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  • Rockets sign Thabo Sefolosha to veteran’s minimum deal

    The Dream Shake "The Houston Rockets had a cadre of veterans at their unofficial mini-camp in Vegas, and now it appears at least one of them will be joining the party when official camp starts, as Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets will be signing Thabo..." September 20

  • NBA won’t allow Rockets to use Nene’s contract as $10M trade chip

    Yahoo! Sports "This is a huge blow to Houston. The Rockets are now stuck with an over-the-hill center they can’t trade for value and can’t play much without triggering bonuses that’ll make him way overpaid. If they had known how this would turn out, they would’ve signed Nene..." September 20

  • Top 5 Young Stars Who Need To Change Teams

    Fadeaway World "For young players to blossom and play well, they have to be put into the right situation. Players such as Trae Young, De’Aaron Fox, and Karl-Anthony Towns have been given the keys to their respective teams and we have seen them take off and essentially turn into All-Stars. But..." September 20

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey hints that there will be no PJ Tucker extension this year

    Clutch Points "PJ Tucker has been waiting to get an extension to his contract that will allow him to remain with the Houston Rockets for the long run. However, general manager Daryl Morey hinted that might not happen during this 2019-20 season: “We’re open to the concept of..." September 20

  • NBA All-Time Player Rankings: Top 10 Power Forwards

    Bleacher Report "Who's the greatest power forward of all time? Now that we've discussed the top 10 point guards, shooting guards and small forwards in NBA history, it's time to look at the chameleon of basketball positions: power forwards. For..." September 20

  • Report: Arron Afflalo works out for Rockets in Las Vegas mini camp

    Clutch Points "Veteran shooting guard Arron Afflalo worked out for the Houston Rockets Thursday in their Las Vegas mini camp, according to Alykhan Bijani and Kelly Iko of The Athletic.   Source tells me and September 20

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey Says Addition Of Russell Westbrook Boosts Their Title Odds By “30 Percent”

    Fadeaway World "After two straight years of subpar postseason performances, why should anyone think that the Rockets are ready to finally take that next step this year? It is true that the public’s faith is wavering, but GM Daryl Morey still believes in his team — especially after the..." September 19

  • NBA still mulling Nene’s Rockets contract, could interpret it as a ‘violation of the spirit of the rules’

    USA Today "The NBA league office has yet to approve the creative deal between the Houston Rockets and Nene, reports ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The re-signing of Nene to a new contract was announced by the Rockets on Friday, Sept. 6, but as of Thursday morning is still not posted on the..." September 19

  • Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta claims when James Harden ‘wants to play defense, there is nobody any better’

    Clutch Points "Tilman Fertitta had some interesting things to say about the defensive play of Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden during Tuesday’s episode of “First Take.” Critics have chastised The Beard’s defensive prowess in the past. Fertitta, however,..." September 18

  • NBA Execs Anticipate Active In-Season Trade Market

    Heavy "fter an extraordinary summer of 2019, which saw a cavalcade of stars—including Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker, Al Horford and Jimmy Butler—change teams, executives around the league expect..." September 18

  • NBA All-Time Player Rankings: Top 10 Small Forwards

    Bleacher Report "Who's the greatest small forward of all time? That's the question at hand with the top 10s for both point guards and shooting guards in the rearview. As was the case with the 2s, there isn't a ton of suspense surrounding the top spot here...." September 18

  • Corey Brewer, Raymond Felton, Nick Young among players attending Rockets’ mini-camp

    Yahoo! Sports "The Houston Rockets have potential roster spots open. With Iman Shumpert turning them down, the Rockets have just nine fully guaranteed contracts right now, plus eight guys on temporary deals. When the season starts, Houston has to have at least 13, and likely will..." September 18

  • James Harden: 'I'm Going to Find a Way to Win a Championship, at Least One'

    Bleacher Report "The beard is still lush and vibrant, an impenetrable forest of facial camouflage. The man behind it, also known as The Beard, is equally spirited and inscrutable. But his steel-wooled facade has just cracked, albeit slightly. So, about that 30th birthday you recently..." September 17

  • Iman Shumpert Turns Down Rockets’ Contract Offer

    The Score "Free-agent guard Iman Shumpert reportedly declined a contract offer from the Houston Rockets and will not attend the team's training camp in Las Vegas this week, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania. It's unclear what the Rockets offered..." September 17

  • James Harden admits time is flying by

    Clutch Points "Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden has enjoyed a fantastic career in the NBA, but he admits that time is passing a bit quicker than he’d like. Harden recently joined Bleacher Report for a wide-ranging interview. Amid their discussion, the former MVP..." September 17

  • Austin Rivers to Lonzo Ball 'You're Not 'Damaged Goods!'

    TMZ "Austin Rivers has a message for Lonzo Ball -- you're NOT "damaged goods," no matter what your father tells you. Everyone was talking about LaVar Ball on Monday after he got into it with the New Oleans Pelicans player about the state of the family..." September 17

  • Ranking NBA's Best Backcourts for 2019-20 Season

    Bleacher Report "Most of the NBA's best backcourt combinations are going to look quite different in 2019-20. With Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Chris Paul, D'Angelo Russell and Mike Conley all switching teams this offseason, many of the league's best..." September 16

  • Nick Young Blasts Media, Backs James Harden After MVP Award Comments

    Clutch Points "Nick Young had some choice words for the media for what he claims as unfair treatment of Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook.   Don’t know how JH wasn’t..." September 16

  • Rockets owner insists Chris Paul trade not about 'rift' with James Harden

    Clutch Points "Despite a relatively quiet free agency, the Houston Rockets made a splash by trading point guard Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook, a move owner Tilman Fertitta insists has to do with an opportunity to upgrade their roster rather than the reported rift that swarmed the..." September 16

  • Several Reported Free Agent Deals Not Yet Official

    Hoops Rumors "When a free agent agrees to join an NBA team, his tentative deal with the club is generally reported before he officially signs his contract. Often, word of an agreement between a player and team breaks minutes or hours – or perhaps a day or two – before the deal is formally..." September 15

  • James Harden on Russell Westbrook reunion: 'We’ll figure it out'

    Sporting News "James Harden knows Russell Westbrook well.  The two were not only teammates for three years in Oklahoma City, but have been friends since the age of 10, Harden explains in a recent interview with GQ. But Harden also knows there will be growing pains when the..." September 15

  • James Harden still annoyed with media over selection of Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden still seems a little annoyed with the media over their selection of Giannis Antetokounmpo for NBA MVP. Harden came in second in MVP voting last season, receiving 23 percent of first-place votes, compared to 78 percent for Antetokounmpo, who won it. In August, Harden..." September 14

  • Rockets owner: This is our window to win NBA championship ... 'or we won't win in next 10 years'

    Yahoo! Sports "Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta is banking on two talented childhood friends to help deliver the franchise a championship. He also understands the urgency to win a title has increased exponentially and a failure to do so could set the organization back for the foreseeable..." September 13

  • James Harden sued for alleged damages to $30M mansion after throwing party

    TMZ "James Harden is being sued by a man who claims the NBA star LIED to his face about how he intended to use a MASSIVE $30 mil Beverly Hills mansion ... claiming The Beard turned his spot into a party house! The man behind the suit is George Santopietro who owns a 14,500-square-foot..." September 12

  • Jerry Colangelo won't forget U.S. World Cup pullouts

    Clutch Points "Jerry Colangelo, managing director for USA basketball, was not in a jovial mood after Team USA’s second consecutive loss in the FIBA World Cup. The Americans lost again on Thursday, as they fell to Serbia, 94-89. Following another disappointing loss, Colangelo made it clear that..." September 12

  • China loves the NBA, but when will the next Yao Ming arrive?

    ESPN "David Stern looked like a lost American tourist standing outside of the Chinese Central Television offices in Beijing for hours in 1989. Three years before "The Dream Team" made the world fall in love with basketball, the then-NBA commissioner actually helped light the spark that led..." September 12

  • Rockets confident James Harden, Russell Westbrook will be effective off-ball

    Clutch Points "The Houston Rockets will employ a new formula coming into the 2019-20 season, now boasting two ball-dominant players capable of doing it all. That diverse firepower also comes with its share of drawbacks, as James Harden and the newly acquired Russell Westbrook will have to play off the ball..." September 11

  • Eric Gordon expected to start for Rockets alongside James Harden, Russell Westbrook

    USA Today "As they often did last year, the Houston Rockets again appear poised to begin the 2019-20 season with a three-guard starting lineup. According to The Athletic‘s Alykhan Bijani, Houston is prioritizing floor spacing around newly acquired guard Russell Westbrook, which could..." September 11

  • Rockets' unique structure of Nene's contract gives them flexibility

    Yardbarker "The Rockets got creative with Nene‘s new contract, according to Jeff Siegel of Early Bird Rights, who reports (via Twitter) that the deal spans two years, with a non-guaranteed second season. Although Nene is only owed a minimum base salary in each of those two seasons, likely..." September 11

  • 10 NBA Stars That Could Be Traded This Season

    Fadeaway World "The NBA is a league of movement, and this has been the case in most recent years. Some of the league’s stars have moved around a lot last season, and this trend will likely continue in 2020. Teams have different needs when they decide to trade their star players and these..." September 10

  • NBA Teams That Never Won It All but Won't Be Forgotten

    Bleacher Report "Some of the greatest teams in NBA history never won a title for a variety of reasons, including because of injuries. As you'll see, we're not even including the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors, who have case for inclusion. There's also this Michael Jordan guy who killed some..." September 10

  • Russell Westbrook's fresh start with Rockets could determine his legacy

    CBS Sports "Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook is a future Hall of Famer. There's no doubt about that. The tenacity with which he plays the game, and his statistical accomplishments can never be taken from him. However, his legacy, and the way that he will ultimately be remembered in the annals of..." September 10

  • Yao Ming accepts blame for China’s disappointing FIBA World Cup outing

    Clutch Points "NBA icon Yao Ming has accepted the blame for China’s poor showing at the FIBA World Cup.  The former Houston Rockets star shared that the fans expected a lot from China in the World Cup. However, the hosts failed to capitalize on their home floor. Their loss to..." September 09

  • Nick Nurse intends to ramp up recruitment of NBA players for Team Canada

    Sportsnet "Nick Nurse believes he can play a bigger role in building Canada’s basketball team. Nurse was still soaking up the heady experience of the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship run when he was named head coach of the Canadian team in June, and tasked with securing an..." September 07

  • 12 NBA Salary Guarantees To Watch In October

    Hoops Rumors "The majority of the NBA players who are currently on non-guaranteed contracts won’t have their salaries for 2019/20 become fully guaranteed until January 10. That’s the league-wide salary guarantee date and the default deadline that applies to players who haven’t..." September 06

  • How Many Current NBA Players Are Really Future Hall of Famers?

    Bleacher Report "The NBA is flush with talent—perhaps more so than it has ever been before. This past season alone, there were over a dozen players who performed at what we would have considered MVP-level in the past. You're likely to run out of fingers and toes if..." September 06

  • Kevin Durant believes Rockets’ PJ Tucker is toughest 1-on-1 defender in the NBA

    Clutch Points "Kevin Durant has never been one to shy away from the back-and-forth of the Twittersphere. And given that he has nothing to do other than continuing rehab from a ruptured Achilles tendon, why not give some of the fans his two cents on social media? What started as a funny..." September 06

  • Report: Major agencies planning to boycott NCAA’s new agent testing

    Clutch Points "Less than a month ago, the NCAA tried to impose their will on player agents, instituting a new mandate that would require agents to have a bachelor’s degree. Although the NCAA later rescinded the change after massive backlash, the community of agency firms and individual agents are..." September 06

  • The Rockets’ summer is incomplete because of Mike D’Antoni

    SB Nation "The Rockets had an extraordinarily bold summer in trading Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook. I’ve marinated on the move for months, I’ve read Mike Prada’s breakdown, and I’m still not really prepared for how it will (or won’t) work. It’s just a mammoth..." September 05

  • Report: NBA execs don’t believe Carmelo Anthony is willing to accept a lesser role

    Clutch Points "According to Zach Harper of The Athletic, one of the main reasons Carmelo Anthony remains unsigned is because NBA executives reportedly don’t believe he is willing to accept a lesser role on a team. 00:36 / 04:57 00:00 Ad will start..." September 05

  • Eight NBA players who could have breakout seasons with their new teams following a busy free agency period

    CBS Sports "Victor Oladipo is the poster boy for a change of scenery leading to suddenly-fulfilled potential. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft was solid, but not elite in his first four seasons with the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder. But a trade to Indiana..." September 04

  • Rockets to convert contracts of rookies Ponds, McDowell-White

    Amico Hoops "The Houston Rockets are converting the Exhibit 10 deals for rookie guards Shamorie Ponds and William McDowell-White to two-way contracts, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Rockets are currently the only team without a two-way player, but signing..." September 04

  • Nene plans to re-sign with Rockets

    USA Today "The Rockets will have yet another veteran option behind starting center Clint Capela, as 36-year-old Nene is reportedly planning to return to the team for a fourth season in Houston. The news of Nene’s return was first reported by The Athletic‘s Kelly Iko. With the..." September 03

  • Carmelo Anthony Camp ‘Aggressively’ Fighting Perceptions, Sources Say

    Heavy "It’s become a late-summer staring contest among some of the splashiest, most-followed franchises in the NBA. One of them will sign erstwhile star Carmelo Anthony, who is 35 and has not played since he was set free by the Houston Rockets after 10 games last..." September 03

  • NBA weighing investment vehicle to buy minority shares of individual teams

    Clutch Points "At the end of the day, the NBA is still a business. The whole world was reminded of this very fact of late, with news emerging pertaining to the league’s reported interest in investing on a small stake in individual teams. In an article by Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg, this..." September 03

  • Trade Packages to Break Up NBA's Worst Star Pairings

    Bleacher Report "Collecting star players is usually the key to success in the NBA.  But while pure talent typically wins out, some star pairings are destined to fail due to skill overlap, chemistry issues or roster fit. While superstars such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi..." September 03

  • Team USA might really be in trouble at FIBA World Cup

    SB Nation "When Turkey’s Dogus Balbay took an unsportsmanlike foul from Joe Harris in the final nine seconds of overtime of Team USA’s second FIBA World Cup group stage, it looked like it was over. Turkey led the U.S., 92-91, and Balbaby was awarded two free throws and possession of..." September 03

  • Hawks, Warriors, Grizzlies Have Made Most Offseason Trades

    Hoops Rumors "A total of 43 trades have been completed by NBA teams since the 2018/19 season ended, including three deals involving three teams and one that included four teams. No club has been more active on the trade market during that time than the Hawks, who completed eight deals. However,..." September 03

  • Damian Lillard shoots down possibility of Carmelo Anthony joining Blazers

    Clutch Points "Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard recently shot down down the possibility of Carmelo Anthony joining forces with him. On The Joe Budden Podcast, Lillard briefly narrated his previous efforts in trying to lure Anthony to Portland before. He failed in all..." September 03

  • Redick, Iguodala and Under-the-Radar NBA Veterans Who Aren't Done Yet

    Bleacher Report "We all know veterans such as LeBron James and Steph Curry are going to put up huge numbers in 2019-20, barring injury. But what about some of the equally seasoned but less heralded players? You know, the guys teams may not have built their offseasons around acquiring but who could be..." September 03