Rockets Rumors & News

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Harden's signature Adidas sneaker set to drop in December

    The Score "James Harden's first Adidas signature sneaker has a release date. Adidas confirmed at a media event in Las Vegas last Thursday that the new shoe will be released in December, and will feature a white toecap, black upper, and red accents, according to Brendan Dunne of Sole Collector." July 26

  • James Harden: I Might Actually Try on Defense This Year

    Obsev "It's not a stretch to say that James Harden and the Houston Rockets will put up large point totals in 2016-17. Not only did the team acquire sharpshooters in wing Eric Gordon and power forward Ryan Anderson, but they ditched Dwight Howard, who still fancies himself a low-post scorer (he's not),..." July 26

  • Harden: No player had as much responsibility as me last season

    The Score "James Harden has a reputation for being somewhat of a defensive liability. The Houston Rockets guard acknowledged that critical flaw in his game recently before insisting the chatter "doesn't really" bother him. "Everybody makes mistakes," he told Lang Whitaker of NBA.com. "I can look up the..." July 25

  • Pelicans Sign Free Agent Forward Terrence Jones

    NBA.com "The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has signed unrestricted free agent forward Terrence Jones, and re-signed guard Tim Frazier. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Jones, 6-9, 252, has spent his entire professional career with the Houston Rockets after..." July 23

  • James Harden Says He'll Actually Play Defense Next Year

    Complex "James Harden seems excited for the changes in the Houston Rockets organization. Beyond moving on from Dwight Howard, the Rockets have also signed coach Mike D'Antoni, re-signed Harden (4 years, $118 million), and added Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. In the offseason, everyone feels like a..." July 23

  • Dwight Howard Told Beyonce He Sang Her Songs to Help Him Shoot Free Throws

    NESN "Perhaps if Beyoncé made more songs, Dwight Howard would be a better free-throw shooter. Like many big men, Howard has struggled from the free-throw line throughout his NBA career. One of the many tricks he employed with hopes of improving shooting from the free-throw line was singing Beyonce..." July 22

  • Dwight Howard Used To Sing Beyoncé Songs At The Free-Throw Line To Calm Himself Down

    Uproxx "In light of recent Hack-a-Shaq amendments in the NBA, the discussion around woeful big man performance at the free-throw line has ballooned. In the limelight are a few centers whose overall impact on the game is massively positive, but whose troubles with foul shots are so rotten they often can’t..." July 21

  • Moses Malone Jr Thinks James Harden Sent Men to Attack Him

    Click 2 Houston "Four men have been charged in an attack at the V Live Vintage Steakhouse on June 25, according to police. Darian Blount, Kavon Boutte, Oscar Wattell and Deavion Lewis have been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon after police said they robbed Moses Malone Jr. of around $50,000..." July 21

  • Rockets to sign Chinanu Onuaku to three-year deal; Nene to one-year contract

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets reached agreement with second-round pick Chinanu Onuaku on a three-year, fully guaranteed deal, using their remaining cap space to come to terms on the kind of contract they hope will provide time to develop the 19-year-old center. With the deal with Onuaku completed, they could..." July 20

  • Jason Terry informed by Rockets that he won't be re-signed

    The Score "If The Jet is going to take off for another season in the NBA, it won't be with the Houston Rockets. During a recent appearance on Sirius XM's NBA Today, veteran shooting guard and unrestricted free agent Jason Terry told host Justin Termine that the Rockets have informed him that he won't be..." July 20

  • Moses Malone Jr.: I Was Attacked for Dissin' James Harden ... Suspects Charged

    TMZ "The son of NBA legend Moses Malone told cops the men who attacked and robbed him at gunpoint outside of a Houston strip club were looking to "punish" him for disrespecting James Harden in a Facebook post. TMZ Sports has learned ... the D.A. has charged 4 men for the June 25th incident -- in..." July 20

  • Motiejunas talking with Rockets and other teams

    Fox 26 Houston "Forward Donatas Motiejunas would be happy to return to the Houston Rockets, but he said other teams are talking with his agent. Motiejunas is a restricted free agent and the Rockets retain the right to match any offer he gets, but he points out he could still wind up elsewhere. "Yeah of..." July 20

  • Harden ready for clean slate: 'Last year was very stressful for all of us'

    The Score "Though it produced three playoff appearances, two 54-plus-win seasons, and one Western Conference finals berth in three years, the James Harden-Dwight Howard partnership didn't quite work out the way the Houston Rockets might've hoped. After a dour, tumultuous season that saw them fire coach..." July 19

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Howard looks to his roots to nourish him again

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The first week of the Dwight Howard Homecoming clearly and cleverly has laid down the baseline for what his Hawks career could be, if handled by the right author. The essential elements of the perfect story are all there: Native big man leaves home still a child in many ways as the NBA’s first..." July 17

  • Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard don't fit well together. That's a problem for the Hawks

    SB Nation "The Atlanta Hawks had an eventful offseason. They traded Jeff Teague before the draft, lost Al Horford to the Boston Celtics in free agency, landed Dwight Howard to replace him and brought back Kent Bazemore after his breakout season. There will be a mix of familiar faces and new additions next..." July 16

  • Sources: Terrence Jones nearing deal with Pelicans

    Yahoo! Sports "Free agent Terrence Jones is nearing agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical. For Jones and the Pelicans, a partnership could become a high-reward proposition, with the opportunity to re-establish Jones, 24, as a promising power forward..." July 14

  • Dwight Howard on James Harden: 'I wish the relationship would have been a lot better'

    USA Today "Dwight Howard signed a three-year, $70.5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks after a tumultuous three seasons with the Houston Rockets. There were many reports that Howard and Rockets star James Harden had a shaky relationship that affected the team on and off the court. Howard averaged..." July 14

  • Mike D’Antoni Comes Clean About Carmelo Anthony’s Discomfort With ‘Linsanity’ In New York

    Uproxx "It seems like a lifetime ago that Jeremy Lin was just a no-name kid from Harvard struggling to secure a spot on an NBA roster when he put together a now-mythological spree of performances that turned him into a worldwide phenomenon and gave birth to the name “Linsanity.” It’s still difficult to..." July 14

  • Pablo Prigioni reportedly returns to Rockets on 2-year deal

    CBS Sports "The Houston Rockets will bring back Pablo Prigioni on a two-year deal, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Prigioni played 24 games for the Rockets in 2014-15, then signed with the Los Angeles Clippers last summer. At 39-years-old, Prigioni is not exactly the quickest point guard in..." July 14

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Sources: James Harden agrees to $118M renegotiation

    Yahoo! Sports "Houston Rockets All-Star guard James Harden has agreed to a four-year, $118 million renegotiation that could keep him under contract through 2020, league sources told The Vertical. The deal assures the Rockets of one additional year of Harden under contract in 2018-19 because of a player option..." July 09

  • What should Eric Gordon's role be on the Rockets?

    The Dream Shake "The Rockets have made three (if you count Nene) key signings in free agency so far, and two of those players happen to be knockdown shooters and come from the same team. You already know who those players are: Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. You also most likely know the media's reaction to these..." July 07

  • Report: Hawks discussed Millsap trade with Raptors, Rockets

    The Score "With Al Horford having yet to decide whether he was going to re-sign with the franchise or not, the Atlanta Hawks, if only for a short period of time, tossed around the idea of trading All-Star power forward Paul Millsap. Two teams Atlanta discussed deals with were the Toronto Raptors and..." July 07

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • It’s time for the Rockets to try James Harden at point guard

    The Dream Shake "The Rockets had three main goals going into the offseason: signing a star, adding shooting and giving James Harden a playmaker to ease his burden. Daryl Morey struck out on objective No. 1 this offseason. Mission accomplished — injury caveat here — on objective No. 2. Eric Gordon could..." July 06

  • Nene Agrees To Deal With Rockets

    Real GM Basketball "Nene has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets. Nene had been with the Washington Wizards since his trade from the Denver Nuggets in 2012. Nene is no longer a starter quality big man but he's remained an effective rotation player." July 06

  • Howard: I want to bring a championship home

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Dwight Howard is dreaming big. The eight-time All-Star center wants a title for his hometown. Howard agreed to a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Hawks of Friday. He cannot sign a contract until after the NBA moratorium ends on Thursday. “I want to do whatever I can to bring a..." July 06

  • Books adjust NBA odds in wake of Durant to the Warriors

    Covers.com "Well, this is certainly a holiday weekend that Bay Area basketball fans will never forget. We were told to expect an announcement in the Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes at some point over the weekend, and the bombshell dropped just before noon EST on July 4. Former Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 05

  • Additions of Gordon, Anderson should boost Rockets' offense

    Houston Chronicle "The smoke cleared, and the Rockets had landed players they'd often sought over the years. They did not get everything they wanted from the NBA's wild 48-hour free-agent free-for-all, but they got some of what they needed, landing a pair of shooters who can help in more ways, some unexpected, than..." July 04

  • Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets agree on four-year, $53 million contract

    USA Today "Eric Gordon and the Houston Rockets have agreed on a four-year, $53 million contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract can't officially be signed until the NBA's moratorium periods lifts on..." July 03

  • The Rockets are meeting with Ryan Anderson today

    The Dream Shake "It's been a bit of a slow start to the free agency period for the Rockets. First, they missed out on day one target Kent Bazemore, and now it's being reported that after meeting with Al Horford, the big man has instead whittled down his options to Boston and Washington. So now the Rockets turn..." July 02

  • Ryan Anderson Agrees To Four-Year, $80M Deal With Rockets

    Real GM Basketball "Ryan Anderson has agreed upon a four-year, $80 million deal with the Houston Rockets. Anderson is coming off a four-year, $36 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans." July 02

  • Why NBA players get paid so much more than NFL stars

    SB Nation "Among the loudest voices expressing shock over some of the massive deals signed on the first day of NBA free agency were NFL players. Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports has a good round-up. This example from DeAngelo Williams sums up the sentiment. Many sports fans — even many NBA fans, who have had..." July 02

  • Dwight Howard signs three-year contract with Hawks

    SI "Free agent Dwight Howard has signed a three-year, $70.5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical. The 30-year-old center, who is from Atlanta, has played the past three seasons for the Houston Rockets, where he reportedly clashed with James Harden. He..." July 01

  • Blazers want to reunite Chandler Parsons, Dwight Howard

    CBS Sports "The Portland Trail Blazers appear to have a master plan. They want to sign forward Chandler Parsons and center Dwight Howard in free agency, according to CSNNW's Jason Quick. The two of them played together with the Houston Rockets, and Parsons was a big part of the Rockets' recruiting team when..." July 01

  • Dwight Howard Reportedly Not Interested In Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazer's Edge "Despite many articles linking Portland as a possible destination for Dwight Howard in NBA Free Agency, the Blazers now seem to be eliminated from consideration. Dallas reporter Eddie Sefko reports that Howard has narrowed his choices, and both remaining options are in the Eastern Conference." July 01

  • Report: Howard looking to earn at least $24M per year

    The Score "Dwight Howard may not be commanding a max contract, but the eight-time All-Star is still reportedly seeking a raise. According to ESPN's Calvin Watkins, Howard is looking for a contract starting at $24 million per year as an unrestricted free agent. That's a far cry from the maximum starting..." July 01

  • Horford reportedly meeting with Rockets

    Larry Brown Sports "With some Durant-sized fish stealing all the thunder (no pun intended), Al Horford’s free agency has found itself somewhat overshadowed. But the Houston Rockets certainly haven’t forgotten about him. According to a report by Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops on Thursday, Horford will be having a..." June 30

  • Apparently the Rockets are actually trying to re-sign Dwight Howard

    The Dream Shake "I didn't believe it when Daryl Morey said this on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast earlier this month, and I still am not quite convinced, but the noise is out there: the Rockets are apparently going to go after Dwight Howard in free agency. USA Today's Sam Amick, on Woj's in terms of journalistic..." June 30

  • Cavs, Rockets, Heat, Warriors, Spurs Interested In Timofey Mozgov

    Real GM Basketball "The Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are among the teams interested in signing Mozgov. Mozgov had an excellent 14-15 season after coming over to the Cavaliers in a trade from the Denver Nuggets" June 30

  • Rockets tender Donatas Motiejunas, but not Terrence Jones

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets on Thursday took the first step toward bringing back forward Donatas Motiejunas as a free agent. They did not make the same move with Terrence Jones. The Rockets tendered a one-year, $3,4 million qualifying offer to Motiejunas, making him a restricted free agent when free agent..." June 30

  • Trail Blazers prefer Hassan Whiteside over Dwight Howard

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers are heading into free agency with a ton of cap space and a likely desire to upgrade their frontcourt rotation. The Blazers have been linked to free agent big man Dwight Howard leading up to the free agent period, but according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, Portland..." June 30

  • 76ers targeted Ricky Rubio and Patrick Beverley via trade

    The Sports Daily "After a 10-win season, drafting Ben Simmons and some front-office shuffling, the Philadelphia 76ers sound ready to make a major splash. This isn’t much of a shocker, not with the team clutching a trio of talented big men in the form of Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel. What is..." June 29

  • Celtics to meet with Dwight Howard

    Sportsnet "The NBA rumour mill is picking up steam as we inch closer to the start of the free-agency period. Most of the interest in Toronto focuses around the future of pending free agents such as DeMar DeRozan and Bismack Biyombo but there is a bevy of fascinating names scheduled to hit the open market..." June 29

  • Moses Malone Jr. robbed at gunpoint, claims James Harden ordered it

    The Sports Daily "Moses Malone, Jr., son of NBA great Moses Malone, claims he was attacked by James Harden’s entourage outside V Live Houston early Saturday morning. Malone Jr. posted on Facebook about how Harden’s basketball camp was unaffordable for inner-city kids, and believes Harden sent his entourage to..." June 28

  • Al Horford To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, Celtics, Nets

    Real GM Basketball "The Atlanta Hawks will compete to re-sign Al Horford with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. Horford is a free agent for the first time in his career." June 28

  • If They Can’t Get Kevin Durant, The Hawks Will Reportedly Look To Sign Dwight Howard

    Uproxx "The Atlanta Hawks can consider themselves part of one of the NBA’s biggest, most inclusive current team categories: long shots in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. But, like the 29 teams who won’t get to sign Durantula, word of their post-Durant plans have begun to emerge, and they involve an..." June 28

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