Rockets Rumors & News

  • Rockets agree to 4-year, $35M deal with Donatas Motiejunas

    ESPN "After pulling their offer sheet to Donatas Motiejunas, the Houston Rockets are signing the power forward to a four-year, $35 million deal, according to The Vertical. The Vertical reports that only the first season of the contract, when Motiejunas will make $8.3 million, is fully guaranteed. The..." December 09

  • Rockets Won’t Return Motiejunas To RFA Market

    Hoops Rumors "The Rockets won’t withdraw their first refusal exercise notice on Donatas Motiejunas‘ offer sheet, reports Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). For now, Houston appears willing to wait out the situation in the hopes that Motiejunas eventually reports to the team and finalizes..." December 08

  • Rockets rout Lakers 134-95

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON - With the shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers on the docket and a measure of revenge in the offing, the Houston Rockets did what purportedly good teams do in these situations. Eric Gordon scored 26 points in 24 minutes and James Harden added 25 points and eight assists before sitting..." December 07

  • Donatas Motiejunas won't report to Rockets over $6M difference from Nets' offer sheet

    ESPN "Restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas won't report to the Houston Rockets because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Last week, Motiejunas signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Nets. The..." December 07

  • Donatas Motiejunas Refuses to Report to Rockets

    SLAM Online "The Houston Rockets matched the Brooklyn Nets’ 4-year, $37 million offer sheet to retain restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas but Donatas and his agent, BJ Armstrong, are playing hardball. According to The Vertical, Motiejunas has no intention of rejoining Houston: “We won’t be..." December 06

  • Harden goes 18 of 18 from line in Rockets' one-point win

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- James Harden matched a franchise record for free throws without a miss and the Houston Rockets held on for a 107-106 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night at Toyota Center. Harden finished with a game-high 37 points on 8-of-14 shooting, adding 18 free throws to his..." December 05

  • Rockets bringing back Donatas Motiejunas

    Houston Chronicle "It took five months, 20 games and one offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets, but Donatas Motiejunas is back with the Rockets, still the only team in his NBA career despite several twists and turns along the way back to their roster. The Rockets opted Monday to match the Nets' four-year, $37..." December 05

  • Al Horford: Turning down Rockets was 'very difficult decision'

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets had hoped Celtics center Al Horford would be in town long before Monday's game at Toyota Center. They almost got their wish. Horford said he was impressed with the Rockets' free-agency pitch and strongly considered signing with the Rockets before choosing the Celtics, much to the..." December 05

  • Harden responds to Green's 'unnatural' comments

    SI "James Harden has been doing more than ever for the Rockets this season, posting a career-high usage rate and leading the league in assists, so it’s only natural that he served as the hype man and bouncer at his own invite-only sneaker party. The four-time All-Star celebrated the launch of his..." December 04

  • Rockets' pros and cons of matching Nets' Donatas Motiejunas offer sheet

    CBS Sports "In need of creative ways to improve their roster, the Brooklyn Nets signed big man Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet on Friday. The Houston Rockets have until Monday night to decide whether or not to match it. First, the specifics: It's a four-year deal worth $37 million including bonuses,..." December 04

  • Sources: Nets sign Donatas Motiejunas to 4-year, $37M offer sheet

    ESPN "The Brooklyn Nets have signed restricted free-agent forward Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year offer sheet worth $37 million, according to league sources. The Houston Rockets have three days to match the offer ‎or else Motiejunas can join the Nets. ‎The Nets have been discussing the move..." December 03

  • Harden, Rockets outlast Warriors in double OT

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- When asked before the Thursday game about the key to beating the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr insisted his team must keep from fouling James Harden. Never in his wildest imagination could Kerr have envisioned how one foul on the Rockets standout..." December 02

  • Report: NBA opening night to be 7-10 days earlier in 2017-18

    ESPN "Major League Baseball had all the labor negotiating fun this week, coming to terms on a new five-year pact to avert a lockout just before its own buzzer to get a deal done, but fear not. The NBA remains on course to announce its highly anticipated agreement with the National Basketball Players..." December 02

  • Draymond after kicking Harden: Rockets deserved flagrant as well

    San Jose Mercury News "Let’s just say two things right off the bat: I totally understand the flagrant foul assessment on Draymond Green in double-overtime of the Warriors’ loss to Houston tonight, because it’s impossible to toss away his recent history with kicking out and striking opponents in sensitive areas, and..." December 02

  • Harden becomes Draymond's latest kicking victim

    USA Today "Draymond Green kicked someone — again. Late in the second overtime period of the Houston Rockets'132-127 victory over the Golden State Warriors, Green was fouled by James Harden but flung his leg up on the way down following a shot, catching Harden with a foot to the face. The play, which..." December 02

  • Rockets’ defense continues to be a work in progress

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Rockets were one of the worst defensive teams in basketball last season. Rather than fix its biggest weakness, the team spent the summer bolstering the offense with shooters Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. Houston also hired offensive maestro Mike D’Antoni to lead the club back to glory..." December 01

  • Hayward goes for 31; Jazz drub Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Stifling defense is a consistent trademark for the Utah Jazz this season. Now they are starting to blend in offensive explosiveness and it's quickly turning the Jazz into one of the NBA's most dangerous teams. Utah gave Houston a taste of its own medicine in a 120-101..." November 30

  • Harden erupts for 38, Rockets KO Trail Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- With the Rockets' offense revved up into top form, Houston's defense turned the tide in the critical fourth quarter of a 130-114 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night at Moda Center. "We got a couple of stops and that changed the game," Rockets star James..." November 28

  • Rockets launch 3-point barrage at Kings

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- Occasionally, when their sharpshooters zero in, the Houston Rockets can only imagine what they might accomplish from long distance. Beating them on such nights may seem a virtual impossibility, especially when the effort from the opponent is less than dazzling. The..." November 26

  • Rockets prospect Sergio Llull says he plans to finish Real Madrid contract, which expires in 2021

    Pro Basketball Talk "There were conflicting reports whether Sergio Llull’s new contract with Real Madrid lowered or increased his buyout. But that detail is moot if Llull – the No. 34 pick in the 2009 draft whose rights the Rockets hold – isn’t interested in jumping to the NBA anyway. Llull on Cope, as..." November 26

  • Rockets set NBA record with 50 three-point attempts in win against Kings

    Houston Chronicle "Records seemed certain to fall before much of the Golden 1 Center crowd could get comfy. The Rockets were taking and making 3-pointers at a pace even beyond their norm, on their way to attempting more 3-pointers in a game than any team ever has. Their pursuit of the top line in the record book..." November 26

  • Ryan Anderson was so certain he’d sign with Wizards this summer, he texted John Wall about it

    Pro Basketball Talk "Entering free agency last summer, the Wizards’ top target was reportedly Ryan Anderson and the Rockets’ top target was reportedly Al Horford. Somewhere along the line, those priorities swapped. As Washington chased Horford – eventually losing him to the Celtics – Anderson signed a four-year,..." November 25

  • Rockets pull offer, at impasse with Donatas Motiejunas

    ESPN "Negotiations between the Houston Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas have hit another impasse ‎that leaves the restricted free-agent big man with an uncertain future in Houston, according to league sources. Sources told that the Rockets pulled their most recent offer to Motiejunas on..." November 24

  • Raptors' Houston hex ends

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- For a half the Toronto Raptors were everything they longed to be defensively, and when things broke down on that end of the court, they had DeMar DeRozan available to deliver the sort of backbreaking offense required to finish the job. Behind a third-quarter eruption from DeRozan..." November 23

  • Details on Ex-NBA Steve Francis Wanted in FL For Robbing Woman of $7k in Jewels & Her Media Pass

    Black Sports Online "Steve Francis is having all type of problems. First he was arrested for DWI and weed in Houston and now this. According to the Florida police report obtained by 13 Eyewitness News, Francis broke into a woman’s car not far from Sarasota, Florida. The report says Francis stole, “a make-up..." November 23

  • Rockets make push to sign Donatas Motiejunas, see Thanksgiving as deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "Donatas Motiejunas, on paper, should be the kind of big man who thrives in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Two seasons ago he shot 36.8 percent from three and you have to respect him from the midrange, if teams scramble in transition and he is guarded by a much smaller guy he can make them pay in the..." November 23

  • Amazon is pushing for sports rights, but NBA turned them down for League Pass

    Awful Announcing "The Amazon buildup towards trying to gain live sports rights continues. They quietly hired SI/120 Sports veteran James DeLorenzo in March to head a new sports group, and they’ve since hired content-acquisition people and made attempts to land particular sports rights. According to The Wall Street..." November 23

  • Harden, Rockets slip past Pistons

    The Sports Xchange "AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- James Harden missed so many free throws in the closing minutes on Monday that he found it humorous. The Houston Rockets superstar clanged five foul shots in the final 2:15, but it ultimately didn't prove costly as his team walked away with a 99-96 victory over the..." November 22

  • It’s Time for These NBA Teams to Bottom Out

    The Ringer "As we go through life, we’re taught about different levels of shame in sports. Being a sore loser is shameful, sure, but being an eager and willing loser is a downright sin. Tanking in the NBA has long been considered one of the most shameful things in all of sports. But sometimes we learn to live..." November 22

  • Harden, bench lift Rockets over Jazz

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- There was the requisite amount of razzle and dazzle from guard James Harden to carry the day, but what the Rockets received from their bench proved as critical as the sixth 30-point, 10-assist game Harden has already posted this season. Behind Harden and outstanding efforts from..." November 19

  • Retired NBA commissioner David Stern went off about cheating and ethics

    Quartz "As NBA commissioner, David Stern was a strict and unyielding monarch, who presided over a successful and growing empire for 30 years. In retirement, unshackled from those responsibilities, he is happy to let loose with his raw, undiplomatic opinions about the ills befalling sports and..." November 19

  • Rockets prevail behind another Harden triple-double

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- While guard James Harden produced a stat line worthy of praise and recognition, it was the return of guard Patrick Beverley that provided the Rockets the balance and depth they have lacked over the opening four weeks of the season. Harden posted his third triple-double in five..." November 17

  • Rockets still waiting on Donatas Motiejunas

    Houston Chronicle "Told that for the first time this season the Rockets could be whole with Pat Beverley back this week, likely Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni corrected with a reference to unsigned free agent Donatas Motiejunas. "Almost," D'Antoni said. "We still have..." November 16

  • Thunder's Westbrook slams door on Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook doesn't worry about consequences. When the Oklahoma City guard is on the court, he just knows he wants to do whatever it takes to win. So when most players tend to be cautious in high pressure situations, Westbrook takes the other path and stays..." November 16

  • Russell Wilson: “Seattle needs basketball back”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Wilson announced via Twitter on Monday that he was joining the ownership group pushing to return the SuperSonics to Seattle. Now, Wilson has penned his feelings about doing so in The Players’ Tribune. In the article, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback says that, as a kid of the ’90s,..." November 16

  • James Harden: Thunder Now A One-Man Show

    Real GM Basketball "James Harden was asked about the state of the Oklahoma City Thunder this season following the departure of Kevin Durant, which came roughly a week after their trade of Serge Ibaka and almost four years after his own trade from the franchise. Without Durant to share shots with, Westbrook's usage..." November 16

  • The Changes to Expect in the NBA’s Upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement

    The Ringer "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association expect to finalize terms on a new collective bargaining agreement “just after Thanksgiving” or in “early December,” a source familiar with the negotiations told The Ringer. The source confirmed previously reported details of the new..." November 15

  • James Harden: I'm Having A Blast This Season

    Real GM Basketball "James Harden and Russell Westbrook are having excellent individual seasons, scoring, passing and rebounding for their respective teams. "I'm having a blast to be able to create, get guys open shots and just make my teammates better," said Harden in a postgame interview on when asked..." November 15

  • The Monstars are back just in time to celebrate Space Jam's 20th birthday

    USA Today "Way back on November 15, 1996, when Michael Jordan only had four titles, Space Jam released in theaters. Now, 20 years later, Jordan is a billionaire, and his company, Jordan Brand, has released a teaser for the anniversary campaign and fresh apparel to get everyone hyped about the 90s basketball..." November 15

  • Duncan, Leroux Announce Twitter NBA Show

    Real GM Basketball "A year and a half ago, the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast launched with invaluable support from RealGM so it feels appropriate to use this space to detail the new project Nate Duncan and I have been working on for a little while now that launches this week. A little while back, Twitter reached..." November 15

  • Harden's rocket start propels Houston

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Despite a woeful record that has them occupying the basement of the Eastern Conference standings, the Philadelphia 76ers had showcased enough feistiness to warrant the full attention of the Houston Rockets from the opening tip on Monday night. With guard James Harden flirting with..." November 14

  • DeRozan, Harden named Players of the Week "The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 13. DeRozan led the Raptors to a 3-0 week, averaging a league-leading 34.7 points..." November 14

  • Rockets' Beverley expected to return next week

    Basketball Insiders "Rockets starting guard Patrick Beverley said he practiced Friday and expects to return this coming week from left knee surgery. Beverley didn’t say which game would be his season debut in, but he proclaimed he’s completely healthy. The Rockets’ first game this coming week is Monday against the..." November 13

  • Leonard, Ginobili carry Spurs past Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- With point guard Tony Parker back in the starting lineup for a second consecutive game providing the Spurs the experience and stability they lacked during his three-game injury hiatus, it stood to reason that San Antonio would showcase the precision it failed to muster consistently..." November 12

  • D'Antoni: Beverley will be back in 2 weeks at latest

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said before practice Friday that guard Patrick Beverley is inching closer to a return and could practice next week. Beverley is coming off knee surgery in October. The Rockets have a three-game road trip to finish November starting with Sacramento on Nov. 25...." November 11

  • Ray Allen: Rockets made most enticing offer since leaving Heat

    USA Today "In retirement from the NBA, Ray Allen does what you expect Ray Allen to do. “The minimum I run each day is 21/2 miles,” Allen told USA TODAY Sports. “I’ll get to the weekend and sometimes I’ll run 10 miles. I’ve gotten up to 16 miles on the weekend. Running keeps me locked in.” On the day of..." November 11

  • Harden's triple-double lifts Rockets past Spurs

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- For the second consecutive game, it was defense down the stretch that proved the difference for the Houston Rockets. A triple-double from James Harden did not hurt either. Harden had his first triple-double of the season with 24 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds and the..." November 10

  • Jalen Rose: NBA players will refuse to visit the White House during Trump’s presidency

    USA Today "The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to visit the White House on Thursday — the same day that President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Donald Trump. It may also be the last time a full NBA championship team makes that trip for at least four years. During ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Wednesday,..." November 10

  • NBA announces plan for youth basketball academy in Australia

    USA Today "The NBA and Basketball Australia today announced their plan to launch NBA Global Academy — an elite youth basketball training center in Australia's capital city, Canberra. The academy, which will be at the Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport, will serve as a "global hub"..." November 10

  • Rockets Will Continue Searching For 2nd Star To Pair With James Harden

    Real GM Basketball "While the Houston Rockets spent their cap space on role players, they will continue to pursue a second star to pair with James Harden. In 2013, the Rockets signed Dwight Howard but his pairing with Harden never seemed to click. "Teams that win it all generally have two top-10 players," Daryl..." November 09