Real GM Basketball "Veteran forward Josh Powell has been waived by the Houston Rockets, a league source told RealGM. Powell had a non-guaranteed contract for 2014-15 as part of the multi-year deal he signed late last season. Despite the likelihood of his release, Powell entered training camp as one of the Rockets’..." October 23
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets signed guard Geron Johnson and requested waivers on forward Akil Mitchell, the team announced Thursday. Johnson, a 6-3 guard, played in 97 games for the University of Memphis and averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game." October 23
The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays.
The Dream Shake "Well, Houston's bench seemed to get a little simpler over the weekend. When the Rockets were down in the RGV for their preseason game against the Warriors, Kevin McHale addressed the team's relationship with their D-League affiliate, as reported by Jonathan Feigen on the Houston Chronicle's..." October 21
Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21
CBSSports.com "Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told USA Today's Sam Amick that the infamous James Harden YouTube video was not a proper reflection of the star guard's game: "For whatever reason, it has taken on a life of its own," Morey says about the criticism about Harden's defense. "You've..." October 21
NBA.com "At least one former MVP doesn’t think it should have taken a broken bone in Kevin Durant’s foot to throw the 2015 MVP race wide open. According to Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight Howard was already prepared to kick the door down. “He’s healthy. He’s strong. He’s ready,” said Olajuwon, who won the..." October 19
Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the size of the 30-team league against possible costs, such as spreading television..." October 16
Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden said he would probably sit out tonight’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns to rest his sore left hip. Harden left practice Oct. 3 after a hard fall, but played in two games since, showing no signs of trouble with the injury. With the Rockets playing a..." October 13
Harden has a bruised hip and sat out of practice today to rest.
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets welcomed back center Joey Dorsey to practice on Saturday Dorsey missed the beginning of camp because of an ankle injury. He has been playing in Europe for the last three years and has been itching to get back on the court. “When the injury happened, I just put my head in my..." October 12
Pro Basketball Talk "It’s one of the fun questions at the start of every NBA season: What are the referees going to focus on and call the first half of the season. Every year the NBA referees are given new points of emphasis, and we get these calls for the first half of the season. Then between a combination of..." October 12
Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward Kostas Papanikolaou is getting more and more comfortable with every minute he plays in the preseason. He finished Thursday night’s win over the Grizzlies with nine points, four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes of play. He said he still was hoping to see defensive..." October 11
Houston Chronicle "When Terrence Jones talked in camp about improving his physical presence in the paint, he had a certain player in mind. One of the league’s power forwards Jones wanted to improve against was Memphis’ Zach Randolph. “He is a big, physical body – one of the most physical fours in the west,”..." October 10
ESPN Dallas "Any mention of the Texas Triangle, in NBA circles, has always had a very specific meaning. Until this past summer. No longer does the term exclusively reference the most dreaded three-stop road trip that the schedule can serve up, thanks to the Lone Star State love triad that dribbled its..." October 08
CBSSports.com "The Houston Rockets have been the heroes and zeroes of free agency for years now. When Daryl Morey took over the Rockets and it was obvious the Yao Ming-Tracy McGrady pairing wasn't destined for health and prosperity, the plan to start clearing cap space and acquiring assets to move in exchange..." October 07
Houston Chronicle "When Rockets guard James Harden went down hard in practice Friday afternoon, he didn’t mind. When he sat in the training room icing his hip, it was fine with him. When his teammates are going up against him in scrimmages the way they would an NBA Finals opponent, he is happy to take..." October 06
Yahoo! Sports "Looking back, Dwight Howard should've resisted the natural inclination to rush himself into that Los Angeles Lakers' season. He wanted to be on the floor so badly that opening night, restore his reputation and validate Hollywood's vision of a Showtime return. Back surgery had come and gone within..." October 05
James Harden left practice with a sore left hip after a fall.Went to ice, treat it.
Pro Basketball Talk "NBA rookie-scale contracts give first-round picks two guaranteed seasons followed by two years with team options. Unlike most team options, these must be exercised a full year in advance. So, a team decides on a third-year option before a player’s second season and on a fourth-year option..." October 03
Houston Chronicle "Though Rockets coach Kevin McHale called the Rockets’ power forward position open, saying he needs to see more physical defense and rebounding from the position, a vote of confidence for his returning power forwards, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas, is expected before the season..." October 01
Covers.com "The Westgate LV SuperBook released its updated list of 2014-15 NBA regular season win totals on Monday with LeBron James and his new-look Cavaliers topping the list. Here's a look at the odds for every team at the book: HAWKS 40.5 CELTICS 26.5 NETS..." October 01
James Harden said hopes to play in 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The Dream Shake "At Houston Rockets media day, James Harden sat down for his interview and predictably the discourse shifted to his defense. After a World Cup in which Harden asserted himself in a larger role, Harden still came under fire for a perceived lack of effort on the defensive end. Here's what Harden had..." September 30
Yahoo! Sports "For months, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has unleashed a barrage of slights and snipes onto the Houston Rockets, framing the regime of general manager Daryl Morey in the most unflattering of ways. It has been an undermining, calculated campaign. Just understand this, though: No longer does it..." September 29
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets signed power forward Akil Mitchell, a participant on the team’s Orlando and Las Vegas Summer League squads, the team announced Friday. Mitchell held career averages of 6.9 points on 51.9% FG shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists as a Virginia Cavalier." September 26
NBA.com "Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has acquired Jason Terry from the Sacramento Kings. In addition to the veteran guard, the Rockets will acquire Sacramento’s 2015 2nd round pick if it falls between 31 and 49, and New York’s 2016 unprotected 2nd round pick...." September 17
TMZ.com "Dwight Howard might be color blind -- 'cause officials in Florida say he ran 10 RED LIGHTS in 2-and-a-half years -- and now his license has been suspended ... TMZ Sports has learned. According to official records, the NBA superstar was captured by those red light cameras in Orange County, FL..." September 16
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets’ trade for Jason Terry will not be complete until Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson, players headed (likely briefly) to the Kings, are eligible to be traded. The logic that drove the deal for the Rockets, however, is clear well before the press conference in which he holds up a Rockets..." September 04
Sacramento is finalizing a deal to send guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Lakers Nation "What level Kobe Bryant will return to this season is one of the biggest questions heading into this season, not only for the Lakers, but for the NBA as a whole. Bryant is one of the greatest players of all-time, but coming off two major injuries and having just turned 36, no one knows how good..." August 31
ESPN.com "Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in recruiting former NBA All-Star Metta World Peace to the Filipino boxing champion's newest venture -- professional basketball. Pacquiao has become player/coach of the newly formed Kia Sorentos in the Philippine Basketball Association, adding to his other..." August 30
Pro Basketball Talk "As expected, Tarik Black went undrafted, but he caught on with the Rockets’ summer-league teams and showed some promise. The 6-foot-8 power forward is athletic and plays hard, though he lacks refinement. Maybe he’s a developmental prospect. After four years in college – three at Memphis..." August 28
Washington Post "James Harden was going up for a layup. Paul George was going up to contest the shot. When they came down, George had broken his leg and Harden had to look on, petrified and perplexed by what transpired. “That was tough,” said Harden, who struggled to watch as George agonized near the basket..." August 27
SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26
The Houston Rockets are trying to acquire free agent Ramon Sessions in a sign-and-trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, per league sources.
Francisco Garcia's agent, Aaron Goodwin, confirms that Garcia has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rockets.
The Dream Shake "At this point in the off-season, most teams have shifted their focus from signing free agents towards in-house player evaluations, personnel hirings, and season planning. Some executives even go on vacation, getting away from the craziness that is NBA free agency. However, amidst all of this, one..." August 19
CBSSports.com "In an interview with ESPN, Houston Rockets star James Harden said what many NBA players think about themselves. Scoop: Bottom line, you are on this team and a lot of players aren't, but in your mind, who is the best basketball player alive right now? Harden: Myself. Scoop:..." August 19
Yahoo! Sports "The NBA and its associated retail partners sell a lot of merchandise, from the most coveted retro jerseys to those toasters that burn team logos into bread. While many of these items are sold at considerable markup, they rarely reach prices so high as to seem absurd. Plus, when players change..." August 19
Aaron Goodwin, agent for Francisco Garcia, says report of his client agreeing to deal with Rockets is false. "There's no agreement reached."
While Coach K wouldn't reveal the starters,a source said Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden & Anthony Davis likely vs Brazil w/1 TBD.
Free agent Jordan Hamilton has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, league source tells RealGM.
CBSSports.com "The NBA announced its 2014-2015 schedule Wednesday, and for the first time in seven years, LeBron James will not feature on its opening night. The season opens Tuesday, October 28th with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs raising their fifth banner before taking on the Dallas Mavericks...." August 13
Bleacher Report "Dwight Howard and James Harden's leadership skills just continue to come under fire. Typically, you'd expect the two stars on a team to involve the rest of the roster. You'd want them to take the young players—and the experienced veterans who are fulfilling specific roles—under their wings and..." August 09
Rockets have today struck a deal to bring Kostas Papanikolaou to Houston
NBA.com "The usage of analytics to evaluate NBA players has made incredible strides in recent years, gaining near-universal acceptance, but the data still has a ways to go before it can accurately measure every aspect of the game. Case in point: 7-foot, 255-pound center Omer Asik, who was traded to New..." August 01
CSN Northwest "The back and forth exchanges between Houston Rockets guard James Harden and newly-minted Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parson has ended. Thanks to TEAM USA for bringing them together in Las Vegas for training camp, Parsons said he and Harden found time in between time to chat and patch..." July 31