Rockets Rumors & News

  • Rockets Exercise Clint Capela’s 2017/18 Option

    Hoops Rumors "OCTOBER 26: The Rockets have officially picked up Capela’s 2017/18 option, according to OCTOBER 24: The Rockets will exercise their 2017/18 team option on Clint Capela‘s rookie contract, reports Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). Capela’s fourth-year option is..." October 26

  • Think You Know James Harden? He and the Rockets Are About to Change Your Mind

    Bleacher Report "Sometimes we pull back a little from the world. It's not so much closing ourselves off as it is turning away from eye contact and leaning out of conversation, ignoring that thoughtful voice inside to give a guy a pat on the back or a extend a high-five. So we share less—and take more of a..." October 26

  • Cap Holds For Players Coming Off Rookie Contracts Could Increase

    Real GM Basketball "Cap holds attached to free agents coming off rookie deals could jump to 250 and 300 percent of their prior salaries, which is an increase from 200 and 250 percent in the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement. The San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards held off on..." October 26

  • NBA sets record for international representation on rosters

    Today's Fastbreak "The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Tuesday that the league’s opening night rosters have set new records for both the number of international players in the league and the number of countries represented. Opening night rosters feature a total of 113 international players from 41..." October 26

  • Rex Kalamian: Thunder Lost Personal Bond With Trade Of James Harden

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Durant sent a text to former Oklahoma City assistant coach Rex Kalamian, who has spent the past few seasons with the Toronto Raptors. Durant praised the bond that exists between Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, who were his teammates with Team USA in the 2016 Olympics. “Your two guys are the..." October 25

  • 5 Necessary NBA Trades Teams Are Too Scared to Make

    Complex "The job of an NBA general manager is to maximize value. Whether it's wringing the most that you can out of a player, a contract, or a trade, the mantra stays the same: maximize value. This is not always easy. In a league with 29 direct competitors and only one champion, it's difficult to always..." October 25

  • 'Huge Influx Of Money' Motivated Both Sides On New CBA

    Real GM Basketball "Adam Silver said the NBA and their players are close to a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement but aren't quite there yet. Multiple reports have indicated a deal on the main parts of the CBA have been agreed upon. "The reports aren't far off, but we're not quite there, yet," Silver..." October 25

  • Where Are All the White American NBA Players

    The Undefeated "J.J. Redick will be entering his 11th season in the NBA this week and for the first time he has noticed he is part of a small — and shrinking — club as a white American NBA player. The NBA certainly has its long list of European players. But the Los Angeles Clippers starting guard says he..." October 25

  • Every NBA team's best-case scenario and worst nightmare this season

    Fox Sports "The start of another NBA season is the time for hope to spring eternal — even if we're all seemingly counting the days until we crown an inevitable champion. But seasoned sports fans know a new season also brings the potential for everything to fall apart. With opening night upon us, we dived deep..." October 25

  • Rockets plan to release Tyler Ennis

    Hoops Rumors "Having waived three players earlier today, the Rockets need to make one more cut to get down to 15 players, and it looks like the team might make a surprising move. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical (via Twitter), Houston plans to release Tyler Ennis. Charania cautions that the two sides..." October 24

  • Rockets Staff Wanted to Cut Dwight Howard's Minutes

    ESPN "Houston Rockets management repeatedly pushed for Clint Capela to get more playing time at the expense of Dwight Howard last season, sources told ESPN, adding to the disharmony that played a prominent role in the team's disappointing 2015-16 campaign. Former Rockets interim coach J.B...." October 24

  • D'Antoni thinks he has dream team in Rockets

    USA Today "At one point in the mid-2000s, Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns were revolutionizing basketball, ushering in a run-and-gun style that has become the norm in today’s NBA. But the former Suns, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers coach has finally found himself, all these years later, in a..." October 23

  • Beverley to undergo scope, D'Antoni predicts 20-game absence

    Pro Basketball Talk "Patrick Beverley is going to have a key role with the Rockets — he is their best defending guard. And it’s not close. He can help space the floor as a three-point shooter, he can work off the ball on offense and serve as a backup playmaker, but mostly what he brings is fearless, physical..." October 22

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • The NBA sent players to Google, Facebook to help answer the biggest questions of their careers

    Business Insider "C.J. Watson’s mom pushed him at a young age to get ready for the “real world,” making him learn how to write checks, do mock job interviews, and accompany her to work. Watson wasn’t sure if he was going to keep playing basketball, much less make the NBA, and his mom wanted him to be prepared..." October 20

  • Rockets PG Patrick Beverley might need surgery on left knee

    Pro Basketball Talk "Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley hasn’t seen the court since Oct. 2 and he might be sidelined for even longer. The tenacious defender has been held out of much of the preseason due to a lingering left knee issue that may require surgery. A source has told ESPN’s Calvin Watkins that..." October 19

  • Rockets waive Isaiah Taylor, mull more cuts

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets made the first of their preseason roster moves, releasing guard Isaiah Taylor, on Sunday, with Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni saying at least one of the available roster spots will likely go to one of the point guards on the roster. The Rockets have 18 players on the roster after..." October 17

  • Fan Makes Halfcourt Shot, Wins $148K at Pelicans - Rockets Game in Beijing

    The Big Lead "The Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans played in Beijing earlier this week. At some point during the festivities a fan got to take some halfcourt shots. Make one and you get a giant check worth 1,000,000 Renminbi. That’s the Chinese equivalent of $148,620.44. I feel like this guy should..." October 15

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • Rockets’ Bobby Brown Apologizes for Writing on the Great Wall of China

    SLAM Online "Houston Rockets guard Bobby Brown made the mistake of scribbling in chalk on the Great Wall of China, and bragging about it on social media. Brown, who played three seasons in China, deleted his post and issued an apology to folks who were offended by his actions. Writing on the..." October 13

  • Zach Lowe's crazy predictions for the 2016-17 NBA season

    ESPN "Even the NBA, the most predictable major U.S. pro sports league, is fraught with uncertainty. The Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals! But making predictions is a useful thought exercise, and it's healthy to creep out on a limb once in a while. As usual, we throw darts at..." October 12

  • McHale unsure if Harden can transition into point guard

    ESPN "Former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale isn't sure James Harden can morph into a full-time point guard. Harden is moving into the role under new coach Mike D'Antoni, and while he did lead shooting guards with a touch rate of 85.1 percent last season, McHale wonders whether Harden can become a..." October 12

  • Kevin McHale will return to Turner Sports as NBA analyst

    Awful Announcing "After four-plus largely successful seasons as head coach of the Houston Rockets, Kevin McHale is returning to television. McHale has signed a multi-year deal with Turner Sports to serve as a studio analyst for NBA TV’s Fan Night and select NBA on TNT game telecasts. The Hall-of-Famer previously..." October 11

  • Howard: I never had issues with James Harden

    Fox Sports "Dwight Howard is one of the most dominant big men of his era, but there are reasons that he hasn't been well-liked by the sport's more casual fans. Howard orchestrated an extremely messy exit from Orlando, had a disastrous season in Los Angeles where he clashed with Kobe Bryant, and followed..." October 11

  • Mike D'Antoni known for offense, but Rockets making D a priority

    ESPN "This is the year of change for the Houston Rockets. A new coach. A new position and leadership role for James Harden. A new offense. A new court. A new center and power forward. Even the guy who plays Clutch, the Rockets’ mascot, has changed. But perhaps more than anything else, the Rockets..." October 09

  • Rockets' James Harden confident he'll return to MVP-caliber form

    Houston Chronicle "When James Harden said in 2015 he considered himself to be the NBA's best player, he followed that up by finishing second in the MVP voting and winning the players' vote. When told on Saturday in Shanghai that he is expected to contend for the MVP again, he was certain that he could return to that..." October 09

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • Rockets Would Have To Promise Sergio Llull Significant Role To Bring Him To NBA

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets remain interested in bringing Sergio Llull over to the NBA. The Rockets own Llull's NBA draft rights. Llull is a widely popular player for Real Madrid and signed an extension in 2015 for six seasons. " October 07

  • Report: NBA, Union Optimistic New CBA Deal Will Get Done

    Bleacher Report "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association could have a new collective bargaining agreement finalized in the near future after reportedly making "significant progress" in negotiations. On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the new deal could be done within the next..." October 06

  • 3 NBA teams that won’t make a return trip to the playoffs

    Fox Sports "Disappointment looms for these previously successful teams This offseason was one of incredible change in the NBA. You know all the big moves -- Kevin Durant to the Warriors, Dwyane Wade to the Bulls, Russell Westbrook signing an extension in OKC -- and you know how the championship picture..." October 06

  • NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

    Bleacher Report "There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for. As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another. Nevertheless, what follows is a list of 10 teams that..." October 05

  • Jeff Van Gundy Advocates Zero-Tolerance Policy For Domestic Violence Offenders

    Deadspin "The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks met in the preseason this evening, and ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy used the occasion of Derrick Rose’s first appearance with the Knicks to make some points about domestic violence and how Adam Silver and the NBA should deal with players who are convicted..." October 05

  • Rockets Hope To Sign Sergio Llull Next Offseason

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets are hopeful Sergio Llull will sign with them next offseason. The Rockets own Llull's NBA draft rights after he was a high second round pick in 2009." October 04

  • Donatas Motiejunas’ agent: ‘When analytics can measure human behavior, then and only then will I find them useful’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has cultivated a reputation as the NBA’s most statistically inclined front-office chief. So, it’s impossible to read this tweet from B.J. Armstrong – the former Chicago Bull and current agent of Donatas Motiejunas, who’s in a contract quarrel with Houston –..." October 04

  • Nike releasing self-lacing shoes through public lottery

    ESPN "The first pairs of the famous self-lacing MAG shoes from "Back to the Future II" will be made available this month to the public, but you won't be able to buy them. You'll have to win them. Nike announced that only 89 pairs will be available through an online draw that begins Tuesday and..." October 04

  • Motiejunas' qualifying offer with Rockets expires

    ESPN "With the deadline to sign a qualifying offer approaching, restricted free-agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas and the Houston Rockets have exchanged contract proposals but remain far apart on an agreement, multiple sources told ESPN. Motiejunas is seeking a larger financial deal from the..." October 02

  • Rockets not negotiating with Motiejunas ahead of weekend deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "It looks like Donatas Motiejunas is about to go the route Tristan Thompson did — it worked out for the Cavaliers’ big man. But this would be a huge bet on himself by Motiejunas. The Lithuanian is headed toward playing this season on a qualifying offer with the Rockets, then becoming an..." October 01

  • NBA hopes new replay protocol speeds up play

    USA Today "In an ongoing effort to make NBA replay reviews more efficient and less time-consuming, more in-game reviews are expected to be made this season by the league’s staff at the high-tech replay center in Secaucus, N.J. Last season, 72% of reviews were determined by the replay center, and during..." September 29

  • Rockets Agree To Deal With P.J. Hairston

    Hoops Rumors "P.J. Hairston will join the Rockets on a training camp deal, Adrian Wojnarowksi of The Vertical tweets. Houston will hold his D-League rights, Wojnarowski adds. A 2014 first-round pick, the 6’6” small forward played for both the Grizzlies and Hornets last season. He was acquired by the..." September 29

  • Josh Smith Wants To Remain In NBA, Knows 'Changes Need to Be Made'

    Real GM Basketball "Josh Smith remains unsigned this offseason as executives believe his disposition and not his talent is keeping him from receiving an offer. Smith received interest last offseason from the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers but ultimately decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers...." September 27

  • What NBA players and coaches are saying about national anthem protests

    USA Today "As NBA teams hold their annual media days before training camps tip off, players and coaches across the league are speaking out in the wake of the national anthem protests that have swept the sports world in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: "I respect everybody’s..." September 27

  • ESPN’s deal with the NBA is killing Disney stock

    New York Post "As NBA training camps open Tuesday, one of the league’s most important players has already been placed on disability. Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN. Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its..." September 27

  • James Harden Will Play as Houston Rockets' Full-Time Point Guard

    Bleacher Report "For the last couple of years, James Harden has essentially served as the Houston Rockets' point guard. Now he has the title to back it up. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Harden would become the team's full-time point guard this season at Monday's media day session: He's more or less..." September 26

  • Rockets Players on How Dwight Howard Would Cry to GM About Post Touches

    ESPN "James Harden turned reflective over the summer. The Houston Rockets shooting guard -- their best player -- needed to change. Sometimes change can be good for a player, maybe even for a basketball team. At Friday's Rockets media day, the buzzword was "vibe." The indication was that the vibe..." September 25

  • Rockets start with guard-filled roster

    Houston Chronicle "With the Rockets trade for Tyler Ennis on Thursday and the additions to the training camp roster of guards Gary Payton II, Isaiah Taylor and Bobby Brown (along with forward Kyle Wiltjer), the Rockets would seem to have a surplus of guards. Nine players are listed as guards, including K.J...." September 24

  • Rockets will retire Yao Ming's jersey on Feb. 2

    Today's Fastbreak "Yao Ming will see the only NBA team he played for ensure no other Houston Rockets’ player will wear his number. During a February ceremony placed during the Chinese new year, the Rockets will retire Ming’s No. 11 jersey, owner Leslie Alexander said on Friday. This will continue what’s been an..." September 23

  • Jason Terry Says James Harden Is Better Than Klay Thompson, Praises the Greek Freak

    Def Pen "Veteran guard Jason Terry is known by many as being one of the most upfront and honest guys around the league. Whether you ask his teammates, coaches, family or friends, they will all tell you the same. With that being said, Terry releasing a surplus of hot takes on SiriusXM NBA Radio Wednesday..." September 22

  • Bucks Acquire Michael Beasley From Rockets For Tyler Ennis

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets have traded Michael Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks for Tyler Ennis. The Rockets signed Beasley at the end of the 15-16 season after he was finished with his season in China." September 22

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

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