Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Rockets in pursuit despite deal being a ‘long shot’

first_img NBA trade news: Warriors deal Andre Iguodala to Grizzlies, say they’ll retire his jersey NBA trade news: Bulls acquire Tomas Satoransky from Wizards Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook is garnering plenty of trade interest.The Heat and Pistons have emerged as possible suitors for the Thunder’s star guard, but the Rockets are also in the picture now, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. One Houston source described its chances of getting Westbrook a “long shot,” but that doesn’t mean it won’t try to make things work. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey reportedly explored moving every player not named Paul or Harden this offseason, including Clint Capela and Eric Gordon. Striking out on Jimmy Butler doesn’t seem to have deterred Houston’s desire to improve.The Thunder traded Paul George to the Clippers in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and five future first-round draft picks and are already rumored to be discussing where Westbrook could be dealt this summer. Oklahoma City could be in the beginning phases of a major rebuild while the Rockets are looking to rise to the top of the Western Conference now. If an agreement is reached, both sides could come out better for it.center_img Houston has been ambitious in its pursuit of top talent, and ESPN’s report states it might be able to acquire Westbrook without moving Chris Paul, who has three years and $125 million remaining on his contract. Westbrook has $171 million remaining on his current deal. The Rockets would likely have to orchestrate a complicated multi-team deal to land Westbrook, but it could be worth it, as he has been successful playing alongside their star James Harden in the past. Westbrook and Harden were once both blossoming stars in Oklahoma City and made their NBA Finals debuts with the Thunder in 2012 alongside Kevin Durant — but ultimately fell to LeBron James’ Heat in five games. Neither has been back since.However, both players have made tremendous progress in the past few years. Westbrook was named the league’s MVP in 2016-17 and has averaged a triple-double for three consecutive seasons. Harden won MVP honors the following season and finished second in the voting three times. He averaged a staggering 36.1 points per game in 2018-19. Related Newslast_img read more

Jane’s golfing journey from novice to captain

first_img Where will golf take you? Just seven years ago Jane Lakin didn’t even play golf – and now she’s a lady captain. Jane was heading for retirement and looking for a new challenge when she saw an article in the local paper about get into golf beginner classes in Gloucestershire. Today she’s a regular in the league teams and the lady captain at Brickhampton Court Golf Club. This is her story: “The newspaper article hit the spot!  I needed a new challenge, something which would get me out in the fresh air, in good company, learning something that I could hopefully improve at. “I had played hockey and squash in the past, and still played league tennis. So, with some trepidation, I made contact, and turned up, keen and very, very green, at the driving range at Brickhampton Court Golf Club.  The coach was fun and encouraging – and the journey in golf was underway! “I did know a couple of the ladies, but soon met loads more like me, who enjoyed sport, fresh air and a good chat afterwards over coffee. “I love the game! When you play well, you want to do it again, when you play badly you want to sort it out!  This was just the challenge I needed, as I was at an important stage in my life – empty nest with the boys having left home, and imminent retirement.   “I’ve been a bit of a career girl, but I’ve always loved sports, preferably playing, and golf has become a really important part of this new stage in my life. “I started by just playing for fun, particularly appreciating the support I received on the Tuesday nights ladies’ ‘turn up’ on the nine-hole course at Brickhampton. Then, it was on to the 18-hole course and it wasn’t long before the competitor in me meant that the friendly games developed into league matches. “So, in  just a few  years, with lots of support from fellow players, lady captains and coaches,  I now play regular league games across the county, and have been ‘encouraged’ to become the Lady Captain at Brickhampton this year. What an honour!” England Golf’s Get into golf campaign inspires adults to take up the game and offers great value coaching with PGA professionals. Click here for more information and to find a beginner course near you. 28 Feb 2015 Jane’s golfing journey from novice to captain last_img read more