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Michael Beasley’s contract with Rockets now guaranteed, he will be with Houston next season


In Michael Beasley‘s 20 games with the Rockets last season after coming back from playing in China, he reminded everyone he knows how to get buckets. He averaged 12.8 points a game on 52.2 percent shooting overall, and he was the most reliable shot creator on the team without a fantastic beard. He wasn’t great defensively, but even in the playoffs he put up double digit scoring numbers against the Warriors.

That sounds like Mike D’Antoni’s kind of guy — so Houston is keeping him around. His $1.4 million contract for next season became fully guaranteed today (Aug. 1), as noted by Marc Stein of ESPN.

At that price, it’s a smart move by the Rockets. He likely will be Trevor Ariza‘s main backup, asked to create shots with the second unit when James Harden sits, although he needs to take fewer long twos (22.9 percent of his shots were 16 feet out to the arc, and while he hit a healthy 44 percent of those it’s not a shot he should rely on.

We know about Beasley’s past issues in the NBA, but the guy has matured, and he is putting up points. The Rockets could use that.

What Jimmy Butler told Dwyane Wade: “We can win games if you’re here with us”


Dwyane Wade came to Chicago in part because he felt wanted — a sense he didn’t fully get from Pat Riley and Miami anymore. It wasn’t just money, it was how he was recruited. Bulls’ team leader Jimmy Butler called Wade and asked him to be a Bull.

But what did Butler say to Wade, exactly?

Butler laid it out for Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com after Butler and his Team USA teammates beat Venezuela 80-45 in an exhibition game Friday night in Chicago.

“Just what we can do if we were to play basketball together. I said look man, I’m okay with whatever role you want me to play,” said Butler to CSNChicago.com in an exclusive interview after Team USA beat Venezuela 80-45 Friday at the United Center, with Wade sitting next to Team USA’s bench. “But we can win games if you’re here with us. So that’s basically how it went.

“I was telling him, of all the things that have been said, I’m here to win. I don’t care what role I’m supposed to play, whose team it is, you come here, we’ll win games.”

Butler went on to say he wanted Wade and Rajon Rondo on the team because they have won titles. They know what it takes. He wants them to show him — and yes, Butler knows he can be bull-headed about things at times.

“I agree, I can (be). Fine. It only makes me better,” Butler said. “If you’re on my tail all the time it only makes me better. I want that. I like that. If I’m (messing) around, you tell me, you let me know, you’re better than that. You’re right. I’m gonna respond in a positive manner and I’m gonna do what I’m supposed to be doing.”

That “they know how to win” thing sounds great on paper, but it doesn’t answer the big questions about the Bulls heading into next season: With Butler, Wade, and Rondo, do they have enough shooting to space the floor and keep teams from just packing the paint defensively? Can this roster get enough stops? And, is Fred Hoiberg up to the task of coaching three strong-willed players and getting them in line?

But I’ll say this, the Bulls got better and a lot more interesting this summer.

Chris Paul says his entire camp gets free shoes if Michael Jordan misses shots. Kids go shoeless.


Chris Paul‘s bet was simple:

If Michael Jordan missed three shots as he worked his way around the court, everyone at the CP3’s youth camp would get a free pair of shoes.

We all should know that’s a sucker bet — it involved Jordan missing shots under pressure. Those kids were never getting shoes.

Kids, now you know how the Utah Jazz felt. And the Cleveland Cavaliers. And…

Warriors add Willie Green as assistant coach

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It’s a good thing to be on the Golden State coaching staff — Alvin Gentry rode it to the head coaching spot in New Orleans, Luke Walton to his “dream job” with the Lakers, and quickly having “Warriors” on your resume is getting recognition like having “Spurs” on it around the NBA.

So good for Willie Green, the former NBA sharpshooter who will now be coaching a few other pretty good shooters in Golden State. Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports broke the story.

Green is a 12-year NBA veteran, who is getting his first NBA coaching job.

NBA veteran coach Mike Brown will be in the chair next to Steve Kerr next season in Golden State. Kerr keeps having to replenish his staff as they are getting better jobs elsewhere after having been around the Warriors’ organization.

Rumor: Greg Monroe would like to be traded to New Orleans

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If you’re going to bet on an NBA player likely to be moved before the start of the NBA season — or at least by the deadline — Bucks’ big man Greg Monroe would be a good choice. It’s no secret he is on the trade block, the Bucks just aren’t finding a team making an offering to their liking.

What would Monroe like?

He probably wants to end up in New Orleans, ESPN’s Marc Stein said on the Lowe Post podcast.

Which makes a ton of sense — he was born in New Orleans, he wants to go home. The two sides have talked about a deal multiple times in the past, but nothing got done.

The problem is the Bucks are only getting rock-bottom offers for Monroe. On the upside, he’s an efficient offensive NBA big who got the Bucks 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds a game last season. However, he’s a defensive liability who does not protect the rim, plus he’s a $17 million rental next season (he can and likely will opt out in the summer of 2017). Even teams that could use a scoring big are not going to give up much quality in a trade for a rental like Monroe.

The Pelicans already have Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca as traditional fives, and they should play Anthony Davis there more anyway. Roster wise, the Pelicans would need to make some other moves for this deal to make sense.

But eventually, the Bucks will find an offer they are willing to take.