Cavaliers sign Kyle Lowry to an offer sheet, Rockets will match

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Restricted free agent guard Kyle Lowry will remain a Rocket next season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the 24-year old guard to an offer sheet, but Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced on Twitter that the Rockets will match Cleveland’s offer and retain Lowry’s services
Morey thanked Rockets owner Leslie Alexander in a second tweet:
“Credit Mr. Alexander – bringing Kyle back took one quick phone call. I appreciate the unshakable faith he has in the plan we laid out in Feb”
Lowry doesn’t put up huge numbers, but he’s an absolute bulldog on the court who plays the game with energy, intelligence, and grit. He’s a tough defender, quality playmaker, and is as good at getting himself to the free throw line as any guard in the league. 
With Lowry re-signed, restricted free agent Luis Scola is the only loose end for the Rockets, and Houston will likely match whatever offer he gets. Houston may try to sign a lower-profile free agent to round out their rotation, but for the most part Houston’s roster is set. 
Houston may not have landed Chris Bosh this off-season, but they’ve managed to keep all the key parts of a very solid roster. If Houston can stay healthy, they’ll make some serious noise this season. 

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.