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Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey Criticizes NBA MVP Voting, Clippers’ Blake Griffin Responds

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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is not a fan of the NBA Most Valuable Player voting this year which was awarded to Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook over Rockets guard James Harden.

Morey, not a fan of the decision, pointed to inconsistencies in the criteria that voters use to decide on an MVP winner.

Morey aired his grievances in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver.

We thought James was the MVP, but there were a bunch of very good, deserving candidates,” Morey said.

“I didn’t like how a different MVP criteria was used this year, compared to the last 55 years, to fit more of a marketing slogan. People thought a different criteria for selecting the MVP this year was the way to go.”

More clearly wasn’t holding back.

“I don’t know if this is a good process. The ones that are decided by players or executives or media, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I honestly don’t think there’s a good process. You could argue for eliminating the awards altogether. I don’t really see a good way to do it that doesn’t have major issues. I like clean answers. If there’s not going to be a set criteria and there’s going to be issues with how it’s structured, for me it might be better to not have it.”

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin took to Twitter and responded to Morey’s comments by saying;

“honestly, we should do away with championships too. seems dumb to me. participation trophies for everybody. don’t @ me ”

Morey stated that the addition of Chris Paul to Houston’s roster will make it more difficult for either Harden or Paul to be considered for the award, or win it, in the future.

“Given that the criteria seems to be shifting away from winning, I would guess that [adding Paul] probably doesn’t help anyone’s chances on our team. That said, I don’t think anybody really cares [going forward],” Morey said.

“James definitely cared and I think we all cared [about the 2017 MVP]. But we’ve moved on since the award isn’t focused on winning anymore. Let’s just win and not worry about it.”

 

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Rockets Signing Thabo Sefolosha

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The Houston Rockets are signing veteran small forward Thabo Sefolosha to a one-year deal at the veteran minimum, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.

Sefolosha spent the last two seasons playing for the Utah Jazz, and it likely going to be a depth piece for the Rockets this upcoming season.

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Nene Plans On Re-Signing with Rockets

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Veteran center Nene plans to play for the Houston Rockets for the upcoming season, according to The Athletic’s Kelly Iko.

Nene reportedly is set to re-sign with the team as they gear up for another push for an NBA championship.

Nene has averaged 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds during his three-season stay with the Rockets.

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Rockets Officially Sign Eric Gordon to Four-Year Contract Extension

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The Houston Rockets have officially signed guard Eric Gordon to a four-year, $75.6 million contract, according to an official team announcement.

In order for Gordon to cash in on the entire deal, he would need to make an All Star team or be a part of a Rockets championship team, which would guaranteed the final year of his new deal.

Gordon, 30, averaged 16.2 ppg last season for the Rockets.

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