Rockets Rumors & News

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26

  • Reuniting Anthony Davis with Terrence Jones by moving Omer Asik

    The Bird Writes "As one probably surmised by the piece I wrote earlier this week, I am hell-bent on getting Omer Asik out of New Orleans before the end of the summer. My new plan to remove the mismatched center from town involves a trade with the Houston Rockets... and yes, you read that right! The Rockets are..." June 26

  • After going undrafted, Kyle Wiltjer agrees to deal with Rockets

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer, who wasn’t selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn, N.Y., agreed to sign with the Rockets shortly afterward, according to Fox 26 in Houston. Wiltjer confirmed the news on Twitter: “Nothing but joy in the Wiltjer house … so hyped right now! Thank you..." June 24

  • Longhorns' Isaiah Taylor, Aggies' Danuel House sign with NBA teams after going undrafted

    Sports Day "Even though they weren't drafted, it didn't take long for Texas A&M's Danuel House and Texas' Isaiah Taylor long to find NBA teams to sign with. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania report that House signed with the Washington Wizards and Taylor got a deal with the Houston..." June 24

  • Gary Payton II signs a three-year deal with Houston Rockets

    Oregonian "Oregon State's Gary Payton II signed a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft on Thursday, according to The six-foot-three, 184-pound guard averaged 16 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5 assists his senior year for the Beavers. Payton helped..." June 24

  • Harden says he hasn't spoken to Howard about free agency

    The Score "Dwight Howard is widely presumed to be on his way out of Houston as an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Rockets teammate James Harden doesn't appear to be doing much to convince him to stick around. "He's his own man, he knows what's best for his career," Harden said of Howard at his..." June 23

  • Harden to actively recruit Durant in free agency

    The Score "Four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant will have a number of suitors this summer as he enters unrestricted free agency. One of the teams looking to acquire his services will be the Houston Rockets, with All-Star guard James Harden - a former teammate of Durant with the Oklahoma City Thunder -..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Report: Dwight Howard would consider Knicks in free agency

    The Score "Now that he's reportedly declined his $23-million player option with the Houston Rockets, center Dwight Howard has the opportunity to find greener pastures elsewhere, and The Big Apple is on his radar as a potential new home. The New York Knicks are one of the teams the eight-time All-Star will..." June 22

  • Dwight Howard Opts Out Of Rockets Contract

    NESN "This isn’t a surprise at all. The salary cap is going up and lots of teams have cap space as a result. Howard is still a pretty good player in a league where the center’s role and importance arguably is at an all-time low. He averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game this..." June 22

  • Sources: Dwight Howard declines option, enters free agency

    Yahoo! Sports "Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard has declined his $23.2 million player option for the 2016-17 season and will enter free agency, league sources told The Vertical. Howard had stated publicly that no decision was made on his player option, but the eight-time NBA All-Star informed Houston of his..." June 21

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Rockets ready to chase star to pair with James Harden

    The Sports Daily "The Houston Rockets understand they might lose Dwight Howard to free agency this summer, but soothe such thoughts with the idea of chasing a major name on the open market with the free cap space. Howard never fit right with James Harden and the Rockets disappointed so much last season that the..." June 16

  • Five potential trade destinations for Derrick Rose

    Sportsnaut "While a lot of the talk surrounding the Chicago Bulls has involved Jimmy Butler, there’s a growing sense that the team might look to move former MVP Derrick Rose this summer instead. This makes a ton of sense for multiple reasons. First off, it’s become readily apparent that Butler and Rose..." June 16

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Should the Lakers sign Dwight Howard?

    Silver Screen And Roll "Welcome to Lakers Linkedin, our new free agency preview series (inspired by our friends over at Liberty Ballers' own "Sixers Tinder") where we look at the "resumes" of various free agents, and determine whether or not we think the Lakers' should hire them. Today, we kick things off with a familiar..." June 14

  • Rockets can let Dwight Howard walk and make improvements they actually need

    Sporting News "A year ago, the Rockets made the Western Conference finals as the No. 2 seed. Now they could be looking at wholesale changes in a pivotal offseason. Dwight Howard likely will hit unrestricted free agency for the second time in his career, and two of the Rockets’ other big men will be restricted..." June 13

  • Rockets ‘remain hopeful’ about July face-to-face with Kevin Durant

    Sportsnaut "Kevin Durant will have his pick when he hits NBA free agency in July. And despite the realization that they aren’t a contending team right now, the Houston Rockets are reportedly still optimistic about their chances of a meeting with the All-Star forward. Interestingly, Marc Stein of ESPN also..." June 13

  • Rockets' James Harden withdraws from 2016 Olympics

    SI "Houston Rockets guard James Harden has withdrawn from consideration for the USA Basketball roster that will compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. “As a result of many difficult conversations with my family, the Rockets, and trusted advisors, I've notified Jerry Colangelo and..." June 11

  • Kevin Durant not considering Rockets in free agency

    ESPN "Former teammates Kevin Durant and James Harden are "hanging out" this week, ‎but the close friends' ‎brief reunion isn't expected to have a real impact on Durant's forthcoming free agency, according to league sources. Sources told that Harden's Houston Rockets are not a team Durant..." June 10

  • Jason Terry believes Dwight Howard can get the Mavs in the championship conversation

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "If Jason Terry was running the Dallas Mavericks’ front office, apparently the first free agent he would try to lock up this summer is center Dwight Howard. By Terry’s estimation, Howard is the one glaring piece the Mavs are missing that would help them return to their championship year of 2011...." June 09

  • Not the retiring type, Jason Terry looking for a new team; Mavericks are in the conversation

    Sports Day "Jason Terry took a short drive from his north Dallas home to Dr Pepper Ballpark Thursday morning to take a few hacks in the batting cage. He and a lot of other athletes were like fish out of water trying to hit batting-practice pitches as they prepared for Friday Night's Heroes Celebrity..." June 09

  • Making the Case for Dwight Howard to the Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazer's Edge "Making the case for Dwight Howard. That's a sentence I didn't believe I would ever type, speak, or even think. To be clear, I still don't think he's the best fit for Portland but to play devil's advocate I wanted to take a look at the dark side and see what Howard really had to offer. For..." June 08

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Raptors assistant turns down offers from Rockets, Wizards

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors assistant coach Rex Kalamian has turned down offers from the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards to remain a part of Dwane Casey’s staff, TNT’s David Aldridge is reporting. Kalamian reportedly interviewed for the then-vacant head coaching position for the Rockets, eventually..." June 06

  • James Harden doesn’t know why he didn’t make All-NBA Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "Generally speaking, if you put up numbers 29 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.1 rebounds per game, you are going to make one of the All-NBA teams. Not James Harden. Not this season. And he doesn’t get it, as Harden told Jason Terry on the latter’s new show on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I mean,..." June 04

  • Lil B Confirms James Harden and Kevin Durant Are Both Still Cursed

    Complex "Lil B appeared on ESPN's excellent new basketball show, The Jump, Friday afternoon, and he confirmed Rockets guard James Harden and Thunder forward Kevin Durant are indeed still bearing the weight of the dreaded Curse of the Based God. Tracy McGrady certainly believes in the curse on Harden...." June 04

  • Wizards recruiting Rex Kalamian to coaching staff, according to report

    Bullets Forever "The Wizards have had their new head coach Scott Brooks for awhile. He has been spotted with key players like Marcin Gortat and even abroad with Tomas Satoransky. Now, Brooks is making moves to get his coaching staff into place. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Brooks is recruiting Toronto..." June 04

  • Could Jeremy Lin Reunite with Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets?

    Bleacher Report "Jeremy Lin likely earned himself another big payday with his helping the Charlotte Hornets push the Miami Heat to seven games this postseason, and one suitor who should be very eager to acquire Lin's services is his former coach, Mike D'Antoni. " June 03

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • With Mike D'Antoni now on board, is Jeremy Lin slated for a return to the Rockets?

    The Dream Shake "Now that the three-day mourning period after the hiring of Mike D'Antoni is over, it's time to come back to rational thought. There's no need to give up your season tickets, your NBA League Pass or your Rockets fandom. Sure, the D'Antoni hire was a huge surprise to everyone, but as the initial..." June 02

  • Harden calls All-NBA snub extra motivation

    The Score "James Harden earned his fourth consecutive All-Star selection this season, but the Rockets superstar was snubbed from an All-NBA selection for the first time in his four-year tenure in Houston. And that's what Harden says he'll use to fuel him going forward. "That's extra motivation for me..." June 02

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • J.B. Bickerstaff in talks to join David Fizdale’s staff in Memphis

    Pro Basketball Talk "Now that former Heat assistant David Fizdale has accepted the Grizzlies’ head coaching job, he’s starting to put together his staff. One name to keep an eye on, according to John Martin of ESPN 92.9 in Memphis: J.B. Bickerstaff, who served as the Rockets’ interim coach this season after the team..." May 29

  • D'Antoni hire raises questions about Howard's future in Houston

    The Score "The Houston Rockets knew the consequences of hiring Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. Put aside the X's and O's. D'Antoni carries a long history of breathtaking offenses and iffy defenses - a style that should fit James Harden perfectly. The bigger question of the D'Antoni hire points to the..." May 27

  • Rockets to hire Mike D'Antoni as head coach

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets have opted to make former Suns, Knicks and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni their next coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said on Thursday. The team began contract negotiations with D'Antoni on a four-year deal, the last at the team's option. D'Antoni, the 76ers associate..." May 26

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Jason Terry Talks Dwight Howard 's Trip to Free Agency

    The Sports Daily "Count Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry as one of the few people who don’t buy into the notion of Dwight Howard opting for free agency this summer. Most believe it’s going to happen. Howard has a player option and the Rockets were the league’s biggest disappointments last year. It doesn’t help..." May 26

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Rockets to interview Adrian Griffin for head coaching job

    Sportando "The Houston Rockets will interview Adrian Griffin too for the coaching job. " May 21

  • Rockets to interview Spurs assistant Borrego

    Today's Fastbreak "Apparently the Houston Rockets are having some difficulty deciding on a head coach, because now ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the team plans on interviewing San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego for the gig. This after all signs pointed to Mike D’Antoni and Stephen Silas being the two..." May 21

  • Houston Rockets hire Mike D’Antoni as head coach, Stephen Silas as assistant

    Sportsrageous "The Houston Rockets’ coaching search is nearing to an after two candidates, Mike D’Antoni and Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas, are left to compete for the head coach vacancy. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and general..." May 20

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