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After spending countless hours together on and off the court in the last few weeks, Chris Paul and James Harden can’t wait to see how their pairing will work as the Houston Rockets open camp on Tuesday.

“We did a lot of traveling, playing pickup games here and there and stuff like that, so you are antsy to actually get out there with the full crew and see what it looks like,” Paul said.

Since Paul was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Rockets in June, some have questioned how the two point guards will coexist in Houston.

General manager Daryl Morey said he has no worries about that and said he doesn’t have to see the pair in a game to know that he’s right.

“They’ve been playing in gyms around the country and out of the country all summer,” he said. “Just from my watching it and coach (Mike D’Antoni) has watched it even more than me — we’re 100 percent certain it’s going to work.”

D’Antoni, who enters his second season in Houston, said the three have had plenty of conversations about how they’ll play together and what it will look like. He knows there will be growing pains along the way, but he believes the fact that both players want it to work will go a long way.

“We have little things to work out but, again, both of them are very willing to do whatever it takes to be the best that we can be,” D’Antoni said. “Now we’ve just got to figure out what that is and keep improving on it all year.”

Harden, who finished second to Russell Westbrook in MVP voting last season, is thrilled about the opportunity to pair with such a dynamic player. He believes Paul’s skill set will make things easier for him.

“It’s a relief,” he said. “But it’s not just anybody that I’m getting off the ball giving it to. I’m giving the ball to somebody that can do the same thing I can do even better.”

Paul is a nine-time All-Star who has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his 12-year career, though he has been dogged with criticism in recent years for failing to help the Clippers get out of the second round of the playoffs. Los Angeles reached the postseason in each of Paul’s six seasons with the team, but the Clippers were eliminated in the first round three times and in the Western Conference semifinals three other times.

Harden ranked second in the league with 29.1 points per game and first with 11.2 assists. He had 64 double-doubles last year after combining for just 67 in the first seven seasons of his career, and he notched 22 triple-doubles after getting just nine total before last season.

His brilliant season was marred by a poor performance in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals when the Rockets were eliminated with a 39-point loss to the Spurs. Harden didn’t attempt a shot until halfway through the second quarter of the blowout and finished with 10 points to tie a season low.

He denies that he paid any attention to the criticism he received after that loss, asking, “What did they say?” about the naysayers.

But he doesn’t deny that he should have done more in that game and vows to do just that this season.

“Obviously I played terrible,” he said. “It didn’t end in a championship so that’s frustrating. (I’ve) just got to get better. Won’t blame anybody but myself.” \

Paul readily admits that his only motivation for opting in for the last year of his contract so the Clippers could deal him was to chase a title.

“I came here with one purpose, one goal in mind and that’s to win a championship,” he said. “And the cool part is being here with a guy like James that has those same aspirations.”

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NBA referees will be able to call flagrant or technical fouls on defenders who dangerously close on jump shooters without allowing them space to land, as Zaza Pachulia did on the play that injured San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last season’s playoffs.

Officials will also make sure jump shooters are in their upward shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is worthy of free throws, which could cut down on James Harden’s attempts after he swings his arms into contact.

Leonard sprained his ankle when Pachulia slid his foot under Leonard’s in Game 1 of Golden State’s victory in the Western Conference finals. After calling a foul, officials will now be able to look at replay to determine if the defender recklessly positioned his foot in an unnatural way, which could trigger an upgrade to a flagrant or a technical if there was no contact but an apparent attempt to injure.

“It’s 100 percent for the safety of the players,” NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia said Thursday.

The NBA had made the freedom to land a point of emphasis for officials a few years ago, because of the risk of injuries. But the play got renewed attention during the playoffs because of Leonard’s injury and also one in which Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris landed on Al Horford’s foot in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, knocking him out of a game the Boston Celtics rallied to win.

Officials can still rule the play a common foul if they did not see a dangerous or unnatural attempt by the defender upon review. Borgia said Pachulia’s foul would have been deemed a flagrant.

With the fouls on the perimeter shots — often coming when the offensive player has come off a screen and quickly attempts to launch a shot as his defender tries to catch up — officials will focus on the sequencing of the play. The player with the ball must already be in his shooting motion when contact is made, rather than gathering the ball to shoot such as on a drive to the basket.

“We saw it as a major trend in the NBA, so we had to almost back up and say, ‘Well, wait a minute, this is going to be a trend, so let’s catch up to it,'” NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said.

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Kyrie Irving said Monday that his decision to request a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers was motivated by his own pursuit of happiness and that it had nothing to do with former teammate LeBron James.

The All-Star point guard appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Monday and discussed his trade to the Boston Celtics. Asked if he was happy now, Irving said he was “ecstatic.”

He said his trade request wasn’t about “wanting to be the man,” claiming he has no ego. Instead, he’s looking forward to “perfecting his craft” and playing his position for a storied NBA franchise.

“I’m looking forward to becoming something that I’ve always envisioned myself being, that’s being a complete point guard on a great team. I want to be able to come off pick and rolls and be able to dissect the defense,” he said.

Irving said he “relished” his role with the Cavaliers, but: “I’m not just this one-on-one individual that wants to go one-on-one every single time down. That’s not how I appreciate the game.”

Money had no factor in his decision, he said.

“Can’t put a price on happiness and truth,” Irving said, pointing out that he waived his $5.8 million trade kicker.

As he said in his introductory news conference, Irving said he didn’t talk to James before making his trade request.

“I don’t think that you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life. It’s not anything personal. … I’m not here to go at any particular person or the organization because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the times that I spent there,” he said.

He said he “absolutely” believes he can win without James and that he feels fortunate that he landed with the Celtics after “I really took a leap of faith with myself” with the trade request.

He emphasized that it will take time for the Celtics to jell this season. Asked what his expectations were this season, he said:

“That’s the kind of difficult question that will be asked throughout probably the entire season until we form our identity. … Only four guys from last year’s team that I played against in the Eastern Conference finals are returning. So this becomes a totally, totally new, new journey, and you have to see it as that. I have expectations, and I know we all share that as a group, but we don’t know about each other at all. And the only time that we have to figure that out is through training camp and throughout the season,” he said.

However, he was part of an evolving roster in Cleveland, and he said he will use that experience in Boston.

“So now you take that same formula that I had the unique opportunity of being a part of and observing every single day, and you apply that to another cultural environment that has a culture that’s existed for years, and now you try to put your imprint on it,” he said.

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The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent guard Tony Allen for the upcoming season.

The addition of the 6-foot-4 Allen, announced by the Pelicans on Friday, provides back-court depth as well as an option on the wing when using a smaller lineup. Allen also brings a reputation for defense dating back to when he helped the Boston Celtics win the 2008 NBA title. He has been named to the NBA all-defensive first team three times, most recently in 2015.

Allen has spent the past seven seasons with Memphis, mostly in a starting role. Last season, Allen averaged 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals.

The 35-year-old Allen began his NBA career in 2004 when he was drafted 25th overall by Boston out of Oklahoma State.

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Stephen Curry responded to Kevin Durant’s recent shots at Under Armour, telling the Charlotte Observer that the teammates had a conversation and the issue won’t affect the Golden State Warriors’ chemistry.

Durant, a Nike spokesperson, told The Ringer on a podcast last month that “nobody wants to play in Under Armours.” No athlete has generated more revenue for Under Armour than Curry, who left Nike for Under Armour in 2013.

“Where we were four years ago and where we are now — you can’t tell me nobody wants to wear our shoes,” Curry told the Observer. “I know for a fact they do.”

Despite some of the stir caused by Durant’s comments, Curry said he wasn’t angered by them.

“There is nothing that is going to put a wrench in our locker room,” Curry said.

An Under Armour spokesperson declined to comment on the story.

For the 2015-16 season, revenues for UA shoes and apparel associated with Curry reached $200 million before dropping off last year because of the lack of success with the Curry 3 signature shoe.

Durant was very close to representing Under Armour when the company offered a deal worth at least $265 million over 10 years when he was a sneaker free agent in the summer of 2014. Nike, at the 11th hour, matched and eventually exceeded the offer.

Curry, who signed a five-year, $201 million deal with the Warriors this offseason, also told the Observer that he intends to play beyond his current deal.

“When I came into the league, that’s the only thing I did say — I want to play 16 years just because my dad did,” said Curry, in reference to his father, Dell Curry. “I’ve always had an appreciation of what that meant. But now — having done eight years and understanding the work that it takes and whatnot — playing eight more years somewhere near the level I’m playing now would be solid.”

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Hornets coach Steve Clifford emphatically threw his support behind Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Friday, saying the often-criticized small forward is a significant contributor and will continue to start.

The five-year NBA veteran has been widely criticized for his offensive deficiencies and his awkward-looking jump shot, but Clifford insists the former No. 2 overall pick makes up for it with his defense and other intangibles. He expects Kidd-Gilchrist to develop into one of the top 10 defensive players in the league this year.

“I think he’s going to have a great year,” Clifford said.

Clifford knows Kidd-Gilchrist’s jump shooting is not his strength in an NBA game where spacing — and good shooting — is vital. Kidd-Gilchrist shot 47 percent from the field last season and only 11 percent from 3-point range.

But Clifford said spacing “is not as important as being competitive, it’s not as important as character, and it’s not as important as just natural talent. He is a talented athlete, he has a feel for the game, and he’s a tough guy who cares about the team.”

Clifford said Kidd-Gilchrist’s defensive intensity is something the Hornets desperately need.
Hornets coach Steve Clifford has been very vocal with his support of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, saying the forward will "have a great year."
“We have enough offense with him on the floor that we can be fine offensively,” Clifford said. “…It’s easy to look at guy who is not a range shooter and say he doesn’t belong in today’s NBA game. But if you can’t guard your guy in this league — and I’m talking about blow-by, being two small, not physical enough, not wanting to put any (effort) into it — you better be 28 or 29 (points per game) or it’s very difficult for your team to win.”

Clifford said Kidd-Gilchrist will start along with All-Star Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams and recently acquired Dwight Howard, Clifford said last year’s starting center, Cody Zeller, will see extensive minutes off the bench.

Clifford is convinced this lineup and additional depth this year will allow the Hornets to be a playoff team, but wouldn’t put a cap on the team’s full potential.

But the fifth-year head coach said he’ll feel better about his team’s chances once the Hornets get two key reserves back on the floor. He has concerns over the team’s depth at point guard as Michael Carter-Williams recovers from a knee procedure and rookie first-round draft pick Malik Monk battles an ankle injury.

Carter-Williams, a free-agent pickup who is expected to back up Walker at the point, had what Clifford called a “knee procedure” in August and hasn’t practiced since. Clifford isn’t sure if Carter-Williams will be completely healthy by the regular-season opener.

Monk, the 11th pick in the 2017 NBA draft, is considered more of a shooter, but Clifford is hoping he can play some point guard, too.

However, the team hasn’t been able to get a good look at Monk since he joined the team. Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer missed the entire NBA summer league because of an ankle injury he sustained during pre-draft workouts. He recently tried to participate in two optional non-physically demanding workouts, but couldn’t finish them because of fatigue.

“His ankle injury was significant,” Clifford said. “He wasn’t able to have anywhere near the summer that I hoped for or what he hoped for.”

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Should the Bucks pass on offering Jason Terry a contract, he should have several options with a few other NBA teams

The Milwaukee Bucks have an open spot on the 15-man roster after releasing backup big man Spencer Hawes last week via the “stretch” provision. This transaction allowed the Bucks to move about $2.49 million below the luxury tax line.

The Bucks will likely begin the regular season on Oct. 18 with a full 15-man squad, and Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times speculates the “next move” could be to re-sign free-agent guard Jason Terry.

Terry, 39, has said he wants to re-sign with the Bucks after spending the 2016-17 NBA season with the team.

“Jason loves Milwaukee,” Terry’s agent, Ryan Davis, told Woelfel in late June. “Hopefully, Milwaukee will bring him back.”

In 2016-17, Terry made 74 regular-season appearances and averaged 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Terry also made 42.7 percent of his attempts from behind the 3-point line.

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In order to move beneath the luxury-tax threshold, the Milwaukee Bucks waived 7-footer Spencer Hawes, league sources told ESPN.

The Bucks will use the stretch provision to spread the balance of Hawes’ $6.2 million salary this season over three years, sparing the franchise the full salary-cap hit this year.

Hawes, 29, was traded to Milwaukee in a February deal with Charlotte. Once Hawes clears waivers, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Hawes has averaged 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 10 NBA seasons, including stops with Sacramento, Philadelphia, Cleveland, the LA Clippers, Charlotte and Milwaukee.

The Bucks are now $2.5 million under the tax threshold with 13 guaranteed contracts.