Rockets Rumors & News

  • The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • Ex-Rocket Bobby Brown Headed To Greece

    Hoops Rumors "Bobby Brown, who was waived by the Rockets last week, has reached an agreement to play for the Greek team Olympiacos, according to Eurohoops (hat tip to Sportando). Brown, who appeared in 20 games this season, had hoped to re-sign with Houston for the rest of the year, but became expendable..." February 21

  • ESPN’s NBA Countdown is moving to Bristol, then New York, while The Jump is expanding to a full hour

    Awful Announcing "With Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose heading to the upcoming Get Up morning show with Mike Greenberg while retaining their NBA Countdown roles (at least for now), it was clear that the NBA studio show would be leaving Los Angeles. But we now have details on when and for where, with Ryan Glasspiegel..." February 21

  • Stephen A. Smith says LeBron James should sign with Rockets

    247 Sports "The biggest storyline surrounding free agency this summer is where LeBron James will end up signing. James has called home Cleveland home for the vast majority of his career aside from the four seasons he spent with the Miami Heat. On Tuesday's, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith says that the best..." February 21

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Knicks reportedly sign swingman Troy Williams to 10-day contract

    North Jersey "The Knicks have signed swingman Troy Williams to a 10-day contract, according to multiple reports that surfaced late Monday night. Williams was released by the Houston Rockets last week when the team signed veteran Joe Johnson. The signing was first reported by The Athletic. The..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • Rockets annoyed to only have 1 All-Star as Warriors have 4

    CBS Sports "Ask Mike D'Antoni, and no, the Rockets don't talk much about the Warriors. Ask one of his players ... "You always have to focus on them because they've been to the Finals three years in a row and they're still one of the teams you always have to focus on," Rockets guard Eric Gordon said..." February 18

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • Steph Curry Walks Away from a James Harden Question

    The Big Lead "NBA All-Star and team captain Stephen Curry was asked a straightforward question about this year’s MVP award. He did not give a clear answer. “Ha,” said the two-time MVP, who beat out Harden after the 2014-15 season. This year, however, Curry has some making up to do while having another..." February 17

  • Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta on chasing titles: 'No problem paying luxury tax' if we can win

    USA Today "Tilman Fertitta is good for a laugh every few minutes. The first-year Houston Rockets owner is holding court inside his Toyota Center suite before a mid-January game against the Golden State Warriors, sitting at the end of a table near CEO Tad Brown, his wife, Paige, 23-year-old son Patrick and..." February 16

  • Rockets' new addition Brandan Wright brings 'insurance'

    Houston Chronicle "Though Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni did not yet have a plan for how he would use Brandan Wright, the free agent center the Rockets signed on Monday, he did have a good idea how he will fit. "Insurance, mostly," D'Antoni said in his first comments about the transaction. "He's to me the type of..." February 16

  • Rockets owner expects team to be worth $3B within 10 years

    USA Today "They know this isn’t the NBA Finals – even if it might feel like it inside the owner’s suite at the Toyota Center during halftime. It’s mid-January, in the middle of the Houston Rockets’ rollicking regular season where James Harden, Chris Paul & Co. have convinced the masses that they’re for..." February 15

  • Rockets Decide Not To Waive Troy Williams

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets had planned on waiving Troy Williams to create a roster spot for Joe Johnson, but will now keep Williams. The Rockets are making an alternate roster move to create a spot for Johnson. " February 14

  • Rockets Sign Joe Johnson "Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed free agent guard/forward Joe Johnson for the remainder of the season. Johnson will wear #7 for the Rockets. Johnson (6-7, 240) was originally the 10th overall pick by Boston in the 2001 NBA Draft and is in his..." February 14

  • James Harden: Chris Paul Saw Something In Me He Didn't See In Anybody Else

    Real GM Basketball "James Harden and Chris Paul have had a successful start to their partnership that they themselves worked together to create last offseason. “Obviously, Chris wanted to get out of LA and he chose here and so far, so good,” Harden said. “He saw something in me that he didn’t see in anybody else,..." February 14

  • Rockets to release Troy Williams to make room for Joe Johnson

    Clutch Points "The Houston Rockets plan to release Troy Williams in an effort to create an open roster spot for Joe Johnson, according to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports. Williams, now 23 years of age, signed a 10-day contract with the Rockets on March 10, 2017. The Hampton, Virginia native was..." February 13

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • NBA Rumors: Joe Johnson Plans To Sign With Rockets

    Hoops Rumors "Joe Johnson plans to sign with the Rockets once his buyout from the Kings is complete, tweets Shams Charania of The Vertical." February 10

  • Rockets Optimistic About Buyout Market

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets, for the first time in Daryl Morey's tenure as general manager, did not agree to a deal at the NBA trade deadline Thursday. This was for a variety of reasons but primarily because of what Morey hopes the Rockets can do for the first time in his 11 seasons of deal making. With..." February 09

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • NBA Rumors: Rockets, Cavaliers Interested In Trading For George Hill

    Sacramento Bee "As Thursday’s noon trade deadline approaches, the Cleveland Cavaliers remain one of the teams interested in acquiring Kings point guard George Hill, according to multiple league sources speaking on the condition of anonymity. The Houston Rockets also have interest in Hill, the sources..." February 07

  • NBA Team Values 2018: Every Club Now Worth At Least $1 Billion "A weeklong selloff wiped out $4 trillion from global stock markets but don't expect the value of NBA teams to suffer. The average team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. Franchise values have tripled over the past..." February 07

  • NBA rumors: Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams headline surplus of wings available at the trade deadline

    USA Today "By the time the NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. “Well sir, we weren’t able to land that first-round pick for our expendable, talented wing player because it turns out there were quite a few of..." February 07

  • Why patience may be a virtue as NBA trade deadline approaches

    New York Post "There will be buyers, sellers, renters and movers. And there is another group adorning the NBA landscape as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches: The waiters. No, not Dion’s kin or the Restaurant Workers Union, but rather executives around the league waiting to pounce on players bought out,..." February 07

  • Players Who Are Ineligible To Be Traded At Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "At the start of any NBA season, there’s generally a long list of players who can’t be traded. Most of those players signed new contracts during the offseason and subsequently don’t become trade-eligible until at least December 15. Offseason signees who meet certain criteria don’t have their trade..." February 06

  • Report: Rockets Gauging League-Wide Interest In Ryan Anderson

    SLAM Online "The Houston Rockets are reportedly testing the trade market for forward Ryan Anderson, according to ESPN‘s Kelly Iko." February 05

  • A major NBA financial crunch is coming

    ESPN "In July 2016, the Portland Trail Blazers signed restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, their backup center, to a four-year, $41 million contract. It was at the tail end of a surge of large contracts given out that summer, the greatest time in NBA history to be a free agent. This summer, the..." February 05

  • Five players most likely to be moved before trade deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk of a tight trade market (and that is still the case in some quarters) we have already seen a blockbuster trade — Blake Griffin is now a Detroit Piston. We’ve also seen an expected trade, with Nikola Mirotic getting moved and the Pelicans stepping up to land him. Who else could..." February 05

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey remains cautious as trade deadline approaches

    Houston Chronicle "Having approached the trade deadline over the years from many different angles, from seeking reinforcements for good teams to clearing contracts in the hope of building better teams, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey might have never felt as he does four days before this season’s..." February 05

  • CP3 passes Andre Miller for 9th on all-time assists list

    Clutch Points "Another night, yet another NBA record that has to do with the Houston Rockets. This time, it was star point guard Chris Paul on Saturday night when he passed Andre Miller for No. 9 all-time in career assists in NBA history. Early in the second quarter of Saturday night’s primetime contest..." February 04

  • Chris Paul on Cavaliers' recent struggles: Don't take LeBron James for granted

    CBS Sports "Chris Paul and the Rockets have been dominant this year. They've trounced a lot of bad teams and some good teams too. On Saturday, they made the Cavaliers look like one of the bad teams in a 120-88, nationally-televised drubbing. It was another embarrassing loss for the Cavs. Following the..." February 04

  • Paul: Harden will win MVP, it's 'not even going to be close'

    Houston Chronicle "James Harden had his "signature moment" before January was through. It did not hurt that he backed it up with a nationally televised victory Thursday, capped by a dagger four-point play. But by the time he returned to a stage following Tuesday's masterpiece against Orlando, even TNT's Charles..." February 03

  • Steve Kerr deletes tweet criticizing James Harden

    Clutch Points "Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr voiced his frustration with the way referees officiated Houston Rockets star James Harden, commenting thru his verified Twitter account in one of the NBA’s tweets to promote watching TNT’s Thursday doubleheader. Harden is featured in the video draining a..." February 02

  • Rumor: Tyreke Evans drawing interest from Cavs, Thunder, Celtics, Pelicans, Heat, Rockets

    Clutch Points "Memphis Grizzlies multi-fasceted forward Tyreke Evans has started to draw interest from many teams around the NBA as this Feb. 8 trade deadline nears. Among them are the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, and the Miami Heat, according..." January 31

  • James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to score 60 points in triple-double

    ESPN "James Harden became the first player in NBA history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double in the Houston Rockets' 114-107 home win over the Orlando Magic. "I just gave it all I had tonight,'' Harden said after Tuesday's contest. "We all did. We all fought for 48 minutes, we got key..." January 31

  • Rockets' Trevor Ariza expected to miss more games; Chris Paul questionable vs. Magic

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets knew they would be shorthanded again, with Trevor Ariza out with a strained left hamstring. How shorthanded and for how long is still to be determined, with Chris Paul also returning to their injury report with a sore right groin. Paul is listed as questionable to play on Tuesday..." January 29

  • Sources: NBA Players Set for $100K Bonus for Winning ASG

    Basketball Insiders " In what appears to be an incentive to improve the competitive spirit of the NBA All-Star games, player earnings have been increased, league sources tell ESPN. Each player on the winning team will now receive $100,000 and the losing team pockets $25,000, league sources said." January 29

  • Rockets' D'Antoni to coach Team Stephen at All-Star Game "Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni and his staff will coach Team Stephen in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET) at Staples Center in Los Angeles. D’Antoni joins Rudy Tomjanovich (1997) as the Rockets’ only All-Star Game head coaches. A two-time NBA Coach of the..." January 27

  • Rockets Plan To Re-Sign Bobby Brown After Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The Rockets waived Bobby Brown earlier in January, but the team hopes to re-sign him to its roster after the trade deadline passes, tweets Marc Stein of The New York Times. According to international basketball reporter David Pick (via Twitter), Brown flirted with the idea of signing with..." January 26

  • Why There’s Never Been a PED Scandal in the NBA

    Complex "There’s never been a performance-enhancing drug (PED) controversy in the National Basketball Association. That hasn’t been the case for Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, where suspensions and recriminations followed the very best players like a foul fart. Nor have elite..." January 25

  • NBA All-Star Draft not televised due to pushback from players’ union

    Clutch Points "The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft has brought many changes to the usual format in hopes of re-invigorating the spirit of competition. Among them, is the non-televised draft in which the leading vote-getters from each conference; LeBron James and Stephen Curry, will pick among their peers to join their..." January 25

  • Gerald Green's role diminished with Rockets returning to full strength

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets' return to a full complement of rotation players left Gerald Green out of the mix on Monday when he returned from his two-game suspension, though coach Mike D'Antoni said he would be happy to play Green if the need arises. Until then, he said he would try to explain Green's revised..." January 25

  • NBA Requests New Gambling Laws, Seeks 1 Percent Cut Of Bets

    ESPN "In what could end up being a seminal moment for sports gambling in America, the NBA on Wednesday formally requested a set of laws that could be the basis for professional sports leagues pushing for national legalized wagering on games. Dan Spillane, an attorney for the NBA, testified in front..." January 24

  • Chris Paul Insists He'll Never Become NBA Coach

    Real GM Basketball "While Chris Paul has frequently been cited as a current player most likely to end up as an NBA head coach, he insists he will never become one due to the travel involved with the job." January 24

  • Rumor: DeAndre Jordan trade talks died due to Rockets’ ‘affinity’ for Clint Capela

    Clutch Points "DeAndre Jordan was one of the first names dragged into trade conversations after the L.A. Clippers struggled due to an injury-plagued season. Among them was one that had the league’s second-leading rebounder going to the Houston Rockets for young center Clint Capela. According to ESPN’s Ian..." January 23

  • Report: Warriors, Rockets eyeing Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn prior to deadline

    Clutch Points "The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets have set their eyes on New York Knicks backup Kyle O’Quinn, who is in the midst of a four-man logjam at the center position, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley. Both interested teams are looking to bolster their depth at center, while the Knicks are..." January 23

  • Kevin Durant Slams Clint Capela for Warriors Comment: 'His Job Is Not as Hard'

    Bleacher Report "Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela caught Kevin Durant's attention when he told Tim MacMahon of his team is better than the Golden State Warriors after Saturday's victory. "His job is not as hard," Durant said of Capela, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. "When your job is that..." January 22

  • The Houston Rockets And The Righteousness of Vengeance

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets defeated the visiting Golden State Warriors at the Toyota Center in a hypothetical preview of an almost preordained Western Conference Finals. Daryl Morey, certainly the only General Manager in the league currently producing a musical, took to Twitter to salute his team, no..." January 21

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