Now that they’ve landed James Harden, the Houston Rockets have bigger goals in mind.
Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey officially introduced Harden on Monday, calling him a “foundational” player for the team’s rebuilding effort. Harden joined Houston in a stunning trade with Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
Coupled with Jeremy Lin, Morey is hoping that the high-profile backcourt and the salary cap space created by the move will lure another star to Houston. The Thunder received shooting guard Kevin Martin in the deal, along with first-round draft pick Jeremy Lamb, a first-round draft pick and two second-round picks.
Harden was finalizing a long-term contract with Houston on Monday. He says he’ll be ready to play in Detroit on Wednesday.
Mavericks waive West
The Dallas Mavericks have waived guard Delonte West after suspending him twice in less than two weeks for conduct detrimental to the team.
The move Monday created a roster spot for center Eddy Curry, who was picked up last week and could end up starting in the opener against the Los Angeles Lakers because of an injury to Chris Kaman.
West, who has bipolar disorder, indicated in a series of tweets after the second suspension that his future in Dallas was in doubt. He was a valuable role player for the Mavericks last year and figured to play a similar role this year before a pair of locker room incidents during the preseason.
Dallas grabbed Curry last week after he was released by San Antonio.
Thunder pick up option
The Oklahoma City Thunder have picked up Reggie Jackson’s option, keeping the guard under contract through the 2013-14 season.
General manager Sam Presti announced the move Monday. Jackson averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 assists in 45 games as a rookie last season after he was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2011 draft. He served as the Thunder’s backup point guard after Eric Maynor was shelved by a season-ending knee injury but was dropped from the rotation after Oklahoma City signed Derek Fisher.
Jackson has been competing with Maynor for the backup point guard in training camp.