Rockets Rumors & News

  • Demetrius Jackson getting ample opportunity with Rockets

    Houston Chronicle "Demetrius Jackson is on the Rockets roster on a two-way contract, limiting him to 45 days with the Rockets once the NBA G League season begins. But in the Rockets' first two games, he stood in at the pregame captain's meeting with Stephen Curry at Golden State and then filled in as the backup..." October 19

  • Mike D’Antoni trolls Draymond Green over defensive criticisms

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni couldn’t help but taking a shot back at Golden State’s Draymond Green over defensive criticisms. Green said Monday that he didn’t know “how serious [the Rockets] take defense” on Monday ahead of the season-opening clash between the two teams, but it was the..." October 18

  • Sore knee relegates Chris Paul to bench as Rockets hold off Warriors

    ESPN "Chris Paul was a crunchtime spectator during his Houston Rockets debut, cheering on his teammates from the bench for the final 4 minutes, 47 seconds of Tuesday's 122-121 comeback win over the Golden State Warriors, a decision coach Mike D'Antoni attributed to lingering soreness in the star point..." October 18

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Chris Paul criticizes culture of Clippers, says he had ball in his hands too much

    Larry Brown Sports "Chris Paul is pulling no punches as he begins the season in a new uniform. In clips from his new mini-documentary series for ESPN that were released on Thursday, the Houston Rockets guard criticized the culture of his old team, the LA Clippers, and also expressed displeasure with the role he..." October 17

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Draymond on Rockets: “I don’t know how serious they take defense”

    San Jose Mercury News "The concept endlessly amuses Warriors forward Draymond Green. In his mind, the Warriors have the most talent and the most confidence to win an NBA championship in what would mark their third in the past four years. That expectation has only prompted several of the other 29 NBA teams to stockpile..." October 17

  • Rockets' Clint Capela to become restricted free agent after season

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Clint Capela will become a restricted free agent next off-season, a person with knowledge of the Rockets' plans said. The team and its starting center will let the today's deadline to reach an agreement on a contract extension pass. Capela, 23,will begin his fourth season on..." October 16

  • Kevin McHale: James Harden calling me 'a clown' won't change my opinion of his leadership skills

    ESPN "Kevin McHale continued his war of words with Houston Rockets star James Harden on Friday. The former Rockets coach turned TV analyst had fired the opening salvo last week by declaring that Harden is "not a leader." Harden responded by calling McHale "a clown" and questioning his..." October 14

  • New Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta says he’ll pay luxury tax to reach Finals, not otherwise

    Pro Basketball Talk "Before selling the Rockets, Leslie Alexander set up the team to spend big. He signed off on a super-max extension for James Harden and a trade for Chris Paul, who’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Houston already has nearly $76 million committed in 2018-19 and more than $85 million..." October 13

  • James Harden isn't ready to cry foul over 'James Harden Rule'

    Houston Chronicle "If James Harden was the least bit flattered or honored that a rule change had been unofficially named after him, the feeling was lost when he was fouled without the reward of a trip to the line. Twice in the Rockets' first three preseason games, Harden drove and drew fouls, expecting to be..." October 13

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Beyonce Has Fertitta's Nod to Buy Rockets Stake -- If She Wants

    Bloomberg "Newly minted Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said he’d rather not take on limited partners, but he would be willing to make an exception for pop superstar Beyonce. “I prefer to own 100 percent,” Fertitta told the Bloomberg Business of Sports podcast that airs Oct. 13. “If somebody as..." October 12

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • James Harden Called Kevin McHale A ‘Clown’ After His Comments About Leadership

    Uproxx "James Harden fired back at Kevin McHale after the former Houston Rockets coach criticized his leadership earlier in the week. The Rockets guard responded when he spoke to the media on Saturday, calling McHale a “clown” and arguing that he did “anything and everything” his former coach wanted..." October 07

  • NBA Approves $2.2 Billion Sale Of Rockets To Tilman J. Fertitta

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets announced today that Tilman J. Fertitta has officially closed on his purchase of the NBA Houston Rockets and Clutch City Sports and Entertainment. The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved Fertitta to join the ranks of an NBA owner yesterday, setting the stage for the..." October 06

  • Ex-Rockets coach Kevin McHale: James Harden is 'not a leader'

    USA Today "Kevin McHale, who spent three-plus seasons as James Harden's head coach with the Houston Rockets, says that while the superstar guard is a "phenomenal basketball player," he lacks leadership skills. "James is not a leader," McHale said in a clip shared by NBA TV on Twitter Friday morning. "He..." October 06

  • Rockets Coach D'Antoni: Warriors 'not Gonna Stop Us Either'

    NBC Bay Area "Last regular season, the Warriors were No. 1 in offensive rating at (113.2). The Rockets were No. 2 (111.8). And with Chris Paul now onboard, Houston's head coach is feeling even better about his team's offense. In year 1 under D'Antoni, the Rockets shot an unprecedented 40.3 3-point..." October 06

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • New Rockets Owner Offers Helping Hand to Las Vegas Shooting Victims

    Black Sports Online "Business tycoon Tilman Fertitta, who just recently bought the Houston Rockets is currently working with his casino, Golden Nugget in Las Vegas to help victims and first responders according to TMZ Sports, who’ve been affected by the mass shooting. With 50 dead and 500 injured, the Las Vegas mass..." October 02

  • CP3 on LeBron-Wade reunion: 'I told them congrats, but I want to beat them bad'

    CBS Sports "It's been quite the summer for the "Banana Boat Crew." First, in what feels like a lifetime ago, Chris Paul was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets, and then there was the whole saga with Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks, which finally ended last week when the..." September 30

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Why Carmelo finally caved after Rockets, Cavaliers deals were close

    New York Post "Carmelo Anthony thought he had been traded twice before he actually was. It was wishful thinking. During an interview on SiriusXM, Anthony said he was under the impression “a trade was in place’’ with Cleveland and “got called off” on draft night in which both he and Paul George were headed to..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • Rockets GM jokes to Sam Hinkie that ‘tanking is solved’

    Sportsnaut "The NBA passed a series of new rules on Thursday, including lottery reform. In response, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sent a funny tweet to Sam Hinkie, his former counterpart with the Philadelphia 76ers. Before joining Philadelphia’s front office, Hinkie worked for Morey in..." September 28

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • Carmelo Anthony says he almost joined Rockets: 'A deal was done' but fell apart

    CBS Sports "Throughout the summer, as Carmelo Anthony languished in New York, everyone assumed it was just a matter of time before he was a member of the Houston Rockets. Especially with the saga between him and the Knicks getting stranger by the day. Houston was originally the only team he would waive his..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • Zhou Qi makes early impression with Rockets

    Houston Chronicle "Zhou Qi remains a rookie with a long learning curve. But Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he did turn heads in the first practice of training camp on Tuesday. The Rockets do not expect Zhou to compete for a place in the rotation this season, but D'Antoni did like what he said from Zhou's first..." September 27

  • Rockets weren't close on Carmelo Anthony, happy with their roster

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets' interest in acquiring Carmelo Anthony never brought them close to getting him before those chances ended on Saturday when the Knicks reached an agreement to send him to Oklahoma City. But though Rockets did hope to find a trade with the Knicks, general manager Daryl Morey said..." September 26

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • Yao Ming will make donation to Houston Hurricane Relief Fund

    Fox 26 Houston "Hall of Fame center Yao Ming, former Rockets star, will be in Houston Tuesday to make a donation to Mayor Sylvester Turner's Hurricane Relief Fund, Mayor Turner said Monday night. "He has offered to provide support to the Harvey Disaster Relief Fund that we have put together," said Mayor Turner..." September 26

  • Chris Paul blasts Donald Trump via Twitter

    Fanrag Sports "Shortly after Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James offered a sharp criticism of President Donald Trump on Twitter, Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul did the same in response to Trump’s recent comments on the National Football League and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. In his..." September 23

  • Rockets To Sign Chris Johnson

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets will sign former Rio Grande Valley Vipers standout Chris Johnson to a one-year contract on Friday, a person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday. Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward who has played briefly with the Grizzlies, 76ers, Jazz and Bucks, had a strong showing with the Rockets'..." September 22

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Carmelo Anthony to accept trade to Trail Blazers if Knicks and Rockets don’t strike deal

    Pro Basketball Talk "Carmelo Anthony trade talks between the Knicks and Rockets appear to be going nowhere. Yet, Anthony’s camp is reportedly cautiously optimistic he’ll get dealt by Monday. This might explain why. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have recruited Anthony to Portland. The Trail Blazers have..." September 21

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • Carmelo Anthony 'Cautiously Optimistic' of Rockets Deal

    New York Daily News "Barring an 11th-hour deal, Carmelo Anthony will remain with the Knicks next week when the team holds their annual media day to tip off the start of training camp. So while the message is one of rebuilding and looking toward the future, the focus will stay on Carmelo’s uncertain status and the..." September 20

  • Iguodala's wild free agency had him on verge of leaving Warriors

    ESPN "As yellow confetti poured down from Oracle Arena's rafters, Andre Iguodala leapt onto the scorer's table in front of 20,000 fans and stood with his arms upward, soaking in the electric atmosphere. "Oh s---, oh s---," he shouted. "Oh s----------." It was a moment of exhilaration for the..." September 20

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Report: Rockets GM Daryl Morey frequently fined

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is maybe the NBA’s most outspoken executive. He throws shade at opposing players and owners, jokingly challenges people to fights and can be outright provocative. Active on Twitter, Morey generates plenty of exposure. The league apparently doesn’t always..." September 15

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15