Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Rockets sign G Nick Johnson.

He put up about six highlight reel dunks this month and earned his contract with the team. Johnson looks like a nice value pick at 42 in the draft and he'll actually have a chance to get in the rotation. The third year of his deal is a team option.
Jul 22 - 9:25 PM

Trevor Ariza said he joined the Rockets because he was "familiar" with his surroundings.

"I just felt like the fit here was similar to what I had in Washington," Ariza said. It sounds like the Rockets and Wizards offered very similar money, but Ariza went with the four-year, $32 million offer from the Rockets. He's a great fit with Houston's up-tempo, triple-happy offense and he should be able to put up solid numbers.
Jul 21 - 11:36 AM

Donatas Motiejunas double-doubled with 18 points and 13 rebounds on Sunday, helping the Rockets advance to the Summer League tournament finals.

There's nothing at stake beyond pride and player development, but Motiejunas has averaged a healthy 16.7 points on 64.4 percent shooting while helping Houston to a 5-3 record. He has yet to develop reliable 3-point range and his lack of defensive stats are a major obstacle to fantasy value this season, but he deserves close attention in deeper leagues.
Jul 20 - 8:12 PM

Donatas Motiejunas excelled vs. the Hawks in a win on Saturday with 19 points, 13 boards, one assist and two 3-pointers.

He's scored at least 13 points in all seven of his summer-league games. Motiejunas had a couple great games last year during the season, but he's still going to be behind Terrence Jones. He'd likely need an injury in order to be a consistent player in the NBA.
Jul 19 - 8:34 PM

Dwight Howard said losing Chandler Parsons to the Mavericks won't affect the Rockets at all.

"It won't affect us at all," Howard said. "We have the best center and the best two-guard in the game on the same team. It's on us." He's not having a great summer in the publicity department after saying some earlier comments about the Middle East over the past week. Howard might want to just sit the next couple plays out and stop talking for a while.
Jul 19 - 10:02 AM

The Jazz could look to add Francisco Garcia, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

They are reportedly looking to add a shooter or a point guard. If the Jazz do not add a shooter, it will serve as confidence in rookie Rodney Hood, who was impressive in summer league. Garcia probably wouldn't see significant minutes with Utah.
Jul 19 - 9:35 AM

The Rockets have agreed to a 1-year deal with former Phoenix guard Ish Smith, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Smith was waived by Phoenix after the acquisition of guard Isaiah Thomas. The Rockets were in the market for a back up point guard after trading Jeremy Lin to the Lakers, and now Smith will get a chance to fill that void. He averaged 3.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 0.7 steals in 70 games played last season.
Jul 17 - 5:49 PM

FC Barcelona's Kostas Papanikolaou and the Rockets could not agree to terms on a contract and he will stay in Spain next season.

Papanikolaou and the Rockets were thought to be close on an agreement, but contract talks hit a snag and the Greek forward will not be making the leap to the NBA. Reports were that he was offered a 2-year deal worth between $4 and $5 million. The Rockets continually struck out this offseason, missing out on Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and losing Chandler Parsons. Now that the news has come out that Papanikolaou will be staying overseas, this may be another blow to their championship aspirations.
Jul 17 - 3:24 PM

The Suns waived PG Ish Smith on Tuesday.

Smith's $992k salary was on the verge of becoming fully guaranteed, but Phoenix doesn't have a need for him with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and possibly Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt. Smith should be able to earn a backup role with an NBA team, but it's not a certainty.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 15 - 6:36 PM

Houston Rockets sign F Jeff Adrien.

Adrien will sign on a one-year, veteran minimum deal and provide the Rockets with some solid interior depth. The 28-year-old averaged 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in 18.1 minutes per game with the Bucks during the 2013-14 season and has potential if he gets minutes, but his fantasy value is a bit limited as an end-of-rotation player with the Rockets.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 1:49 PM

Houston Rockets sign F/C Joey Dorsey.

Dorsey's agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal with the Rockets on Tuesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The 30-year-old was a second-round pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and last played an FC Barcelona that went to the Euroleague Final Four. Dorsey will see some minutes backing up Dwight Howard, but he shouldn't be on any fantasy radars right now.
Jul 15 - 12:49 PM

The Houston Rockets are in talks to sign Kostas Papanikolaou.

The Rockets acquired Papanikolaou's rights in the Thomas Robinson trade with the Trail Blazers and are reportedly moving closer to inking the Greek forward to a two-year deal. The 22-year-old has played well with Olympiakos of the Greek League, but will need some seasoning in the NBA before he appears on fantasy owners' radars.
Jul 15 - 9:20 AM

The Rockets intend to sign Clint Capela.

He's a bit of a project, but the Rockets missing out on Chris Bosh opens up some minutes at the forward spots. Capela was at summer league in Las Vegas, but he was not dressed. We'll see if he suits up soon.
Jul 14 - 3:23 PM

Alonzo Gee will be traded from the Pelicans to the Rockets as part of Sunday's complex three-team swap.

Gee was just acquired by New Orleans but they never intended to keep him -- his fully unguaranteed contract was simply a convenient chip to reduce the Pelicans' salary-cap figure. It's doubtful that the Rockets will keep him at $3 million this season, and he's likely to soon enter free agency.
Jul 13 - 7:05 PM

Trevor Ariza has agreed to sign with the Rockets on a four-year, $32 million deal.

Well, Houston can say goodbye to Chandler Parsons, who will now go to Dallas on a three-year deal. Ariza scored a career-high 14.9 points in his one season with the Rockets back in 2009-10 and he'll move into the small forward spot. He was lights out in catch-and-shoot, finishing the season making 40.7 percent of his shots from deep. He's a great fit in Houston for their style of play and is worth targeting in the middle rounds.
Jul 12 - 5:29 PM


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