The ESPN Daily: The Rockets’ own worst enemy

THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

Your team could be missing a key piece … Nothing lasts forever in the NFL, and players you’ve taken for granted on your favorite squad could be receiving bad news during training camp this summer. Our experts have a list of veterans on all 32 teams who could be cut before the final rosters are determined. Read More

The bottom line of the Anthony Davis trade … It’s difficult to imagine a trade with a bigger impact on the upcoming NBA season than the Pelicans sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers to join LeBron James. We won’t know the full effect of the trade for a while, but Zach Lowe breaks down the most far-flung possibilities of this blockbuster deal. Read More

ROCKETS IN TURMOIL

An unsettling vibe in Houston … You’d think that, with the Warriors likely missing two of their biggest stars this upcoming season, the time is ripe for the Rockets to make a run at a title. And yet, with friction between James Harden and Chris Paul, a disconnect between coaching and the front office, and an inexperienced owner at the head of it all, the Rockets are in an unusually precarious situation. It’s clear that their biggest problem might not be Golden State anymore. Read More

THINGS TO WATCH

OVERHEARD

“He brought this city a championship. I think he’s earned his freedom in his career to do what he wants to do, and we’ll all respect him and admire him, and if he’s on another team, then we just have to kick his ass next year. Hopefully he’ll be back.”
— Fred VanVleet on what happens if Kawhi Leonard leaves the Raptors this offseason. Watch

REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 2013, Ray Allen showed why he’s considered one of the greatest shooters in NBA history with a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer to keep the Heat alive in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Chris Bosh would add a clutch block to win it in OT, and the Heat would go on to prevail in Game 7. Watch

WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?

Louisville vs. Auburn (2 p.m. ET, ESPN); Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): More College World Series action as these teams play their second matchups in the tournament. Mississippi State and Auburn had a particularly eventful first game: down 4-1 in the ninth, Mississippi State took advantage of a throwing error to roar back and triumph.

NBA Mock Draft Special Presented By Kia (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2): The draft is nearly here (it’s on Thursday! Wasn’t that quick?), and aside from Zion Williamson at No. 1, it’s anybody’s guess as to how it will break down. Watch our Mock Draft Special to get an inside look at how it might go.

White Sox at Cubs (8:05 p.m ET, ESPN+): We have a crosstown interleague rivalry for you this evening as the Cubs host the White Sox at Wrigley. Chicago (the Cubs, not the White Sox) are 24-11 at home this season, and Chicago (the White Sox, not the Cubs) are starting this series off by sending out Ivan Nova, who’s been struggling with a 6.28 ERA.

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