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40-18, 2nd in Southwest

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Yao Ming was named president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Thursday. Yao became the first person from the private sector to take the position, which normally goes to government officials, in the history of the CBA, which was formed in 1956. "I'll try my best to contribute in a new way in order to help the development of Chinese basketball." Yao said during his introductory speech according to Tencent. "We, who take Chinese basketball as our careers and dreams, shall work and stick together." Also the Xinhua News agency in China reports Yao may now have to give up his ownership with the Shanghai Sharks.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden said he was pleased his agent Rob Pelinka will become the GM of the Lakers. Harden didn't say what he'll do in regards of finding a new agent. "I'm happy for him," Harden said. "I told him he's worked extremely hard and if he got an opportunity to be a GM with the Los Angeles Lakers, take it. I'll figure out what I do next. It's an opportunity of a lifetime and I'm happy for him." Pelinka also represented Rockets teammates Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he will play Pat Beverley, Eric Gordon and newly acquired guard Lou Williams at the same time with the second unit. Beverley can guard some small forwards if need be, depending on the size of the player. But scoring is the key in this Rockets trade for Williams. "To be able to compete with the top teams you got to continue to score throughout the game," D'Antoni said. "We can't think ok we can shut them down, the Golden States, the San Antonios the Clevelands, whoever, we'll shut them down. Those guys aren't getting shutdown you got to be able to score until you can make some strategic (defensive) stops we have that ability even now."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets guard Patrick Beverley has been the subject of trade rumors with the deadline approaching on Thursday afternoon. Cleveland, New York and Chicago have expressed interest in Beverley. A Rockets source said the plan is not to trade Beverley. "At the end of the day I understand this is a business, I enjoy my time here with Houston," Beverley said before Rockets practice on Wednesday in New Orleans. "If anything does happen I'll be fortunate and be happy to play back home (Chicago) and be happy to help an organization like the Knicks or an organization like the Cavs if something does happen. But my loyalty is to Houston right now, and until that changes that's where my loyalty will stay."

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Can the Rockets pull off a trade for Shumpert? (0:58)
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Sources: Rockets eye Shumpert, not for Beverley

The Rockets have engaged the Cavaliers in talks about acquiring Iman Shumpert, but Houston does not want to include Patrick Beverley in the deal, sources told ESPN.

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Rockets acquired rising stock in Williams

In trading for 30-year-old Lou Williams on Tuesday, the Houston Rockets get a guard who's currently posting career-best totals for points per game, 3-point percentage, free throw percentage and efficiency rating. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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Rockets' bench just got deeper

Over the last three seasons, nobody has had nearly as many 25-point games off the bench as newly acquired Rockets guard Lou Williams (21). His new teammate, Ryan Anderson, has the next most. (ESPN Stats & Info)

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

According to a source, several teams have expressed interest in Rockets guard Patrick Beverley. Chicago, New York and Cleveland are the main suitors. Rockets front office and coaches value what Beverley brings to the team and that's being noticed by others. Beverley, according to a source, has a desire to remain with the Rockets.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets informed Corey Brewer he was traded to the Lakers following Tuesday's practice. "Yeah, I was surprised," Brewer said to ESPN. "I wasn't expecting to be moved. Teams are trying to makes moves at the deadline. (Houston) wanted another scorer and they made the trade. I respect their decision." Brewer's shot just wasn't consistent with the Rockets. He was averaging a career-low 4.2 points per game and despite shooting 50 percent from the field the past seven games, he shot just 28.9 percent in the previous 10 games. "If I was making shots, I would probably still be here, you never know," Brewer said. "I love Houston I don't want to leave but I have no choice. I hope my shots starts falling with the Lakers."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly acquired Rockets guard Lou Williams will be paid $7 million this season and $7 million next year as part of a three-year $21 million deal he signed in July 2015. Corey Brewer, who also signed a three-year contract in July 2015, will earn $7.6 million each of the next two seasons with the Lakers. Brewer signed a three-year contract worth $23.4 million.

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Trading Lou Williams helps Lakers' draft chances (1:16)

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Houston Rockets traded veteran forward Corey Brewer and their 2017 first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for veteran guard Lou Williams on Tuesday night according to multiple sources. Williams brings additional scoring to the Rockets bench, something GM Daryl Morey said he was hoping to accomplish by the trade deadline, which is Thursday. Williams, combined with reserve guard Eric Gordon, have scored 1,835 points.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Rockets teammates Lou Williams and Eric Gordon rank 1-2 in the NBA in points scored off the bench this season. Williams has 1,065. Gordon ranks 2nd with 770.

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Lou Williams has 21 games with at least 25 points off the bench over the last 3 seasons, 9 more than any other player in the league. Ryan Anderson ranks 2nd with 12.

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Newest Rockets guard Lou Williams has made 122 3-pointers this season, 17th in the NBA. The Rockets now have 5 players ranked in the top 20 in 3-pointers made.

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Lou Williams has 21 games with at least 25 points off the bench over the last 3 seasons, nine more than Ryan Anderson, who ranks 2nd with 12.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets guard Eric Gordon said his agent Rob Pelinka will become the GM of the Lakers. Team officials have not confirmed the move.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said the Pelicans move to add DeMarcus Cousins to the roster was "interesting."

Team Stats

Points Per Game114.42nd
Rebounds Per Game44.011th
Assists Per Game25.42nd
Points Allowed108.024th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2016-174018.690
2015-164141.500
2014-155626.683
2013-145428.659
2012-134537.549

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