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Houston Rockets News: June 22, 2017

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Houston Rockets set sights on top-tier free agents, including Chris Paul, Blake Griffin
The Rockets are expected to go "hard" after Chris Paul and also are targeting other top-tier free agents this summer, sources told ESPN.

Why Blake Griffin should sign with the Houston Rockets this summer | FOX Sports
Houston wants to do something big, and this could be it.

2017 NBA Draft: Houston Rockets' Last-Minute Whiteboard | Bleacher Report
The good news for the Houston Rockets is that they finished with the third-best record in the NBA and made it to the conference semifinals, exceeding almost all expectations. The bad news is that they don't get much of a draft...

Houston Rockets give 4-year extension to GM Daryl Morey
The Rockets have extended the contract of GM Daryl Morey through the 2021-22 season, calling him "one of the top minds and innovators" in the NBA.

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap Rumored as Rockets Targets | Bleacher Report
After finishing with the third-best record in the NBA this past season, the Houston Rockets will look for another star they can pair with James Harden to challenge the Golden State Warriors ...

2017 NBA Draft: Five Players That the Houston Rockets Should Draft
The 2017 NBA Draft is almost upon us, and the Rockets have two second round selections. With the 43 and 45 picks in the draft, Houston needs to look hard to

Rumor Central: Rockets want to extend James Harden's contract beyond 2020 - NBA Rumor Central- ESPN
Houston Rockets guard James Harden is eligible to sign a max extension for the second consecutive summer and it will be offered by the team.

NBA News

NBA mock draft 2017: The Lakers finally zero in on Lonzo Ball at No. 2 -
Happy draft day, everyone. Here is our final mock before the 2017 NBA Draft.

Phil Jackson is digging the Knicks deeper into their sad little hole -
Jackson continues to show his knack for making bad situations even worse.

NBA trade rumors 2017: Knicks thinking about trading Kristaps Porzingis. Really -
The Knicks are reportedly looking for a top-four pick and an established starter in return for Porzingis.

NBA sets $99 million salary cap, lower than expected -
The cap for the 2017-18 season had been projected to hit $101 million, an 8 percent increase over 2016-17. Instead, the cap will increase only 5 percent.

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Deshaun Watson Speaks: On Paying Dues, Getting Better, Embracing Houston, More - Battle Red Blog
When the franchise’s savior at QB—hopefully—speaks, Texans fans listen.

Astros 5, Athletics 1: Fiers, Correa burn bright - The Crawfish Boxes

Mike Fiers allows one run over six innings in his third straight start.

Ed Orgeron Needs To Get Over His Texas Issues - Burnt Orange Nation

Daily Round Up: June 22, 2017

Calling All Cards: A Q&A with Card Chronicle - Frogs O' War

Mike Rutherford of Card Chronicle was kind enough to answer a few questions for us ahead of a possible matchup with TCU in Omaha.

Daily Bears Reports 6/22- Great Visit and NBA Draft - Our Daily Bears

Good Publicity and a Great Meeting:

Rachel Baribeau, a national college football reporter for SiriusXM College Sports, met with the Baylor football team and had extremely positive things to say.

Red Raider Pros: What’s the future hold for Jakeem Grant? - Viva The Matadors

We took some time to chat with The Phinsider’s Kevin Nogle about how Grant is fitting into Miami

LSU Does The Double Over The Noles, Advances - And The Valley Shook

LSU eliminated Florida State and set up a rematch with Oregon State

Offensive Tackle Brandon Hodges Will Transfer - Barking Carnival

Hodges was projected to start at right tackle, but he was reportedly done in by grades. Eric Nahlin at Inside Texas alluded this news coming a couple of days ago. That leaves a battle between...

Around the Dog Park: How the Vegas Odds Think Each Team Will Finish - Underdog Dynasty

A DII school is starting football while ULM continues its AD search.

The Peel Episode 36: It’s #TexasDerby time - Dynamo Theory

The guys are hyped up over the #TexasDerby