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Sources: Rockets, Joe Johnson Agree to Deal

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Joe Johnson plans to sign with the Houston Rockets at the veteran’s minimum for the remainder of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The guard/forward has finalized a contract buyout with the Sacramento Kings.

Johnson, a seven-time All-Star over 16 NBA seasons, would join center Brandan Wright as buyout additions for the Rockets. Johnson was traded to Sacramento on Thursday after spending parts of two seasons with the Utah Jazz.

Johnson, 36, gives the Rockets another proven wing scorer and playmaker. He also played for Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni in three season in Phoenix.

Johnson has averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 32 games this season. For his career, he has averaged 16.2 points, four rebounds and four assists while playing for Boston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Miami and Utah.

Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports

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Sources: NBA’s Board of Governors Pass Stricter Tampering Rules

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The NBA Board of Governors passed a stricter package of measures to enforce compliance with tampering and salary cap circumvention, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Thabo Sefolosha, Rockets Agree to Deal

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The Rockets are signing Thabo Sefolosha, league sources say

Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

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Sources: NBA Owners to Vote on New Tampering Rules

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The NBA power brokers descending on New York this week for the league’s board of governors meeting have reacted to the league’s beefed-up anti-tampering proposal with a mix of skepticism about its potential deterrent effect and concerns of privacy.

In conversations with numerous league officials, team owners, general managers and agents, some uncertainty was expressed about the means the NBA might use to investigate alleged rules violations. Atop those concerns for team officials is what league sources insist was commissioner Adam Silver’s toughest decision in bringing new rules to a vote: an annual, random auditing of five teams’ communications with rival front offices and player agents.

In reaction to the blatant disregard of free-agent tampering rules and an angry owners meeting in July, NBA owners are faced with a vote on Friday that could reshape — even if only in mechanics — how the business of player procurement is conducted.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN

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