Clippers pulled off a stunning trade with the Thunder to acquire Paul George, and thus land Kawhi Leonard in free agency, Oklahoma City embraced a full-on rebuild by sending Russell Westbrook to Houston in exchange for Paul and a package of draft picks.
So how did the Rockets go from standing pat with a starting lineup Morey called the best in the West to acquiring Westbrook in a risky all-in gamble? Morey explained how the trade came to be in an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show this week.
Reports: Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup star to marry Indian girl in Dubai
Tuesday July 30, 2019
Reports suggest that wedding bells are ringing for Pakistan fast bowler and Cricket World Cup 2019 star Hasan Ali, who is all set to get married to Shamia Arzoo, an Indian girl and Dubai resident. The wedding is set to take place in Dubai later this year. Hindustan Times reports that Shamia hails from Mewat, […]
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Daryl Morey: “The Paul George situation obviously opened the window, and I did not anticipate him being available until that happened.
…. First, [I] asked for the direction of the [Thunder], and after that we discussed ‘maybe they’re looking at the possibility of moving some of their other key players. Spoke with ownership, with coach D’Antoni, with James Harden, and acquiring Westbrook at that point was something that we were interested in. And then it’s a matter of just working out the details of how to do it.”
Dan Patrick: “What was Harden’s reaction when you first broached the topic.”
Daryl Morey: “Very enthusiastic, because he knows he plays well together with [Westbrook], because they’ve done it. Both on OKC and USA basketball, and growing up. So he was enthusiastic.”
During the six-day process of refining the deal with the Thunder, Morey revealed that Harden was growing impatient after first learning of the possibility.
Via the Houston Chronicle:
“At one point, James asked me, ‘Why is it taking so long?’” Morey said. “I told him, ‘Dude, your trade took me five months.’”
“My priority is to stay” – Leicester City player not thinking about another loan
Tuesday July 30, 2019
Not wanted by Claude Puel at King Power Stadium at the start of last season, Islam Slimani was shipped off to Fenerbahce were things didn’t go that well for him, to put it nicely. Shunned towards the end of the season, the Algerian still managed to make it into his country’s squad for the Africa […]
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