Rockets Rumors & News

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    Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets

    Donatas Motiejunas was evaluated after having lower back pain, will be removed from basketball activities for 1 to 2 weeks & reevaluated.

  • Humbled Dwight Howard ready to make 'ultimate sacrifice' for Rockets

    SI.com "Dwight Howard knows the landscape in Houston has shifted in his absence, with each 40-point effort carrying James Harden deeper into the MVP conversation and each win lifting the Rockets closer to home-court advantage in the playoffs. There was no way for things to remain as they were, not when..." March 28

  • Harden on MVP-level rise: 'All I needed was time'

    USA Today "Like it or not, narrative matters when it comes to the NBA's MVP race. LeBron James knows this as well as anyone, as all those MVP campaigns that came before were so great that it's tough for the Cleveland Cavaliers star to top what was done before. Translation: bad narrative. Stephen Curry is..." March 28

  • Report: Salary cap could rise to $105 million in 2017-18

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28

  • Rockets to offer Sergio Llull $17 million deal, according to report

    The Dream Shake "The Rockets appear ready to offer Spanish guard Sergio Llull $17 million, 3 year deal for next season. The Rockets are ready to offer Spanish guard Sergio Llull a contract for next season, reports Encestando.es and NBC Sports. Houston appears willing to offer a three-year deal worth $17..." March 27

  • Terrence Jones makes progress in comeback

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward Terrence Jones, showing significant progress in coming back from last week’s partially collapsed lung, on Friday rode a stationary bicycle for the first time since the injury, a person with knowledge of his condition said. If Jones continues to improve as expected, he could be..." March 27

  • Dwight Howard’s workload to increase in second game back from injury

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Dwight Howard said he felt good on Thursday – the day after he played his first game in two months. When the Rockets host Minnesota on Friday, his minutes will go up slightly as he eases back in. On Wednesday, Howard was set to play 16 minutes – he played the first four..." March 27

  • James Harden describes why he wants to be MVP

    USA Today "Like it or not, narrative matters when it comes to the NBA's MVP race. LeBron James knows this as well as anyone, as all those MVP campaigns that came before were so great that it's tough for the Cleveland Cavaliers star to top what was done before. Translation: bad narrative. Stephen Curry is..." March 27

  • Rockets top Pelicans after biggest rally of season

    Houston Chronicle "It took their largest comeback of the season for the Rockets to finally subdue the Pelicans. After trailing by 17 points in the first half Wednesday night, the Rockets tightened up defensively, got their offense flowing, and erased the deficit to beat New Orleans 95-93. As many have this..." March 26

  • ‘Fortune’ magazine names Adam Silver, LeBron James and Yao Ming among world’s 50 greatest leaders

    Pro Basketball Talk "In just the latest indication of the NBA’s growing global presence, Fortune magazine has named three NBA-related figures among its just-released list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. Nobody from any of the other three major American sports is featured. Here’s what the magazine had to say..." March 26

  • Howard returns from 26-game absence in win over Pelicans: 'I felt pretty good'

    The Score "Dwight Howard didn't have a major impact in Wednesday's win over the New Orleans Pelicans - teammate James Harden once again took care of that. But for a Rockets team with championship aspirations, getting the eight-time All-Star back in the lineup for the first time since late January had to..." March 26

  • Rockets say no decision will be made on Beverley for 7-10 days

    The Score "The Houston Rockets might be without shutdown defender Patrick Beverley for their upcoming postseason run. On Wednesday, Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Beverley will see specialists and there wouldn't be a decision on treatment for seven-to-10 days. While that may seem like a while, Marc..." March 25

  • Patrick Beverley could have season-ending wrist surgery, according to report

    SB Nation "The injury-riddled Rockets may soon absorb another huge blow just as they welcome back Dwight Howard from the sidelines. Point guard Patrick Beverley will go for a check-up on his injured wrist Wednesday morning and it's possible he will have season-ending surgery, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc..." March 25

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Source: Houston guard Patrick Beverley has a torn ligament in his wrist and next step will be determined after an evaluation in 7-10 days.

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight Howard starting with a minutes restriction tonight.

  • Rockets weather Pacers’ second-half rally, hang on for road victory

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets couldn’t catch a break in their third quarter against the Pacers on Monday night. Indiana was on a comeback run when guard Pat Beverley headed to the locker room clutching his left wrist. Joey Dorsey was benched after arguing a call and picking up a technical foul. Jason Terry and..." March 24

  • Dwight Howard likely to return from injury Wednesday

    SB Nation "It appears the Rockets center is finally ready to return to action after a 26-game absence due to a knee injury. Dwight Howard will likely return to action against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, according to Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle. Howard felt good after a practice..." March 24

  • Pat Beverley’s wrist injury: ‘It might be bad,’ Kevin McHale says

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets point guard Pat Beverley flew back to Houston from Indianapolis on Tuesday to have his left wrist evaluated and has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Pelicans in New Orleans. Beverley, who has also been battling right elbow bursitis, left the Rockets game against the..." March 24

  • Recent spate of injuries could accelerate Dwight Howard’s return

    Houston Chronicle "While there is no set return date for Rockets center Dwight Howard, coach Kevin McHale said it has to be soon. After the team’s 110-100 win over the Pacers on Monday, McHale said he might have to start putting Howard back into games. “We are so down on bodies and we don’t have a lot of..." March 24

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    Jenny Dial Creech @jennydialcreech

    Beverley has a left wrist sprain and will not return.

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Rockets add Josh Smith (ankle sprain) to injury list. He's questionable tonight. Ariza (illness), Beverley (bursitis) also quesitonable.

  • 6d
    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Rockets upgrade Dwight Howard to doubtful for first time in a month. Indication that Wednesday return looking possible.

  • Suns revive offense, shut down Houston late for road win

    Arizona Republic "To rally their season into a playoff spot, the Suns are going to need something dramatic. Coming to life offensively like Lazarus is a good place to start. Two nights after winning with 74 points, the Suns scored 99 in the first three quarters Saturday night at Houston and shut out the..." March 22

  • 'Pretty decent' chance Rockets' prospect Sergio Llull agrees to come to NBA next season

    Pro Basketball Talk "Sergio Llull was selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, who traded his rights to Houston for cash considerations. Llull has played in Spain ever since, but that investment the rockets made in him may be ready to pay off in time for next season. From..." March 22

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    Jenny Dial Creech @jennydialcreech

    Terrence Jones, Dwight Howard and Kostas Papnikolaou are all out tonight.

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    Jenny Dial Creech @jennydialcreech

    Also, Pat Beverley is still listed as questionable with elbow bursitis. He has played through that the last two games.

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks potential labor strife, draft lottery changes and salary cap

    Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21

  • Rockets’ Terrence Jones out at least a week with collapsed lung

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rockets forward Terrence Jones spent the night in the hospital to have what was believed to be a rib injury observed. The diagnosis is in. If that’s as serious as it sounds, Jones will miss much more than a week. Joey Dorsey should move back into the starting lineup, and Donatas..." March 21

  • James Harden puts on a show for Clutch City greats as Rockets top Nuggets

    Houston Chronicle "Game recognizes game, but rarely so spectacularly. As the champions of the Rockets’ past looked on, the Rockets of present rolled long enough for Hakeem Olajuwon to suggest that they could join them. But just another win would not be sufficient for the occasion. It had to be memorable. It..." March 20

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Terrence Jones was hit in the ribs. Will not return.

  • Josh Smith provides spark as Rockets surge past Magic

    Houston Chronicle "For all their searching, the Rockets finally found what they were lacking, and it was naturally in the last place they looked – or anyone would. They just needed Josh Smith to take more 3s. With the Rockets sinking late in the third quarter and James Harden seeming unable to save them, Smith..." March 18

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    Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

    Dwight Howard said he's "pretty close" to returning. Jokingly said. "It's a secret" when asked if he knows when he'll return.

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    Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

    Patrick Beverley has swelling in elbow and there is concern about him tonight vs Orl. McHale said Beverley left shootaround early.

  • NBA playoffs may need a format change

    USA Today "Enticing cross-conference NBA playoff matchups capture the imagination, presenting the idea of a fair and just basketball world in which only the best of the best are welcome. Dare to dream about the possibilities. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (or, for that matter, Russell Westbrook) as..." March 17

  • Terrence Jones’ big fourth quarter helps lift Rockets to road win over Clippers

    Houston Chronicle "One way or another, the Rockets and Clippers seemed bound to settle the day in the final seconds. For all James Harden or Chris Paul might have done along the way, for all the rebounds DeAndre Jordan grabbed or fast breaks the Rockets finished, the difference was going to be about one..." March 16

  • Dwight Howard returns to Rockets practice

    ESPN.com "For the first time since he suffered a right knee injury, Houston Rockets star center Dwight Howard practiced with the team Monday. Howard has missed the past 22 games with swelling in his knee and isn't expected to play Tuesday against Orlando. However, with Howard practicing, there is an..." March 16

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    Robert Morales @RMoralesPT

    Rockets coach Kevin McHale not sure when Dwight Howard will return #clippers #Rockets

  • Charles Oakley: NBA 'hard to watch'

    ESPN.com "The NBA isn't what it used to be. Just ask Charles Oakley. Oakley was honored by the Raptors on Friday, but the power forward who also played for Chicago, New York, Washington and Houston in a career that stretched from 1985-2004 had little good to say about today's game. "Who do I like..." March 14

  • Utah Jazz dominate Houston Rockets, 109-91

    Salt Lake Tribune "The only thing that was going to stop Rudy Gobert was himself. Specifically, a part of himself. More specifically, his right ankle, which hurt as he sat on the sideline between the third and fourth quarters, working the joint in circles, trying to rid himself of the pain. On second..." March 13

  • Rockets' Howard expects to return in 2 weeks

    ESPN.com "Dwight Howard, who hasn't played since Jan. 30 because of edema in his right knee, expects to be back in two weeks, he told ESPN's Lisa Salters on Wednesday. Howard worked out on the floor after the Houston Rockets' shootaround Wednesday morning in Portland, doing one-on-one work for the first..." March 12

  • NBA Players Union rejects cap smoothing, setting up ridiculous 2016 free agency summer

    SB Nation "The NBA Players Association has officially rejected cap smoothing when the new TV deal comes into play. Get ready for an absolutely wild summer in 2016. The National Basketball Players Association has informed the NBA that it will not agree to "smoothing" of the salary cap prior to the 2016-17..." March 12

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight Howard was living above the rim after practice. No setbacks since returned to court work. Has been running, cutting, doing 2 on 2.

  • Dwight Howard slowly getting back on the floor

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Dwight Howard has begun on-court rehabilitation, considered the important next step in coming back from his knee edema. “He’s got to get on the floor and get some up-and-down on the floor,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “I’m not talking with the team; I’m just talking with..." March 08

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    Rusty Simmons @Rusty_SFChron

    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he texted with Houston GM Daryl Morey, and Morey knew Kerr's MVP campaign comments were tongue-in-cheek.

  • Harden notches third triple-double of season as Rockets roll past Pistons

    Houston Chronicle "As much as the Rockets needed a win, they needed more. James Harden especially needed one of those nights when he puts up numbers, collects highlights and seems to control everything around him as he could not in the frustrating previous days. A win would do if only to keep the Rockets’ losing..." March 07

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    Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

    Patrick Beverley (sprained right foot) and Terrence Jones (low back pain) are questionable for tonight in Denver.

  • James Harden, on league admitting error 'It's still a loss'

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets didn’t get any kind of relief from the NBA admitting that referees in their game against Memphis on Wednesday night missed a crucial foul cal in the final seconds. The call would have sent James Harden to the foul line when the game was tied at 100 with under 10 seconds to play...." March 07

  • Royce White wants to play in the NBA again

    Fox Sports "Nine minutes. Two fouls. Zero points. Those are the career stats for Royce White. Three different teams, three games played. Plenty of players enter the league and only grab a cup of coffee on the way out, but rarely do those athletes depart with such unfulfilled expectations. At 6 feet, 8..." March 07

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    Rockets, Mavs, Raps & Heat still interested in free agent JaVale McGee, source told Yahoo. Mavs challenge is finding PT with Tyson Chandler.

  • Steve Kerr on MVP race: “If Daryl Morey wants to run his own one-man campaign for James Harden, he can do that”

    Pro Basketball Talk "As the NBA season enters March, the MVP race is heating up, and the two frontrunners so far are Stephen Curry and James Harden. So far, their teams have taken vastly different approaches to doing PR for the battle. Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been very vocal about Harden’s credentials, while the..." March 06