Player News - Rockets

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The Rockets signed F Kostas Papanikolaou to a two-year, $4.8 million deal on Tuesday.

Papanikolaou was originally drafted by the Knicks in 2012. He's coming off a championship season with FC Barcelona, where he averaged 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 25 minutes per game. Rockets VP of personnel Gianluca Pascucci said that Papanikolaou is "pretty good in transition and finishing," and he expects him to "improve and become a solid shooter." He should serve as a glue-guy off the bench, a role which isn't conducive to fantasy value.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 23 - 2:28 PM

Bruce Bowen blamed coach Kevin McHale for James Harden's struggles on the defensive end during a recent interview.

"I remember [Harden] in OKC," said Bowen. "In fairness to James, yes, [his defense] has been terrible, but what are the principles in Houston? I’m very disappointed in their team concept. That’s what I don’t see. So, if there are no rules and regulations, how do you hold anyone accountable? ... Go back to OKC and they’re playing the Lakers, he guarded Kobe pretty well." That's an interesting take from the defensive-stalwart Bowen. Despite Harden's lackluster play on defense, his offensive prowess makes him a top-five asset in fantasy leagues.
Sep 22 - 5:28 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou is excited to be making the jump to the NBA this season, and he's expected to officially sign sometime next week once his buyout with the Olympiakos becomes official.

"I don’t like to say I’m a scorer or a rebounder," said Kostas. "I try to do everything that I can in each game, play tough first of all and bring my energy and give my team whatever they need. If this is a loose ball, there will be a fight for the loose ball. If there is a crucial rebound, there is going to be a crucial rebound." Kostas will fight for minutes in a crowded Houston backcourt, and he's not really worth monitoring in standard leagues.
Sep 19 - 7:03 PM

Rockets acquire G Jason Terry in trade

The Kings will receive Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson, and a trade exception in exchange for Terry and two second-round draft picks in the trade that was finalized on Wednesday. The 2009 and 2011 Sixth Man of the Year only averaged 4.5 points in 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season and won't be worth fantasy owners' attention in 2014-15.
Source: ESPN
Sep 18 - 12:07 PM

Dwight Howard's driver's license has been suspended in Florida for a failure to pay a fine, according to court documents.

The report states that Howard racked up 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls, 10 tickets for running red lights in Orlando, four speeding tickets, and one ticket for failing to update his home address. He paid all of the tickets except for one, which led to the suspension, and it shouldn't be hard for him to come up with the $285 he owes -- he's set to earn $21.4 million with the Rockets this season.
Sep 17 - 8:33 AM

Jason Terry's pending trade to the Rockets is expected to be finalized on Wednesday, according to Jason Jones.

The deal was put together in back in late August and will reportedly send Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and possibly some non-guaranteed contracts. None of the included players are expected to be worth owning in fantasy leagues this year.
Sep 16 - 11:40 PM

Coach Kevin McHale said he wants some toughness from Donatas Motiejunas.

"[Motiejunas] knows what he has to do if he wants to play," McHale said. "I told him you gotta rebound at a high level and you have to defend with some physicality." The Rockets lost a lot of their frontcourt depth with Omer Asik now in New Orleans and Chandler Parsons in Dallas. Terrence Jones is a strong bet for a breakout season while D-Mo is more of a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues.
Sep 11 - 8:50 PM

Francisco Garcia has officially retired from international play.

Following the Dominican Republic's loss to Slovenia at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Garcia decided to call it quits on international play. "I’ve played my last games with Dominican National Team. I am proud of having played 11 years with the national team," said Garcia. The 32-year-old will be back in a similar role with the Rockets this season after averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers during the 2013-14 campaign and does not warrant fantasy consideration in standard leagues.
Source: Sportando
Sep 11 - 12:45 PM

James Harden is OK after falling off his Segway during an off day at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Barcelona.

The video of Harden trying to do a spin and then falling off his Segway can be found in the link below and it's nothing for the Houston Rockets or his fantasy owners to worry about. Harden has had some defensive lapses during the tournament, but has flashed the offensive prowess that should have him being selected in the top-five of fantasy drafts this fall.
Source: Sportando
Sep 9 - 10:58 AM

Francisco Garcia played 21 minutes during the Dominican Republic's loss to Slovenia on Saturday, scoring seven points with one rebound, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

He had a solid event, averaging 17.6 points, 3.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.2 blocks and 3.6 triples. Garcia will be in a similar role with the Rockets from last season and should get in the rotation, but he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 6 - 4:24 PM

Francisco Garcia led all players with 18 points in the Dominican Republic's loss to Turkey.

He also had three rebounds, two assists, and two steals while going 7-of-12 from the field. Garcia sat out the team's game against the United States on Wednesday due to an ankle injury, but managed to be the key contributor for the Dominican Republic. Garcia re-signed with the Rockets on a one-year deal this offseason.
Sep 4 - 5:12 PM

Francisco Garcia (ankle) will not play vs. Team USA on Wednesday.

The Dominican is going to be in a little bit of trouble today. Team USA has been rolling the entire tournament and should dominate again. As for Garcia, his injury is minor and he should be fine for training camp. He's not worth targeting in almost any format.
Sep 3 - 3:29 PM

The Kings are reportedly finalizing a trade that will send Jason Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and other non-guaranteed contracts.

The Kings gain salary-cap space and the Rockets also get a pair of second-round draft picks in the bargain. Terry made no secret of his desire to leave the Kings and he'll finally get his wish, joining a playoff contender with a need for a backup combo guard. He played only 35 games last year before a left knee injury shut him down, but the 36-year-old is back on the court and should participate fully in training camp. As long as Patrick Beverley and James Harden are healthy, however, he's not a viable fantasy option.
Aug 31 - 5:26 PM

The Rockets officially re-signed Francisco Garcia to a one-year deal on Friday.

Garcia averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers through 19.7 minutes of action with the Rockets last season. He's not on the radar in standard leagues.
Aug 22 - 4:53 PM

Francisco Garcia has signed a one-year deal with the Rockets, according to his agent, Aaron Goodwin.

Goodwin denied the report of a Garcia-Rockets, two-year agreement last week, so the two parties went with a short-term deal instead. He'll join a team with a bit less depth than last year, but he's not a lock for consistent minutes.
Aug 21 - 7:52 PM


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