Sometimes NBA free agency is a dud. Not much happens, nobody goes anywhere, and there are no trades. Less than 21 hours before the opening of NBA Free Agency, this duddery doesn’t seem to be the case. (Yes, less than 21 hours (from posting this article) because the NBA isn’t opening free agency at midnight Eastern Time anymore, but at a more reasonable 6pm. Or an eminently reasonable 3pm if you are in PST.).
We’ve already seen James Harden opt out of $47 million. Which is interesting, as we saw Kyrie Irving opt into his $36 million deal.
We’ve seen a big trade, with Atlanta sending three picks, two unprotected, to the San Antonio Spurs for Dejounte Murray. (So, not quite so many guards there now.). Danillo Gallinari is finally a Spur. At least that part of the universe is in balance.
We’ve seen the Rockets decline their team-friendly team option on Jae’Sean Tate, and have extended a qualifying offer, as Tate tests the waters of restricted free agency..
I think we all know what the biggest news is here. Tate’s Qualifying Offer.
The Rockets, just like many here at The Dreamshake, are evidently interested in bringing scorned center Isaiah Hartenstein back to Houston, as reported by Kelly Iko of the Athletic. Hartenstein quietly put together a fantastic season off the bench for the Clippers last year, and could be ready for a bigger role.
There’s talk the Rockets could also be interested in Mo Bamba. He had a better season than you might think - he shot 38% from 3pt range on 4 attempts per game, and averaged 10.6 pts, 8.1 rebs, and 1.7blk in 26 minutes per game.
There are also rumors linking Rockets guard Eric Gordon to his old pals Daryl Morey, James Harden, D’Anthony Melton, and probably PJ Tucker on the Philadelphia 76ers.
Finally, people are tweeting about Colin Sexton of the Cavs perhaps moving to the Rockets in a sign-and-trade deal. I personally don't see the fit, but if the contract is cheap enough, perhaps he’s a value play one way or another.
The Rockets are NOT in the running to re-sign James Harden, according to Xiane of The Dreamshake, who spoke to no one about the matter.
Reprising a theme explored when speaking of betting on the NBA, it’s also possible to bet on free agency signings. This is interesting, but I’d approach this with eyes open.
It’s unlike an actual sporting event, where the outcome is unknown, so that unless something outright illegal is happening, nobody knows the winner. On the other hand, someone has a pretty good idea who, say, the first pick in the NBA draft will be, even if it’s only Jeff Weltman.
Someone has more than a guess where a player might sign. Maybe those people don’t tell, and they don’t bet, but the rapid movement of action towards Paulo Banchero at 1-1, after the story being Jabari Smith all the way, before the draft, is curious. Maybe the size of the betting market is such that insider information doesn’t move the odds, but it’s something to consider.
If you ARE looking for an extreme long shot, with a huge payout, DraftKings currently has the Houston Rockets at +100,000 to win the Western Conference. No, the Rockets aren’t going to win the Western Conference. But if they did...if this plucky band of kids did the unthinkable... But they won’t. But if they could... Play the same way you’d play lotto Powerball, for the enjoyment of the dream, not any kind of return.
No odds are available that I could find on DraftKings regarding the Rockets winning Vegas Summer League, but that might be a realistic target, as I’ve seen them elsewhere at +1800, or top 3. They’ll post them soon no doubt, as odds have appeared for the pre Vegas Summer League games with Sacramento, Golden State, Miami and the Lakers. If you bet on this, without even waiting on the start of Vegas Summer League...
One last thing. Who says no?
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