Rockets Rumors & News

  • Rockets may target versatile player for depth at multiple positions

    Houston Chronicle "James Harden had heard nothing. No one among the Rockets' brass in New Orleans with him for the All-Star Game had asked his opinion about potential roster moves this week. He did not offer it. Other All-Stars around the NBA have taken it upon themselves to weigh in, and the Rockets generally..." February 21

  • Ending Contracts To Watch At The Deadline

    Basketball Insiders "The Ending Contracts With the 2017 NBA Trade Deadline approaching on Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m. EST, there is more and more chatter in NBA circles, and the biggest questions facing NBA teams is what to do with their ending contract or possible ending contract players. The bulk of deals..." February 21

  • Big questions, lots of answers before NBA trade deadline

    ESPN "Only a week or so ago, most league executives anticipated a quiet deadline. So many teams were in desperate win-now mode, few would sell off quality veterans to the grease the trade wheels. Teams just outside the contender circle wouldn't mortgage the future for a suicide mission against Golden..." February 21

  • Eric Gordon edges Kyrie Irving in Three-Point Contest

    CBS Sports "He might have gotten booed at Smoothie King Arena but that didn’t stop Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon from winning the 2017 Three-Point Contest at All-Star Saturday night. Taking full advantage of defending champion Klay Thompson faltering in the first round, Gordon outshot Cavaliers..." February 19

  • James Harden: ‘For sure’ I’m the best player in the world

    Sportsnaut "Playing the best basketball of his life for the Houston Rockets this season, James Harden is quite confident in his abilities on the court. So confident, in fact, that he believes he’s the best basketball player in the world right now. Speaking with TIME magazine, Harden listed off the reasons..." February 19

  • James Harden on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook feud: ‘I don’t understand what is going on’

    Sportsnaut "James Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will all be teammates once again when the All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Sunday. The three former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates were part of one of the most-talented non-championship teams in recent NBA history from 2010-12. Now, they..." February 17

  • Whiteside dominates as Heat complete sweep of Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The final rebounding totals didn't reveal a decisive advantage for the Heat, yet one particular stretch in the second quarter proved lopsided enough for Miami to assert its influence on the boards and set the tone for the evening. Hassan Whiteside posted his 36th double-double and..." February 15

  • Ryan Anderson injures himself by taking out the garbage

    The Comeback "Occasionally, a pro athlete is in the news for getting injured because they did something so inane that everyone does thousands of times without even thinking they could get hurt. For Rockets power forward Ryan Anderson, he got hurt by taking out the garbage. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston..." February 14

  • Harden scores 40 in Rockets' blowout win

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- With the short-handed Phoenix Suns having arrived roughly 16 hours before tipoff and on the heels of a Friday night game, the Houston Rockets had one pressing objective: jump on their weary opponent and don't let them back up for air. James Harden produced his league-leading ninth..." February 12

  • Harden scores 30 in Rockets' rout of Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Houston Rockets usually win games with their high-octane offense, but that wasn't the whole story on Thursday night. 'The Rockets put together one of their best defensive efforts of the season, and the result was a 107-95 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at the..." February 09

  • Ryan Anderson wanted to return to Orlando Magic last summer

    Orlando Sentinel "Ryan Anderson has found a happy home. The Houston Rockets need him for their spread-the-floor, 3-pointer-heavy offense. He gives James Harden space to operate on offense, and the Rockets have excelled under their new coach, Mike D’Antoni. They own the third-best record in the Western..." February 09

  • James Harden on current Rockets: 'I love what we have'

    ESPN "With the trade deadline nearly two weeks away, one of the more powerful voices in the Houston Rockets organization wants to the team to stay put. "I love what we have, love it," leading scorer MVP candidate James Harden said Wednesday. "From top to bottom, we have depth. You can throw any guy..." February 09

  • NBA, Take-Two to Create Professional Videogame League

    Fox Sports "Think you’re one of the best NBA 2K players on the planet? Now, you’ll be able to prove it — and maybe even make a living doing it. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced plans Wednesday to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional..." February 09

  • Rockets show interest in Serge Ibaka

    Amico Hoops "Calvin Watkins of ESPN revealed Wednesday that the Houston Rockets have shown interest in free-agent point guards Mario Chalmers and Jarrett Jack as possible backups for James Harden and Patrick Beverley. Watkins also writes that the Rockets have shown “some interest” in trading for Orlando Magic..." February 09

  • Adrian Wojnarowski Is Close To Joining ESPN

    Deadspin "NBA scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski is close to an agreement to leave Yahoo and join ESPN, according to multiple sources, a huge shakeup in the basketball reporting world that will have a wider-reaching effects beyond where you get your news. And according to one source, Wojnarowski isn’t the only..." February 08

  • Rockets run away from Magic in 128-104 win

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The Rockets had long lamented their strenuous schedule, one that not only included more games than any team in the NBA but also more road tilts. With a brief, welcome respite complete, the Rockets played like a rested bunch. All-Star guard James Harden recorded his 43rd..." February 07

  • Report: NBA also reduces projected 2018-19 salary cap to $103 million

    Pro Basketball Talk "Adam Silver said he dislikes the 1+1 contracts signed by players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The NBA commissioner might soon see players lock into longer deals more often and switch teams less often. Not only does it now project the 2017-18 salary cap to reach just $102 million, the..." February 07

  • Pitbull, Travis Scott and 'Inside the NBA' live will be at All-Star Weekend

    USA Today "TNT wants to party with you in New Orleans. The cable network is throwing a four-day bash for NBA All-Star Weekend, starting Thursday night with a free show from rapper Travis Scott and continuing all the way to Sunday. It's the "NBA on TNT Road Show," an extension of the branding the league..." February 07

  • Harden scores 42 in Rockets' OT win over Bulls

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- There wasn't a whole lot going right for Houston on offense in the second half of Friday's game against Chicago. But then James Harden, the player the Rockets expect to carry them in the clutch, took charge and got a lot of help from teammates Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza in the..." February 04

  • Yao Ming tells touching story of why he always keeps a special $1 in his wallet

    USA Today "The Houston Rockets retired the jersey of Hall of Famer Yao Ming during halftime of the game on Friday night. The 36-year-old had the crowd laughing several times as he thanked the fans and reflected back on his nine-year NBA career. One of the stories that Yao told that stood out was toward..." February 04

  • James Harden explains what went wrong with him and Dwight Howard

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden and Dwight Howard were teammates on the Houston Rockets from 2013-2016 and reached the Western Conference Finals together, but the pairing did not pan out as hoped. Harden and Howard clashed, and the Rockets’ poor start to last season resulted in the firing of Kevin McHale. Howard..." February 03

  • Hardaway leads Hawks' big rally against Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- With Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard making his first appearance in Houston since leaving via free agency, and with Rockets guard James Harden thriving as an MVP front-runner, the stage was set for one or the other to close the chapter on their reportedly acrimonious three-year..." February 02

  • Report: Josh Smith also on Cavaliers’ radar

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers are still scouring the market up and down for another playmaker, so why not just go for the Smoovest one of them all? According to a report by Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio on Tuesday, veteran forward Josh Smith, who is currently playing for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the..." February 01

  • Refreshed Rockets rout road-weary Kings

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON – Following a long stretch on the road, the Rockets reveled in the comforts of home on Tuesday night. Mercifully, the Kings will soon do the same. Rockets forward Ryan Anderson recorded his first double-double since Oct. 30 and second overall this season, and the Houston Rockets..." January 31

  • Mike D’Antoni calls out Rockets’ ‘soft’ defense

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Rockets are 35-15, but that doesn’t mean head coach Mike D’Antoni is happy with every aspect of their play. D’Antoni called out the Rockets’ defensive effort after a 123-118 win over Philadelphia, saying it needs to get better. “Defensively, we’re soft sometimes, just soft,”..." January 29

  • George scores 33, Pacers contain Harden

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- With 33 points, Indiana's Paul George led all scorers Sunday night in the Pacers' emphatic 120-101 victory against the Houston Rockets. But it was George's defensive effort on Houston star James Harden -- 15 points on 3 of 17 shooting including 2 of 10 from 3-point range --..." January 29

  • Harden scores 51 in Rockets' win vs. 76ers

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- After a rare off night on Wednesday, Houston Rockets guard James Harden felt the need for more practice. The fruits of his labors were on full display Friday night, when he collected 51 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds in the Rockets' 123-118 victory over the Philadelphia..." January 28

  • Rockets' Eric Gordon uncertain to play Sunday

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard Eric Gordon went through the Rockets' practice on Saturday in Philadelphia, but it was more of a light walk through with shooting drills than a test of the tightness in his back. Gordon was hopeful that he could return to the lineup after missing two games after his back "locked..." January 28

  • James Harden first player in NBA history with two 50-point triple-doubles in a season

    Sportsnaut "James Harden has evolved into as dangerous an offensive weapon as we’ve seen in a long time, and what he accomplished Friday night highlighted this to a T. The Houston Rockets shooting guard torched the Philadelphia 76ers with 51 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists in a five-point victory. With..." January 28

  • Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas lead All-Star Game reserves; Joel Embiid left off list

    Pro Basketball Talk "After the fans/media/players picked the NBA All-Star Game starters, the tough job falls to the coaches: Pick the seven reserves for each side. Hard because each squad has about a dozen deserving guys, and while a few on each side are no brainers it also means some difficult cuts. Cuts will be..." January 26

  • D'Antoni uses 'alternative fact' to dismiss Rockets' recent woes

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets headed into Wednesday's game against the Celtics having gone 3-5 since their nine-game winning streak, the last time they had won consecutive games. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni, however, saw the recent weeks differently. "Actually, we won all those games," D'Antoni said. "I'm going..." January 26

  • Thomas, Celtics shoot past Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The chants of "M-V-P" are becoming a regular event during Boston Celtics games at TD Garden. However, the crowd chant Wednesday night came with Isaiah Thomas outplaying one of the other MVP candidates. Boston's little big man put on another fourth-quarter show, outplaying..." January 25

  • Five NBA Players Who Won't Be Traded—But Should Be

    SI "The NBA trade deadline is roughly a month away, and that means we're about to enter peak rumor season around the league. It's already begun, really. In the past week, we learned that Ricky Rubio is reportedly on the block, and that the Pistons and Wolves were discussing a Rubio-for-Reggie Jackson..." January 25

  • Antetokounmpo, Bucks beat Rockets to end skid

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Milwaukee Bucks snapped out of their offensive funk in a big way Monday night, setting a season high for points scored in a 127-114 victory over the Houston Rockets at the Bradley Center. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points and Jabari..." January 23

  • Dekker explodes as Rockets trounce Grizzlies

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- After his first NBA start and scoring a career-high 30 points, Sam Dekker was ever the same. The second-year Houston Rockets forward put on his blue jeans, a flannel shirt, and said he approached this game just like coming off the bench. He ended up playing 35 minutes and..." January 22

  • Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni on not resting players: 'We're trying to win'

    Houston Chronicle "With the Rockets playing their final set of four games in five nights before the NBA removed them from the schedule and their eighth game in 12 days, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni resisted any urge to hold out healthy players for rest. Some of that, he said, was to try to win every game possible...." January 22

  • Warriors top Rockets for 6th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Having already delivered convincing statements earlier this week by drubbing the Cavaliers and Thunder, the Warriors were quick to send the message early Friday night that exacting revenge for a previous loss was a pressing priority. While All-Star Game starters Kevin Durant and..." January 20

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry lead NBA All-Star starters to New Orleans

    Pro Basketball Talk "The fans had their say — they wanted Stephen Curry as a starter in the All-Star Game and they got it. But that leaves Russell Westbrook on the outside looking in. The NBA All-Star Starters for the Feb. 19 game in New Orleans were announced Thursday. Remember, the fan vote — which used to be the..." January 20

  • There Were Two Egregious Snubs On The NBA All-Star Starters Roster

    Uproxx "Normally, the conversation surrounding All-Star “snubs” takes place after full rosters are announced in any sport. On Thursday, the NBA announced only the 2017 starting lineups for both the East and West and, in something of a rare twist, the outrage machine got a very early start. This time,..." January 20

  • TNT planning "Players Only" broadcast night with analysts doing play-by-play

    Awful Announcing "Sports networks are experimenting all the time with new ways to deliver games to viewers. We’ve seen special camera angles, special megacasts, special things done with announcers, we’ve even seen First Take make an appearance during halftime of Monday Night Football. Ok, maybe that last one wasn’t..." January 19

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey had no idea James Harden would become so good

    Larry Brown Sports "There’s a strong argument to be made that James Harden is one of the five best players in the NBA today. Back in 2012, the Houston Rockets took a chance on the 23-year-old guard, who at the time was an immensely talented sixth man for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets were prepared to..." January 19

  • Late 3-point spree leads Rockets over Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- With Giannis Antetokounmpo lifting the Milwaukee Bucks into contention seemingly whenever the mood struck, the Houston Rockets were in need of more than their exceptional perimeter shooting to shake from their recent doldrums. When the shots started to fall late, that was a..." January 18

  • Durant: Harden could've been satisfied as OKC's 6th man

    San Jose Mercury News "Kevin Durant spent the weeks following the 2009 season scouting draft prospects. This was a monster moment for his young Thunder. The two Junes prior, Sam Presti nailed his top picks, selecting Durant second in 2007 and Russell Westbrook fourth in 2008. Hit on one more — right before the flood of..." January 18

  • Rockets' Clint Capela eager to return after 4-week absence

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Clint Capela smiled broadly, ready for another workout he was confident would be pain-free, happy even to hear John Lucas' familiar raspy voice order him to the free-throw line for the drills that had been his routine before he collided with Karl-Anthony Towns in Minneapolis. He..." January 17

  • Heat ride late surge to overcome Harden, Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Erik Spoelstra summed up James Harden's 40-point performance succinctly. "At least it wasn't 60," the Miami Heat coach said. Indeed, Harden produced his 13th triple-double of the season, but it wasn't enough as Miami upset the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Tuesday night at..." January 17

  • Adam Silver addresses George Karl's suggestion of PED use in the NBA

    USA Today "NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that while he has no evidence that performance enhancing drugs are a problem in the league, any suggestion that it might be will be taken seriously. Silver was asked about a wide range of topics at his press conference in London Thursday, which came before the..." January 17

  • Harden's triple-double leads Rockets past Nets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Eric Gordon's sprained left big toe was not normal Friday and neither was the pace and 3-point rhythm of the Houston Rockets. Pace and rhythm returned in a big way for the Rockets, who also mixed in effective second-half defense against the worst team in the league. Gordon..." January 15

  • Grizzlies rally past Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The knee-jerk reaction would be to celebrate the Grizzlies' heralded defense on Friday night, but Memphis' spirited rally was birthed more from offensive execution than defensive might. Zach Randolph posted a double-double off the bench and the Grizzlies erased a 16-point deficit..." January 13

  • Donatas Motiejunas on Comeback and Free Agency Nightmare

    Basketball Insiders "Donatas Motiejunas’ career has endured more detours than Brooklyn’s Belt Parkway during construction. Similar to the Belt Parkway, Motiejunas’ physical condition has been questioned over the years. Motiejunas was a key member of the Houston Rockets team that finished with a 56-26 record to win..." January 12

  • Timberwolves end Rockets' nine-game win streak

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Watching another vanish against the Houston Rockets, the Minnesota Timberwolves were thinking about the last time they faced Houston in Minnesota. Then, in a December meeting, the Rockets won in overtime after erasing a 21-point Timberwolves lead, including a 12-point lead with two..." January 11