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madape
07-31-2005, 08:09 AM
By MOISEKAPENDA BOWER
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

After reaching an agreement with free-agent power forward Stromile Swift two weeks ago, the Rockets turned their attention to landing a veteran guard for their backcourt.

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The player atop their wish list Houston resident Damon Stoudamire had expressed an interest in joining the team.

But according to sources, Stoudamire and the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed on a four-year, $17 million deal that will be finished when the NBA lifts its moratorium on signings. The NBA and the players' union finished talks and completed their deal early today, clearing the way for teams to start making deals.

Stoudamire averaged 15.8 points and 5.7 assists with Portland last season.

Stoudamire, 31, appears to be a good fit for the Grizzlies, who are bracing for the loss of Earl Watson. Memphis reportedly is pursuing a sign-and-trade deal for Watson, who spent three seasons backing up point guard Jason Williams.

With Stoudamire having made $12.5 million with the Trail Blazers last season and the Rockets able to offer their salary-cap exemption of only $1.8 million, the teams reportedly were discussing a sign-and-trade deal.

Rockets forwards Clarence Weatherspoon, owed $6.53 million over the final year of his contract, and Juwan Howard, due $26 million over four years, reportedly were dangled as trade bait, but the two clubs failed to reach an agreement, paving the way for Stoudamire to sign with Memphis.

Miami and Cleveland also reportedly were interested. With Stoudamire off the market, the Rockets will alter their search.

Latrell Sprewell, Michael Finley and Gary Payton have been discussed as options.

Coincidentally, Stoudamire is set to participate in a charity softball tournament hosted by Rockets swingman Tracy McGrady this afternoon in League City.

The Rockets also learned free agent forward Scott Padgett has agreed to a multiyear deal with Phoenix. Padgett, 29, averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds over two seasons with the Rockets. He is expected to back up All-Star Amare Stoudemire.

mk.bower@chron.com

Drbio
07-31-2005, 09:59 PM
I'd love for Houston to sign Spree and Payton. What a trainwreck that clubhouse would be.

Thespiralgoeson
07-31-2005, 11:09 PM
I'd love for Houston to sign Spree and Payton. What a trainwreck that clubhouse would be.

Amen

poohrichardson
08-01-2005, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by: Drbio
I'd love for Houston to sign Spree and Payton. What a trainwreck that clubhouse would be.



Well, let's see... Spree is a better defender than anyone on the Mavs right now.. and Payton is a better point guard than the Mavs have ever had, save for Steve Nash, and certainly better than any point guard on the current Mavs roster..

Looks like a pair of players that could put the Rockets over the top to me..

Drbio
08-01-2005, 01:42 PM
Payton USED to be a dominant PG. He was burned so many times last year that he had to purchased fire insurance for his court time.

dalmations202
08-01-2005, 02:38 PM
Payton USED to be a dominant PG. He was burned so many times last year that he had to purchased fire insurance for his court time.

Until it got so expensive the insurance people just wouldn't cover it anymore.......................... i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

mabber
08-02-2005, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by: poohrichardson

Originally posted by: Drbio
I'd love for Houston to sign Spree and Payton. What a trainwreck that clubhouse would be.



Well, let's see... Spree is a better defender than anyone on the Mavs right now.. and Payton is a better point guard than the Mavs have ever had, save for Steve Nash, and certainly better than any point guard on the current Mavs roster..

Looks like a pair of players that could put the Rockets over the top to me..

I'll take Terry AND Harris over the "current" Gary Payton without hesitation.

MrCheerios
08-02-2005, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by: poohrichardson

Originally posted by: Drbio
I'd love for Houston to sign Spree and Payton. What a trainwreck that clubhouse would be.



Well, let's see... Spree is a better defender than anyone on the Mavs right now.. and Payton is a better point guard than the Mavs have ever had, save for Steve Nash, and certainly better than any point guard on the current Mavs roster..

Looks like a pair of players that could put the Rockets over the top to me..

Can I buy pot from you?

Murphy3
08-02-2005, 02:09 PM
What would happen when Fin pouted because of lack of shot attempts?