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Old 06-13-2007, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default [Rockets.com] Updated trade, Mike James and Justin Reed for Juwan Howard

http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/Rockets_acquire_James_Reed_in-228702-34.html

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HOUSTON -- The Rockets are turning to a familiar face to provide some much-needed help in their backcourt.

Mike James, who made a pit stop in Houston during the 2004-05 season, will resume his career with the Rockets after the franchise traded Juwan Howard to the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday to acquire the veteran point guard. Houston also received reserve forward Justin Reed in the deal.

The move brings another ballhandler to Houston's roster who can create for himself off the dribble and fills the team's need for more veteran depth in the backcourt.

"We are excited to have Mike back," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. "He is a proven player who will add championship experience and scoring punch to our team. Juwan has been a true professional and a key contributor to our franchise on and off the court. We wish him well."

James, 31, is a gritty veteran who can play either guard position and has shown solid shooting range. During his six-year career, the guard has averaged 11.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He is a 38.2 percent career shooter from three-point range.

With the Rockets, James became a reliable scorer off the bench in 27 games. He scored in double figures 16 times and had a strong postseason for the Rockets by canning 46.8 percent of his shots in Houston's 2005 first round series against Dallas.

Following that season, the Rockets traded him to Toronto for Rafer Alston. James had a career season with the Raptors in 2005-06, averaging 20.3 points and knocking down 44.2 percent of his three-point attempts. The Rockets pursued James as a free agent this past summer along with several other clubs before the point guard signed with the Timberwolves.

James, who is building a home in the Houston area, will be joining a franchise that went into the offseason seeking more backcourt depth. The team relied almost solely on Alston at point guard during the 2007 playoffs with the veteran logging 44.1 minutes in the seven-game series.

Reed, 25, will join James in Houston. The fourth-year forward, who spent past 1 1/2 seasons in Minnesota, appeared in 41 games with the Timberwolves this season. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 2.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.8 minutes.

Howard, 34, started 38 games for the Rockets last season, but primarily provided veteran leadership off the bench. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds.

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Old 06-13-2007, 09:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: [OFFICIAL] Mike James for Juwan Howard

The Rockets did suck on offense.

The TWolves suck worse on offense, now.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: [OFFICIAL] Mike James for Juwan Howard

I don't know much about Mike James, is he better than Howard?
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:48 PM   #4
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Default Re: [OFFICIAL] Mike James for Juwan Howard

Mike James is gonna help a little, but what are they gonna do with Rafer?
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:50 PM   #5
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Default Re: [OFFICIAL] Mike James for Juwan Howard

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I don't know much about Mike James, is he better than Howard?

The Rockets sorely need another option at point guard. Mike James is perfect offensively. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, he is going to be of great help to the Rockets, plus his defense is pretty good as well.

I don't understand this for the Wolves. Juwan is getting pretty old. His defensive rotations are slow which is aggravating, and his jumper is on and off. He could go on a hot streak for like a week, but then he will give you a whole month of horrible shooting as well.

I feel bad for the wolves overall.

Rafer hopefully will be gone soon.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:52 PM   #6
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The Rockets sorely need another option at point guard. Mike James is perfect offensively. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, he is going to be of great help to the Rockets, plus his defense is pretty good as well.

I don't understand this for the Wolves. Juwan is getting pretty old. His defensive rotations are slow which is aggravating, and his jumper is on and off. He could go on a hot streak for like a week, but then he will give you a whole month of horrible shooting as well.

I feel bad for the wolves overall.

Rafer hopefully will be gone soon.

They're getting ready for next year's draft. Pretty early.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:54 PM   #7
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Default Re: [OFFICIAL] Mike James for Juwan Howard

Now who will the Rockets play on PF besides Chuck

The team just got alot smaller
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:55 PM   #8
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They're getting ready for next year's draft. Pretty early.

SAKF will not be happy about this move. Their frontcourt just got softer. I think when Garnett said he wanted a veteran frontline player, I doubt he meant a non-defensive, streaky offensive PF on the downside of his career.
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Now who will the Rockets play on PF besides Chuck

The team just got alot smaller

No, I think they actually listened to T-mac.
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Now who will the Rockets play on PF besides Chuck

The team just got alot smaller

It's obvious the Rockets are going after a power forward either in free agency, draft, or trade.

There were rumors in some papers that Rockets were thinking about a Battier + filler for Wilcox trade. I'm not sure how Seattle felt about this, but if Rashard leaves, it wouldn't be bad for them to have someone of Battier's IQ on the court.

Trust me, we are going after a power forward. It's obvious that either Rafer or V-span are gone.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:57 PM   #11
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Default Re: [ESPN] Mike James for Juwan Howard

this means we are going to draft a bbaby shaq glen davis!!!

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Old 06-13-2007, 09:58 PM   #12
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I don't know much about Mike James, is he better than Howard?

remember his last year on the raptors? he was putting up crazy numbers
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Default Re: [ESPN] Mike James for Juwan Howard

Well at least KG can't complain about not having an All-Star big man to play with now. And by that I mean Juwan Howard .... (ten years ago).
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Default Re: [ESPN] Mike James for Juwan Howard

Mike James on the same team as Tmac is probably the best TMac stopper that exists. As a Mavs fan, I couldn't be happier about this trade.
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So whats happening With Bonzi Wells now
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