Rockets Rumors & News

  • Josh Smith, currently out of the NBA, was (is) so much better than you think

    CBS Sports "Cavaliers blog The King James Gospel had an interesting idea that the Cavaliers should sign free agent veteran Josh Smith, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Josh Smith, at age 30, is un-signed in late August. This is incredible for those that remember where Smith was just three years..." August 28

  • Jason Terry Reveals His Free Agency Pitch to Luke Walton

    Lakers Nation "As the new-look Los Angeles Lakers get ready for their 2016 campaign, there were many questions surrounding how the team would go about filling out the rest of their roster. Head coach Luke Walton has surrounded his young core with some savvy veterans, and apparently Jason Terry made a pitch to..." August 27

  • John Wall reportedly bothered by Harden’s contract

    Larry Brown Sports "If John Wall is going to be jealous every time a player signs a contract that is worth more than his, the next three years are bound to be pretty frustrating for him. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, Wall was “rankled” by the four-year, $118 million extension James Harden signed with..." August 25

  • Corey Brewer: James Harden Will ‘Play Defense This Year’

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden’s, shall we say, lackadaisical effort on the defensive end has been the subject of ire in the NBA community for many years now. But Houston Rockets teammate Corey Brewer thinks Harden will soon be on his way towards putting that stigma behind him. In a recent appearance on ESPN’s..." August 25

  • James Harden organizes Rockets players-only minicamp

    Fox 26 Houston "For the second consecutive year Houston Rockets guard James Harden has organized a players-only minicamp scheduled for next week. Last September Harden had the Rockets players together for a minicamp in Los Angeles. "James is doing everything," said Corey Brewer, Rockets guard/forward. "He..." August 25

  • James Harden's first Adidas shoe is getting the Steph Curry treatment

    SI "The “Triple Black” colorway for James Harden’s first signature shoe from Adidas leaked via Sneakerwatch on Tuesday, and the reactions are coming in quickly. Unfortunately for Harden, Twitter is treating his shoe the same way it treated Stephen Curry’s Curry 2 Lows, that is to say they are..." August 24

  • Houston Goes as Far as Harden Takes Them

    Basketball Insiders "The Houston Rockets had a relatively disappointing 2015-16 season. Coming off of a trip to the Western Conference Finals, the team entered the year with very high expectations. But Houston got off to a slow start right away, dropping seven of their first 11 games. This resulted in head coach Kevin..." August 24

  • Dwight Howard -- I'd Beat LeBron In MMA Fight

    TMZ "NBA star Dwight Howard is a huge UFC fan -- so when we got him leaving UFC 202, we had to ask ... who would win if you stepped into the Octagon with LeBron James?? Howard ain't no bitch -- and says he'd put his money on himself. Look, he was just joking around ... but let's check out the..." August 22

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • Undrafted Texas guard Isaiah Taylor gets Rockets training camp invite

    Pro Basketball Talk "At this point in the summer, teams start to round out their training camp rosters with invites for players from overseas or who were undrafted. Texas guard Isaiah Taylor, who went undrafted after his junior season, will be in Houston with the Rockets, according to Upside and Motor‘s Chris Reichert:" August 20

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Report: Bucks in 'advanced discussions' to sign Jason Terry

    The Score "The Milwaukee Bucks are in advanced discussions to sign veteran combo guard Jason terry, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Terry, a 17-year veteran of the 1999 NBA Draft, is a mere four years younger than Bucks head coach Jason Kidd. The two even played as teammates on the 2011 championship..." August 19

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • The Rockets have strong interest in trading for Rudy Gay

    The Dream Shake "It's public knowledge that the Sacramento Kings are looking to trade Rudy Gay. The forward has one year and $13.3 million left on his contract, with a player option for 2017-2018 that he is unlikely to exercise, especially if he stays in Sacramento. The Kings are looking to get something for Gay..." August 15

  • James Harden Confronts Fan That Accuses Him of Flopping at the Drew League

    Obsev "While some of his fellow NBA All-Stars brave muggings, brothels, and dangerous infection at the Rio Olympics, Houston Rockets star James Harden has been enjoying his summer in Los Angeles. The four-time All-Star has spent the summer getting paid, destroying helpless campers, and cutting up the..." August 15

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • James Harden’s Houston Rockets are different, but not much better under Mike D’Antoni

    The Comeback "It could be argued that no current NBA roster is built around one single player like the Houston Rockets are with James Harden. Harden led the NBA last season in minutes played, attempted field goals and free throws (both made and attempted) and will now have the Rockets’ roster even more overtly..." August 04

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • Rockets to keep Michael Beasley

    Today's Fastbreak "The Houston Rockets will reportedly pick up the $1.4 million option on Michael Beasley’s contract for the upcoming 2016-17 season, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Beasley, the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, played 20 games with the Rockets in 2015-16 season..." August 01

  • Durant believes Harden is underappreciated

    Houston Chronicle "Kevin Durant and James Harden, former Oklahoma City teammates, opted against becoming teammates again this summer when the Rockets star chose not to play in the Olympics and Durant did not consider signing with Harden's Rockets as a free agent. But before the USA Basketball practice at Toyota..." July 31

  • 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

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