Rockets Rumors & News

  • Harden's 38 points help Rockets beat Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni almost sensed the potential for something unseemly before the tipoff, wondering aloud what might come after he gave his team two days off following their home victory on Monday night. Trailing by virtue of their own issues with ball security, the..." March 24

  • March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M

    Real GM Basketball "March Madness generated $1.24 billion in advertising revenue for CBS and Turner in 2016. The two networks pay a combined $800 million per year to broadcast the NCAA tournament and that figure will increase to more than $1 billion beginning in 2024. The advertising revenue generated for CBS and..." March 23

  • NBA takes wrong approach to scheduling issue

    USA Today "There’s well-meaning, and then there’s meddling. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s letter to owners, urging them to get more involved in the decision to rest key players and warning of “significant penalties” for teams that flout league rules, will do little to stem the growing problem and might..." March 22

  • Steve Kerr, Rick Carlisle, Gregg Popovich agree rest unrest fixable

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he would be willing to cut his own salary if the NBA shortened the schedule as a potential solution to the issue of stars resting during regular-season games as preventative maintenance. "I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own..." March 22

  • James Harden Wants To Play Every Night, Avoid Rest

    Real GM Basketball "James Harden has no intention of resting during the regular season, urging Mike D'Antoni to keep playing him. "I'm a hooper," Harden said. "I just want to hoop. I'll rest when I'm done. I feel like my teammates and organization need me to go out there and do what I do. I get obviously paid for..." March 21

  • Rockets beat Nuggets on Harden's late basket

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Rockets All-Star guard James Harden possesses one of the more distinctive games in the NBA, with his array of step-back 3-pointers and downhill drives to the rim serving as its most identifiable characteristics. But with the game in the balance on Monday night, Harden mimicked another..." March 20

  • Harden won't rest: D'Antoni 'knows not to come at me with that'

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden said he has had no issues in the days following his hard fall in Denver on Saturday, but his left wrist was wrapped for Monday's shootaround. "I just wanted to look good," Harden said. Harden did not leave the game on Saturday. He made 3 of his remaining 8 shots..." March 20

  • Harden scores 40 in Rockets' win over Nuggets

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER - The Denver Nuggets shut down the Houston Rockets' 3-point shooting, but they couldn't contain James Harden, and the Rockets rode him to a big win. Harden had his second triple-double in as many nights with 40 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Rockets beat the Nuggets..." March 19

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey Throws Shade at Russell Westbrook's NBA MVP Candidacy

    Complex "The fight for the 2016-17 NBA MVP is one of the most hotly-contested individual award races in recent memory. A number of players have a reasonable claim on the league's top honor, and it may very well come down to which player finishes the season strongest. Russell Westbrook has as good a case..." March 18

  • Hill carries Pelicans past Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- No one has played more games this season for the New Orleans Pelicans than forward Solomon Hill. In his 58 games as a starter, his scoring average of 6.5 points per game perfectly describes a player living in the shadows, hustling on defense but offensively challenged, waiting..." March 17

  • Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni offers sympathy to recently fired Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss

    Orange County Register "The Lakers’ fan base frequently made Mike D’Antoni aware they wanted a different coach. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol disliked D’Antoni’s faster-paced offense. Lakers president Jeanie Buss remained incredulous the Lakers hired D’Antoni to replace Mike Brown in 2012 after interviewing her former..." March 16

  • Williams, Rockets light up Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was quick to admit that when it became obvious that the Lakers could offer little defensive resistance against his team, the Rockets' attention to detail began to wane. But when the Lakers mustered some verve in the second half, the Rockets rediscovered their..." March 15

  • Curry says Harden deserves MVP

    Obsev "Back in 2015, Stephen Curry beat out James Harden for the NBA's MVP award, earning 100 first place votes and 1,198 voting points to the Houston Rockets guard's 25 and 936. Now, two years later, the Golden State Warriors superstar and reigning two-time MVP believes Harden is the most deserving..." March 15

  • Sergio Llull To Spend Another Year In Spain

    Hoops Rumors "Sergio Llull, a Spanish combo guard whose NBA rights are owned by the Rockets, plans to play for Real Madrid again next season. In an interview with the Spanish language site Marca.com, Llull cites the six-year extension he signed with his current team in 2015. “In the future you never know,”..." March 14

  • USA TODAY Sports survey: NBA executives split on 4-person MVP race

    USA Today "Rest easy, NBA media folks. We aren’t the only ones who can’t seem to agree on this MVP race. The front office experts – guys who build rosters, run teams and scout talent for a living – are just as split as those of us who will ultimately decide the winner. One night it’s Russell..." March 14

  • Harden triple-double fuels Rockets past Cavaliers

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The Rockets handled all the praise that came their way late Sunday night with a deft touch, noting to a man that their opponent played the previous night in Orlando and that this result was a measuring stick and nothing more. MVP candidate James Harden recorded his 16th..." March 13

  • LeBron James checks into game after hearing James Harden MVP chants

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James seemed to give us a glimpse of the competitive drive that helps make him the best player in the world. James’ Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Houston Rockets on the road Sunday in a nationally-televised game. James checked out of the game for a rest with 2:06 left in the first..." March 13

  • James Harden's durability sets him apart from other elite

    Houston Chronicle "For a few seconds Friday night, everyone on the Rockets bench stopped breathing. James Harden, who came down awkwardly on his right foot after an attempted layup, sat on the baseline under the basket, clutching his ankle, grimacing in pain, Rockets players and coaches in the United Center..." March 11

  • D'Antoni gets 500th win as Rockets top Bulls

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Despite a slow start, the Houston Rockets made sure coach Mike D'Antoni got his 500th career NBA coaching win Friday night at the United Center. The Rockets overcame a 13-point first-quarter deficit by dominating the next two quarters and cruised to a 115-94 victory over the..." March 10

  • Rockets plan to sign Troy Williams to 10-day contract

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets plan on signing Troy Williams to a 10-day contract. Williams has averaged 12.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.0 minutes per game with Iowa in the D-League. Williams played 24 games this season with the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 5.3 points and 1.8 rebounds..." March 10

  • Rockets’ James Harden sets single-season turnover record

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Rockets guard James Harden broke the single-season record for turnovers during Wednesday night’s game against the Utah Jazz. Harden had set the new mark last season with the Rockets when he committed 374 turnovers, eclipsing that mark on Wednesday with six more turnovers to bring his total..." March 09

  • Rockets to experiment with James Harden defending power forward position

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Rockets have developed something of a reputation as basketball revolutionaries, and the legend may be continuing to grow. According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, the Rockets will start Eric Gordon over Ryan Anderson on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz and will have James Harden guard..." March 09

  • Jazz outmuscle Rockets 115-108

    The Sports Xchange "By MoiseKapenda Bower, The Sports Xchange HOUSTON -- When the Jazz darted from the gate with an impressive display of shot-making, that proficiency served to deliver Utah an early advantage while also bolstering its confidence to facilitate pristine execution down the stretch. Rudy..." March 08

  • Leonard makes big plays in Spurs' win

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO - There is just no stopping San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, who continues to make highlight-reel plays on a game-in and game-out basis while responding to his MVP candidacy with his "aw-shucks" attitude. Leonard poured in an off-balance 3-pointer to give the Spurs the lead, then..." March 07

  • Harden's NBA-best 49th double-double powers Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- When the opportunity presented itself for James Harden to seize the moment, Harden did precisely that. His nonchalance afterward was a reflection of his self-confidence when the Rockets need Harden the most. Harden parlayed a torrid shooting stretch in the third quarter into his..." March 05

  • Lou Williams Tweets Swaggy P About Giving Him His Money After Young Thought He Got Away With It

    Black Sports Online "Pay what owe! Also, just because that person isn’t around you all the time, doesn’t mean that you can skip out on that payment. Swaggy P thought he was Swiper when Lou Williams got traded to the Houston Rockets. Apparently, he owes Lou Will some money and thought just because he’s a few states..." March 05

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver says All-Star Game needs 'reset'

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that changes will come to the league's All-Star Game next year. Chris Paul, the National Basketball Players Association president, called Silver to discuss changing the league's showcase game shortly after the Western Conference raced past the Eastern..." March 04

  • Rockets shoot past Clippers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- It took one quarter for James Harden and the Houston Rockets to change their fortunes in a dominating win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Harden scored 26 points, Ryan Anderson contributed 23, and the Rockets buried the Clippers 122-103 at Staples Center...." March 02

  • 11-year-old fan sends letters to all 30 NBA teams urging them to draft her favorite player

    SI "Monmouth senior Justin Robinson is the leading scorer in the MAAC, but at 5'8" he’ll need a little extra help to make it to the NBA. That’s where 11-year-old Monmouth fan Erica Schaeffer comes in. The Schaeffers are season ticket holders and Robinson is Erica’s favorite player. When her..." March 02

  • Rockets blow lead, fall hard at home to Pacers

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- When it became obvious that the Pacers held distinct advantages on the glass and in the paint, all that remained for Indiana was to exploit those edges with a measure of relentless repetition that would pave a winning path. With Paul George saddled by foul woes, Jeff Teague helped..." February 28

  • James Harden Explains How Khloe Kardashian Was Dragging Down His Life & Career

    Black Sports Online "I mean it was obvious, but kudos to The Beard for keeping it real. James Harden is having an out of this world season, and if not for the brilliance of Russell Westbrook, would probably have already won the MVP award. Harden was his same filthy self — posting career highs in points (29.0),..." February 28

  • D'Antoni: Rockets haven't shown heart lately

    ESPN "Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was honest about his team’s 117-108 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. He used words like “soft” and phrases like “not enough fight” after a game in which the Rockets held a 17-point advantage only to see it vanish. Houston started the game..." February 28

  • Rockets make 20-plus 3s for record eighth time

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Delivering commentary that ran contrary to his offense-only reputation, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni expressed concern over a substandard defensive performance that was buried under another avalanche of 3-pointers. James Harden paced a balanced scoring attack that featured eight..." February 26

  • Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey on plan for Warriors: Bury them in an avalanche of threes

    Pro Basketball Talk "For a couple of seasons now, teams have tried to beat the Golden State Warriors by making the game ugly — slow, grinding, physical, and the opposite of the free-wheeling game they like. Only one team has had any real success with that strategy, and it has LeBron James on it (and even that wouldn’t..." February 25

  • Rockets, Cavs competing to sign Andrew Bogut

    CBS Sports "Soon-to-be free agent center Andrew Bogut will have his choice of championship contenders , and the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd reported that the two main teams to watch are the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets. There will be a number of suitors in pursuit of Bogut, who is..." February 24

  • Rockets spoil Cousins' Pelicans debut

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- You can stop the presses on those New Orleans Pelicans championship banners. DeMarcus Cousins made his Pelicans' debut with Anthony Davis Thursday night against the Houston Rockets, but even though the newly minted Twin Towers delivered a promising performance as a tandem --..." February 23

  • Nets To Acquire K.J. McDaniels

    Hoops Rumors " The Rockets have traded K.J. McDaniels to the Nets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (Twitter links). The deal will save the Rockets roughly $3.3MM, which the team plans on using once the buyout market establishes itself. " February 23

  • With less than 24 hours left, NBA trade deadline heats up

    KSL "We're not under 24 hours until the NBA's trade deadline. Here's what's going on with the Jazz and around the NBA. Derrick Favors trade looks unlikely Monday, ESPN's Zach Lowe reported that the Jazz have tested the market for Derrick Favors, seeing what kind of interest there is in the Jazz's..." February 22

  • Cavaliers, Knicks, Bulls Interested In Trading For Patrick Beverley

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets are receiving interest in Patrick Beverley from the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls. Beverley would like to remain with the Rockets. Beverley is on one of the NBA's best contracts as he re-signed with Houston in 2015 on a four-year, $25 million..." February 22

  • Rockets Interested In Trading For Iman Shumpert

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets have expressed interest specifically in Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports the Rockets are seeking a trade for a player in the $10 million to $12 million salary range. The Rockets are offering expiring contracts and cash..." February 22

  • James Harden rumored to be dating Ashanti

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden has compiled a dating roster over the years that is very Hollywood, and there are rumors swirling that the Houston Rockets star has added a well-known R&B singer to the list. Her name is Ashanti. Those who follow Ashanti on Instagram may have noticed that the singer-songwriter..." February 22

  • Lakers trade Lou Williams to Rockets for Corey Brewer, draft pick

    USA Today "The Los Angeles Lakers have traded guard Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a first-round pick, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the trade has not yet been announced. Williams, a 12-year..." February 22

  • Rockets may target versatile player for depth at multiple positions

    Houston Chronicle "James Harden had heard nothing. No one among the Rockets' brass in New Orleans with him for the All-Star Game had asked his opinion about potential roster moves this week. He did not offer it. Other All-Stars around the NBA have taken it upon themselves to weigh in, and the Rockets generally..." February 21

  • Ending Contracts To Watch At The Deadline

    Basketball Insiders "The Ending Contracts With the 2017 NBA Trade Deadline approaching on Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m. EST, there is more and more chatter in NBA circles, and the biggest questions facing NBA teams is what to do with their ending contract or possible ending contract players. The bulk of deals..." February 21

  • Big questions, lots of answers before NBA trade deadline

    ESPN "Only a week or so ago, most league executives anticipated a quiet deadline. So many teams were in desperate win-now mode, few would sell off quality veterans to the grease the trade wheels. Teams just outside the contender circle wouldn't mortgage the future for a suicide mission against Golden..." February 21

  • Eric Gordon edges Kyrie Irving in Three-Point Contest

    CBS Sports "He might have gotten booed at Smoothie King Arena but that didn’t stop Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon from winning the 2017 Three-Point Contest at All-Star Saturday night. Taking full advantage of defending champion Klay Thompson faltering in the first round, Gordon outshot Cavaliers..." February 19

  • James Harden: ‘For sure’ I’m the best player in the world

    Sportsnaut "Playing the best basketball of his life for the Houston Rockets this season, James Harden is quite confident in his abilities on the court. So confident, in fact, that he believes he’s the best basketball player in the world right now. Speaking with TIME magazine, Harden listed off the reasons..." February 19

  • James Harden on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook feud: ‘I don’t understand what is going on’

    Sportsnaut "James Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will all be teammates once again when the All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Sunday. The three former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates were part of one of the most-talented non-championship teams in recent NBA history from 2010-12. Now, they..." February 17

  • Whiteside dominates as Heat complete sweep of Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The final rebounding totals didn't reveal a decisive advantage for the Heat, yet one particular stretch in the second quarter proved lopsided enough for Miami to assert its influence on the boards and set the tone for the evening. Hassan Whiteside posted his 36th double-double and..." February 15

  • Ryan Anderson injures himself by taking out the garbage

    The Comeback "Occasionally, a pro athlete is in the news for getting injured because they did something so inane that everyone does thousands of times without even thinking they could get hurt. For Rockets power forward Ryan Anderson, he got hurt by taking out the garbage. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston..." February 14