The Houston Rockets are further expanding the business debate over All-NBA custody James Horton Beyond the preferred locations of Brooklyn and Philadelphia, the sources are ESPN.
Many playoff-caliber teams at Eastern and Western conferences have said they find greater comfort in making high-level commercial assets in negotiations to acquire Horton for ESPN. The Rockets have been holding ongoing discussions on several fronts, and sources said they have been in contact with Horton about those shots.
Several teams have told ESPN that they feel less about the trade for Horton without the assurance that he will sign again once he is able to become a free agent in two years.
The Sixers have shown a willingness to add an All-Star guard Ben Simmons In trade packages for Horton, sources said those talks were nowhere near a deal. Sources said the Nets have been limited by interest in the Reds’ staff and a third team may be needed to come out of the talks. So far, the price of young players and the steep prices of rockets for selection have not moved any of their discussions to an advanced level.
The Rockets plan to start the season next week by sharing the Horton Back Court John Wall But the teams have expressed an option and they will finalize a deal soon, sources said.
Horton, a three-time scoring champion, did not report to Houston until December 8, 2018 NBA MVP – two days after the Rockets began team proceedings. He missed the first two seasons of racquet games, and admitted he was in “catchy mode” in learning game conditioning and new Houston coach Stephen Silas’ system.
Horton, 31, asked for a trade before training camp, even though the Rockets offered him a two-year, $ 103 million contract extension – more than three years later, sources told ESPN that he still owes $ 133 million.
“I can only focus now, and for me, the best James Horton will make sure I am in shape,” Horton told reporters Wednesday. “Like I said, I haven’t even had a chance to play 5-in-5. Personal workouts, too, are great when you practice personal basketball, but as every NBA player would admit, there is nothing like 5-in-5. Creating things like training, naturalness, readings and the like. When I got out there for the first time yesterday, I felt better and it’s exciting. “
ESPN’s Tim McMahon contributed to the report.