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Hoopsworld: Houston holding on to Lee

So maybe Daryl Morey's not nuts. Steve Kyler has a theory about the Rockets withdrawing Courtney Lee's qualifying offer yesterday. According to Kyler, Houston's agreed to a $25.1M offer sheet with Omer Asik and another offer sheet (at $24 or $32 million) with Jeremy Lin. Only by removing Lee's QO could they find the cap space to get that done. But, since they still hold Lee's bird rights they can offer more than any one else can. It's believed that Lee's ticket will number something like four years and $25.6 million. But Houston can better that, add a year and bring him in for a five year $32 million deal. If Kyler's theory and numbers are anywhere near correct, Lee won't be coming to LA (or anywhere other than Houston anytime soon). Hat tip to lovinglosangeles on this one. * Citizen agolden emailed me that this same Kyler article contains some tidbits about Dwight Howard: "Sources close to the situation label the LA Clippers (and others)... as very much in the mix...all would want some... assurance that re-signing after the season was at least possible before agreeing to a transaction... One league source joked if Howard would "just look affectionately at the Clippers", they’d do a deal. The Clippers believe... that adding Howard to Paul and Blake Griffin would be enough to get both players to re-sign..."

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