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Rockets to retain Lee, Budinger & plan to re-sign Dragic, Camby

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The Houston Rockets will not let guard Courtney Lee go anywhere, and will make the necessary moves to retain forward Chase Budinger and center Marcus Camby.

The Rockets will also make every effort to keep guard Goran Dragic in Houston.

NBA sources told FOX 26 Sports the Rockets plan to give Lee the required tender by June 30 that will make him a restricted free agent, giving Houston the right to match any offer he gets.

League sources told FOX 26 the Rockets will exercise that right, matching any offer Lee gets, keeping him in a Houston uniform.

NBA sources also told FOX 26 the Rockets will exercise the upcoming option in Budinger's contract.

The Rockets must also do that by June 30 and Budinger will make $942,293 during the 2012-2013 season.

League sources indicate the Rockets also will re-sign Camby, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Dragic, who also becomes an unrestricted free agent, told the Houston media at the end of the season that he would like to continue his career with the Rockets, if possible.

He reiterated that stance in a recent interview with Sporting News, which also reports if the Phoenix Suns lose Steve Nash they will target Dragic.

However, the Rockets will be very aggressive in trying to retain him.

"We'll want to get something done early," said Daryl Morey, Rockets general manager, in an interview with members of the Houston media on Thursday. "I agree they may want to wait.

"Our business as a franchise is to add good players. If they can't commit early, then obviously that creates some risk for him to end up in the situation I think he wants to end up in.

"My sense is that we will get it done early. That's our hope."

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