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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni with some high praise for forward P.J. Tucker: "To me, P.J. Tucker is one of the best players in the league," D'Antoni told reporters on Monday. "I know a lot of people will go 'whoaaaa.' He was (ranked) like 80-something. I don't know what it was. You're kidding me. This guy plays maybe the best defense in the league. That's half the game right there. He might be the best. If not, he's one of the top five. Now you got a guy that shot since he started 42 percent from 3s, 47 in the playoffs. Really? There's a lot of guys that shot better than that? A guy that will get every loose ball, every chemistry thing, every play he's playing all out. I don't know how we judge people. What is the criteria for being a great player? That is a great player."

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17hTim MacMahon

Anthony can't rule out bench role with Rockets

The Rockets have yet to make a decision on whether Carmelo Anthony will start this season, but the 10-time All-Star did not shoot down the possibility of coming off the bench for the first time in his career.

CP3 sees Melo's 'hunger' as his biggest asset (0:30)

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Free agent guard Tyler Ulis picked the Golden State Warriors over the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings for an Exhibit 10 contract, a source said.

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5d

Curry, Paul, Wall launch Florence fundraiser

NBA stars Steph Curry, Chris Paul and John Wall, all of whom grew up in North Carolina, have teamed to support Hurricane Florence relief efforts with a fundraising website.

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9dAdrian Wojnarowski

Rockets defensive guru Bzdelik calls it a career

Rockets associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik, who has overseen the development of the team's defense, is retiring. Rockets assistant Roy Rogers is expected to assume a bulk of the defensive responsibilities.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

New Rockets teammate James Harden stopped by Carmelo Anthony's fashion event in New York City last week. Anthony collaborated with Jordan Brand, rag & bone, Goorin Brothers, Rochambeau and Famous Nobodys to produce some clothing.

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11d

Prosecutor to review allegation against Harden

The city prosecutor is reviewing an allegation that James Harden grabbed a woman by the wrist, took her phone and threw it on a roof after she took video of a fight.

Yao Ming's immediate and lasting impact on the NBA (0:36)
Is Capela All-Star material? (1:26)
La La discusses Melo's peace of mind (1:56)
Are Rockets closer to a title after offseason moves? (0:56)
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25dAdrian Wojnarowski

Sources: 76ers to interview 3 GM candidates

The 76ers have been granted permission to interview Golden State's Larry Harris, Houston's Gersson Rosas and Utah's Justin Zanik for the franchise's vacant general manager job, league sources told ESPN.

Bomani: 'Unfair' for Chriss to take heat for Harden tweet (1:02)

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Houston will generate a $2.6M trade exception and see their current luxury tax bill drop from $20.4M to $14.7M after the trade to acquire Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss. Knight has 2 seasons left at $14.6M, $15.6M and is coming off missing the 2017-18 season with a left ACL knee injury. The former lottery pick Chriss is owed $3.2M and a 2019-20 $4.1M team option that needs to be exercised by Oct. 31. The Rockets now have 12 guaranteed contracts and 2 partials in Michael Carter-Williams and Zhou Qi.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The current standings for the 8 teams in the luxury tax: 1) OKC-$73.75M 2) GSW- $44.70M 3) TOR- $34.50M 4) HOU- $20.44M 5) WAS- $18.32M 6) POR- $12.58M 7) BOS- $6.03M and 8) MIA- $4.86M. The 22 teams below the tax currently project to receive $4.88M in distribution money. That number is a projection and will increase or decrease by the end of the regular season. Last season, 26 teams received $2.21M.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Our preseason BPI ratings predict how many points per game better or worse every team is relative to the NBA average.

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33d

Harden says Melo's transition will be 'a breeze'

James Harden, discussing Carmelo Anthony's addition to the Rockets' lineup, says "it's going to be easy" thanks to "talented, high-IQ guys around who love to communicate and love to figure things out."

Tucker: Melo will fit in with Rockets (0:53)
Russ and Harden put on a show in celebrity game (0:59)

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Team Stats

Points Per Game112.42nd
Rebounds Per Game43.5Tied-18th
Assists Per Game21.5Tied-26th
Points Allowed103.9Tied-6th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-186517.793
2016-175527.671
2015-164141.500
2014-155626.683