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Rockets re-sign playoff hero Troy Daniels

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Chandler Parsons wasn’t the only player whose low-cost team option the Rockets strangely declined in an attempt to re-sign him.

They also let Troy Daniels – who hit a game-winning 3-pointer in overtime of Game 3 against Portland in the playoffsbecome a free agent and extended him a qualifying offer.

With his previously slated $816,482 2014-15 salary off the books, Daniels could have accepted a one-year, $1,016,482 guaranteed offer at any time.

Instead, he leveraged, a multi-season deal.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Free agent guard Troy Daniels has agreed to a two-year contract with the Houston Rockets, league sources told RealGM.Daniels’ deal with the Rockets is fully guaranteed on a minimum salary.

Daniels will make $816,482 this season and $947,276 the next – a total of $1,763,758 – so he comes out ahead in guaranteed salary. However, if he could get even a minimum contract next summer, he would have made more money by accepting the qualifying offer.

In 3-point shooting, Daniels has an excellent NBA skill. The rest of his game lags behind – to the point he might not see the court regularly enough to show off his outside shooting.

This deal seems like a fair compromise. Daniels gets security. The Rockets get a chance at an absolute bargain if the 23-year-old develops his all-around talent.

Russell Westbrook gets so hot, he has to cool himself down (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook hit 4-of-6 3-pointers in the third quarter.

This one apparently put him on fire to the point he had to cool himself off.

Stephen Curry literally lays down on defense to avoid ending up in Greek Freak poster (VIDEO)

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It’s hard to find a new low for defense in an NBA All-Star Game.

But Stephen Curry was laying down on defense. Literally.

The result was a Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk and Curry ending up in the highlight anyway.

Russell Westbrook off the backboard to DeAndre Jordan for the dunk (VIDEO)

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Hey, DeAndre Jordan, where was this Saturday night during the Dunk Contest?

The Clippers’ big man threw down an off-the-backboard alley-oop from Russell Westbrook during the All-Star Game Sunday that was better than anything he did on Saturday night. Enjoy

LeBron James passes off backboard to himself for dunk (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Even in a game conducive to highlights, LeBron James went above and beyond.