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Rick Adelman not worried about next season, next contract

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Houston is at a crossroads — the plan of a team based around Yao Ming crumbled around the big man’s ankles and they have to figure out what is next.

With that, they have done the smart thing and not offered any contract extensions to the six potential free agents on the roster. Flexibility, that’s the buzzword.

Add to that list coach Rick Adelman, who has done a good job with the pieces given him. His contract expires at the end of the season, too. But he told the Houston Chronicle he’s not too worried about it.

“It sounds like the whole league doesn’t know what it is going to do at the end of the year,” Adelman, 64, said. “I’m not going to worry about that. I’ve been doing this long enough.

“The only thing you can worry about is (to) see what you can do with this team in these last 30 games. I mean, that’s my main concern.

“Whatever happens in the future, I’m not feeling bad one way or another. I’m just going to do the job this year and see what happens when it’s over.”

Whatever happens with Houston, Adelman would have job opportunities presented to him. He’s had success wherever he’s been. Well, not Golden State but there were other issues there we don’t really want to choke on again.

But whatever direction the Rockets go, they’re not likely to find a better coach than Adelman.

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.