Western Notes: Rockets, Jazz, Westbrook, Allen

The Rockets have reduced their rotation to seven players but they won’t use fatigue as an excuse for their second-half collapse against the Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry have all played more minutes per game than any Rockets player, Feigen notes. “Fatigue is never a factor in the playoffs,” Rockets forward Trevor Ariza told Feigen and other media members. “This is what we prepare for. This is what we work hard all summer for. They started playing harder. They started making shots. That’s it.” 

Also around the Western Conference:

  • The Jazz might keep their core group intact going into next season, GM Dennis Lindsey told Mike Sorensen of the Deseret News“My best guess is the option that we’ll ultimately consider, is bringing the team back intact, but I don’t know what other things are going to come our way,” Lindsey said. In order to do that, they’d have to sign unrestricted free agent Derrick Favors and restricted free agent Dante Exum. If both players receive significant raises and the Jazz make other moves, they could find themselves close to the luxury tax. They currently have approximately $90MM in salary guarantees next season.
  • If Paul George re-signs with the Thunder, it will deal a blow to the narrative that other stars don’t like playing with Russell Westbrook, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman writes. That’s why Westbrook has made public statements about wanting George to return, saying he thinks George “definitely wants to be here,” Dawson adds.
  • Duke combo guard Grayson Allen could be an option for the Kings if he slips into the second round, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. Sacramento holds the No. 36 overall pick and Allen is currently ranked No. 30 by ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Allen would be a fit because the Kings need guards who can provide size and shooting, Jones adds.
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5 thoughts on “Western Notes: Rockets, Jazz, Westbrook, Allen

  1. Dionis

    George and Lebron just sounds too unrealistic for me specially since they’d ruin the development of Kuzma and Ingram. Lebron is best off on the Cavs, maybe they can bring in Sexton and groom him into their next great point guard behind Hill.

    • ldfanatic

      And because that isn’t good enough to be the Warriors or Rockets.

    • Clark K

      Bruh just stop, how on Earth does George sound unrealistic? The dude has been talking about wanting to come back to LA for over a year.
      Not to mention Lebron is not best off on the Cavs he’s a one man show the reason he left the first time. He’s best off on the Rockets, there’s no team built better to beat the Warriors except maybe the Celtics but he’s not going there. Heck even Philly is a better place than Cleveland at least then he’d be surrounded by talent

      • Dionis

        Lebron is a one man show because he chooses to be. Lue can’t even run an offense with Lebron on the team.

  2. cesc

    Dionis is getting a bit tiring all this Lebron hate, trolling him ain’t funny we are talking about the GOAT. Some respect man.

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