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Rockets Driving NBA Free-Agent Debate

Boston Globe

On June 30, a small group of men visiting the West Coast from Houston left their luxury hotel around 9 pm Pacific Time for a short ride through the winding Beverly Hills streets lined with palm trees and hidden mansions. After reaching their destination, they began their pitch.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, his pockets swollen from a recent New York real estate deal, left most of the sweet-talking to others in the party. Among them: GM Daryl Morey, who did a masterful job of clearing salary cap space, and coach Kevin McHale, who knew how to work the low post better than anyone as a player. As they sat in a room, Morey and McHale had to dig deep to work over -- and win...

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