Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Reports: Rockets agree to deal with Carlos Delfino, team's 15th forward

Milwaukee Bucks forward Carlos Delfino, right, of Argentina,

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Carlos Delfino, one of the few impact players still available in free agency, is reportedly off to Houston.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle was the first to report that Delfino and the Rockets agreed on a two-year deal, the second year a team option.

Delfino, who will be 30 when the season starts, has played for three teams over a seven-year NBA career. He played with the Bucks...

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Nuggets add Anthony Randolph; Hill to Clippers

Minnesota Timberwolves' Anthony Randolph meets with the media

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Steve Nash is really bummed out. Why? One of Nash's former teammates will play for his new rival, the Clippers, during the 2012-13 season.

Here's a roundup of the free agent news you missed overnight:

Knick don't match on Lin

Just days after Mike Woodson told the media Jeremy Lin would start at point guard for the Knicks during the 2012-13 season, the franchise opted not to match...

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Roundup: Duncan staying put, Williams to Hawks

Philadelphia 76ers' Lou Williams (23) reacts with fans

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The moratorium on free agents officially signing with teams was lifted at midnight Wednesday. And as expected, Deron Williams signed with the Nets, and Steve Nash was shipped to the Lakers.

The rumor mill is still churning, though, and figures to heat up now that teams can start to lock up players for the 2012-13 season. Here are some of the latest:

Hornets will match on Gordon

Despite...

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Jeremy Lin, the Jason Kidd signing and the Knicks

Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd (2) and

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On the same day Jeremy Lin, arguably the Knicks' most popular player, reportedly agreed to sign an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, a Hall of Fame point guard reportedly agreed to take his talents to the Big Apple.

OK, let's take a step back. The 39-year-old Jason Kidd the Knicks reportedly signed to a three-year, $9 million deal isn't the same Jason Kidd that averaged near-double-doubles...

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Raptors find consolation prize in Lowry?

Houston Rockets' Kyle Lowry slaps hands with a

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After losing out on Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Raptors are reportedly close to acquiring a new starting point guard.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that the Rockets and Raptors are involved in discussions that would send breakout star Kyle Lowry to Toronto in exchange for a first-round draft pick and Gary Forbes.

Lowry, 26, busted out of the gates during the 2011-12 season...

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Eric Gordon, Goran Dragic and an NBA free agent roundup

New Orleans Hornets' Eric Gordon reacts after making

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Deron Williams will join the Nets in Brooklyn. Steve Nash is headed to Hollywood. What about the rest of this year NBA free agent class? Here's what you missed while celebrating the 4th of July:

Suns open up their checkbooks

Phoenix had the most eventful holiday of teams not named the Lakers or Nets, making power plays at three of the top 30 free agents available this offseason.

The...

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Report: Goran Dragic likely leaving Houston

Houston Rockets' Goran Dragic (3) drives the ball

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Point guard Goran Dragic, whose free agent stock skyrocketed after a mad dash to the end of the regular season, is unlikely to return the Houston Rockets, according to a report.

ESPN's Marc Stein writes that the Rockets are "pessimistic about their chances of re-signing" Dragic, and the two sides are "far apart in negotiations."

Stein also reports that Dragic is looking...

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Flashback: The John Starks disaster

A dejected John Starks of the New York

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Day 20 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Houston Rockets. The Rockets franchise has two NBA title, and has 12 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 22, 1994

Situation: The No. 2 Houston Rockets and the No. 2 New York Knicks are tied, 3-3, heading to Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Context: The Rockets opened up the season 15-0, lost to the Hawks, then...

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Big blow to Rockets' playoff chances

Kyle Lowry is back on a basketball court. But according to a report, he's far away from having any impact for the Rockets.

Out due to a bacterial infection since March 10, the Houston Chronicle reports that Lowry, who participated in Rockets practice Monday, may not see game action the rest of this season.

Jonathan Feigen reports that Lowry was very limited in practice, the use of his...

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Poll: Knicks, not Bucks, playoff-bound

Milwaukee Bucks' Monta Ellis walks downcourt during the

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Monta Ellis doesn't scare Newsday.com's readers.

In a poll posted last week, users overwhelmingly predicted that the Knicks, not the Bucks or Cavs, would make the East playoffs.

Since voting opened, Milwaukee beat Cleveland and Golden State, running their winning streak to five games. The Bucks also added dynamic scorer Monta Ellis, and dealt struggling forward Stephen Jackson.

The...

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