Rockets Rumors & News

  • 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 ESPN.com 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

  • Clint Capela adds fuel to Warriors rivalry, says Rockets are 'better'

    ESPN UK "Superstar guard James Harden called the Houston Rockets' 116-108 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night important "for our swag," which was soaring after the Rockets claimed the regular-season series over the defending NBA champions. "We're confident because we know if we're doing..." January 21

  • Steve Kerr has “regrets” over time as Suns GM with Mike D’Antoni as coach

    San Jose Mercury News "Over nine years have passed since they last worked together. Since then, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni raved endlessly about each other’s character, their coaching, how they empower players and how they have overseen high-powered offenses that very few teams can..." January 20

  • Rockets' Trevor Ariza accepts responsibility for ban: 'It is what is is'

    ESPN "Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza accepted responsibility for his actions that led to a two-game suspension, but he declined to discuss whether he hashed out his issues with LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers. Ariza and teammate Gerald Green were suspended two games after a league investigation..." January 19

  • Rockets' James Harden will play limited minutes in Thursday return

    Houston Chronicle "The revolving door on Rockets' rotation turned again on Thursday, with guard James Harden returning after missing seven games with a strained hamstring, but Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green out with two-game suspensions for their roles in the post-game incident in Los Angeles on Monday. Harden..." January 18

  • Is fighting becoming an issue in the NBA?

    NBC Sports Boston "Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s..." January 18

  • Sources: Rockets shocked Clippers' Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers escaped disciplinary action

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets are shocked and disappointed that Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers avoided any disciplinary action as a result of the events during and after the Clippers' contentious win Monday night in Los Angeles, team sources told ESPN. Rockets forwards Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green were..." January 18

  • Austin Rivers reportedly cleared air with Trevor Ariza, has yet to with Chris Paul

    Larry Brown Sports "Cooler heads finally appear to be prevailing (at least to some extent) amidst the hostilities between the LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Wednesday that Clippers guard Austin Rivers and Rockets forward Trevor Ariza spoke to each other shortly after..." January 18

  • Trevor Ariza, Gerald Green Suspended 2 Games for Actions vs. Clippers

    Bleacher Report "The NBA has suspended Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza and guard Gerald Green two games apiece after they entered the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room following Monday's 113-102 defeat to Los Angeles at Staples Center. The league opted against punishing James Harden and Chris Paul, who..." January 17

  • Tarik Black was Rocket who knocked on Clippers’ door

    Larry Brown Sports "The story of the Los Angeles Clippers-Houston Rockets postgame scuffle apparently involved a case of mistaken identity. Initially, one of the most amusing portions of the story of the locker room confrontation was that, allegedly, Rockets center Clint Capela had knocked on the Clippers’ locker..." January 17

  • Rockets plan for James Harden to return Thursday against Wolves

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets plan for star guard James Harden to return from a hamstring strain Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, barring any setbacks during Wednesday's practice, league sources told ESPN. Harden, who has missed the past seven games, is officially listed as questionable for..." January 17

  • Trevor Ariza focus of probe into Rockets-Clippers altercation

    ESPN "As the NBA gathers information for its investigation into the events surrounding the bombastic LA Clippers-Houston Rockets game on Monday night, forward Trevor Ariza has been further isolated as the person most responsible for the Rockets' postgame charge into the Clippers' locker room, league..." January 17

  • Stephen A. Smith: DeAndre Jordan wants to get traded to Rockets

    247 Sports "With the NBA trade deadline just a few weeks away, one of the biggest names on the market is Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan. With Jordan being a free agent in the summer, many expect the Clippers to deal him now just in case he decides to sign elsewhere in the offseason. But while teams like..." January 16

  • Report: James Harden, Chris Paul and Gerald Green were holding back Trevor Ariza in back hallway

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rockets players James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Gerald Green and Chris Paul reportedly went through a back hallway to confront Austin Rivers and Blake Griffin in the Clippers’ locker room after last night’s game. That’s one version of the story, at least. But it apparently isn’t the only one –..." January 16

  • After last night's locker room brouhaha, Chris Paul will probably never be cheered at Staples Center again

    Los Angeles Times "For most of the game they played hard but nice, two former teammates trying to act like this was just another game. Then, in the final minutes of the Monday homecoming of former Clippers star Chris Paul, the elephant in the room roared. In an on-court confrontation that later spilled into a..." January 16

  • NBA To Investigate Rockets/Clippers Incident

    Hoops Rumors "Chris Paul‘s return to Los Angeles took an unexpected turn on Monday night after the Clippers beat the Rockets in a testy contest that featured multiple ejections. As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski details, tensions boiled over after game, with a handful of Rockets players looking to confront Austin..." January 16

  • Police called after Harden, CP3 others storm Clippers locker room to confront Blake Griffin, Austin Rivers

    New York Daily News "The bad blood between these two teams is no longer restricted to the basketball court. Police were called to diffuse a situation after several Rockets players stormed the Clippers locker room to confront Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers, according to multiple reports. James Harden, Chris..." January 16

  • Rockets to sign Markel Brown, release Brianté Weber

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets will sign Markel Brown, a guard with the Oklahoma City Blue of the G League, to a two-way contract, releasing guard Brianté Weber from his two-way deal with the Rockets and Rio Grande Valley Vipers, a person with knowledge of the move said. Brown, a 6-3 guard from Oklahoma State,..." January 16

  • Nikola Mirotic, 15 Others Become Trade-Eligible

    Hoops Rumors "Today is January 15, which means that trade restrictions have lifted for most of the rest of the NBA’s 2017 offseason signees. While the majority of those ’17 free agents became trade-eligible on December 15, there was a small subset of free agent signees whose trade ineligibility lasted for..." January 15

  • Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni says James Harden could return this week

    NBA.com "The Houston Rockets' schedule this week features contests against two of the top four teams in the Western Conference. James Harden could potentially be back just in time for those games. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters on Sunday that Harden could return as soon as Thursday..." January 14

  • R.J. Hunter To Sign Two-Way Contract With Rockets

    Hoops Rumors "The Rockets will sign G League guard R.J. Hunter to a two-way contract on Sunday, tweets Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. Hunter has been playing for the organization’s G League affiliate in Rio Grande Valley, where he is averaging 19.0 points in 23 games. He has struggled to find a..." January 13

  • Who Are The NBA’s Best And Worst Scorers In The Clutch This Season?

    Dime Magazine "Being “clutch” comes to define a superstar, for better or worse, and it can be hard to shake perception from reality once a reputation is built. Take for example LeBron James, who has become one of the NBA’s best players in crunch time over the past seven or eight seasons but still gets criticized..." January 11

  • James Harden's return to Rockets still not considered imminent

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden did some shooting after his team's shootaround on Wednesday, though his return from a strained hamstring is not considered imminent. Even with signs of improvement, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Harden will not be able to lobby for a quick return because he will stay..." January 11

  • Adam Silver on not televising All-Star draft: ‘The goal was to improve the All-Star game’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Early indications the NBA wouldn’t televise the new All-Star draft were met with swift opposition from fans and media. Yet, the league isn’t budging. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via NBA TV: Should there be a public selection? Now, I get it. Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind..." January 11

  • Blake Griffin Said Chris Paul Left The Clippers ‘The Right Way’

    Dime Magazine "Blake Griffin may be the last Clipper standing in Los Angeles soon enough, but he doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings about the departure of Chris Paul. The two may have been franchise cornerstones for the Clippers, who were facing a very uncertain offseason after LA fell short in the..." January 11

  • James Harden should return to the court ‘anytime next week’

    Clutch Points "The Houston Rockets have been without James Harden since he suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain the last time they played the Los Angeles Lakers. But on Wednesday, it was announced that the Rockets will get their most dynamic player and MVP candidate back very soon. per Kelly Iko of ESPN..." January 10

  • GM Daryl Morey says Rockets might avoid trade market

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets spent months planning and positioning for the annual trade-deadline swap meet. When things changed and they made a key addition not only to the roster but the rotation, they made a move to prepare again. With the NBA's new earlier deadline one month from Monday, they kept a..." January 08

  • Houston Rockets Plan to Bring Back Bobby Brown

    Complex "Bobby Brown, fringe NBA point guard but master recruiter, will reportedly get another shot with the Houston Rockets later this season after the team waived him to make room for Gerald Green, per Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania. Brown, 33, had re-signed with the Rockets this past offseason after..." January 06

  • Rockets withdraw protest of loss to Clippers

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets have withdrawn their protest of the Dec. 22 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, an individual with knowledge of the decision said on Thursday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because no announcements regarding the action or more recent decision had been made. The Rockets had..." January 05

  • West defends himself after CP3's moves caused injury

    Yardbarker "Chris Paul put the moves on David West during one particular play in Thursday’s game, which caused the Warriors veteran to suffer a sprained ankle while attempting to guard the Rockets point guard. CP3 used a few stepback crossover moves to put West on skates, and then proceeded to drain a..." January 05

  • Rockets hanging on to Gerald Green for rest of season, sources say

    ESPN "After a prodigious return to the NBA, guard Gerald Green will have his contract guaranteed by the Houston Rockets for the rest of the season, league sources told ESPN. The Rockets are facing an NBA deadline of Sunday to either guarantee the deal for the season or waive Green. The veteran..." January 05

  • Warriors not focusing on Rockets as lone threat to title defense

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets may be obsessed with trying to figure out how they can defeat Golden State, but the Warriors are not reciprocating at the moment. "It's no disrespect," Warriors forward Kevin Durant told ESPN, "but we're not coming in every day saying we're just thinking about Houston. We..." January 04

  • Chris Paul figures prominently in Rockets' long-term plans

    Houston Chronicle "Guard Chris Paul was told he had reached the date, six months after he had been traded from the Los Angeles Clippers, at which the Rockets could offer a contract extension. He said he was unaware of the date and showed little interest in it. As president of the players association, he likely..." January 03

  • Gerald Green has been a pleasant surprise since signing with Rockets

    Houston Chronicle "Barely 24 hours after Gerald Green signed with the Rockets, wearing a uniform that arrived in the arena 10 minutes before the opening tip and shoes he had to borrow from Trevor Ariza, Green might have shown why his former coach, Brad Stevens, said he is a perfect fit for the Rockets. Green,..." January 02

  • Rockets prepared for temporary life without James Harden

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets met for the first time since star guard James Harden was diagnosed with a hamstring strain that will sideline him for at least two weeks. While the news is a blow to the team, they were moving forward and preparing for life without Harden for the foreseeable future. "We will..." January 02

  • LaVar Ball is the founder of the NBA, according to Google

    CBS Sports "LaVar Ball just keeps on padding his resume. To ring in the New Year, a Google glitch has everyone turning their heads to answer a common question: Who founded the NBA? For the time being, if users google to find out who the NBA's founder is, it turns up none other than Mr. Ball. Ball, who was..." January 02

  • Rockets' Harden out two weeks

    CBS Sports "Harden will miss at least two weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports. Harden suffered the strain while jumping off his left leg for a layup in Sunday's game against the Lakers. He'll be re-evaluated in two weeks, which means his..." January 01

  • James Harden strains left hamstring

    ESPN "Guard James Harden strained his left hamstring and did not return after leaving late in the fourth quarter of the Houston Rockets' 148-142 double-overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Harden came up limping and dragging his left leg gingerly after he missed on a drive to the basket with..." January 01

  • Chris Paul Buys Massive Texas Mansion ... 14 Bathrooms!!!

    TMZ "Lookin' for a place to pee? Try Chris Paul's brand new Houston-area mansion ... 'cause the dude has enough bathrooms to handle a small army!!! TMZ Sports has learned the NBA superstar purchased an 18,717 square foot estate in Spring, Texas -- 30 miles from the Toyota Center where the Houston..." December 30

  • L2M: Harden's fouls against Smart were correct, but Horford traveled

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced Friday that James Harden was correctly whistled for two offensive fouls against Marcus Smart over the final 7.3 seconds of the Houston Rockets' 99-98 loss to the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. According to the league's Last Two Minute Report, Harden dislodged Smart "from..." December 30

  • Harden rips shorthanded officiating crew

    ESPN "Whistled for two critical offensive fouls in the final 7.3 seconds of Thursday night's loss to the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets star James Harden vented about a rare two-man referee crew and the late-game calls against him. Referee Mark Lindsay hurt his back during pregame warm-ups, leaving..." December 29

  • Mike D’Antoni on Jayson Tatum: “I’m trying to think what I can say without it being tampering”

    Mass Live "Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum keeps drawing high praise from coaches and players around the league. On Thursday, perhaps for the first time, a coach was careful praising him for fear of tampering. Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters prior to his team's game against the..." December 29

  • Rockets finalizing non-guaranteed deal with Gerald Green

    247 Sports "Chris Paul has been dealing with the injury bug throughout the first half of the 2017-18 season. On Thursday, the Houston Rockets made a roster move to try and bring some depth to their backcourt. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, guard Gerald Green has signed a non-guaranteed..." December 28

  • Rockets' Paul remains out vs. Celtics with adductor strain

    NBA.com "The Houston Rockets were already undermanned on the frontline entering tonight's showdown with the Boston Celtics. Their backcourt will have decidedly less depth as well, as point guard Chris Paul is listed as out for tonight's game. The team updated Paul's injury status this morning to list..." December 28

  • Clint Capela to miss Rockets' next 2 games with orbital fracture

    ESPN "Rockets center Clint Capela has a right orbital fracture and will miss Houston's next two games, the team announced Wednesday. Capela will be re-evaluated later this week, according to the Rockets. Capela returned to the starting lineup Monday, scoring 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a..." December 27

  • James Harden to pay tribute to jailed Meek Mill with sneakers

    ESPN "When he takes the floor Thursday night to face the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden plans to don a special message across his sneakers for the first time this season. With hand-painted artwork from sneaker customizer Salvador Amezcua, better known as Kickstradomis, Harden's..." December 27

  • Rockets confident of return to form after three-game skid: 'No doubts'

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets' winning percentage has dipped significantly over the past week, but their confidence has not. The Rockets' primary concern in the wake of losing three consecutive games, a rough stretch that came immediately after a 14-game winning streak, is getting key injured players..." December 26