Player News - Rockets

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Clint Capela will become a restricted free agent next summer.

This means that the Rockets won't come to an agreement on a contract extension before Monday's deadline. "I'm here. I'm healthy. I'm playing. That's all that matters," he said. The 23-year-old center is a rising star in Houston and the addition of Chris Paul will only benefit him. He's an excellent mid-round fantasy pick.
Oct 16 - 11:54 AM

Chris Paul (knee, shoulder) will practice on Sunday and he's not on the injury report for Tuesday's season opener vs. Golden State.

Houston has taken it easy on Paul this preseason -- he sat out Friday's game and finished averaging 10.3 points in three appearances. He also had 2.3 triples, 8.3 assists and 2.7 steals in those games, despite playing limited minutes, and he should have another elite fantasy campaign in the Rockets' blistering offense. We're taking him off the injury report.
Oct 15 - 12:20 PM

Eric Gordon started on Friday with Chris Paul (knee, shoulder) sidelined, dropping a game-high 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 6-of-12 mark from downtown.

Gordon was effortlessly draining 3-pointers early in the game, and it looks like his role will expand if CP3 is forced to miss any games this season. For now, Paul's absence is being called a precaution and it sounds like he'll be ready to go for Houston's opener on Tuesday. Gordon's fantasy value is overwhelmingly reliant upon 3-pointers, but it helps that he played in 75 games last year, the most since his rookie campaign in 2008-09.
Oct 13 - 11:01 PM

Rockets rookie Zhou Qi didn't score vs. the Spurs on Friday, contributing just two rebounds in three minutes off the bench.

Qi was a second-round pick in 2016 and we're not expecting to see him in Houston's rotation this season -- Mike D'Antoni said that it "probably won't be this year when [Qi] makes a mark." Qi has intriguing upside as a shot-blocker with 3-point range, but he finished the preseason averaging just 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per game.
Oct 13 - 10:59 PM

Chris Paul (knee, shoulder) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

It's for precautionary reasons, according to coach Mike D'Antoni. Paul only has a knee bruise and a shoulder issue kept him out on Monday, but there's almost no reason to worry here. He and James Harden continue to share the workload as playmakers and they are being staggered, so CP3 is still a second-round pick.
Oct 13 - 6:23 PM

Chris Paul (bruised left knee) is doubtful to play against the Spurs on Friday.

He was also on the injury report for a bruised right shoulder, but Paul did play 32 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. CP3 didn't play well in that game, but he is still handing out assists at a solid rate while the Houston offense should lead to a lot of treys. He's a solid second-round pick.
Oct 12 - 6:15 PM

Chris Paul (bruised right shoulder) logged 32 minutes on Wednesday, posting nine points, six assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and one rebound.

Paul sat out Monday's exhibition and wasn't at his best tonight, shooting 3-of-12 from the field with four turnovers. With an ADP in the 14-15 range, Paul remains a rock-solid fantasy option -- on a per-game basis, he's finished top-10 or better for the past decade.
Oct 12 - 12:49 AM

Trevor Ariza made 6-of-9 shots with four 3-pointers on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 30 minutes.

His outlook was gloomy when it appeared Carmelo Anthony might be traded to Houston this offseason, but Ariza heads into the regular season as an undervalued roto option. He's locked into a starting role for the Rockets as an elite defender and 3-point specialist, which is perfect for fantasy purposes -- the 32-year-old has been a top-50 option in four consecutive seasons.
Oct 12 - 12:48 AM

Clint Capela blocked five shots during the Rockets' 101-89 win on Wednesday, adding 15 points (5-of-9 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

Capela rose to fantasy prominence last season and the addition of Chris Paul means even more lobs will be coming his way this year. His fantasy value is grounded in stellar FG percentages, with solid blocks and rebounds, and he won't hurt you anywhere beyond the FT line. That said, we're not getting excited about tonight's 5-of-5 mark because Capela shot no better than 60.8 percent from the line in any month last season.
Oct 12 - 12:46 AM

Chris Paul (right shoulder contusion) is good to go for Wednesday's exhibition against Memphis.

Paul sat out Monday's preseason game with this minor shoulder issue, but head coach Mike D'Antoni acknowledged that he would have played through it if the game mattered. He's fine and will make for an excellent early-round selection on draft day.
Oct 11 - 1:42 PM

James Harden went off for 36 points in Monday's 117-95 blowout win over the Knicks.

The Knicks had no answer for Harden and he was relied upon even more with Chris Paul nursing a minor right shoulder contusion. He shot a blistering 13-of-21 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line, adding 11 assists, nine rebounds, two steals and seven 3-pointer in 37 minutes. Needless to say, Harden looks like he's in mid-season form. There's a good chance he's rested in at least one of Houston's remaining two preseason games.
Oct 9 - 11:30 PM

Ryan Anderson (hip) returned to action on Monday vs. the Knicks with nine points in 27 minutes.

After missing some time last week a minor hip issue, Anderson looked healthy and should be 100 percent for the season opener next week. Unsurprisingly, seven of his eight shot attempts were from beyond the arc. He hit three 3-pointers on the night, adding three rebounds, one block and one steal. Ryno is injury-prone and his field goal percentage can be rough at times because he jacks up so many 3s, so he's strictly a late-round option.
Oct 9 - 11:21 PM

Chris Paul (right shoulder contusion) will not suit up for Monday's preseason game against the Knicks.

He'd likely be playing through this if it were the regular season, but there's no reason for him to risk aggravating this minor shoulder issue with the games being meaningless. The Rockets play again on Wednesday vs. Memphis, and for now, we'll be considering CP3 questionable for that one.
Oct 9 - 5:56 PM

Tarik Black (sore left knee, personal) has been ruled out for Monday and Wednesday's preseason games.

Black is still dealing with some soreness in his left knee, and he's also expecting the birth of his son on Friday, so he'll miss this preseason road trip with the Rockets. He should be fine once the regular season rolls around, but Black won't have a large enough role in Houston to make a difference in fantasy leagues.
Oct 8 - 4:03 PM

Ryan Anderson (hip) was a full participant during Sunday's practice and he's been cleared for Monday's preseason matchup with the Knicks.

Anderson was held out of Thursday's preseason game as a precautionary measure after a minor flare-up with his hip, but the plan was always to have him back in action on Monday night. Ryno will open the year as Houston's starting four-man, but he'll have some increased competition for minutes this season with the offseason addition of P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute, so he might not be able to match last year's 29.4 minutes per contest.
Oct 8 - 4:00 PM


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