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Clippers Patrick Beverley Says He Requested Trade From Houston Prior To Arrival In Los Angeles

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Well, Patrick Beverley apparently got what he asked for with the Houston Rockets.

While appearing on ‘The Woj Pod’ with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Beverley said the he requested a trade from his former team, Houston, right before he was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Beverley was included in the package sent by the Rockets to the Clippers in the Chris Paul deal.

“I asked for it. I asked for a bigger opportunity, a bigger chance to display my skills on a high level” Beverely said (h/t Dan Feldman of NBC Sports).

“And I was fortunate that the Rockets did really good with me and put me in a situation where I can thrive and be successful. They could have really dumped me anywhere, but they did right, and I respect them a lot for it.”

Beverley, 29, averaged 9.5 points and a career-high 5.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in the 2016-2017 season and made the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

 

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Rockets, Mike D’Antoni Discussing New Contract

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The Houston Rockets and head coach Mike D’Antoni are in talks regarding a new contract with D’Antoni willing to stay with the franchise “for at least another three years, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Since D’Antoni joined the Rockets back in 2016, he has posted a 173-73 record but has lost back-to-back years in the playoffs at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.

“I’ve let [general manager] Daryl [Morey] and [team owner] Tilman [Fertitta] know that I’m energized to keep coaching—and believe that I can continue to do this at a high level for at least another three years,” the 68-year-old two-time Coach of the Year told Wojnarowski. “I want to be a part of a championship here.”

“Mike will be the coach next year” Rockets owner Rilman Fertitta said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“He’s not a lame duck to me. That’s just a media term. That’s just a media buzzword. … We’re more concerned with making our team better next year. Mike will be here. I like Mike. I think he’s a very good coach. Players like playing for him. I keep being told, free agents want to know who the owner is and they want to know who the coach is. Mike and I do well together. Hopefully, we’ll continue to win and Mike will be here for a long time.”

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Rockets’ Clint Capela Dealing with Respiratory Illness

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Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela played poorly during the Rockets’ Game 4 loss to the Utah Jazz, and now there appears to be some sort of explanation as to why he did.

Capela is apparently dealing with two respiratory illnesses and it is affecting his breathing.

“It’s tough, man,” Capela said following Game 4, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “Especially when I try to breathe, it’s hard. I’m just going to fight it the best that I can.”

Capela was diagnosed with both adenovirus and a klebsiella infection.

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Rockets’ Iman Shumpert Says He Will Be Ready for Playoffs

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Houston Rockets’ swingman Iman Shumpert recently returned from a calf injury and while he isn’t yet set to take to the court, he vows that he will be ready for the playoffs.

“I had to sit out and then sit out another week for my calf. In that time I gained a little weight not practicing, not getting back in the games” Shumpert said, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle .

“It takes the body a little time to adapt. But I’ll hit my stride. I’ll be ready for the playoffs.”

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