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Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta: Luxury tax not influencing offseason

First-year owner Tilman Fertitta adamantly stated that the NBA’s luxury tax is not influencing the Houston Rockets’ offseason decisions.
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Re-signing point guard Chris Paul to a four-year, $160 million maximum contract virtually guaranteed that the Rockets would pay luxury tax this season. Houston allowed two other key contributors to leave in free agency instead of making competitive bids to keep Trevor Ariza (one year, $15 million from the Phoenix Suns) and Luc Mbah a Moute (one year, $4.3 million from the LA Clippers).

We feel like we were a Chris Paul Houston Astros Youth Jersey injury away from being in the Finals, and we feel really good about this year, Fertitta said, referencing the hamstring strain that caused Paul to miss Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. I think come opening night, I think everybody’s going to be really impressed with the team that we have on the floor.

It’s little things. Finding the little positives in each day, and gradually it’s just been little, Bird said. I can feel it on a swing here or there. It’s just been better and been more consistent. I preach that you’ve got to be consistent and you’ve got to be able to hit mistakes.

After spending the first few days of July under the Mendoza line, Bird’s batting average has risen to .208 entering Thursday’s series opener at Cleveland. He’s starting to look a little more comfortable offensively after missing nearly the first two months of the season recovering from Ray Allen Authentic Jersey the ankle surgery he had late in spring training.

There’s no telling just how much of a jolt a healthy and consistently hitting Bird can give the Yankees’ offense.

When he’s right, we believe he’s that on-base, power presence from the left side, Boone said. Him playing well is a big deal for us. Hopefully we’re starting to see him get a little bit settled in and have some impact for us.