That set the stage to build a team on the margins that could challenge the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 10 points per game in the playoffs including a 28-point effort in game 4 of the Rockets series against Oklahoma City.
The Houston Rockets and free agent forward/center Nene have hit a snag in contractual talks, going back on a four-year, $15 million offer at the start of the free agency window, which he will re-enter as talks fell apart, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
At age 34, Nene averaged 9.1 points and 4.2 rebounds on 62 percent shooting as mid-range-and-in scorer off the bench for the Rockets, who posted the NBA's third-best record last season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a deal to send guard Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets. He was able to avoid surgery and told reporters after the Rockets were eliminated that he hoped to return.
The #Boston Celtics have agreed to a two-year deal with German power forward Daniel Theis. The 21-year-old Qi was a second round pick from China in the 2016 NBA Draft.
A former standout at Kansas, Selden started two of Memphis' six post-season games, averaging 3.8 points. He has played for the Xinjiang Flying Rockets in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) since 2014.
Simmons was not selected in last month's NBA draft.
Still a superb and versatile defender, even in his 13th season, he remains an outstanding finisher on cuts or the break. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports it's a multi-year deal with the Rockets, though the final terms haven't quite been finalized. But rather than see Nene look around elsewhere to find $15 million in guaranteed money, they offered a longer contract than anyone else would be offering in order to convince Nene to stay.