Rockets Rumors & News

  • 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

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • Can James Harden Be Both a Scorer and a Playmaker?

    Bleacher Report "James Harden finished the NBA regular season as the second-leading scorer in the league, only behind MVP Stephen Curry. With Dwight Howard gone and a new dynamic coach in Mike D'Antoni, many believe Harden is in position for an even greater year. Will Harden find the right balance of scoring..." September 22

  • NBA, players' union outline joint 'meaningful action' plan in letter

    ESPN "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told ESPN.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on..." September 22

  • Which NBA teams should tank in 2016–17?

    SI "NBA practices open next week, and hopes are high in cities all over the league. But I'm not here to talk about hope. This is about reality. This is about maturity. It's about about staring hope in the face, and answering back with pragmatism. It's about burning down the forest so that the heat can..." September 22

  • Somehow, James Harden is overrated and underrated at the same time

    CBS Sports "James Harden is one of the trickiest players to define in today's NBA. Twenty years ago, he's a no-brainer superstar. Offensively brilliant. Scores a ton of points. Stars in commercials. But these days, we actually evaluate, and to some degree appreciate, defense. I won't say we consider it an..." September 21

  • Report: Former Michigan basketball star Glen Rice is 'almost broke'

    Miami Herald "Former Miami Heat superstar Glen Rice is “almost broke” despite a 15-year career in the NBA that also included a stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. At least, that’s according to Miami-Dade County court records made public earlier this month in a paternity suit filed against Rice by a Fort..." September 21

  • James Harden bringing Rockets together after last season's disharmony

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets first official practices of the season are still days away, but James Harden has seen and felt enough to believe things had changed. That might say as much about the issues of last season as the customary hopes for the season ahead, beginning with Saturday's start of training camp...." September 20

  • One thing every NBA Western Conference team must fix in training camp

    Fox Sports "A few NBA teams will hold their media days on Friday, and the rest will do so beginning next week. That means training camps are just about upon us, so with that in mind, here's an introductory look at one thing each team should look to address before the regular season gets going at the end of..." September 20

  • Every NBA team's best and worst player according to NBA 2K17

    Fox Sports "NBA 2K17 officially releases today, and one of the best aspects of playing the yearly basketball sim before the NBA season kicks off is seeing how each team's new arrivals and rookies look on the court. Many of the rookies selected in the 2016 draft didn't get much love from the ratings wizards at..." September 20

  • Agent: Rockets not doing enough to re-sign Donatas Motiejunas

    ESPN "The agent for Houston Rockets restricted free-agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas expressed some concern with the team about a lack of progress on a new contract. "They haven't made us a serious offer," Motiejunas' agent, BJ Armstong, told ESPN on Wednesday. "Our moment of truth will be Oct...." September 15

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • Rockets Will Reportedly Retire Yao Ming's Jersey

    Complex "The Houston Rockets will retire Yao Ming's No. 11 jersey this upcoming season, according to CBS Houston. Ming's would become the fifth number in franchise history to be retired, joining Clyde Drexler (No. 22), Calvin Murphy (No. 23), Moses Malone (No. 24), Hakeem Olajuwon (No. 34), and Rudy..." September 13

  • Yao: 'I'm a Texan, and a Houston Rocket for life'

    Houston Chronicle "When the doors to the Hall of Fame swung open on Friday, Yao Ming was the first to walk through, filled with the nerves he knew would shake him but ready to take his place with the sort of grace, humility and humor that had always been as much of who he was as his height. "When I heard I would..." September 10

  • The best NBA free agents still on the board

    Today's Fastbreak "Jesus Gomez ByJesus GomezPosted on September 8, 2016 It’s September, which means most NBA teams have largely gone into deep offseason mode. Rosters are mostly set and training camp doesn’t start for a few more weeks. The work that needed to be done over the summer is mostly over in all but..." September 09

  • NBA revenue expected to hit $8 billion in 2016-2017

    Today's Fastbreak "ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted on Thursday that the NBA’s revenue for next season is projected to hit the $8 billion mark. The league reportedly earned $5.2 billion during the 2014-2015 season, which was a record at that time. In February, Forbes estimated that the New York..." September 08

  • McGrady: Yao Ming's impact reaches far beyond the NBA court

    ESPN "When I got traded to the Houston Rockets in 2004 I really didn't know Yao Ming. He'd been in the league a few years, we'd both been to the All-Star Game and we played against each other a few times, but I had never talked to him. I didn't think he could speak any English and I was worried about..." September 06

  • Josh Smith, currently out of the NBA, was (is) so much better than you think

    CBS Sports "Cavaliers blog The King James Gospel had an interesting idea that the Cavaliers should sign free agent veteran Josh Smith, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Josh Smith, at age 30, is un-signed in late August. This is incredible for those that remember where Smith was just three years..." August 28

  • Jason Terry Reveals His Free Agency Pitch to Luke Walton

    Lakers Nation "As the new-look Los Angeles Lakers get ready for their 2016 campaign, there were many questions surrounding how the team would go about filling out the rest of their roster. Head coach Luke Walton has surrounded his young core with some savvy veterans, and apparently Jason Terry made a pitch to..." August 27

  • John Wall reportedly bothered by Harden’s contract

    Larry Brown Sports "If John Wall is going to be jealous every time a player signs a contract that is worth more than his, the next three years are bound to be pretty frustrating for him. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, Wall was “rankled” by the four-year, $118 million extension James Harden signed with..." August 25

  • Corey Brewer: James Harden Will ‘Play Defense This Year’

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden’s, shall we say, lackadaisical effort on the defensive end has been the subject of ire in the NBA community for many years now. But Houston Rockets teammate Corey Brewer thinks Harden will soon be on his way towards putting that stigma behind him. In a recent appearance on ESPN’s..." August 25

  • James Harden organizes Rockets players-only minicamp

    Fox 26 Houston "For the second consecutive year Houston Rockets guard James Harden has organized a players-only minicamp scheduled for next week. Last September Harden had the Rockets players together for a minicamp in Los Angeles. "James is doing everything," said Corey Brewer, Rockets guard/forward. "He..." August 25

  • James Harden's first Adidas shoe is getting the Steph Curry treatment

    SI "The “Triple Black” colorway for James Harden’s first signature shoe from Adidas leaked via Sneakerwatch on Tuesday, and the reactions are coming in quickly. Unfortunately for Harden, Twitter is treating his shoe the same way it treated Stephen Curry’s Curry 2 Lows, that is to say they are..." August 24

  • Houston Goes as Far as Harden Takes Them

    Basketball Insiders "The Houston Rockets had a relatively disappointing 2015-16 season. Coming off of a trip to the Western Conference Finals, the team entered the year with very high expectations. But Houston got off to a slow start right away, dropping seven of their first 11 games. This resulted in head coach Kevin..." August 24

  • Dwight Howard -- I'd Beat LeBron In MMA Fight

    TMZ "NBA star Dwight Howard is a huge UFC fan -- so when we got him leaving UFC 202, we had to ask ... who would win if you stepped into the Octagon with LeBron James?? Howard ain't no bitch -- and says he'd put his money on himself. Look, he was just joking around ... but let's check out the..." August 22

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • Undrafted Texas guard Isaiah Taylor gets Rockets training camp invite

    Pro Basketball Talk "At this point in the summer, teams start to round out their training camp rosters with invites for players from overseas or who were undrafted. Texas guard Isaiah Taylor, who went undrafted after his junior season, will be in Houston with the Rockets, according to Upside and Motor‘s Chris Reichert:" August 20

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Report: Bucks in 'advanced discussions' to sign Jason Terry

    The Score "The Milwaukee Bucks are in advanced discussions to sign veteran combo guard Jason terry, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Terry, a 17-year veteran of the 1999 NBA Draft, is a mere four years younger than Bucks head coach Jason Kidd. The two even played as teammates on the 2011 championship..." August 19

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • The Rockets have strong interest in trading for Rudy Gay

    The Dream Shake "It's public knowledge that the Sacramento Kings are looking to trade Rudy Gay. The forward has one year and $13.3 million left on his contract, with a player option for 2017-2018 that he is unlikely to exercise, especially if he stays in Sacramento. The Kings are looking to get something for Gay..." August 15

  • James Harden Confronts Fan That Accuses Him of Flopping at the Drew League

    Obsev "While some of his fellow NBA All-Stars brave muggings, brothels, and dangerous infection at the Rio Olympics, Houston Rockets star James Harden has been enjoying his summer in Los Angeles. The four-time All-Star has spent the summer getting paid, destroying helpless campers, and cutting up the..." August 15

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • James Harden’s Houston Rockets are different, but not much better under Mike D’Antoni

    The Comeback "It could be argued that no current NBA roster is built around one single player like the Houston Rockets are with James Harden. Harden led the NBA last season in minutes played, attempted field goals and free throws (both made and attempted) and will now have the Rockets’ roster even more overtly..." August 04

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • Rockets to keep Michael Beasley

    Today's Fastbreak "The Houston Rockets will reportedly pick up the $1.4 million option on Michael Beasley’s contract for the upcoming 2016-17 season, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Beasley, the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, played 20 games with the Rockets in 2015-16 season..." August 01

  • Durant believes Harden is underappreciated

    Houston Chronicle "Kevin Durant and James Harden, former Oklahoma City teammates, opted against becoming teammates again this summer when the Rockets star chose not to play in the Olympics and Durant did not consider signing with Harden's Rockets as a free agent. But before the USA Basketball practice at Toyota..." July 31

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